Mental toughness the pyramid model

(Rental)-Building a Culture of Mental Toughness: The Pyramid Model

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    Mental Toughness the Pyramid Model

    Great teams have a rock-solid foundation of mental toughness. In this video, you will learn how to prepare and empower your athletes so they are ready to perform at their best even in the most difficult of situations. The unique McGuire-Selking-Ivey Pyramid Model offers coaches the foundation and guidelines to prepare athletes to shine and perform in any situation, especially when under pressure.

    In this 81-minute Mental Toughness the Pyramid Model video, you will hear from Rick McGuire (Ph.D.), former head men’s and women’s track and field coach and graduate professor and director of sports psychology at the University of Missouri. McGuire is joined by his colleagues Amber Selking (Ph.D.), mental performance coach for Notre Dame Football, and Patrick Ivey (Ph.D.), the associate athletic director for health and performance and assistant vice president at the University of Louisville.

    The model these three have developed helps coaches identify the essential capacities, capabilities, understandings, and skills they must consider when creating a culture of mental toughness. Using the model as a guide, you will have the building blocks to prepare your athletes to shine and perform in even the most difficult of situations.

    Mental Toughness the Pyramid Model Elements for Success

    The Pyramid Model consists of the five fundamental elements, the foundation of mental toughness and great performance.


    • Motivation: Powerful, Impacting, Lasting, and Enduring
    • Thorough Preparation: Physical, Technical, Tactical, and Mental
    • Focus: The “C’s of SuCCCCCCCess” which are Confidence, Concentration, Composure, Courage, Commitment, Control, and Choice
    • Emotional Stability: Emotional Strength, Emotional Resilience, Emotional Responsiveness, and Emotional Flexibility
    • Accountability: The personal choice to do what you are supposed to, when you are supposed to do it, and how you are supposed to do it

    As a coach, you are responsible for more than just sport-specific training. Building a winning program requires more. It requires a culture of accountability that is directed by the personal autonomy and integrity of your athletes. It’s not a list of rules and consequences.

    The confidence that your athletes need to perform is greatly strengthened when they know they can handle any situation. This video gives you the tools you need to help your athletes build that confidence and handle any adverse situation. Strengthening your athletes’ mental toughness will not only prepare them for success in your sport; it will also prepare them for anything that life throws at them. Rent this mental toughness the Pyramid model DVD today.

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