Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mindset Monday 1/30/12- The Key to a Quiet Mind Before Competition...and how to get it!

The key to a consistently high performance and mental quiet before competition is a solid Pre-Competition Routine. After developing and intensely practicing your routine, it will become a safe place you can live by, compete by, and train by. Your routine will become home. You will no longer get pulled physically and mentally from idiosyncratic occurrences and random thought before competition because your sole focus will be on performing actions that are designed to specifically bring out your optimal emotions and thoughts.

Take out two blank pieces of paper. On the first paper, write down your three best performances (leave enough room for equal spacing). What were you thinking before the performance? If you feel your best performances were in practice, that is fine too, simply write them down. Specifically, what were you thinking? How warmed up were you? Were you speaking with anyone, or were you to yourself? Who was around? What specific thoughts were going through your mind and what specific emotions were you feeling?

Label the second paper, three worst performances. Follow the same instructions as above.

Most people find there to be a major contrast between their mindset and physical warm-up when they are at the top of the game versus the bottom.

You now have a baseline for your mindset and physical state before you compete. You will benefit from returning to this mindset regularly if you would like a consistently high performance.

Over the next few weeks we will be discussing this topic more and more in depth. In the meantime, put the idea of a pre-competition routine and what it will entail for you personally into your mind. Stay tuned…

Gene Zannetti
Owner of Z-Fanatical Fitness
Personal Trainer, One-on-One Mindset Consultant & Motivational Speaker
(908) 337-6143

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mindset Monday 1/16/12- 4 Mandatory Mental Attitudes for Sports

I posted this message on my previous blog, but it is worth revisiting.


1. I don't care who I go against, I want everyone. I go after the tougher opponent. I live for the challenge.
The best defense is a good offense right? Same thing with your mindset. If you seek the challenge and look for tougher opponents, you're not worried about competing against someone good. You want them!

2. I'm good enough to beat this person, or anyone else for that matter.
Confidence Plus is a Must.

3. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world right now. I live for this. I love it!
Present, In the moment. Devoted 100% to the experience you're having.


4. This is the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
Learn from everything- wins and losses. Learn lesson regardless and move on.

Note- If you are missing ANY of these mindsets, it is important to rethink your mental game and take the steps necessary to change them to the ones above.

Gene Zannetti
Z-Fanatical Fitness Owner
Mindset Mastery & Fitness Instructor

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mindset Monday 1/9/12- Jordan, Tiger, Gable, Ali, Arnold, & Phelps on Mindset HERE

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU PUT INTO YOUR MINDSET? Maybe the greats will convince you to work as hard mentally as you do physically-

Arnold Schwarzenegger
“The Secret is to make your mind work for you, not against you.”
(Arnold’s approach to bodybuilding was more mental than physical)

Michael Jordan
Michael's biggest strength was his mental game. Jordan held a decisive mental edge over his opponents throughout his entire career. It was his mental toughness... Jeff Janssen, M.S.

Wayne Gretzky
…he (Gretzky) was not very strong physically, but he made up for that in the mental edge he held over opponents.

Tiger Woods
Tiger's biggest club is his mental strength –USA Today
His mental game is every bit as good as his physical game. –Bob May

there’s another quality even more important than skill. It’s his mind, and that very well could be his greatest weapon.

Michael Phelps
His strongest asset is relaxing & focusing in competition. He can take himself mentally to a place. That’s what separates him from his competitors. –Coach Bowman

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali was a master of psychology…his mental toughness played a great factor in many of his fights. There was no one stronger mentally then Muhammad Ali.

Dan Gable
“Mental Toughness is the key of all keys…Mental Toughness is the foundation.”

Coach John Wooden
“I am constantly trying to make players realize the mental side.”

Coach Vince Lombardi
“Mental Toughness is essential for success.”
He was always working on both the minds and bodies of his players. The guy was a beautiful psychologist. – Jerry Kramer (former player)

Coach Bobby Knight
“Mental toughness to physical (toughness) is as 4 is to 1.”

Learn How to Train Your Mind with Evidence-Based Techniques taught by:

Gene Zannetti
Peak Performance Specialist at Z-Fanatical Fitness
One-on-One Consultation and Motivational Speaking
(908) 337-6143