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Last week in my mental focus session I was talking with one of my athletes on whether she was present or not in her lesson. She reflected and believed that she WAS present in her lesson but at school that day she found herself unfocused. I asked her what she did, and she told me that she pulled her “squishy” (soft squishy ball) out of her bag and started to squeeze it. I LIT UP! She was practicing what we spoke about last week, staying present in the moment!
 Little did she know she had created her own reset button. 
In the week prior I told her when she felt stressed, she needed to take a deep breath, pay attention to her breath and maybe rub her hands together to focus on the sensation she felt instead of where her mind wanted to wander. Instead, she grabbed her squishy! She told me just by squeezing her “squishy” she was able to recenter herself in the present moment. By tuning into what she physically felt instead of letting her mind obsess over schoolwork, she calmed herself down to find herself in the present moment. 
Everyone has stress, but how do you rise above it? What is your squishy? Mine is taking three deep breaths and wiggling my toes. 
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz

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~ Danielle Orvella
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Mental Skills Coach Collin Henderson shares a valuable tool – a reset button – to help players quickly bounce back from failure to return to the present and focus on success.

Your Turn

  • • Choose a Reset Word.
  • • Come up with a quick Reset Routine.

Final Thoughts

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”

– Bill Russell

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