Sport Psychology

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Joe has worked extensively with athletes on the professional, collegiate, and high school levels for 20 years. He is a specialist in sport and peak performance psychology who guides clients via specialized zone exercises to create and maintain maximum performance. He emphasizes the unique strengths of each individual while magnifying their personal history of success and their future memories of success.

ZONEfulness is the integration of mindfulness meditation, peak performance zone exercises, and positive psychology. ZONEfulness is a deceptively, profoundly simple guide designed for athletes to generate and maintain peak performance by accessing the zone that lives inside of each individual.

Joe maintains that the most extraordinarily common obstacle preventing athletes from accessing and consistently experiencing their best performance is self-criticism and doubt. Ironically, the most self-defeating athletes are typically the most supportive of their teammates. Thus practicing self-support becomes every bit as crucial as physical training. The competitive advantage will routinely go to the zoned in, self-supportive athlete.

Joe facilitates sport psychology/ peak performance workshops for teams.  He has most recently worked with the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Boston College,  the men’s basketball team at Cornell University and Hartford University, and the men’s lacrosse team at The University of Pennsylvania.

Joe provides individualized peak performance zone recordings that highlight the past and future memories of success for each client. Joe teaches athletes The Big Three of Peak Performance:

1) Extreme Self-Support (Internal Strength)
1a) Support from family, friends, coaches, teammates (External Strength).
2) Personal History of Success (Positive focus on past peak performances and outcomes). Magnifying the good.
3) Future Memories of Success (Positive focus on future peak performances and outcomes). What-willing: “What will it be like when I succeed?”

By mastering The Big Three of Peak Performance, athletes are enabled to dissolve The Toxic Three of Poor Performance:

1) Self-criticism (negative self-talk; analyzing and agonizing).
2) Why-ning (negative focus on past poor performances and outcomes). “Why did I do that?”
3) What-ifing (negative focus on future poor performances and outcomes). “What if I fail?”


Favorite Quotes

“Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you CAN do.”  –John Wooden, Hall of Fame College Basketball Coach
“If you can BELIEVE it, the mind can ACHIEVE it.”  –Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Fame Safety
“Never give up!  Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” –Jim Valvano,  Head Basketball Coach, 1983 National Champion North Carolina State Wolfpack)
“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your ears.”  –Laird Hamilton, American Big Wave Surfer
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back…Play for her. –Mia Hamm, National Hall of Fame Soccer Player, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist.


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