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Sports & Performance Training
Author: Laine Lipsky, Masters in Teaching, Certified Parent Educator
Sports & Performance Training > Self-Care, Mindset & Habits
I see parenting as a performance endeavor in the sense that it requires ongoing training, consistent practice, and resilience during adversity. Parents often find themselves lacking confidence in parenting simply because they haven’t had proper training to help them thrive. I teach parents how to prepare for nearly every parenting challenge, and help hold them accountable so they can thrive.
What Is Sports & Performance Training Theory?
Three essential components of my parenting approach are Self-Care, Mindset and Habits. If you lack any of these you will not be successful.
Why Are Sports & Performance Training Important in Parenting?
Self-Care is the equivalent of putting on our own oxygen mask on the airplane. We cannot be calm or happy if we are depleted and the truth is that we are responsible for our own self-care.
When we perform acts of self-care, we model it for our children who will learn it for themselves. I teach parents specific forms of self-care that properly nourish them along their parenting journey.
Mindset is the master key to happier parenting and, unfortunately, it often gets ignored. Nobody can perform a task to their full potential if they lack the right mindset or engage in negative self-talk. This applies to parenting as well. Sadly, many parents go through parenting feeling insecure, guilty, and fearful.
Learning how to set and adjust your mindset can shift your whole parenting experience. I help parents step into an empowered, positive mindset so they can handle anything that comes their way with confidence, grit, and grace.
Habits are the building blocks of a person’s life. Good habits lead to a good life, bad habits do the opposite. I’m a huge believer in the power of taking tiny steps every day toward building a satisfying, happy life.
I’m also a huge fan of creating good habits that stick, so I don’t have to make too many decisions every day. I coach my clients to build their own routines, filled with good habits, that help them build their beautiful lives.
Who Are The Leading Experts?
Self-Care is a hot topic right now, so there are lots of people who talk about it. I can’t point to one person, although every successful person on the planet talks about their self-care routines.
Carol Dweck, PhD coined the terms “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset.” Dweck argues that everyone has powerful beliefs that impact what you want in life and whether or not you get it. Several research studies have proven that cultivating a growth mindset is beneficial -- including higher academic performance, achievement and intrinsic motivation. Other mindset experts I admire include Dr. Brené Brown, Dr. Edith Eger, and John Wooden.
Several experts have impacted my approach to habit building. The main ones are Christine Carter (PhD), B.J. Fogg (PhD), and James Clear.
What Research Proves Attachment Theory?
Comprehensive research has been done for each of the elements I’ve identified as crucial for the best outcomes.
Here are publications to review:
The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting, by Brené Brown, PhD.
The Choice and The Gift, by Edith Eger, PhD.
Mindset, by Carol Dweck, PhD.
“Cracking the Habit Code” Christine Carter, PhD.
Tiny Habits, by B.J. Fogg, PhD.
Atomic Habits, by James Clear.
Growth mindset improves achievement. Read the Study
The effects of a growth mindset on self-efficacy and motivation. Read the Study
Key Sports & Performance Training Findings
Our ability to embrace imperfection helps us teach our children to have courage, compassion, and the sense of connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life.
Your mindset can determine much of your life, starting as early as your preschool years.
Holding a growth mindset is essential for great accomplishment.
Students with a growth mindset likely embrace challenges and put in effort to learn.
Learners with a growth mindset tend to embrace learning and the joy of personal growth.
Students with a growth mindset do not see their intelligence or personality as fixed traits.
Breaking habit creation into smaller activities increases our odds of success.
The easier a behavior is to do, the more likely the behavior will become a habit.