Control Your Mind Game by Dan Schaefer, Ph.D.

The outcome of any high stakes, high performance situation depends a lot on what’s going on inside the player’s head. Peak Performance Strategies helps executives, entertainers and athletes at all levels —

  • Control their “mind games” and reduce negative self-talk.
  • Enhance focus.
  • Increase concentration and mental “toughness.”

Here’s a sampling of the kinds of tools we work with to help our clients get the results they want more consistently and with less effort.

1. Feed The Right Wolf.

(this is the best I have ever heard it explained)

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle

that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two

“wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance,

self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness,

benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute

and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed”.

2. Know What You Want.

It is impossible to get what you want if you don’t know what it is. Common items on our Mind Game Tracking System Wish List include:

➢ Increase concentration                                    ➢ Notice & control self talk

➢ Manage and control stress                              ➢ Identify & control distraction

➢ Catch distractions earlier                                 ➢ Enhance interpersonal & media communication

➢ Control anger & aggression                              ➢ Increase energy

➢ Increase motivation                                           ➢ Develop a strong vision for the future

➢ Control discomfort                                             ➢ Improve personal performance

➢ Improve self esteem & self confidence              ➢ Develop a personal strategic plan

➢ Identify and resolve subconscious blocks         ➢ Identify and overcome obstacles quickly

➢ Improve business results                                   ➢ Imagination and persistence training


3. Get Out of Your Own Way.

Negative self talk prevents many people from achieving their goals. Oddly enough, most of us talk to ourselves in ways we would not accept from someone else. Our Self Talk Survey helps you identify how you are contributing to your own lack of success.

➢ What are you saying to yourself?                ➢ When does it start?

➢ What does it start?                                      ➢ Who’s there?

➢ What going on?                                           ➢ Where, what’s the location?

➢ When is this happening?                             ➢ Time of day… day of the week?

➢ How long does the self talk last?                ➢ How loud is it?

➢ When does it end?                                      ➢ How does it stop?

➢ Do you have a way to stop it?                    ➢ Does it just fade out?

➢ Is it always your voice?                               ➢ If not, whose?


4. Click! Away Distractions. Did you know that you can actually bargain with yourself to deal with distractions later? Our Click! System will help you increase concentration and gain a competitive edge by moving distractions out of the way until you have time to address them.


5. Plan Backwards

“Someday” is never going to come. In order to achieve goals, you need to envision them done – and for that, you need a specific date. Our 2021 CLICK! System helps you envision where you want to be in five years, outline the steps you need to take to get there, and keep your sights on the prize.


Contact Dr. Dan Schaefer today for a free 30 minute consultation and start putting these powerful tools to work in your life.

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