Wow it’s been a couple of crazy weeks here at UHS and it’s only going to get even crazier and busier which is great!

But first before I go any further I want to Welcome someone who is dynamic and one of the best coaches I have come across in a long time. This gentleman has taught many athletes over time who have gone onto greatness both professionally and onto World Championships. He has taught them not only how to play a game but how to train the mind to win, he has taught how our mind works, and changing it,  which changes everything.

This extraordinary teacher is none other than Craig Sigl of  Mental Toughness Trainer   who I am so thrilled to be involved with. I realized over my career that when coaches told me it was 80% mental and 20% physical to make it they weren’t far off but you know it was really hard to stay focus, to stay in ‘The Zone’ while everything else going on around you. So mental preparation is so important in sports that you need to have some extra coaching and this is where Craig and his team come in.

I want to share just a little bit about Craig and where this mental toughness and self talk come from, have a look.

We can’t transform ourselves if we don’t transform our story.

Craig Sigl

Life was good. I was one of those lucky kids growing up, who was part of the “in” athletic crowd. I was a gifted player in almost every sport.
Then I reached junior high and everything changed. Everyone grew except me. At 13, I was only 4’ 8” and the shortest boy in the school. I no longer was one of the first picked and ended up on the “leftover” teams.
My whole identity as an athlete was gone. I was crushed. It seemed like overnight my entire life changed.
Soon after I quit sports altogether. But I refused to give up on myself.
Somehow, even at my lowest point of confidence, I was still able to hold on to a belief in my own personal power.
I knew I was smart, so I decided to put my energy into getting good grades. I also was interested in making money, so I set my mind to learning about the business world. I found I had a talent for creating entrepreneurial ventures and started learning the ins and outs of business. Every “A” on a test and every dollar I earned was a step to building my inner strength.
I went on to graduate from high school and college and got my first job never losing my belief in myself. But that only got me so far…
I realized I still had some limiting beliefs that were holding me back. I had not fully confronted the “small” thinking that I had developed in junior high.
When situations called on me more and more to be a leader in the corporate world, I re-experienced those feelings of being small and having a lack of confidence.
This made me mad and that propelled me forward. I began observing my thought processes even more closely. I became a student of my own mind and began a journey of personal development. I watched. I questioned. I discovered.
What I realized was that “small” was just a way of thinking that I chose. It wasn’t reality. It was my choice. I was carrying around someone else’s ideas about me. Understanding that changed everything.
I realized I had the power to choose. It was like a 100 pound weight coming off my shoulders and I decided right then and there to choose to think big.
That choice is possible for each of us. And it is particularly powerful if we realize it when we are young.
Thinking big meant that I could now focus on what I do right and not beat myself up over making mistakes. It meant being able to call on my determination to overcome any hurdles or adversity.
I now know that mental toughness is adopting an attitude of never giving up and knowing that YOU are in charge of building your own confidence.
Knowing how our mind works, and changing it, changes everything.
The athletic field can be a place that powerfully forms our idea of who we are. Using the lessons learned by playing sports, we can train the mind and open up new performance possibilities, new levels of self-confidence and new levels of self-satisfaction.
I wish I had this realization when I was a student athlete. I didn’t, but I do now. And I want to share that thinking with young people who are shaping their sense of self.
All I can say is WOW, what great stuff and I can’t wait to share more with you over the next few weeks. Stay tune here  Get Mentally Tough  or check out the latest article shared with us by Ted Fuller Mental Toughness Article 
Again, Welcome Craig and your Team!
Until next time.
See you after the game,
Coach Nye