It is said that desperation is the mother of invention. I am not desperate, but I am tired of telling families I’m sorry I can’t work with your child because you can not afford to pay me. It sucks. A friend and associate of mine asked me how I could work with kids for free, when he knew I had a business to build. I told him it was because I felt like these kids needed my help and that I could make an impact in their lives. His answer was, if I didn’t stay in business who then would I impact. He is right of course and perhaps as a successful business man and former great professional athlete I should pay attention to not only his words, but his intention. The only thing I can say is “James I just can’t” .
So this is where I have landed. I have toyed with the idea for some time to build some sort of center or foundation to teach young athletes about mental training. The only drawback is that I have no idea how to go about doing this and still build my business. I just know that I have to be able to teach athletes about how to deal with competitive stress, how to concentrate, what it means to be mentally tough. Some would say that it’s not very important. I would counter with all the athletes I’ve seen that succeeded in school. I’m not talking about the ones that have gone on to play in college, I’m talking about the ones that stayed in school because of sports and went on to have productive lives because they learned how to use their minds in a positive way.
I want to change lives one athlete or team at a time. I want to reach more kids in Washington that want to play on teams or compete individually. Sports have become very expensive and outside training to stay competitive has become the norm. Speed training, strength training, core training, specialized coaching all needs money. Sport Psychology or mental skills training is always it seems thought of last on the list. I’ve tried to change that perception for 30 plus years, one athlete at a time. I may not change that general perception anytime soon, but I think we can change the availability part NOW.
The Northwest Foundation for Sport Psychology and Training will provide both mental, physical, and nutritional training and education for those that can not afford it otherwise. Working in conjunction with physical trainers I propose to be able to offer athletes, at least in group surrounding, access to all kinds of sport training.
I can’t do this alone. I can find the needed partners to help provide training. I need some business partners that have my same vision of providing kids in the Northwest with this kind of training. The Foundation needs commercial sponsors to help fund the program. If you know of anyone that would be interested in helping and investing in athletes and their futures. I’m reaching out to all of my friends and associates worldwide to help me get this project accomplished. So all my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Univera friends, if you can help me either yourself or through someone you know, you know where to find me.
This is some text prior to the author information. You can change this text from the admin section of WP-Gravatar Mike Margolies: Sport Psychology Consultants ; TheMental-Game.com Mike Margolies is a Sport Psychology Consultant, Certified Mental Trainer® (CMT), Author, and Professional Speaker. When you want to be the best that you can be and the one thing you might be missing is the right mental game - what can you do? Well, athletes from all over the country have been seeking out Mike Margolies for over three decades to help them reach their potential. His clients include professional, elite, colligate and youth athletes in every sport. They have sought his counsel and unique teaching style to learn about the game within the game, or what mental training can do to help them become the athlete they want to be. He has trained professional and elite athletes and helped guide many to world championships and even the Super Bowl. Mike has trained more than 2000+ athletes. He has taught at four Universities and completed research at the United States Olympic Training Center. His new book is called The Athlete within You- A Mental Approach to Sports and Business. He currently works with individual athletes, teams and businesses around the world, both in person and via SKYPE. Mike is based out of the Pacific Northwest. Let him encourage you to play the game within the game. The Athlete within You is waiting to come out play. Learn the rules to the mental game to help realize your potential. Read more from this author