Ideology behind consulting
There is no magical trick we can teach performers to automatically become better, but it is rather a long-term process, similar to learning any new skill. Thus, I am aiming to assist performers to maximise their performance by optimising their mental proficiency in not only with the particular sport but also in their circadian life. The optimised performance is aimed to be accomplished by providing various arousal control methods, positive experiences, coping methods and comprehensive self-awareness, ideally resulting in psychological flexibility and mental toughness. Importantly, optimised performance in this context is defined as an intense concentration of attention induced mastery like state, which can reach the unconscious level of automatic functioning, commonly referred to as zone or flow (Csikszentmihalyi, 2014). This state of consistent excellence can be strengthened and created to become more prevalent by mental skills training.
Firstly, with the relation to fulfilling basic human needs of competence, autonomy and social relatedness, positive experiences can be seen as one supportive predictor for the aimed optimal performance. Thus, fulfilling the basic needs of self-determination theory can proportionately assist in creating an opportunity for automatic execution and euphoria-like state, especially in sports but also in other human life domains (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 1985) Secondly, thinking increased situational excitement in competitive sports as a naturally occurring phenomena, it is important to investigate emotion-related performance arousal and the respective effects. Uncontrolled arousal levels can have a detrimental effect on performance, and the importance of being prepared to control these arousal levels with coping strategies and mental plans has been demonstrated over the decades. Therefore, I would like to be able to accompany performers with several science-based, individualised coping methods to facilitate their performance towards to more adaptive performance with the relation to concept of increased mental toughness. And importantly, this needs to be done within the terms of performer to find solutions working for everyone in an individually specified manner. In summary, there is no one approach or theoretical framework that would work for everyone, and therefore it is important to cooperate with the performer in terms of finding the functional, individualised Mental Asset!