“There are two kinds of people on earth: those who find the means to succeed and those who find excuses for their failure.” Mr. de Cornouardt
What is mental preparation?
Mental preparation is a mental training technique that increases performance, whether in the sports, artistic or professional field.
The MAC (Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment) approach
The MAC approach, developed by Frank Gardner and Zella Moore (2001), consists of a combination of mindfulness exercises and thought and emotional acceptance techniques to improve athletic, artistic, and overall psychological well-being. It aims to improve performance by promoting non-critical, honest awareness and acceptance of one’s thoughts and emotions. The program also encourages a focus on the performance task and a commitment to its values-driven behaviours.
The MAC program consists of 7 sessions (1 per week) between the athlete(s) and the therapist, and includes out-of-session exercises.
The following techniques are also used depending on the person:
These approaches will allow you to:
- Set your goals and make every effort to achieve them
- Put you in mental states that facilitate performance (flow state)
- Accept your thoughts and emotions so that you can use them as allies to increase your performance
- Develop your attention
- Learn how to deal with failures and success
- Increase your self-confidence
Anyone determined to increase and optimize their performance is concerned with mental preparation. This usually includes athletes, musicians or professionals being in dominant and challenging positions on a daily basis.