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How Coaches Can Set The Example In Mental Training

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Graham Betchart is the director of mental training for Lucid Performance Inc. (@trainwithlucid). He is also the mental skills coach for many elite athletes, including several collegiate and professional basketball players. He has worked with the No. 1 draft pick in the last three NBA Drafts ('14, '15, '16), the NBA Player’s Association, USA Basketball and many other organizations. Betchart passionately seeks to unlock the full potential in each of the athletes he trains.

Betchart wants coaches to practice what they preach. If a coach wants his players to fully buy into what he or she is saying, then the coaches need to have complete faith in what they are asking of the players. A coach needs to genuinely believe everything he or she is saying. The coach should let the players know that it is alright to be nervous and to fail because the coach has those same feelings.