Mental Block Breakthrough: CASE STUDY & Answers to Your Top 10 Mental Block Questions


Hi, I am Mandy Patterson, mental performance coach, owner of Mandy Patterson Coaching, and founder of the Mind Over Mental Block Program, where we teach athletes how to push past mental blocks and fears so they can rediscover their passion, pursue their goals with confidence, and ultimately experience authentic joy in their sport and life.

Thanks again for joining me today. I am so excited for you and your commitment to learning how to get unstuck and trade those blocks and fears for confidence and joy! I appreciate all of the comments, videos, and questions I have received in this video series so far, as well as those who personally reached out to tell me their stories.

Today, I am going to walk you through an actual case study of one of our incredible athletes in our Mind Over Mental Block Program, and then I will do a little Q&A of the questions I get asked the most about overcoming mental blocks and fears. I hope you are as excited as I am to be here with you.

You are here because you or someone you deeply care about has struggled with mental blocks, anxiety, or fears, and you want support to let go of the frustration and get back to enjoying the sport you love. You know you have what it takes to overcome this because you have seen success in the past, but you need a little support, motivation, and an extra boost of confidence to keep pushing through. You are ready to take back control of your skills to get back to having fun because, after all, if you are not enjoying the process, then why are you doing it?

Parents, I’m sure you can relate too. Seeing your child go through this can be tough. You see the rollercoaster emotions from excitement and hope one day to defeat and devastation the next, and you want to help, but you are unsure how. You have tried to encourage them with kind words, offered incentives to perform, threatened to make them quit, and when none of that worked, you decided you would not say anything anymore. You want them to be successful, but more than anything, you want them to believe in themselves and know how to support them in a helpful way that does not make things worse.

Well, guess what? You’re in the right place. I understand what you’re going through and am here cheering you on and ready to support you through this challenge. I know the desire to regain control, unleash your true potential, and pursue your dreams with excitement, and I have the tools and strategies to help you overcome those mental barriers, create a practice plan that works, and finally leave every practice feeling like you’re improving. Together, we’ll unlock your confidence, reduce stress, and get you back to enjoying your sport while reaching your biggest goals. It’s time to take charge and make a real difference in your athletic journey.

Athlete Case Study: Meet Ansley

I want to tell you about one of our amazing block-breaker athletes in our program. She is an all-star competitive cheerleader who was struggling with a mental block in her running tuck. Through mental coaching, she overcame her mental block, improved her attitude, and made serious progress in her skills.

Here is a little background. Ansley had been cheerleading for eight years and had always been a determined athlete, but she was struggling with her confidence and performance in her tumbling. She became overly critical of herself, dreaded practice, and would give up if her skills were not perfect. Her default way of thinking at practice had become negative and she was no longer enjoying her sport. She struggled with self-doubt, focused on mistakes rather than accomplishments, and became frustrated with her lack of progress. Her mental block had a detrimental effect on her overall performance and motivation.

And then we met. Although she was a little hesitant at first (like many athletes are), she quickly found so much comfort and value in having someone listen to her and provide advice on her unique situation. As she applied the mental game skills learned during coaching, she noticed significant changes in her overall attitude and was again seeing progress in her skills.

Ansley’s journey was not without challenges. She experienced both highs and lows during the process of overcoming her mental block. There were moments of progress and commitment, as well as setbacks where she reverted to negative self-talk and perfectionism. However, she learned to recognize these patterns and quickly refocus on what was working.

Ansley realized that progress was not linear and that setbacks were part of the process. She had defining moments where she celebrated her own growth and felt pride and satisfaction and her newfound perseverance. By consistently reminding herself of what worked and staying patient, Ansley was able to move forward and regain her enjoyment of tumbling.

Through mental coaching, Ansley achieved significant milestones. She went from being unable to perform a running tuck by herself during practice to including it in her competition routine. She began working on new skills and found joy in attending tumbling classes. Ansley’s journey showcased her personal growth, improved confidence, and resilience as well as the power in taking a holistic approach to her sports performance.

Ansley’s advice for athletes facing similar challenges is to be patient and embrace the process. Progress takes time, and setbacks are inevitable, but breakthroughs can occur with perseverance and a positive mindset. It is essential to recognize what works, focus on personal growth rather than perfection, and enjoy the journey.

Ansley’s case study highlights the power of mental coaching in overcoming mental blocks and achieving personal growth. By addressing negative thought patterns, embracing patience, and celebrating small victories, athletes can break through barriers and reach their full potential. The journey to success requires commitment, resilience, and a willingness to prioritize mental well-being alongside physical training.


Answers To Your Top 10 Mental Block Questions

Now, I would love to walk you through some of the most questions I receive from parents and athletes about overcoming mental blocks and pushing through fears.

[Watch the video for the full Q&A]

  1. [6:45] What are common signs of mental blocks in tumbling, gymnastics, and cheerleading?
  2. [8:15] How can athletes effectively overcome mental blocks and fears in their sport?
  3. [10:12] Are there specific techniques or strategies to help athletes regain confidence in tumbling, gymnastics, and cheerleading?
  4. [12:35] What role does mindset play in overcoming mental blocks and fears?
  5. [14:50] How can parents support their athletes in overcoming mental blocks and fears?
  6. [19:00] Are there any recommended exercises or drills to help athletes build mental toughness?
  7. [21:24] How long does it typically take to overcome a mental block in tumbling, gymnastics, or cheerleading?
  8. [24:00] What should athletes do if they feel stuck or discouraged in their progress?
  9. [25:40] Are there any resources or programs available to assist athletes in overcoming mental blocks and fears?
  10. [27:08] How can athletes maintain their newfound confidence and prevent future mental blocks from occurring?

How To Win at Overcoming Mental Blocks

Now you have been learning a lot from me in this video series, but I want to walk you through how to achieve success with this. There is no magic wand or words I can say that will help you overcome this, and it does not happen overnight. It takes hard work, determination, and openness to releasing old unhelpful habits and ways of thinking and adopting new patterns. Unfortunately, it takes more than just watching a video or two.

The secret to overcoming mental blocks and releasing fears is ongoing study, dedication, and consistent application of these mental game tools at practice. You need to understand the mental block and how you are processing what is going on around that causes a build-up of fear and pressure. You must create habits that will allow you to step into a winning mindset daily.

As I start working with athletes, it is common for them to see a major shift in their progress in the first few sessions, but lasting change and overcoming this block for good takes commitment to a new way of thinking, new beliefs, and aligned actions. Every athlete’s journey is unique. Having a supportive team of skills coaches, a mental performance coach, and a community of positive, encouraging peers to work closely with will give you a tailored approach and help you find the most effective methods for overcoming your specific challenge and create lasting change. Sometimes you ultimately need a new strategy, and that’s what I want to give you.

In the next video I will send to your inbox, there will be a link to an invitation to join me and let me coach you so you can do this. You can do this and be so successful because you are here. Sometimes you need new strategies, a coach to walk alongside you, and encouragement to keep going, and I want to be there as your mental coach to support and cheer you on!

So please watch your inbox tomorrow for an email with a new video with your invitation to join me in my new program. The program is called the Mind Over Mental Block Course, and it’s a 12-week online course that teaches you mental game skills essential for pushing past mental blocks and fears.

This is a BRAND new, completely updated course that has previously only been available to my 1:1 coaching athletes. I will teach you the skills necessary to step into that confident, trusting, joyful athlete you desire, as well as give you application worksheets to help you tailor the content to your specific situation.

By going through this course, you will understand exactly what is happening, what you need to do to make progress in overcoming it, AND know precisely what to do each practice to move yourself forward. Just make sure you watch your email tomorrow because I will invite you into this program.

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