Why It’s Not All About The Physical Training When It Comes To Young Athletes & Their Long-Term Development…

From the outside looking in, you’d think that The Academy is all about helping these next generations strengthen themselves physically & mentally & providing them with nutritional and mental tools – and you’d be half correct… but that’s not how we view it nor what we tell the kids & parents we are blessed to impact face-to-face… The Academy is a school in a sense… it’s personal development whereby the main tools/vehicle we use is the physical training – but the majority of our work is done with cultivating a champion’s mindset

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You may have heard us say this before…

168 hours in a week…
Possibly 14hrs max of training time each week…
That’s less than 10% of your total time each week…

And when you look at the “greats” of every aspect of life, especially in a sporting realm, it’s not their innate talent that makes them great – as there’s only a 5% difference between them

What sets them apart is their mindset…

The way they attack their work…
The discipline they have to make sacrifices and take ownership of their lives & performances…

The way they embrace failure and seek out adversity to push & develop themselves even more

This is what it’s all about for the next generations… This is what they should be spending the majority of their time focus on when it comes to their long-term development… Cultivating these mental skills, as it’s what will stand with them for life

The physical training is simple, and like life, it’s a marathon, not a sprint… that’s the viewpoint that needs to be taken… but how can we adopt this viewpoint; well, by working on mindset

By knowing that the mind is the foundation for everything we do in life, so if we focus on this core concept, on helping develop this aspect, then the training & everything else will begin to fall as it may right into place

See kids, things are simple – but not easy – and yet, we make them out to be complex

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We create complexities to hide our imperfections as if we cannot understand something, we need to make it more complex in order to satisfy our ego… we say to ourselves: “I understand all easy things, so this must be way more complex than ‘that’”

When in fact it truly is that simple, we just don’t want it to be, as if we don’t get it that “makes us stupid” in our eyes and in others eyes – which simply isn’t the case

If you want to begin taking control of your life and developing your mindset, know this… you’re responsible for everything that happens in your life from here on out

Why? Because you’re now aware of this… you’re aware that your thoughts dictate your decisions and actions and therefore the results you achieve in every aspect

Blaming others for your circumstance does no one any good… take responsibility, step up, and own yourself

That’s where we begin…

With great responsibility comes great power” – Jim Kwik

As you begin to take responsibility for your actions… your training… your nutrition and recovery… your academics – you’ll begin to discover this sense of freedom and control that cannot be found elsewhere in life

And it’s this sense of freedom and control that brings power… a power that will see you get ahead of those around you and become the athlete & person you aspire to become

Don’t begin by trying to train or recover harder…
Begin by trying to understand yourself better, increasing your self-awareness, and developing your mental game

That’s where you’ll find success…

Nick Maier