Monday, December 17, 2007

Photos of Jerry Kelly in Iraq in 2006

On Thanksgiving, Kelly spent his fortieth birthday November 2006, with the troops as part of the PGA's "Operation Links Handshake Tour." Here's a "slice" of the report:

"It was a life-changing experience," Kelly said in a telephone interview. "It was the coolest thing I've ever done."
The golfers visited 14 bases in Iraq, entertaining the troops with golf exhibitions and swapping stories with soldiers in conversations that stretched into the early morning hours.

"We hit balls off of Saddam's palace, off the back of a tank, off the wing of an Iraqi MIG fighter," Kelly said. "We stopped a soccer game in the Kurd region and hit balls off the field into Turkey. We hit balls in Mosul.

"We did a ton of stuff. We wish we could have spent more time with the guys. They were like, 'Thank you so much.' We were like, 'Are you kidding me? We're the ones who are thankful.'"

Jerry Kelly had a great 2007 season on the PGA tour with 7 top-10 finishes, 3rd in the Byron Nelson, his best ever finish at the Masters (5th), a great US Open (7th) and winning over 1.9 million on tour.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Freedom Flight - The Book?? How you can help make it happen!

Freedom Flight on Audio CD is our 2nd most popular product next to the book "With Winning in Mind". Our goal is to have the book "Freedom Flight" available for purchase by March 2008. Lanny Bassham has been working on the layout and the text over the past few months. We are steadily working on a cover. It will be a hard cover book and we expect it to be sent to print by January 2008. We have had many requests over the past 4 years for this audio to be in book form and it's finally happening!! We are so excited!

One thing we are missing is testimonials and endorsements to put in the book and to use on our website and marketing materials. If you have listened to the Audio version of Freedom Flight or have watched Lanny tell the story live and loved it please let us know! We would love to put as many comments as possible from our clients in our book and on our website. You may email endorsements to if you are interested in being included.

If you would like to be added to a list to contact as soon as we start taking pre-orders please send an email to We are starting a list of those who want to pre-order the book. As soon as it heads to the printer and we have a good idea of when it will be ready to sell we will take pre-orders.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Realtors seek "Mental Edge" from Lanny Bassham

Yesterday we had the pleasure of working with the sales team for Buehler & Associates, a realty team in Flower Mound, TX. Darla & Kurt Buehler have been in the real estate business for decades dedicating their lives to helping others find and sell homes. They have a large sales team to motivate and inspire each day.

9 members of the Buehler sales team attended a 3 hour Mental Management Business Sales Application Seminar with Lanny Bassham at our offices. The pressure of sales & business is much like that in the sports world. Lanny has spent the past 30 years teaching Mental Management to those who have to control their minds under pressure which includes business executives, managers and sales teams like those we met yesterday.

What a wonderful group of people who are focused on changing lives one home at a time! We thank Kurt & Darla for bringing their team to the seminar and we hope they gained much knowledge and strength from the course.

If you are interested in having our instructors work with your sales team please call 972-899-8940.

Are Elite Performers Born or Made? by Lanny Bassham

Elite performers are ordinary people with extraordinary traits.

In my profession I meet elite performers daily. I'm sure you know some as well. They look very ordinary on the surface and in most things in their lives they are quite ordinary. So what separates them from the non-elite in their sport or performance area? It is an extra-ordinary trait or two. These traits are acquired by the performer by making a conscious decision to excel. I will give you an example; work ethic.

Work ethic is defined as a set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence. Elite performers work harder and longer than ordinary folk. You have to pull them off of the field. Given the opportunity they would gladly work at their craft 24/7. Why? I believe that they do not see the effort to advance them in their sport as work. It is who they are and what they were put on the planet to do at this time in their lives. Is this an acquired trait or are they born with this idea? What do you think?

If it is acquired then elite performances are open to all of us but if the only way you can attain these traits are to be fortunate enough to be born with them then you either have it or you don't. It is like being tall or short. It is in the genes. Are there genes for success? I am inclined to believe not. All of the elite performers that I know have had times in their lives when the doubted that they had any gene-born talent for their sport. Now, I am not saying that talent does not exist. I know people that are talented because they can do things with less effort or with less time than it takes others to do the same things. I was not talented for baseball but I seem to be able to shoot a rifle. My point is that I never thought I had a talent for shooting. It did not come easy for me but I found a way to succeed at it anyway. How? I worked hard at it. Overcoming obstacles is never easy but it is always rewarding. The more difficult the obstacle is to overcome the more rewarding it seems. Maybe it is a good thing if you are not so talented because when you can do extraordinary things you will experience an extraordinary elation.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

With Winning in Mind - ON SALE for only $10


"With Winning in Mind" is on sale until November 30, 2007 for only $10 each! (this is a perfect Holiday gift and can be autographed at no extra cost!)

Click here to order!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Dogs Can Read??

We asked recently for photos of dog's competing in different dog sports for covers of new products. These photos are too adorable not to share. Raef as a puppy has his nose buried in the book "With Winning in Mind"! Classic!

Today we received this email:

Hi Heather,
Here are a couple of pics. you may like. The first is puppy Raef about to tear the book apart, but I got a good shot before I took it away.
The others are Raef one year later successfully competing in agility! Yes, I listen to the tapes and read the book too!


Monday, November 5, 2007

The Keys to Success

(This is an article from a past archery newsletter written by Mental Management instructor, Troy Bassham - the article was written for archers but the information is good no matter your sport)

The Keys to Success

In the Archery Audio "Improving the Self Image" (which is part of the set "Mastering the Mental Game of Archery") I talk about a five step plan that will improve your success. In this article, I will focus on two of those steps. First, champions focus and build on their successes. Second, it is important to stay solution oriented in your thinking.

You should find it rare that champions are complainers. Most of the time, champions talk and think about their successes. The reason why this is so important is that they are building a bigger and better Self Image by focusing on their good performances. In archery, we may not always have a good performance; but that doesn't mean we don't have some success that day. Every time we shoot, we experience short periods of great success. Focusing on these successes will help build your Self Image and therefore improve the likelihood of better performances and higher scores in the future.

Second step is that you must be solution oriented. Champions focus on solutions and do not dwell on their problems. It puts a different mind set on how you handle tough situations. Take a shooter who has a hard time finishing strong in competition. The average competitor will point out that if they finish like they started, than they would win more events. The average competitor’s focus is, "Why can't I finish strong? I never end good!" They focus on the negative and the problem not the solution to that problem.

The Champions focus is different. They make statements like, "I'm looking for a solution to finishing strong in competition!" They focus on one solution at a time and confide in one person about their situation, not everyone who will listen. This is important in building the Self Image of a champion. It is easier to win matches with the Self Image of a Winner. This way of thinking aids in the building process and generates better results in the future.

By Troy Bassham
Author of the Mastering the Mental Game of Archery Audio CD Series

Friday, November 2, 2007

Mental Management & Pageantry?

Mental Management Systems has been working with pageant contestants for the past several years. This summer Pageantry Magazine published an Industry Insite on our company.

Click here to view the article and advertisement

Here is a short version of the article:

What types of clients and events do you serve?

We teach a wide variety of clients, from professional athletes to parents of competitive youth. Recently, we have become more involved with pageant contestants, helping them apply Mental Management to improve the chances of reaching their goals. We can help anyone who has to succeed under pressure, including pageant competitors, stage performers, parents, directors and coaches.

Describe your products and services.

We offer products and one-on-one training. The best products to start with for pageant competition are the book With Winning in Mind and the audio CD What Every Pageant Contestant Should Know First About the Mental Game. Our web site lists all of our products that are applicable to pageantry and stage performance. The next step would be to call our office and set up a one-on-one training session. We also send out a free email newsletter each month which is helpful as a resource for our clients and way to stay in the loop.

What goals do you set for your clients?

We believe that goals should be about what you attain, not only what you accomplish. Pageants and other stage performance competitions are subjective in grading, making it difficult to goal set for something you do not have complete control over. We help clients set goals for situations they can control. We also want them to leave the competition feeling good knowing that they performed up to their potential under pressure. After Miss America this year, we received a phone call from Shilah Phillips, Miss Texas, telling us that her mental performance in competition was exactly where she needed it to be and thanking us for helping her with her preparation.

Why do you feel competitive events are important for participants?

I think competition forces you to strive for greatness, face failure, struggle through adversity, and analyze yourself deeply. Pageantry is a tough sport! Sometimes you learn more from your struggle up the mountain than you do standing on the summit – we love helping to make the climb a little faster.

Why do you enjoy being a part of the competition event industry?

Competition is everywhere. We compete for jobs, a spot on the team, the lead in a school play, promotions, business from clients—you name it. To be truly competitive, you need to have all of the ingredients in place, and your mental preparedness is part of the mix. There is nothing more rewarding than having our clients call or e-mail us with success stories. I can’t imagine a better business to be in.

Mental Management Systems, LLC
700 Parker Square Suite 140
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Heather Sumlin

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Smash'em & Bash'em Seminar for Shotgun Shooters January 24 - 27

In the Fall issue of our Shotgun Newsletter we highlighted a video about our seminar with Todd Bender & Lanny Bassham. If you did not receive that newsletter and would like to receive future emails related to shotgun please click here and make sure when you fill in the topics for email you check the box for shotgun sports.

Our seminar with Todd Bender & Lanny Bassham will be held January 24-27, 2008. We are ALMOST FULL so call now to register 800-879-5079 or 972-899-9640. click here for a link to more information on our website:

Half of the training will take place in our offices in Flower Mound, TX and the shooting application will take place at the Dallas Gun Club in Lewisville, TX.

We are limiting the class to ONLY 8 participants. We will begin a waiting list once we have all of the spots filled. We hope to be able to coordinate schedules again with Todd and do another seminar in the future.

Lanny is also working on booking a seminar just like this with Wendell Cherry for Sporting Clays Shooters - if you are interested attending a seminar with Lanny & Wendell please email so we can put you on a list to be contacted as soon as we have the dates scheduled!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Mental Toughness Seminar - July 21 - 26, 2008

Mental Toughness date has been decided - July 21 – 26, 2008 in Denton, TX. For those who may not know - Lanny Bassham offers 16 hours of instruction during the 5 day Mental Toughness Course at Eagle U for students ages 14 - College (25). Mental Management customers who use this code when they call will receive a $200 discount on tuition: code # 22774. Register before November 30th and save an additional $200. If you are in this age group or have a child in this age group who competes in anything, stage, sports, music, academics, etc. please check it out!

Below is information straight from the Eagle U website.

Throughout our lives and our children's lives, we face defining moments that have a profound effect on our future. Some look back, and our children may look back, at those moments and wish they could do it over, or prepare differently, so that they, simply put, could have performed to their potential - the level they have reached many times in practice.

We have all witnessed the talented individual that did not reach their potential in sports, music, education, stage, screen, or countless other endeavors. They choked and became afraid to try again for fear of failure.
Eagle "U" offers a program designed to teach students a system to perform at their best on demand under pressure.

Teaching the Mental Toughness 5-day program is a member of the Eagle "U" faculty, Mr. Lanny Bassham. Lanny is a two time world champion, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist and author of With Winning in Mind. Lanny has been training Olympians, corporations, and individuals wanting to improve their performance under pressure for over 30 years. Now the same proven system that makes the difference between excellence and average, is available to your student through Eagle "U".

Will your student move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplish goals and reach their potential? By following a system that separates medal winners from the rest of the pack, your student will learn:

• The three mental processes that control an excellent performance
• How to turn deficiencies into strengths
• The most powerful mental tools used by Olympic winners
• Why 95% of all winning is accomplished by 5% of participants
• The secrets of performing under the pressure of big competitions
• Mastering the stress of life's defining moments

Growing up we all pursued our talents, practiced our sports, music, and hobbies, until we mentally gave up. Physically we had not even reached our peak. We were coached how a particular activity is 80- 90% mental and only 10-20% ability or technique, but we always spent 80-90% of our time practicing technique and trying to improve our ability. What about the mental preparation? The Mental Toughness seminar will provide the tools and a proven system to take your student to the next level, and teach them how to continually raise the bar with their own level of expectations in all their endeavors.

When is it? July 21-26, 2008 in Denton, TX

for more details or to register call: 1-888-7 EAGLEU, or visit our website at

This is an amazing program and we recommend it to anyone who is able to attend. The cost for the 5 day program is very reasonable for the information you receive and the mentors who guide you. The Mental Toughness Program offers exceptional Mental Management training (16 hours) as well as all of the other amazing Eagle U speakers and perks!

Remember you save an additional $200 off tuition by registering before November 30, 2007! (seating is limited)

If you register for this seminar through Eagle U please take a moment to send us an email letting us know you will be there.

Thank You From Figure Skating Coach in Plano, TX

Hi Heather,

I just wanted to thank you for coming out to Liz's performance last week. The mental management training has really helped her. I'd also like to thank you and your Father for his great book! Not only has it helped with my teaching, but using it has made an incredible impact on my students. As you probably have heard, Marylin won her final round of the 2008 Southwestern Regional Competition for the Juvenile level and will be continuing to Junior Nationals in Salt Lake City the first week of December. Marylin has struggled during her performances over the last few years. She has read the book and we have both been applying the Mental Management principles to her training. The results have been astounding! She went from last place to first place in just one year! I am so excited to continue using the training and know it will help many skaters in the future.

Thanks again!


Andrea Larsson
Professional Figure Skating Coach
Plano, Texas

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Canine Cover Models Needed!

We are working on several new products for different dog sports and we need some photos to use on the covers. If you would like to send in a photo of your dog to be considered for a future product please email the photo to Heather Sumlin at

Please include your name, the dog's name, any accomplishments you want us to know about, how you use Mental Management in competition and/or preparation and your contact information.

We are working on products for the following dog sports:




We are in need of photos for Obedience immediately. We have a new Audio CD for Dog Obedience coming out as soon as we have a cover created. We would like to use a photo of a dog who's handler has an understanding of Mental Management and wants their dog on the cover!

We are looking forward to seeing the photos of our customers who use Mental Management in preparation and competition. Our goal is to always use a photo on our covers of a dog who's handler understands what our company is all about.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mimi Wilfong - My Road to Mental Control

My first encounter with Mental Management Systems’ products came when I started to shoot Olympic trap. I had been shooting for several years and was pretty familiar with trap, skeet, 5-stand, sporting clays, some wobble trap, helice, and a limited amount of international skeet. One of the gentlemen I was shooting with told me he had the "Bassham tapes" and wanted me to listen to them. He was a nice guy and had been shooting for a long time, so I figured I’d humor him and listen. I was not excited about the thought of his ‘assignment.’ He brought them to the gun club for me to borrow. There were 6CDs in the set (he had failed to mention that part). That seemed like an awful lot, but I figured I had an hour and a half drive home and I could listen to them then. I put the first CD in the player and began to listen. After about 25 minutes, I decided that was enough. As a 17 year old, there were other CDs that I wanted to listen to (and they definitely weren’t audio books or learning programs). I also got pretty bored listening to a guy who was sitting in a room by himself talking into a recorder. I was having trouble paying attention, because there was a lot of other stuff I could look at and not actively listen (oh! Look, a bird!). Plus, I figured, they recorded this before I was born. It was old information. I had all kinds of reasons not to listen to it. So I took it out of my CD player, returned it to its rightful owner, and didn’t think much of it.

Fast forward 2 years. My Olympic trap shooting had improved. I had been working with a coach and my scores were increasing. I was more consistent and really enjoyed the game. I experienced some success, making the National Development team and being able to travel overseas to compete as a junior. I kept hearing Lanny Bassham ’s name though. Every time someone mentioned the ‘tapes’, I was amazed that someone actually sat and listened to SIX hours of one guy talking. I figured they were crazy. The more places I shot and events I went to, the more I heard about Lanny. The people talking about him shot really well and were people whose opinion I respected. And these people weren’t crazy.

Another year goes by. My technical ability was pretty good. I could break every target and I knew it. I had made more teams to travel overseas and won some national titles. I was moving well to the target and had a solidpre-shot routine that I almost always went by. But why wasn’t I consistent? My mental game wasn’t there and I knew it. I was convinced that I had to do something. I had been to a group session with a sports psychologist, butdidn’t feel like I got much out of it. I didn’t want to learn to ‘deal with’ the scores I was currently shooting; I wanted my scores to improve. I didn’t need to hear that I should ‘figure out what works’ for me. I knew I needed to do that, but I wanted guidance and direction on HOW to do that.

Next , my mom calls to tell me she has scheduled my seminar with Lanny Bassham. And to make sure to read the book she was sending before I went. "With Winning In Mind" arrives in the mail. The first thing I noticed was that the book wasn ’t very long, which was good because I was thinking that anyone who could record six hours of audio would probably write a book longer than the Bible (Yes, I was still holding a grudge about that!). I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with Mental Management, but I was to the point where I was willing to try almost anything.

I’m a fairly fast reader, and I had the book read within a day or so. And I was EXCITED! I was ready for my seminar and wanting to try the techniques in the book.

My seminar was two days in December. The day after I finished my last final of the semester at Texas A&M, I drove to Mental Management Systems. I was tired of studying, tired of classes, and ready for a break. I was determined to focus for two more days though, because I was ready to see my shooting improve.

I spent two days learning about the Mental Management System, and left feeling excited and motivated. Lanny was easy to talk to, easy to understand, and great at answering questions. Two full days of sessions from 9-5 covers a lot of information, and I was exhausted. I knew I wouldn’t remember everything, so I made sure to take notes during my session so I could go back and review.

I left my seminar, enjoyed Christmas break, and began to implement what I had learned. I saw some improvement and was pleased. While at my seminar, I got some more Mental Management Systems products, including Winning Sporting Clays: It’s All In Your Mind. I’m one of those people who likes to shoot different disciplines for variety, and I could easily transfer the information in the sporting clays program to how it applies to trap. I found that after going to my seminar, CDs were easier to listen to and understand; I was able to pay attention to the CDs and not get distracted by something else going on. Really, I had matured and was more motivated to improve my shooting than I had been at age 17. The thought of listening to 6CDs wasn ’t as hard to digest once I saw the value in it. I also was introduced to the Performance Analysis. I had been keeping a shooting journal. Comparing my shooting journal to the Performance Analysis is like comparing Dr. Seuss to Shakespeare – related, but not the same. My shooting journal was very vague; the information was varied from entry to entry, and was usually an afterthought, if I even remembered to write in it at all. The Performance Analysis helped transform the way I talk to myself and aided in positive reinforcement. In my PA, I wrote all of the details that I had been keeping in my journal, but in a more positive and beneficial format. PA provides a structure and outline to refer to when I need to go back and compare training sessions and competitions. I complete my Performance Analysis on the same day I’ve shot and don’t have to struggle to remember how I shot two weeks ago. At this point in the evolution of my training, I was running my mental program pretty well most of the time. Some days I didn’t try as hard, and my scores reflected that.

As I mentioned, I am a student at Texas A&M University, and marketing is my major. I was looking for an internship related to my degree in an area that I had some interest in (not just a random internship picked from a hat). I approached the Basshams to see if they had any interest in employing an intern. Much to my surprise, they liked the idea and accepted me with open arms.

As I began to talk to people on the phone explaining Mental Management Systems and the products sold, I started to understand more about it myself. I re-listened to all of the products I had and listened to the others. Not only did this help me describe the products to customers, but it served as great reinforcement for my own mental game. Things I learned in my seminar continue to become clearer and each time I listen, I learn something new.

My training has improved immensely as I continue to develop my Mental Management System, especially in the past few months. It is important to realize that a mental program always has room for improvement. As I’ve trained this summer, I’ve improved my self image, gotten a lot better with imprinting and reinforcement, and have seen my scores become much more consistent. With a solid mental program, confidence level rises. Each time I go to the range, I continue to work on my program, and I spend time away from the range to improve my mental game. I’ve worked hard, and it has paid off. The more I run my system, the better it becomes. My focus has been on making myself run the system and to stay in the present rather than focus on the outcome.
I run my program, focus hard on every shot, and the resulting firework explosion of the target breaking is pure bliss – the process seems so simple.

Things I’ve Learned:

Implementing a mental system is not easy. You have to work at it and stick with it.
Inevitably, something will come up in your program that you need to find a solution to. I began working so hard on my mental routine and became so focused on that aspect of my shooting that I became less concerned with making sure my eyes were focused correctly before calling for the target. I couldn’t break targets that way. I learned to make sure my mental and physical training were in balance.

The people who say you should not begin to work on a mental program until you have become a very good shooter (AA or Master class)aren’t thinking clearly. If you wait that long, you’ve wasted valuable time that you could have been developing, implementing, and tweaking your mental game so everything falls into place much

Monday, October 8, 2007

Justin Leonard Rises to the TOP!

Congrats to PGA Tour Pro Justin Leonard who won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday!

Justin and his wife Amanda attended the first 2 days of training with Lanny Bassham last Spring. He is one of our Limited Elite clients.

Way to go Justin!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fred Funk Shoots Shotgun?

PGA Tour Pro, Fred Funk is known for his ability to keep up with the young guys on the golf course but this week we had a chance to watch him shoot a shotgun too. Lanny has been working with Fred Funk on his mental game this year. In fact, Fred and Sharon have really been instrumental in helping us assist the Pro golf community over the past year.

Fred is on a "Limited Elite" program where he received mental training guidance from Lanny Bassham throughout the year as well as 3 days of intense Individual Application Training in person. Fred and Sharon Funk came to Texas this week and spent time working with Lanny on Monday morning in our offices and then Lanny assisted Fred on the golf course for the afternoon. Tuesday, Lanny wanted to show Fred what shooting is all about and took him and his son Taylor out to the Dallas Gun Club to experience Sporting Clays! They are pretty good shots too! After all, Sporting Clays is kinda like golf with a shotgun - each station is different like each hole is different.

They had a great time! Sometimes it's fun just to do something new and exciting for a change! We tell our students all the time that to have that "Let's Just Have Fun Today" attitude and your performance will stay in line with your ability. So our goal for our Limited Elite Students is to not only help them with their mental game for their sport but also to have fun at the same time!

Fred and Sharon have an amazing family and have been incredible people to get to know. We have been blessed to have them in our lives and a part of our Limited Elite! Thank you for all you do!

Wednesday, Lanny and Troy took off to Madison, Mississippi for the Viking Classic to watch Fred play. They will stay for a day or two and then head back home. Since we work with such a wide variety of sports we do not get the chance to watch our students compete very often. It really is wonderful to be able to coach them during the competition time every now and again.

When a Door Closes - Look for the Open Window

(pictured is Helen Bassham, Jun Lee and Lanny Bassham)

Last week we had a wonderful visit from a friend of the family, Jun Lee. If you have read the book "With Winning in Mind" you may remember Lanny mentioning a student named Enchul Lee who is an Olympic Gold Medalist. Jun is his sister.

When we lived in Seguin, TX many moons ago, Lanny ran an international shooting school for rifle shooters from across the globe to train. Enchul became a part of our "shooting family" back in the 80's and we had the pleasure of getting to know his entire family. In fact, his mother chose to move toSeguin with her 4 kids to give Enchul the opportunity to train with Lanny full time!

Jun was an aspiring golfer and was very talented growing up. We went to school together and I remember she was always very dedicated to her sport and performance. She has spent her whole life competing with golf and has also trained with Lanny on Mental Management. Two years ago she moved back to Texas from California to train with Hank Haney in hopes of playing for theLPGA . Her dream crashed when she was injured and could no longer properly train golf. She can play a round but she can't hit buckets of balls due to her need to take breaks.

Unwilling to let her love of golf out of her life she searched for other ways to fulfill her. For quite sometime she had thought of the possibility of designing a clothing line for women who play golf. Something fashionable, yet with fabric that can breath and a design to allow you to move the way you need to when you play. She said she hated the fact that after playing she felt she would need to change before going out to grab a bite of food because what she was wearing looked too "golfy". She also said that some of the golf attire is difficult to truly move well in and not just play but compete in comfortably. Due to her new injury and inability to train full time she began her adventure of design. Her company "Styles By Jun" was born and she is excitingly promoting her new line across the country!

After spending time at lunch catching up, Jun brought in some samples of her clothing. We were all extremely impressed with the quality and style of each piece! Very nice job, Jun! In fact, I want to buy much of it for myself....and I don't golf, I just like the way it looks and feels. Most of it you can wear anywhere.

What is interesting is that her door to the LPGA was closed due to an injury but a window was opened and she is living a dream where she can still make difference in golf and she has found a new passion and strength with design and business ownership! Sometimes we need to look around when our world seems like it is falling apart to find that open window of opportunity.

If you are interested in learning more about her business "Styles By Jun" please check out her website or send her an email She is currently selling her designs through Golf Clubs and Golf Resorts across the country. Her hope is to have an online store for individuals to purchase in the future.

She also said that her break from training hasn't negatively affected her golf game. She still loves to play and her scores are actually improving so she is considering heading back to competition someday. Maybe that dream faded long enough for something new to arise but it may not be completely deadafter all.....

written by: Heather Sumlin

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Changing Your Self-Image

This article is from our October 2006 MENTALCOACH newsletter.

If you think you can beat me and I think you can beat me, it is all over for me! Self-Image, our opinion about ourselves, can determine our outcome in any performance. So, what can we do to strengthen our Self-Image and also our chances of winning? First, we will begin by reviewing just what causes the Self-Image to grow or to shrink and then we will get into practical things you can do to affect your Self-Image.

Of the three mental processes Conscious, Subconscious and Self-Image, the Self-Image is perhaps the most mysterious. The Self-Image includes your habits, attitudes and your comfort zone. When we perform within our comfort zone our Self-Image is OK with that but when we perform too well or too poorly the Self-Image tends to correct us to perform within the comfort zone. This can destroy a great start and create a crash-and-burn finish or it can lift you out of a bad start into a “score that is like you” at the finish.

When we perform well or when we imagine we are performing well our Self-Image grows. The opposite is also true. Every time we make a mistake or think about making a mistake we improve the probability of making that same mistake in the future. This happens because it becomes like us to perform in the way we are picturing, good or bad. Control the imprinting and you control outcome in the future. Remember, it is much easier to rehearse a perfect performance than to actually have a perfect performance because we can always determine the results in an imagined imprint.

One of the greatest contributors to a poor performance is to exaggerate the effect of a bad performance by thinking about it or talking about it. It is common in a competition to hear competitors talking about their mistakes. Every time they talk about it they imprint a mistake in their Self-Image and, in a way, determine their future performance through that imprint. Bad habits cost competitors titles. I believe that more competitions are lost by mental failure than by technical error. One of the chief contributors to failure is to reinforce a mistake by thinking about it and talking about it immediately after performing.

I encourage you to implement a new thinking pattern to your daily life and sport. I suggest that you decide today to choose to improve your self image by controlling your thoughts after a task. Instead of complaining about your poor performance and dwelling on it, trying imagining you performed perfectly. And try to spend more time thinking about the positives of your sport, business or life and less about the negatives!

With Winning in Mind,

Lanny Bassham

Recommended Tools to help with Self Image Growth:

With Winning in Mind

Freedom Flight

Performance Analysis

Monday, September 17, 2007

Junior Golf Radio Show w/ Troy Bassham

Recently, Troy Bassham was interviewed for the Junior Golf Radio Show on

The show is recorded LIVE on Saturdays from 2pm to 3pm to help Juniors and their parents gain insight into the world of competitive golf. This show is hosted by Bobby Minor who is a motivational speaker, author and publisher of Junior Golf Monthly Magazine.

You can watch Troy's interview online by clicking here.

Troy Bassham is our Director of Junior Development. He spends most of his time teaching Junior players & parents how to apply Mental Management. He also assist in the training we do for PGA Tour Players. For more information on our seminars for golf please call 800-879-5079.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Success Story from Ralph Pinney about his son Cory

Below is an email we received from a Father who wanted to share his son's successes with us! Congrats Cory!! (to share your success story on our blog please send an email to with story and photo)


I would like to let you know about my son's success story. Cory is 14 now,
and I've been printing off your newsletters for some time. Additionally,
we have both read 'With Winning Mind' more than once.

Cory has been shooting skeet for 3 years and this is the first year he has shot the subgauges. At the beginning of August, we attended the Junior World Skeet Championship tournament that was held outside of Boston, MA.
Cory did quite well. He received a World Champion gold medal for the the
12ga event for his age bracket. He also received a 3rd place bronze medal
for the 20ga event and a 3rd place bronze medal for the HOA event.
Considering that last year in the Junior World, he came back with only a participation pin becasue his gun broke and he had to shoot with a backup gun, Cory has come a long way in one year.

We can certainly contribute a portion of his success to the Mental
Management practices learned from the book and newsletters. Cory is very
strong in this area. Especially in not letting misses distract him. He
has a solid pre-shot routine and regularly visualizes shooting an entire round of skeet with the help of the audio I recorded.

Needless to say, Cory's entire family is extremely proud of his accomplishment.

I've included a couple of pictures.

1 Proud Dad,
Ralph Pinney

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Lanny and Troy to speak for Eagle U in January

Eagle "U" is a Leadership Camp for teens and young adults ages 14 through 25. Lanny Bassham speaks for their seminars each year on Mental Management and Troy Bassham speaks on finding the best college. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people. Below is an article sent to us from Eagle U, written by Austen Brown.

Seventeen years old, gangly, a self-proclaimed awkward tomboy who had just won Miss South Carolina Teen USA. Sounds quite strange in and of itself, but that was me. Though I’d been modeling for the larger portion of my life, I’d spent most of my years being teased about my weight and features. Then out of the blue, my childhood best friend convinces me that I should do a pageant. I never thought in a million years that I would win! But I am everyday thankful for having had that opportunity. Not necessarily because of the “obvious” reasons, but because of the seemingly smaller parts of the “prize package.”

After winning the title, I was told that I had a scholarship to Eagle “U.” My first question is, “What is an Eagle “U?” And the only answer that I was given was “You’re going to love it.” And they were right. I loved it. I walked onto the campus of Georgetown University an awkward teenager living under her circumstances, stained with a significant amount of self-doubt, a ridiculously low self-image, and a smile to cover up all of my “stuff.” All this while preparing for an opportunity of a lifetime. Not many people would know that I, “Miss Congeniality,” would feel the way that I did but Eagle “U” gave me the chance to be myself with no judgements and nothing but love, support, and amazing advice.

The tools that I learned in those five days of my life would lead me to the most momentous paradigm shift of my still changing life. The study skills I learned kept me on the Dean’s List. The interview skills have gotten me every job I’ve ever applied for. The goal setting I learned has kept me focused on all the things I know that I’m destined to accomplish. The mentoring program helped me “copy genius instead of creating mediocrity.” I was taught to have self- confidence and learned how to be a 10 every day. I learned to have an “attitude of gratitude,” how to love and respect myself enough to go after my dreams, and help other people get “more of what they want and less of what they don’t want.”

Eagle “U” has literally made me a better person. If I could give advice to any teenager, parent, guardian, or any person who cares about a teenager or college student, I would tell them to ship their kid/student to Eagle “U” for five days for the rest of their lives. And when they ask where they’re going, let them know that they’ll love it and rest assured that at the VERY least your student will walk “off campus” a more focused, loving, ambitious, more capable version of themselves. By Austen Brown

For more information on this life changing experience please call: 1-888-7EAGLEU!

The next Eagle "U" will take place January 2 - 6, 2008 (Location TBA but it will be the Dallas/Ft. Worth area)

Mental Management clients receive a discount by using this code #22774 when you register.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Danny Daniels shares his success on the golf course!

The email below was sent to us from Danny Daniels who has seen improvement in his play after applying what he learning from the following products: "With Winning in Mind" on Audio CD, Freedom Flight and What Every Golfer Should Know First About the Mental Game Audio CD

"First let me say that I am extremely pleased with my purchases and thoroughly enjoyed listening, taking notes, and implementing the system. After listening to the 3 different products it was time to take my newly acquired information, knowledge, and sincere desire to the golf course.

I am a 59 year old semi-retired, ex-Fire Chief/EMS Director, that enjoys
playing in amateur golf events. On my first encounter I shot even par for 3 rounds and won an event is South Carolina. I was diligent in my preparation and satisfied with my initial results. My next event was the Georgia State Senior Amateur Championship just outside of Savannah, GA. I was very excited about utilizing my new mental management system for such a prestigious event. I finished in the top ten and can honestly say that the system worked great and my few bad plays were when I didn’t use my system. The following week I played in a huge tournament in Valdosta, Ga. And was the first round leader with a 5 under par score of 67 after making bogey on the last two holes. I went on to finish 5th, my best ever at this venue, but more importantly validated that the system works.

I made a major advancement over the last month and I can’t wait to continue to improve as I hone my management system. By the way, I listen to the golf flight CD while en route to the tournament and it was great."

Thank you to Danny for allowing us to post these comments on our blog for others to see! Congratulations on your recent success and please keep us posted on future accomplishments!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

TV Reporter Jeff Crilley Shares Some Secrets to Getting News Coverage

A couple of years ago Lanny and the Mental Management Team met News Reporter Jeff Crilley at one of his Free Seminars. We have enjoyed getting to know him and think his message might be helpful to some of our clients who own businesses or volunteer for non-profit organizations and need to get news coverage. Below is an article we posted in a past newsletter from Jeff. If you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area he has a "Do It Yourself" PR group that meets each month. (Lanny spoke for one of hi meetings earlier this year)


By Jeff Crilley, Author, Free Publicity

Do you have a great idea for a story, but no clue how to get it in the news? Are you tired of pitching press releases the news media simply ignores?

After twenty years of beating the street as a TV reporter, I have a scoop for you: the media needs good stories. But most stories are pitched so poorly, they are lost in the blizzard of faxes that blanket every newsroom.

So, here are five steps to increase your chances of getting covered that even some PR pros don't know:


The old adage about "Man bites dog" still holds true. The news doesn't cover what's normal. We cover the abnormal.

Holding a golf tournament? That's not necessarily news. Check your paper. If
you live in a large city, there are probably a half-dozen tournaments every weekend. But if you created an unusual event, you just might get coverage.

I've heard of tournaments that get great publicity with a helicopter golf ball drop. They sell chances for large cash prizes by writing the person's name on the ball and then hire a helicopter to drop a thousand golf balls over a hole. If your ball drops in the hole, you win. Sometimes the photo of all those balls dropping will make the front page.


Reporters tell stories with pictures. If the pictures aren't there, chances are the reporters won't be either.

Even the most non-visual story can be made visual if you're creative. Recently outdoor gun ranges all across the country made TV newscasts by inviting reporters out to talk about safety and to show on a target what the spray of gunshot from Vice President Dick Cheney's accident might have looked like .


Perhaps the most common mistake even some PR pros make is trying to sell a good story to the wrong person. Most reporters have a specialty, like "crime" or "business."

So, seek out the reporter who will have the most to benefit from your story. Start studying the news. Before you call a TV station or try and pitch the paper, become familiar with a reporter's work. Don't try and sell an investigative story to a reporter who covers entertainment.


If I were going to send a press release to a reporter, I'd write the kind of headline that a newspaper would run. And I'd make the rest of the release so conversational that a TV anchor could read it right on the air.

Why is this so important? A major market newsroom gets hundreds of press releases every day. Often the decision on whether to cover your story is made in a matter of seconds. Many times that well-crafted sentence in the third paragraph of your press release is never read.


The holidays are the slowest "news times" of the year. When government offices are
closed, so are most of our sources. Take advantage of it.

In fact, take out your calendar and begin circling government holidays. If the government isn't making news, we reporters are scrambling to find something to cover. Pitch even an average story on a day when the media is starving for news, and you're much more likely to get coverage.

There you go. Now you're armed with knowledge that even some well-paid public relations professionals don't practice. If your idea is unique, visual, and pitched to the right person when the supply of news is running thin, you're in!

Jeff Crilley is an Emmy Award Winning Reporter who speaks at no charge on PR. His book Free Publicity is available at bookstores everywhere or online at

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Journey of a Dream

Recently when reviewing the Audio version of "With Winning in Mind" we noticed that the poem "Journey of a Dream" was not included on the CD. Journey of a Dream is a poem written by Lanny Bassham and included on the 2nd edition printing of the book "With Winning in Mind". Many people pass by it as it is before the table of contents. So just in case you missed it, here it is! Hope you like it!

Journey Of A Dream

A dream is born in the mind,
A picture of what might be
A vision of a new and better life.
But if it stays in the mind,
It becomes another wish unfulfilled.

It must move on

The dream moves to the heart,
Feelings surround it, giving it life.
But if it stays in the heart,
It becomes a “could have been,”
Dying in the fire of emotion.

It must move on.

The dream moves to the hands,
There to be put into action
Having been given life in the heart,
It comes to fruition through work.
But if the dream stays in your hands,
It becomes self-serving.

It must move on.

So place your hand in the hand of another,
And the dream moves on…forever.

-Lanny Bassham

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Lanny & Heather in Sequim WA

Lanny and I just got back from Sequim, WA yesterday. We did a 2 day seminar for dog agility competitors! What a blast!! We had 12 people in the session who all compete with their dogs in agility on different levels. Some are fairly new to the sport and others are veterans. We had a chance to watch a few of them train their dogs on Karla Kimmey’s outside ring. That sure looks like a lot of fun! My dogs recently passed away so the time spent with the dogs was fun and emotional for me. I even learned a little bit and got to assist in helping one Aussie over a jump and through the weave poles. Very cool – I can see how that sport can be addicting.

This seminar was the last dog agility class we have on the calendar but I sure hope it’s not our last session. It was wonderful and everyone there was amazing to meet and learn from as well. The class was comfortable, casual and Lanny was hilarious – he had the group in stitches a few times. I wondered for a moment if he was auditioning for Last Comic Standing. At one point Karla even said – “Hey, Lanny I’d love to be your Stand Up manager”. Karla is always a wonderful host and the fact that everyone was able to camp out on her property and run their dogs was an added plus.

Our seminars vary from group to group and session to session. The content is always similar of course – we use the same slides and have the same outline but the group really leads the discussion in many ways. This was my first travel seminar experience with agility. I loved it! I learned a lot and I’m thankful to have been able to go. Everyone was very open and fun. I talked to several of the attendees after the session and got a really strong feeling that they left with the knowledge they came for – that’s our goal!

Posted by: Heather Sumlin

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Elite

The Elite: Lanny Bassham

95% of all winning is accomplished by only 5% of the participants. We call this group the elite. Why and how are they able to win so often? Is it because they are just talented or in the right place at the right time? What about opportunity? What role does wealth play in winning?

I've interviewed hundreds of the elite and I do not find an abundance of either natural ability or wealth to be a common denominator. You would think that expensive sports like shotgun and 300m free rifle would have more rich-kids at the top of the ranks and that just doesn't seem to be true. Many of our champions were trained by the military which is open to all. To be certain we have some wealthy in our ranks but do not think that your pocketbook is always the limiting factor to success. I can name more elite shooters coming from modest incomes than from wealth ones. Talent is a short term advantage and is soon overcome by hard work.

Common traits of the elite are abundant desire, an expectation to win, discipline, willingness to work hard, a belief that they can and will attain elite status no matter the obstacles and an almost religious calling to the sport. We can debate whether these traits are ones we are born with or ones we acquire. I think it might be a little bit of both along with a dash of fate thrown in. Just as soon as you think that someone has no chance to win because of no natural ability or financial status they somehow seem to win anyway.

I am certain of one thing. Winning belongs to those who think about the process of winning, who just cannot stand not to be among the elite and are ready to take action today to make it happen. This year I hope you find yourself among those on the winner's road. It is surely a narrower way but worth the trip.

With Winning in Mind---Lanny Bassham

The Benefits of Mental Management by Eadoin Ni Challarain

The Benefits of Mental Management by Eadaoin Ni Challarain – Irish Olympic Canoe Competitor

I met Lanny Bassham two years after competing in my first Olympic Games (Sydney 2000) and, by then, I was desperately searching for real ways to train my mind for top level performance. I was familiar with many sports psychology techniques and had read avidly, any material I could find on the sporting mind. What I had not found was a good approach that focused solely on winning, until I discovered Mental Management. Now, I have an effective system to train my mind. Every session I do involves training my mind to allow my body to perform optimally, and it is working.

I race in Canoe-Slalom. My event is a sprint race, of up to 110 seconds, on a whitewater river. The aim of the game is to go fast from start to finish and to go clean through hanging poles called gates above the river, where a time penalty is incurred with a touch or miss. There are many variables to this sport. Races are held on different rivers that can vary hugely in character. The gates and path of the race go up the night before the event and so practice is all in the mind. We get two runs - no practice. This is a mind game above all else.

What I have learned, specific to my sport, but applicable to most, is that I can change my habits and attitudes, for example, I have changed a nervousness I previously had to upstream in the flow( a particular technique in canoe-slalom), to a confidence now, that this is a strength of mine and it has become an edge.
I work constructively now to reinforce the aspects of my training and life that build me as a winner. I have a clear vision of were I am going and how. I race with a clearer and more focused mind. My results are better. Mental Management has been, and continues to be a vital tool for me in my quest to winning in my sport. I just hope my competitors don't hear about it!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Miss Texas @ Mental Management Systems

Photo by Zac Grimaldo

Monday August 6th we had the pleasure of training the newly crowned Miss Texas, Molly Hazlett as she begins her preparation for Miss America. At only 20 years of age this was Molly’s 3rd attempt at capturing the Miss Texas crown. Although young, Molly is very driven and became a business owner at the age of 15 opening her own dance studio. We were extremely impressed with her maturity, humbleness and presence. She is an amazing young lady and we are excited to be working with her over the next few months to help her prepare mentally for the Miss America competition in January.

Miss Texas is a tough job. On top of the typical appearances of modeling, interviews with reporters and signing autographs, Molly will speak to over 100,000 school age children on her platform of Drug and Alcohol Awareness as well as promoting Texas Cares for Children and the Miss Texas Organization. She will make over 350 appearances this year leaving her few days off to train for Miss America so she will have to prepare on the road. More than just a crown comes with the title of Miss Texas. Molly won a car to use for her year of service, a furnished apartment to live in rent free, over $11,000 in scholarships for school and many other incredible prizes. The photo included in this post was taken by the Official Photographer for Miss Texas, Zac Grimaldo. Training for Miss America is provided from various sponsors including Mental Management. Molly attended an 8 hour class on Monday and will receive a year’s consultation with Heather Sumlin as she prepares for Miss America.

Mental Management sponsors the Miss Texas Organization and the Miss Plano/Frisco Organization each year. The reason we sponsor in pageantry (may seem odd to some) is because Helen Bassham (Lanny’s wife) and Heather Sumlin (Lanny’s daughter) have been involved with pageants since Heather was 13 and have a special interest in the Miss America System. Today they both serve on the board of the Miss Plano Frisco Scholarship Organization which is a local preliminary to Miss Texas. These organizations are non-profit and use the money raised to give scholarships to the women who compete.

Most competitors we train in other sports could have many chances at a National title. With the pageants you only get one shot. Molly won’t be able to come back next year and compete again. Miss America in January is her first and only shot at the title! Because of that intensity and pressure we feel our Mental Management System can help give contestants an edge.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Elder Wins Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open!

Wow! Congratulations to Mental Management Systems client Brad Elder for winning the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open by FOUR STROKES!

Adding to his top 10 finishes this year (Henrico County Open, Fort Smith Classic, and Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship), Elder is well on his way to the PGA TOUR with his first Nationwide win since 1999.

(He also won fans a cheeseburger for making birdie on the 17th hole in the 4th round!)


Friday, August 3, 2007

Are You Willing to Go the Extra Mile?

Every now and again we want to post past newsletter articles on this blog to
give you an idea of what kind of articles are in the newsletter and have
more content on the blog site for you. Below is an article that was posted
on our MENTALCOACH newsletter years ago. We have been sending out newsletters each month
since July of 2003 so as we post new material and testimonials on our blog
we will also feature a past article from time to time - come back often!

Are You Willing to Go the Extra Mile?

We have all heard this phrase. What is this extra mile they are talking about? I think it is when you are willing and able to do the things that the non-winners are not willing and able to do. Like doing the things that we know that work that are actually boring when we do them. For example; it’s fun to shoot a rifle for an hour or so. But if you do it 5 hours a day for 5 days a week it gets old. Have you ever heard of dry firing? That’s when you get into position with your rifle or pistol and aim at a black bulls-eye on the wall of a room and activate the trigger on an empty chamber. Wow! Do that for an hour or so and you learn a new definition of boring. So why do we do it? We do it because it gets us points and because most of our competition will not do it. That gives us an edge.

Another example is keeping a performance journal. Remembering to record your data in a positive way after every performance is not something most performers do. It takes discipline and effort. Most performers are just too lazy to do it. But, every time you are willing to write in your journal you are going the extra mile and you have an edge on your competition.

Also, I have noticed that your chances of winning improve in direct proportion with your tendency to avoid the habit of cutting corners on your sport. It is the opposite of going the extra mile. It becomes a test of your character. Is it like you to finish what you start? We live in a fast paced, "get it now" society where working for what you want is often replaced by expecting something for nothing. Winning isn’t quick and it isn’t easy. You don’t win by cutting your training short to go have fun with your friends. Most of the really worthwhile effort in preparing for competition is boring and raises a sweat so get used to it if you want to be at the top of your game.

Every sport has its boring but essential moments. It’s the extra mile you walk when no one is looking that really pays off in the competition.

I Am

The August issue of our MENTALCOACH newsletter includes information for parents on using Mental Management with kids - training options, etc.

Keeping with the theme of back to school and kids, I thought I would add this information on our blog: One thing I like to challenge people to do when I work with them is take the time to get to know yourself. I think we walk through life everyday and we meet people, we get to know others but how often do we actually take the time to sit alone and soul search? I know I spend much more time as a Mom focusing on the needs of others and not truly goal setting or soul searching for what I want for myself. This hit home for me 2 years ago when I read an assignment my son had done in school.

The teacher gave the first 2 words of several sentences and the kids filled in the sentence - the sentences began: I am, I wonder, I see, I hear. I learned so much about my son through that exercise and I pass it on to my students today. Below are his answers - (he was 9 when he wrote this and I haven't changed his words).

I Am by Austin Bassham/Sumlin

I am a very nice person who cares a lot about my parents.

I wonder why people have dreams about different things.

I hear people call for my help when they need me to zip their backpack or something like that.

I see people with no money, no homes, no anything on the news.

I want those people to earn a home and have happy lives.

I am a person who does not want anything bad to happen to anybody on earth.

I pretend I am not sad when I am.

I feel sorry about those people out there who have no homes at all.

I touch the keys on my piano and play what I can.

I worry that endangered species of animal such as the tiger will go extinct.

I cry when an eagle gets a broken wing and doesn't go to a vet.

I am a person who cares for every living thing in existence.

I understand that some people are mad at the world for something.

I say that someday I will become an inventor and invent something that will help those people.

I dream that weird things happen and I have to find out what is happening.

I try to remember to help those people.

I hope that in the future people will have better lives than before.

I am also a person who prays to God.

Post written by Heather Sumlin
Director of Customer Relations
Instructor for Pageant and Stage Performers

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Person In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self, And the world makes us
King for a day, Just go to the mirror and look at yourself, And see what
that person has to say.

For it isn't your father, mother, husband, or wife, Whose judgment upon you
must pass: The person whose verdict counts most in your life, Is the one
staring back from the glass.

He is the person to please, never mind the rest, For he is with you right up
to the end, And you've passed your most dangerous difficult test, If the
person in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway Of years and get pats on the
back as you pass, But your final reward will be heartaches and tears, If
you've cheated the person in the Glass.

Dale Wimbrow, 1895-1954

We all struggle from time to time with our self talk and our self image. No one who walks this earth has a more important opinion of you than you do!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Good luck PGA Tour members!

Mental Management Systems wishes all our tour players the best of luck this weekend at the World Golf Championships and the Reno-Tahoe Open!

Monday, July 30, 2007

What Is Winning?

What is Winning? To different people that question means different things. To me, at one time that meant winning an Olympic Gold Medal someday. About 28 years ago I was faced with a greater challenge in my life. This may be a little long but trust me it will be well worth your reading.

My name is Anthony Parish. Lanny Bassham’s wife, Helen, is my first cousin. Lanny and I became close while I was in high school, before he competed in his first Olympics. Later, when I went in the Army I was assigned to the Army Marksmanship Unit on the Running Target Team. From the time I was in high school I looked at Lanny (and I still do) as the brother that I never had. I can never say enough good things about Helen either. If my sister had lived I would have wanted her to have been just like Helen.

After being assigned to the Marksmanship Unit for a period of time I starting having very bad headaches. I would go on sick call but was told I only had an infection. Shortly before Lanny won his Gold Medal in the Olympics he developed this Mental Management program to teach other people. Guess who was one of the first people to sign up for his class? Little did I know I would not be using it for my shooting but to save my life.

I got out of the Army in August of 1976. The headaches were getting worse. I started to college and started pushing myself to the point no one should. I told myself the headaches were just because of the stress of going to college fulltime, working fulltime and I had just started the police academy. It was a couple hours of sleep her and an hour there, etc. In July 1978 my world came to a stop! I truly believe God puts people in our life to help you through the bad times and I was going to embark on upon a time that would change my life. This testimony is not to take away from the blessings of God or from the skills of the doctors, I want to make that clear. This article is just about Mental Management and how I believe it helped me save my life.

In July 1978, I was involved in a car accident. I was taken to the hospital and they x-rayed my head. I was then sent to another hospital and had a C-T scan and several doctors came in the room. The main doctor told me I had a brain tumor about the size of a golf ball and they needed to do surgery to take it out. I asked how long I had to live. I was told they could give me 6 months but no more than 2 years.

Looking back, that was the second most scared I have ever been in my life. Most of my life’s career has been going toward danger. What most people run from, I run to. That is what I got paid to do and I am no stranger to fear. But terror, the kind that scares you all over, the kind you have no control over is what I was feeling. It’s one thing for a doctor to tell you that you have a tumor in another part of your body but when they tell you that you have one in your brain time stops and fear sets in. I remember trying to kid with myself thinking “When they are in there I hope I don’t hear whoops”. You might wonder how I could even think such a thing. When you are hit by a Mack truck you start looking for anyway to get out of the road. I had to get control of myself. I could not afford to fall apart.

I remembered one principle of Mental Management that came to me in a question form “Are you going to let the environment control your thoughts or are you going to take control?”. At that moment I chose that as my battle cry for this war. For this battle was not only over my body but also my life and my way of life. Dr. Porto told me to leave the hospital, get my affairs in order and make plans to be back in 2 weeks for surgery. The doctors would not speculate on my chances. I started running my mental program I learned from Lanny. In fact, I remember when I got home I called Lanny first. Lanny holds nothing back from his students. There is nothing hidden for some special student. Lanny had pay value in this, not only because I looked at him as an older brother. See cancer, plagued our family and Helen’s mother died from cancer she need not lose a cousin too. Everyone thought I was going to die, cancer was going to take another family members life. Oh yes, Lanny had pay value in my ability to use the program. He gives each student everything he has and I was no different. Before I went back to the hospital I talked with Lanny several times and I was running the plan.

I check into the hospital with nothing but a positive attitude. I checked in several days before surgery for test to be conducted. I made a point that no one was coming into my room unless they were positive and upbeat. My life depended on my mental state. The night before surgery I had a room full of visitors including Lanny and Helen. The nurse walked in with a sleeping pill for me to take. I informed her I was doing just fine without it. I do not think anyone else caught onto what I told the nurse but Lanny did. After everyone had left for the evening I started working my mental plan. I went right to sleep.

It was the day of brain surgery, the nurses were wondering how someone like me could be so upbeat. Just prior to surgery I started getting scared again so I really had to work hard on my mental plan. I was in a room with loved ones but I closed my eyes and tried to imagine a positive outcome. I could hear people talking but I could not hear what they were saying. I was taken to a cold dark room just outside the operating room. At this moment in time I was the most scared I have ever been in my life. I must have been there for 15 minutes alone thinking there is nothing I can do. They are going into my brain and I may die today. I was scared. Then I said out loud “Are you going to let your environment control you or are you going to take control?” It helped control my fear. And each time I would ask myself that question and answer with a strong “I will take control” a little bit more fear left. In what seemed like days they finally came to take me to the operating room. I looked at Dr. Proto and said a few words to him. Next thing I knew I was out.

I remember starting to wake up during the surgery and trying to scream but my head and chin were secured. And I asked myself again “Are you going to let the environment control you or are you going to take control?” Before I could answer myself I was out again. The next thing I remember is waking up in I.C.U. Dr. Porto told everyone that the surgery would take at least 4 hours. I was out in less than 2. He also said that I would be in I.C.U. for at least 3 days. I was out of I.C.U. in less than 24 hours. Lanny asked Dr. Porto why the surgery went so well. Some of the reasons Dr. Porto gave was because of the good night’s sleep the night before and the positive attitude I had.
There is some damage to my brain because of the tumor. Years later my medical condition because of the residuals are so bad that some days I cannot even get out of bed. But I am able to use the Mental Management program Lanny taught me to help lessen the chronic pain. There are some things a person cannot change. But you can improve what you cannot change. I cannot change the fact that damage was done to my brain but I can improve my quality of life by controlling my thoughts. I may not have an Olympic Gold Medal but I am living proof that Lanny’s program works. I am honored to be the first person to apply the Mental Management program prior to, during and after my surgery. I use it everyday to control or lessen the chronic pain that I suffer from. My dreams of Olympic Gold are gone. But when confronted with learning something that will win you a medal or help save your life I will take what is behind the door that will help save my life every time. The nice thing is Lanny’s course does both.

Reaching the level of Master Peace Officer in Texas I was able to adapt his course to all types of situations. But for now I use it to control my chronic pain. I still enjoy shooting even though my mind and body don’t want to work together some days, still I can get a barrel down range and maybe even put a few down range too. So if you see me on the range, stop by and say hello. Just getting up and down the range is viewed as a very, very good day for me. I hope my insight has helped you understand something about Lanny’s program. It is not only for shooters and business professionals. It can be used when people are confronted with the worst things that life can throw at them, when your whole world comes falling down on you. If you can make it through that – you can be a WINNER too!

Thank you Lanny and Helen!

Anthony T. Parish

Thursday, July 26, 2007

...Client Happenings...

The National Sporting Clays Association ranks competitors using a point system to name All-American teams at the end of the year.
Mental Management clients lead the NSCA All-American Points races! Congratulations to Wendell Cherry, Curtis Mauldin, Gebben Miles, and Scott Robertson for taking 4 of the top 7 spots! Also congrats to Hub Johnson for leading the juniors!


"If you want to find the missing ingredient for the mental game of golf, see Lanny."
-Fred Funk, PGA Tour Player, AT&T Championship Winner 2006

We are happy to work with some of the top players in the world. Fred Funk has won three tour victories since starting to use our system last fall; 2006 AT&T Championship. 2007 Turtle Bay Championship and the 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. Go FRED!!

Good luck to our PGA tour players this weekend at the Canadian Open!!!

Miss Teen Texas

Mental Management Systems recently had Miss Teen Texas, Callie Thompson, in the office preparing for Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant coming up August 7-11!

Callie spent the day working with Heather and is ready to blow the competition away!

Mental Management pageantry clients, including Heather Hodges, (first runner up to Miss Texas; preliminary swimsuit and talent winner), Erin Hunt, (first runner up to Callie Thompson, Miss Teen Texas. Erin also won preliminary talent and overall fitness), and Miss Texas 2006, Shilah Phillips (first runner up at Miss America last January) experienced great success with Mental Management. We're so proud of each of them for using Mental Management in handling the pressure of competition. They worked hard and it showed!

Good luck to our other pageant competitors with your upcoming events!


Lanny and Troy just got back from a training session with the FBI!

Past Mental Management clients have included PGA and PGA tour players, Miss America finalists, Miss USA winners, World and Olympic champions, Fortune 500 companies, The United States Secret Service, The US Navy SEALS, The United States Army Marksmanship Unit, The US Marine Corps Marksmanship Unit and Olympic teams of USA, Canada, India, Japan, Republic of China, Korea and Australia.....

but the FBI was a new adventure! They had a successful seminar, got to try some cool FBI stuff, and came back with a t-shirt!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What is Mental Management?

In the book With Winning in Mind, Lanny Bassham defines Mental Management as "the process of improving the probability of having a consistent mental performance under pressure, on demand." What does that mean to you, the blog reader? That may depend.

If you are a serious competitor, you may view Mental Management as the secret weapon to your success and an essential part of your practice and competitive performance. Without a mental system, athletes run the risk of becoming lost or unfocused during a serious competition. Mental Management has helped thousands of competitors across the world compete at the optimum level of their potential.

If you are an amateur competitor who only competes for the fun of the sport, Mental Management may be the extra little push that you need to help you perform in competition similar to your practice.

For the weekend warrior, Mental Management can be used to help increase the probability that your buddies will have to buy you lunch after 18 holes of golf proves your superiority.

For the stage performer, Mental Management can help to unlock your potential and enjoy your performance.

Mental Management was founded in 1977 after Lanny Bassham had been using his system for several years in international competitions and winning! He is an Olympic and World Champion. He also has served as an Olympic Coach and owned his own International Shooting School for 11 years. He has been teaching Mental Management since 1977 and how his children, Troy Bassham and Heather Sumlin are also instructors.

The Mental Management System is a recognized mental training program that is taught to and used by World and Olympic Champions throughout the world. Some of our current and past clients include the PGA and PGA tour players, Miss America finalists, Miss USA winners, World and Olympic champions, Fortune 500 companies, The United States Secret Service, The US Navy SEALS, The United States Army Marksmanship Unit, The US Marine Corps Marksmanship Unit and Olympic teams of USA, Canada, India, Japan, Republic of China, Korea and Australia.

Mental Management products and training have been used in over 50 sport & performance applications including: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Biathlon, Billiards, Bowling, Business, Cheerleading, Curling, Cycling, Darts, Dog Sports, Drag Racing, Equestrian, Fencing, Figure Skating, Fly Casting, Flying, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Martial Arts, Pageantry, Personal Growth, Pistol, Raquetball, Rifle, Rodeo, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, SASS, Skeet, Skeleton, Skiing, Soccer, Sporting Clays, Stage Performance, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trap, Track & Field, Triathlon, Twirling, Volleyball, Water Sports, Wrestling, Youth Sports and more.

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