Monday, June 20, 2011

Jessica Boudria - Shares Her Experience Working with Mental Management

My name is Jessica Dawn Boudria, and I have been a contestant in the Today’s Girl Pageant since it began in 2006. Last year, at the national finals, I won Princess in my division (which is second place overall to the Queen title). This year, I wanted to be more successful at the state finals, which historically was a more difficult competition for me, partly because it falls at the very beginning of summer – always a busy time – and is usually the very next week after school is out. I just didn’t perform that well at the state pageant, and since I am a true Texas girl, the state title was a goal I wanted to achieve, but always seemed to peak at winning talent.

My mom heard about Mental Management and wanted me to attend sessions in preparation for the state finals, because, as moms do, she had a lot of confidence in me and knew that I could win the competition. When I met Heather Sumlin, she had a smile on her face that said “Welcome!” without her saying a word. She was very sweet and helpful, never criticizing me when I wasn’t sure of how to answer an interview question. She gave her opinion in a kind way, without attempting to change my views, but to help me express them clearly. Heather taught me to make my answers interesting, fun, and to always paint a picture for the judges to visualize so that they would remember me. She was interested in me and my life outside of pageants, too, so I really enjoyed going to my appointments with her. My mom began to notice that she didn’t have to prompt me to practice my talent or work on my interview questions for the pageant. I had developed my own drive to succeed because Heather helped me to determine not only why I wanted to win the state title, but also why I should win the state title. So many teenage girls, like me, have issues with their self-image, and by working with Heather, I began to have one of what Oprah Winfrey calls an “Aha moment.” I know for sure that I am an outstanding, talented young lady with a giving heart and a fun personality! How could the judges not enjoy me?

At the state finals last week, I went into the interview competition confident that my answers would be fun to listen to and when I left the interview room, I was sure that the judges liked me! That just made all of the other competition easier, because mentally, I was in the right place and for the first time, I wasn’t stressed or nervous about the competitions. I was ready to take the
stage! On the final night, I was thrilled to be crowned as the 2011 Texas Today’s Teen Queen and I am so looking forward to reigning for the year and having the opportunity to realize one of my reasons for wanting to be the teen queen – so that I could be a role model to younger girls and a positive mentor to those who are my own age. Now that I have Heather as my “life coach,” my confidence level is way higher and I know that I can use the lessons she has taught me not just in pageants, but as I apply for college scholarships and eventually apply for jobs that I really want. I consider Mental Management as my “secret weapon,” and Heather as a mentor and friend. Thank you so much, Heather!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Young Skeet Shooter Gains Mental Edge

Check out this testimonial from Christian Elliott's father. Christian is a 13-year old skeet shooter. He's already making a great name for himself with implementation of Mental Management System techniques and products. See how he has sharpened his mental game and how his Dad gained a mental edge too with our Performance Coaching product.

Mr. Bassham,

Our advisor/coach Larry Easley told us that I should share this with you. I have attached an excerpt from the June Skeet Shooting Review, profiling the NSSA All-American Team. I thought that it might be of inertest to you because of the effect that your material has had on our son. He is 13 yrs old and this will be our third year shooting. We have worked significantly with Larry and he has done a magnificent job in teaching him the mechanics of skeet shooting. This year, as Christian progressed, Larry began sharing some of your teachings. We read Freedom Flight together to begin our understanding of the power of mental management. I then bought the performance coaching product and have implemented those teachings. Within the last couple months, we have focused hard on the self-image part of the triad and as you can see in the article, “That’s just like me to hit that target” has made a profound impact on him. Just last week, Christian ran his first 100 straight in 12 gauge. However, the real testament to mental focus was that just a couple hours later, he ran another 100 in the 20 gauge! I know that without implementing your techniques, he would not have put together a 200x200 so quickly, or even at all. I just wanted to say thank you for putting what you have learned out to the public!
Thank you,
Greg Elliott

Friday, June 10, 2011

SALE this month!

Mental Management Systems is having a great sale this month until June 22!
Get the With Winning in Mind and Freedom Flight BOOK COMBO for only $25! That's like buying Freedom Flight and getting With Winning in Mind for only $3!

Get the With Winning in Mind and Freedom Flight AUDIO CD COMBO for only $40! That's like buying With Winning in Mind Audio CD and getting Freedom Flight Audio CD for only $5!

Don't miss out on this great chance to get BOTH of Lanny Bassham's books in hardcopy or on audio CD. These books are the most authoritative pieces of information out there for competitors of all types, all ages, and all applications. Great gifts for Dads and Grads!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Brad Dalke wins at 13!

Congrats to Mental Management client, Brad Dalke for being the youngest person to claim the AJGA Thunderbird title at just 13!!

Learn more:

Brad works with Mental Management instructor, Troy Bassham at Jim McLean's Golf Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Troy is the Mental Coach for the Jim McLean Junior Academy and is excited by this accomplishment!

To learn more about Troy Bassham and Mental Management check out our website or call 972-899-9640

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Living Life Like a Champion by Heather Bassham Sumlin

I grew up with an Olympic Champion as a Father. As a kid I didn’t realize how rare Olympic Gold was and how few people actually achieve becoming the absolute best in their field. I know what winning looks like and I realize it takes hard work, dedication and motivation to achieve success. But until the last few years I never took the time to appreciate how important my Father’s lessons are to my life. Today, I realize that not only are the lessons relevant to my goals in life but my journey to personal success has been made easier by the teachings my Father raised me to believe.

His lessons are fairly simple and here are three you can implement today:

“Determine a Dream Worth Trading Your Life For” When my Father was in college his grandfather was dying and these are the last words he told my Dad before he passed. “I never did anything a typical man couldn’t have done. I never forced myself to step outside of my comfort zone and try something scary or unknown. I regret that. Determine a dream worth trading your life for, because you are!” Every day we are trading our lives for something. We are heading down a path toward something; make sure it’s something you really care about, something exciting, something worth trading your time and your life to achieve. Make your days on this earth count and matter by stepping outside your comfort zone, forcing yourself to get uncomfortable and daring to live your dreams.

“Giving it 110% is a sure way to lose!” WOW! Everyone I knew outside of my family believed you had to give it 110% to be successful but the Olympic Champion who raised me said otherwise. If you give it all you’ve got and focus on winning or on the outcome only, you are pulled to over-try. The number one reason good performers fail in competition is because they try too hard, it matters too much and they focus on the results not the journey. Try putting more than 100% of the water needed to fit in a glass, it will overflow and you have a mess. Same thing with effort, too much makes a mess!

“Discipline Yourself to Become a Solution-Based Thinker” Looking back on my childhood I realize that we didn’t dwell on problems in our family. My father forced us to focus on what we needed to do differently, not what we did wrong. This method of correction helped to shape my self-image as a young child and truly created a positive outlook on life. My daily goals became attainable because I was focusing on how to make things happen and not what went wrong. I never heard my parents argue about why things couldn’t happen or discuss their misfortune. I only heard talk about how they were going to make it possible. We were encouraged to dream, to find solutions to our problems and to think outside the typical box everyone else was dwelling in.

I live in the same world as everyone else. I know times are tough and people are struggling. I realize that life is not all roses and rainbows but growing up I was told that there is nothing realistic about winning an Olympic Gold Medal. Life is not about being realistic or ordinary. Life is about taking the time to step outside of the ordinary and striving each day to do something new, become a better you and live your passion. So determine your dream, give it just enough effort to make it possible and focus on solutions when the problems head your way. Live the life of a Champion because although your dreams may not be Gold, they are worth striving to achieve.

Heather Sumlin is a Mental Coach and Director of Performance Programs for Mental Management Systems. Mental Management was founded in 1977 by Olympic Champion, Lanny Bassham. We teach athletes, business professionals and stage performers how to gain a mental edge in competition.

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