Dr. Jim Taylor is an internationally recognised sports psychologist who works with Olympic and world championship medalists, junior elite athletes, and other professionals across many different sports. Formerly, he was a world ranked alpine ski racer. Currently, Jim is a 2nd degree black belt in karate, a marathon runner, an Ironman triathlete, and a nationally ranked age-group triathlete. He’s also the author of 18 books and hundreds of articles in his field of expertise.
Lewis and Jim discuss the importance of mental training and how to make a program for yourself. They also talk about Jim’s career as an alpine skier, the struggles he faced and what he did to overcome them.
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This episode at a glance
[00:18] Jim’s passion for triathlons
[03:47] From speed to endurance training
[06:58] Qualities of a top alpine skier
[08:19] Learning to be fast
[13:13] Developing resilience as a late bloomer
[16:13] What to train first: mentality or skill?
[18:45] A comprehensive mental training program
[23:05] Prime Performance System
[29:11] Why practice matters
[34:01] The five mental muscles
[38:06] Mental performance assessment & tools
[42:23] Jim’s most commonly used mental exercises
[47:07] Do mentally trained athletes have an edge over their competition?
[49:08] Practice like you compete
[52:44] Set an intention for each training session
[56:14] Stravanoia and ego control
[01:03:34] Every day can be a good practice day
[01:05:00] The five fundamental attitudes
[01:14:33] Mental obstacles for athletes
[01:25:19] Wrap up