Your Inner Athlete: 3 Ways to Cope with Failure

By Dr. Haley Perlus on February 26, 2016 , categorized in Endurance, Strength + Conditioning

How to cope with failure

When you take 20 athletes of equal ability and give ten of them mental training, the ten with mental training will outperform the others every time. Whether you’re an athlete in competition, a health enthusiast, or new to sport and fitness, Sport Psychologist Dr. Haley Perlus shares how professional athletes mentally train to maximize results­—and how you can apply these insights to your life. Read on to empower yourself to take control of your mind, overcome fear and doubt, and realize your true potential.

Failure is a normal part of life. When it comes to training—whether for endurance or strength and conditioning—not meeting your goals can leave you questioning all aspects of your routine. Are you doing the right plan? Are you up for this goal? Why can’t you just get over this hurdle? Take your failure in training head on with these three sport psychology strategies:

How do you refuse to let failures stand in your way? Comment below with your top strategies.

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Dr. Haley Perlus

Dr. Haley Perlus is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Vega’s Expert Panel. With a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, M.S. in Sport Pedagogy, and numerous fitness and coaching certifications, Dr. Perlus is an expert at empowering athletes of all types and health enthusiasts achieve peak results. An adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, international speaker, former Alpine ski racer, appointed Industry Leader for, and author including soon-to-be-released The One Minute Dietand Guidebook to Gold, Dr. Perlus helps people reach their highest standard of performance. For a free chapter of one of her books visit