Your Inner Athlete: How to say no gracefully

By Dr. Haley Perlus on February 12, 2016 , categorized in Inspiration, Put Yourself First

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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.

Sometimes you have to say no, to say yes to yourself, your goals and your visions. Whether it’s to commitments, opportunities, foods, or people, you can say no without putting yourself in an awkward social situation. First align on what your goals are by asking yourself:

  • What do I want
  • Why do I want it
  • How am I going to get it
  • Am I willing to make the necessary sacrifices to get it?

Then, use this language to say no:

What things do you have to say no to to achieve your goals?

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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 IHRSA.org, 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 www.DrHaleyPerlus.com

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