“What percent of _______________ is mental?”
That simple question is what inspired Soul Performance Academy.
The world's top athletes, performers, and coaches know the importance of mental skills training. Soul Performance Academy is now bringing those training methods to every level. From the little league diamond to the international stage, Soul Performance Academy has programs that will help you perform at your highest level.
Back to our original question:
“What percent of _______________ is mental?”
It did not matter if we asked football players, volleyball players, percussionist, or even vocal performers. The answers were almost always the same. Most responded with somewhere between 70 to 90%. Then, when we asked how much time was spent working on the mental aspect of their craft, it was between 0-20%. This huge disparity is what guides us.
Training for Athletes, Coaches, and Parents
The top athletes and coaches in the world know the importance of mental skills training, motor learning principles, and teamwork. Unfortunately, most youth, high school, and college level teams believe they do not have the time, money, or knowledge to properly train in these areas. This is where Soul Performance Academy will help. We work with athletes of all ages and abilities, coaches, and parents to help design custom training solutions. While athletes tend to be the main focus when mental skills training is discussed, it is imperative that all of those involved in a program have a common understanding of the process and goals. The mental aspect of sport is often listed as one of the major components to any program, yet is usually the area trained in the least.
Why Soul Performance Academy?
A lot of buzzwords are being used like Mental Toughness, Grit, and Mindfulness. While all these aspects are important, they key is developing a program that is specific not just to your discipline, but also specific to the person. Soul Performance Academy does not provide “cookie cutter” solutions to create “mental toughness”. What we do provide is a Mental Skills Training plan that is specific, long term, and adjustable. This online campus is just a small part of our overall options. Please visit our main website: www.soulperformanceacademy.com for more information.
Training for Performing Artists, Instructors, and Parents
We share your passion for the performing arts. Musicians, vocal performers, dancers, actors, and the numerous other performing artists in the world can all benefit from our programs. We work with those who may have performance anxiety, stage fright, or low motivation. We will also help with those instructing the artists to find better methods of education, confidence building, and group cohesion.
Mind & Body: United
We make sure our staff is current with the latest methods in performance psychology and mental skills training, and combine that with the latest technology to provide top of the line training for individuals, groups, and entire programs. We work with athletes from the junior ranks to the professional level. We also have solutions for those in the performing arts like marching band, orchestra, and vocal performance. Lastly, we work with companies who are looking for ways to motive workers, increase efficiency, and build a team culture.
Training for the Corporate Workforce, Management, and Executives
There are a lot of buzzwords lately when it comes to corporate training. Meditation, mindfulness, and corporate wellness to name a few. While we agree that this are all important aspects of an effective corporate wellness plan, there is so much more to offer your staff. Soul Performance Academy will work with all levels of your staff in areas such as goal setting, anxiety, and stress relief. We also offer programs from team building and workforce efficiency. Working with your staff and managers, we will develop a four step plan (evaluation, education, implementation, and review) to help boost staff efficiency, productivity, and morale.
Our Four Key Areas of Training
- Mental Skills Training
- Training designed to produce psychological states and skills in athletes that will lead to performance enhancement. It focuses on the mental skills that need to be developed to further propel athletic performances beyond that which can be achieved through physical and technical training.
- Motor Learning
- a set of [internal] processes associated with practice or experience leading to relatively permanent changes In the capability for responding. As it relates to athletics, motor learning is the study of the processes that are used in acquiring new skills and refining already learned skilld.
- Team Building
- More than trust falls and social outings. Our training helps incorporate team building concepts in to your athletic training plans. Utilizing the time that your players and staff are already spending together, we help solidify bonds for improved outcomes both on and off the field of competition. We offer experiences to create a team culture and build strong communication to strengthen cooperation and improve performance.
- The idea of leadership has changed dramatically in the past few years. Gone are the days where leadership was reserved for a small group of elite managers. Leadership is now a characteristic defined by skills and traits accessible to everyone in any organization. Helping all members of an organization hone leadership skills is at the core of our mission. We believe that every person can evolve into a leader.
Don't just take our word for it...
Soul Performance Academy's "Mindfulness" course was a great learning experience. It was presented in an easy to understand method and more importantly, it was easy in incorporate in to my daily life. I have already started to see results both in my professional and personal lives.
~ Tim M. (Serve City VB/Chicago Sand VB)
After 15 years of military service, countless leadership, time management, & self reflection courses, professional development seminars, and mentorship sessions; in my opinion Soul Performance Academy's Mindfulness course is a true investment in yourself, and will leave you with relevant insight for leading a generation towards a better tomorrow!
~ Chris L. (MSgt, United States Air Force, Germany)
Before taking this course, I thought that mindfulness and meditation were the same thing. And in a world that focuses on productivity and achievement, the idea of sitting in silence sounded like a waste of time. But I kept hearing about “the space between,” how distracted we are, and the importance of training the mind so I signed on. During the Mindfulness course, I learned about attention, automaticity, judgment, acceptance, goals, compassion, and ego through workbook readings and audio presentations. These sessions, along with the logbooks and meditations, are highly relevant in my work as a teacher, coach, and every day life as a parent. The instructor, Dan, is a great resource of information and the materials are easy to use. I highly recommend taking this course.
~ Heidi A. (Physical Education Teacher, Minnesota, USA)
I love this program! Soul Performance put together an intellectual approach to something that can’t be easily understood. This definitely is not perfect program for everyone, but if you want an introduction to mindfulness, its roots and a strong foundation to build a practice on; then this is the right program for you.
~ Jon A. (USA Volleyball, Women's Sitting National Team Coach)