Psychology 101- The Psychology of Performance

This Course is part of The Scholar Program. You are welcome to purchase this course individually, but if you purchase The Scholar Program membership for $29/month you will gain access to every program in the HPW Academy of Scholarship. You can find more details on The Scholar Program here.

What can you expect from Psychology 101?

In this course we will provide the underpinnings of the psychology of performance. We'll cover everything that a coach and athlete needs to know about performing at your best when it counts. The student will be equipped with research-backed tools to handle whatever comes there way. This isn't a course that glosses over the details, we'll dive deep, uncovering actionable steps towards being a more resilient, robust competitor. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding why we feel stressed and what it means.
  • See how the way in which you see the world influences what you do in it
  • The role identity plays in motivation, drive, and retirement.
  • The psychology and biology of motivation and how to harness it.
  • The performance state- getting your mind and body in the right place in order to perform at your best.
  • Flow and Clutch states- When to dig deep and when to let a performance come to you.
  • Priming for performance- How we can use our environment, music, pre-game routines and speeches to put us in the right state to perform. How our psychology can influence our biology.
  • Dealing with underperformance- Dealing with 'choking', handling disappointment, and stop self-sabotaging performance.
  • Making Your Emotions work with you- Learning the what and how of emotional regulation.
  • The Power of Focus and Attention
  • Developing Real Toughness- Redefining what mental toughness is and using a brand new paradigm to develop it.
  • Developing Quiet Secure Confidence- Insecurity is loud, real confidence is quiet. Learn how to develop the latter
  • Leadership- The ingredients of great leaders of teams and organizations.
  • Communicating- The art of disarming and connecting.

How will this course be delivered?

Through a combination of video lectures, readings, powerpoint presentations, podcast style audio recordings, and more. We attack teaching from multiple directions in order to help the student absorb the material best.

What we guarantee:

We will continue to develop and curate content that we think is valuable for the coaching community. We promise to continually update this content so that it is the best coaching resource on the planet. You'll be the first to hear about our lessons in coaching high school, college, and elite runners.

Your Instructor

Steve Magness & Jonathan Marcus
Steve Magness & Jonathan Marcus

STEVE MAGNESS is the bestselling author of Peak Performance: Take Advantage of the New Science of Success and The Science of Running. He is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world, having coached numerous athletes to top 15 at the World Championships and Olympic Games. As well as having coached six Top 10 performances at a major Marathon (Boston, NYC, Chicago). He's coached athletes such as Natosha Rogers, Neely Spence-Gracey, Sara Hall, Mark English, Jackie Areson, Brian Barraza, Sarah Crouch, and many more. He currently coaches at the University of Houston. Known widely for his integration of science and practice, Magness has been on the forefront of innovation in sport. He serves as an adjunct professor of Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary's University.

JONATHAN MARCUS is the director and co-founder of High Performance West. He's developed athletes to national championships, Olympic Trials Qualifying standards, and national records. Some of the athletes he has coached include: Tara Welling, Nicole Blood, Eleanor Fulton, Mckayla Fricker, Daniel Herrera, and more. Previously Jon was the Head Cross Country Coach at Clackamas Community College and an assistant Track & Field/Cross Country Coach at Portland State, University of Portland, and Warner Pacific College. He graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2006.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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