Amy Gross

The Value of Mental Skills Training and Assessment

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach, www.pillars4performance.com “In the sports arena I would say there is nothing like training and preparation. You have to train your mind as much as your body.” —Venus Williams One of the main reasons why I started Pillars4Performance was to educate people on the benefits of training their […]

Finding Your Focus

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach, www.pillars4performance.com “Each point I play is in the now moment. The last point means nothing, the next point means nothing.” — Billie Jean King World-class athletes strive to achieve laser-like focus. They live for performances where they’re so dialed in that nothing else exists but them and […]

Cultivating a Successful Mindset

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach, www.pillars4performance.com “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou Your ability to develop a winning mindset depends largely on whether you can build and sustain a positive attitude. Regardless of whether you’re a glass half-empty or a glass […]

Easing up on Expectations

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach Setting expectations places unnecessary demands on an athlete’s performance. Going into a match thinking, “I should win” or “I’ll probably lose” or “I’m not going to play well” can be damaging to an individual’s mindset. First, you don’t actually know how you’re going to do in a […]

How Gender Roles Impact Performance

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach Engaging in powerful conversations about gender and athletic performance can be difficult. Gender is an emotionally-charged issue and many people don’t bring it up out of fear of being judged, criticized or misunderstood. As a result, assumptions are made or the topic is avoided all together. This […]

Building Confidence From Within

By Amy Gross Peak Performance & Mental Coach As self-improvement expert Dale Carnegie once wrote, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” You can’t wait until success happens to build confidence. You’ve got […]

Beating Burnout

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach We live in a world that requires long hours of work without much time to unwind. Overscheduling, overtraining, overstimulation and chronic stress are commonplace. Finding opportunities for recovery can be difficult. Luckily, there are ways to stay healthy and fresh throughout the season: Notice warning signs The […]

The Social Comparison Trap

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach We all know the social comparison game. We fall into the trap of evaluating our skills and progress by how we stack up against others. We rely on external sources to validate our self-worth. While you cannot completely escape social comparisons, you can practice implementing strategies that […]

Facing a Fear of Failure

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach Babe Ruth said, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” Successful people experience failure, but what sets them apart is their courage to face a fear of failure rather than let it control them. They embrace failure. They dance with failure. […]