GRIT TALK TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Player Development. Moving mountains with the faith of a mustard seed.
Performance when it counts. Right now, in the moment!
What's your path?
Where are you going? The primary reason Why you are going there? How are you going about getting there and are you getting the results you want? What will you do when you get there? In other words, what's your next step after achieving your goal? Do you have what it takes (i.e., the faith of a mustard seed)?
•Why? To inspire, empower, and motivate athletes and performers to action in a championship culture through the development of high performance mindsets aligned with their character strengths, purpose, passion, and belief in themselves, their team, and their faith in order to support them in chasing their dreams, thriving and living abundantly, succeeding with peace of mind, and achieving competitive greatness.
To increase your discipline, drive, and determination to embrace your passion, purpose, cause, and beliefs.
To move the mountain (you) with the faith of a mustard seed through intentional and intrinsic motivated action.
•How? Relationships intertwined with mental skills training phases, character strengths aligned with goals, sports nutrition, adventure, and studying successful coaches, leaders, and athletes, such as Coach John Wooden and his Pyramid of Success; Coach Nick Saban; Coach Jim Tressel; and Growing Leader's Habitudes.
•What? Successful, well-rounded athletes who can endure life in the long run.
Experiential Learning: I utilize evidence-based practices (developed and tested on myself while earning an Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Sport and Performance Psychology) to create an environment that develops and enhances athletic performance using rock climbing, outdoor leadership, wilderness experiences, creative mindfulness, and Integrative Neuromuscular Training (INT) as well as Flight Instruction in airplanes and gliders, to name a few. My favorite assessments are the VIA Character Strength Survey, the Troutwine Athletic Profile (TAP), and NeuroTracker. NeuroTracker is also used for neurocognitive training.
Take the VIA Character Strength Survey by using this link:
Action systems: Using proven processes aligned with performance milestones and character strengths = an Outcome of Success.
Expected outcomes include: Tough thinking, tough character, and tough attitudes with increased strength, power, balance, and peace of mind.
Grit Talk is deliberate self-talk that facilitates goal achievement, mental toughness (resilience), self-control, and embraces a self-determined, task-oriented, solutions-based, growth-mindset philosophy that seeks mastery in skills, tactics, decision-making, and the ability to adapt to dynamic and rapidly changing environments.
My philosophy is grounded in 23 years of experience as a high-performing, elite combat F-16 fighter pilot where I had to think quickly and respond appropriately in extremely high-pressure environments using high situational and self-awareness in order to dominate fights that required elite physical and mental skills and capabilities. This same mindset is required in any sport or business.
Why rock climbing is one of my favorite means to train the mental side of sports: Of all the sports available, rock climbing can experientially develop an individual (as well as a team) physically, mentally, and spiritually in order to dominate in any sport. Rock climbing develops and builds trust (authentic, vulnerable, and relationship based trust that inspires; pursues truth; allows freedom; promotes constructive conflict, commitment, and peer-to-peer behavioral accountability; and eliminates fear of conflict) and is a form of mindfulness (i.e., the climber has to be in the moment with situational awareness in order to successfully perform).
My athletes and clients learn peak performance techniques used by elite warrior athletes that transfer well to any sport in order to be victors, such as attention-control exercises to strengthen concentration and focus; auto-conditioning state to relax the mind and body; and self-control exercises to facilitate energized, authentic action.
I walk-the-talk and journey with my clients as an active athlete on any trail, cliff, or rock wall.
I lead by example. I believe in leading yourself first before you can lead others.
Edward H. Linch, Ed.D., Lt Col, USAF (ret).
Seasonal Growth: Philosophy of my journey
My evidence-based focus moves my athletes and clients forward with momentum inspiring, empowering, and motivating them into action while keeping it positive, moving forward with momentum, and pushing through barriers and obstacles with solutions versus focusing on past problems. I want my clients (athletes, pilots, and performers) thriving; dominating in their profession; focusing on the process; living systematically with discipline; achieving multiple goals; and discovering their ideal performance state and how to return to that state on demand. I want them to live out the timeless principles and values of the great coaches, such as the late Coach John Wooden with discipline, drive, and determination.
I have lived out my systematic processes and thrived as I have adapted in the face of tragedy. I can develop an athlete in a way to facilitate a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, self-control, character strengths, commitment, intentional effort, and mental toughness, for example.
I want my elite athletes, clients, and students to have the ability to gain and maintain high situational and self-awareness. In other words, knowing the relevant past applied to the present in order to facilitate success in the near future with sound action plans that anticipate issues and contingencies with an immediate solution at hand to bring about success with peace of mind using one's max effort.
I believe in following your heart and chasing your dreams on positive energy channels that utilize highly refined cognitive-behavioral skills, sound judgment, and critical thinking to increase self-confidence and motivation.
"Be at your best when your best is needed." Coach John Wooden
"An athlete’s physical skills may get them to the top, but their character will keep them there." Coach John Wooden.
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12
"I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." 3 John 2 (This is a healthy mind, body, and spirit in balance).
"Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly (run with purpose in every step); I do not fight like a boxer beating the air." 1 Corinthians 9:26
"A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
James 2:26 (i.e., faith without action will get you nowhere).
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past." Isaiah 43:18
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Roman 12:2
Athletes, warriors, and performers: You can learn to perform without limits when it counts in order to dominate under pressure using an integration of your mind, body, and spirit.
Chase your dreams with purpose and passion; strength and power; and create process systems based on timeless principles and values, to optimize life and achieve anything regardless of the obstacles.
It starts with you and developing the right thoughts (i.e., Grit Talk) to overcome any challenge, setback, illness, injury, or mistake.