Benefits of the Spirit dimension:
- An integration of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivational tools
- Strengthened foundation for advanced mental training
- Strengthened foundation for other three development tracks
- Realignment of beliefs
- Improved consistency in competitive performances
- Synchronization of the beliefs within the player/family/team dynamic
- Increased awareness of the moment
The Spirit dimension of the Complete Performance™ by MATTEK (CP) Comprehensive Development program goes beyond what the player thinks (mind) in the past, present and future, beyond what the player wants (will) and feels (emotions), and delves deeper into why the player thinks the way they do (habits and patterns), why they have certain emotions, and why the player wants what he/she does.
The Spirit dimension deals with concepts such as emotions or attitudes, faith, heart, and beliefs. This CP dimension places the development emphasis on the deepest part of a player’s being, their heart. This training focuses on thought processes that center on the beliefs, identity, self-center, and purpose. It instructs and clarifies “who” the player really is and “what” the player really believes; and “why” a player is really competing.
Other traditional (outdated) development programs will most likely address two dimensions: skill and physical, and possibly even touch upon a third dimension of mental. However, the CP Comprehensive Development program is unique due to the fourth developmental dimension of the spirit, which most development programs never even consider.
As with the mental dimension, the spirit is unique to the individual player. Other programs generally have large numbers of athletes and clients they are training. This is an additional reason why most of the other development programs do not take their development to these deeper dimensions. They do not have nor spend the additional time and energy required. As a result, they operate on a business model referred to as the "Wait and See" model. That is, they develop a large number of clients and then "wait and see" who is "still standing" or has risen to the top and is worth further development.
To CP, you are not a number. You will receive the tremendous attention that is required to develop yourself through the four dimension system. Unlike other programs that may focus on a few individuals (who have risen above the rest), each of our clients will reach their full potential.
A comprehensive look into the proprietary CP Spirit dimension, will identify these 5 elements:
1) Self and the self concept
4) Comfort zone
5) Environment and home
Behavioral psychology teaches three basics concepts of self:
1) Self–image: how I see myself.
2) Self-esteem: how I feel about myself.
3) Self-ideal: how I want myself to be (including your ideals, values, goals, hopes, and dreams, etc.)
Your self-concept is the total sum of life experiences that have been processed by the brain. This includes all of one’s thoughts about those experiences (such as hopes, fears, doubts, dreams, and desires).
Beliefs are different from thoughts. Thoughts are short-term and have the ability to create emotions. Emotions are also short-term, unlike beliefs which are deep rooted and long-term. Beliefs generate our prevailing, subconscious thoughts that emerge effortlessly, influencing our performances and issues that arise in our lives. While thoughts create short-term emotions, beliefs give rise to long-term feelings that are always present subconsciously and are a reflection of our sense of self. Our subconscious thoughts and long-term feelings require no effort, they simply emerge when we are not consciously focused. Beliefs are also liked to faith. When you build beliefs, you build faith. Similarly, when you lose belief, you test (or lose) faith and doubt sets in which promotes fear. Our struggle is never whether or not we believe, it’s what we truly and strongly believe.
Our deep and abiding feelings/thoughts/actions harmonize with our beliefs, regardless of whether our belief is true or not. Our beliefs become the reality that we experience and create. Beliefs of the "heart" (in our subconscious) help create our quality of life, which also affects our performances. Players can momentarily rise above their beliefs or sink beneath their core beliefs, but they will always return to the level of their true beliefs. This is, in part, because one will become uncomfortable when their beliefs are questioned or challenged.
The subconscious part of our self is referred to as the "heart." Of course we all have a vital organ with the same name, but when one speaks of thoughts and ideas coming from "the heart," it is understood as part of our subconscious. Our heart stores our core beliefs about ourselves and our view of the world around us. Our heart and core beliefs serve as your foundation of our self-concept.
The only way a player has a chance to consistently perform at their peak is if they are able to operate within their comfort zone. A player’s comfort levels are dictated by their beliefs. A player will only continue to do something which they are comfortable doing. If the activity is not within their comfort zone, they must have a belief that overrides their current discomfort (to improve a skill, strength, etc.). The discomfort is temporary and the level of perceived comfort can be altered with repetition and training. Comfort levels may change, but they are determined by core beliefs, which are always directly related to player self-concept. A Player will improve their performance if they continue to seek improvements within their self-concept.
ENVIRONMENT and HOME
The power of a player’s home environment cannot be overstated. Parents have an impact of the current and future realities of their child’s life by instilling proper truths. The child will store these “truths” in the inner place of their heart, becoming their core values and beliefs. All future thoughts will flow through the filters of these core values and beliefs whether good or bad, true or false. The player’s environment and home are factors that the CP program takes into consideration. The environments will need to adjust when possible in order to harmoniously fit within the complete training and development plan.
Confidence is having a strong sense of self and not allowing external factors (views, perceptions, opinions of others, etc) to disrupt it. Unfortunately, when most competitors let external variables determine their sense of self, they are allowing others to directly affect their self-esteem. Consequently, they are allowing external sources to influence the level of their performance. People are fickle and have self-serving motives and ambitions. Others opinions of us will always vary from day to day, month to month, and year to year. So if a player bases their self-image on what someone else may think or say about them, then in essence, they are giving those external sources the keys that unlock their performance levels. Additionally, others can randomly change the lock and “keys”. Other’s views of us can be chaotic and will constantly change. A player’s confidence needs to remain consistent and stern.
CP Spirit training teaches the player to learn to identify and understand the inner, mental, and spiritual aspects of their life. This is the “unseen” self that needs development just as much as the physical self. The player will meditate on how their Spirit, Heart, and Beliefs are connected to the current circumstances in their life, including their performance in sports. Furthermore, our training helps a player begin to take more ownership of their daily thoughts, words, and actions, directing and unifying their goals and dreams. This can be called harmonizing one’s activities and thoughts; or finding inner-peace.
Many people have no knowledge of these intangible concepts, much less how they can work to improve many areas of their life. Some people think before they speak. Others seem to speak before they think. Both must follow a universal principle that infers “Whatever I think about, I will move towards that thought.” This is because our mind is always leading us by forming mental pictures that originate in our thoughts. Cultivating the mind, spirit, and beliefs will lead us to develop into the best possible competitor possible. This is the final but equally important dimension within the CP development program.