Lisa I wanted to write and say thank you from my son and myself for The Courage to Win® in Sport and to let you know what a difference it has made in my son’s bowling game.My son, Matt, is a 17 year old High School Junior who has been on his school’s bowling team for 3 years. My son was bowling well at the beginning of the season, was not a varsity starter (5 man varsity team), but an alternate.
We purchased the system at the beginning of the season and he read it over the Thanksgiving break. Within the first week of coming back from the break, he was starting varsity. By the Christmas break he was the number 3 man on the starting varsity squad. He felt the system had helped him to focus and be mentally tough enough to out bowl his competitors and his team mates.
At the beginning of last week he felt he was in a bit of a slump, so on Wednesday night he refreshed himself with it. At Thursday and Friday’s matches, he had high game and high series for his team at both matches.
However, his success didn’t end there.
On Saturday at his home town’s sponsored high school tournament, he bowled a perfect 300 game.
12 solid strikes!
This is only the 6th time in the 24 year history of the tournament that a 300 has been bowled. In the 10th frame, as he bowled the 3 strikes, he had close to 300 people watching him.
A reporter from The Newark Star-Ledger was present and interviewed him. Here is my son’s quote: `I was able to keep my focus, keep my eyes on the target and my hand behind the ball,’ said Barros, who averages 202. `When I was going for my last three strikes, I didn’t realize anyone was here. It was just me and the lane.’
His comment to me after he had calmed down was, ‘thanks for getting me that system, it really helped me to stay focused.’
The system and your email tips have had a huge impact on my son’s bowling career. It really is a great formula!
Keith BarrosKeith Barros
Mrs. Sarah Bell
Dear Lisa, Your work is outstanding. I would like to give you some behind the scenes information…
Your emails – as a family we often forward them to each other once one of us has read them – they strike so many cords and hence we love sharing them. I notice I often forward them onto my daughters or my husband – and likewise they are often forwarded onto me.
Two of my daughters and I listened to Courage to Win® in the car yesterday as we were travelling for 2 – 3 hours to go for a weeks holiday – absolutely fabulous.
I learnt a lot although I have studied this subject for years – but there were some tremendous insights just put in another way from another angle and so deepening ones own learning and self improvement.
Then I re-read one of your emails today and having listened to your courage to win I was able to appreciate it from a deeper level of understanding. So my point is – thank you your examples of day to day living and then your interpretation as to what to say and feel etc is fantastic. I will continue to enjoy and follow your work. Mrs. Sarah Bell
…Golf was always frustrating for me because I spend too much time on the technical aspects of the game and over-analyzed my swing. You go me away from analyzing myself DURING my swing, and I never felt so enlightened on the golf course. You showed me the weaknesses in my mental game, allowing me to dramatically lower my score and enjoy golf at the same time. I am having a blast out there!…
Thanks for all your great drills and ideas
Frank van Lerven, 3rd Ranked Dutch 60+ Tennis Player
I played a practise (1 ½ hr) match with a promising Swiss 14 yr old at our club. He hits the ball hard, wants to become a professional etc etc. I have played him a few times. The last time was a year ago. He beat me then. And, of course, he gets better every year.
I decided to put my pre-match routine in practise, even though it was not a real match. Just to have the experience.
I played inspired, energized from the start.
I also had adopted a “winning” attude. To meet him blow-to-blow on velocity and aggression, come to the net when I could etc etc. Not to wait till he would start to make mistakes or mentally break down.
It was terrific. I played well from the start. But it got to 0-3 15-40. I hang in, kept believing and the tide started to turn. By 4-4 he started to change tactics (as he could not keep up with me at the back of the court!!), throwing balls in the air and so forth. I had the upperhand. I made mistakes too but on the deciding point (a running volley) to get me to 6-6 I played the volley with confidence (visualised before). It was then time. He rather did not want to play the tie break..
I felt great and the champion was fully there. My coach saw a bit, and said, he saw a “different me” on the court. One he always had know was there!
To me it felt Easter Sunday came today!!Frank van Lerven
Lisa considered the world's leading expert on deep mental toughness for success in career, love, and sport.
She has personally coached over 7,200 achievers to new heights and conducted over 1,300 live seminars on mental toughness across North America.
Founder of the Courage to Win®Lisa Brown