The Mental Athlete with Dr. Kay Porter, Sport Psychology Consultant & Author

Dr. Kay Porter owns Porter Performance Systems, a sports and organizational counseling firm in Eugene, Oregon. She teaches mental training techniques to athletes, teams, businesses, and school districts. She has also worked as a sport psychology consultant to the University of Oregon Athletic Department, USA Track and Field, and the U.S. Tennis Association. She is the author of The Mental Athlete: Inner Training for Peak Performance and Visual Athletics (my favorite imagery book!).

In this interview, she talks extensively about her philosophy of using energy psychology within the framework of mental training. She also shares her refocusing technique which includes 3 parts: 1) blinking, 2) 3 deep breaths, and 3) looking left to right.

You can follow Kay on Twitter @drkayporter or find her at

[tweet_dis2] “After a performance, ask yourself 3 things: 1) What worked? 2) What didn’t? & 3) What did I learn?” @drkayporter via @Mentally_Strong[/tweet_dis2]

[tweet_dis2]“There is no failure, only feedback.” @drkayporter via @Mentally_Strong[/tweet_dis2]

[tweet_dis2] “Trust yourself, trust your training, & enjoy your success before going on to your next goal.” @drkayporter via @Mentally_Strong[/tweet_dis2]

[tweet_dis2] “Imagine a positive coach inside you who only motivates or encourages you.” @drkayporter via via @Mentally_Strong[/tweet_dis2]