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Author: Ted Monnich, MSc

Monnich’s Mental Game: Turning Goaltending Failure into Success

  As a goalie coach and sport psychology consultant I work with athletes, predominantly ice hockey goaltenders, who must constantly deal with failure, being scored on, and the resulting reaction of the crowd (disappointment, scorn, derision), parents (embarrassment, negative criticism, scorn), teammates (disappointment, scorn, derision), coaches (judgementalism, disappointment, scorn, derision), and themselves (disappointment, scorn, derision, low self-efficacy, loss of confidence, and resulting creative mortification). Beghetto, (2013, 2014) states that creative mortification is the loss of one’s willingness to pursue a particular creative aspiration following a negative performance outcome. My role is to teach these athletes how to manage failure,...

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