Defining Your Mindset to Build it Better with Samantha Gilmore

The solution that’s right for you might be different from one that works for someone else. Approaching problems and challenges at an individual level is what New York Mets Mental Performance Coach Samantha Gilmore does every day. This week, she shares tips for building self-awareness and learning to identify what makes you tick, so you can develop a plan for utilizing your strengths to overcome challenges both on and off the field.

Even the most experienced players know when to ask for help, whether it’s to develop their physical skills or get some mental performance coaching. Regardless of if you’re an athlete or not, it’s important to use all of the tools you have at your disposal to craft your path to success. By learning to understand your own thought processes, you can define your baseline, and then use your past performances to shape a strategy and solution that’s right for you.

Key Moments You Don’t Want to Miss:

  1. The Mental Game How being the “thinker” on the field led Samantha Gilmore to learning about the mental side of performance, along with the physical
  2. Both Ends of the Spectrum How Gilmore uses lessons in mindfulness and self-awareness to help players better understand themselves in the present moment
  3. Making Adjustments Why it’s important to understand that everyday life and our environment play a part in shaping who we are
  4. A Personal Plan Why mindset shifts and strategies work best if they’re tailored to each individual person

What You’ll Learn:

  • Try to avoid overthinking and overanalyzing
  • Be present and mindful in the moment
  • Find a balance between the highs and the lows
  • Be aware of how your environment influences you
  • Find a strategy that works for you, personally


“It’s no longer just pure talent that gets us where we want to go and allows us to reach our dreams; we can also work on some things off the field to help with that, too.” -Samantha Gilmore

“The foundation of mental skills is self-awareness and building awareness around our thought processes. Without that, it’s really hard to implement the other skills. On the other end of the spectrum is to have mindfulness — so, combining the idea of having self-awareness and building on that skill to where we get to the place where we can be aware in the present moment.” -Samantha Gilmore

“The first step is determining what is going to work, specifically, for us. That’s how you start figuring out what tools you’re going to use to get to that mindset. It’s looking at your past experiences, your past games — where did you perform really well? It’s also taking a look at where you didn’t perform really well, and then defining the variables that went into those performances.” -Samantha Gilmore


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