Some coaches call it the two minute test. As a coach you know which athletes will be successful, and which won’t have success within the first two minutes of their first consultation.

It’s completely true, there are some pretty strong indicators of who will be successful with a program, and who is going to walk away and say “that training program doesn’t work”.

While some coaches just refuse to work with those clients, I’m of the opinion that it’s my responsibility to train that behavior, and get good results for each of my clients.

To get great results for each of my clients, we first need to make sure that their mindset is in the right place.

Here’s what it breaks down to:

If you take responsibility for yourself – success. If you blame everything else – no success. Period.

People much smarter than myself have categorized these two mindsets into the following:

Fixed Mindset:

Someone with a fixed mindset blames others and their situation for what’s happening to them.

Someone with a fixed mindset thinks the following things:

  • Talent is something you are born with
  • Athleticism is genetically determined
  • I don’t get much playing time because the coach doesn’t like me
  • My school grades are determined by my innate intelligence

Growth Mindset:

Someone with a growth mindset believes that they have control over their situation.

Someone with a growth mindset thinks the following things:

  • If I practice, I can improve my skills
  • Working out makes me faster and stronger
  • I earn more playing time by working hard in practice
  • My school grades are determined by my effort

More on growth vs. fixed mindset:

Growth vs. fixed mindset isn’t my idea…and it isn’t exclusive to the world of athletics.

Success in school, career, and relationships all are impacted by your mindset.

Here are some good resources from around the web that expand on this topic!

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset


“the key to success is not simply effort, or focus, or resiliency, but it is the growth mindset that creates them. Research shows that when we directly try to build grit or persistence, it is not nearly as effective as addressing the mindset that underlies them”

What’s next:

Even if you’re stuck in a ‘Fixed’ mindset right now, the cool thing is that you can change. (see what I did there?)

The first step is to download my 3 favorite articles about changing the mindset of young athletes (hint: one talks about the dreaded word ‘metablolism’). I’ve put them all into a nice PDF format for your reading pleasure.
Download: 3 Mindset Developing Articles for Elite Performance