I sat on the business plan for Mental Playbook Consulting, LLC for about a year and a half before I pulled the trigger. I was encouraged by a soccer coach to put myself out there because he was interested in my services and letting others know about it. When I got home from this meeting, I literally sat in my car for a while having a conversation with myself about whether or not I could really get this going. I decided to go for it. Probably one of the coolest decisions I’ve made.
I handled all of the business stuff that needed to be done with creating a business and on February 25, 2013, everything was official. I didn’t really kick the door down to get this thing started, but took more of a quiet approach. I wanted to spend the first year laying a sound foundation for my practices rather than striking up the band to let the world know that I’m here. I guess that also reflects a personal trait. I’m more of a behind the scenes person. Too much attention is just weird.
My first year was pretty cool. I had opportunities that were just that, opportunities. I also had opportunities that turned into blessings. It’s been a mix of frustrations, small victories, some let downs, and a bunch of gratitude for the people who support me. I think the foundation has been set for me to effectively help others by doing what I love to do.
This year feels like things are about to take off. I think I’m ready to make some noise. I want to have a full schedule before this year is up. I want people to be like, “Hey yeah, I have the coolest Mental Training Specialist helping me with (insert your sport here) and I’m sure she could help you out too!” I’m here for the teams that are coming together, falling apart, or looking to get stronger. I’m here for the individual athlete who throws up before competition, or doesn’t give him- or herself the credit that he or she deserves. I’m here for the coach that wants his or her team to be a physical AND mental threat. I’m also here for the coach that feels that he or she can benefit from Mental Training. I’m here for the parents who want to support their athlete without being THOSE parents. Pretty much, what all this means that I’m here for you (yes, you) to trust me with providing effective Mental Training and/or Athletic Academic Support.
I’m encouraged about the future. I think once I get rolling, it will be pretty hard to stop me. I’m just being honest. I’m hopeful that more opportunities will turn into blessings. I want to have a presence in the athletic community. Not the, “OMG, not her again” type presence, but more like “Hey, you know De’Jeune’ Green? Me too! She’s really putting in work” type presence. I want to work at the high school, college, and professional levels. I want to be busy helping others, but not too busy to appreciate the people and experiences that have made me who I am today. I want to remain humble, dedicated, and confident through it all.
To be honest, I feel somewhat vulnerable putting all this out there because, again, I’m not one to seek out a lot of attention. But, I feel like in order to grow; we need to get out of our comfort zones. So! To celebrate one year on the scene, I just wanted to give y’all a glimpse of my past, present, and my hopes for the future. To the people out there thinking about taking a similar path, I wish you the best. If you have any questions, just let me know. To the people out there considering Mental Training, let’s get started. I want to thank every single everyone who has encouraged/supported me along the way. This isn’t just my celebration, it’s ours. I really don’t think you know how much it means to me. So today, on February 25, 2014, I say here’s to a humble beginning and a bright future!