MAC Mindfulness / Acceptance / Commitment
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MAC is a modern system of training optimal performance states. It has it’s origins in eastern philosophy and contains strong elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is fundamentally different to mainstream sports psychology training.
When you think about how you perform in your chosen sport; ask yourself these questions?
- How successful have you been at eliminating negative thoughts or emotions?
- Do you know anyone who is able to eliminate uncomfortable thought or emotion?
- What kind of techniques have you used in the past? What success have you had in relation to reducing the impact of negative thoughts and emotions?
MAC is a psychological intervention with the ultimate goal of performance enhancement, through enhanced regulation of attention and poise.
Attention: This is defined as the capacity to pay attention to task – relevant information as needed.
Poise: This is defined as the ability to act in the service of values and goals despite negative internal states such as thoughts, emotions and physical sensations that you may be experiencing.
These basic MAC goals are achieved by in session exercises, and between session activities to develop greater moment to moment self-awareness and increase tolerance of negative thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.
Unlike other approaches to performance enhancement that attempt to teach you ways to think and feel better, MAC is described as a means of helping you maintain attention and poise without any need to reduce, limit, or otherwise control these naturally occurring internal experiences. Rather, the goal of MAC is to develop the ability to allow these naturally occurring experiences to come and go as passing transitory aspects of the human experience.