The Psychology of Athletic and Academic Success
CLASSES AT CORNELL
What will I learn and how
will it help me?
1. Winning is a State
of Mind - I ask every athlete
and coach this question! In competition, how much is attributed to
physical and how much is mental? The answers range from 50/50 to 80%
mental and 20% physical. I then ask them, as I now ask you, what are
you doing to train your psychological side? 99% of the time they stare
at me, searching for an answer. I have the answer! With my help you
will discover the winning strategies of some of the world’s
greatest athletes and how to apply them to you.
2.Learn the ONE Critical Component to get yourself in the right frame
of mind (emotional state) to do what you want and need to do-
Find out how to dramatically change your emotional state in an instant!
World class athletes and performers know the secret. Tap into it!
3. Unleash the Power of your mind/body connection
with the use of positive anchors - It is through our associations
that we develop strengths and fears. Did you know that there are five
different forms of anchors or triggers that set off certain responses
in us due to our past associations and emotional states? Did you
know that you are able to control those responses?
Have you ever been
in a state of total excellence in competition or performed at a level
where you absolutely astonished yourself?
What if you could duplicate the way you felt at that moment, confident,
unstoppable, razor sharp?!!
You can, thousands of high achievers do this regularly with a technique
called anchoring.....And, it’s so easy one of my clients who
won 15 medals in 3 years at the Empire State Games, showed his seven
year old son, who then used it to qualify in swimming for the State
4. Performance Under Pressure - Everybody
experiences some feelings of pressure when performing. It is your
self talk , the communication with yourself that dictates the quality
of your performance and in extension, the quality of your life. The
quality of your life is relative to the quality of your communication
with yourself and others. Learn the methods of internal communication
techniques that create leaders, champions, and successful entrepreneurs.
5. The Fifth Element is your “Critical
Success Factors” According to the experts at Harvard
University, there are usually 4-5 critical success factors in everything
you do. These are things that you absolutely must do to succeed. If
you have a weakness in anyone of these CSF’S, it can diminish
your potential in all of your other strong areas. Learn to identify
these CSF’S and how to make them work for you. I will teach
you to identify these CSF’S and harness their power, turning
you into a champion!
6. Improved Concentration and Focus -
Whatever we focus on will determine how we feel. Focus is not true
reality, it’s one view , one perception of the way things really
are. Whatever we focus on therefore becomes our idea of reality. This
course will help you develop your focus to crystal clarity.
7. Physiology of Achievement - We have
all seen the look of success and the look of failure. However, did
you know that your body language influences your belief in yourself
and others more than any other form of communication. Every emotion
you’ve ever felt has specific physiology linked to it. Just
as our mind set controls our emotion, our physiology controls our
mind. Just by changing our physiology we can change our level of performance.
8. Performing Edge Visualization - The ability to visualize
your success is a simple, yet effective method of predicting your
future. Meaningful achievements begin with a positive vision that
we believe in, commit to, and strive to complete with passion. We
can learn to step into that vision, applying all our knowledge, our
power, and our persistence to turn the vision into reality! Creative
visions and persistent actions direct us, energize us, and inspire
us to overcome the obstacles necessary to discover our inner greatness
and find our performing edge.
Goal Setting - Goal setting is an absolutely crucial element
for success in the development and achievement of any athlete, or
anyone wishing outstanding results
in anything! Less than 3% of
adult americans have clear, written goals. This course will teach
the ultimate strategies used in functional goal setting, and the methods
used for goal achievement.
If you’re a recreational athlete, a future All American, Olympian,
or World Champion, a trainer, a coach, a team leader, future business
leader or executive, or just want to improve yourself personally and
academically to become a better “you”.
This course is for you! This course brings with it a wealth of knowledge
and experience that will help guide athletes of all levels and abilities
to achieve outstanding levels of performance. Learn the concepts and
principles of the science of personal achievement, taught in this
course and you will see and feel a difference. Apply these principles
to create the optimal performance mind set, and an unstoppable future,
both on and off the playing field.
Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:30 pm @ Helen Newman Hall Classroom (018-271)
Course Fee: $99. + $20. text
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious.
Success is the natural
consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals”
is What the Students are Saying
course sure was one of the best time investments I have made in my
of the best classes I've taken at Cornell!
Seaman's abilities are exceptional...I give
Mr. Seaman my highest recommendation for working in the field of performance
coaching and working with athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Timothy A. Lamey
Exercise Physiologist, Cornell Wellness Program
information that every student-athlete should know..I found it especially
interesting as a psychology major and gymnast. Mind set and mental
preparation play a huge role in gymnastics. I'm recommending this
class to my teammates...On a personal note, I had a PERSONAL BEST
PERFORMANCE on vault this year, broke the Cornell school record, WON
the Ivy League Championships, and received ALL-AMERICAN HONORS at
the USAG Collegiate Nationals! ...I was pleasantly surprised that
the techniques WORKED!
Cornell Gymnastics Team Member
2004 All American Gymnast
I have received Kevin’s emails for the
past 3 years and the positive benefits I receive from “The Winning
Mindset” monthly email newsletter are priceless. When I first
signed up to receive the newsletter it was for competition in the
Kiteboarding World Cup Tour, to get the competitive mental edge that
I believe is crucial to winning. What I have found over the years
is that the same principles that help athletes win at the competitions
have helped me incredibly with my professional and personal life.
For this I am eternally grateful.
You cannot imagine my delight when Kevin offered to visit my kiteboarding
school in the Dominican Republic to present a series of The Winning
Mindset workshops to the 2005 PKRA World Cup kiteboarding athletes.
I was stoked beyond belief; Kevin was like a legend to me!
The even more awesome thing was meeting Kevin, seeing how he actually
LIVES the principles that he teaches to his lucky students. Kevin’s
positive approach to life is contagious; his way of communicating
is engaging and energizing. I left each of his seminars feeling so
pumped up, so stoked, so ready to charge in all aspects of my life
– it was incredible.
The fantastic feelings of “I can do this, I am going to nail
it!” (Whatever IT might be) that Kevin imparted to me have stuck
with me. I am so thankful to him for the work he is doing, helping
athletes and everyday people to realize their goals and live their
Eastman, Professional Kiteboarder-Named PKRA's Top Female Athlete
on the 2002 World Tour, owner of Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding School
in Cabarete, DR
After my meetings
with you, I went out and won the 5th regatta of the Dominican Championship.
As it stands, I am in the best position to win the Championship when
the 6th and last regatta of the series takes place at the end of this
I worked hard on positive anchors, and got rid of negative anchors.
It is a process but so far has been working really well, and I thank
you for the time and experience you shared with me.
Ben-Yam my son, was greatly effected by the session he had with you.
Although he did not want to share any details, there is a change in
attitude. He is very creative lately with his music, volunteering
8 hours a day in a local summer camp, and seems very happy.
He was not a sad , lazy bum before the meeting with you but, something
you said made him "wake up".
Olympic Lazer Sailing Competitor,
Dominican Republic National Team
would highly encourage my friends, students and employees to participate
in this class. It has a clear outline and focus on increasing self
awareness and responsibility to make the changes necessary to open
our path to achievement. Kevin is a very interesting, personable,
and engaging instructor. This course has offered some excellent concepts
on self development that can be applied to any aspect of your life.
I have found a number of great ideas that I believe are going to increase
my successes in all aspects of my life. FANTASTIC!
Fitness Trainer, Cornell Fitness Centers
Seaman’s course and seminar “The Winning Mind set”
is one of the most significant learning experiences
I have had in my life. Within any sport, most athletes and
coaches will agree that our performance is dependent on our mental
state at least as much as our physical state. Despite this commonly
accepted fact, we typically do not spend enough time training our
minds. The “Winning Mind set” fills this gap in an athlete’s
went into the course expecting to learn some quick techniques, but
instead I received a much more valuable lesson—it changed my
whole paradigm for what is and what isn’t possible.
many times we use our powerful minds to create limitations for ourselves.
We give ourselves reasons and excuses why we can’t succeed when
instead we should be thinking of how we can succeed. By reframing
our thinking, we can use our minds to create possibilities instead
of limitations. Thus, one important distinction about Kevin Seaman’s
course is that it is not just a set of techniques. One can apply the
“Winning Mind set” to any aspect of life to become more
was amazing to see how just playing a certain role over time can transform
a person to become that role. Furthermore, I realized that our own
limitations are often just learned rather than being true physical
limitations. The first step to achieving success is realizing that
it is possible—that success is a reproducible process that we
have complete control over. The next steps involve learning how to
change our mind sets to reach our goals and then proceeding to actually
reaching them. I strongly recommend Kevin Seaman’s course because
it provides students with everything they need to achieve a winning
mind set—from the initial realization that it is possible to
the final stage of success.
Team Captain, Sport Taekwondo at Cornell (2002-2003)
very much for my lesson prior to the 2002 Empire State Games competition.
The advise and techniques you taught were responsible
for my profound success, far above what I thought could be
achieved....In one race, I was seeded 7th in my age group. My qualifying
time was bettered by 30 seconds (in the 200
meter event) and I ended up in third place.
My 5 medals
(3 bronze/2 silver) from those 5 events were a far greater accomplishment
than I ever deemed possible. Thanks for your sage advice, and I am
forever grateful for your service.|
Dr. Michael C. Kennedy
The Winning Mind Set not only applies to athletes,
but to any student who desires to be inspired to achieve. The techniques
taught in the class build upon basic life ideas such as FOCUS, COMMITTMENT,AND
GOAL SETTING! I guarantee to anyone that after taking this class that
they will look at life in a different perspective!
The Winning Mind set is a unique opportunity to look at competitive
sports from a mental approach. This course has taught me that training
and bettering your mental skills are just as important as training
and bettering your physical skills. The Winning Mind set is also a
very entertaining and interesting course. You learn to see and analyze
situations from different perspectives - this can become an added
advantage in competitive sports.
Mind Set delivered results! I finally put the
mental tricks and "maillot jaune" power to use, and won
outright my first bike race. Thank you for a great class, maybe I'll
see you in the fall. Good luck with your book, I look forward to reading
it when it comes out.
This class works to fill a hole in the educational system
of America today. Learning how to live is the absolute most important
part of life and this class recognizes that. In my opinion this should
be a 5 credit class with two labs a week because that is how important
this material is. Anyone who ever wants to be somebody, to be successful,
needs to understand the way life works and this class helps to give
insight into that subject matter. Life is not easy, you can’t
just float around with no purpose or direction and expect to be happy
and fulfilled. This class helps students to focus their lives, analyze
them, and then gives them some tools to change what they want to change
in them. It is my hope that classes like this expand
to colleges and educational institutions throughout America.
Thank you Mr. Seaman for the hope and empowerment you have given to
me and to all your students. Thank you.
enjoyed this class overall. I learned a lot about myself and have
gained tools to help me improve myself. The simulations were really
cool. I also liked how you asked us questions during class to keep
us involved and thinking.
It is true
- winning isn't random, winners have a set mind which enable them
to win. You want to be a winner? Well, you need a winning mind set.