• Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Mental Health and Addiction - Gametime

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

"We win our games in practice. We learn and follow the fundamentals of our game better then anyone in the league. All of our games are won in practice." -Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi knew a thing or two about winning. He coached the Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships and victories in the first two Super Bowls. The trophy they give out to the winning Super Bowl team each year is named in his honor.

You may be thinking, what does this have to do with mental health and recovery? I'm glad you asked...

During a recent recovery coaching session with one of my clients I asked him, "What is your favorite sport?" He replied, "football." I said, "OK, if your team has the ball on the fifty yard line with one minute left and it's a tie game, is the game won in that moment? Or is the game won during preseason workouts and the week of practice and preparation prior to the game?"

Being the smart guy that my friend and client is He immediately understood where I was going with the analogy. The game is won in both of those moments.

The game is won in the weight room during training, in the film room while studying your opponent, and the game is won on the practice field. Even with all the practice and preparation execution of the game plan is still a much needed piece to the winning puzzle.

When it comes to the struggle of depression, mental health issues and addiction our time in prayer, reading, writing and getting help is where the battle is really won. Being 11 yrs into my own recovery I can say that the more diligent I was, and am, with my personal growth and time with God the easier it is to handle the moments that can potentially trigger me.

These days I start every day before the sun rises with reading, writing and prayer. I do this for multiple reasons, one of them being that I don't always know what the day is going to through at me. I consider it my practice time, in a sense.

I have noticed that when I don't start my day this way I'm not as clear headed, confident, peaceful, and aware of God on those days.

When NFL football players practice all week long for their Sunday game they are doing everything they can to fill their mind with the winning strategy. That way when game time arrives they are prepared, confident and focused.

We have all heard of Bob Marley, but before anybody knew who Bob Marley and The Wailers were they practiced nonstop. At times Marley even made his band practice in a cemetery at night. His thinking was that if they could play good in the cemetery at night it would be easy to play good in front of an audience.

Any football fan knows who Jerry Rice is. He is considered the greatest wide receiver to ever play football. His resume includ