Hi, my name is Natalie Cornu, and I believe that life is a journey. For you, me, and many others, sport performance is a part of that journey. I believe that one of the greatest steps you can take toward enhancing your sport performance is to simply show up. Show up to your training, your practices, and your competitions. Show up for your teammates, for your coach, and for yourself. During our mental performance training, the most important thing I ask of you is to simply show up. From there we will focus on the steps, one by one, toward helping you become the best athlete you can be. As Mother Teresa said, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Together we will aim toward progress and growth. We will enjoy the journey of equipping you with the necessary skills to help you enhance your athletic performance.
As an athlete, you probably experience a variety of emotions and feelings as you practice and compete in your sport. I believe that there is no such thing as good or bad emotions, because all emotions serve a purpose. We cannot control every thought and emotion that comes into our mind, such as frustration, but we can control how we respond to them. During our sessions, I will help you recognize these emotions and develop mental strategies that will help you respond to them in a way that keeps you on track to be the best athlete you can be.
Through the development and strengthening of mental skills, such as confidence, motivation, mindfulness, and imagery, I will help you strive toward the accomplishment and pure joy that we all hope to experience as athletes and as human beings. Every aspect of your life is important. Therefore, we will explore all your values and how they contribute to your overall athletic success. We will redefine success in a way that is most meaningful to you. We will help you develop mental skills that will last you a lifetime. Rico Dasheem says it well when he recommends, “Live to learn to love. Learn to love to live. Love to live to learn so that you may live the life that you yearn.” Where there is challenge, there is opportunity to learn. Challenge provides joy. It is often during our most challenging moments in life that we experience the greatest joy. I hope to travel along your athletic journey with you, so that you may continue to live, learn, and love what you do.
I am a mental performance coach with a Master’s degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology that I earned from the University of Kentucky in May, 2020. While attending undergraduate and graduate school, I was a part of the University of Kentucky Club Running Team. My teammates and I trained for and competed in cross country and track & field meets, both regionally and nationally, through the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA). I have always loved participating in sports, and along with cross country and track, I also played soccer, basketball, volleyball, and softball while growing up. Perhaps even more than playing sports myself, I loved watching my big brother pitch on the baseball mound, which was a huge part of my childhood. I also have a love for playing guitar and singing, both of which have provided me additional inspiration as a mental performance coach.
I now live in Lexington, KY with my incredible husband, Matthew, who also shares a love for sports and adventure. Many of our friends and family refer to us as “Matt & Nat.” We got married during the pandemic in July, 2020 and are now expecting our first baby boy, Cooper, to arrive in April, 2021. Yes, I completed graduate school, planned (and replanned) a wedding, got married, and became pregnant all during a pandemic! I like to believe that I have become stronger every day because of the challenges that I have faced. During my and Matthew’s honeymoon in Arizona, we hiked 18 miles among the gorgeous Grand Canyon all in one day. We began at the top of the Bright Angel Trail and hiked all the way down to the Colorado River. There was over a 4,000 ft. change in elevation and a 10 degree temperature change from top to bottom and back up! Little did we know, Baby Cooper was already embarking on the hiking journey with us! We’re hoping our little man will share our love for hiking, sports, music, board games, Cajun food, and Jesus.
The mental skills that I hope to instill within you will help you face challenges during both your athletic performance and the everyday hurdles of life. Most importantly, I hope to be a mental performance coach who helps you experience the joy of life, whether in small things or big, on and off the field/court.