Course Description

Do you have big dreams for yourself as a performer?

Do you sometimes get overwhelmed by the gap between where you are now and where you want to be?

We all know it takes more than talent and high-hopes to make it in this industry, you need a great work-ethic, confidence and resilience to perform well under pressure and turn your potential into reality. 

What if you could develop the kind of mindset that would enable you to set clear goals (and actually achieve them!). What if you knew how to prepare for performances, manage stress and handle setbacks well and could stay motivated, focussed and calm through the ups and downs of your performance journey?

At StageMinded Mindset School, you will learn all this and more. Mindset School is a comprehensive 12-month mental skills training program. Each Month we'll cover a different topic from Goal Setting to Focus, Using Imagery to Body Image, Motivation to Managing Stress, so that in 12 months time, you'll be equipped with all the essential mental skills you need to perform at your best consistently.

What You'll Get:

  • Monthly topics, with weekly video lessons & simple worksheets to take what you learn and put it into action right away
  • Email support where you can ask Philippa anything and she'll help you get your mindset back on track
  • Invitation to a private facebook group where you can share your goals and be inspired by other StageMinded performers
  • Access on any device and go at your own pace
  • $9 trial for 30-days (enter code: MSTRIAL9 to get your $9 trial) - if for whatever reason you don't love StageMinded School in the first 30days, just email Philippa and you'll get a full refund, no questions asked (after that, its $49/month)


StageMinded Mindset School is suitable for performing artists at all levels, so whether you're a young student keen to set yourself up with a mindset for success, or a seasoned performer ready to take charge of your career trajectory, you'll find what you need in StageMinded School.

Philippa shares anecdotes from her own experience as a dancer and draws from principles of performance psychology and current neuroscience (but in everyday language you can actually understand!) to bring you cutting edge strategies that work and will bring you forward in your development as a performing artist. 

Don't just meander your way toward success or get stuck feeling like you're not in the right mindset as a performer. Invest in your future. 

Join us in StageMinded Mindset School and get equipped to actually get you where you want to go!

Just $9 for a 30-day trial (use the code: MSTRIAL9 at checkout), then just $49/month after that. No contracts. Just great mindset skills you can use everyday... as long as you love it. 


Counsellor & Former Professional Ballet Dancer

Philippa Ziegenhardt

Philippa is a former professional ballet dancer, so she knows firsthand the pressures and self-doubt that so many performers face when pursuing their dreams. She is now a qualified Counsellor, with over 6 years experience working with performing artists. Philippa is Counsellor and performance psychology teacher at The Australian Ballet School and founder of StageMinded.com and she is on a mission to make sure every performer, student & teacher is equipped to thrive in the industry.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    GETTING STARTED

    • Introducing Philippa

    • How Mindset School Works

    • Ground Rules

    • One-on-One Services

  • 2

    MINDSET ESSENTIALS

    • Sneak Peek - Mindset Essentials

  • 3

    Mindset Essentials: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Mindset Essentials]

    • Fixed Mindset

    • Growth Mindset

    • The Brain: Neurons and Learning New Things

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 4

    Mindset Essentials: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Mindset Essentials]

    • Stages of Competence

    • The Brain: Avoidance & Approach Motivation

    • Signs of a Fixed and Growth Mindset

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 5

    Mindset Essentials: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Mindset Essentials]

    • Mindset Shift: How your mind works (Conscious & Subconsious)

    • Mindset Shift: Focus, Questions & Intentions

    • Mindset Shift: Changing Your Frames of Meaning

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 6

    Mindset Essentials: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Mindset Essentials]

    • Understanding Flow

    • Stretching Your Comfort Zone

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Mindset Essentials]

  • 7

    Mindset Essentials: Week 5

    • Week 5 Worksheets [Mindset Essentials]

    • Recapping: From Fixed To Growth Mindset

  • 8

    GOAL-SETTING

    • Sneak Peek - Goal-Setting

  • 9

    Goal-Setting: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Goal-Setting]

    • Goal-setting: Mindset & Mistakes

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 10

    Goal-Setting: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Goal-Setting]

    • Types of Goals & Which to Use When

    • Example Dream Goal Ladder

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 11

    Goal-Setting: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Goal-Setting]

    • The Need for Effective Goals

    • SMARTER+ Goals: Specific

    • SMARTER+ Goals: Measurable

    • SMARTER+ Goals: Attainable

    • SMARTER+ Goals: Relevant

    • SMARTER+ Goals: TimeBased

    • SMARTER+ Goals: Evaluated

    • SMARTER+ Goals: Rewarded

    • SMARTER+ Goals: Positively Stated

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 12

    Goal-Setting: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Goal-Setting]

    • Navigating Obstacles

    • Time Management

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • Time Management Example & Tips

    • It's Feedback Time! [Goal-Setting]

  • 13

    MOTIVATION & FOCUS

    • Sneak Peek - Motivation & Focus

  • 14

    Motivation & Focus: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Motivation & Focus]

    • Motivation & Your Basic Needs

    • Extrinsic & Intrinsic Motivation

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 15

    Motivation & Focus: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Motivation & Focus]

    • Defining Your Why

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 16

    Motivation & Focus: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Motivation & Focus]

    • What Is Focus?

    • Focussing Skills

    • Dimensions of Attention

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 17

    Motivation & Focus: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Motivation & Focus]

    • Physical Factors Affecting Focus

    • Skill 1: Maintaining a Process Focus

    • Skill 2: Focussing Beyond Distraction

    • Skill 3: Achieving Mental Quiet

    • Skill 4: Managing Your Intensity

    • Skill 5: Staying Present

    • Skill 6: Sustaining Your Focus

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Motivation & Focus]

  • 18

    AUTHENTICITY & SELF-AWARENESS

    • Sneak Peek - Self-Awareness

  • 19

    Self-Awareness: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Self-Awareness]

    • Your Identity

    • Self-Acceptance and the "Unchangeables"

    • Week 1 Challenge

    • Self Acceptance Guided Audio

  • 20

    Self-Awareness: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Self-Awareness]

    • Your Emotions

    • Emotional Intelligence Skills

    • Resolving Difficult Emotions

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 21

    Self-Awareness: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Self-Awareness]

    • Your Needs

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 22

    Self-Awareness: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Self-Awareness]

    • Managing Anxiety

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Self-Awareness]

  • 23

    CONFIDENCE

    • Sneak Peek - Confidence

  • 24

    Confidence: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Confidence]

    • Foundations of Confidence

    • Regaining Freedom & Control

    • The Confidence Spectrum

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 25

    Confidence: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Confidence]

    • Strengthening Self-Worth - Your Uniqueness

    • Strengthening Self-Worth - Belonging

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 26

    Confidence: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Confidence]

    • The Secret To Handling Success

    • Strengthening Self-Efficacy

    • Strengthening Self-Efficacy - Measuring Progress & Success

    • Positive Resource Experiences

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 27

    Confidence: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Confidence]

    • Unhelpful Thinking

    • How to Change Your Thinking

    • Week 4 Challenge

  • 28

    Confidence: Week 5

    • Week 5 Worksheets [Confidence]

    • Changing Self-Limiting Beliefs 1

    • Changing Self-Limiting Beliefs 2

    • Changing Self-Limiting Beliefs 3

    • Changing Self-Limiting Beliefs 4

    • Week 5 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Confidence]

  • 29

    IMAGERY & VISUALISATION

    • Sneak Peek - Visualisation

  • 30

    Imagery & Visualisation: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Imagery & Visualisation]

    • What Is Imagery?

    • How Imagery Works & Ways to Use Imagery

    • Imagery Exercise - Lemon

    • Imagery Exercise - Your Childhood Bedroom

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 31

    Imagery & Visualisation: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Imagery & Visualisation]

    • Total Performance Visualisation

    • Developing Vivid Images

    • Imagery Exercise - Backstage

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 32

    Imagery & Visualisation: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Imagery & Visualisation]

    • Controlling Your Imagery

    • Imagery Exercise - Shrinking friend

    • Imagery Exercise - Heavy Arm

    • Imagery Perspectives

    • Imagery Exercise - Shifting Perspectives

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 33

    Imagery & Visualisation: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Imagery & Visualisation]

    • Incorporating Imagery Into Your Routine

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Imagery & Visualisation]

  • 34

    COMPETITION & CRITICISM

    • Sneak Peek - Competition & Criticism

  • 35

    Competition & Criticism: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Competition & Criticism]

    • Pros & Cons of Competition

    • Negative & Positive Rivalries

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 36

    Competition & Criticism: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Competition & Criticism]

    • Balancing Cooperation & Competition

    • How to Thrive in Competition

    • 10 Steps to Competing Well

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 37

    Competition & Criticism: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Competition & Criticism]

    • Introduction to Handling Criticism

    • Filtering Feedback

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 38

    Competition & Criticism: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Competition & Criticism]

    • Handling Harsh Criticism

    • Forgiveness & Finding Freedom

    • Extending Forgiveness Guided Audio

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Competition & Criticism]

  • 39

    PERFORMANCE PREPARATION

    • Sneak Peek - Performance Preparation

  • 40

    Performance Preparation: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Performance Preparation]

    • Why Performance Preparation is so Important

    • Pre-Performance Routines

    • Rituals VS Routines

    • Guiding Principles For Routines

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 41

    Performance Preparation: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Performance Preparation]

    • Technical Preparation

    • Artistic Preparation

    • Mental Preparation

    • Physical Preparation

    • Organisational Preparation

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 42

    Performance Preparation: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Performance Preparation]

    • Optimising Intensity

    • Managing Over-Intensity: Controlling Controllables

    • Expecting The Unexpected

    • Preparing For The Worst

    • Other Ways To Manage Intensity

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 43

    Performance Preparation: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Performance Preparation]

    • What To Do During Performances

    • Winding Down After A Show

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Performance Preparation]

  • 44

    MANAGING STRESS

    • Sneak Peek - Managing Stress

  • 45

    Managing Stress: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Stress Management]

    • What Is Stress

    • The Stress Cycle: Activating Triggers

    • The Stress Cycle: Beliefs

    • The Stress Cycle: Coping Strategies

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 46

    Managing Stress: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Stress Management]

    • 5 Steps of Coping Skills Training

    • Relaxation Skills

    • Coping Statements

    • Week 2 Challenge

    • Brief Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercise

    • Extended Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercise

  • 47

    Managing Stress: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Stress Management]

    • The Importance Of Sleep

    • Getting Better Sleep

    • Nutrition & Stress

    • Exercise And Other Destressers

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 48

    Managing Stress: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Stress Management]

    • Overwork And Burnout

    • Causes Of Burnout

    • Preventing & Recovering From Burnout

    • How To Say No

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Stress Management]

  • 49

    BODY CONFIDENCE

    • Sneak Peek - Body Confidence

  • 50

    Body Confidence: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Body Confidence]

    • Body Confidence as a Performer

    • What Is Body Image?

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 51

    Body Confidence: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Body Confidence]

    • Triggers of Body Shame

    • Messages To Believe In

    • Practical Tips For Being Body Positive

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 52

    Body Confidence: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Body Confidence]

    • Embodied Emotions & Identity

    • Hiding And Being Seen

    • Listening to Your Body's Inner Wisdom

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 53

    Body Confidence: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Body Confidence]

    • When To Be Concerned: Body Image

    • When To Be Concerned: Normal Eating

    • When To Be Concerned: Disordered Eating

    • When To Be Concerned: Eating Disorders

    • When To Be Concerned: RED-S

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Body Confidence]

  • 54

    RESILIENCE, INJURIES & TRANSITIONS

    • Sneak Peek - Resilience

  • 55

    Resilience, Transitions & Injuries: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Resilience, Transitions & Injuries]

    • What Is Resilience

    • The 6 Resilience Factors

    • Practical Ways To Build Resilience

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 56

    Resilience, Transitions & Injuries: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Resilience, Transitions & Injuries]

    • Stages Of Change

    • Stage 1: PreContemplation

    • Stage 2: Contemplation

    • Stage 3: Preparation

    • Stage 4: Action

    • Stage 5: Maintenance

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 57

    Resilience, Transitions & Injuries: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Resilience, Transitions & Injuries]

    • Transitions

    • 5 Rs Of Culture Change: Routines

    • 5 Rs Of Culture Change: Reactions

    • 5 Rs Of Culture Change: Roles

    • 5 Rs Of Culture Change: Relationships

    • 5 Rs Of Culture Change: Reflection

    • How To Handle Homesickness

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 58

    Resilience, Transitions & Injuries: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Resilience, Transitions & Injuries]

    • Injuries & Time Off

    • Creative Outlets

    • Competence

    • Connection

    • To Watch Or Not To Watch

    • Other Tips For Managing Injuries

  • 59

    EFFORTLESS PERFORMANCE

    • Sneak Peek - Effortless Performance

  • 60

    Effortless Performance: Week 1

    • Week 1 Worksheets [Effortless Performance]

    • The Biggest Barrier to Effortless Performance

    • Pursuing Excellence

    • Week 1 Challenge

  • 61

    Effortless Performance: Week 2

    • Week 2 Worksheets [Effortless Performance]

    • Effortless Performance

    • Trusting Your Body

    • Quietening Your Mind

    • Week 2 Challenge

  • 62

    Effortless Performance: Week 3

    • Week 3 Worksheets [Effortless Performance]

    • Developing Creativity

    • Connecting Creatively To Your Work

    • Authentic Expression

    • Week 3 Challenge

  • 63

    Effortless Performance: Week 4

    • Week 4 Worksheets [Effortless Performance]

    • Mindset School Review: Part 1

    • Mindset School Review: Part 2

    • Mindset School Review: Part 3

    • Mindset School Review: Part 4

    • Three Final Encouragements

    • Week 4 Challenge

    • It's Feedback Time! [Effortless Performance]

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