About Sharleen Hoar, Ph.D. - Mental Performance Consultant


 Inspiring every person to realize their limitless potential


Minding-What-Matters is a blog about what it takes to achieve, be successful (in the areas of your life that matter to you), and enjoy the process along the way.  My name is Sharleen Hoar, I have a Ph.D. in sport & exercise psychology, and I am Minding-What-Matter’s author.  

I am fascinated by human achievement.  Olympic athletes are, simply, ordinary people (they too have to put their pants on, one leg at a time) who have learned to move their body and push their spirits in extraordinary ways.  The same story is true for anyone who has risen to the top of his or her field. To a great extent, our capacity to become extraordinary is learning and doing what matters most. For each of us, this is a process known as“Becoming My Best Self”.

This blog shares stories and ideas about how the mind (it’s thoughts, beliefs, and/or feelings) directly affects the actions you take towards achieving what matters most to you. You will take away from it what makes sense to you, and will leave the rest for another day.  I hope that you will try out some of the mental exercises that help us thrive. I also hope that you will share your journey with me by leaving comments from time to time.

Thank you so much for visiting.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.  (Mahatma Gandhi)


Official Biography

Sharleen Hoar (Ph.D.) has been supporting elite and aspiring performers of all ages to achieve personal and performance excellence since 1996. She is a member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and is the mental performance lead with the Canadian Sport Institute - Pacific working with Olympic and National team athletes, coaches, and sport science and medical professionals. Sharleen attended the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Pan American Games, and supported clients through three Olympic games including the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (Canada) and Sochi (Russia), respectively, and 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).   

Dr. Hoar received a Ph.D. in Sport & Exercise Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a M.Sc. in Applied Sport Psychology from University of Idaho, and is currently an Adjunct Professor with the University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, AB).  She actively publishes her research on self-regulation and emotion management as well as sport talent development. Dr. Hoar’s commitment to practical and scientific understanding of the psychological foundations of performance excellence affords a cutting edge approach towards training athletes, coaches, and business professionals to achieve personal and performance excellence.