Idea #1 – Start a Mindfulness Practice

January 11, 2018

Recently, I turned 50 years old (ouch) and to commemorate that milestone, I sent an email to my blog subscribers with 50 ideas for performance improvement in 2018.  The response to the list was very positive, so I thought I could do a little “xtra” and write a blog post about each of the 50 […]

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What’s the deal with emotions in college tennis?

June 13, 2017

This post has been on my mind for awhile and I’m writing it for all of those young tennis players who aspire to play college tennis. I want you to be prepared for what you are going to experience, and at the same time, I want you to apply the actions and principles of mental […]

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Feeling Pressure? Get Excited!

May 25, 2017

As a competitor, it’s a near certainty that you get nervous from time to time, both before you play and during competition. Fear is the emotion that drives your nerves. Why is this? What are you afraid of? I was at the New England Academy of Tennis earlier this week and I asked the players […]

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The Mental Game at the end of the game

April 3, 2017

The other night, I happened to tune in to the University of Connecticut versus Mississippi State women’s basketball Final Four game during the 3rd quarter and was intrigued by how close the score was. UConn has been dominating the sport of women’s college basketball for some time, and a close game was a rarity for […]

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Episode 1: Jaime Gaard Chapman

March 6, 2017

For some time now, I have been wanting to try a podcast format for the blog and I finally did it.  For those of you who are fans of “The Tim Ferriss Show”, I modeled this podcast on his interview format so you’ll probably recognize that.  The idea of interviewing coaches and athletes, and finding out what […]

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Super Bowl Breakdown: Patriots vs Falcons

February 9, 2017

Hey, did you see that Super Bowl comeback by the Patriots? Pretty amazing, right? Personally, I found it intriguing because of the mental game and how each team handled the competitive pressure. There were a number of mental toughness concepts at play in this game so I wanted to break them down for you so […]

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Don’t React, Act!

January 25, 2017

Yesterday, I was having a conversation with a couple of coaches and we were discussing the different types of focus (process goals) that an athlete should have for practice and for a game. One of the coaches has a friend who is a sport psychology professional at a large academy, and he told me that […]

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3 Reasons To Have A Positive Physical Response

December 16, 2016

It’s no secret that you need excellent focus to be a great competitor. The best athletes in the world do this well and while they may make it look simple, it isn’t easy to do for long periods of time. There are a lot of things going on that are competing for your attention, and […]

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Want a Confidence Boost? Use Your Voice!

November 15, 2016

We all know that Confidence is a key component of good performance and the notion that “confidence is a choice” should be obvious. However, many athletes choose not to be confident and therefore make the road to good performance more difficult. Knowing that Confidence and Mental Toughness is first driven by your actions – which […]

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Do You Know How to Play Badly Well?

November 3, 2016

“The worse you’re performing, the more you must work mentally and emotionally. The greatest and toughest art in golf is playing badly well. All the true greats have been masters at it.” — Jack Nicklaus Ah, I love this quote from all-time golf great, Jack Nicklaus. When I read the phrase “playing badly well”, I […]

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