On paper, the Indianapolis Colts had nothing to play for this past Sunday versus the Houston Texans. Win or lose, their seeding in the AFC would not change, and for some teams, that might have been a reason to rest the starters for the first round of the playoffs. Not the Colts. This Indy team […]read more
In sports, we hear phrases such as “one point at at time” or “one play at a time” so often that they become cliches and lose their meaning. That’s unfortunate because the underlying message is valuable – focus for a short period of time, reset, and then focus for a short period of time again. […]read more
During the Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions football game on Thanksgiving Day, there was a controversial touchdown awarded to the Texans’ Justin Forsett after an 81 yard run. Forsett’s elbow and knee appeared to be down on the play, but the officials never whistled the play dead, and to his credit, Forsett kept running. In […]read more
I recently gave an interview to Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished LLC on his weekly radio show and the topic was mental toughness and how it applies to athletics and academics. The interview is about 20 minutes long and the link appears below. If you have any thoughts on my responses to his questions, […]read more
One of the missions of a coach is to help athletes transform their games so that they become better players in the long term. In order for this to happen, both coaches and students need to understand the difference between information and transformation. Let’s use a very simple example to illustrate this. Imagine that you […]read more
What is the point of competition? Conventional wisdom tells us that winning is the end goal of competition, but I think that is debatable and possibly detrimental to performing one’s best. In one of the cornerstone works of Positive Psychology, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi states that the point of competition is to […]read more
On March 27th, I was the guest speaker at the Wellesley Rotary Club in Wellesley, MA and I gave a talk on Mental Toughness – what I think it is and a bit on my own personal journey of discovery in this area. Video of the speech appears below courtesy of Wellesley Media. The video […]read more
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