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PERMA – E is for Engagement

April 21, 2020

During this lockdown for Covid-19, you are probably spending a lot more time at home than usual.  Are you bored yet?  Of course, there are a lot of things you could potentially be doing with your free time – if you have any.  Reading books, watching informative videos, taking online courses, etc. are all possible […]

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The True Importance of Good Sportsmanship

April 15, 2020

In the philosophy of sport, the ethics of athletes’ behavior is a big focus. It should come as no surprise, then, that the idea of sportsmanship is a very popular subject for sports-minded thinkers. There isn’t an athlete or player out there that hasn’t heard all about it. But I don’t need to tell you […]

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Mental Skills Training Plan for the Corporate Athlete

April 15, 2020

Do you work in an office or work for a company?  Perhaps you’re in sales.  If so, you’re not just an employee.  You’re also a corporate athlete.  And athletes have to train in order to manage their physical, mental, emotional, and motivational energy.  In today’s environment, that could be more challenging than ever. For many […]

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Practicing Against A Wall – Find A Way

April 8, 2020

In 1974, I started playing tennis.  I was 6, and tennis was booming in the US.  It was so popular, that it was difficult to get a court at our swim and tennis club.  Fortunately, there was a backboard.  It was always available. Over the next few years, that wooden backboard became my most reliable […]

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Coach The Team You Have – That’s Leadership

April 3, 2020

“I don’t understand why they can’t do this drill!”  That was what a successful college sports coach said to me a few years ago when she was talking about how her team was doing in practice.  I had an idea of what was happening with her and her team, but I was intrigued.  I probed […]

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The Pursuit of Mastery: The Key to Happiness

April 1, 2020

In this article, I’d like to address a thought many amateur athletes may have from time to time. That is what I’d like to call the “it-doesn’t-really-matter” thought. You might know just the thing I’m talking about.  This is that rather seductive feeling that emerges when you’re really pushing yourself during your training sessions or […]

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To Be Truly Great, You Must Be Humble

April 1, 2020

As athletes and high performers, we all have dreams of achieving true greatness.  But what is true greatness?  What does being great mean to you?  And how do you achieve it?  These are important questions to consider. And here is a first principle of being on the path to greatness: If you want to be […]

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PERMA – P is for Positive Emotions

March 30, 2020

Admittedly, it can be difficult to be positive during a global pandemic.  People are sick and many are dying.  The economy is shattered.  You’re probably concerned about your family, your health, money, food, safety, etc.  These primary concerns need your attention.  However, positive emotions can be helpful in getting you through this crisis.  They are […]

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Simplify – The Best Adjustment You Could Ever Make

March 26, 2020

One of the realities of sport, especially a sport like tennis, is that sometimes we don’t play well.  Sometimes things don’t go our way.  It could even be that the opponent is playing out of his or her mind – that’s annoying.  In these moments, our natural tendency is to be judgmental and overanalyze the […]

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Developing Coping Skills Through PERMA

March 25, 2020

Living during a global pandemic certainly presents its share of challenges and stressors.  How are you holding up?  Admittedly, it’s not easy to be plucked out of our normal lives and placed into lockdown.  We are all having to get used to different ways of doing things and taking care of ourselves.  And you may […]

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