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Opponents Make Us Better

March 24, 2020

Whenever we compete, we are going up against one or more opponents.  But perhaps “against” isn’t the right word to use to describe what is happening. The verb to compete actually comes from the Latin competere which means “to strive for with.”  Interesting.  With, not against.  However, that’s not how we’ve been taught to think […]

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Mental Training During Coronavirus Isolation

March 15, 2020

By this time, it is probable that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted your athletic activities in some capacity.  College seasons and championships have been canceled.  Tennis tournaments across the country have been suspended for several weeks.  Pro sports are on hiatus until the situation improves.  None of us know when these organized activities will resume.  […]

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Meditate On Your Mortality To Embolden Your Mindset

February 28, 2020

Ambition itself seems to come effortlessly. It isn’t very challenging to dream big. The real challenge comes in the motivation to actualize those ambitions. Putting your money where your mouth is is often where most of us run into some roadblocks. The dream is there, but the motivation is difficult to maintain.  When the going […]

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Contemplation of the Sage and Your Ideal Self

February 14, 2020

If you’re anything like us here at PerformanceXtra, then you do a lot of contemplation on self-improvement.  As athletes, we’re always working to be better than we were the day before. To be better, faster, stronger.  Every day, we work towards actualizing our ideal self. However, before we can mold ourselves into our ideal selves, […]

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Use Stoicism to Develop Emotional Intelligence

January 24, 2020

Let me ask you something: Have you ever thought about how many forms of intelligence there are?  Does that seem like a preposterous question to you? There’s only one type of intelligence: intelligence. If you’re smart, you’re smart, right? Well, not quite. While there is certainly an overarching general intelligence within the human mind, it […]

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Episode 7: Understand And Follow The Process

January 16, 2020

In this episode of the PerformanceXtra podcast, I discuss the details of the process of performance, how to focus on it, and how to understand it better. You can sum it up with the phrase, “focus on the process.” Understanding the process more thoroughly and following it more consistently can help us improve our game.  […]

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Confine Yourself to the Present to Achieve Victory

January 8, 2020

One of the most important aspects of the mental game is the ability to focus on the moment at hand. To keep your attention on the performance itself and how you are operating within it. Challenging matches can become very stressful if you let them. In these moments distractions and an unruly focus can take […]

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Episode 6: Fight The Opponent, Not Yourself

January 5, 2020

On this episode of the PerformanceXtra podcast, I discuss our natural tendency to fight ourselves more than we fight the opponent during competition.  It is something that we all do to a certain extent.  Let’s do it less.  We’ll perform better and enjoy ourselves more.  Listen below and please leave a comment with your thoughts […]

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Triumph and Disaster: Treat Those Two Imposters the Same

December 19, 2019

In 1895, the Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling composed the poem “If-,” which later went on to become one of the most popular poems in Great Britain. In it, he etched the famous words If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same. These same words appear above the […]

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Seneca Tells Us That Adversity Enhances Your Performance

November 7, 2019

Stoicism has blown up in recent years.   All eyes seem to be on Stoicism and the ancient thinkers who developed it. Do you ever wonder why that is? Well, there’s actually a really simple reason. It’s because times are tough nowadays. Many people are facing down daily adversity. The whole world appears to be rather […]

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