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Savoring

Savoring Life – 50 for 50 Idea #49

December 31, 2018

As 2018 winds down, it’s time to look ahead to 2019 and ways to make it a great year. Would you like to be happier in 2019? Of course, you would. So in the final 50 for 50 blog post of 2018, I want to share with you an evidence-based way of increasing your happiness […]

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Leader

Leadership and Discipline – 50 for 50 Ideas #48 and #50

December 31, 2018

In my experience, athletes often want to be leaders. There’s a certain amount of prestige that comes with the title of leader or captain. It’s an honor. However, you don’t need a title to be a leader, and having a title doesn’t necessarily make you a good leader. A few years ago, I wrote a […]

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Rhythmic breathing

Rhythmic Breathing – 50 for 50 Idea #47

December 23, 2018

Breathing. It’s kind of basic. So basic that most of the time you are completely unaware that you are even doing it. But obviously it’s critical to survival as a human being, and beyond that, taking conscious control of it can have some profound effects on our well-being. There are many different exercises that one […]

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Workout partner

Workout Partner – 50 for 50 Idea #46

December 20, 2018

If you’re someone who goes to the gym to workout on his or her own, perhaps the following scenario will sound familiar. On the way to the gym, you’re all fired up for a great workout. You’re thinking about how great you’re going to feel later. Those 6-pack abs you’ve been dreaming of are already […]

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Inspiration

Inspiration: Watch an inspiring movie – 50 for 50 Idea #45

December 15, 2018

When I was 11 years old, I started listening to music to get myself pumped-up for tennis tournaments. At the time, my preferred pump-up selections were from the soundtracks to Rocky and Rocky II. I owned each of them on vinyl and my routine was to play them on the turntable in my room before […]

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Turn Professional

Turn Professional in Preparation & Recovery – 50 for 50

December 9, 2018

In The War of Art, author Steven Pressfield writes about the attitude of going pro in the things that you do. The true professional doesn’t wing it every day. He or she knows what it takes to be successful, and does those things systematically. There are no shortcuts, only the commitment to do what is […]

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Community

Contribute More to a Community – 50 for 50 Idea # 40

December 7, 2018

One of the most well known theories on motivation in psychology is Self Determination Theory. Developed by Ed Deci and Richard Ryan, this theory states that how we experience the concepts of autonomy, competence, and relatedness shape our motivation and can drive performance. Of these three concepts, let’s focus on relatedness, and more specifically community. […]

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Vision and Skin Care – 50 for 50 Ideas 39 and 41

November 20, 2018

Idea #39 – Get your vision checked In April of 1990, I started working at Shawmut Bank in downtown Boston. It was my first job in the big city, and I was excited about it. Unfortunately, that’s when my vision problems began. For several hours per day, I was staring at a mainframe terminal with […]

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Character strengths

Develop Your Character Strengths – 50 for 50 Ideas #38 and 42

October 30, 2018

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -John Wooden Your character as a person is a set of qualities and skills that makes you uniquely you.  It’s an important concept to consider, but not one […]

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Video anlaysis

Video Analysis and Weaknesses – 50 for 50 Ideas #36 and #37

October 23, 2018

One of the major trends in sports these days is the use of technology and data analytics to help athletes improve their performances. This is especially prevalent at the professional level. However, with smart phones, video cameras, performance apps, etc., the technology to assist athletes is available to everyone regardless of level. One of the […]

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