Choose Wisely – 50 for 50 Ideas #34 and #35

October 12, 2018

How many choices and decisions do you make each day? Hundreds? Thousands? Probably a lot. Let’s look at a definition of choice to help us understand this concept better: an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities (Google Dictionary). Does that sound right to you? When I think […]

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Who you want to be

Who Do You Want To Be In The Next 3 Months? – 50 for 50 Idea # 33

October 6, 2018

When athletes think about achieving goals, their focus generally goes to what they need to do in order to achieve the stated goal. That makes sense. They want to get to work right away. However, by going straight to the “what,” they are missing an important part of the goal achievement process. They are missing […]

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Listen to a podcast

Listen to a podcast once a week – 50 for 50 Idea #32

September 28, 2018

One of the more interesting innovations of the modern age relative to information and entertainment is podcasts. Formerly known as “audioblogging”, the podcast format started to become more popular in the early 2000’s, and now in 2018 they are ubiquitous. Everyone seems to have one; I even did a single episode (and would like to […]

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Inspirational quote

Daily Inspirational Quotes – 50 for 50 Idea #31

September 21, 2018

Everyone loves an profound or inspirational quote, so let me begin with one of my favorites. “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” -Samuel Johnson, English Author & Critic (1709-1784) That quote could probably be a blog post on its own, but I decided to use it here because […]

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Serena and Mental Toughness

Serena Williams: Who is to blame for US Open controversy?

September 10, 2018

The 2018 US Open Women’s final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka was unfortunately marred by controversy. Many opinions have been expressed about what happened on the court and the fairness of it all. Was this a case of a chair umpire overstepping his bounds? Or perhaps this was a case of a frustrated player […]

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50 for 50 Idea #30: Organize your space for clarity

September 2, 2018

When it comes to having a clean and organized space, the Japanese World Cup Soccer team are experts. Click here to see how they cleaned up their locker room after their exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They even left a thank you card! Not only does this show respect for the facility […]

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50 for 50 Idea #29: Get a massage once a month

August 21, 2018

In the late ’90s, I started experiencing some pain in my left knee while playing tennis. The pain was tolerable, so I played through it and then iced it after playing. That worked for a little while, but eventually the pain started to get worse, and my mobility on the court was compromised. The pain […]

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50 for 50 Idea # 28: Develop a Personal Philosophy to Compete Better

August 6, 2018

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about the 3 components of Mental Toughness (Philosophy, Character Skills, and Actions & Behaviors). In there, I described Philosophy as the over-arching factor because it could determine how well you could execute the other two components under pressure and through adversity. All great competitors excel at […]

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practice competing

50 for 50 Idea # 27: Practice competing

July 26, 2018

Over the last several years, there have been many books extolling the virtues of practice and mastery. Grit, Peak, and The Talent Code are just a few. The 10,000 hour rule, popularized and oversimplified by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, has become part of the daily lexicon. Want to be a master of what […]

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50 for 50 Idea # 26: Be more self-compassionate

July 18, 2018

As much as we don’t like it, making mistakes is a part of sport performance. And it’s a part of every day life. We are human and we are not perfect. Mistakes are going to happen, however how you react to them might be what determines your success. Will you be self-critical or self-compassionate? Let […]

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