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Amy Hanson-Kuleszka

Episode 4: Amy Hanson-Kuleszka

June 10, 2019

On this episode of the PerformanceXtra podcast, I talk to Amy Hanson-Kuleszka, a figure skating coach in the Boston, MA area.  Figure skating is an incredibly difficult sport, and Amy is one of the best coaches around.  But Amy is more than a figure skating coach.  She’s a valuable mentor for her students, and she […]

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The most important point

The Most Important Point

March 28, 2019

Note: Even though this post is written from the perspective of tennis, it applies to any sport in which the action can be broken down to the next play, the next pitch, the next possession, the next 1-on1 battle, the next move, the next moment, the next whatever. It’s always about what comes next. When […]

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Adversity

Adversity Makes Us Better

March 15, 2019

One of the great paradoxes of striving for improvement and mastery is that we expend a lot of energy avoiding situations that will make us better. We avoid adversity. We avoid obstacles. We avoid challenges. But the reality is that all of these things are normal. Adversity is normal. Challenges are normal. Trying to avoid […]

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Alex Johansson

Episode 3: Alex Johansson

March 7, 2019

Alex Johansson is the Director of the New England Tennis Academy at Longfellow Natick (MA), and is one of the best tennis coaches in the business.  He has spent the last 16 years in junior tennis development, and has helped more than 40 players to reach their goal of playing college tennis.  Before becoming a […]

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Love of learning

Love of Learning – A Necessary Ingredient

January 12, 2019

When I think of the most powerful mindsets that a competitor can have, this one stands out: You have to LOVE to learn more about your sport. The best competitors in the world are great students of their game without exception. Are you? Do you have a love for learning in your sport? The Learning […]

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PerformanceXtra Podcast

Episode 2: Clemson vs Alabama National Championship Game

January 9, 2019

In Episode 2 of The PerformanceXtra Podcast, I review the Clemson vs Alabama National Championship Game, and how questionable decision making played a part in the result.  Listen below and please share your comments.         Follow PerformanceXtra

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Warrior Mindset

The Warrior Mindset – A Competitive Advantage

January 6, 2019

One of my favorite competitive mindsets for success is what I call the “Warrior Mindset.” It is a fundamental mindset of a great competitor and it is best expressed by the following quote: The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary […]

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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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