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 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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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: 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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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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