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The Real Challenge II

I really think people take on the wrong challenge. You’ve heard someone say he/she wants to run a certain race for the challenge of it? They love the challenge. Right? It’s actually an interesting claim and one that is misplaced. Follow me for a moment. If you love a challenge then you enjoy things that are

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Lucky Headbands and Lucky Socks = PR!

We all look for an edge – the edge. You know, the one that will get us that cherished victory, a new personal record time or distance. We will even create that edge when it doesn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong. I want athletes to think in ways of tilting the playing field to their

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Will Power & Outcomes

“Self-control, known colloquially as willpower, refers to the mental processes that allow people to override any of their thoughts, emotions, or behaviors that compete with their overarching goals.” I wanted to highlight two points that are part of a sound mental game regardless of your goals. Though a bit long and academic for the average person

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Self-Belief Matters

In an article on self-belief, fellow mental game coach Brian Lomax discusses two key beliefs a mentally tough individual must have: Belief that you can attain your goals Belief that you possess unique abilities to best your opponents Brian also mentions optimism as a key to fostering these beliefs. If you are a critic, cynic or

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Goals Help you Survive the Day

The July/August 2015 issue of the DAV Magazine had a compelling article about Lester Tenney. Mr. Tenney is another WWII veteran – one of the few remaining in an ever-dwindling number. He is one of even fewer who survived the Battaan Death March in the Philippines in 1942 and then imprisonment for more years.  His story

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Visualization Leads us Astray?

Watched a video by a psychologist from a California university recently. Her research showed that dieters who visualized their desired state (future healthy, weight appropriate outcome) were more likely to cheat on their diets and fail at their goals. It was theorized that by envisioning oneself successfully achieving your goals (weight lost) your mind becomes

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Focus starts with Focus

I can’t tell you how often I get inquiries to help get someone to “focus better”. The problem is deeper and broader than something like “keep your eye on the ball”, or “count your breaths”, or “use your cue phrase”. Focus requires a focus. It requires a comprehensive concentration on your ultimate goal. So before

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Monday is the Day

Jawbone published exercise data from more than 100,000 people over a 12 month period. Interestingly (or not) it reveals that Monday is biggest workout day. And the rest of the week is downhill from there. In the USAToday article Monica Rogati from Jawbone states, “There’s a new week resolution effect. People are pumped about their

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Sometimes Just Shut Up

If someone close to you has been sidelined from sports for an extended period of time, I’ll bet you’ve tried to cheer them up. Haven’t you searched for magic words or advice could make things better? I watched an interesting video recently of Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a Professional Ballroom Dancer, who survived the Boston Marathon bombings where she lost

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Youth Runners – Is Mental Game Training Needed?

[I will soon be releasing a white paper on mental game training and youth runners. This is a portion of what is presented.] Here are several common questions and some comments I have overheard on the topic of youth runners, performance and the role of their mental game: My coach says it’s all in my head.

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