For Athletic Success, You Pay Now or Pay Later

You’re going to pay for what you do or do not do in your conditioning in one way or another. You can pay now with temporary fatigue and pain or you can pay later in lasting regret.

Strengthen Your Confidence Muscle Like a Champion

Confidence is the most important mental muscle because you may have all of the ability to perform your best, if you don’t believe in that ability, you won’t use that ability.

How Athletes Can Take Risks That Pay Off

It never feels like the right time to take risks in sports because there are risks to taking risks, primarily that of failure. Yet, only by taking risks can athletes find success.

Take Risks for Athletic Success

Risk taking means pushing your limits, getting out of your comfort zone, and confronting failure, so that, when the risk pays off, you will experience sports success.

3 Keys to Making Mental Training Work in Sports

Athletes and coaches tell me that the mind is as or more important than the physical and technical side of sports. Yet, in reality, it is woefully under-appreciated and neglected.

5 Mental Tools for Athletic Success

These five mental tools enable you to focus them entirely on what you need to do to perform your best when it counts most, namely, in your biggest competitions of the season.

5 Mental “Muscles” for Athletic Success

You should think about your mind as made up of ‘mental muscles’, the same way you think about your body and its physical muscles. y

Practice Is the Foundation of Athletic Success

To be the best athlete you can be, you must be serious about your practice in every area that impacts your athletic performances—physical, technical, and mental.

Five Mental Obstacles That Prevent Sport Success

Mental obstacles refer to any psychological or emotional issue that interferes with your ability to perform your best consistently in the biggest competitions of your life.

7 Things Parents Can Do at the End of a Sports Season

The conclusion of a sports season can be a time of excitement, relief, and suffering for parents of athletes.

5 Attitudes You Need for Athletic Success

The dictionary definition of attitude is “The way you think and feel about something.” You hold attitudes about your sport that have a direct impact on how you perform.

4 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Play Sports

As any parent of young athletes knows, having your children participate in sports can be a real hassle.

5 Keys to Playing Your Best on Game Day

What do you need to do to play your best on game day? Here are 5 areas that I've learned from world-class and professional athletes.

A Sports Dad’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Great Day

We don’t live life in retrospect. If we could look into the future and know how our decisions will turn out, life would be easy…and quite uninteresting.

Every Day Can Be a Good Day of Sports Training

One of the most frequent comments I hear from the athletes I work with is: “I had a lousy day of training.” This statement is accompanied by bad-feeling emotions.

An Olympic Champion’s Holiday Gift #3: Risk

Risk taking is essential for success in sports. You just can’t play it safe and expect to win. Taking risks can mean the difference between goals achieved and hopes dashed.

Psychological Rehab After Sports Injury

When athletes get injured, their minds get damaged too, yet little attention is paid to the importance of “mental rehab” to a complete and timely recovery and return to sport.

An Olympic Champion’s Holiday Gift #2: Fight

It’s normal to get nervous before a competition, particularly a big one. You’re putting all of your efforts on the line and you want to succeed really badly.

An Olympic Champion’s 3 Holiday Gifts: #1 is Disappointment

No one likes to be disappointed. Your heart aches for the opportunity lost. But not allowing yourself to feel disappointed is another opportunity lost and a lesson not learned.

Sports Just Don’t Make Sense

Sports just don’t make sense. They don’t always go the way we want them to. Sports can be so frustrating. To the point where it’s easy to wonder why we devote so much time and energy to it. Let’s look at why sports don’t make sense. Sports are complex. Sports are unpredictable and uncontrollable. Nothing comes quick and easy in sports. Progress isn’t steady.

Letting Go of Fear of Failure-Part IV

Fear of failure is about the perceptions that you hold about failure and, for the vast majority of people, those perceptions are entirely disconnected from the reality of their lives. You perceive that bad things will happen if you fail, but the reality is that nothing particularly bad, aside from some disappointment, will likely result from a failure.

The Real Fear in Fear of Failure: Part III

The real fear is not failure, the meaning you attach to failure, or even total failure. Instead, the real fear of failure is about the fear of experiencing the painful emotions that young people think they will suffer if they fail.

Is the American Academy of Pediatrics Copping Out on Screens

Increasing the limits allowed for kids’ screen time or not offering time limits at all, either of which seem to be directions that the AAP is considering, flies in face of the fact that kids these days are already way out of balance in their use of technology.

You Won’t Find Athletic Success Without "The Grind"

No matter how much you love your sport and no matter how much fun it is in general, you have to admit that there are many specific aspects of being an athlete that are definitely not fun, especially the physical conditioning. I’m thinking of those cold early morning runs, those workouts in the rain or in the blazing heat of summer, those multiple sets of weights.

When Should Your Young Athlete Specialize?

This question torments every parent who wants to support their children’s efforts as they pursue their own personal greatness in a sport. If you want your kids to stay healthy, stay motivated, and perform better, the experts and the research say that multisport participation is the way to go. But the messages from our culture tell parents something very different.

Is Coding Camp a Good Thing? Answer: Not to Me

One of the booming trends in the 'youth-achievement-industrial complex' is computer coding camps (and after-school coding programs). I think this trend is driven by economic uncertainty that has created immense anxiety in parents for their children's futures. Also, a hyper-achievement culture in which parents feel compelled to 'keep up with the Joneses'.

Master Your Athletic Frustration

Every athlete, from juniors to Olympians and pros, has experienced the feeling of frustration when they’re not able to do something, whether physically, technically, tactically, or competitively: you feel stuck, get tense, lose focus, and get discouraged. The best way I can describe the feeling is: AAARRGGHH!! It is a truly infuriating feeling.

Don’t Waste Your Time (It’s Precious)

I’m a ‘timeist.’ A timeist is someone who discriminates against others who waste their time. I hoard my time like misers hoard their money and animals hoard their food. Time has become truly precious to me and any second not spent with people or activities I care about feels like time stolen from me with no chance of return.

The Death of Wonder (and the 3 Words That Killed It)

“I wonder.” is the wellspring from which engaged and expansive thinking emerges. Curiosity propels you to seek out an answer. You think creatively and innovatively. New ideas and discoveries blossom. Yet, none of this will happen if you or someone you are with blurts out the ultimate intellectual and creative buzzkill: “Let’s Google it!”

You Won’t Find Happiness at the Finish Line

We devote immense amounts of time, effort, energy, and money. Yet, that pursuit seems to be wholly unsatisfying and ineffective, as evidenced by the fact that there exists a ‘happiness-industrial complex’. One place that many people look for happiness is at the finish line. Yet, I can assure you that it can’t be found there.

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