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What is Mental Toughness – Learning Through Pressure

March 3, 2013

I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan This quote from Michael Jordan is familiar to most and […]

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What is Mental Toughness – Coaching and the Zone

February 21, 2013

If you’re a sports fan, you have certainly witnessed a coach seemingly losing his mind on the sidelines.  He’s yelling at his players, he’s castigating officials, or he’s just throwing a tantrum.  Why do some coaches behave this way?  Does this behavior motivate players?  Does it help them play better?  Does it help them get […]

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What is Mental Toughness – A Quiet Mind

February 15, 2013

When athletes are in the “zone”, there are certain thoughts, emotions and physical indicators that are common to being in this state.  Examples are complete focus, low anxiety, high confidence, energetic, fun, and the feeling of being in complete control.  When I work with groups or teams on defining these characteristics of the zone, usually […]

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The Effort of the Indianapolis Colts

January 1, 2013

On paper, the Indianapolis Colts had nothing to play for this past Sunday versus the Houston Texans.  Win or lose, their seeding in the AFC would not change, and for some teams, that might have been a reason to rest the starters for the first round of the playoffs.  Not the Colts. This Indy team […]

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Six Seconds at a Time – Another Key to Mental Toughness

December 7, 2012

In sports, we hear phrases such as “one point at at time” or “one play at a time” so often that they become cliches and lose their meaning.  That’s unfortunate because the underlying message is valuable – focus for a short period of time, reset, and then focus for a short period of time again. […]

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Lions, Texans and an Angry Coach

November 23, 2012

During the Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions football game on Thanksgiving Day, there was a controversial touchdown awarded to the Texans’ Justin Forsett after an 81 yard run.  Forsett’s elbow and knee appeared to be down on the play, but the officials never whistled the play dead, and to his credit, Forsett kept running.  In […]

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Mental Toughness Radio Interview

October 22, 2012

I recently gave an interview to Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished LLC on his weekly radio show and the topic was mental toughness and how it applies to athletics and academics.  The interview is about 20 minutes long and the link appears below.  If you have any thoughts on my responses to his questions, […]

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Information vs. Transformation

August 29, 2012

One of the missions of a coach is to help athletes transform their games so that they become better players in the long term.  In order for this to happen, both coaches and students need to understand the difference between information and transformation.  Let’s use a very simple example to illustrate this. Imagine that you […]

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The Point of Competition

June 16, 2012

What is the point of competition?  Conventional wisdom tells us that winning is the end goal of competition, but I think that is debatable and possibly detrimental to performing one’s best.  In one of the cornerstone works of Positive Psychology, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi states that the point of competition is to […]

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Talk on Mental Toughness

April 24, 2012

On March 27th, I was the guest speaker at the Wellesley Rotary Club in Wellesley, MA and I gave a talk on Mental Toughness – what I think it is and a bit on my own personal journey of discovery in this area.  Video of the speech appears below courtesy of Wellesley Media.  The video […]

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