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PERMA – P is for Positive Emotions

March 30, 2020

Admittedly, it can be difficult to be positive during a global pandemic.  People are sick and many are dying.  The economy is shattered.  You’re probably concerned about your family, your health, money, food, safety, etc.  These primary concerns need your attention.  However, positive emotions can be helpful in getting you through this crisis.  They are […]

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Simplify – The Best Adjustment You Could Ever Make

March 26, 2020

One of the realities of sport, especially a sport like tennis, is that sometimes we don’t play well.  Sometimes things don’t go our way.  It could even be that the opponent is playing out of his or her mind – that’s annoying.  In these moments, our natural tendency is to be judgmental and overanalyze the […]

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Developing Coping Skills Through PERMA

March 25, 2020

Living during a global pandemic certainly presents its share of challenges and stressors.  How are you holding up?  Admittedly, it’s not easy to be plucked out of our normal lives and placed into lockdown.  We are all having to get used to different ways of doing things and taking care of ourselves.  And you may […]

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Opponents Make Us Better

March 24, 2020

Whenever we compete, we are going up against one or more opponents.  But perhaps “against” isn’t the right word to use to describe what is happening. The verb to compete actually comes from the Latin competere which means “to strive for with.”  Interesting.  With, not against.  However, that’s not how we’ve been taught to think […]

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Mental Training During Coronavirus Isolation

March 15, 2020

By this time, it is probable that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted your athletic activities in some capacity.  College seasons and championships have been canceled.  Tennis tournaments across the country have been suspended for several weeks.  Pro sports are on hiatus until the situation improves.  None of us know when these organized activities will resume.  […]

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Meditate On Your Mortality To Embolden Your Mindset

February 28, 2020

Ambition itself seems to come effortlessly. It isn’t very challenging to dream big. The real challenge comes in the motivation to actualize those ambitions. Putting your money where your mouth is is often where most of us run into some roadblocks. The dream is there, but the motivation is difficult to maintain.  When the going […]

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Contemplation of the Sage and Your Ideal Self

February 14, 2020

If you’re anything like us here at PerformanceXtra, then you do a lot of contemplation on self-improvement.  As athletes, we’re always working to be better than we were the day before. To be better, faster, stronger.  Every day, we work towards actualizing our ideal self. However, before we can mold ourselves into our ideal selves, […]

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Use Stoicism to Develop Emotional Intelligence

January 24, 2020

Let me ask you something: Have you ever thought about how many forms of intelligence there are?  Does that seem like a preposterous question to you? There’s only one type of intelligence: intelligence. If you’re smart, you’re smart, right? Well, not quite. While there is certainly an overarching general intelligence within the human mind, it […]

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Episode 7: Understand And Follow The Process

January 16, 2020

In this episode of the PerformanceXtra podcast, I discuss the details of the process of performance, how to focus on it, and how to understand it better. You can sum it up with the phrase, “focus on the process.” Understanding the process more thoroughly and following it more consistently can help us improve our game.  […]

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Confine Yourself to the Present to Achieve Victory

January 8, 2020

One of the most important aspects of the mental game is the ability to focus on the moment at hand. To keep your attention on the performance itself and how you are operating within it. Challenging matches can become very stressful if you let them. In these moments distractions and an unruly focus can take […]

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