Meditation can help confine yourself to the present

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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Episode 6: Fight The Opponent, Not Yourself

January 5, 2020

On this episode of the PerformanceXtra podcast, I discuss our natural tendency to fight ourselves more than we fight the opponent during competition.  It is something that we all do to a certain extent.  Let’s do it less.  We’ll perform better and enjoy ourselves more.  Listen below and please leave a comment with your thoughts […]

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Treat Triump and disaster the same

Triumph and Disaster: Treat Those Two Imposters the Same

December 19, 2019

In 1895, the Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling composed the poem “If-,” which later went on to become one of the most popular poems in Great Britain. In it, he etched the famous words If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same. These same words appear above the […]

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A Man Crumbling Under Adversity

Seneca Tells Us That Adversity Enhances Your Performance

November 7, 2019

Stoicism has blown up in recent years.   All eyes seem to be on Stoicism and the ancient thinkers who developed it. Do you ever wonder why that is? Well, there’s actually a really simple reason. It’s because times are tough nowadays. Many people are facing down daily adversity. The whole world appears to be rather […]

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Backside of greek statue, a muscular man with Askēsis

Askēsis: Stoic Ethics For Reaching Your Highest Potential

October 31, 2019

Every competitor is familiar with the necessity of training. This is nothing new. Everyone knows they need self-discipline to achieve success in any endeavor, whether that be in sports or otherwise. But many of us have difficulty in acting as disciplined as we could be. Some days we’re not feeling it. Some days we’re feeling […]

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Three Ways Stoicism Can Foster The Flow State

October 24, 2019

Can you think back to a past performance where you killed it? I mean, really killed it? Can you remember how good it felt? How effortless it felt to perform so well? Are you struggling to get that feeling back? Are you chasing that state of flow? A “flow state” is when you’re fully immersed […]

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How Marcus Aurelius Cultivated His Mental Toughness

October 17, 2019

Marcus Aurelius was Emperor of Rome in the 2nd Century, ruling from 161 to 180 A.D. He is counted among the “Five Good Emperors,” and his reign marked the end of the Pax Romana, a two hundred year period marked by peace and stability in the Roman Empire. Unfortunately for Marcus, his reign wasn’t a […]

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How Your Emotions Are Sabotaging Your Performance

October 4, 2019

Can you remember the last time you let your emotions get the best of you?  The last time you lost your composure while under pressure?  Our emotional reactions towards tough challenges can lead us to act in ways we shouldn’t and prevent us from performing at our best.  But, facing down adversity is an inherent […]

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Episode 5: Jerry Albrikes

August 8, 2019

I have been fortunate to know some great coaches and great people in my life, and the guest on this episode of the PerformanceXtra podcast is one of them: Jerry Albrikes.  Jerry is a man of good character, and he brings that to all of his interactions on the court whether that is as a […]

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Building toward the end

Building Toward the End

June 12, 2019

In competition, you are always building toward some end, some culmination.  It might be the end of a tournament, the end of a match, or the end of a performance.  The present moment is almost never the end itself, but this is where things can get confusing.  What you are doing in the present moment […]

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