Archive: Competitive Mindsets

Everything Is Practice

April 1, 2021

“I play better in practice than in competition.” -Nearly Everyone If you’re like most people, you have probably noticed that you play better in practice than you do in competition. You may have even said something like the above quote to a coach, a family member, or to yourself. And it makes sense that most […]

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Being Competitive

September 17, 2020

Over the years, I have heard many people describe themselves as being “so competitive.” But if the definition of competitive is solely concerned with beating others and/or winning, then it’s off the mark. To me, being competitive is a process oriented pursuit of mastery in which results are data points to help you improve. I […]

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Discipline Equals Freedom – Your Path to Greatness

June 24, 2020

Discipline equals freedom. Have you heard this phrase before? If you’ve read the book Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, then you are familiar with the concept and this post will be a refresher. Otherwise, you may be confused about the relationship between discipline and freedom. On the face of it, discipline and […]

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The Necessity of Surrender for Growth

June 18, 2020

The pursuit of mastery requires many things, but one of the most important is surrender, specifically, the necessity and willingness to surrender. It may sound strange, but surrender is actually necessary for victory. Now, this may be an unintuitive thought, but keep in mind what kind of surrendering we’re actually talking about. We don’t mean […]

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Choose To Be Tougher: Your Path To Mental Toughness

June 12, 2020

Being a competitor requires a certain level of toughness and courage. You have to be willing to risk failure without letting it affect your self-esteem or self-identity. That’s hard. Sometimes you may feel like a bad player, especially after a poor performance. But if you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know […]

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Children at play

Why Play is Necessary and Good for Humankind

April 29, 2020

Have you ever wondered just why it feels so good to participate in sport and competition?  Besides being so fun and all. Well, it unsurprisingly has a lot to do with play. See, play, for all intents and purposes, is just awesome all around.  It’s enjoyable, it’s liberating, it takes us outside the ‘ordinary’ world for just […]

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Superman holding large rock, a good example of the Ubermensch

Why You Should Read Nietzsche For Inspiration

April 21, 2020

Many of us have role models, people we look up to for inspiration. Especially as competitors. Having an idol that serves as an example of what is possible can be one of the most supremely powerful ingredients in your personal development.  In fact, you can go as far as saying that actualizing your full potential […]

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Two athletes demonstrating sportsmanship by fist bumping

The True Importance of Good Sportsmanship

April 15, 2020

In the philosophy of sport, the ethics of athletes’ behavior is a big focus. It should come as no surprise, then, that the idea of sportsmanship is a very popular subject for sports-minded thinkers. There isn’t an athlete or player out there that hasn’t heard all about it. But I don’t need to tell you […]

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Athletes on a field in their own pursuit of mastery

The Pursuit of Mastery: The Key to Happiness

April 1, 2020

In this article, I’d like to address a thought many amateur athletes may have from time to time. That is what I’d like to call the “it-doesn’t-really-matter” thought. You might know just the thing I’m talking about.  This is that rather seductive feeling that emerges when you’re really pushing yourself during your training sessions or […]

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To Be Truly Great, You Must Be Humble

April 1, 2020

As athletes and high performers, we all have dreams of achieving true greatness.  But what is true greatness?  What does being great mean to you?  And how do you achieve it?  These are important questions to consider. And here is a first principle of being on the path to greatness: If you want to be […]

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Young tennis player ready to serve

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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Sprinters at the start of a race

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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Faces of Buddha, a master of emotional intelligence

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 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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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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