Why Are Some Athletes Better on the Practice Field?

Simone Biles, Olympic Gold Medal winning gymnast, said, “Practice creates confidence. Confidence empowers you.” She’s right. The problem is when an athlete can’t translate his or her performance in practice to the competition surface. This can frustrate coaches and baffle players. What is going on here?

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Why Does the Best Team in Baseball Recruit Optimism?

Everyone is looking for an edge in sports. Coaches seek out any possible advantage that could boost their team’s performance. Athletes will go to great lengths to test to limits of their potential. The qualities that were once lumped together as intangibles are becoming tangible. Quickly emerging as the latest trend in sports science, sport psychology is bridging the gap in evaluating and developing athlete’s “no longer tangibles.” Optimism is one such edge.

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How to Help Your Athletes See Threats as Opportunities

Athletes are often sabotaged by their own worries, doubts, and fears. Feeling threatened is among the worst. When athletes view their circumstance as a threat their confidence goes out the window. They get nervous. Consequently they play tight, hesitant, and weak. What if you could help your athletes turn those threats into opportunities?

How to Create a Productivity Friendly Environment

In our efforts to increase productivity, we find the strangest places to get work done. A friend posted on Facebook yesterday that he was working from the back of his SUV in the parking lot of a big box store while others did the shopping. I’ve written a blog post while zipping across Scotland by rail. Another friend of mine works in an open office space where nothing separates her desk from her coworkers’. Yet, every environment isn’t suited for productivity.

How to Accomplish Your Goals: Avoid 8 Common Mistakes

Nearly half of Americans will embark on a new set of goals this week (i.e. New Year’s Resolutions). According to the stats, the vast majority of people who make resolutions will fail to reach their goals – 92%. Furthermore, 24% fall short year after year. That reminds me of the definition of insanity (doing the same thing and expecting different results). Are you one of these people? If so, you likely have a flaw in your achievement strategy. If you’ve struggled to achieve your goals, allow me to show you how to overcome the most common stumbling blocks. 

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Beware the Curse of Knowledge: 3 Things Leaders Must Share

Recently, I was asked to hand off a training event that I usually lead to a few of my colleagues. After they took the reins, we sat down to discuss how they did with the first event. During the discussion, I found myself getting slightly frustrated that important details were overlooked and the message wasn’t as crisp as we wanted it to be.

It was then that I realized I had withheld information that would have been helpful to my colleagues. This wasn’t intentional. Perhaps I’d mentioned a few ideas and suggestions. However, I’d assumed that my colleagues had paid attention to the strategies I used to connect to the audience, the illustrations I gave that resonated with the group and the questions I asked to bring people into the conversation. I made an assumption, a dangerous one.