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ARTICLES Archive

Catching Anxiety

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“Watch coaches during the warm-ups,” a fellow coach and mentor advised me early in my coaching career. I didn’t quite understand his point. Did he want me to see what different athletes did for their warm-up drills so that I could…

Really Caring About Something Can Be a Gift or a Curse

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Really Caring About Something is Hard The single most important thing when it comes to performance and fulfillment is care. If you care about what you are doing you’ll be present for it. You’ll put your all into it. You’ll…

Ongoing Practice > Goals

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Perhaps what life satisfaction is really about is transitioning from being a seeker, or someone who wants a certain lifestyle, to a practitioner, or someone who actually lives that lifestyle day in and day out. “Practice,” writes the philosopher Terry Patten, “is…

A Three-Step Framework for Mastery

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Earlier this week, my friend Mike shared a blog post from a strength coach named Ross Enamait illustrating how it doesn’t take much in the form of equipment to get strong. Ross demonstrates how you can progressively stress your entire body to…

The Paradox of Control and Letting Go

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Control is often an illusion. Yet most people, myself included (times a million), have a hard time releasing from it. We like to think we have more of a handle on things than we actually do. This kind of habitual…

Overriding Fear

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Overriding Fear on the Playing Field and During Election Season Illegal immigrants. Walls. Abortion. Nuclear disaster. Taking away your guns, your rights, your healthcare. Republican or Democrat, moderate or radical, these messages come screaming across our televisions, computers, and phones.…

Searching for the Easy Explanation

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Whenever we see or experience something that challenges our expectations, we search for a reason. How did I accomplish that feat or why did this happen to me? In this weekend’s marathons extravaganza highlighted by Eliud Kipchoge breaking two hours…

You Are What You Pay Attention To

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​I like to think of our innermost essence as a blank canvas. It’s the part of us that lies underneath everything we see, say, think, feel, or do. Meditation teachers call this basic nature awareness. Scientists call it consciousness. It’s…

Understanding the Voices in Your Head

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“If other people could hear my inner dialogue during competition, they’d think I was certifiably crazy.” That refrain is one I’ve heard from countless people, regardless of the sport or activity they are pursuing. Our self-talk can be a strange…

Letting It Happen Versus Making It Happen

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Sometimes the best thing you can do is get out of your own way. I like to think about this as transitioning from making it happen to letting it happen—whatever the proverbial “it” may be. Making it happen, or pushing…

What I Learned From Being Out of Shape

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I did my first real workout in years this past weekend. It was not impressive. It was “slow” by all measures of my past performance as an elite runner. And it hurt. A lot. The workout: four times three minutes…

Are You Nervous or Excited? It’s Up to You

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In the 1960s, two intrepid researchers took their subjects and injected them with adrenaline. They saw the typical physiological effects: an increased heart rate and an increase in tremors or “jitteriness” from the participants. All to be expected. Next, the researchers…

The Secret to Innovation is Knowing Where to Look

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Innovation is one of those buzz words that conference speakers and charismatic CEO types shout from the rooftop. “Innovate! Be on the cutting edge!” These are well-worn refrains, meant to somehow nudge workers or clients into doing something different or…

Even the Best Are Really Bad at Part of Their Job.

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 What does it take to be the best in your endeavor? An extreme work ethic and dedication? Ability to handle pressure? Grit? Determination? Internal Motivation? Resilience? A growth mindset? Strength? Intelligence? These are just a few characteristics that great performers…

Using Your Roots To Stay Grounded

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When Steve and I launched our first book, Peak Performance, we were on the East Coast doing a lot of media and speaking there. Neither of us have much in the way of community in New York or Boston, but…