Rickie Fowler: Moving in the Right Direction

Ricky Fowler is very well liked in the PGA tour. He is friendly, respectful, and talented. He is very generous to use his personal and professional time to support noble causes. Additionally, his easy-going demeanor and active social-media interactions attracts many fans, who loudly cheer for him. Fairly or unfairly, the general buzz portraits him as an underachiever because he has won just a handful of tournaments. Reporters from The Golf Channel shared that his …

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An unsolicited advice to Garbiñe Muguruza

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The 2016 French Open champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, lost to Kristina Mladenovic in the round of 16 in this year’s French Open. The news is not so much about losing a tennis match. Rather, how she reacted after the loss and, more importantly, how to mentally be ready for the next opportunity. Garbiñe 3-set match against local Kristina witnessed a very biased crowd, whose behavior was borderline unsportsmanlike. Constant booing and making loud noises made the …

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What is mental toughness?

Most athletes would agree that being mentally tough is more than just being focused. It rests on the ability to overcome challenges and see opportunities when the chips are down instead of becoming negative and pessimistic. It rests on being committed to achieving a goal despite the odds and multiple sacrifices that need to be addressed. It resides on having control over our emotions and having the ability to regain focus soon after a mental …

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Fear, The Emotion That Inhibits Peak Performance

Imagine yourself reaching an old age, seated by the fireplace, and taking a moment to look back at your life only to conclude, with little remorse, that you achieved what you set out to accomplish. What do you think it will feel having lived your life with little regrets? When successful people are asked, what prevents people from achieving their best, they point out to fear. Fear can become a paralyzing emotion, which is often …

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Changing Your Actions or Changing Your Thinking

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Leadership expert, Brian Moran is quoted saying: “When you focus on changing your actions, you experience incremental performance; when, however, your thinking shifts, everything changes.” It is a challenge to change negative habits. Although we promise ourselves to change and even create new year resolutions, most of those well intended hopes rarely reach a happy ending. Procrastination is the mother nature of unhealthy habits. We feel a sense of anxiety or frustration when facing the …

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Why Use Pre and During Performance Routines

Athletes understand that the pressure of the game eventually leads to having a harder time breathing as the heart pumps faster and the thoughts begin to race. Everything is happening extremely fast. As the pressures continue going up, the breathing becomes shallower and faster. This emotional and physiological response typically leads to feeling fear. It is quite common that we become judgmental and turned into our own worst enemy. This mindset exacerbates internal pressures. By …

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Keeping Your Motivation High

What keeps individuals so focused that they become determined to achieve their goals at any cost? There is no one simple answer, but we can take a look at a couple of types of motivations that promote goal achieving: Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic Motivation: individuals are moved by the personal significance and pleasure the action brings in himself. Accomplishing an action equals personal satisfaction and there is no greater importance than having that feeling. …

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Are you ready for when it matters?

We all want to continue improving and achieve higher goals. Whether it is at a corporate level or in athletics, individuals relish the opportunity to assume higher responsibilities or winning the golden trophy. As much as we look forward to those opportunities, are we ready for when the opportunity really comes? More often than not, opportunities to advance come at unexpected moments. The job calls for a professional to take an unexpected vacancy due to …

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The Patriots did it again!!!

What a formidable Super Bowl LI!!! Not one team has come back 23 points to win a super bowl. Despite all odds, the remained strong and played tough. Congratulations to the Patriots for a great win and fantastic demonstration of tenacity and winning mentality. Why did they win? It was due to the huge difference in the mindset between the Falcons and Patriots. The Falcons played not to lose. Despite having a big point difference, …

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Why anger leads to loss of focus

Upset tennis player sitting on court on a sunny day[/caption]The pressure to do well often leads athletes to react in anger. They lose their temper, throw golf clubs in the air, or tennis racquet to the ground. It is also manifested by yelling at whoever happens to be near them, whether it is the referee, opponents, or people seating in the stands. When working with athletes that tend to lose their ability to manage their …

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