Strong is the New Everything

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  As a coach, something I know for sure my players always heard me repeat is this simple reminder/mantra: “We may be outplayed, but we will never be outclassed, we will never be out-hustled, and we will never be out-conditioned…physically or mentally.” Being strong in the parts of the game and even life you can control is completely up to you. It doesn’t take much, but what you can gain from the process of becoming strong is something you can’t replace if you don’t have it.   I watched the Women’s World Cup Soccer match between the US and Japan and found myself smiling at … [Read more...]

To Succeed… Just Show Up.

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It would be so easy if this were the only piece of the puzzle needed to be a successful athlete, coach, business person, partner, parent, friend… but the truth is, there may be more to this than you think.   Success can be measured in so many aspects and a million different ways to find its meaning and purpose in your life. But seeing that those who win take this to heart, I think we need to examine what makes a true champion in the very first moments of creation. And what makes those who don’t commit always to this one simple rule, fall short every time.   I watched the … [Read more...]

Maybe We Should Just Celebrate

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I am writing this on a Monday. For many, today is the most loathed day of the week. But for me, today is a day of celebration. I was tempted to tell you that besides my good friend’s birthday, it’s nothing special. But that made me pause. I realize I almost fell into the trap. And then the waves of feeling like we are all precious human beings on this earth that should really revel in each moment we have air to breathe came over me. So I will allow that sentiment for a moment… we get one chance. We are here now, to perhaps make small differences or maybe change the course of history. No one … [Read more...]

Part 1: We Stand. We Show Up.

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I have often been asked to chime in on the mental game of an athlete, to help those who compete to do so with a strong mind and clear nerves. So this blog would usually be just that…before the big race “how to” when it comes to mental toughness. That is my job, my expertise. I have talked pro athletes down from the cliff of “I can’t” and held their hands when nerves were just too big. I have dried tears, consoled and reassured. I have inspired and motivated and raised hands for those champions who got it done. I have been that person for many. This is what I do for a living. But this … [Read more...]

Part 2: In The End…I’m Complete

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Some goals are big. They require preparation and grit, strength and determination. They ask you to stand taller than the doubts that creep in. They poke and prod your gut and make you question whether or not you are meant to do this. You know the ones. They make you wonder… the very thought of entering the ring makes your heart race and your skin crawl, and the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Last week I embraced those feelings as they flooded my body and mind. Big goals, big commitments, wondering if I could….Questioning if I was going to be able to finish the mission. The … [Read more...]