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...]

We All Come Full Circle

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We all come full circle… I was in my first year out of college in 1996, working as a bartender and was just hired as a network tech for a financial company on the telecommunications side. I knew nothing about the job I would end up doing for four years, but I learned from the ground up and was shortly moved into a new position created for me that would be an integral piece to all the projects that would come out of our company. It wasn’t a passion, just a paycheck. Right before I was hired, I gathered with some friends and decided to head to Philly one Sunday morning in April to walk in … [Read more...]

When It’s Hard… Remember WHY

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It’s so simple to decide to do something. It’s a yes. It’s a time that signals the start of something. It’s a want for different. It’s a need for change. But that first decision screams YES, and it is the beacon for all the others in its path that are yet to come. I often start my coaching, both one-on-one and with teams, with this one question: WHY? Why do you play the sport, run the race, do the work, fight the fight, practice and train as hard as you do? What is the fire in your belly that gets you up early and keeps you up late? What makes your heart skip a beat when you … [Read more...]