The Skill to Lead

Leadership: “Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.” — Woodrow Wilson What is Leadership? Jeffrey Barrow defined leadership as “the behavioral process of influencing individuals and groups towards set goals”.  As an athlete, … Continued

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Building Grit

Grit: “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” — Angela Duckworth (the godmother of grit) Before we discuss how to build grit in ourselves, in our teammates, and in our children, let’s continue to refine what grit, actually is (and isn’t). Resilience … Continued

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EXACT Sports is a Tough Mudder…

In two months, on May 19, 2013, the staff at EXACT will put their money where their mouth is, literally and physically, by competing in the Chicago Tough Mudder hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces.  The … Continued

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Choking: The Science behind Why Athletes Fail

Written by John R. Ellsworth, M.A., Sport Psychology Consultant & Mental Game Coach Website: http://www.protexsports.com/ Phone: 408-235-1500 Email: jre@protexsports.com In the moment when the three foot putt is needed to close out a tournament, the golfer carefully adjusts his stroke … Continued

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Releasing Pressure: Methods to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Written by Rick Sessinghaus Psy.DWebsite: www.RickSessinghaus.comPhone: 818-517-9593Email: rick@ricksessinghaus.com Pres-sure: a:  the burden of physical or mental distress From a mental standpoint pressure is usually perceived as a negative force that affects thoughts and behavior. I have heard many elite athletes … Continued

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How to Approach Anxiety with Players

Written by Mark Tobin, Ph.D., PrincipalWebsite: www.thetobincompany.comEmail: mark@thetobincompany.comBlog: www.thetobincompany.typepad.com A basketball team is one point behind as time expires. A player has been fouled with a one and one opportunity. Make both, the team wins. Miss the first, they lose. … Continued

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Roger Federer: Calm Under Pressure

This is Federer’s seventh Wimbledon title, sharing the record with Pete Sampras. While some might credit his win to experience or practice or fitness, it was his mental toughness that made the difference.

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