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Archive for September, 2013

Why Expecting to Win Helps You Win

Winners expect to win. That’s more than a cliche. It’s science. For evidence, look at a poison ivy test done by researchers in Japan. Many thanks to former NHL star Ryan Walter for passing along the info. “Researchers blindfolded a group of students and told them their right arms were being rubbed with a poison […]

What to Do When You’re Stuck

Is your team stuck? Not making any progress? Falling well short of its potential? Take a look at two things: First, what are your team values? Second, are you keeping in touch with them? Marillyn Hewson keeps a strong focus on these two questions. As CEO and president of Lockheed Martin, she builds her business […]

Win More: Think Correctly

When you go to a tennis match, what exactly are you watching? Or, more precisely, how much tennis are you watching? According to this article by Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal, only about 17% of a match involves actual playing. The rest is taken up with toweling, arguing, bouncing balls, strolling, challenging, you […]

Win More: Identify a Weakness

If you’re not as successful as you would like to be, chances are that there’s just one thing holding you back. I don’t know what it is. But you do. Maybe it’s laziness, or an addiction, or poor time management skills. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that there are many things holding you back. […]

Win More: Build Your Belief

Diana Nyad just did something that no other person — not even a 28-year-old version of herself — has ever done. She swam from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, and she did it despite pain, weakness and nearly constant vomiting. She beat the odds. How? “It was not just about the physical, but […]

Why surgery and not steroids?

Alex Rodriguez gets booed in every ballpark, including his own. Tommy John, on the other hand, has a surgical procedure named after him. What’s the difference? That’s the interesting question posed by author Malcolm Gladwell in this New Yorker article. Says Gladwell, “Maybe Alex Rodriguez looks at Tommy John — and at the fact that […]

Win More: What Bright Girls Believe

Much of what you achieve depends on what you believe. For instance, do you believe that your abilities are innate — and are therefore mere luck of the draw — or that they depend on your choices? In this article in Psychology Today, Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D., explores the way fifth-graders look at difficulty. Halvorson […]