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Coach Tully

Coach Tully has written 868 posts for Total Game Plan

Does What You Are Doing Matter?

Sometimes cause and effect are not what they seem. If you want to improve, it’s important to know the difference.

Does Close Really Count in Horseshoes?

For great performers, close is not enough. They use passion, preparation, effort, focus and feedback to get it right.

When It’s Not Enough to Just Learn

If you’re going to improve in your line of work, your question can’t be, “How long is practice?” Your question must be “How deep is practice?”

The Strangest Resolution You’ll Ever Make

The more you talk with people who really know what they’re doing, the more a theme emerges.Ego.Not how big theirs is (though that can often be true), but how much they try to put it aside during practice and performing.From stand-up comedians to author/poets to drama teachers, highly skilled people try to get themselves out […]

What Your GPS Can Teach You

Your GPS has no ego. That makes it the perfect student and teacher.

Marshmallows and Pro Drafts

A simple test given to 4-year-olds predicts success in life.

NFL Draft’s First-Round Gem

Improvement gives a deep look into character. No one can improve without focus, hard work, a willingness to be coached, and the toughness to meet challenges.

Hurricane Scale

Born in 1917 in Brooklyn, NY, this man grew up to be a civil engineer. At the age of 30 he went to work for Dade County, Fla., updating the local building code. Important work to be sure, but nothing glamorous or historic. But one thing would set this hidden gem apart. He had developed […]

Valerie Harper’s Secret Weapon

Anecdotal evidence suggests that children of teachers and coaches might achieve more than others.

Falling Football Stock

Drafted with high hopes in April, cut in August. That’s the reality for Jachai Polite, taken by the Jets in the third round of the NFL draft. This story in the New York Post explores the how and why of Polite’s fall. Polite came to the Jets via a 68th-overall pick, a move that now […]