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Seven Ways to Prepare for Adversity

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Exercising the Problem-Solving Muscle

In the word of sports parenting, here’s how you keep up with the Jones: Personal coach. Psychologist. Nutritionist. Lawyer. Lawyer? Yes, according to this article in The Record of Bergen County, NJ, one father is suing because his daughter did not make the All-County team. He claims this is hurting her college chances. You can […]

The First Step in Improving

If you’re looking for a way to raise your game — no matter what that game is — get a hold of “Winning the Big One,” a video by former LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman. You’ll find plenty of great information on how winners think. In particular, Bertman says that winning the big one is […]

How to Sell Anything to Anybody

Whether you know it or not, you’re in the business of sales. — If you’re a parent, you’re trying to sell your children on values and habits. — If you’re a teacher, you’re trying to sell your students on curiosity and knowledge. — If you’re a coach, you’re trying to sell your athletes on a […]

Four Big No-No’s of Preparing for the Big Dance

Let’s say you’re fortunate enough to have reached your “Big Dance,” whether it’s the NCAA tournament or your state final. Many coaches make the fatal mistake of believing they must do something special because of the occasion. Dave Cross can help you avoid that. Dave is a nationally known coach, an expert on mental skills […]

How to Win Any Tournament

Do you suppose that, between now and the NCAA tournament, the athletes will get any faster? Taller? Stronger? No, they’re as fast, as tall and as strong as they are going to be for the next three weeks. If they’re going to make any improvement at all, it must be in their mental game. Here […]

What Tina Fey Can Teach All Performers

Tina Fey can do more than write and perform comedy. In the latest issue of New Yorker magazine, she gives us a look behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live and, in so doing, offers an important lesson for coaches, athletes, everyone. “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready,” Fey writes. “It goes on […]

Trying Out for “American Idol”

“Live your life so that your children will want to tell your grandchildren about you.” That advice came from a speaker who urged his audience to “go for it.” At the end of their lives, people regret what they DIDN’T do, rather than what they did do. They regret the songs that died inside of […]

When Creative Isn’t Right

This quote popped up on a Web site and made me wince. It took me back to  practices I’ve run. Bad ones. It’s from Phyllis Hunter, a Houston-based consultant. “Teachers do not have a right to do whatever they think best in the classroom. It’s not about teachers or what the teachers need or the […]