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A story is told of a highly motivated woodcutter who was hired to cut down and chop up several wooded acres. His boss explained to him that he would be paid a bonus for every tree he felled over 15 per day and that if he did a good job, there would be plenty of work for him in the future. The woodsman was then given a company axe and went off to prove himself to be a great hire.

The first day he cut down and stacked 18 trees. His boss was delighted with him and the woodcutter was even more motivated, promising his boss that he would better his production the following day. The next...

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If you're like most dedicated athletes, then you have both a commitment to excellence and a strong work ethic. Great athletes know that the very best way to get to a goal is to be willing to do whatever it takes, effort-wise. The bottom line: Hard work is the key that unlocks the door to success. 

If you meet your failures and setbacks with this kind of "working harder" approach, then there will be very little that you won't be able to accomplish. However, there's one,...

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A common complaint I hear from athletes (and their parents) across many sports is that they get so nervous before big performances that they end up throwing up. I remember working with one swimmer who only used to throw up before her best event. She never lost her lunch before her other races, only “her” best one.

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There’s a saying: “Minds are just like parachutes: They only work when they’re open.” Want to become a champion? One of the things that you’ll need to help you get there is an open or “beginner’s mind.”

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NEWS FLASH: You are not your performances. When you play well, this doesn’t mean that you are a better person than when you trip all over...

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One day a frog was sunning himself on a lily pad when a centipede came walking by. The frog was immediately entranced by the centipede’s flowing and graceful movement across the pad. He marveled at what an amazing ability the insect had to both time and co-ordinate all of those legs so that the end result was so smooth and precise. While he was a great leaper and strong swimmer, the frog couldn’t help but feel a little jealous of the centipede’s skills. After all, his job was so easy, having to...

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