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Want an absolutely great way to sabotage your performance? A surefire way to help you choke under pressure and steal defeat from the closing jaws of victory? If so, then try THINKING while you perform!

One of the biggest performance mistakes athletes at every level make is to think too much right before and during their performances. The thinking can have to do with technique and mechanics. You can be coaching yourself to do the right things with your timing and execution. The thinking can have to do with game strategy or your position/role on the team and...

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No question about it! LOSING SUCKS! It's discouraging, disappointing and demoralizing...and, it's an integral part of playing competitive sports. Even when you give it your all, play your best and do everything possible, you can still come up short. That's just sports and life! There are never any guarantees that you'll walk away with the winner's trophy. Look at the hapless Chicago Cubbies. 100 years and counting! Winners of their division and keepers of the desparate hopes and dreams of long suffering Chicago fans. Yet the Cubs got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers and now have to handle...

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So yet another former NFL player has recently admitted that he used performance enhancing drugs. NFL draft bust Tony Mandarich said he used steroids at Michigan State and faked a doping test before the 1988 Rose Bowl. While he claimed that he never used the drugs in his brief 3 year stint in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers (he was addicted to alcohol and pain killers instead), we are only left to scratch our heads and wonder what ends athletes will go to in order to "be the best" and "win."
 
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There's a really funny thing about winning! It is a bit of a zen paradox. That is, the more you focus on winning, the more emphasis you place on needing to win, the more you think about "IT," the less chance you'll ever have of actually winning. On the other hand, the farther winning is from your consciousness when you go into a competition, the less you think about it, then the greater the chance that you will actually win!

In today's highly competitive sports world we are all a bit obsessed with winning. As athletes we dream about it. We...

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The unthinkable has happened AGAIN! The NY Mets squandered away a 3 and 1/2 game lead and managed to NOT make the playoffs, AGAIN! Losing streaks are an interesting phenomenon, but I'm sure the Mets wouldn't describe their experience right now as "interesting."

Where do slumps come from and how do they work?

Losing a few games, choking away a big competition, stealing defeat from the closing jaws of victory do not, by themselves cause a performance slump. Losing is an integral part of competing and everybody does it. The bad games and losses only serve to form the "seeds" of...

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I didn't watch last Sunday's NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins. I think I'm more of a Red Sox fan than anything else. However, I did hear how the Patriot's fans did such a good job of supporting their team. The Patriots of course have been red hot the last several years winning three Super Bowls and losing a tough one last year in the final seconds of the chamionship game to the NY Giants. They went undefeated last season and had been undefeated in regular season play until this game against the Dolphins. Miami, you may know, has been abysmal for the past...

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