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When you're a professional athlete, you are only a favorite to the sports media and viewing public until you have one or more bad performances. Once you start to screw up or, god forbid, show your human frailties, it's like blood in the water. There's a feeding frenzy and you're lunch! 

A few years ago I was working with a high profile infielder for a big market franchise and he was completely depressed that the fans and media had turned against him. He was being ripped in the papers and on the radio because he had had a few games where he'd made some uncharacteristic errors. The...

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The instant you make your first mistake, it starts: "You SUCK!" When you make another one, the voice gets louder and nastier: "How could you possibly have blown that?! Like, what is your problem? Are you really that bad?" A few minutes later you might mess up defensively and that loud, negative one is on you like stink on a pig: "Oh, great move Einstein. You are a total and complete idiot! No wonder you get so little playing time. Do it again and the coach will surely sit your worthless butt on that bench for the rest of the season!"

Not surprisingly, the more the negativity comes...

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IT'S NOT WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW THAT WILL HURT YOU.....

IT'S WHAT YOU DO KNOW, THAT YOU THINK IS TRUE

One thing that gets us all into hot water is our pre-conceived notions. That is, we go into a performance situation expecting certain things, thinking that we know what will happen, only to be completely surprised by reality. For example, your opponent is supposed to be so good and so experienced, that you go into the game expecting to have your hands completely full performance-wise. In fact, you build up the opposition so much in your mind,...

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Democrats! Republicans! Blue! Red! I'm totally fed up with both of them! Our country is in some serious hot water and what are they doing? Telling everyone who'll listen what's wrong with their opponents and why you shouldn't vote for them! They are not focusing on their game. They are not concentrating on their performance. They are not elaborating on their strengths. Their strategies, energies and attention totally revolve around making their opponent look bad to the public. It seems that both parties' major approach is to focus on the other's supposed...

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I have been a pretty serious athlete my entire life and addicted to tennis since I was 12. Lucky for me my sports helped me cope with an undiagnosed case of ADHD and two parents who just didn't quite get me. Tennis was simply the glue that held my life together growing up. Later, as an adolescent, it provided me with a badly needed place where I could feel good about myself. I played on the varsity in high school and then ended up playing #1 singles at UMass. My playing got me into a side career of teaching tennis professionally and for many years, before my sports performance consulting,...

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So aren't coaches supposed to be fair? Aren't they supposed to reward hard work, discipline and coachability. When you do all the extras, work on your weaknesses and never cut corners isn't that supposed to count for something? Shouldn't your playing time and whether you earn a starting position come down to how hard you work and your ability? What if you have a coach who tells you one thing about what he expects from you but then when you meet his expectations, he goes ahead and does the opposite of what he's told you? You show up for practice, work your butt off, perform well and then...

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