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When a young ball player strikes out with the bases loaded and his team loses the game, it doesn't matter to him that he had gone 3 for 4 and knocked in three runs. In his mind, he lost the game for his team. Through his perspective, he is a complete failure!  When an age group swimmer fails to get a best time in her best event at the championship meet, it doesn't matter that she had the greatest season of her life. In her mind, her season was just proven a complete waste. Through her perspective, she is a failure!  As the big basketball...

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This story was recently sent to me. It's a fitting and elegant retribution to those in youth, junior and high school sports who take it upon themselves to loudly criticize during-game officiating. 

It was one of those real hot sunny Saturday afternoons that very rarely occur in the Seattle area. On the youth baseball diamond were two teams of 9 & 10 year old boys. In the stands were parents from both teams along with assorted other family members and friends.

At this age...

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I specialize in helping individual athletes overcome performance fears, blocks and slumps and take their game to the next level. However, some of the complaints that I get from these athletes are inadvertently exacerbated by their coach's pre-game talks.

If you coach and you want to give your players the best chance of achieving a successful outcome, then it’s critical that you understand what you should and shouldn’t be saying to your athletes right before that...

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Ever been totally psyched out or intimidated before? Have you ever been filled with such powerful, last minute self-doubts pre-performance that you could barely move, never mind play to your potential? Are you tired of having to face that crisis of confidence every time you get ready to perform? 

If so, here's some important information for you to understand: NO ONE CAN INTIMIDATE YOU UNLESS YOU ALLOW IT! That's right, even though you may currently feel that you have no choice over your self-confidence doing a disappearing act right before game time, you do...

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What if I told you that right now, as you read this, you already have that great performance inside of you? Believe it! If you’ve been “paying your physical dues” and consistently working hard, if you have the ability to perform to your potential in practice, then right here, right now that peak performance is at your fingertips for this big, upcoming contest. All you have to do to allow your “A” game to come out is use the right mental...

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