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He should have been the starting keeper but the coach said he was too inconsistent. He was said to make bad decisions under pressure. He didn't play with enough confidence and was too tentative at times. The coach really didn't think that Colin was good enough to consistently start at the D-I level. Heck, their team wasn't even a high level D-I program. So the coach sent Colin to me to work on his head.

Colin felt like he should've been starting. He understood the coach's concerns. He knew he had lapses of confidence. He realized that there were times that he'd get between the posts...

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I was at a soccer coaches conference this weekend and was approached by a mother and team manager. She was concerned that several of the very talented 10 year olds on their now coach-less team wanted to quit playing the game. The club was in the process of trying to locate a new coach and she wanted some advice about how they might keep their players interested enough to stay with the team until the new hire.

Then she told me why the kids wanted to quit the game and why they were looking for a new coach. For approximately a year and a half this group of 8 and 9 year olds were "...

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RIDDLE:  HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT?    ANSWER:  ONE BITE AT A TIME!

If you have a fear, frustrating or intimidating obstacle, or an overwhelming task in front of you, the eat an elephant strategy is the best way to get yourself successfully to the other side of the problem. That is, by chuking down the problem you're facing into manageable, "bite sized" pieces and then focusing on each piece, one bite at a time you put yourself in the very best position for success. 

Far too many athletes focus on the fear...

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Two monks, Tanzan and Ekido were walking along a path early one day on their way to a faraway temple for a weekend retreat. A heavy rain had been falling, making the going slow and treacherous. As they rounded a bend which would then take them to a small bridge spanning a stream, they met a lovely young woman in a silk kimono. The hapless young woman was unable to cross the now raging stream because the small bridge had been washed out by the heavy rain. She was at a loss as to what to do and seeing the two monks, begged them to help her...

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Hey Coach....What's wrong with me? You told me before I joined the team that I'd be your number one guy, that I'd start in my position. The whole team played really bad in that first game, yet you benched me and then didn't play me for two whole weeks! What's wrong with me?

You told me to keep working hard and that when I played well I'd get my starting position back. So I believed you and really busted my butt. After I finally got a chance to get in, I had the...

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Here's a couple of alarming statistics for you:  Nearly 2 out of every 3 children quit sports by age 10; That's almost 66.6%! This climbs to 3 out of every 4 children or 75% quitting by the ages of 13-15.

 

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