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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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I was recently talking to a swimmer who wanted, above anything else to be better than two of his teammates. As a result, they became his primary focus during practices and competitions. If they beat him in certain sets, then that practice was judged to be a bad one regardless of what else he may have accomplished. If he lost to either of them in his races, then those races were judged as failures even if his times were life-time best ones. His measure of success and failure was always in relation to what they did, and never what he did...

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Want a great strategy so that you’ll never have to lose again? Think of it! You can be guaranteed that you'll always come out on top! How good would that be? You can win the league, be numero uno, elevate yourself to top dog!

 

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I specialize in helping athletes of all ages overcome performance fears, blocks and slumps. What quite often fuels these problems are spoken or unspoken parental expectations and the child-athlete's inner response to them.

Here's how it works: A parent may openly pressure their child to perform and respond unfavorably when that child fails to meet...

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There are some pains that you want to push yourself through whenever you train or compete. Then there are some pains that you want to carefully listen to and back down from because they represent important information from your body telling you that, "You're injured and need to stop!" When you push yourself through the first kind of discomfort, the pain and fatigue of oxygen debt from hard training, you get stronger and build endurance. When you try to push yourself through the second kind of pain because you want to be "tough" or don't...

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They say that "talk is cheap." They also say that "after everything is said and done, more is said than done." If you want to really teach your child-athlete some valuable life lessons, then forget all of this worthless chatter. Instead, why not use the most powerful teaching/parenting tool available to you? MODELING 

The way your children will learn the fastest and best from you is by mirroring your behaviors. This is really how all of us naturally learn. Long before we could...

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