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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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Having been a long-suffering (no longer!) Red Sox fan, I feel nothing but empathy for the New York Mets who seem to be doing a repeat performance of their tragic free fall of last year, the "07" season where they blew a 7-game lead with 17 to go to both lose the division and miss the playoffs. In the past 6 days the Mets have lost a 3.5 game lead and everybody wants to talk about "deja vu all over again." The fans and New York media are panicking, believing the "here we go again" for their seemingly cursed team. 

Here's my feeling: What happened last year is,.... well,...LAST YEAR....

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In this past Monday night NFL game between Philadelphia and Dallas, Eagles rookie Desean Jackson made an embarassing, somewhat rookie mistake. After pulling in a 61 yard "touchdown" pass from Eagles QB Donovan McKnabb and sprinting the last few yards for a sure touchdown, Jackson began to celebrate just before he crossed the goal line. He flicked the ball down and spread his arms in triumph! LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN! Ah, excuse me....Desean? Could I have a quiet word with you just for a second? I don't want to say anything but you seemed to have grounded the ball at the one yard line. I...

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