• The 10,000 Hour Rule For Success In Sport

    In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell reveals why some people achieve extraordinary things. One undeniable factor is the 10,000 hour rule. Whether it’s Mozart, the Beatles, or Bill Gates, all extraordinary achievers put in a minimum of 10,000 hours developing their skills. And there are no exceptions. …

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  • How To Stop Over-Thinking and Over-Analyzing

    I’ve said it over and over again. Athletes who struggle the most with their mental game tend to over-think and over-analyze. Analytical people are unusually smart, especially when it comes to solving problems. Unfortunately, this quality can get you into trouble in sport. Here’s the …

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  • How To Defeat Negative Self-Talk In Sport

    When I was 15, my parents divorced. My mother moved 2,000 miles away and my father plunged into an intense affair with his new girlfriend. For the first nine months after the divorce, I did not cry. In fact, I did not think about the …

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  • How To Be Bullet Proof To Criticism in Sport

    This is a true, if somewhat embarrassing story. Years ago I was in Finland for the World Championship in my sport, ringette. Two days before the final I wandered down to the restaurant where my teammates were. To my shock and horror, they were trash …

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  • Do You Get Superstitious On Game Day?

    One of the keys to winning in sport is having a fantastic GAME FACE routine. GAME FACE is a routine that gets you psyched up the day you compete. Most athletes don’t have a great GAME FACE routine. All they’ve got is superstition. Let me …

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  • How To Break From The Pack In Sport

    Most athletes don’t really aim for the top because they think there is too much competition. So they set “achievable” goals. Problem is, there is a lot more competition for achievable goals than lofty ones. And of the few athletes who DO shoot for the …

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  • What You See IS What You Get

    Athletes who race know something other athletes don’t. They know that their visualization needs to be exquisitely detailed. It’s typical for racing athletes to imagine every bump, every turn, every nuance. Partly it’s for safety reasons (especially for ski racers). Mostly it’s because when you …

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  • How Soderling Stunned Federer At The French Open

    Robin Soderling stunned defending champion Roger Federer in Tuesday’s quarterfinal action at the French Open, winning 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in come-from-behind fashion. It’s the first time Federer has failed reach a Grand Slam semifinal in six years. The mental toughness story behind this match …

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  • How Gretzky Became The Greatest Of All Time

    He was only a kid when he had his first interview. “The headline said, ‘Hull, Richard, Howe and Gretzky,’” Wayne remembers. “That was lots of pressure.” Has any 9-year-old ever been saddled with such huge expectations? Not even superstars Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan were …

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  • Why You Underrate Yourself And What To Do About It

    I’m always surprised how much athletes underrate themselves. They like the idea of developing an incredibly strong, confident, powerful self-image. …but they never make an unequivocal commitment to BELIEVE in themselves all the way. Why? Secretly, most people worry about becoming an insufferable braggart. The …

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