In honor of Memorial Day, I asked my father-in-law, Ted Smith, if I could interview him on his perspective of the holiday as a Vietnam veteran. Ted served a 4-year term in the U.S. Navy, from ages 18-22. He was stationed in a small village in Vietnam for a full year after touring on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific as an engineman. He graciously agreed to talk about his…Continue
“This is my last big chance. I want to do this for my family.”
For those of us who watched Josh Kaufman in his journey on The Voice, we knew what he was…Continue
Have you ever surfed or seen someone surf? It’s a fascinating journey to observe. A true surfer paddles her way through the waves and the currents of the ocean far enough out to be able to watch for the perfect wave to catch. But the journey out to that perfect wave isn’t typically smooth and flat. There are constantly waves coming at her, threatening to take her under or back to shore.…Continue
The following is a guest blog from internationally known pianist and composer, Elizabeth Borowsky. She tells on herself about her own struggles with the performance mindset. Pay special attention to the negative thoughts she identified at work on her mental state, and the thoughts…Continue
The following is a guest blog from internationally known pianist and composer, Elizabeth Borowsky. She shares a compelling story of the impact of the mental game in her wide range of students leading up to a performance. Learn the power of…Continue
“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
I read a great article on Lifehack.org called, “13 Things Mentally Strong…Continue
“Right then I made a vow that I am certain saved Miriam's and my life. I swore that Miriam and I would walk out of Auschwitz alive…And we did.” –Eva Mozes Kor, Holocaust survivor
In 1944, from Portz, Romania, a 10-yr-old Eva Mozes and her twin sister Miriam were ripped apart from the rest of their…Continue
This is the fourth in a series of six blog entries based on Carla Young’s article, “The Winning Attitude: What Elite…Continue
This is the third in a series of six blog entries based on Carla Young’s article, “The Winning Attitude: What Elite Athletes Can Teach Us About Success.” Young takes the secrets of highly successful athletes and gives them a larger application for entrepreneurs. In…Continue
This is the second in a series of six blog entries based on Carla Young’s article, “The Winning Attitude: What Elite Athletes Can Teach Us About Success.” Young takes the secrets of highly successful athletes and gives them a larger application for entrepreneurs. In these six…Continue
I love the list called “You Have to Do the Hard Things” that Dan Waldschmidt put together on his blog from January (see the link at the bottom of this blog for the full list). It’s a list of hard things you have to do if you are going to succeed and excel at what you do. My top four favorites that he sites…Continue
In a triathlon, you swim, then bike, then run.
In a long triathlon, you swim a LONG time, bike a LONG time, and then…run. A LONG time. In my first big triathlon, I had done all the physical training “right”. I am a stickler for rules and training programs so I had done my part to prepare physically. My nutrition was set. I had my iPod ready with pump up music to get me…Continue
There is a battle going on in every single one of us.
An old Cherokee legend has it that a grandfather was teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two dogs. Dog 1 is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
Dog 2 is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness,…Continue
Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame coach of the Green Bay Packers, defined Mental Toughness as “sacrifice and self-denial combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it ‘character in action.’”
I know many who fit this definition. Among them are cancer…Continue
A couple of weeks ago, I met a client in a coffee shop. We were meeting for her career coaching and I asked her why she wasn't applying for this certain job that would harness her capabilities in full. She came up with a million reasons why she shouldn't apply for the job. She nearly went on to explaining what would happen short of the world coming to an end.
The main reason she didn't apply was because she was afraid of rejection and failure. I nearly laughed at her reply,…Continue
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