Archive for the ‘Peak Performance’ Category

Give Yourself a Mental Edge

May 14, 2018

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Growing up Digital, Wired for Distraction

November 21, 2010

“The Kingdom of Spain”

September 19, 2010

What’s in the water?

September 19, 2010

As our summer advances into autumn, I find myself reflecting on Spain’s dazzling summer of sports. Is there something in the water? It is truly impressive that Spanish athletes won The French Open, Wimbledon, the Tour de France, World Cup Soccer and the US Open, especially when one considers that Spain is comprised of 505, 370 sq. kilometers (just over twice the size of Oregon and the 51st largest country in the world) and about 40 million people (the 32nd most populated country in the world). The “Kingdom of Spain” may certainly boast a second golden age this summer!

Rafael Nadal

August 28, 2010

Mindset for the US Open

August 28, 2010

I just finished Carol S. Dweck’s, Ph.D. enlightening book, Mindset: How we learn to fulfill our potential, which made me think of the upcoming US Open and what it takes to win the slam. I have been looking forward to the Open since Nadal’s exciting victory at Wimbledon, so was pleasantly surprised when I read a number of tennis references in this book. Aside from Dweck’s insightful perspective and research findings on growth and development, she refers repeatedly to John McEnroe, who will shortly begin commentating the US Open. Dweck describes McEnroe, and other notable athletes, quite negatively as a quintessential “fixed mindset” athlete. In other words, he failed to reach his true potential of embracing challenges, striving for inspiration, and thriving on learning, all characteristics of the “growth mindset.”

For those aspiring to perform at their optimal levels in any arena, I highly recommend Mindset—after all, we can all develop skills and learn new lessons.
And while watching the US Open, I will now have a new take on the mindset behind the athletes…

Chemical “Enhancement”

August 16, 2010

Here is another thought-provoking article on “peak” performance. Although I realize we live in a world where the stakes are high with corporate sponsorship, big business, and financial incentives, I cannot help but reminisce on the time when a fabulous performance simply reflected exceptional skill developed through determination, hard work, and focus…and not chemical “enhancement.”

Stage 19, Tour de France

July 24, 2010

Final Stage

July 24, 2010

What an exciting summer it has been for high-performing athletes! Between Wimbledon, World Cup, US Women’s & Men’s Opens, Tour de France (and, of course, the Red Sox—despite their unfortunate losses of many such players), there has been plenty of excitement to follow. Athletes in each of these competitions possess exceptional physical talent, motivation, determination, resilience, commitment, perseverance, and psychological skills. On the eve of the final stage of the Tour de France, I extend cheers to the sensational athletes and teams of July, 2010 as well as to everyone else who enjoys not only following these inspiring events but also cheering on their children as they ride on training wheels!

History–12 World Records

June 25, 2010