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Squash or Tennis As Contact Sports?

Anyone who’s played squash realises that it can be a contact sport, but let’s hope it never degenerates to this level of protective gear requirements!

Squash Or Tennis As Contact Sports?

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Why squash is a dying sport

Don’t get me wrong, I am a self-diagnosed squash addict and love the purity of the sport… That being said, it’s a dying sport in large part to failings by the people who (don’t) run it.

First and foremost, the territorial in-fighting between the various ‘organisations’ is killing the goodwill that MUST exist for a sport to flourish. Squash clubs won’t promote events at other clubs for fear of…. I haven’t figured this one out yet, but they don’t do it.

Instead of thinking exponentially, enabling, facilitating and enhancing their members’ experience, they hide and inhibit the growth of the sport that they need to grow.

Cutting their noses despite their faces. Continue reading ‘Why squash is a dying sport’

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Phil’s Squash Odes

I found this lying around a squash club recently, I don’t know who the author is other than his first name is Phil. I thought it was worth sharing because (1) it’s pretty good prose and (2) I respect people who put themselves out there for other people’s fun and enjoyment. Thank you Phil!

Squash Men Players

We all come to hit the little black ball
some like to smash it against the wall
Others are so gentle
using angles and the feel.

We extend our bodies beyond their range
and in the mornings feel quite strange
for when the feet first hit the floor
us oldies stagger in pain to the dunny door.

The game is played indoors from the sun
but rain, hail or shine we do have fun
squashies are all very sincere
at the end sharing a beer.

Squash players come from far and wide
on a court there is nowhere to hide
the swing of the racquet heralds the start
throughout the rallies they try and stay apart.

At the front a drop shot squatting so low
as the opponent races in they’re struck by a blow
line an invisible wall
they crash in and try not to fall.

You miserable cad they let fly
tears running down their cheeks they cry
“Let please” the appeal to the referee
that is cheating as it all wafts free.

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Orientation: What does it mean?

In a previous post, I introduced the concept of orientation. Today, I want to take the discussion a step further and explain how it affects what you do and don’t do in respect of your sports training. First and foremost, we have to discuss success and failure. I use the word outcome since it’s the first of the 4 Keys To Success that I teach in my Personal Mastery Programs.

From the previous post, how task-involved athletes primarily differ from ego-involved athletes is that with an ego orientation, the athlete will show (off) their ability at the expense of effort.

Owch! if you have an ego orientation, but KNOWING you have this orientation is more than half the battle.

Continue reading ‘Orientation: What does it mean?’

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Flow and being in the zone

We’ve all experienced it – being ‘in the zone’… What an incredible feeling it is. Today, I thought I would clarify a few things about the ‘zone’ or as experts call it, the concept of ‘flow‘ which I think was coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, author of the book Flow. What you might not know is that flow is achieved when you experience a balance between external demands and internal skills.

Flow - Being In The Zone

Flow - Being In The Zone

When this relationship is 1:1 between difficulty and ability, the door opens and you can step into the flow. Because this is a balancing act, it’s a fleeting and rare experience. When the balance tilts with external challenges surpassing aptitude, anxiety is usually the result and conversely, when the balance shifts to your talent outpacing the demands made of you, you get bored, even sloppy.

You know you’re in the zone or flow when:

Continue reading ‘Flow and being in the zone’

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Cell Language Theory

I’ve blogged about Dr Malcolms Simons before, the first time introducing him with a post on self-awareness, then recently sharing some of his Words Of Wisdom and now I want to share some of his professional expertise in molecular biology and then relate this back to having the Mindset Of A Champion.

Cell Language Theory

The concept of cell language has been defined in molecular terms. The molecule-based cell language is shown to be isomorphic with the sound- and visual signal-based human language with respect to ten out of the 13 design features of human language characterized by Hockett. Biocybernetics, a general molecular theory of living systems developed over the past two and a half decades, is found to provide a physical theory underlying the phenomenon of cell language.

Nerve Cell Language Chart

Nerve Cell Language Chart

The concept of cell language integrates bioenergetics and bioinformatics on the one hand and reductionistic and holistic experimental data on the other to account for living processes on the molecular level. The isomorphism between cell and human languages suggests that the DNA of higher eucaryotes contains two classes of genes–structural genes corresponding to the lexicon and ‘spatiotemporal genes’ corresponding to the grammar of cell language.

The former is located in coding regions of DNA and the latter is predicted to reside primarily in noncoding regions. The grammar of cell language is identified with the mapping of the nucleotide sequences of DNA onto its 4-dimensional folding patterns that control the spatiotemporal evolution of gene expression.

Such a mapping has been referred to as the second genetic code, in contrast to the first genetic code which maps nucleotide triplets onto amino acids. The cell language theory introduces into biology the linguistic principle of ‘rule-governed creativity,’ leading to the formulation of the concept of ‘rule-governed creative molecules’ or ‘creations.’

This concept sheds new light on molecular biology, bioinformatics, protein folding, and developmental biology. In addition, the cell language theory suggests that human language is ultimately founded on cell language.

What does cell language theory have to do with the Mindset Of A Champion? Continue reading ‘Cell Language Theory’

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The Tools Of A Champion On Sale For 4 Days

As you know, I don’t sell very often on my blog. This is an exception because of a special situation that you’re going to want to be aware of. I explain it all in a short YouTube video. Even though it’s related to growing your business or career, click on the hyperlink to get the tools to become a Champion in business. I am not going to publish another post on this since I know that you’ll go check it out right away so you don’t miss out.

As a subscriber to this blog, you are interested in the Mindset Of A Champion – a theme that transcends sport. If you excel in sport, you can use the SAME Mindset to excel in business and your career. This ToolKit is a collection of the best strategies you can get your hands on. The pricing well is on purpose IRRESISTIBLE. Go on and get your ToolKit and start building your business empire!

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Champions Still Have Fun!

I know there’s a misperception that elite athletes are all work, train and practice and no play – that’s not the case at all. We like to have fun – like have cartoons made of our medal ceremonies!

This was done by www.CartoonMe.com – it’s inexpensive and you get what you pay for €3.50… But they’re fun.

Dr Marc Dussault Silver Medallist Cartoon

Dr Marc Dussault Silver Medallist Cartoon

You can see the original photo of here…

Dr Marc Dussault Australian Masters Games Silver Medallist Squash

Dr Marc Dussault Australian Masters Games Silver Medallist Squash

These are the kinds of images you’d want to put in your digital scrapbook.

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What this blog is all about…

If you’ve never seen a wordle… This is what it looks like – it VISUALLY summarises all the words in this blog as of today’s post. Pretty cool huh? Champions use stuff like this to get a different perspective on things.

Wordle The Mindset Of A Champion Blog

Wordle The Mindset Of A Champion Blog

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