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Listen up babies!

Champions aren’t born, they’re made.

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Every sport has rules or does it?

This video is one of those instances where you can choose a pro or con argument. I will pick the pro argument.

What I admire is that he doesn’t stop – he keeps on going – no matter what.

That is what I choose to focus on – the perseverance and desire to win.*

YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/v/ewckPYePzbU

* I am NOT advocating cheating and winning at “all costs”. I am mindful of the intellectual challenges of the contestants, but maybe, just maybe we can learn something useful here.

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  • Don’t give up.
  • Do it your own way.
  • F_ _ _ the rules! Sometimes it’s the only way to get things done.
  • Give it your best shot.
  • Give 100% each and every time.
  • Leave it all out there, don’t hold anything back.

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Negative Self Talk: Stop It!

I recently presented mental toughness strategies at the East Coast Squash Academy‘s Adult Squash camp organised by squash professional Aaron Frankcomb at Willoughby Squash Club in Sydney. Attended by a wide range of squash players, it became quite obvious that squash is a very demanding sport physically and technically where attention to stroke execution, shot selection and court movement can provide beneficial results.

While focusing on technical improvement can yield incremental results over time, today’s lesson can produce INSTANT results and in some extreme cases, a quantum leap forward!

Please watch this video and then scroll down.

The next time you are on the squash court and hear yourself talking negatively about something you just did or that just happened…

STOP IT!

Think back to this video as your pattern interrupt.

The first step is to Stop it – then you will need to replace the negative self-talk with something positive.

Sports psychologists have known for decades that the mind can (1) only have one thought at a time and (2) it cannot focus on the REVERSE of an idea or thought. What that means is that if you say “don’t tin the ball, or don’t choke or don’t boast“, the brain only hears “tin the ball, or choke or boast.”

First things first – Stop It and come back to this blog for more on how to replace negative self talk with positive self affirmations. There are a few “tricks” to getting this right…

Just like today’s distinction – most players don’t know this stuff!

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Happy New Year

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Squash Olympic Bid

Squash Olympic Bid for 2020

Help squash make it into the Olympics -
FORWARD this link to friends, family and colleagues
who are sport enthusiasts!

 

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Exercise, ANY exercise is good…

I know this blog focuses primarily on elite athletic strategies and techniques, but the video below is a MUST WATCH to remind us all of the benefits of exercise.

If you have a family member or friend who is not exercising at all, make sure you send them a link to this blog post…

Thank you to Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours who forwarded this to me.

When you come across anything like this, “pay it forward” and send it to me so I can share it with others.

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Redefining sports – Take 2!

I previously blogged about redefining sports with an endzone touchdown flip that has to be seen to be believed… Today’s blog post is similar, this time involving an ice hockey player who headed a pass like a soccer/football player.

If the link doesn’t work, cut and paste this into your browser:

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/After-Daniel-Sedin-header-other-great-soccer-mo?urn=nhl-wp20539

What’s going on out there on the playing field?!?

Elite athletes are so gifted they are combining all kinds of skills and tricks maybe forgetting they have their cleats or skates on!

Fun stuff if you can do it!

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Redefining Sports

Every once in a while an athlete does something out of the ordinary that begs the question… Will this change the sport?

I always wondered why this tactic wasn’t used before to SCORE touchdowns when the celebration AFTERWARDS showed the ability to jump this high…

Time will tell if this will become “business as usual” on the gridiron and maybe even rugby field…

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Choking In Sport

Choking is one of those taboo words athletes shun at any cost.

There are a lot of theories and suppositions about the source or cause of choking.

I recently came across this video used by a US squash coach to explain to his team that choking is NOT in your genes – UNLESS you’re a goat.

What I liked about this is that it’s a visual cue you can use to prevent choking whenever you’re feeling stressed or under pressure – just remember… YOU’RE NOT A GOAT!

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Antimimeticisomorphism: A Golf Example

I know you always look forward to the antimimeticisomorphism series of blog posts, this one won’t disappoint.

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