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Book Report: Soccer IQ

“This book isn’t about soccer technique. This book is about soccer decisions that take place during the course of a match. These concepts are in no particular order. All of them are important and any one of them could provide

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Book Report: Born to Run

“That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation. Way before we were scratching pictures on

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When is a coach’s job done?

Every Monday for the past decade or so, I’ve read Peter King‘s Monday Morning Quarterback. Over the years, there’ve been many tidbits that popped out to me, and I’ve shared some of them before on this site: Coaching insights from

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Two very different champions

Within the past few weeks, both the soccer teams on which I play won their respective league championships. These achievements, while trivial in the grand scheme of life, nevertheless fill me with pride and some satisfaction. It wasn’t so much that

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Book Report: Mind Gym

“Inner excellence is a way of thinking and a way of acting. It is a quality of mind, a mentality that says no matter how difficult things become, you are responsible and accountable for your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Inner

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Living life backward: the power of visualization

“It is said that extraordinary people live their lives backward. They create a future, and then they live into it.” – Gary Mack, in Mind Gym Mind Gym is full of examples of the power of visualization, from the relatively

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Which voice do you listen to?

“I felt like I had to be perfect to justify my draft status. I became my own worst enemy. I constantly stressed for others’ approval and worried about what they were thinking. I felt like I couldn’t even make the

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Ten paradoxes that will improve your performance

paradox [noun]: a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory Literature, philosophy, and science are filled with paradoxes: The Fermi Paradox: the apparent contradiction between

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Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable

choke [verb] (in sports): To fail to perform at a crucial point of a game or contest as a result of nervousness In Part III (“Mind-Set for Success”) of Mind Gym, there’s a chapter called Breathe and Focus that discusses choking in the context of

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Getting out of your own way

“We all have self-defeating thoughts and behaviors that undermine performance. I call them gremlins, the little invisible creatures that prevent athletes from performing at their best.” – Sports psychologist Gary Mack (Mind Gym – p42) Shortly after the chapter Know

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