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Own it No Matter What: A Message to Young Athletes

There’s nothing quite so appealing as a good excuse. Whenever you’ve been late with a project or performed poorly on a test, you might feel like thinking up a fast excuse for your behavior.  It sounds like a perfectly logical thing to do when you’ve missed a practice, made an unforced error, lost your homework,…
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Win or Lose, It’s Just Feedback

A young girl sobs uncontrollably after losing a tennis match.  A young boy proudly boasts to his friends about his swimming victory.  What do they have in common?  Ironically, the answer is “pride.”  And what they both lack is humility – an essential ingredient for becoming a champion in the truest sense of the word.…
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Changing the Conversation: A Lesson in Ethics

I’ve become a big fan of searching for the best questions to ask, rather than always striving to have the right answer. I’ve found that questions send our thinking, and therefore our actions, in a direction. The best coaches learn how to ask intriguing and thought-provoking questions to get their athletes to think – not…
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To Compare or Not to Compare

“We might be better off without any trophies!  Let’s just teach kids to feel good about working hard and making progress toward being their absolute best, without comparing themselves to anyone.” The statement above was the last line of my previous blog, and a great place to resume the conversation about trophies.  Several people commented…
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