Monthly Archives: June 2014

Expectations for the Seattle Seahawks

By Mark Hartman, Consultant at The Center


On February 2nd, 2014 the Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII with a final score of 48-8.

The first question everyone asked after the Super Bowl was: “How good will the defending champions be next season?”

High expectations have been placed on the Seahawks, so much so that Clare Farnsworth, the journalist for the Seahawks boldly questioned, “Should we expect Seattle to be the Super Bowl favorite for the next three years?” Continue reading

When The Lights Go Out. Are You In Control?

2013 Super Bowl XLVII Ravens vs. 49ers

2013 Super Bowl XLVII Ravens vs. 49ers

By Sophie Kaeter, Consultant at The Center

With 13:22 left in the third quarter, shortly after Jacoby Jones returned the half’s opening kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown to extend Baltimore’s lead to 28-6, the power went out inside the Superdome in New Orleans, causing a 34-minute delay in the biggest sporting event of the year.

San Francisco launched a furious comeback when play resumed, at one point cutting the deficit to two, but the Ravens held on for a 34-31 win and their second Super Bowl win in history.
We can learn a lot from the 2013 Super Bowl. Continue reading

Learning Life Skills from Running: Resilience after the 2013 Boston Marathon

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By Kelsey Timm, Consultant at The Center

I’m currently conducting a fascinating study on resilience. I’m interviewing runners who were at the Boston Marathon in 2013 during the bombings. For the past week, I have been listening to all of the interviews and looking for trends in the data. I’ve been inspired by these runners all week long.

Resilience Learned From Running Can Help You Cope with Tragedy Continue reading

Unleash The Beast

The Mindset Of A National Champion Featuring Christopher Reed
Written by Sophie Kaeter

Christopher Reed, a senior at Minnesota State University, Mankato, isbeast a two time Division II National Champion in outdoor shot put.

3 Mental Skills That Helped Him Get There…

1.Imagery: Mental Imagery has the potential to make a HUGE impact in your performance. Mental imagery helps to develop psychoneuromuscular pathways that align your brain and your body for performance excellence. The more you can use mental imagery, the stronger the connection between your brain and your body will be and the greater the capacity for you to achieve what you have already seen in your mind. Continue reading

Positivity is key to handling perfection

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By Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D

One of the key characteristics separating great athletes and performers from the rest is a burning desire to be the best. Great performers know they can be more than they already are.

This desire motivates them to keep pushing beyond their comfort zone. They are continuously striving to reach big dreams.

But that can sometimes result in negative tendencies that undermine performance. It can lead to an intense dissatisfaction with mistakes, beating themselves up if they don’t perform at the best or being extremely upset when they don’t win. Continue reading