Monthly Archives: November 2014

Got Gratitude?

gratitude1“Feeling grateful and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”-William Arthur Ward

Did you know, you cannot be both grateful and unhappy?  Gratitude and happiness are correlated.  Likewise, you cannot be both ungrateful and happy.

 

Being grateful for what we have, and keeping things in perspective, is vital in the struggle to stay in the now and enjoy today as much as possible.  What makes all the difference is realizing that we have a choice about where to focus our mind.  Choosing to focus on what you do have in your life, rather than what you don’t have will not only attract more of what you want in your life, but focusing on the positive by being grateful actually plays a key role in your health and well-being. Continue reading

Injury Rehabilitation + Sport Psychology = Return to play

untitled (2)The field of sport psychology is one of the most versatile fields in the world. A mental skills coach has the ability to work with virtually any person in the world. Anyone that is looking to boost their performance can implement the mental skills that can be crafted through work with a sport psychology consultant. Sport psychology is a blend of performance and positive psychology, and all of us perform every day. The spectrum of performance ranges from presenting a speech in class to pitching at Yankee Stadium.

There is one area of sport psychology that does not get as much recognition as it deserves though. Recovering from an injury.

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Focus on Ability – Forget Setbacks

Willie Burton2Willie Burton’s strength is apparent in his upper body. Bulging muscles reveal the physique of a seasoned wrestler. Willie has always physically trained hard to enhance his power as a high school athlete, and now he looks forward to competing during his senior year at Fairdale HS in Kentucky.  But the true strength Willie possesses comes from within. Hidden under a worn-out wrestling singlet, beats Willie’s incredibly strong heart.

Willie was born with cerebral palsy, a condition which has restricted Willie from using his lower body. Willie was adopted at birth by his loving parents, Larry and Brenda Burton, who had always dreamed of having a son. Larry and Brenda supported Willie in all his endeavors throughout childhood, yet when Willie expressed interest in joining the high school wrestling team … they hesitated.

Would the pressures of sport be too much for Willie to handle?

Would Willie face bullying and rejection from his team mates based upon his physical differences?

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Believe in Your Ability to Fly!

Bird“Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.”

Victor Hugo

Every individual is born with their own set of wings. Sometimes we are challenged in life, and must learn to spread our wings, exit our zone of comfort, and take flight. Life is ever-changing, and variable. Life is rarely perfect. Life is often unpredictable and unsteady, much like the proverbial bough upon which the bird lands in Victor Hugo’s poem. But guess what – that’s life! In response to an unpredictable situation in life, we must remain positive, knowing we have inner power.

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Own Your Composure

own-itEvery situation in life is rarely perfect. As performers in the game of life, we are constantly required to compensate our behaviors and thoughts to meet the special needs of each situation.

 

Sometimes a situation may arise which challenges your confidence, and robs you of your composure. A bad call by the referee in a game, a co-worker undermining you in the office, a partner who disrespects a relationship. All these situations may cause an initial knee-jerk reaction, but they do NOT dictate a prolonged response of loss of composure unless you allow this to happen.

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