Monthly Archives: March 2015

Ohio State University, Emotional Intelligence, and a Seed of Growth

THE Ohio State University Buckeyes have had an incredible 2014-2015 season across the entire athletic department. The Buckeye football and wrestling teams each brought home a national title this year, as well as having multiple individuals earning big 10 and national awards. The Men’s athletic teams are currently in first place in the Capital One Cup, holding a large 22.5 point lead over the University of Oregon, declaring them the most successful college program of the year.   Continue reading

The Art of Coaching

The Art of Coaching, a coaches clinic presented by The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology.

Saturday, May 2nd: 9 AM- 2PM- Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Greg Dale, as a leading sport psychology professional, will offer insights on how to enhance your players’ mental game!

Dr. Dale consults with numerous college and professional athletes and teams, and is an expert on leadership and performance enhancement. Dr. Dale also serves as Sport Psychology Staff for USA Track and Field.

Contact The Center for pricing and registration!

Master Your Mindset

The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology is excited to offer another installment of the “Master Your Mindset” workshop series starting April 6th, specifically designed to help your office or business gain the performance edge! Weilage Advisory Group in Mankato will host three lunch hour sessions, lead by Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D. Each session will be offered on Mondays in April, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Continue reading

Zone of Genius

I want people to think about where they spend their time during most of their day. This concept is based on a book called The Big Leap, by New York Times Best Seller author Dr. Gay Hendricks.

There are 4 zones.

The first zone is the Zone of Incompetence. This zone is made of activities that we are not good at but we do.  When you can delegate some of these activities and ask people to do them, you feel a lot more energy. This zone includes things that we are not good at but we end up doing.

The second zone is the Zone of Competence: We are competent at these activities but others can do them just as well.  It’s called the disease of fulfillment because you can actually get a lot of chronic diseases if you live in this zone because you’re not really fulfilled.  You’re not doing what you’re really, really good at.

The third zone is the Zone of Excellence: These are activities you are extremely good at but it’s a dangerous trap because you can get really addicted to your comfort zone. This zone includes things you are really good at but you stay doing them and you’re not pushing yourself.  You’re not really doing the things that give you a lot of satisfaction.  And people want you to stay here, including your friends, family, and coworkers because when you go to your zone of genius you’re really pushing yourself, doing new things.

I would say 90% of people are in their zone of incompetence, zone of competence, or their zone of excellence. Only 10% of people are really in their zone of genius.

So what are we doing in our Zone of Genius?

Your zone of genius is when you are expressing your natural genius that leads to life satisfaction and success.  It’s a set of activities that you are designed uniquely to do.  If you are not in this zone, you can get “whacks on the head” when you are not happy and not excited about the things that you are doing.  When you are in your zone of genius you get these strong callings that you are doing the things you are meant to do.

First, you have to be committed to being in your zone of genius.  If you don’t care you’re not going to take the steps to get there.

I have 4 questions for people to consider if they are in their zone of genius.

  1. What do you love most to do? (you can do it for long stretches of time and you don’t get bored)
  2. What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work?
  3. What produces the highest ratio of satisfaction in your work?
  4. What is your unique ability?

Dr. Kamphoff: “What I really love to do is write about performance psychology and speak about it. It can give me a high for days.”  That’s when I am in my zone of genius. When are you in your zone of genius?

-Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

What Drives Your Life?

“The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder—a waif, a nothing, a no man.”- Thomas Carlyle

Everyone’s life is driven by something.  The word drive is defined as “to guide, to control, or to direct.”  Whether you are driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you are guiding, controlling and directing it at that very moment.  What is the driving force in your life today? Is it a circumstance, like being ranked high in the NCAA tournament? Is it a value, such as comfort, integrity, or faith ? Or maybe it’s an emotion, such as being happy or feeling guilty?

Nothing can compensate for not knowing your purpose in life—not success, wealth, fame, or pleasure.  Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason.

In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren describes many benefits of purpose-driven living such as:

  1. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. It gives you a clear picture of what you are meant for each day you wake up.
  2. Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. It defines what you do and don’t do.  Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities you engage in and which ones you choose not to. 
  3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life. It concentrates your effort and energy on what’s important to you.  You become more effective by being more selective!
  4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life. Purpose produces passion.

The men and women who have made the biggest influences in history were the most focused and driven by their purpose.  For instance, Abraham Lincoln was focused on ending slavery.  He not only saved the Union but also brought about the end of slavery.  Everyone today still recognizes Abraham Lincoln for his purposeful efforts and example.  He clearly had a purposeful life. 

Questions to Ponder?

*What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life?

*What do I want it to be?

-Kayla McCormick