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Long Haul Pressure: Can Pressure Be a Good Thing?

Often, we think about pressure as existing in moments of high intensity—the pressure to save a life in the ER, to pass the bar exam, or to score the decisive point in the last seconds of a game. Pressure, however, can exist over an extended period time as months of...

Do you manage failure, or does it manage you?

I’m always looking for new insights into mental tools that help us to be more constructive in our approach to work and life. While reading an article about self-confidence, I was struck by the idea of reframing one’s “less successful” experiences, not judging such...
The Pomodoro® Technique

The Pomodoro® Technique

Can we learn to work with time, instead of struggling against it? Recently, I added a post about Parkinson’s Law, which seems to be too often true, although not inevitable.  So how can we apportion the time we have on any given day, for any task, to be more efficient,...

Olympic Games Coach Tips That Work for Corporate Athletes, Too

My recent post quoting mental training coach Colleen Hacker inspired me to watch a handful of YouTube videos featuring Dr. Hacker (professor of kinesiology Pacific Lutheran University). I found her words inspiring and useful not only for those who train for a sport as...

Mental Skills Techniques for Peak Performance

For top athletes, mental skills training is essential to dealing with the pressure of competition. Can the strategies Olympians use improve performance in any field? An August article in the New York Times features a handful of top “psychological consultants” who work...