Goal-Setting in the 21st Century

2017-11-22T23:37:39+00:00 By |Career, Life, Performance, Sailing, Teams|

I am working with many clients these days on goal-setting. That, by itself, is not a big switch. We still focus on SMART Goals.  We focus on setting process goals that are within one's control. The switch is that we're using a really cool tool called "Goalscape."  You can see it pictured below.  With Goalscape, we're able to prioritize [...]

Mapping a Path to Success: an Anecdote in Goal-Setting

2018-10-26T16:56:42+00:00 By |Life, Other, Performance, Swimming|

Heading Towards Accomplishment? Let’s say you want to drive to Rehoboth Beach or somewhere else for a fun weekend get-away.  Without finding Rehoboth on a map or with GPS, most of us would not know the best route. The sheer desire to go to the beach will not take us there; but the map or GPS that helps us [...]

Fall 2018 Professional Development Opportunities

2018-09-29T21:57:48+00:00 By |Career, Performance|

What: BCIA Webinar: Sport Psych Meets Biofeedback When: September 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm Why: “Old school” sport psychology emphasizes ideas consistent with traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): “Control or suppress negative cognitive processes and everything will fall into place, emotionally, physiologically, and in terms of behavior/performance.” Recently, sport psychology has finally been catching up with third wave CBTs (e.g., [...]

Train your Brain: What is “mental toughness”?

2018-10-01T20:07:27+00:00 By |Career, Life, Performance, Swimming|

“Baseball is 90% mental and 10% physical.” Most athletes, and even casual sports fans, have heard this famous Yogi Berra quote at one point or another. As a former swimmer, somebody who competed in an individual sport for the entirety of their athletic career, I think the numbers are closer to 99.9% mental and 0.1% physical. My swimming [...]

Making A Splash – Introducing Vadim

2018-09-25T20:54:28+00:00 By |Career, Performance, Swimming|

Hello readers! My name is Vadim Jacobson and I am thrilled to announce that I will be helping out Dr. Tim Herzog as an intern for this upcoming year. I will be learning about how to run a consulting practice, and will be directly assisting with marketing, social media, and writing a weekly blog about various topics in sport [...]

Chill Lax – Introducing Raegan

2018-06-28T15:08:55+00:00 By |Lacrosse, Performance|

Hey! I’m Raegan Geldart, Reaching Ahead’s new intern. I am excited to be working with Dr. Tim Herzog on several projects this summer. One of which being this blog! Here I will talk about several mental performance skills or ideas in relation to girl’s lacrosse. This subject hits home for me for many reasons. Having grown up in the [...]

Phases of Physical Training

2018-06-01T23:36:43+00:00 By |Life, Other, Performance, Sailing|

Recently, I asked Tory Tolson for a quick breakdown of the phases of training so I could better understand our both out process and our desired outcomes and goals.  Here's what he had to say... He said that typically "Phase 1" would be ‘Corrective Exercise’ where we work to improve individual-specific muscular imbalances that are evaluated in movement analysis; [...]

Self-Handicapping

2018-05-01T02:41:19+00:00 By |Career, Life, Performance|

When you set a goal, and the stakes feel high, it can be easy to make excuses after failures to avoid negative feelings such as regret, shame or guilt. Without thinking about why they do it, people sometimes make tasks harder than they need to be so that ready-made excuses “protect” them from feeling badly. The downside is missing [...]

Dynamic Training with Tory Tolson

2018-03-30T14:06:14+00:00 By |Life, Other, Performance, Sailing|

Working out with Tory Tolson is fun.  He will joke with you that it is “Woozy Wednesday…”  (How is that motivating???)  He seems generally serious but will quietly rock out to whatever pop song (old or new), or show you pictures of his latest giant snowman creation (see picture above).  You won’t catch him ever being boastful, but this [...]

Athleticism and Mental Toughness Begin with Awareness

2018-03-27T16:26:38+00:00 By |Life, Other, Performance, Sailing|

Truth be told, when I first began working out with Ryan Morrissey at PEAK, I think I initially felt like he was "nitpicky."  Did it really matter if my feet were perfectly place such that I was standing over the arch of my foot, engaging my glutes and my core?  (The answer is "yes"... it actually did matter).  I [...]

What is it that makes family teams successful?

2017-10-06T01:58:17+00:00 By |Sailing|

We put the question to Tim Herzog, a top sailor and coach who has studied group dynamics, and here is what he told us: It is no surprise that some of the best teams consist of spouses, siblings, or even multiple generations. Good relationships serve as the foundation for a successful team because of solid communication over the team's [...]