To communicate, don’t triangulate!

Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably engaged in “triangulation,” and not just as a kid when you ran to Mom because Dad just said “no” (or vice versa). Similar triangles can also happen with leadership or any work group, committee, or organization (including military) where two people talk about a third. On the surface, triangulation can look [...]

2017-09-05T16:19:06+00:00By |Career, Life, Teams|

Cultivate your motivation

Think of a goal that you’ve been working for lately or that you’re about to go after. How about all those New Year’s resolutions? Do you know why you want it? In other words, what’s your motivation? Do you simply love what you’re doing, or is there a reward you are pursuing? Being clear about what motivates you can [...]

2017-09-05T16:19:11+00:00By |Career, Life, Performance|

Get SMART about setting goals

Goal setting can be a useful tool in many arenas. Experts say that 90% of the time, setting specific and challenging goals leads to better performance than “do your best” goals or none at all. Goals can direct attention, mobilize effort, increase persistence, and help you form good strategies. Famous sports figures such as Olympian Michael Phelps have achieved [...]

2017-09-05T16:19:19+00:00By |Career, Life, Performance, Sailing, Teams|

Face fears and imagine success

Fear of failure can prevent you from performing your best in many situations including combat, work, relationships, and daily life. Worry can take a bigger hold when you push it aside. For instance, while preparing to give a presentation and thinking, “I can’t be nervous,” you might actually feel more nervous! As you face your fears, understand that fearing [...]

2017-09-05T16:20:06+00:00By |Career, Life, Performance|

Spring [Ethical] Cleaning For Your Practice

When Spring comes along, it is typical for many of us to engage in “Spring cleaning;” packing away winter clothes, vacuuming, airing out the house, etc. But in your practice, do you also engage in Spring cleaning? It is a wonderful chance to enhance your own performance as a consultant and to become more ethical. More ethical? Yes, you [...]

2017-09-25T21:21:56+00:00By |Career|

What’s in a Name? Some Ins and Outs of Representing Yourself

Given the diversity of education and training options in sport and exercise psychology, as well as in kinesiology and sport sciences, there is often confusion about which professional titles are appropriate to use. Currently, a group of colleagues, led by Dr. John Silva, is in the early stages of developing more explicit recommendations for the educational pathways to a [...]

2017-09-25T18:06:03+00:00By |Career|

Career Paths in Counseling & Sport Psychology

There are many routes to becoming a mental health practitioner and there is no one "right" route. The most important thing is to consider what you ultimately want to do professionally, and then to engage in goal-setting for your training to get there. I will briefly discuss four credentials and related training routes. A licensed psychologist is someone with [...]

2017-09-27T22:53:49+00:00By |Career|

Getting Unstuck

Do you find certain emotions surrounding your grief to be unacceptable? This is usually the biggest block to grief. We often think that grief is simply experiencing sadness, but it often encompasses much more than sadness. For instance, people often seal themselves off from anger. Explosive behaviors may be unacceptable in many contexts, but anger is just another emotion. [...]

2017-09-25T18:00:51+00:00By |Career, Life, Performance|

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Tim tends to conceptualize problems and solutions using components of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy as a basic structure. As you can see in the diagram below, these interactive components consist of Cognitions, Emotions, Physiology, and Behaviors. Working with many kinds of clients on many kinds of issues, Tim has found it extremely beneficial to strategically integrate theory and intervention from other [...]

2017-10-04T16:16:37+00:00By |Career, Life|