Train your Brain: What is “mental toughness”?

“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 [...]

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

Phases of Physical Training

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; [...]

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

Self-Handicapping

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 [...]

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

Dynamic Training with Tory Tolson

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 [...]

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

Athleticism and Mental Toughness Begin with Awareness

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 [...]

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

Goal-Setting in the 21st Century

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 [...]

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

How PTSD affects brain “circuitry”

If you’re experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it’s important to understand how the different parts of your brain function. Post-traumatic stress is a normal response to traumatic events. However, PTSD is a more serious condition that impacts brain function, and it often results from traumas experienced during combat, disasters, or violence. Your brain is equipped with an alarm system [...]

2017-09-27T22:53:16+00:00 By |Life|

Developing your coping arsenal

It’s a good idea to have a choice of coping strategies to meet the specific needs of each situation you face—some “problem-focused” and some “emotion-focused.” During severe stress, you might find that your old ways of dealing with problems aren’t doing enough to help. For example, your preferred way of coping in the past might have been venting to [...]

2017-09-25T18:43:16+00:00 By |Life|

It All Matters

This column is inspired by my dear friend and colleague, Wendy Bay Lewis (1949-2013). Through the vehicle of this column, Wendy and I often tried to share wisdom or insights with our community. Our column started out titled, “Work Matters,” and became “Business Matters.” If we kept it going, we might have lobbied for “Life Matters” and “Death Matters.” [...]

2017-09-25T18:21:23+00:00 By |Life|

“Wouldn’t Tonight be a Nice Night for Ice Cream?”

Anniversaries of loss sometimes have a way of creeping up on us. Often times, around the same time each year, I notice myself getting a little sad or a little grumpy, and I can’t think why… And then at some point it occurs to me that it is once again the anniversary of my mother’s death. Several years after [...]

2017-09-27T22:53:24+00:00 By |Life|

Why Hard Times Are Actually Good for Us

A recent study on a species of birds, discussed on NPR, suggested that when one generation has abundant resources available for their young, the next generation, lacks work ethic.  Is this a matter of parenting style?  Doesn’t seem to be.  Psychologist Jean Twenge, who authored Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable than [...]

2017-09-25T21:02:36+00:00 By |Life|

Facebook and our Changing Social World

I’m sure we’ve all been struck, in some form or another, by how much social media (particularly Facebook), is changing our social world.  Two observations (positive and negative) regarding these changes have struck me in particular. Facebook recently reminded me of a book I read several years ago called, “Mutant Message Down Under,” by Marlo Morgan.  One of many [...]

2017-09-20T20:50:40+00:00 By |Life|