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Posts by John Gassaway

Underdog Mentality

Underdog Mentality The underdog mentality describes a David vs. Goliath situation in which a smaller, less experienced, ostensibly less talented, or any other “lesser” competitor takes on the bigger, more experienced, ostensibly more talented, or any other “greater” competitor. The strength of the underdog mentality is that it allows the “lesser” to take advantage of…

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The Importance of Sleep for Performance

Sleep is an essential contributor to peak performance. A good night’s rest can help with focus, awareness, self-talk, imagery, motivation, confidence, goal-setting, relaxation, psyching up, team cohesion, and overall well-being. The more efficient you sleep the clearer your senses and thinking. A good night’s rest also results in more positive mood and optimistic outlook. Unfortunately,…

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Lessons Learned: Expectations

A collegiate wrestler had been on a losing streak for several months with increased frustration and little idea of where to direct more of his efforts/energy. He explained that he had been staying after practice for additional repetitions in skills, had been strength training harder and running longer, and had discussed his frustrations with his…

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Motivation

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Playing sports and competing against others can be fun, exciting, and motivating in and of itself. When we participate in activities for sheer enjoyment, we don’ t need much convincing to continue. Sometime, over-time we begin to notice that we find activities less enjoying and more work. When we are provided with praise, rewards, money,…

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Awareness

Awareness is the first step in understanding our own performance. It lets us know our strengths, our weaknesses, our areas of growth, our goals, and virtually every aspect of performance. The more aware we are of these aspects of ourselves, the more in control we become of developing consistency in performance. When we are unaware…

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Learning from Mistakes (Guaranteed Success)

Success can be defined as many different things. If we pay attention to the outcome of an event (score, salary, return on investment, surplus, etc.), we can define success compared to others and whether or not we “won.” It is not likely that we will always find ourselves in this category, however; and there can…

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