Olympics

EXTRA! Special Olympic Edition #1 – Your Finishing Touch

2008 Preparing for Excellence Series – Special Editon – Issue 14 The Olympics are on, and in recent days we’ve seen some outstanding performances – and finishes! I had to send you this special Olympic edition of the Preparing for Excellence newsletter because everything we’ve been talking about over the past 12 months in these […]

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The Right to Expect Excellence

2008 Preparing for Excellence Series – Issue 13 The years of preparation are about to be tested: race day is finally here for the athletes who have been prioritizing, practicing, and preparing for the Olympic Games. Even though they have already achieved outstanding feats to get to this point, the pressure is now on like […]

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Keep Going!

2008 Preparing for Excellence Series – Issue 12 We got a chance to see some outstanding athletic performances at the US Olympic Trials over the past few weeks. They were thrilling and inspiring to watch. So many athletes performed brilliantly – even setting new world records! However, as great as their feats were, to be […]

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Time for a Check-Up

2008 Preparing for Excellence Series – Issue 11 We are entering the final countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games, and Olympic Trials are on! With the Olympics starting in Beijing in just two months, hopeful athletes are competing in meets to be selected as the final competitors who will earn the opportunity to go to […]

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The Kind of Conviction You Need

2008 Preparing for Excellence Series – Issue 10 Last month we looked at the costly dangers of continually making last minute adjustments to our practice methods: there simply comes a time when a choice of direction needs to be made and more time gets spent on practicing the “game day” process than on forever chasing […]

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Pick a Path

2008 Preparing for Excellence Series – Issue 9 As the Olympic flame made its global tour before the Beijing Olympics, it made its only North American stop in San Francisco. Security concerns about protesters resulted in last minute changes to the route the runners took through the city. While as an Olympian I find this […]

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Forged Under Pressure

2008 Preparing for Excellence Series – Issue 8 Now we’re in the midst of the third quarter of our 1 year exercise of Preparing for Excellence, just like the athletes going to the Olympics this summer. By this stage some changes we have made in practice have become daily habits, but this can also be […]

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Poise Under Pressure

2008 Preparing for Excellence Series – Issue 7 Only six months until the 2008 Olympics begin. In preparing for your own excellent results, how’s your “build-up” for August 2008 going? Now is time to focus in on some finer points. In an Olympic swimming final there’s not much that separates the 3 medalists from the […]

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Beating Others vs Winning

2008 Preparing for Excellence Series – Issue 6 We all can bring to mind images of "the thrill of victory." And, more than likely, the picture in your mind is of an athlete exuberantly celebrating success. These types of images are crucial to keep athletes focused, motivated, and driven to keep paying the price required […]

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Destroy the Drag

Preparing for Excellence – Issue 5 Distractions typically steal more than two hours of every work day, resulting in an enormous loss of time and money as well as missed opportunities. Don't let your potential simply get wasted away! Often we're eager to identify new activities to move us closer to our goal, but we […]

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