What Can We Learn from the Movie Inside Out?

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I went to a college baseball game today (University of Missouri vs Mississippi State) in Columbia, MO. The MU Tigers won in the bottom of the ninth inning creating joy for one team and sadness for the other. Midway through the game they had a sign on the scoreboard between innings that caught my attention. It said, “What are the…

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Flow: There It Is

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I inadvertently found myself in a state of flow while hiking on a family reunion trip atop the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.  I stumbled across this feeling while hiking in snow while seeing such amazing views of Palm Springs and the surrounding area.  I was with my wife Sarah, my son Ben, and my two nephews, Michael and David. The…

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Should Fun Be Part of the Process or Just the Result?

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By Ben Loeb (Nov 2021) with excerpts of this article from Dr. Jim Taylor’s Prime Sports Online Newsletter (Nov 2019) Everyone loves to win. Winning beats the alternative by a long shot. Have you ever seen the team that comes second dog-pile in the middle of the diamond or on the basketball court? Of course not. Winning is certainly the…

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Santa Fe Enlightenment

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My wife and I were in Santa Fe, NM for a get-away before the start of the next high school girls tennis season. The intent of the trip was for hiking, biking, good food, and some relaxation. We stayed at a place called Ojo Santa Fe. It’s a beautiful, tranquil spa resort. It has areas to sit and read, think,…

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Visualization Training: Don’t Leave Home Without It

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I am a member of a sport psychologist list serv through Temple University, though I am not a “sport psychologist.” I am a tennis coach that utilizes mental performance strategies with the players I coach and I’ve taught the subject as a course at the high school level. I received a group email yesterday that included opinions on if it…

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Return the Hit

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The following is a Linkedin Message from Arthur Jago; former Rock Bridge H S tennis player Assistant Professor at the University of Washington – Tacoma (4/25/21) Arthur started out at the bottom of the JV during his first year on the team. Then he worked his way up to playing varsity. He was an example of what hard work can…

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Confidence and Trust in Competition – “The Freeze Factor”

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To what degree do you freeze up in real game competition versus an opponent compared to competition during practice? Some players freeze up mentally (lack confidence) or they freeze up physically (lack trust). The difference between confidence and trust is confidence is how strongly you believe you can perform well. While trust is the ability to be on “auto-pilot,” whereby…

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