GameChanger - Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen

Reading this book was bitter-sweet for me. The bitter part came from the realization of all the time that I wasted in "positive-thinking-lala-land". The sweet part came from a deep sense of excitement about the possibilities ahead of me with this new found knowledge.For those that don't want to read the entire book or even this entire blog post (I know how tired athletes can get), let me give you a quick summary.  Through more than 20 years of research Gabrielle discovers that positive fantasies do not help us achieve our goals as much as we believe they do. In...

Dylan Cunningham: Squashing the Opposition

Dylan Cunningham comes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and started playing squash at the age of 7. His love for squash began when he received a squash racquet as a Christmas gift. Following a lesson with a squash coach the young talent was hooked. At the age of 10 Dylan started getting more serious. One of the many difficulties Dylan faces in squash is the mental side of the sport. As rallies get longer so does the point and often the heart rate skyrockets to over 170 , this makes decisions much harder. Focus is key and if one is not focused...

"Crazy Good" - Steve Chandler - Important lessons for athletes

I've stumbled upon some great wisdom in a book called ‘Crazy Good' by Steve Chandler.Steve, has a lot of practical wisdom that as an athlete, I found incredibly useful in improving my performance. Below, I outline some of the lessons that I took away from reading 'Crazy Good' and I hope that you will gain as much insight as I did.Here is a video summary of what I learned & below is the written summary : A bit about the author :Steve Chandler had an challenging life but he was able to turn things around and create a 'Crazy Good'...

How to revitlise a campaign or get an extension.

When a campaign gets stuck in slow motion and progress isnt being made, do not panic. This happens, a lot more than one can imagine. Actually a lot campaigns get to a certain percentage of their objective and then never make it any further. The first important thing a team or an athlete has to do, is to check their outreach with their first circle. Back to the basis - first circe of supportersThe first circle consists of family members and the closest circle of friends. They are a campaigns most important asset because they help with the fundraising and...