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A virtuous cycle is a chain of events that reinforces itself through some type of feedback loop, with advantageous or positive results.  As the cycle develops, it is strengthened. Despite appearances, a virtuous cycle isn’t self-propagating.  If the cycle doesn’t

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starting

I have been listening to a wonderful speaker lately, by the name of Graham Cooke.  A lot of his teachings have to do with our reframing ourselves.  Rather than seeing ourselves as starting from a place of weakness, defeat, sin,

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red

  Monday afternoon, I had an unexpected gift on my desk.  A bag of coffee!  In fact, the very one that is pictured above.  I had not had a very good day up until that point.  I was tired and had

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disagree

* In the early 1990’s, when I was a young teacher, I had the opportunity to be the assistant coach for a school district’s varsity debate team.  The kids I was primarily responsible for debated in the Lincoln-Douglas style, as

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crack

One of our fears, perhaps the biggest fear, is if we open up, even a little bit, others will see the what’s really inside us.  They will see that we are often broken, wounded, and hurting.  Not all of the time, and

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ice

OK, so I was going to have the title of this post be “Ice, Ice, Baby,” so that those of us who are of a certain age would have the song by that same title be stuck in our heads

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release

Many of the athletes I work with are at or near the elite level.  They have spent years developing their craft, so that they can be world-class.  Because of this, many of them do not need me to set their expectations.

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pages

I’m becoming an old man.  Never thought it would happen, or happen this quickly.  And here it is. When I was a kid, my parents and I never really agreed on what was good music or not.  On more than

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five

    Can you afford to get up five minutes earlier, every day?  If you can (and you can), you have the ability to start your day on a better note.  Here are some things you can do with five

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startled

  *photo credit: http://weknowyourdreams.com/fear.html When I am coaching, I very rarely raise my voice (read “yell”) to get my athletes’ attention.  Because we still exist with three distinct and symbiotic brains, we have literally no control over some of our responses.

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