Note: This video was originally posted on the new year in 2019, but the text has been altered for 2020.
I LOVE the New Year. Rationally, I know that it’s just another day, but in my heart, it helps me to stop to reflect on my life and give hope to my dreams. As with most New Years, I’ve taken time off, basked in some good vacation and family time, and now I’m ready to get to WORK.
2020is going to be huge for me and for Positive Performance. I’m sitting in a coffee shop right now absolutely freaking PUMPED about this year (and it’s not just the coffee:)
But I also know that when I feel that excitement I have to manifest that energy it into something ACTIONABLE (i.e. a plan). From a mindset perspective I also do one very important (albeit counterintuitive) thing:
I LET GO of goals.
So often we write goals and let them linger on the back burner for the magical ‘someday/some year’ land. We not only...
By Tyson Hartnett, contributing author.
Everybody tries to be cool. That is the goal for everyone growing up. That was the goal for me growing up, too. Coolness was this far away land where the kids who partied and smoked lived.
But guess what?
I wasn’t cool. I was never cool. Believe me, I tried but I didn’t fit in.
I was too tall and lanky; I was weird and shy; I was awkward. I tried being funny so other people would believe I was cool, but I’m pretty sure they saw through the desperation.
It was tough, not being cool. I didn’t get invited to parties, I didn’t drink every weekend, and I definitely didn’t smoke.
But all the cool were kids doing it. A lot of times, I thought, “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I fit in?”
It was rough not having everybody want to be your friend, but the one place I didn’t care about being cool was on the...
The hit television series “Breaking Bad” is about a chemistry teacher who teams up with a former student to make and sell crystal meth. While the show is top-rated, I’m not so hot on the addictive substances and the violence that is connected with the bad habit of drug use.
My thesaurus says ‘yes’ and, even though habits and additions obviously aren’t the same thing, they’re closely related.
This article explains how similarly our brain responds to habits and addictions; how a neurological connection is formed when a voluntary action is performed enough times to move it into the reflex category, therefore making that activity somewhat hardwired into our minds.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not trying to downplay the seriousness of drug use nor give habituation more attention than it deserves, but bad habits can still be very problematic in very real ways.
Even though the show’s title...
Fitness resolutions are some of the most common, and toughest, goals people create for themselves. Why is that? Well, likely because “fitness” doesn’t involve just one specific thing, but a whole slew of miniature commitments that all must be taken seriously for the ultimate goal to be achieved. And, when those smaller components aren’t taken seriously, that’s when excuses creep in to mess up those good intentions.
One of the main reasons why 92% of people fail to achieve their New Year’s fitness resolution is because they’ve improperly considered the actual goal they've set for themselves. In other words, the goal is too vague; the resolution is actually composed of several explicit goals rolled into one.
For instance, we all know “getting fit” doesn't happen by a flip of a switch! There are lots of factors and sub-factors to consider, like…
With the switching of calendars comes the all too common New Year’s wish:
Many people’s New Year’s Resolutions refer to weight loss, a career change, or a new outlook on life. But, for athletes and coaches, what does “change” really mean? Does it refer to something that can be seen or touched, like a different workout regimen, a new schedule, an alteration of pace or program? Or does it mean something less material, like a switching of attitude or perspective about the game overall?
Any of these things can affect an athlete’s performance for better or worse. But, without solid performance goals set in place, measuring those changes will be difficult and possibly even pointless.
Human beings are natural record keepers. We like to know where we’ve been so we can know where we’re going. From warfare to finances to relationships, recordkeeping, whether written down or merely kept...