Showing posts from November, 2021

A Simple Motivation Equation

Here is a simple equation for motivation that I learned about in the book, Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool . It goes like this: Motivation = reasons to give/sustain effort - reasons to not give (or reduce) effort I like this equation because it is easy to understand and because it can be a great tool to increase your motivation. To make this motivation equation even easier to understand, think of a scale. Your level of motivation is determined by which side of the scale outweighs the other. If your reasons to give/sustain effort outweigh your reasons to not give (or reduce) effort, then you'll have the motivation to give/sustain effort. The more this side of the scale outweighs the other, the more motivation you'll have. But on the other hand, if your reasons to not give (or reduce) effort outweigh your reasons to give/sustain effort, you won't have the motivation to give/sustain effort. The more this side of the scale outweighs the other, the less motivation you&#

Four Ways to Become a Better Leader

 Here are four ways to become a better leader: 1. Earn trust . Leadership is about earning trust. People will only follow your lead if they trust you. As a leader, you can earn trust in a number of ways, including: Helping your players (or teammates) get results. Showing others that you truly care about them as people. Connecting with others on a personal level. Being authentic and leading by example. Being a servant leader and putting the team first. These are the basics of leadership. If you make earning trust your main priority, you'll greatly improve as a leader. 2. Gain experience. Like most things, leadership is best learned through doing. The more experience you gain as a leader, the better you'll become. After years of being a leader, you'll have faced a variety of challenges and discovered many solutions and lessons. As a younger athlete or coach, it's important to put yourself in leadership roles and gain as much experience as you can. It'll pay off a ton

Financial Advice for Athletes: an Interview with Ulrick Edmonds

Learning how to deal with finances is important for everyone, but for athletes, it is especially important. While most people can stay in the same profession for decades if they want to, professional athletes only have a limited amount of years that they can earn a living from playing sports. Not only this, but professional athletes are often faced with the difficult challenge of handling a large amount of money at a young age. How professional athletes deal with their finances can make a big impact later in their lives. This is why I’m excited to share with you my interview with Ulrick Edmonds, who is a financial advisor that specializes in helping professional athletes. Here is my conversation with Ulrick. I hope you enjoy it! SPT: Hello Ulrick, could you tell me a little about what you do as a financial advisor? UE: As a financial advisor, my primary focus is to partner with professional athletes who are fortunate enough to play the game that they love for a living. My main goal is

Book Review: Above the Line by Urban Meyer

Above the Line by Urban Meyer and Wayne Coffey stands out as a leadership book because it deals directly with sports. While the lessons taught in this book are especially helpful for football coaches and athletes, they can be applied by coaches and athletes from almost every sport. Here are the top lessons I've learned from this well-written, insightful, and inspiring book! "Leadership isn't a difference maker, it is the difference maker." - Urban Meyer This quote resonated with me because I believe leadership is the most important factor of a team's performance. Leadership is the heart and mind of a team. A team is only as good as its leadership. With great leadership, a team can reach its potential and achieve great things. This is why it's so important to read leadership books and improve your leadership skills in all ways. While most people understand the importance of leadership, not many people know how to lead effectively. Like Urban Meyer says in th

How to Deal with Refs

One of the hardest things to learn as an athlete is how to deal with refs. When a ref makes a bad call, it's easy to get frustrated, but the mentally toughest athletes are able to stay calm in these situations and move on to the next play. Here are five tips to help you better deal with refs: 1. Take a step back . When a ref makes a bad call, you need to mentally take a step back, breathe deeply, and evaluate your mindset. Once you notice your thoughts and emotions, you can work towards shifting into a more positive mindset. 2. Use positive self-talk. Here are some things you can say to yourself to help manage your emotions: "Getting overly emotional isn't going to help me play better, so I need to stay calm, forget about the past, and move on to the next play." "There's nothing I can do to change the ref's call, so I need to focus only on what I can control, which is moving on to the next play." "It's just one bad call. It's not going t