15 Signs You Are Mentally Tough

When the phrase ‘mental toughness’ comes up, many people mistakenly imagine a person lacking in feelings or emotions, but that impression couldn’t be further from the truth. Research shows that people who are mentally tough enjoy greater wellbeing and feel more comfortable in their own skins. Furthermore, mentally tough individuals consistently demonstrate more positive behaviors […]

Peggy Fleming

Smell the Roses: 4 Ways to Enhance Intrinsic Motivation

As a high school student, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne set the national high school record hitting 80 straight free throws as a sophomore but three years of recruiting battles drained her of her passion for playing. When she arrived at the University of Connecticut for her freshman year, she quickly realized how much she […]

Mary Lou Retton Blog

6 Ways to Light the Fire Inside You

Legend has it that when 12-year-old Cassius Clay reported his beloved bicycle missing, he said he was going to give the thief a “whupping” when he found him. The police officer he reported the theft to ran a boxing gym and suggested he might want to learn to fight first. He never did find the […]

John McEnroe

Stop Yourself Choking Under Pressure

“We all choke. Winners know how to handle choking better than losers.” – John McEnroe   In the opening round of the 1996 Masters Greg Norman shot a course-record 63. Three days later he played the same 18 holes in 15 strokes more. In the process he blew a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo and converted it into […]

Michael Jordan

How We Bounce Back

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan   In 2004, then Crystal Palace FC manager, Ian […]