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Tiger Woods lost his Mojo because of Stress

Tiger Woods has lost his Mojo because of all his stress. Check out this interview on the New York Daily News: http://tinyurl.com/27memqt 

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Steroids for the Mind?

As a keynote business speaker and sports psychologist, I look for stories that I can tell at my seminars and to my clients. Here is one: On the show 60 minutes, they did a story in which college students are using drugs for ADHD such as Adderall and Ritalin to focus better. These drugs are stimulants which can make some people focus better. But is it fair? This is like some athletes doing anabolic steroids while others are not. Colleges should begin to think about banning Adderall and Ritalin, and perhaps random drug testing of college students for such drugs. That would be very difficult, but if we do nothing at all. we may seem an epidemic of drug users who use Ritalin and Adderall. Do we really want this?

Dr.Gregg Steinberg is a sport psychologist to many professional athletes, motivational speaker, business keynote speaker and leadership trainer and sales trainer. To see more about mental toughness strategies and going Full throttle in your sales, business and life, go to www.drgreggsteinberg.com and see his new book, Full Throttle on amazon.com. To see more about his coaching go to http://tinyurl.com/yemlfs8 and to see his products go to http://tinyurl.com/yjk5q6x

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Tiger Woods and His ability to focus is a sport psychology phenomenon

As a sports psychologist, I have always been fascinated by Tiger Woods’ ability to focus in the heat of competition.

He is about to face his toughest tournament to date at the Masters. He will need to block out all the distractions-the same questions from the media, fans heckling, and his peers saying negatives about him. But I believe Tiger is up to the test. Tiger worked with a sport psychologist for many years, who taught him how to focus intensely through a form of self-hypnosis. His Late Dad, Earl, also put him through what he called finishing school and would jiggle change in the middle of his backswing as a way to practice blocking out distractions.

He will need all his mental toughness training at this years’ Masters. My bet is he will be able to block out all of the outside world and focus on getting that little ball into the cup and of course, he has a good chance of winning the tournament-what a great story if he does!!

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a sport psychologist to many professional athletes, motivational speaker, business keynote speaker and leadership trainer and sales trainer. To see more about mental toughness strategies and going Full throttle in your sales, business and life, go to www.drgreggsteinberg.com and see his new book, Full Throttle on amazon.com. To see more about his coaching go to http://tinyurl.com/yemlfs8 and to see his products go to http://tinyurl.com/yjk5q6x

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Health Care Reform Passes-Great Leadership Lessons

Health Care Reform passes. Universal health care has been sought by both Rep and Dem Presidents since Teddy Roosevelt was in office. We finally got it passed and most of the kudos should go to our current President. Obama stuck with his goals of getting a Universal health care, even though his poll numbers were slipping. He stuck with his integrity and objectives.

This is a great leadership lesson. Don’t follow the criticism of others. That is age old wisdom, not for leaders of this time, but for past, present and future!

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a sport psychologist to many professional athletes, motivational speaker, business keynote speaker and leadership trainer and sales trainer. To see more about mental toughness strategies and going Full throttle in your sales, business and life, go to www.drgreggsteinberg.com and see his new book, Full Throttle on amazon.com. To see more about his coaching go to http://tinyurl.com/yemlfs8 and to see his products go to http://tinyurl.com/yjk5q6x

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Leadership lessons from Obama-Great Business Keynote Lessons

Whether you like him or don’t, we all have to admire President Obama’s leadership style. He sticks with his beliefs, regardless of outcome. The vote for his heathcare reform initiative is this Sunday, and he wants to do what is right for the American people.

The leadership lessons here are:

1) Have integrity

2) Do what you believe is right for your group.

I like Obama and his style because I believe he is a man of integrity, and we need more people in leadership like him!

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a sport psychologist to many professional athletes, motivational speaker, business keynote speaker and leadership and sales trainer. To see more about mental toughness strategies and going Full throttle in your sales, business and life, go to www.drgreggsteinberg.com and see his new book, Full Throttle on amazon.com. To see more about his coaching go to http://tinyurl.com/yemlfs8 and to see his products go to http://tinyurl.com/yjk5q6x

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Dr. Gregg on the Peter Kessler Show

This morning (Oct 1), I was on the Peter Kessler Show on the PGA tour network on XM/Sirius. If you did not get to hear it, we covered some cool and interesting topics.

First, Peter spoke about how Arnold Palmer complimented Jack Nicklaus as having the best mental game in the business as well as the best pre-shot routine.  We then spoke how great a man and golfer Arnold Palmer is-very few would give those kinds of compliments.

We then spoke about the collapse of Kenny Perry at the Tour Championship and the Masters. Kenny Perry mentioned that he only thinks great players should win majors, and I mentioned his self-belief system is causing him to choke at big tourneys. We also talked about how he yipped his chip (sounds like a Seinfeld episode). Kenny mentioned he yipped his chip at the Masters. As we get older, we have a greater tendency to yip our putts and chips. Our nervous system begins to break down and that may cause us to do this-Kenny is 49 years old-ancient for championship golf.

We spoke about pressure-which is anxiety-which is a fear-which stems from the flight or fight response. Under pressure, hormones are released into our body. This causes our HR to raise and our eye sight to go in and out. It also causes our muscles to tighten up and choke.

Peter mentioned that Arnie thought Jack had the best waggle in the game. Waggling the club releases tension and makes you more fluid.

Perhaps, Arnie is a wise old man.

Get mentally and emotionally tough-read Full Throttle-www.drgreggsteinberg.com

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Tiger Woods is suffering from the “Trying too hard” syndrome.

Tiger Woods is suffering from the “Trying too hard” syndrome.

Will he continue to try too hard this week at the final major of the year, the PGA Championship?

 We all know what his main objective is–To surpass Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors. Tiger needs 5 more majors to accomplish this amazing feat. But Tiger has not won a major in more than a year. Interestingly, this year, he has won a PGA tour event before each of the majors; however, Tiger has fired blanks so far. It is likely that Tiger is “trying too hard”. In my book, Full Throttle (Wiley, 2009), trying too hard is destructive to our performance. In a study with Olympic Runners, coaches in the first race asked their athletes to give 100 percent. In the second race, the coaches asked their runners to turn it down a notch to 90 percent-To their amazement, the second race times were faster than the first.

To perform at his best this week, Tiger should “Try Easy”–We must not force our performance but just let it happen. If Tiger throttles back just a bit, he will leap off his plateau and Jack’s record will be in major jeopardy!

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