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Mental Toughness with a necklace-I don’t think so

Check out this article in CNN.com about superstition and baseball that I contributed to this month:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/26/health/power-good-luck-charm/index.html?&hpt=hp_c2

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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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Winter Olympics are over-what did we learn?

As a business speaker and business keynote speaker, I am always looking for lessons for my seminars: Now that the Winter Olympics are over-what did we learn?

1) These Winter Olympians are high risk takers-skiing down the ice at immense speeds, bobsleding at speeds faster than my car, and snowboarders doing flips on their board-two stories up in mid-air. There is always a possiblity for injury and worse-death.

2) Shaun White is the real deal. He has transcended his sport of snowboarding and he deserves it. I hope he becomes a great role model.

3) Lindsey Vonn is one of the greatest women skiiers of all time, who can still win a gold with injuries.

4) Joannie Rochette mastered her emotions to a bronze medal. We forget that these athletes have families that have huge impacts on their career.

5) Hockey in Canada is similar to a religion!

What a great Olympics!!! Looking forward to the next Olympic games in summer 2012.

Find your passion, commit to your path, enjoy the journey-Dr. Gregg

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a sport psychologist to many professional athletes, business speaker, motivational speaker, business keynote speaker and sales training speaker. 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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Apolo Ohno lets denial be his friend

As a business speaker and business keynote speaker, I am always looking for a great life lesson, Here is one:   Apolo Ohno was disqualified in the 500m race tonight at the Winter Olympics. Afterward, Apolo told Chris Collingsworth that that he should not have been DQ and more importantly, he said the judge (who was Canadian) was biased. Apolo’s DQ allowed the canadian skater, who fell in the race to win Bronze. Apolo had his hand on the Canadian’s hip and then he fell-causing his disqualification.

Why did Apolo blame the judge and not take responsibility? Are we not told to take responsibility for our actions?

In sport, as in life, denial can be our friend, at times. If we deny our responsibility for a failure, and blame others, as Apolo did-this mental strategy can keep our confidence. Apolo had the relay in just a few hours after the 500m race-he needed to keep his confidence-Denial says to us “it is not me-it is them” and this mental strategy helps to keep our confidence when needed.

People in sales can use this strategy to keep their confidence. When failure happens, as it does time and time again in sales, blaming others  can help maintain our confidence. Sometimes, there is no obvious reason why a sale fell through-some times it just happens. In this case, don’t take the blame.

But if you know your actions caused the failure, then take the responsibility and improve your shortcomings. However, if no exact answer is apparant, then do what Apolo did and use denial as your friend-it may help increase your speed to excellence!

To learn more about mastering our emotions, please see Full Throttle on amazon.com.

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a sport psychologist to many professional athletes, motivational speaker, business keynote speaker and sales training speaker. 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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Joannie Rochette wins the bronze by mastering her emotions

As a business speaker and business keynote speaker,  I am always looking for a great examples that help us become more successful in our lives. Here is one:

Canada’s Joannie Rochette gave a brilliant performance in the long program and came away with a bronze medal. Although her mother had died just a few days before, she mastered her pain and emotions and performed brilliantly.

 In most cases those emotions would be overwelming and incapacitating-they were for Speed skater Dan Jansen who fell twice in the 1988 Olympic games-Dan had learned about his sister dying the day of one of his skating competition and he could not handle the emotions-as most of us could not.

But Joannie Rochette turned those feelings of grief into an emotional masterpiece on the ice. She had mastered her emotions and used them to her benefit-and I am sure her mother would have been very proud that she continued to skate in the program.

We can learn a lot from Joannie Rochette-in business and in life. When we master our emotions, we master our world. Our emotions drive the engine-we either control them or we become their slave. Joannie controlled her emotions in an extremely tough situation. In business, there are many tough situations, that we must control and master our emotions to be successful-such as remaining calm under pressure as well as finding joy in adversity. When we do that-we will be happier and much more successful.

Find your path, make the commitment, enjoy the journey-Dr. Gregg

To learn more about masterng our emotions, please see Full Throttle on amazon.com.

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a sport psychologist to many professional athletes, motivational speaker, business keynote speaker and sales training speaker. 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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Abraham Lincoln and Mental Toughness

Martin Luther King Jr spoke his famous “dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  The most appropriate place because Abraham Lincoln was the president who feed the slaves.

But Lincoln did much more than that. Abraham Lincoln, as it states in his memorial, is the one who saved the union. As he once stated ” a house divided cannot stand”.

Lincoln faced immense pressure during the Civil War and he had to make one key decision after another, letting go one General after another. He could not afford to make a mistake. We might say Lincoln was not only one of our greatest leaders, but also one of the most mentally tough. His was battered in the press when he let go his generals and then appointed Grant as the commander of Union Armies, but Lincoln would not be fazed-he was mentally tough.

How many great leaders in today’s era could make such critical and effective decisions under such intense pressure-it is hard to know, but luckily, we had one of the most mentally tough leaders when the United States needed it the most.

 Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a sport psychologist to many professional athletes, motivational speaker, business keynote speaker and sales training speaker. 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.

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Alabama vs Texas — That’s Why They’re Called Champions

Hi Gregg,

Happy New Year!  I love sports but football isn’t usually my thing.  However great college football is great college football and I stayed up way past my bedtime last night transfixed by the drama of the University of Alabama vs the University of Texas BCS championship game from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.  Both teams came into the championship game undefeated but as everyone knows by now, Joe Scarborough’s alma mater, The Crimson Tide, won their first national title since 1992 with 37-21 victory over the Longhorns.

It’s significant to me that with 10 minutes left in the game the score was 24-21 with the momentum on UTA’s side.  Alabama scored two touchdowns with minutes left in the game and it’s their calm, cool, collected “it’s not over until we say it’s over” attitude that I want to discuss.  But first the drama:

UTA’s Colt McCoy — the winningest quarterback in college football history — got knocked out of the game in the first quarter during their fifth offensive play of the game.  A devastating blow to the team and a heart-breaking blow to McCoy playing the last game of his college career.  In came freshman backup Garrett Gilbert who holds all sorts of impressive high school football records but who’d only thrown 26 passes as a college quarterback and had never QB’d against Alabama and certainly never in a championship game. (Of course as a mom my first thoughts went to Gilbert’s mom — proud and thrilled and wracked with nerves beyond description at the same time).

It was tough going at first and I wondered what was going through this kid’s head.  He was a heavily recruited high school player and has trained for this for years but as Gregg routinely points out to me, how much time was spent working on his mental game?

Something clicked.  And I was excited to watch how these two teams worked as teams.  This is what Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban on ESPN.com:

“It was like we’d won the game at halftime,” Saban said. “But you can’t accept being average. You’re playing a team in the national championship game that knows how to win.”

“Fight to the Finish” is a cliche but it’s also an important axiom for kids and anyone faced with a chips-are-down situation.  Many of us would mentally and emotionally throw in the towel when faced with our superstar (and Heisman runner-up) quarterback suddenly out of the game.  How can we win?  How can we play??  McCoy is the glue that holds us together and who’s this pipsqueak Gilbert anyway? But the UTA players didn’t get to Pasadena thinking like the rest of us.   They adjusted and played with integrity.  Gilbert and All-American Jordan Shipley had two gorgeous touchdowns in the 4th quarter plus an impressive two point conversion and the momentum was palpable.  It looked like they could win this game.

But then of course Alabama played with integrity too.   They struck me as inexhaustible.  It was a game with so many emotional twists and turns it would have been easy to think “we’ve got it” after the first half.  But they’ve got great leadership all around (see Saban’s quote above).  It wasn’t Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy’s most impressive game according to the commentators but I was knocked out to learn the handsome athlete is also a scholar who’s going to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.  Mark my words, he’ll be president some day.

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a business speaker, motivational speaker and sport psychologist. To see more about mental toughness,please go to http://www.drgreggsteinberg.com

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