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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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Tiger Woods picks the Masters to meet the World again

Tiger Woods picks the Masters to meet the World again. Perfect choice!

The gallery will be behaved and the media will be controlled. Plus he has the best chance to win as his first tournament. Tiger does everything for a reason,  good or bad. But in the case of golf-he usually never makes a bad decision.

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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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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Lindsey Vonn overcomes adversity to win Olympic Gold

Lindsey Vonn showed true Olympic grit by winning the Alpine Downhill although she had a severely bruised right shin. Lindsey said “It’s tough whenever you have an injury. You have to stay on top and do whatever you can to fight back.

Fighting back are the key words!  Lindsey has been injured before so she knew the fight-she overcame a back injury from a fall last year. Lindsey Vonn did not give in to her injury this time or any time. She took a proactive and positive approach and came home a winner-both on and off the mountain.

Many people in business are fighting a mountain of adversity, perhaps they have been injured emotionally-They may have lost their job or lost many clients and a substantial part of their income.

Do as Lindsey suggested-continue fighting! Be like Lindsey and Be TUF-

 In my book Full Throttle, I discuss how optimistis like Lindsey, follow the TUF strategy to adversity. They see adversity as:

1) Temporary: Lindsey believes her injury will go away

2) Unique: Lindsey believes her fall was particular for that run

3) Flexible: Lindsey believes she can control whether she will recover from her injury.

When you follow the TUF strategy, you believe that success is around the corner-it sure was for Lindsey!!

Learn other methods to overcome adversity in Full Throttle.

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a Washington Post Best Selling author, professor of sport psychology and TV personality with appearances on Dancing with the Stars, as well as appeared on Fox News as their 2008 Olympic games sport psychology expert. You can see more about him at www.drgreggsteinberg.comFull Throttle.

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