What You Can Learn About High Performance From A Junior High School Teacher

Dave Brodkey teaches shop class to sixth to eighth graders at New Brighton Middle School near Santa Cruz, CA. Eleven and twelve year olds are typically not known for their sustained attention at school so when Brodkey told me his students consistently get into a state of flow — or what he calls the “quality zone” — in his classes, I had to learn more. Indeed, it turns out he’s intuitively and brilliantly incorporated all the key components that encourage flow states. […]

[PODCAST] Mental Control Under Pressure, with Lanny Basham

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Lanny Bassham started off life as a loser. In elementary school, he could never win any of the races, so he decided he’d have a better chance in team sports. When trying out for Little League baseball, he was the last person picked, put out in right field and promptly got hit by the ball right between the eyes. Then he tried out […]

Five Words For Laser Focus At Work

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a kingdom where the people would go to their office every morning and there, they would begin one, single task, and merrily continue doing it until they finished — without interruption or distraction — before starting the next one. Ha, that’s definitely a fairy tale. Here, in the real world of mostly nonlinear work, a typical day at the office more likely entails constant switching between a myriad of […]

Are We Less Evolved Than We Think?

See the presentation on Slideshare.com. My last year of high school brought two momentous developments. One, I got contact lenses. And two, I decided I was tired of being a nerdy bookworm and wanted to be on the tennis team. My mom (who was making huge sacrifices so I could pursue music) said okay, as long as it didn’t affect my piano studies. So I’d finish class mid-afternoon, train with the tennis team for a few hours, come home and practice […]

The Guaranteed Way to Turbocharge Your Goals

Over the years, I’ve shared a variety of approaches to goal-setting. In 2012, I suggested focusing on creating habits. In 2013, I said, start at the micro level, with micro-goals and micro-practice. In 2014, I said let’s resist the “all or nothing” lure of a new start and start fresh every moment.Whatever approach you take, you can turbocharge the process by shoring up your belief that what you want is possible. How do you demonstrate that? By acting as if your future has already happened.This […]

Stop Playing The Comparison Game

I’d been having a productive morning — knocking off client calls, writing assignments and errands like a boss. Then I saw that someone had left the October issue of Fortune magazine down in the laundry room. On the cover was Sheryl Sandberg and the tagline: “There’s never been an executive like the Facebook COO. A billionaire bestselling author she’s one of the most powerful women in the world.” Suddenly, I felt deflated, unaccomplished, insignificant. Why wasn’t I on the list of most powerful women […]

Juggling Lessons for Entrepreneurs [Work Reimagined]

Covering multiple jobs is the most difficult aspect of owning a business said 53% of those polled in a recent eVoice survey; nearly half said they juggle three or four roles. Unlike corporate employees, who often specialize in a particular skill set, a business owner needs the versatility to toggle among a wide range of tasks every day — from head of sales to bookkeeper, from chief marketing officer to receptionist. Wearing different hats doesn’t have to be stressful and […]

Mental Toughness for the “New Normal”

Do you ever catch yourself thinking that maybe all of this – this pace of relentless change and uncertainty – is really just temporary? That we simply have to ride it out and, eventually, we’ll go back to the way it used to be. You know, pre-9/11, before the financial meltdown, without the weekly slew of disasters, natural and man-made. Well, enjoy the fantasy because this is the new normal. “The pace of change in our world is speeding up,” […]

Mental Toughness in Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Peak Performance Strategist Renita Kalhorn to Present Free Online “Mental Toughness Summit” Virtual Telesummit to Highlight “Mental Toughness in Leadership” Held April 29 – May 3 With Speakers Dianne Collins, Brent Gleeson, Les McKeown and Other Thought-Leaders. NEW YORK, N.Y. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 The Mental Toughness Telesummit, a free online event to be held April 29 – May 3, brings together bestselling authors, behavioral psychologists, Navy SEAL combat veterans and start-up entrepreneurs to show how leaders […]

What Are Your Rules?

A few weeks ago, at the Dark Knight shooting in Aurora, Colorado, there were a number of media stories about Jamie Rohrs who went to see the movie with his girlfriend and their two children. When the shooting started, he tried to retrieve his son but eventually jumped over the balcony and fled. “It just felt like the worst thing ever because my son’s still in there,” he told ABC News. “My girlfriend is still in there. I’m out here. […]