Seven weeks. That’s how long it’s been since New York Knicks Jeremy Lin burst onto the NBA scene — and already there’s speculation whether he can take his game to the next level as other teams gear up for him, or is he just a “one-year wonder?” In a matter of weeks, Lin went from sleeping on his brother’s couch to being in the glare of the global spotlight. On top of it all, he’s carrying the hopes and dreams […]
This Friday, I’m attending a memorial service for one of the Navy SEALs who was on the helicopter downed in Afghanistan while rescuing Army Rangers. I met Special Operations Chief Brian Bill briefly back in April when he gave a presentation to the Navy SEAL RDAC, an organization that prepares candidates for the rigors of BUD/S training (and where I provide mental toughness mentoring). The SEALs and their special operations counterparts “conduct these missions night after night knowing that every […]
I’m talking about the power of ten minutes. That was the one of the recurring themes I picked up on as I was interviewing 12 diverse experts for the Mental Toughness Summit last month. For example: In visiting talent hotbeds around the world from Russia to Brazil, Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, noticed that deliberate practice happened in 10-minute bursts. In a pilot study with Marines preparing for a tour of duty in Iraq, Dr. Liz Stanley found […]
Are you operating at your maximum or your optimum? Nido Qubein, president of High Point University, asked this question and it highlighted one of the behavioral mysteries I’ve long observed in the business world: So many people operate in maximum mode, running as fast as they can, barely keeping their head above water. Crash and Burn They rush around in reactive mode, relying on external pressures and sheer willpower to create adrenaline-driven motivation. Pushing as hard as they can for […]
In my ebook, Focused and In the Flow, I came up with 21 tips for getting into the flow. Here’s tip #13 and a Nike ad that shows you how it works: Not inspired or excited by your immediate environment? Why not imagine a different one. Children do it all the time, transforming the living room into a haunted castle, one minute, or a jungle filled with spies, in the next. Why tether yourself, in spirit, to the same old […]
This MSNBC video goes behind the scenes of Navy Seals training, the stage for extreme fitness. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Only 20 – 25% make it through the training and it’s not always the biggest and baddest: What psychologists studying the results have found is that more than physical fitness, mental toughness and “mission focus” are the number one indicators of success. How important is mental toughness in the business world?