Effective recovery builds a store of energy and determination to power us through our next peak performance. Being resilient opens our hearts to the softer, sweeter and subtler side of life, which can be just as delicious as our achievements. We must work hard to achieve our greatest goals, AND we must also schedule regular … Continued
An Olympic-sized metaphor and a Bermuda Triangle incident help to keep safety culture fresh “Safety performance is not a priority. Priorities change. Safety is non-negotiable. It’s a core value. Every day we need to eat, sleep, get dressed, work hard, get paid, be safe. We lead safe teams because we care. We build safe cultures … Continued
Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? Are you geared towards learning, discovering, self-betterment, and continuously improving your craft? Or, do you strive to maintain the appearance of being highly skilled and focus on avoiding failure at all costs?
Are you taking care of your body? After winning his 5th Super Bowl, a reporter asked Tom Brady if he was now ready to wrap up his career at the ripe age of 39. Brady responded that he doesn’t feel 39; in fact, he feels better at 39 than he did at 25 when his body ached regularly. The … Continued
Do you have a positive journaling habit? A key habit that can help us sustain high productivity is a short, daily journal based upon the tenets of high-performance and positive psychology.
How do you deal with criticism? When criticised, do you take offence? Ignore? Defend? Where most of us dread or avoid criticism, a better option is to choose to welcome it. View it constructively, as if someone is offering you a gift – a gift that you can choose to accept or decline. Think of … Continued
When debriefing post success or failure, are you separating your feelings from facts? One of the biggest mistakes we can make reflecting upon past events is emotional reasoning. Just because you feel something, does not make it true. Or, just because something is true, doesn’t mean that your feelings will always align to support the facts. An … Continued
Your nerves are like a nuclear reactor. If you switch them off, you miss out on an abundant source of energy. If you have a nervous meltdown, you spew toxic waste everywhere. When managed correctly, your nerves fire you up. They make you smarter, happier, and give you quicker reflexes. Your nerves are there to … Continued
As your friendly neighbourhood Olympic has-been, I’m often asked to share my favourite exercise routines. My first suggestion is always the same: pursue joy in movement, and joy in effort. The more you look for these two sources of joy, the fitter you will become. Plus, you’re much more likely to stick with a joyful … Continued
loneliness |ˈloʊnlin1s| A complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship How do you handle your feelings of loneliness? I was reminded of the power of loneliness when I once picked up a hitchhiker in northern Saskatchewan. After weeks of solo travel, I was driving on a snowy highway through the bleak … Continued