How To Deal Constructively With Criticism

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

Separate Fact From Feeling

When debriefing post success or failure, are you separating your feelings from facts? One of the biggest mistakes we can make while reflecting upon past events is to justify our feelings with emotional reasoning. Just because you feel something, does not make it true. Or, just because something is true, doesn’t mean that your feelings … Continued

Nerves: Managed correctly nerves will help you

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

Shrink that spare tire by swinging a real one

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

Harness the Power of Loneliness

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

Welcome, Stress.

eustress |yo͞oˈstres| Psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial for the experiencer. How do you experience stress? A recent study tracked the death rates of 30,000 adults over eight years. The researchers asked, “How much stress have you experienced in the past year?” They also asked, “Do you believe that stress is harmful for your health?” Researchers … Continued

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Russian Doping Scandal: 6 Ideas for Justice

The McLaren report gives more evidence to verify corruption within the Russian Olympic system. We know for a fact that state-sponsored doping occurred in Russia. So, what do we do? My stance has always been to protect the rights of athletes and keep their health in the highest regard. I encourage temperance in the face … Continued

Focus on your Kung Fu to thrive

Kung Fu – ˈkəNG ˈfo͞o Any skill achieved through hard work and practice; the effort of self mastery. ORIGIN: In Chinese, Kung Fu (功夫) is a compound of two words, combining 功 (gōng) meaning “work”, “achievement”, or “merit”, and 夫 (fū) meaning “man”.  A literal translation could be “the achievement of man”. The word is … Continued

Increase your influence through grounding

  Grounded – ˈgroundid Well balanced and sensible. An electrical circuit that is connected to the earth.   How do you visualize the feeling of being grounded? Bob Babinski told me about his airport experiment, and I leaned in to hear more. He’s been practicing a subtle technique that influences the behaviour of strangers. On my … Continued