Posted on: April 10th, 2018

How competitions can help students train their imaginations, and change the future.

Ask any football player, and he’ll tell you that he had sat in his locker before a game and imagined himself making the big play. There isn’t a pitcher alive that hasn’t imagined himself...

Posted on: February 4th, 2018

Mind over Matter – How Close Competition Can Spur You On… Scientifically.

Article Highlights: Having a close competitor increases performance. It really is a mental game in that so long as you believe the competition is close, you'll get the boost in...

Posted on: December 19th, 2017

There is a right and wrong way to use positive thinking. Here’s how to do it right.

Promoting positive thinking is something every coach has done at least once. The purpose of doing so is simple. We think that if a player can just envision him or herself making the big play; if...

Posted on: December 12th, 2017

How to celebrate victory: a lesson for academic competitions from the NFL

When Cam Newton ‘dabbed’ after scoring a touchdown, an NFL fan said she found it offensive. When Randy Moss pretended to pull his pants down and ‘moon’ fans in the end zone stands, many...

Posted on: December 7th, 2017

Challenge vs. Threat Mindset: how to empower yourself and your students to rise to the challenge.

As the timer ticks down on the competition clock, two students, Kevin and Adam, look up to the front of the room, each feeling his heart pump at a frantic pace. Both are far from calm as time...

Posted on: December 6th, 2017

Get excited: how to handle performance anxiety in competitive situations

When you think of the word “anxiety” what comes to mind? Is it speaking in front of a room full of people? Is it sweaty palms, a knotted stomach, and twisted tongue? Everyone has experienced...