Tag Archives: goals

#ReeseGoals: The Power of Post-Its on a Bathroom Mirror

This is the actual bathroom mirror of one of JAG’s athletes. Reese, who just turned 9, is finishing her Level 4 season. When her mom posted this photo of Reese’s mirror, my heart exploded with pride and with her mom’s permission, I wanted to share this with all of you. There is so much that […]

The Surprising (but Scientifically Backed) Technique to Help Your Athlete Succeed

  Want a scientifically back tip to help your athlete succeed? Teach them to be nice to themselves. Yes, you read that correctly: be nice to themselves. A Stanford scientist says that the best chance of growing from a challenge or difficult circumstance is actually being kind to ourselves. Emma Seppala, author of The Happiness […]

Gymnasts: Keep Going!

In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day I share with you this amazing blog post by Molly Fletcher, My Letter to Every Girl Who Plays Sports (and Her Parents) “I see you running your heart out on the field and court, your braids bobbing, your face all kinds of determined to win. You love to […]

What is Your Biggest Regret?

  In the middle of New York City, a black board was hung with the simple directive: WRITE YOUR BIGGEST REGRET People approached somewhat apprehensive but then began to pick up the chalk and jot down their thoughts.  Initially, the thoughts were as varied as those who were writing them.  Then, as the chalkboard became […]

Gymnasts Salute: 16 Ways Being a Gymnast Made You a Successful Adult

  Someday she will perform her final cartwheel, back tuck or giant swing. There will be no more achievement ribbons to earn, compulsories or optional routines. No coaches wrangling kids into classes, and no judges in blue handing out scores. And the leotards will be tucked into storage or passed on to former team members. […]

A Dozen Mindsets for Success

Talent is often the first attribute that people think of when they talk about what it takes to be a success. And, while talent is certainly useful, I believe wholeheartedly in the quote “Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.” In the end, it is the mental portion of how […]

12 Ways to Be a Happier Gymnast in 2015

First it was for coaches, then parents and now, last but not least: a dozen tips for gymnasts for a happier 2015: Stop comparing yourself to others. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses and we all walk our own unique path. Comparing ourselves to others just robs us of our happiness. Eat more […]

Not Trying to Be Good: What We Can Learn from Babies about Goal Setting

My goal for 2015 is not to be good. And don’t worry: my goal is not to be bad either. Instead, as I look forward to 2015, my goal is to be better. “Be good” goals are end result goals that simply serve to prove your talent or ability. For instance, winning an award or […]

Everybody’s got plans…until they get hit.

“Everybody’s got plans…until they get hit,” are the wise words of Mike Tyson, the former undisputed world champion heavyweight boxer. Tyson spoke this now famous quote in reference to reporters asking him how he planned to handle an upcoming opponent in a boxing match. Yet, this quote has wisdom that extends well beyond boxing making […]

How Math, Physics and Japanese Philosophy Helps You Get Things Done

Five birds are sitting on a wire. Three decide to fly south. How many are left? Did you get two? Yeah, I did too the first time I heard this riddle. The answer, however, is five. Now, before you jump to the conclusion that this word problem is one of those Common Core math questions […]