Tag: Athletes

Parenting Athletes in the 21st Century

Back in the winter of 2012, I did an inspirational speaking presentation for a group of athletes, coaches and parents at a local high school. At the end of the presentation, as usual, I opened up the conversation to questions from attendees. In the back of the audience, a woman raised her hand and promptly... Read more »

Fear in Sports…a Demonstration of Respect

Fear can be an athlete’s worst enemy…or it can be one of his/her greatest assets. Whether it’s simply an anxiety raising inner questions about one’s ability…or downright distress, it will be the athlete’s skill at overcoming or controlling this fear that helps determine success or failure for any given moment in time. In most cases…inner... Read more »

Athletic Success in Sports is all about FAILURE!!!

So…I would assume the title caught your eye? I would hope so, as it may seem, at first, that success and failure should not be combined the way they are used in the above heading. It just doesn’t really make sense…does it? Or does it?!! This brings me to a story written by John Keilman... Read more »

Sports: Conversation Sparks “Idea,” Inspiring Book for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches

Over this past year, I have spent a good deal of time adding articles to my blog here at ChicagoNow. Pieces that I felt warranted a highlight, articles written to inspire thought and action, commentary (sometimes unpopular) I thought necessary, and writings with the specific purpose of building strong foundations for success…athletic success. My goal…something... Read more »

Sports: Regardless of the Sport, Athletes are Much More Alike Than They are Different – Part III

Continuing our discussion from Part II (Wednesday), make no mistake, the last three categories that encompass the commonalities between all athletes when striving to succeed is every bit as important as the first three. Next up…the CDSPH Principle. CDSPH Principle: An acronym created for Becoming a True Champion, the CDSPH Principle (Commitment, Discipline, Sacrifice, Priorities,... Read more »

Sports: Regardless of the Sport, Athletes are Much More Alike Than They are Different – Part II

Well…the answer to the question posed at the end of Part I of this post (what are those relative aspects, qualities, ALL athletes/teams need in order to reach their potential and become the very best that they can be?) is certainly quite long. That is, at least, if I were to elaborate on all points... Read more »

Doping: The Fallacy Behind “A Policy Allowing Open and Regulated” PED Use in Cycling as a Solution

It is with some dismay that I discovered a piece in The Sydney Morning Herald (an Australian publication) titled Why punishing cyclists over drugs is dopey by Craig Fry. As I read through the piece, what bothered me most is that (without deeper, more global thought) readers will likely come away believing the article’s main... Read more »

High School Sports: Minnesota High School Denies Junior High Athletes Access to High School Varsity Sports

Wow!!! Did not even know there was a state that allowed 7th graders to participate in high school on their varsity teams. Take a look at the video in the following link: Parents File Complaints To Get Young Athletes On Varsity Teams Not sure where to start here. I suppose I should mention (for those... Read more »

Cycling & Lance Armstrong: USADA Releases Evidence of Armstrong’s Misdeeds…Still Many Skeptics

As I pore over the multitude of articles in the media, along with taking a look at the released USADA report (tabbed pdf link) on their evidence against Armstrong (which is extensively powerful in my mind), I can’t help but notice the continued support for Lance in the comment sections within many of these media pieces. Most... Read more »

Sports, Education & Society: Motivation is Best When it Comes From the Inside

We live in a society that is becoming more and more outcome only driven. Whether it is money, fame, scholarship, prestige, power, etc., there are a good number of individuals who do what they do simply because of the extrinsic rewards that may come out of their efforts; nothing else. This is no less reflected... Read more »