My grandfather used to say “if you’re not changing and growing, you’re dying,” long before Tony Robbins coined the phrase. I’ve always taken that wisdom to heart and am now preparing for the next chapter of my professional life. As I shared in an article in the April issue of the APA Monitor, my next chapter will focus on spending more time with my family and enjoying an active lifestyle of hiking, trail running and cycling (hopefully for many years to come). I am now accepting new clients only by referral and beginning in 2016, will cease taking new individual clients. My current clients don’t have to worry– I will maintain a caseload of select individuals and have no intention of abandoning anyone. I have a number of internet projects to pursue that will hopefully provide tools for athletes, performers and performance consultants, and provide professional outlets for creativity and generativity. These projects include mental skills training videos, webinars for coaches and teams, and a special series of conversations with some of the top sport/performance consultants in the world.
Don’t get me wrong– I love my work and consider it a privilege to have been invited to share the lives of so many gifted performers over the years. I’ve been blessed with an abundance of trusted colleagues whom I am honored to call “friend.” I am a proponent of intentional living, however, and it is time for a new chapter.
Our ancestors learned years ago when travel was by swinging tree to tree that if you want to make any progress, you must be willing to let go of what you’ve been holding on to.
From the ranks of “obscure celebrations in the world,” November 20th is national Hug A Runner Day (H.A.R.D.). This is an opportunity to express appreciation to the pavement pounders and trail runners of this world. If you know a runner, this is your day to give ’em a big hug; if there is a runner you’d like to get to know, consider this your invitation to introduce yourself with open arms.
For those individuals striving for peak performance, Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, official founders of national H.A.R.D. and authors of Running the Edge, offer the history of H.A.R.D., along with a handy training guide for optimal hugging. (I am partial to “interval hugging” and “Hug visualization”: CLICK HERE for the guide.
Check it out; wrap your arms around your favorite runner, and Go H.A.R.D.!
Here at Get Your Head In The Gamewe realize that staying on top of the latest techniques, theories and tools is a challenge. It’s often difficult to find time to read books and journals. The publishing process for professional journals and books can take anywhere from 10 months to 3 years, so that even the most recent printed materials may not reflect the actual current thinking of the day.
Our alternative is to offer a number of resources in the form of online videos that you can download and watch at your convenience, and that we can easily update to make certain that you are receiving the most up to date information to help you perform at your peak. It’s easy, current and convenient: Start streaming the video on your smartphone, iPad or computer; hop on the treadmill or trainer; get yourself a great 20-30 minute workout and “learn while you burn.”
We will be launching our “Coach the Coaches” video series on Nov. 1, 2012; our “Master the Mental Game” for athletes and performers is scheduled for release in January of 2013.
As a special promotion for our “Coach the Coaches” series, you are invited to view the video Introduction to Performance Consulting free of charge. The only catch is that I would like you to provide feedback on the video and our “learn while you burn” concept by completing a brief survey after viewing it. The Coach the Coaches series is designed for professionals interested in pursuing a career in performance consulting (psychologists, counselors, coaches and graduate students). This video offer is free through October 2012 (and, no, you don’t actually have to be working out to view the video). Beginning November 1, 2012 we will offer this and other videos for a slight fee.
If you are a licensed psychologist or professional counselor interested in becoming a performance consultant, on August 3, 2012 Drs. Charlie Brown and Kate Hays will be leading a 7-hour CE workshop, “Consulting for Peak Performance – New Venues for Professional Practice,” at the upcoming American Psychological Association Convention in Orlando, FL. The program provides an overview of performance consulting and how it differs from traditional therapy; core skills required for competency; ethical challenges; and a look at the pragmatics of the business of performance consulting. CLICK HERE for details.
If you are a die-hard Olympic fan and concerned that the program conflicts with the London Games, arrangements have been made for a live stream of the games for updates at every break throughout the day and it is rumored that the workshop may have a “pre-emptive break” for 22 seconds at 3:09 pm to view the finals of the men’s 50-meter freestyle.