goal setting

Goal Setting: It’s Where It All Begins

Everyone wants to win. Some even know what it takes to win. Few are willing to do what it takes to win! In one of the other articles I have provided on this site [sic], I referred to Lindsay Sparkes who identified for the curling world the characteristics of championship teams. If you have not read the article, you should! Not that my writing is any great shakes but the work that

A goal without a plan is just a dream

The words that you shall read in this article concern strategy. Although I wish as many to read my words as possible, I want to save some of you the time you might otherwise spend on this web site. If you shoot less than 50%, or more than 90%, continue surfing. If you are in the former group, strategy is not your problem. Your time would be better spent with a qualified instructor. On the other hand, for the few,

It’s the Best of Times

As the curling season draws to a close, thoughts turn to activities like golf, lawn bowling, sailing etc. It’s been a long season and it’s time for a change of scene. Curling can be back on the radar screen after Labour Day as the days become cooler and ice begins to form inside curling facilities. Those thoughts may be the norm and therefore perfectly understandable but before you dust off those golf clubs, I want to encourage you to consider what’s

Why Teams Lose

I am going to base this post on the work of one of my favourite sports psychology authors, Jim Loeher and the words in his book “The New Toughness Training for Sports” (Penguin ISBN 0-525-93839-7). I try to read as much as I can in this subject area and this publication is right at the top for me and has been for quite some time. If you have had one of my presentations inflicted upon you, you have probably seen me

Pre-Game Meeting

Athletes, coaches and discerning spectators know that what goes on behind the scenes plays a huge role in what occurs on the playing surface. Hours upon hours of directed practice make what athletes and teams do seem so easy. Well, it’s not easy and only rehearsal under the direction of a knowledgeable coach can make it appear so. I’ll deal with but one facet of that preparation in this post, the pre-game meeting. Step one, have one! I’m still blown away by the