Australia is commonly called the “Land Down Under.”  It is the land of the boomerang, kangaroo and its nearby neighbor island was once the home of the Tasmanian Devil.  It is the land of the easily identified Sydney Opera House and the home of Olympic gold medal winner Cathy Freeman.  My brother visited there; my nephew studied there.  But I, have never been anywhere near the “Land Down Under.” Leading from down under has nothing

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  NEW DIRECTIONS IN LEADERSHIP   New Directions Leader As Mentor   “When the night has come And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we'll see No I won't be afraid Oh, I won't be afraid Just as long as you stand, stand by me.” – Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller, Ben E. King, Stand By Me   “Thanks for standing by me, Robert,” James told me at the end of

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Disagreements – those annoying irritations that throw a monkey wrench into our otherwise blissful lives and disrupt any possible chances we have of experiencing serenity and  joy. Augh! "Why can't people simply agree with me, even if they don't, and just allow us to coexist peacefully? But, no – regardless of how right I am there are some people who will disagree simply to aggravate me. I can never win an argument and that annoys

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Want to get the most from and for yourself? I’m talking money, freedom, respect, career, impact, influence, love, you name it—there are common traits and habits that life’s most successful people habitually employ. This series of posts will explore the 30+ habits and traits life’s most successful people intentionally develop and use. First, let’s address the monkey in the room. There are people who are naysayers when it comes to personal development, so I will

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ANTs being Automatic Negative Thoughts and how they can ruin your game So the ANTs will inherit the Earth (if you let them). OK so for a change I’m failing to be witty in my title. No wait, I’m never witty. I’m never humorous. I am the least funny sport psychology consultant aka Certified Mental Trainer® on Earth. Why would I ever attempt humor to get a point across? Even my kids think I lack

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Think back to a time when you were most resourceful, productive and successful. You led yourself, and possibly others, to exceptional results. This is a time when you felt your happiest, most congruent, confident, fulfilled and actualized as the unique and gifted person you are. At whatever is most important to you in life. This would most likely be a time when you'd accomplished some great and important goal or life milestone. Where in your

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Last night I attended a K-9 demonstration given by our local police department. The K-9 team shared some videos, photos and stories about how the role their dogs play in finding and capturing criminals. Afterwards, we went outside and watched one of their dogs in action in the parking lot as it located contraband (placed in a police van by an officer) and captured someone (played by an officer) who became a threat during a

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  NEW DIRECTIONS IN LEADERSHIP   New Directions Leader As Beginner: Part Four    “Every time you go up a notch in your career, you start at zero all over again.” –  Charles Barkley, 1993 NBA MVP   New Directions Leaders understand that we’re always beginners at whatever level we’re at in our professional development. It took me awhile to grasp this concept. One of my first lessons in this was when I enrolled, as

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I was an instructor at the Learning Annex in NY City for many years. Classes ended at 9 pm and the ride home was a long one. One evening, after teaching an anger management course for three hours, I pulled into my driveway around 11 pm, exhausted and anxious to crawl into bed. I pulled my car into the garage and from there entered directly into the great room at the back of the house. 

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Habit #3: Passion Peak Performance, Motivational Leadership and Goal Achievement Think now of someone who has purposefully accomplished something truly significant (I say “purposefully” to distinguish those rare souls who figuratively win life’s lottery and serendipitously stumble upon some kernel of success). Can you think of one highly significant accomplishment that did not require considerable purpose and passion? By passion I don’t mean the effervescent and demonstrative passion of the extrovert. I do mean the

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