Home Stretch

04.18.2016

I was once a swimmer who had a coach that thought I would be a great person to swim the 200 butterfly- at every single meet. The 200 fly is not easy- long enough where you can not sprint, but short enough where it’s not a true distance event where you just hold a consistent pace. The strategy was to chop up the event into 3 sections: 50-100-50. Take the first 50 fairly easy, build up your pace during the 100, and pour out whatever you got left to bring it back home for the final 50.

For many students, they are in the 4th quarter, 3rd trimester, or the back half of the 2nd semester. This can also be a stressful time for students and parents, as the pressures to succeed, or simply pass. It can feel like a mad sprint to the end of the year, while others are still trying to get out of cruise control. Here are some tips to make the end of the year as successful as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Motivation Good For?

03.19.2015

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Ever have to talk yourself into brushing your teeth? Probably never, and I bet you do it daily, or maybe twice a day.

 

How often do you say, “If only I had some motivation. . .I could. . .?” How long did it take for motivation to circle back to you, so you could complete your task?

 

How do we store up motivation? All the successful, beautiful, or productive people must have an endless ration of motivation, right? How come I missed that Groupon deal on stockpiling motivation?

 

What if I said, “what’s motivation got to do with anything?” You would probably tune me out, but I have asked this question, many times. Teenagers, boys, adults, females–all sorts of people at some point have used the explanation that they just ran out of motivation, lost their motivation, or never had any motivation. Does motivation have anything to do with anything? Read the rest of this entry »

How to Fail Gracefully

11.06.2014

How often do we find ourselves telling a someone, “you have to be patient.”

This may in the context of waiting in line, waiting for Christmas, waiting for a server, or waiting for love.

Notice how often times patience is related to “waiting,” – basically for something to happen?

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