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Podcast title Mental Toughness Mastery Podcast with Sheryl Kline, M.A. CHPC
Website URL http://www.sherylkline.com
Description Mental Toughness and Certified High Performance Coach
Updated Thu, 07 Mar 2019 20:09:08 +0000
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1. 3 Ways to Accelerate Progress and Get Better Quicker
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Description: http://www.sherylkline.com/blog The ongoing theme for March is mindset months and I'm going to be sharing tips, tools and habits, some of which I've been discussing in my mental toughness monthly round table. I wanted to share here to see if they'll help you as well. By the way, I know that you're ambitious, but sometimes our progress isn't as quick as we would like, or we feel like we're working really hard and we're not seeing the results that we want and deserve. So I'm going to share one, what I called tiny triumph today. It's one little thing that you can start doing differently, and it is a tool that world-class athletes use. I've been teaching us over the last 25 years. It’s what world-class performers do so they can accelerate their progress and get better quicker. We're going to be talking about imagery training which we just covered in my Mental Toughness Monthly group. We went deep into this topic, so members could get a really good idea how world-class performers bring what they want to life. 1.) Be very mindful of what you think about at night, especially before bed. World-class performers think in vivid detail, what they want and what that finish line looks like. Before an Olympian gets the Olympics, they've been there a million times, in their mind. What does it feel like if you're a swimmer getting into the pool? How is the temperature? What does it feel like on your skin? What does it sound like when the gun goes off? You get the idea. Very vivid details. They also talk about what it feels like to stand on the podium, to hear the crowd, even down to the detail of when they bend down, what does it feel like when the gold medal is placed around their neck? I'm giving you this example because what usually happens for most people is not only do we not know how to do this, we do the opposite and we tend to catastrophize. We worry about what could go wrong and not what we want to go right. If we do this, we can wake up feeling defeated before our day even starts and not looking into having our eyes wide open to the possibility of success. 2.) Be sure to think about what is the most important thing that you want in your life as part of your bedtime routine. It could have to do with your fitness. It could have to do with your next level ambition, your career. It could have to do with strengthening a relationship. It could be an upcoming meeting. In other words, how would that conversation turn out? How would it feel to get to the gym, to go through the class and to be proud when you're done? I want you to be as vivid as possible. 3.) Commit to taking action and also to setting yourself up for success. So if it has to do with getting to the gym in the next morning, for example, get your water and clothes ready and rope a friend into going with you. I have an example for you. A good friend of mine is an amazing masters track athlete. She's in huge, huge training mode right now because she's heading over to Europe for a big race. She cleared out her entire house of junk food because she cannot eat it now. Why would you have that temptation? So let's get very vivid about what you want, and set yourself up for success. This entire month is mindset month, which means I'm going to be teaching world-class tips, tools, and habits, how you can think like the top 1% and help you get to that next finish line. Here's to you thinking about how you want something to turn out tonight and giving yourself the gift of 90 seconds. If you want to know about my mental toughness monthly mastery, please drop a note and just say, that's me and I will make sure to DM you with all of the information. Here's to you being amazing. Here's to you controlling your thoughts and emotions so you can control your reality and your next level of ambition and success. I'm cheering you on from San Francisco. Here's to being amazing and I look forward to seeing you next time. - Sheryl -

2. Working Hard But Not Making Enough Progress?
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Description: http://www.sherylkline.com/blog Do you ever feel like you are working EXTREMELY hard and... 1.) not making the progress you want and deserve 2.) not feeling acknowledged 3.) not able to sustain the pace If so, you are 100% not alone. In an effort to disrupt this cycle and make progress towards you achieving your potential in a holistic and sustainable way, we are going to kick off International Women's Day a little early. Let’s all be inspired and learn from the amazing stories, impact and courage from women past and present, so we can be our best and rise, together. For a moment, step into the shoes of Wilma Rudolph who was one of 21 children (yes, 21!) in her family, and born 1940 in St. Bethlehem, TN. Because Wilma was born premature and inflicted with many childhood illnesses (including polio), she was told by her doctor that she would never walk again. Her mother told her she would walk again. Wilma chose to listen to her mother. With the coaching, cheerleading and pushing from her mother and siblings, Wilma took small steps to prove her doctor wrong... first with braces on her legs and eventually without the braces. She fell, a lot. She likely was frustrated, a lot. She likely cried, a lot. But, she was resilient and persevered to achieve her dream of being on her high school basketball team. When on the basketball team, her high school track coach saw Wilma and asked her to try out for the squad. She agreed. in 1956, Wilma Rudolph competed in that year's Summer Olympics and received a bronze medal in the 4X100 relay. Then in the 1960 Summer Olympics, determined to get the gold, Wilma returned to win three gold medals. She also broke at least three world-records and became the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympic games. She was named "the fastest woman in the world." When Wilma Rudolph returned home, she refused to attend her homecoming parade unless it was integrated. Because of Wilma, everyone attended her homecoming parade... together as a community. What if Wilma’s mother did not believe in her? What if she did not have an emotional and tactical accountability structure to cheer her on, to push her when she wanted to quit... and to believe in her when she did not believe in herself? Would Wilma Rudolph have ever walked, shed her leg braces or created Olympic history? Probably not. Success does not happen in solitude. Without the proper structure in place, you could be holding yourself back from the success and joy that you want and deserve. Setting up an accountability structure for yourself is a vital component of your next level of success and joy. I talk about this very topic in great detail in my book "ZONED IN." Here are a few tips to get you started if you choose to hire a coach, align with a mentor, choose a colleague, or ask a friend to support you. Make sure to: 1.) choose someone who is not in competition with you in any way 2.) choose someone who has your best interest at heart 3.) choose someone who is committed to your success (i.e.: they will show up and be present) Once you choose the right person or group, we’ll chat about how to build the environment for you to rise in a holistic and sustainable way. Stay tuned! Can I Give You More Perspective? I am here to make this content real and actionable for you. Please reach out to me at sheryl@sherylkline.com with any questions, challenges or comments. I respond to all my emails personally. --Sheryl--

3. Ever Regretted NOT Speaking Up?
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Description: http://www.sherylkline.com/blog Have you ever had a birthday come and go when you received nothing? No recognition, no card, no special dinner. Nothin'! That happened to me a while back, and it felt like I was invisible and no one cared. The reality was that the most important people in my life cared, but it somehow slipped their busy minds. See, it’s a human drive to be acknowledged and validated. For example, "Happy birthday!""Can we spend some time together?""I made you a card that has a heartfelt note." etc. When it comes to work, we can have greater influence on ourselves and our teams if we acknowledge our/their milestones... great and small. If we celebrate the process and not just the outcomes, such as making those follow-up calls, the trips to the gym, or trying that new recipe... rather than just the closed deals, weight loss or delicious meals prepared. If we are not receiving what we need from our colleagues, management, family or friends, we must speak up and be heard, so we can be our best. If not, our deeper connection, collaboration or innovation can be weakened or lost. There are three main reasons (types of fear) why we do not speak up: 1. Process Pain: The journey (process) will be too difficult, so we do not attempt it. 2. Outcome Pain: If I put in all the hard work, maybe it will not turn out as I hoped. 3. Fear of Failure: If I try, I may get rejected or not be successful. For me, it was #3. I spent 25 years working with the world-class athletes globally, but I knew I had more in me. I knew I could serve at a higher level. I wanted to influence individuals and teams in business to be their best. I wanted to be on bigger stages, and have a bigger voice to help ordinary people to be extraordinary... so they did not have to go through the struggle that I did. I wanted to unlock their potential, so they could feel the joy that comes along with being their best. But, I was afraid. What if senior leaders in Fortune 500 companies don’t think what I have to say is important? Am I good enough to be the best or just to coach the best? Let’s decide. De-cide, meaning put a death to any other option. Decide it is your time. Then surround yourself with influencers who can show you the way to your next level of ambition and joy. That’s what I did four years ago, and that’s when my business and my life changed. We Are Only Limited By the Dream We Cannot See. I’ve seen the transformation in myself, my kids, thousands of individual and corporate clients who have achieved what at first seemed impossible. I believe in YOU. You are enough. You just need the right tools, and to surround yourself with the right people. How About You? What is Holding You Back? I am here to make this content real and actionable for you. Please reach out to me at sheryl@sherylkline.com with any questions, challenges or comments. I respond to all my emails personally. -------- Get (and Stay) Engaged Here are the five best ways I can help you, and for you to join our community: Join us on social media: Facebook: fb.com/mentaltoughnesscoach Instagram: @sherylmentaltoughnesscoach LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sherylklinema YouTube: Sheryl Kline's YouTube Channel Twitter: @sherylkline Grab my FREE "Confidence Accelerator Video/Podcast" series Read my book ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World-Class YOU! Let's chat (schedule a FREE 15-minute consult call with me) Become a Founding Member of the monthly "Live Mental Toughness Mastery Roundtable with Q&A" community -------- We are on a journey together to empower 100,000 women and men globally to be mentally tough by 2020. Thank you for joining me in part of something amazing! To your next level of success and joy (and to being heard!) --Sheryl

4. Tired of NOT Being Heard?
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Description: http://www.sherylkline.com/blog Four years ago I got asked by a dear friend to sit on a panel for a Google Ventures sponsored event which was hosted by Autodesk. The topic was "Mental Toughness for Women in Tech." I thanked my friend, and politely declined. At the time and for the past 25 years, my clients were world-class athletes typically ages 16-22... not the best, brightest and most successful women in technology residing in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and beyond. Full transparency, I was scared. Why would they listen to me? I essentially helped the top 1% teens and young adults to be their best, consistently and under highly important or high stakes situations. Thankfully my friend at Autodesk was persistent, and fortunately I decided that my voice deserved to be heard. I prepared extensively (and then even prepared a lot more), showed up, delivered, and my business was forever changed... especially after I heard this from one of the attendees: "My company is the culmination of the blood, sweat, tears and it’s a dream for myself and my team. When it’s game-time, and I have to approach VC’s for funding, it’s my Olympics." She went on to say that she never learned how to be courageous, the science of how to influence others to stand with her in unity, and how to prepare mentally for a challenging journey or for those defining moments. Now she does. Have you ever felt like you had something important to say, or something valuable to contribute, but you kept quiet or played small? If so, it’s time to decide, which literally means "death of any other option." It’s time to decide if you will show up as you were meant to and have the impact and joy that is rightfully yours. If you do, who else benefits? Who is impacted if you don’t? If you have decided, the first step is to take 20 minutes for yourself to get clear on how you want to feel, and fill out the "Get to Know Yourself Questionnaire" from my ZONED IN book. I've made this available to all my awesome subscribers to you can download the questionnaire and use it for FREE! -------- Get (and Stay) Engaged Here are the five best ways I can help you, and for you to join our community: Become a Founding Member of the monthly "Live Mental Toughness Mastery Roundtable with Q&A" community Join us on social media: Facebook: fb.com/mentaltoughnesscoach Instagram: @sherylmentaltoughnesscoach LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sherylklinema YouTube: Sheryl Kline's YouTube Channel Twitter: @sherylkline Grab my FREE "Confidence Accelerator Video/Podcast" series Read my book ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World-Class YOU! Let's chat (schedule a FREE 15-minute consult call with me) -------- I am here to make this content real and actionable for you. Please reach out to me at sheryl@sherylkline.com with any questions, challenges or comments. I respond to all my emails personally. Also, you can also join me LIVE at 11:00 a.m. PST every Wednesday where I will teach a #tinytriumph and answer questions: Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/mentaltoughnesscoaching Instagram: www.instagram.com/sherylmentaltoughnesscoach We are on a journey together to empower 100,000 women and men globally to be mentally tough by 2020. Thank you for joining me in part of something amazing! To your next level of success and joy (and to being heard!) -- Sheryl --

5. 3 Key Learnings from Women in Cloud Summit 2019
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Description: http://www.sherylkline.com/blog I am so excited! I spent all day at the Women in Cloud Summit 2019 at Microsoft, learning from over 1,000 of the country’s top technologists and tech entrepreneurs and doing a book signing for ZONED IN. Let’s talk about a couple of the things from the book that resonated most with these amazing women and which are important to all of us. 1). The importance of long-term clarity: Not just your one-year goal, but your five-year goals. This has less to do with what tasks will you accomplish and more to do with how you want to be remembered or what legacy you want to create. Once this is dialed in (It can be hard to do, but there is a process to figure it out!), you have the platform to create the reality for yourself, your team or for you family. 2). Discovering how you want to feel in your days: I shared tips, tools and habits how to take control of work-life balance, how to slow down your days (Yes.. this IS possible!) and how to feel happy and satisfied at the end of your day as well as determining how you want to feel in the future. Once you have the blueprint, you can build the house! 3). Learning how to use your voice to speak up: ... even when you’re scared or unsure. I heard from some of these amazing men and women, that it's sometimes hard to have the courage to speak up either professionally or personally. I shared how men and women can gain the courage and prepare to speak up, especially in the moments when you're feeling like it would be safer or easier not to. Whether in the boardroom, classroom or living room, I really want to challenge you to start thinking about these three things. A lot of times, we are clear on our tasks, but not on how we want to feel or the legacy we want to leave. Finally, we tend to put off the tough conversations (I’m guilty too!) that have the potential for the most growth. If you want to uncover your next level of ambition or want to get dialed into what you want your legacy to be, I'm going to be dropping some really powerful nuggets over the next couple of weeks on how to get that done. Some of the same things that I was talking to these women and men at this recent amazing event.

6. 3 World-Class Secrets to Persevere (When You Want to Quit)
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Description: http://www.sherylkline.com/blog After researching, studying and working with the Top 1%, I’ve learned that there are are similarities and differences between world-class performers and everyone else. Everyone experiences anger, fear, frustration, and doubt. Everyone. There’s one important difference though that, that sets the best apart from the rest. It’s that world-class performers are intimately and vividly aware of what they want and why they care so deeply. Maybe you’ve heard that before, but do you know how to uncover your why? Your real why. Regardless of what your next level of ambition is, it might be hard. Maybe really hard. What will get you to your next finish line or to your own personal Olympics is being intimately aware of why you care about it. This will prove as your biggest cheerleader, and it will extend a lifeline when you want to quit. We’ve all wanted to quit, right? It will help you persevere when others retreat or give up. Here’s a couple tips to shift your mindset and get in touch with your real why, so you can unleash your best: 1. Plan quiet time every day. For me, it’s 5:00 a.m. when my house is quiet and before I head out to my spin or bootcamp class. After I still my mind (ie: meditate:) for 10 minutes, send love to someone, have 1 moment of gratitude, I give myself 10 minutes to be still, to surrender to the possibilities that lie ahead for me. I ask for help and guidance, and declare that I have no fear and that I am ready. I sit on the carpeted floor of my bedroom, palms on the top of my legs facing up, eyes peering to the sky outside my window. I end with, ‘Show me the way. I am here.’ 2. Connect the dots. Was there a special person in your life or an event that shaped you? For me it was my dad who told me ‘Sheryl, if you focus and if you are consistent, you can achieve anything you put your mind to’. Are there any interactions or events that light you up? What makes you smile? Start writing these things down. 3. Give yourself permission. You don’t need it from anyone else. I spent over 25 years helping the Top 1% of world-class performers to be better. It was not until 4 years ago that I gave myself permission to be the best too. Please do not wait that long. The world needs you to shine, now. If you want a guide on how to rewire your brain to believe that what you want is possible, craft a plan to make it happen and gain the mindset to persevere, get on the pre-order list for my book, ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required to for a World-Class YOU (distribution begins February 1, 2019) ... http://www.sherylkline.com/zonedinthebook

7. World-Class Tips on Staying Sane and Happy During the Holidays
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Description: I’m not sure if your holidays are all jolly smiles, presents flowing and family getting along famously. Let’s just say when I was young, I really looked forward to January. Now, I LOVE having kids home, traveling, exchanging gifts and volunteering this time of year, but it can still be stressful at times. There’s one thing world-class athletes do that we can all learn from to have the most enjoyable and relaxing holiday possible. They rest and renew. Yep, that’s it. The most successful and prolific athletes make sure to rest and recover, often. Why do you think John McEnroe (am I dating myself?) crashed and burned and Roger Federer is still going strong? Rest and intentional time for calm. Here are a couple tips for you to have the most sane and happy winter break you and your family deserve: 1). Take Breaks During the Day: When you are home with a lot of family, at holiday gatherings etc, be sure to take a short 5-10 minute break every 1-2 hours. Just be still, close your eyes and listen to your breath then have some gratitude for the people you are about to go back out to see. The only place to do this may be in the bathroom. World-class performers do what they need to do! Enjoy your time in there.:) 2). Check Out for a Few Days (or Weeks): Try not cooking (unless you love it), moving a lot, resting a lot, laughing a lot, and just being without doing. If you want to hit the ground running in 2019 (and not limping or being a grouch), this is incredibly important. You are a multi-sport athlete capable of astonishing things in your career, relationships and in your personal wellness. Decide which one you want to go after wholeheartedly in 2019, but please take a break first. It will pay off, I promise. -Sheryl

8. How To Focus On What Really Matters
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Description: Do you ever get distracted and veer off from what’s most important? Of course, that’s a trick question. We all do, especially this time of year! You might wonder how world-class performers have laser-like focus when it comes to their long-term vision and their short-term progress. Thankfully, there are tools we can all learn, so we can have remarkable focus too and achieve what may have (at first) seemed not possible. Here are a couple tips to get started: For Long-Term Focus: Create a Personal Manifesto, Olympians are remarkably clear about their future ambitions, and they visit them often. They visualize what they want in an extremely vivid and visceral way, and they are consistent about bringing their future self and their future experiences to life. Here’s a example from my book (ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World-Class YOU) that explains this point: Months and even years before the Rio Games arrived, Kayla Harrison, a 26-year-old judoka (Judo athlete), practiced imagery training for 10 minutes before falling asleep each night... mentally going through entire days of Olympic competition. "Waking up, weighing in, packing my bag, getting on the bus, listening to certain music etc.” she said. “Every night I visualize myself winning the Olympics.” She then went on to defend her Olympic judo title in Rio! Not training for the Olympics? No problem. What you want to achieve is no less important to you. Start by writing your personal manifesto. Think about it this way If you had a magic wand, what would come to life for you in the next 6-12 months? Make it as vivid and visceral as possible. Mine starts like this, but yours can be simpler or more grand, whatever is appropriate for you right now: "My name is Sheryl, and this year I help 10,000 people to be mentally tough. The way I do this will be via my coaching my monthly Live Mental Toughness Mastery Roundtable with Q&A program, podcast appearances, corporate speaking and training. The stages I will be on are… The people attending are…. They look like… When my sessions/speaches etc are over, the look in their eyes is… The podcasts are… The response is …" . The presence I am committed to with my clients and with my family is.... You get the idea. Be sure to read it every night before you go to bed. For Short-Term Focus: Get Intentional. Let’s say you are a world-class track and field athlete getting ready to start a race that will determine if your dream of the Olympics will live or die. Results are note left to randomness. They are remarkably intentional. You’re clear on what the most important controllable is for you to get the result you desire, and then you set and intention to focus on that. For the track and field athlete, it may be "strong arms" for example. As you set your sights on your next level of ambition, what that is in your control is most important for you to do your best? If you have an important event coming up, what controllable is most important for you to level up and do your best? Then, take a moment to set an intention to do that. For example, let’s say you have a pitch, presentation, important meeting coming up and having high energy and referring to end goals is most important for you to do your best. Set the intention before the meeting: "energy level 8 (of 10), end goals." This is a way of directing your mind or focusing on what’s most important, so you can be world-class when it matters most. I even set intentions for my daily tasks, such as writing this article or when I make calls to prospective clients! Try this at home, so you can be even more world-class there too! For example, when you get home from work, take a moment to ask yourself : How do I want to show up to my family when when I walk in the door? I honor you for all of the amazing work you have done all year, and for the good you have already put into the world! To your continued success and joy! --Sheryl

9. It's Time to Stop Feeling Mediocre
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Description: Here’s what I’m hearing though over and over again from my local and global workshop attendees... as well as those applying for my monthly subscription: Despite all the amazing things they are doing... “I feel mediocre.” I hear you. I’ve felt that way too. If we work extra hard, we feel like we are mediocre with our loved ones and friends. If we commit to our family, our career ambitions might slow down. Here’s the worst: We work extra hard at both, and still feel like we are coming up short:(. I'd like to share three valuable tips to STOP feeling mediocre and get onto feeling (as Jen Sincero of You are a Badass so eloquently puts it) like your badass self at work AND at home. Create your circumstances and the person you want to become NOW. Write your personal manifesto to yourself, and read it every night before bed. The more detailed the better. Form an accountability structure for yourself. Newsflash: Willpower does not exist. Best case scenario, it gets depleted PRONTO. Do not depend on it. Who will your board of directors be and how will they support you on your march to your next level of greatness? Celebrate your successes big and small. Celebrate the process and not just the outcome. The outcome will be a product of your new habit and processes you have in place. Want some help? I am SO excited to share this! In anticipation of the upcoming release of my book, ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World Class YOU, I will be sharing excerpts. In addition, there are some fun insider perks coming up for my loyal subscribers. Below is a portion from the book's introduction. But first... What is it time for you to do in 2019...? If it’s YOUR time, I’d love to have you as a Founding Member of my Mental Toughness Mastery Roundtable with Q&A (live) community. There are only a couple spots left for our December 4, 2018 roundtable, so join today before it gets opened up to the public this January in conjunction with my book launch. What will the outcomes of this monthly community be? Clarity for your next level of ambition and how to get there. Accountability from me and our community who will cheer you on, challenge you, and collaborate with you Easy to use tools to crush the feeling of mediocrity and get busy making progress toward what you want and deserve Community via our online Zoom video calls, when we come together in person once a year, and via our closed Facebook group To your continued success and joy! --Sheryl

10. Are You At An Ambition Checkpoint?
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Description: I had a conversation with one of my oldest and dearest friends recently that at first struck me as odd. She asked, "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind wanting to start again...?" I recognized that was the opening lyrics to Katy Perry’s song Firework. She was off. Not her present, fun, happy, and courageous self. It was strange, because she’s so accomplished. She had raised happy, productive, and conscientious kids. She worked doing what she loved. She had a few half-marathons under her belt, and she had a loving family and friends. After many conversations, I finally understood. She was at an ambition checkpoint. Her kids needed her less, and she felt like there was more of her to give to her career. More people to serve and a legacy to create. It was inaction that made her feel she was off-purpose... like a plastic bag drifting through the wind. She was being blown around by her days, by her old routine, by other people’s wants and needs, and by being "busy" without being clear about what she wanted. Without defining her next level of ambition and having a plan to make progress. She knew there was more. More of a sense of contribution. More of a feeling of purpose. More joy. If you are at an ambition checkpoint, here are a couple tips to help you develop the mindset to check in, and check out of being stuck there any longer: 1. Have Gratitude Experience gratitude for what you have already accomplished, the lives you’ve touched and the progress you have already made. You’re a climber, and sometimes it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come. Trust me. I’m guilty too! 2. Create Space Reflect about what is missing, what it important to you, and what would make you most happy and proud if it were a year from now. Go to your favorite coffee shop, take the day off, or go somewhere that inspires you. This is a priceless gift you can give yourself. 3. Develop Your Roadmap Consider the steps needed to get to where you want to go. It’s common for world-class performers to start with the end in mind and work backwards. They envision the finish line, what they yearn for first and think about it often in visceral detail. Once you draw up the plans for your dream, it’s time to start building it. Once you do this, you are off to the races! See, we have a human drive to feel like we are living as our best selves. When we aren’t, we get the tap on the shoulder to pay attention and next-level our efforts. Maybe you are crushing it at work, but your relationships are suffering. Maybe you are giving 100% to your family, but you’ve put aside your dreams and aspirations to serve others. Or possibly each bucket is half-full, but you’re too comfortable and are bored. We can ignore the tap on the shoulder, but it rarely retreats. There is usually a price to be paid for neglecting it for too long. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am here to help make this content real and help any way I can.

11. What Happens When Smart People Think Stupid
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Description: Is it possible that you have everything it takes to achieve what you yearn for and what, I believe, is already rightfully yours? Maybe the reason why you have not achieved the level of success you want and deserve is because of the limitations you place on yourself. I know that was the case for me up until three years ago. How could I go from having a thriving yet (very) small private practice to helping thousands? To help the masses refine their clarity and gain the mindset required to reach their potential, to arrive at their Olympics? Who would listen to me and find value in what I had to say at Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and globally? I consider myself as a relatively smart person, but that was sure stupid thinking. Companies like Google Ventures, Autodesk, CapitalOne, Bank of America, and VMware (to name a few) have listened the last couple of years. Up next, a national podcast tour for my upcoming book, "ZONED IN: The Mental Toughness Required for a World-Class YOU" and major speaking engagements in 2019. It’s to share with you because, as I started believing in myself three years ago, I believe in you. I care so deeply about your success, and your joy. Also, I will not allow stupid thinking to get in the way of your next big win. Here are a couple possible results when smart people think stupid and how you can avoid this trap: Example #1 Not so productive: I failed at ___________, so I must be bad at ______________. Much better: I failed at ___________, so I must have had a poor performance that day. Example #2 Not so productive: I have never achieved this _____________, so I maybe I never will. Much better: I have never achieved this _____________, but I believe in my ability to improve. Let’s take a look into the science behind the consequences of stupid thinking. Dr. Albert Ellis is considered one of the most influential characters in the history of psychology (for more information on Dr. Ellis, have a look at the Albert Ellis Institute, http://albertellis.org). His life’s work was centered around curing depressive disorders, but we can learn an important lesson about not just going from sick to well, but how to go from good to great. Ellis proved that when we stop thinking wrong (i.e.: in a highly negative and propagandistic way) and start thinking right (i.e.: in a more encouraging and optimistic way), we can be cured of many types of depression. I am not qualified, nor do I diagnose or treat depression, but in the context of performance, imagine what we can accomplish if we started raising our ambitions ... and if we started thinking about what’s possible rather than the obstacles in our way or our past failures? Maybe we’ll "cure" failure or quitting and discover a remedy for our biggest success yet.

12. What to Say to Yourself When You Fail
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Description: "Non-negative thinking sets the best apart from the rest." If you're human, you will experience failure. Period. Serena Williams experienced a huge failure in the Miami Open a couple months ago, an early exit in round 1. Unheard of, right? Not really. She was a new mother, not back in her best shape, and it was her first tournament since the birth of her daughter. We fail too. Maybe we lose a competition, a prospect says no, a presentation goes south, or we get rejected after a promising (so we thought) interview. According to Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, founding father of the new science of positive psychology, there is a power in positive thinking, but it "pales in comparison," says Seligman "to the importance of what we think after we fail." Our “non-negative” thinking sets the best apart from the rest. Serena, packed up after the Miami Open, understood that she did not in fact fail. She needed more time to prepare. She was optimistic about her ability to come back, and vowed to do what it takes to make progress. It’s time to take to take inventory of what Seligman calls your “explanatory style,” how you explain defeat to yourself. Do you concede that you are "not good enough,""not capable" or "not deserving?" If so, you may have what Seligman calls a "pessimistic explanatory style" which is not going to serve your long-term success. If your explanatory style is more optimistic, you feel setbacks are temporary, and a way of learning how to get better, you should recover from setbacks quicker and make more progress over the long haul. Here are a couple tips for what to say to yourself when you fail: "This was an isolated incident, and doesn’t mean I am not smart/capable/deserving/competent enough.""It’s ok if I’m upset/disappointed/frustrated for a short period of time, but I am committed to learning and improving." (i.e.: being resilient) "This setback has nothing to do with other aspects of my life. Just because I failed/had a setback with work has nothing to do with my ability to be a good partner, friend, colleague." Bottom line: If you work on having an optimistic explanatory style, you will be more resilient, make more progress, and very likely, be happier. There are also other benefits according to Seligman, such as boosting your immune system as well. Chin up. You got this! ... and I am here to support you every step along the way.

13. Mental Toughness Secrets from 2X Olympian Mariya Koroleva
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Description: http://www.sherylkline.com/blog Have you ever been told that you will never improve, or you are not a good fit? After the London 2012 Olympics, Mariya Koroleva thought she would be in serious consideration for the next Olympic team in 2016, but she was not. Mariya was told she was too old (at 23) and that she did not fit into the team that was being considered which would be much younger. She had a choice: 1. Give up on a second Olympics 2. Go for it and train for another year with no guarantees of being placed on the team. Mariya went for it. She felt in her gut that the world had not seen the best of her, and she had not seen the best of herself. Mariya did not want to have any regrets. She’d commit to being "all in" for that year before the decision for the next Olympic team was made. Mariya felt that if she gave 100% and still did not make it, then she could be at peace that she gave her best. We all have our own Olympics, and sometimes we need to trust our gut. Here are a few tips to help you take a leap of faith: Give yourself the gift of time and space to realize the best decision for you. When we are too busy and/or stressed, we are not setting ourselves up to make a good decision or to realize the answer that we may already know. Believe down to your soul that your desired result is possible, and start seeing yourself at the finish line. I recommend saying (out loud) an "I am" affirmation every night before bed and then being as detailed as possible thinking about how it feels. Take control of your progress. What will you do this week to start moving forward?

14. 1 World-Class Secret to Build Confidence Over the Long Haul
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Description: I saw Serena Williams play an exhibition match in Los Angeles when she was only 11 or 12 years old. Looking back, I wonder if she realized that she would be the named best player in the open era and have earned more than 22 Grand Slam titles! Not to mention all of her other unimaginably successful endorsements and businesses. Maybe not down to those exact details, but she did work every day believing her day would come, and believing it was possible. It’s that unwavering belief in ourselves that allows us to dream big and persevere. When it comes to our long-term objectives it’s important that we “proceed as if success is inevitable” (my favorite quote, BTW), hold on to our dream, and then relinquish control of the outcome. You, like Serena Williams early in her career, have little to no control of the scale of your future success. There are many unknowns: What will the competition be like? What setbacks will you have? What obstacles will get in your way? Will you be good enough? When we dream BIG, we must assume our desired result will happen, and then let the worry and doubt surrounding the outcome go. Proceed every day as if your success is inevitable. If we attach our daily efforts to our own personal Olympics, the chasm is too great to cross. We get discouraged, risk getting injured or worse, we quit. Let’s say Serena Williams wanted to be #1 in the world when she was 12 years old. But she lost consecutively that year, and suffered an injury at this time as well. On top of that, maybe the naysayers were prolific since her father was a coach and she did not play traditional junior tournaments. Injury, losses, and negativity could be a lot to bear for Serena Williams, and could definitely take its toll on motivation and progress. So what keeps US in the game and fighting past setbacks, defeats, and those who intentionally or unintentionally, discourage us? We must believe our dream is possible, and then let it go. One of the main characteristics of long-term objectives is that we have little to no control. When a young person wants to win a gold medal in the Olympics (let’s say in a decade or so), she has little or no control whether or not she will make it to the Olympics… nonetheless win a gold medal. She believes and practices every day like it’s possible. She sees herself on the podium, receiving the gold medal. She feels the width of the ribbon around the back of her neck as she bows to receive it and also feels how heavy it is as it hangs around her neck. She hears her National Anthem, feels her hand on her heart with tears of joy in her eyes. She holds her congratulatory bouquet over her head, waving at all the fans holding her country’s flag, finally catching sight of her parents in the stands who are jumping up and down screaming, so proud and filled with love and joy. It’s time to start seeing ourselves today as we want to be in the future. What is it like once you’ve arrived? How does it feel? Who is there to celebrate with you? Create victory in your mind and visit it as often and as heartfelt as you’d visit a friend in need. However, in your day-to-day activities, focus on what you have control over to make progress and let the outcome go. By taking control of your actions, you’ll gain confidence in those small successes which in the long run add up to a big victory and more confidence in your ability to succeed. I am here to make this content real and to help you devise a plan to achieve what matters most to you. Get (and Stay) Engaged: Here are the four best ways I can help you, and for you to join our community: Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mentaltoughnesscoach Grab my FREE "Confidence Accelerator Video/Podcast" series Work with my team and me privately 1:1 or in a small group. Step 1: apply for a FREE 1-hour Discovery Session Let's chat (schedule a FREE 15-minute consult call with me) Here's to you being amazing!

15. How to Gain Clarity for Your Next Big Move
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Description: Sometimes our dreams and aspirations are a little mismatched with our efforts. Full transparency... I was called out on this one by my mentor this past January. Don’t get me wrong I was working hard and extremely busy. There was something missing when it came to how I was approaching my next level of success. I had next-leveled my ambitions, but how I spent my time was the same. My ambitions were not aligned with the next level of success I wanted (and knew I deserved.) This worked for a while, but the next level would require me to "go pro." Once I made the necessary adjustments and fine-tuned some key habits, that’s when the next level was attainable. We’ve talked about where you fall on the ladder. But what are your current circumstances now, and what level of commitment are you willing to have? Pro: You are actively taking action to become the person you want to be, and you are remarkably consistent. Proficient: Maybe you are consistent, but you must take your habits and your actions to the next level to get what you want and deserve. Novice: Maybe you are a novice, meaning you want and deserve something, but consistency is not your friend. Quitter: Maybe you gave up for now. But you realize it’s your time to get started or restarted. If it’s your time to "go pro," here are a couple questions that should help you make the shift so you can see the progress, and joy you want and deserve: Assess your current ambitions and your actions, and then ask "what needs to change?" Do you need to ask for help? Do you need to learn a new skill/become more proficient in something? What changes will you make and by when? I am here to make this content real and to help you devise a plan to "go pro" at what matters most to you.

16. You Can Get UNSTUCK. Here's How...
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Description: http://www.sherylkline.com/blog I honor where you are and for what you have accomplished up to this point. It’s often easy to lose sight of the lives we’ve touched, the progress we’ve made and what we have given to others. This affects our momentum, motivation and confidence, so please do take a moment for self gratitude, and the good you have already put into the world. If you are feeling ‘stuck’, it may be time for an ambition checkpoint. This is a world-class tip to help you reassess what stage of life you are in, what’s important to you, and what your next move is. I believe it's time for you to show up in this world as you are meant to. It’s time to next level what matters most to you. It’s time to understand that you have the greatness within you already. That the world is conspiring to coax it out of you and that the world desperately needs to see it. It’s time for you do inspire others to do the same by leading as an example. It’s time to understand that the only limitations are those we put on ourselves, and the only dream that is impossible is one we cannot see. We all have room for improvement. If you have climbed the ranks in a job you love, I hope you have celebrated that success wholeheartedly! What would it be like to take your performance to the next level? Maybe how you treat your team, taking on new initiatives or having a more efficient and sustainable workday. Even if you have all of that down, how are your relationships that matter most? How are you taking care of yourself with exercise, nutrition and downtime? Maybe it’s your in the best shape of your life, but you have not been as present with your partner or kids. What ever your case may be, let’s start today. Yesterday has happened. It’s history. What will you do going forward to be your best? It’s time to reassess your ambitions and to think about who you want to become. As we move through life, our ambitions change. Maybe it’s from career to parent or parent back to career. Maybe it’s from hobbyist to pro, in other words taking a hobby that you love to a career. Maybe it’s from having mediocre relationships with those who matter most to world-class relationships. Maybe it’s from surviving physically to getting into the best shape of your life and thriving. Regardless of the bucket we wish to fill, career, relationships or personal wellness, we must decide if we are going to be a quitter, a novice, a player, or a pro. It’s time. Challenge: 1.Decide if it’s time for YOU. 2.Share what what you are thinking with trusted friend, family member or in a journal. 3.Go forward and commit to a tiny triumph this week. It may be doing a little research, making a couple phone calls or walking around the block. Quote: ‘Never interrupt someone who is doing what you said couldn’t be done.’ -Amelia Earhart Book High Performance Habits, Brendon Burchard

17. 4 Confidence Tips to Achieve Your Next BIG WIN
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Description: It’s time! If you feel like you deserve more, it’s time to go after it. There are many reasons why we (yes, me included:) avoid the crucial conversations or steps required to next level our ambitions and desires. Whatever is holding you back, rest assured it’s 100% normal and OK, but not conducive for the progress you want to see. Keep in mind, your next "BIG WIN" might be restoring or strengthening a relationship. It might be taking your business to the next level, closing one new client, or maybe asking for a raise. Whatever it is for you, there are tools you can learn to gain the confidence required to achieve whatever it is that you want and deserve. Here’s how to get started! Believe Believe what you want is possible AND that you deserve it. This is a vital first step that must be explicit in your mind. If you are not 100%, try writing daily affirmations and and saying them out loud every night and every morning. Recognize Recognize whatever negative emotion is holding you back. For example, if you are fearful of being turned down for a raise, rejected by a client or having an important conversation go bad, recognize that fear and accept it. Acknowledging and validating our own concerns (rather than discounting or pushing them away) will make them less disabling. Release Release whatever negative emotion/concern you have. You are not "getting rid of it," just asking it to move aside for a period of time. Taking five deep belly breaths is a great place to start. Simply listen to your breath when you exhale, and think of your negative emotion/concern floating by. Strategize Strategize by being aware of what you fear/are most concerned with and asking: If I want my desired result, what must I do to make it most likely I will succeed. In other words, what is the most important controllable for you to do to make progress? You can actually use negative emotions as a super power to accelerate progress towards what you want and deserve! www.sherylkline.com/blog

18. 3 Best-Kept Secrets to Win the Day... Consistently!
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Description: Have you ever tried to cut sugar out of your diet, but the pantry is full of sugary treats? I have, and it usually ends in failure, frustration and disappointment:(. Now, the pantry is filled with foods that support my desire to be more fit and have more energy. We all have so many good intentions and so much as well as good in us to create and to give. We must give ourselves a fighting chance to achieve what we want and deserve. Not just for us, but also for those who matter most to us. Here’s one world-class secret to help you "win the day" consistently which can pay mass dividends over the long haul… Create an environment for your success. In the video, I mention going to Sonoma every Monday to write my book and clearing off my desk completely when is time to write. Take it a step further, I write off-line in Word and disable my internet connection. When at home, all workout clothes get laid out the night before, water bottle filled up, morning shake made. This sets me up for an active, healthy and low stress way to start the day. Whether it’s eating more clean, writing a book, or organizing your office, it’s time to set your environment up for success, so you can have the progress you want and deserve!

19. 3 Tips to Nail Your Next "Big Win"
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Description: http://www.sherylkline.com/blog WOW! The year is flying by, and I am SO excited that you are part of this amazing community of action takers! If you missed the live (global broadcast) Master Class last Thursday, stay tuned! The attendance and feedback was so was incredible that we are in the process rolling it out again next week. You will be the first to know the details! In the meantime, here are a few important points we covered ... Are you ready to nail your next "Big Win?" Here’s the thing, sometimes dreaming and doing big things is hard ... really hard. So what sets the best apart from the rest, and how can we use these the same tools to next-level what matters most? Below are 3 tips to help you succeed: 1. Get clear on what you want. I mean really define it. Lack of clarity is the death of productivity and progress, so it’s time to articulate what you want and WHY it matters so much to you. Was there an experience you had or someone in your life that influenced you in any way? For me, it was my dad. He always told me to be resilient and focus, and I could do anything I put my mind to. The problem was, I didn’t know how when I was younger. After 20 years of research and working with amazing athletes and business people, I now know how. We are now on track to empower 10,000 people to be Mentally Tough this year to help others dream, plan and achieve their best. What/who REALLY inspires you? 2. Take control of what you want. Assume your desired result will happen, then commit to what you have control over to improve. Ask yourself: What is the most important thing for me to do or to see significant progress on, so I will be one step closer to my next big win? Is it learning to be confident and influential during critical interactions or performing under pressure? Whatever it is, take back control of what you want, by taking action to improve. What will you do this week? Do you need to ask for help? 3. Celebrate the wins, no matter how great or how small. I cannot express enough the importance of this. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I geek out on the science behind why this is SO vital. Here are the basics, we tend to imprint in our mind the things that are highly emotional. Do you remember the last embarrassing or hurtful thing that happened to you with great detail? You get the idea. If we can re-train ourselves to surround the good stuff with lots of emotions, that’s what we’ll remember. Not only that, but it will help us manifest more of the same. So, get used to saying ‘YEEESSSSSSSSS, I am amazing!!!!’, and you will be… If you are crushing it right now, good for YOU! How will you take it to the next level? If not, I BELIEVE IN YOU, and I am here to support you anyway I can. Drop me an email with your questions, thoughts and feedback. Here's to you being amazing! - Sheryl -

20. My Transformation from Fear and Unhappiness to Becoming Mentally Tough (Interview w/Amanda)
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Description: Sheryl Kline: Hey there. Sheryl Kline here, mental toughness coach, published author, speaker, and I am so excited to be here today with Amanda. Amanda is going to share a little bit today about what it's like to be a woman in corporate America, some of the successes she had, which there were many, and also some of the challenges and struggles she had. She's going to speak to how being mentally tough would have made her journey a little bit easier. So, welcome Amanda. Amanda: Thanks. Thanks for having me. Sheryl Kline: So, we're going to ask Amanda a couple of questions first. Can you tell us your position at Accenture and all of the amazing things you did, as well as some of the challenges that you had? Amanda: I was Senior Manager in our strategy practice, and I focused on procurement, operating model strategy, with different organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and government work. Sheryl Kline: What were some of the successes and challenges that you faced when you were at Accenture? Amanda: I joined out of college and it was, I really love Accenture as a company. I think it has an amazing culture and I learned so much through that process. I grew as a person, as a leader, and obviously my content knowledge really grew as I went. A lot of the wins were the ability to work with leaders that were in organizations that it just blew my mind, sometimes. I'd be walking into the client building and be sitting down, have meetings with these leaders, and I'm like, "How is this my life?" Right? Especially at my age, getting those kinds of opportunities, and Accenture did a really good job as an organization, making sure that we were ready for those kinds of interactions. The quality, the people that they hired was just so high, so I learned so much about consulting, about my clients' industries, about the subject of procurement, and about myself, in that process. Sheryl Kline: But there were a couple of bumps along the road. If you could speak to one or two of those, and also if you had had the knowledge and the ability to be mentally tough, how that might have helped you. Amanda: Absolutely. So, I like to say to my mentees that the consulting career can have peaks and valleys. Some of the valleys in my own career, one of them was around just my attitude towards work, and my attitude towards how much work. I succumbed, and this is not unique to Accenture, but in the consulting industry and in many professional industries, this expectation that you're always on, and you're always working, and you're always responsive. Sheryl Kline: I don't mean to interrupt, but isn't that exhausting? Amanda: It was so exhausting. I clocked in at about 100 hours, 120 hours some weeks. Sheryl Kline: Wow. Amanda: Very, very, very regularly. Early in my career, I even experienced some all nighters that were pretty devastating, on a pretty regular basis. I think that that level of engagement, there was nobody in the company that was saying, "Amanda, you have to work that hard," but I felt pressured to work that hard because of the cultural norms around that. Yeah, so that led to depression, that led to extreme weight gain, that led to relationship difficulties. That had a lot of ramifications in my total life. (continued on https://youtu.be/IRmL2uVrVDs)

21. 3 Tips to Use Negative Emotions as a Superpower
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Description: Do you ever feel like negative thoughts and emotions are holding you back? Emotions are no joke when it comes to us being able to be our best, especially in moments that matter most. Everyone experiences negative emotions from time to time! I want to help you use negative emotions as a superpower! There are a couple things that world-class performers do a little differently which helps them to use emotions (even the negative ones!) to their advantage. In this podcast you'll learn: -- The (very) basic science behind why managing emotions is SO important, and what this means to you -- The consequences of not having a game plan to deal with negative emotions -- The 3 simple steps you can start doing today to help you go from rattled to ready

22. One World-Class Tool to Crush Negative Thoughts and Excuses
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Description: Negative self-talk crushes confidence. Period. One rabbit hole you don’t want to go down if you have an ambition that’s important to you. If you want to crush negative thoughts AND excuses and then get busy with progress, here’s what you need to start practicing today: positive re-framing. What is it? A way of acknowledging the struggle you having and then use it to your advantage. How does it work? It activates your RAS or your reticular activating system which is a part of your brain that controls and serves as a filter of sorts that only lets the important information through. Thinking about buying a certain type of new car and then that’s all you see on the road? That’s your RAS filtering out all the other cars that don’t matter to you. Why is this important? If you over emphasize negative thoughts and make excuses, that is what your RAS will think is important. Guess what? Negative thoughts will compound as will your excuses. Yikes! What to do? Start ‘re-framing’ your negative thoughts to positive ones. Then, your RAS will work to your advantage, and you will be more aware of seeking out solutions and making progress (not excuses:). Here’s an example: You miss a day going to the gym. Instead of saying ‘I am never going to get fit.’, you might say ‘I didn’t make it to the gym, but I am committed to my health. I will walk after dinner and get back on track tomorrow. (bonus thought: Announcing this out loud at dinner will up the ante and make it more likely it will happen as well.) Just like getting a six-pack of a promotion at work, positive re-framing takes practice. Start today and watch the transformation happen. I am here to support you every step along the way, so let’s do this! Join Me for FREE Mental Toughness Training! Friendly reminder that I will be live on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mentaltoughnesscoach) to coach and support you at 11:00 a.m. PST Monday, Wednesday and Fridays! My mission is to help others become world-class at what’s most important to them. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can help you or your team to be Mentally Tough, so you can dream, plan and achieve your best. Here's to you being amazing! - Sheryl -

23. 3 Tips to Gain World-Class Clarity for 2018
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Description: If you are like me, you are getting bombarded with content on how to make 2018 amazing, and most of it is GREAT! But, there’s just one problem. To truly make 2018 amazing, we need to gain clarity on what’s important to us, and then have the mindset to make clear and measurable progress. Whoa! That sounds like a lot, so where should we start? Well that part is easy! Gaining world-class clarity on what’s most important to us is the vital first step. Your ship needs to know where to sail, or you won’t get far. You will also get pretty worn out in the process and possibly give up. We don’t want that! Let’s take the first step to your best year ever, together. Here are 3 tips: Choose family/relationships, career, wellness… What is one area that is incredibly important to you where you didn’t quite pull off your best last year? Believe what you desire is possible. Yep, it’s proven in science that we believe what we consistently tell ourselves (This of course can backfire too:/). Positivity is a thing, and you must do it often. Start here with the positive affirmations app, ThinkUp. Choose a category (I have a category just for Mental Toughness, but there are many), and listen in the evening 60 minutes before bedtime. Make a date this week with someone who has a high level of clarity in an area that is important to you OR with someone that can help you. Ask what influenced them, what motivates them, how they measure success…etc. Clarity is the starting line, and the finish is happiness. When we are doing our best, we tend to be more happy :) In between is believing what you want is possible, and the Mental Toughness tools to make clear and consistent progress even when it gets rough. I am here to support you every step along the way, so let’s do this! Choose, Believe and Make a Date by next week! Friendly reminder that I will be live on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mentaltoughnesscoach) to coach and support you at 11:00 a.m. PST Monday, Wednesday and Fridays! My mission is to help others become world-class at what’s most important to them. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can help you or your team to be Mentally Tough, so you can dream, plan and achieve your best. Here's to you being amazing! - Sheryl -

24. How To Develop the Confidence to Live Your Purpose
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Description: Do you ever feel purposeless? We know finding clarity and purpose is difficult, so we're approaching it from a different angle today: how you can develop the courageous mindset you need to develop purpose, because we believe that anyone can have world-class purpose. Geoff Woods, Vice President of "The ONE Thing" podcast interviews Sheryl Kine. In this podcast episode you'll learn: -- What creates the gap between high achievers and everyone else. -- How you can use positive affirmation to develop a more purposeful mindset. -- Why you need to practice being purposeful (and how to practice deliberately). -- Why you need to align yourself with an expert and put an accountability structure in place. -- How you can commit to progress (instead of perfection).

25. Are You Ready?
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Description: I want 2018 to be different for you. It’s time to take control of what you want, plan for it, and make clear and measurable progress. Period. Here’s the thing. The planning and foundation starts now (not in January:). It’s been proven in science that there are a couple things we must do to make clear and measurable progress towards what we want, so I created the 7 Day Mental Toughness Challenge. I teach it to world-class athletes, teens, senior leaders, and CEO’s of the household, so they can dream, plan and achieve their best. Now, it’s YOUR turn! What if you have already completed it? No problem. Let’s do it again to help you next-level whatever is important to you. Just download your 7 Day Mental Toughness Challenge, and we are off to the races!: http://www.sherylkline.com/challenge Day 1 is One Person: We have spoken about accountability recently, but who will be your challenge partner and why will this person be a great cheerleader for you? World-class performers share their dreams which is a big part of keeping them motivated. If you are playing both roles, get ready to be your biggest fan! When filling this out on your 7 Day Mental Toughness Challenge worksheet, be sure to remember the following: Choose someone who is an expert at what you want to improve. At a very minimum, he/she should be better than you. Choose someone who will be very transparent with you. In other words someone who be willing to cheer you on AND who will be willing to tell you when you are not showing up 100%. Honesty is the best policy, even if the conversation is a bit uncomfortable. Choose someone who will push you beyond your comfort zone. Making progress, especially into uncharted territories, is hard work (it’s better you know now:). How hard do you work when you go to the gym by yourself (if you go!). Get the point? If you want to learn more about the the science behind this content, check out the book Peak: The Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. For now, all you have to do is choose your One Person by next week! I have my One Person, so let’s make sure you have yours too! Here's to you being amazing! - Sheryl -

26. From “No Talent” to 2X Olympian & Gold Medalist ... A Conversation with Leroy Dixon
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Description: What’s one thing we all have in common with Arianna Huffington and two-time Olympian Leroy Dixon? We all experience fear and doubt. These are two emotions that are felt at every level of performance, from novice to world-class. Striving for the next level and performing in moments that matter is scary, for everyone. There are also a couple fundamental differences that separates the best from the rest. I was fortunate enough to interview Leroy Dixon recently, and he shared two of the most important factors that helped him go from “no talent” to Olympian, gold medal winner and (did I mention?) the 7th fastest man every recorded in his event. Yes, Mr. Dixon has beaten Usain Bolt in his career. Maybe we are not going to be Olympians or one of the most successful authors and business women in the world, but we CAN be world-class at what’s important to us. As a matter of fact, I believe we MUST. The army of do-gooders must prevail, so the time for us to level up is now. Here are the two tips from Leroy Dixon to do just that: 1. Believe you can. Believe wholeheartedly that your dream is possible. I mean believe down to your DNA that you can achieve what you desire. This will require some work as we are filtering out our past thoughts, past failures, the nay-sayers and our loving family who doesn’t always say the right things. This is going to require some work even before your journey starts. Here’s the app (there is a free version) that I use personally and that all my clients use, ThinkUp http://apple.co/2rymDk8 2. Surrender in the moments that matter. Whether at the starting line of the 4 X 100 in the Olympics, walking into the first major launch meeting for Thrive Global, or it’s your first presentation to your new boss, Dixon shares that we must step outside ourselves and surrender to what we have shown up to do. Show up fully present and serve at your highest level without any worry of the outcome. Leroy Dixon was a “very small and skinny kid with no particular talent for sports.” It was his belief in himself and his ability to surrender fully in the moments that mattered. Of course, there were many important coaches and supporters along the way, but the message is this: Dream big, get a mentor or coach, and put in the work. There is absolutely no reason why you can’t be world-class at what’s important to you. The next time you have an important event coming up, try using the ‘How to Level Up’ worksheet to help you surrender, so you can deliver your best performance. Download the worksheet here for free: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzysCqN9kDMeLTNac0w0RXQ4SDA/view?usp=sharing

27. One Secret to Next-Level What Matters Most
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Description: Growing up, no one told me that life can be hard sometimes. Raising kids, growing a business, running a marathon, and contributing to the community can be incredibly rewarding. And hard. We can learn a lot from world-class performers. They dream big, do small often and consistently, and they fail (a lot). Are Olympians, accomplished musicians, senior leaders, and those who are starting movements to make the world a better place equipped with super powers, an abnormally high IQ (well, some are but not a prerequisite) or an extra "success" chromosome? According to Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, the answer is "no." In order to be world-class at what’s most important to us, we must commit to attempting what’s hard for us. We must be intentional about pushing ourselves to do things that are difficult and then stick with it for a specific amount of time. If you want to get better at something that’s important to you, choose a difficult goal (and get busy :). Here are a couple ways to get started: Ask Yourself What Is Important and Why? It’s important to choose something difficult and that you connect it to a high level of purpose. For example, "I want to help 10,000 women to be Mentally Tough. I feel their highest contribution to themselves, their families, their companies and to the world as well as their personal happiness, depend on them having a world-class mindset." Get Accountable. Find someone who is more knowledgeable than yourself to learn from. This has been proven by Dr. Anders Ericsson, author of Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. We must learn from an expert who will push us outside our comfort zone and then be willing to try and try again. Celebrate the Wins and Neutralize the Setbacks. It’s important to surround big and small wins with lots of emotion, especially when attempting something difficult. As for the setbacks, and there will be setbacks with high ambitions, be sure to process them in a logical and matter of fact way. For example, "I’ve been ignored by Oracle for months (purely hypothetical:) which is a setback for my goal of helping 10,000 women to be mentally tough.""That’s frustrating, but I accept the frustration and will keep following up.""I crushed VMware last week and continue to transform lives from the in-person and global attendees there. I choose to celebrate that!" So, run farther, jump higher, try a different hobby, or go for something at work that you think is beyond your reach. You are only limited by what you think is possible, and others will cheer you on and follow your lead to next-level something that matters; even if it’s hard.

28. 3 World-Class Tips To Be More Purposeful
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Description: Whether you consider yourself a world-class performer or not, you have a lot in common with those among the elite either professionally, academically or athletically. You may sometimes fall off your purpose or lose it entirely. ‘Is this really what I am meant to do in the long-term?’ ‘What is my purpose or the best way for me to make progress today?’ ‘I need to switch gears , so how do find my (new) purpose?’ Athletes retire or get injured, senior leaders switch careers, academics change fields of interest, so they are not immune either! Lacking clarity on purpose can feel like the middle place, and it doesn’t tend to be too comfortable (at least not in my experience). Partly because we are not making progress towards something where we are making an impact for ourselves and/or for others. The good news is that we can learn from what world-class performers do a little differently to be more purposeful, so we can move towards being world-class at what’s important to us. Here are a couple of tips to get started: Believe purpose is possible. Sounds simple and like a no brainer, right? Not so fast! When we are not confident that something is possible, we tend to have very narrow focus. For example, if you are frustrated and tell yourself over and over again that purpose (short or long-term) is not possible or unlikely, you will have on blinders to the things that light you up or the things that are meaningful. Negative Self-Talk (a topic for another day!) is like practicing something over and over again in your head that that re. Think of it as walking through a beautiful field with a frown on your face, looking down at your shoes. You miss all the beautiful flowers! Consider this. On May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four minute mile when no one thought it was possible. Just 46 days later, Mr. Bannister’s record was broken. Once he ran a sub-four minute mile, others started to believe they could do the same. They did. Start to believe in your ability to find and live into your purpose which will help you to be aware of the possibilities. Others have and you can too. Here are a few tips to get you started. Slow down. If you don’t, you are avoiding putting in the work. Do Olympians win gold medals without putting in the time? Of course not. If you want to live more purposefully, you must put in the work too, and that means creating the time to be still, reflect or the time to possibly try new things or gather information. In our busy lives, we must ask, ‘What is most important to me right now and why?’ If becoming more purposeful tops the list, start scheduling time with yourself for this very endeavour or with other people who have what you want. Get intentional. Now that we believe becoming more purposeful is possible, we have created the space to allow for progress, we must get intentional about going after it. That means we create a daily or weekly routine to make progress. Here’s an example: ‘I want to grow my business, but I am not an experienced business owner. I lack purpose on my daily activities, so I will meet with a business coach once a week or with a mentor.’ Maybe you have no idea what your purpose is (You are not alone btw.), so you may set an intention to try something new once a month or meet up with someone who is passionate about what they do. The more detailed the better. What, when, who and what level of presence will you have? Bring your ‘A’ game! I consider all of you world-class performers who can next level your ability to be more purposeful. It’s more than that actually, we all must next level our sense of purpose. The world needs you to be as amazing as possible, especially now. Mental Toughness is the tool belt or catalyst which helps you to make consistent progress and to be happy along the way. Please check out the library of (free) resources on my website (SherylKline.com) or schedule an appointment with me if you’d like to learn more! Here's to you being amazing!

29. One World-Class Tip to Control Your Day
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Description: Have you ever had a week where the sh%@t hits the fan? If so, you are most definitely not alone. Here’s a world-class tip on how to best get through it. This tip will also help make those normal but busy days feel a bit more relaxed, in control and rewarding! One habit that world-class performers have that you can learn too is: develop clear boundaries. For me, #1 is that I need to get sleep. No sleep means I’m not able to be my best. I can’t serve my 1:1 clients, monthly subscription-based clients or deliver in my corporate workshops and trainings. Full transparency, I am not that fun to be around either (or so I’ve been told :). I set clear boundaries around when I shutdown screens (8:30 pm on weekdays) and when I start my evening ritual (chamomile tea, ice water, meditation). There are exceptions to the rule, but not often. When it does happen, I take a nap during the day, even for 15-20 minutes. Another example of a boundary is when I schedule a one hour lunch-time break to walk, read, eat and meditate (even for 5 minutes!) I may have lunch with a friend, but no work, errands, etc. What do you NEED to be your best self throughout the day, and how do you protect it? Here are a couple tips to help you to be world-class at what’s important to you by setting boundaries and taking a little control of your day: Plan out what boundaries you will need to set to accommodate your new ambitions: Whether it’s planning out an important conversation, planning how to accelerate your progress on an important project, or planning your new workout routine, planning is key. Commit and don’t feel bad about it: Do you want to eat cleaner? Want to get more fit? Always wanted to write a book? Set some boundaries, so you can do it! You will be happier and be a better friend, colleague, and family member for it. Unless your goals and dreams would put a severe hardship on someone else, the time is now. World-class performers are conscientious but determined, and you can be too. Fill in the crew: Let those around you know your new routine, why it’s important to you, and that you would be incredibly appreciative if your request was respected. For example, you want to go to bed at 9:30 pm, so you can work out in the morning. If anyone depends on you at home, you will gladly help them before that time. Do you want to go for a walk, read or meditate during lunch, so you can get recharged? Invite your crew along or let them know that you want to spend time with them ... but you need an hour to yourself during lunch. Boundaries help you take control of your day, so it doesn’t control you. We have all had those days where we gave up on what’s important to us, and gave into others requests that could have been delegated or deferred. Again, we want to be conscientious but determined, so we can be world-class at what’s important to us. I am here to support you and to make this content real. Here’s to you being amazing!

30. 3 World-Class Secrets to Train Your Brain
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Description: It’s very common for us to judge ourselves based on other people's sizzle reels rather than what's real. We don't see the struggle, insecurities and messiness of others. Rest assured, it's there at any level whether an amateur athlete or Olympian, whether an intern or CEO, or whether a new mother or the household CEO of 4 teens. So, how do we focus on progress not perfection to be world-class at what's most important to us? Today we are going to focus on one thing you can do to get started: Practice saying Affirmations daily. Consider that we become what we constantly tell ourselves. Evidence-based research shows that affirmations, actually change the brain on a cellular level—in other words, what you think about matters—a lot. “Thoughts have a direct connection to your health.” says Dr. Joseph Dispenza, author of Physics, the Brain and Your Reality. Here are a couple tips for you to use Affirmations to be world-class at what's most important to you: 1.Develop a ‘can-do’ attitude. Sometimes we have to be actors or actresses! Maybe it’s unlikely a goal will happen or uncertain if you will perform at a level that you hope for. Even so, it’s important to believe you can reach your biggest dream or achieve rockstar status when it really matters. Why? You will become more aware of what it takes to get there, you’ll be more confident, more motivated, AND less distracted. Keep affirmations positive and encouraging. You got this! As Amy Cuddy, a Harvard Psychologist and TED speaker says, ‘Fake it until you become it.’ 2.Keep it positive. When you repeat affirmations to yourself (‘I am smart enough to reach my biggest dream.’ or ‘I am only limited by what I think is possible.’), positivity is more than just making you feel good. It will help you believe you are capable, or raise your self-efficacy, and that’s can be a huge motivator and cheerleader especially when if it gets difficult or if you suffer a setback. 3.Check out ThinkUp(™). I’ve had the pleasure of working with Irit Wald, CEO/Founder of the positive affirmations app, ThinkUp. Essentially, ThinkUp combines positive affirmations with your own voice and with music to change the way we think which helps us DO differently too. You can try ThinkUp here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-st.... There is a paid and free version. Try creating and listening to these every night before bed for 10 minutes. What change or transformation do you want to see? Remember to dream big and do small. Positive affirmations are a great way to start. You have it within you to be amazing, and it starts with believing you can!

31. 3 Secrets to Use Disruption as a Superpower (Mentally and Strategically)
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Description: We all face the threat of someone or something disrupting our status quo. The mere thought of disruption can be paralyzing or it can be a secret weapon. With the proper mindset and tools, you (or your team) can take control to use disruption as a superpower. I had the opportunity to catch up with Michael Alf of the Disciplined Disruption Podcast. Here are a few of Michael’s rules to be proactive surrounding disruption, so you can capitalize on an uncertain situation. In future episodes, I will talk about the mindset and planning required to execute these amazing tips: Developing the proper mindset is a vital component when it comes to planning for disruption. One of the biggest challenges as businesses, industries and roles are changing is: ‘How do I expand my tool belt to be as prepared as possible?’ The answer to this question starts with being confident in what’s possible and having the mindset to make clear and actionable progress even when it gets challenging. Becoming more agile is key, within an industry as well as becoming personally more agile. Women especially in traditionally male industries, need to have a heightened awareness of how to deal with disruption in an organization and have a structure in place to do so. Networking and taking control can make a huge difference in the end game, and the planning should start sooner rather than later. Specifically, networking groups should be inclusive of men and women and not limited to one gender group. If women, do not have an inclusive networking group, one should be formed. Women can step into and take control of this process for the best outcome for themselves and their male colleagues. I encourage you to reach out to me, so you can gain clarity and get a plan in place for you to use disruption as a superpower. Let's talk, because putting a pen to paper is where the transformation takes place! I am here to support you and to make this content real. Here’s to you being amazing!

32. Motivation Mondays: You Need to Go For Things That Are Important to YOU!
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Description: It’s not just about the "10,000 hour rule" and putting in a lot of time. It’s about HOW you practice (deliberate). Find an expert/coach to help you out... push yourself beyond the limits that are comfortable… it’s your time to get going NOW! You can be at a level that’s world-class for YOU! You’re good enough. You’re smart enough. You’re athletic enough. Dream big and do small. It’s just has to do with your MINDSET and HOW you practice.

33. What No One Tells You About the “F”-Word (... It’s Not What You Think) - Mental Toughness
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Description: I’m going to address the “F” word right away so I don’t get in trouble. The “F” word is “Fear.” Emotions can propel us to greatness, or they can paralyze us, bringing creativity, productivity and motivation to a screeching halt. I sure prefer the later for moments that really matter and for long-term ambitions. Let’s talk about the Emotional Wheel and “F”ear, as well as how your mindset may affect how you plan and how you perform under pressure. The good news is that you can learn the tools to dream big, do small and crush it especially when it matters. Zone performance is not just for the elite few, it’s for you too! Green light means that you likely have a deep awareness and understanding of what emotions you experience, which ones serve you, which ones don’t as well as how to manage your emotions for optimal performance and optimal long-term thinking. Yellow light means caution. You may not be as aware of your emotions and how to regulate them. You can recover and get back to zone performance from here, but it may be challenging. There can also be consequences when it comes to creativity, productivity and motivation if recovery is not set into motion quickly. Red means it is unlikely you will be able to recover back to zone performance without a significant break or stopping what you’re doing all together. This is where the ‘downward spiral’, limiting beliefs (‘Maybe my goal is too lofty.) and learned helplessness (‘Maybe I am not good enough.) live. Creativity, productivity and motivation are infrequent visitors here. Whether it’s for moments that matter or whether for planning your long-term ambitions, your mindset and how you deal with fear matters. Keep in mind that world-class athletes are human just like us, and they feel all types of emotions including negative ones. The difference is that they know how to manage them and even use them to get back into ‘zone’ performance and into ‘zone’ future planning, sooner rather than later. You can learn how to get back into the zone too. It starts with being aware of your emotions and aware of where you want to be, especially in moments that matter most.

34. Leveraging Mental Toughness to Rock Disruption
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Description: We all face the threat of someone or something disrupting our status quo. The mere thought of disruption can be paralyzing or it can be a secret weapon. It’s all in your mindset and what you choose to do with it. Here’s one tip to "Leverage Mental Toughness to Rock Disruption" so you can get aggressive today about planning how to rise above the rest tomorrow: Keep this in mind, and you’ll be on your way to using a tool you already have in a way that most people don’t know about. Here’s how: Use fear to drive progress. In order to foster creativity, productivity and courage it’s important to use this emotion to your benefit rather than to your detriment. Fear can be paralyzing or it can be a super power. It depends on your mindset, how you perceive it. Here’s how to take the first step: 1.) Recognize a potential threat and its consequences. 2.) Release that fear by accepting it, and then thinking of it as an ally. 3.) Strategize by using your fear to raise your sense of urgency to think of the most impactful ways to be innovative today for your best performance tomorrow. Think of it this way. If you were training for a race and wanted to become faster to qualify for an event. A potential threat could be an injury. You could choose to get conservative with your training to "stay healthy", or you could use this fear of injury to get aggressive about the latest techniques for flexibility and joint support. The fear of injury is very real, but it’s what you do with it that matters. Do you perceive it as potentially derailing all your hard work, or do you ask it to walk beside you to get even more dialed on preventative care? Fear is a powerful emotion. It’s up to you what you do with it.

35. 1 Secret for You to Accelerate Forming a New Habit
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Description: Forming new habits take time (Dr. Phillippa Lally's famous study out of the University College London noted on average, it takes 66 days before a new behavior becomes automatic). But, the awesome thing is that when you can form new habits, that's how people really become experts and actually happier. They're getting the things done that are important to them. Once they form a habit, then they can move on to something else to get even better. Whether it's for exercise or it's for doing something at work and forming a new productivity habit, it's super important. I have “partner in crime” who is incredibly important to me in forming new habits and also in being accountable. Kona is a 3 year-old American Labrador Retriever, and she is my accountability partner to go running four days a week. I don't want to say she's annoying. Let's just say that she's persistent. Whether it's for exercise or it's for something at work (for example you need to practice for a big presentation coming up in a few weeks) it’s super important to have an accountability partner. There's a couple different types of accountability. The best one I find is to have someone physically do something with you. In relation to Kona, she is my accountability partner because she's very persistent and she will not let my day go on until we go for a run. As my accountability partner, Kona and I dthe running together. Another way that you can be accountable to form new habits is to verbalize to someone. Back to our earlier example of the big presentation, let’s say you must practice for a presentation 15 minutes a day. You can either… A) have your accountability partner come with you and practice with them (which is ideal) or B) if you can't do that, you can put your accountability partner on notice and say, "Hey, I have this big presentation coming up and it’s very important. I need to practice 15 minutes a day and I'm just going to call you in the morning and let you know when I'm going to start doing this." Have someone help you out that way. A third way that you can be accountable is to yourself. That would be to write it down. You might jot on a piece of paper (again, if it's for work) “I'm going to begin practicing for my big presentation each day at 9:00am until 9:15am. It’s not only important for you to write that down once, you should do it every day and put it somewhere where you can see it. Forming new habits can empower you to become an expert quicker and be happier. I venture to say that because when we’re getting things done and we're accountable, we naturally become more proficient, we tend to be more happy. That is really important too. The one secret today for you to form new habits quicker is to get accountable: 1. Be accountable with someone and to physically do what you're going to do with them … and/or 2. Verbalize it to someone and do that every day until it becomes a habit … and/or 3. Be accountable to yourself by writing something down and viewing it every day.

36. 1 Confidence Hack You Can Start Right Now - Mental Toughness
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Description: You work extremely hard to prepare for high-pressure or competitive situations, and it’s incredibly frustrating when results do not measure up to your effort. There is one thing you can do to help boost confidence and encourage your best when it matters: Set Intentions. Here’s how: Intentions are things that you can or will do empower you to focus (that’s a bonus!) and believe in yourself. This increases your self-efficacy (your belief about your capability to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect your life.) For example, “At 4:00-4:30 p.m. today I will spend 30 minutes compiling research for a presentation.” So, the outcome of the presentation is uncertain, but there is certainty surrounding your preparation and execution. Why it works. Setting Intentions gives you control over what’s important to being able to do your best. It’s also an internal accountability system. World-class athletes typically perform their best when they are calm, carefree (of the outcome) and focused (on what’s most important). Setting Intentions will help you have a world-class mindset and champion results. If you can consistently set intentions for what’s important to you, you will be able to guide your thoughts and emotions in a way that they will help you do your best! Intentions help you to dream big, take control and focus on the small wins for big results! You got this!

37. 3 Secrets to Pre-Game Rituals That You Need to Know Now!
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Description: Pre-game rituals are tools that help world-class performers to be calm and focused during situations that are important to them. The great thing is: You don’t have to be an Olympic hopeful to use rituals to help you do your best, especially when you are under pressure and the outcome matters. Here are a few tips, so you can set up a ritual that helps you rise to the occasion: 1. Fuel Up: Do you have a favorite pre-game snack or meal? If there is something that you eat and/or drink in the morning or before an important event that sits well with you and gives you good energy? Try making that part of your pre-game ritual. 2. Look Sharp: Do you have a favorite article of clothing? Maybe something that you feel confident wearing? Maybe a ‘lucky’ article of clothing that you’ve worn previously when you’ve really crushed something? If so, have it ready to go the next time you need to be world-class for something important to you! 3. Get Focused: Think about listening to music, journaling, or anything you can do to be calm and focused before an event. There are plenty of play lists with motivational songs or you can simply take a moment to write down what you know you want to do or what you know you can accomplish. For example, ‘I am confident. I am ready. Let’s go.” You have more in common with world-class athletes than you may think! They get nervous and worried too, but rituals are one way they (and YOU) can get to the business of doing your best, especially when it matters.

38. 1 Epic Formula to Manage Emotions When the Stakes Are High
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Description: Being able to manage emotions is a tool that can come in handy during important events at school, at home or in competitive situations. Since emotions drive behavior, this is an important skill to understand and master, so all your hard work can pay off. Once it’s game time, it is time to trust yourself. In other words, trust that your desired result will happen (even if you are not so sure!) World-class athletes perform their best when they are calm, carefree (of the outcome) and focused (on the most important thing to do their best). In other words, they trust and believe in themselves. Not being able to manage emotions is distracting, and the consequences can be significant and frustrating. Keep this formula in mind, and you too will be able to champion your best results: Emotional Control + Trust = Success. Here’s how to get started with managing your emotions, especially when the stakes are high: 1.) Recognize when feeling nervous or doubtful. If you are thinking ‘I am worried about my performance because there is a lot riding on it.’, recognize that ‘worry’, and be at peace with it. You can think ‘I’m worried and that’s ok.’ It’s important to realize that typically emotions need to be felt before they can be moved aside. 2.) Release. Many times, it’s fear that drives negative emotions. We need to pass through fear and get to courage, so we can do our best. One way to do this is to challenge and even welcome your fear, and then commit to doing your best regardless. For example, you have a big presentation coming up, and you are worried about the consequences if you don’t do well.Welcome that worry. Challenge yourself to feel it full force. Then commit to preparing the best way you can. It’s time to slay the worry, not back away from it. 3.) Strategize. You should be in a better place now to get down to what matters! Think of the most important thing for you to do your absolute best. It may be to ask relevant questions, keep eye contact, explicitly ask for what you want at the end of the conversation or breathing a certain way while competing. Whatever it is ... it must be in your control. Elite athletes know how to manage emotions when it matters, and now you can too! Mental Toughness is the tool belt or catalyst which helps you to make consistent progress and to be happy along the way. Please check out the library of (free) resources on my website (www.SherylKline.com) or schedule an appointment with me if you’d like to learn more!

39. Take the "7-Day Mental Toughness Challenge" - members.sherylkline.com/p/challenge
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Description: http://members.sherylkline.com/p/challenge Are You Ready to Take the FREE 7-Day Mental Toughness Challenge? For 7 days, just a few minutes each day, you'll be challenged to learn and implement some of the core Mental Toughness tips, tools and habits of world-class performers. Get Mentally Tough! We can't all be world-class performers, but the amazing thing is that we can learn and implement some of the same core Mental Toughness tips, tools and habits. That's incredible because it will allow us to dream, plan and achieve the things most important to us! Over the next 7 days, you're going to be learning some of these tips, tools and habits of world-class performers. I want to assure you, that the "7-Day Mental Toughness Challenge" is not going to be super complicated. It's going to be simple, and you get to do it with a friend, if you chose to do so. Each day, you are going to receive an email and a video that's going to challenge you, one way to be Mentally Tough. You're going to record what you do on a worksheet and share it with your challenge partner each day. Keep in mind, you can do this solo if you want to, but I highly recommend you rope someone in for the week! You will be doing yourself AND them a favor:). Why should you take on this Mental Toughness challenge for 7 days? Because I know that there's something out there, that's incredibly important to you. I call it “your own personal Olympics.” What do you want to get done? It's going to be 7 days of simple things that you can do, to make progress. It's simple, and it's going to move the needle for you. What's the Benefit? The key benefit ... is progress. It's going to give you a tool to put in your back pocket, not just for 7 days, but for any time you want to tackle something that is important to you. You can put on a "Mental Toughness hat", start to think like a world-class performer, and even role model for someone whose trying to get something done. Take a bow if you have committed to this "7-Day Mental Toughness Challenge." Sign-up, then keep your eyes open for an email that's going to include instructions for Day 1. We are in the middle of a movement. In the next year, I am going to help 10,000 people to be Mentally Tough. That means I'm going to help them go after some of their biggest dreams that they set for themselves. If you can take this on and even better, pass it along to five friends, that would be incredible! You can just click the button below. We're going to take care of most of the work for you. I can't want to see you, on the inside! - Sheryl -

40. 3 Steps on How to Be a Warrior When It Matters - Mental Toughness
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Description: We may not be preparing for a NBA title or any national stage, but we do have events that are no less important to us. Maybe it’s educational, professional, or personal. When it’s time to go to battle for something that really matters, there are a couple things you can do to be world-class and deliver. 1.) Get Clarity on What You Want. How do you want to perform, or what outcome do you want? For example, I want to place in the Top 3. Or I want to get a certain job or promotion. Clarity is the first step in going after and getting what’s important to you. 2.) Believe it Will Happen. In other words, ‘Proceed as if success is inevitable.’ You may have to be an actor or an actress because you may not believe what you want is 100% possible. Did For example, if you believe you can place in the top 3 or get that job promotion, you will start to search out ways to get better. It fuels confidence! Your mindset is SO important when it comes to making progress. Rather than ‘fake it until you make it’, you should ‘fake it until you become it’! Here is something that may help. It’s app called ThinkUp that I use and that my clients use. It’s changed my relationships and my business, so I would love for you to check it out. There is a free and a paid version for a nominal fee. Here is the link if you want to check it out, http://apple.co/2rymDk8. 3.) Get Focused on the One Thing. Identify the one thing that’s most important for you to do your best that you have control over. I can’t reiterate enough. When it comes to knocking it out of the park, you need to have control. Anything else is a distraction. For example, if you are in a race, maybe you need to remain calm steady. If you have a big presentation maybe you need to enunciate or keep eye contact. If you are a little nervous or worried, always go back to a deep belly breath or two to clear the slate for what you have control over. Big or small, we all have events in our lives that matter to us. With all the time and effort we spend, we deserve to crush these moments and be happy and proud with our efforts. If you can gain clarity, believe you can, and get laser focused when it’s your turn to shine, you will be on your way to being world-class. Mental Toughness is the tool belt or catalyst which helps you to make consistent progress and to be happy along the way. Please check out the library of (free) resources on my website (www.SherylKline.com) or schedule an appointment with me if you’d like to learn more! Please do share if you found this helpful, and keep your eyes open for "Mental Toughness Mastery" which is my new monthly livecast coming out in the next couple of weeks! I am SO excited to share this with you, and you will be the first to know once it is launched!

41. 3 Reasons Why You Should Dream Big (Not S.M.A.R.T.) - Mental Toughness
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Description: In 1976, Steve Wozniak suggested to Hewlett Packard (his employer at the time) the idea of creating a personal computer. He was rejected, so he and his friend Steve Jobs got to work themselves on their dream of individual creativity for each user. Martin Luther King had a dream that someday we would all be equal. When Michael Phelps was 7 years old, he had a dream that there were no limits on what he could achieve. Did these world-class performers meet all of the criteria of S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely)? No. They dreamt big and worked every day like that dream was possible, even through massive setbacks and failures. Here are a couple of reasons why YOU should dream big too: 1.) Broad to Narrow: When you dream big, are more optimistic, and shoot for the stars, you are more aware of opportunities that present themselves. This broad awareness may lead you to be more confident and throw your hat into the arena for opportunities that arise. In contrast, a narrow focus, being conservative or unconfident makes it less likely you will try and more likely you will give up if you do try. 2.) The Two Things That Will Happen: ... if you dream big and proceed every day like it is possible. Your dream will come true or you will reach a level of success that would have otherwise never been available to you. It’s been proven over and over that world-class performers achieve their status based on a belief they can do something and consistent and deliberate hard work. What’s important to you? 3.) Role Model the Way: Ever since I was in elementary school (a VERY long time ago!) my dad would tell me that I was smart enough to do whatever I wanted. I just needed to learn how to be resilient. I heard that so often, I believed him, and I’ve found it to be true over and over with myself, my kids and with my clients.! Consider that we believe what we hear repeatedly from those who have influence over us. Especially from a young age. If you can model the way to dream big, others who look up to you will do the same. Is there anything big or small that you dream of doing? Maybe a trip, learning a new language, running a half marathon or even reversing global warming:). Remember the books Peak and Talent is Overrated I recommended from last week? You are only limited by what you think is possible, so start dreaming big! :) Mental Toughness is the tool belt or catalyst which helps you to make consistent progress and to be happy along the way. Please check out the library of (free) resources on my website (www.SherylKline.com) or schedule an appointment with me if you’d like to learn more! Please do share if you found this helpful, and keep your eyes open for "Mental Toughness Mastery" which is my new monthly livecast coming out in the next couple of weeks! I am SO excited to share this with you, and you will be the first to know once it is launched!

42. 3 Tips for You to Be World-Class in What's Important to YOU
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Description: It is a common misconception that ‘either you have it or you don’t’. In other words, either you are good at math or you are not. You are talented at one sport but not at another. You are a follower and not a leader etc. Here’s something that most people do not know! There is no scientific proof that, even if one excels as a young person, that ‘talent’ is an indicator of whether or not you can become an expert. Sure, if you are 5’2” male, it may be difficult to play basketball at a high level (but not impossible!). All things considered, YOU are capable of much more than you think regardless if you have ‘talent’ or not. There’s one thing you can start doing now that will help you to be world-class in what’s important to you: Deliberate Practice. Anders Ericsson has spent decades researching this very topic and has written an entire book on deliberate practice, Peak. Here are the most important take aways that you can implement now: 1.) Find an Expert: Choose a mentor, a coach, or even YouTube! Find a way to understand the best way to do what you want to do. Ideally, this would be a someone who could watch you, and then make suggestions on how to improve. This can get expensive, so YouTube or some other online (free) learning platform is an alternate option. 2.) Create Mental Representations: Mental what? These are just ‘pictures’ that we hold in our mind. For example, if I say the word ‘cat’, you will likely think of a small, furry, four-legged animal. You have an image in your mind or a mental representation of a cat! Whether you are a swimmer looking to drop time or an engineer trying to develop a code, you will need to know how an expert does what you want to do. Then you will need to create a mental representation of how to do it. 3.) Practice: Practice the mental representations, get input from an expert (or self monitor if need be), make adjustments, repeat. Here’s an example. You swim the 100 free-style, and the most important thing you can do to drop time is to pull more water. Go back to step 1 (grab an expert), create a mental representation of how this expert would pull water, practice, get corrected/make the correction yourself, practice again, repeat. You get the idea. Whether you want to improve in a sport, at work or any other endeavor, deliberate practice is a tool that can help you to take a big step towards that big dream! Here’s to you being amazing! Please do share if you found this helpful, and keep your eyes open for "Mental Toughness Mastery" which is my new monthly livecast coming out in the next couple of weeks! I am SO excited to share this with you, and you will be the first to know once it is launched!

43. 3 Steps to Boost Confidence
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Description: World-class athletes are very deliberate in the way they practice and compete. There are a couple things that we can do too to help boost confidence and encourage our best. Here's how: 1). Start with Clearing the Mind: Sounds simple, but not always easy! One way to begin the process is to do a couple ‘box breaths’ before high pressure or competitive events. It’s simply inhaling for 5 seconds through their nose into their diaphragm, extending their stomach, holding for 5 seconds, exhaling for 5 seconds through their mouth, and holding for 5 seconds. So, in for 5, hold 5, out for 5, hold 5. They should be sitting or standing up straight, be comfortable and in alignment. Here's why it works. Research has proven that breathing exercises can change the pH of our blood, change blood pressure, and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which is the one that calms us down. This type of breathing also activates the Vagus nerve, which helps to deactivate the stress response, and helps calm us down. You have now cleared the slate for what’s important. 2). Let Go of the Outcome: One thing you can do is to focus less on outcomes and more on preparation and mastery. You have control over preparation and mastery and usually don’t have control of outcomes. In order to have our best shot at doing our best, it’s the process that deserves your attention, not the outcome. Are you what is expected or what you need to do? Are rested for the big day (hopefully most days!)? Do you have a strategy? You need to own whatever important event you are preparing for, not the other way around. Master what you have control over, that’s it. Here's why it’s important. World-class athletes do not worry about what happens if they fail or don’t measure up. If they do, it’s managed effectively and efficiently. The reason being, it’s distracting. In order to do your best, just prepare, clear their mind, assume their desired result will happen, and dismiss any worry of the outcome. HINT: If this is difficult, you should go back to those box breaths. 3). Set Intentions: If you can increase self-efficacy (the belief that you can accomplish something), your confidence should follow. Intentions, things you know you can or will do. For example, “I am fast, and I will run my hardest.” The outcome may not be in your control, but you will start to believe what you tell yourself over and over again which boosts confidence. That gives you your best shot at being as amazing as possible. Here's why it works. Simply, setting Intentions gets you focused on what’s important for you to your best. It’s also an internal accountability system. World-class athletes typically perform their best when they are calm, carefree (of the outcome) and focused. Clearing your mind, letting go of the outcome and then setting an intention will help you have a world-class mindset and champion results. Please do share if you found this helpful, and keep your eyes open for "Mental Toughness Mastery" which is my new monthly livecast coming out in the next couple of weeks! I am SO excited to share this with you, and you will be the first to know once it is launched!

44. One Secret About Errors Your Competition Doesn't Know
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Description: Sheryl Kline, M.A. CHPC discusses One Secret About Errors Your Competition Doesn't Know

45. My Story "Why I'm Passionate About Mental Toughness Coaching"
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Description: Certified High Performance Coach Sheryl Kline discusses her story and passion for Mental Toughness Coaching. For more information on Mental Toughness, visit www.sherylkline.com to find FREE videos, articles, tools, interviews, testimonials and more. To reach Sheryl Kline for 1:1 coaching, group coaching or speaking/workshop engagements, please email info@sherylkline.com or call (925) 257-4257.