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You’ve heard it before—and have probably even said it before.

“Story of my life . . . ”

It’s the middle of a stretch of bad luck or bad outcomes, and one more unpleasant thing comes piling on. A flight gets canceled. An important client backs out of a meeting and takes his or her business to somebody else. A player is making the familiar walk from the shower to his locker the week before spring training ends and slips and breaks his wrist. …continue reading

Managing Anxiety

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The following is an excerpt from the book Life as Sport, by Dr. Jonathan Fader. 

The video is hilarious—unless you’re me.

It starts with me in the parking lot, raising my fists like I’ve just won the heavyweight championship of the world. You can hear the wind hard across the camera’s microphone and see the tall grass in the open airfield behind me getting blown horizontal. …continue reading

The Game of Life

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The following is an excerpt from the introduction of the book Life as Sport.

It’s your big moment. You have an important presentation to make.

You’re getting ready for a big date. Or you have a critical parenting decision to make. You need to be at your best, and you’re hoping your best abilities—and judgment—will be there. …continue reading

Life As Sport Foreword by Sandy Alderson

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The following is an excerpt from the book Life as Sport.

I’m fortunate to be familiar with Jonathan Fader through the great work he does with elite athletes and high achievers in a variety of disciplines. Thus, I was looking forward to learning more about how the strategies he uses can be adapted to everyday life outside the stadium.

I wasn’t disappointed. …continue reading

Resource: The DOT Model

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Focusing on the process instead of the end result is important for not only athletes, but anyone who is attempting to reach a goal.

I like to use the acronym “DOT” to help people focus, where DOT stands for doing, outcome and thinking. Doing corresponds to the skills you will utilize such as visualizing developing a routine. Thinking corresponds to your thought process when you both fail and succeed. Focusing on Doing (D) and Thinking (T) will allow you to reach your Outcome (O). The following diagram illustrates the process of “staying on the dot.”


Download the DOT sheet here.