We all do our best to stay positive, but occasionally we can slip into negative thinking patterns that can wreak havoc on our lives.Continue reading
When I finally arrived in the U.S. for my Olympic training, I saw a beautiful stadium in front of me. I was ready and excited to start my warmup. Then suddenly I got confused, wondering how many laps I was supposed to run. I froze from the realization that I was one of the top javelin throwers in the world but had no idea how to do a warmup. I was good at taking direction, but now I was half a world away from my coach.Continue reading
Sometimes we strike a wrong chord with someone, or feel uncomfortable to ask somebody about something. These are techniques which can help you build good relationships with anybody.Continue reading
I am no stranger to feeling stuck in life. I’ve been training with some of the best coaches on the planet during 20 years of my sports career as an Olympic athlete. After I finished my sports career, I wanted to convey my knowledge about motivational psychology and training to other people and my own clients, but that wasn’t as easy as it first seemed. Without proper motivation from my coaches, it felt extremely difficult to take the first steps in creating my own company.Continue reading
New research suggests combining mindfulness meditation and running into a mental health program could help reduce depression.Continue reading
Synchronicity is a word coined by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to describe the temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events. It was a principle that he felt compassed his concept of the collective unconscious, in that it was descriptive of a governing dynamic that underlay the whole of human experience.
My biggest challenge was not physical or technical. It was all in my mind. I just kept thinking that my competitors were much better prepared, and no matter how much I trained, they surely trained more. Only after the competition was over, I found out that some of these girls were competing while being seriously injured, throwing javelin with half-broken backs and torn ligaments. I realized how stuck I was in my mind. I lost the Games, but I won the biggest lesson of my life.Continue reading