How to be more tenacious: tenacity tips

How tenacious are you? Do you set goals and stick with them? The missing ingredient in the toolbox of many an athlete is psychological: the desire to win. Sometimes will to win beats skill to win. Here, we showcase five tips on how to be more tenacious.

Read at the Adrenalist..


The motivation molecule

Picture this. You’re playing a basketball match. In the last quarter, you have just 10 seconds to make the winning move. Jinking, you shoot – the ball rises lazily over the hoop. Just before the buzzer screams, you see the swoosh. Bull’s eye!

Cue a dopamine surge in your head. Firing signals to your brain, the vital neurotransmitter boosts how pumped you feel. Also flooding the brains of your teammates and the fans in the stands, dopamine fuels their euphoria.

You can see why calls dopamine “magical”. Learn more about the exhilarating motivational force that stokes your thirst for achievement.  The Adrenalist.

Positively awful: the cult of demotivation

Are you “passionate” about your job? The steamy adjective popular in job ads and press releases suggests workplaces should be filled with people who drip fervour. Does that sound like your office?

If you and your colleagues loathe the work you do, you are far from alone, according to actor Drew Carey, who said: “Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called everybody – and they meet at the bar.”

The tone of Carey’s remark is echoed by countless classic Homer Simpson lines and Dilbert comic strips where the boss talks about “redefining success as the slowing of failure”. The theme also plays out in a ragtag army of slacker-style “demotivation” websites that skewer rictus-faced corporate positivity liable to spark resentment in the face of downsizing, outsourcing and infighting. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald

Stressbuster: the shrink for entrepreneurs

Stressed? If, in the twitchy run-up to tax time your start-up is driving you mad, you might want to visit psychologist Peter Shallard’s site.

The self-styled “shrink” for entrepreneurs, who says his age is irrelevant to his work, started out as a psychotherapist tackling anxiety, depression, addictions: the “stuff of dark places”. In 2006, he shifted to business psychology, inspired by a flight-phobic client, who said Shallard’s insight could benefit business.

Now, Shallard has one biz psych practice in Sydney and another in Auckland. Read more at the Age…

Your Personal Best – Janine Shepherd

Unless the scars caught your eye, you would never guess she has suffered misfortune, let alone the trauma that cost her almost eight pints of blood—and very nearly her life. Janine Shepherd has a breezy, country-gal air that only fades when recounting her epic story’s darkest, strangest chapters.

Rewind to 1986. The blond Australian was a champion cross-country skier tipped to win her country’s first Winter Olympics medal. Shepherd, 47, recalls the run-up to her downfall calmly, and quizzically, with the words “It was funny.”

Just back from training with the Australian ski team in Europe, she was about to head to Canada in preparation for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. “I was just on top of the world,” she says. Shepherd was not in top form, however. Her doctor had just detected she had anemia and she yearned to relax. “I was tired. I was really tired.”

But a fellow skier on a visit to Shepherd’s home state, New South Wales, persuaded her to come for a bike ride over the scenic local hills known as the Blue Mountains. Shepherd acknowledges she should have refused, but casts her decision as “destiny.” The last thing she remembers, she says, her voice trailing off, is riding up a hill with her friends. Read more at Success Magazine…