The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance By Alex Hutchinson

The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance By Alex Hutchinson

The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance

Excerpts:

New research suggests that even weekend athletes can dramatically extend their physical and psychological limits

By Alex Hutchinson

… All of us, it turns out, are capable of pushing back the physical and psychological limits that we encounter at the gym, on the trails and in our sporting adventures.

The feeling that you can go no further is just that – a feeling. And feelings can be changed.
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Eight Rejection Letters That Will Inspire You To Not Give Up – BBC

Eight Rejection Letters That Will Inspire You To Not Give Up – BBC

8 rejection letters that will inspire you to not give up  

Excerpts from the page:

U2’s Rejection Letter

“Thank you for submitting your tape of ‘U2’…”

U2 were given the generic refusal letter treatment by RSO Records after Bono (Paul Hewson)  mailed the London based label a demo tap in 1979. “We have listened with careful consideration,” the label’s Alexander Sinclair said, and we’ll never known whether that’s actually true. Either way, Mr. Sinclair must be kicking himself now.

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Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person by Christian Miller

Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person by Christian Miller

Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person by Christian Miller

We Can Encourage Our Better Angels

Social science points to several ways we can be more virtuous people

Role Models. Role models can help us see the world in a new way. They can be some of the people closest to us – my role models include my parents and my college roommate.

Or they can be people we don’t know, such as the Polish sewer worker Leopold Socha, who saved 10 Jews from the Nazis by protecting them underground for more than a year. They can even be examples from stories, like the good Samaritan or the bishop who forgives Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables.”

Role models reshape our imagination, serve as great sources of wisdom and advice, and perhaps most important, inspire us to change our lives and become better people.

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Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should

Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should

…But when people are asked about their countries, they switch from Pollyanna to Eeyore: everyone else is miserable, they insist, and the world is going to hell in a handcart.

This disconnect originates in the nature of news. News is about what happens, not what doesn’t happen, so it features sudden and upsetting events like fires, plant closings, rampage shootings and shark attacks.

Most positive developments are not camera-friendly, and they aren’t built in a day.

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Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Excerpts:

[The author of this work describes having written biographies of many famous authors, and he noticed after having written several of them, that there were gaps in their biographies]

…We live in a time of productivity and deliverables, when anything other than relentless upward movement in a career can be cause for self-excoriating anxiety.

But stretches of failure, disappointment, and obscurity are part of every life, even posthumously celebrated ones. The facts of some authors’ biographies make it hard to imagine that their lives felt as special at the time as their work has proved to be since.

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‘How I Led Amputees Up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel

‘How I Led Amputees Up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel

Partial transcript from video on the BBC page:

Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something.

You set your limits.

You set your limitations and never say never

View the video with the interview here:

‘How I led amputees up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel – BBC

Mona Patel lost her leg after being hit by a drunk driver. Now she has set up a foundation that supports other amputees.

More:

Hit by a drunken driver at 17, she gives other amputees hope

Excerpts:

On a spring day in 1990, Mona Patel was walking to class at Cal Poly University when a drunken driver slammed into her. She was 17.

“I flew up about 12 feet,” Patel said. “And then he pinned me between his car and a metal railing, and that’s what smashed my leg and my foot.”
Patel’s body, and future, were forever altered.

Weeks later, when Patel got out of the ICU, she underwent her first amputation. It was the start of seven years’ worth of surgeries in attempts to salvage the rest of her leg.

Patel went on to earn a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, and became a social worker.

But along the way, as Patel continued to struggle physically with her disability, she also struggled to find a support group for amputees.

…Today, Patel’s nonprofit, the San Antonio Amputee Foundation, aims to help amputees rebuild their lives.

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Beyond Thankful: Cultivating a Life of Gratitude by Clare Ansberry

The following article may or may not be behind a pay wall if you’ve used up your free monthly allotment of WSJ page views.

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Beyond Thankful: Cultivating a Life of Gratitude by Clare Ansberry

Gratitude can strengthen the immune system, improve sleep and reduce stress and depression. But to reap the benefits, you have to express your thanks