Impact of Personal Crisis on Work and Performance

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

The Impact of Personal Crisis on Work and Performance

One day after catapulting from obscurity to international fame as the giant killer of the top women tennis players in the world at the US Open, young 17 year old Melodie Oudin has a bombshell dropped on her: her father is divorcing her mother for sleeping with Melody’s long time coach!

How will this turn of events impact her personal life, relationships, trust and career? In the short run, it certainly can’t be good. Hopefully, she will be guided to seek competent professional counseling to help her sort out and manage her emotions and the complex issues that they evoke.

Teen Stress

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Being a teenager has always been a stressful time as they seek greater independence, want to experiment with new things and want to fit in and be accepted by their peers. The technology age provides a double-edged sword, both as a resource for help and a block against communication. The increased access to chat with kids and groups from all over the world has the potential to reduce isolationism and provide advice, sharing and other viewpoints that can help teens deal with tough questions, situations and pressures they experience. The tendency of kids to keep things from their parents is magnified by the use of cell phones, texting and the numerous social websites teens gravitate to.

The caring, concerned parent is often kept out of the loop and the last one to know. Finding a balance over the use of technology is a challenge to all of us. Parents need to set limits without going over the top. Sometimes just caring and being available is all you can do.

Peak Performance

Friday, September 11th, 2009

As I listened to the commentators extolling the “mental toughness” of the latest young superstar at the US OPEN tennis championships, the 17 year old from Georgia, Oudin, I asked myself what does it really mean? I think it boils down to the idea that if you don’t have “expectations” that you “have to or are supposed to win”, you can concentrate more fully on the task at hand and play your best. By being in the present and not worrying about the future you reduce self-inflicted pressure. I remember year ago, when I was into golf, one of the best rounds I ever played was the one I didn’t keep score on! Developing the skill to be “aware” without “judging or evaluating” can help you perform at your best.

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