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Ed “The Jester” Ettinghausen holds the world record for marathons run in a year (135).  He’s also run 40 ultras (100 miles) in a year.  According to Ed, "It’s 10% physical and 90% mental. The mind is the captain, and the body is the servant.”
Be on the lookout for the launch of a new season on my podcast, The Ripple Tank.  I'll be covering success behaviors - the actions that successful students, athletes, and employees take.  You can listen on any major platform - Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google, etc. In the mean time, check out the mental toughness and learning series.
Even if you're not a tennis fan, you had to be impressed by the play of teenagers at the US Open. Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez met in the women's final, and the duo of Coco Gauff and Caty McNally (aka McCoco) advanced to the doubles final. They competed with a maturity and tenacity that belies their age. One thing that all four players have in common is their development of the whole person that's a result of grounded families. Here are some of the traits they share:

They were multi-sport athletes. Raducanu drove go-karts and competed in motocross in addition to playing tennis. Fernandez grew up competing in football, volleyball, and track, in addition to tennis. Gauff tried basketball, track, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, and soccer before settling on tennis. McNally played basketball through middle school.

They are students, on and off the court. While many professional tennis players drop out of school at an early age, these four have maintained their academic pursuits. Raducanu recently passed her exams for the British system, and both Fernandez (who also speaks three languages) and McNally take university classes online. They also study the best athletes in the world (and not just tennis players), to see what they can learn from their mindset and mentality.

They're competitive. That might seem obvious for world-class tennis players, but whether it's a board game, a video game, a dance-off, or on the court, they're driven to win and hate to lose.

Keep an eye on these four. They seem to be positioned for ongoing success, and they're great models for youth athletes.
Are you looking for a simple technique to regain a present-moment focus? Try out the 5-4-3-2-1 method. Look around for five items you've never noticed, four things you feel, three sounds you hear, two scents you smell, and one thing you taste. Using your senses will drive your attention back to the present.
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