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At the world class level, where talent differences are marginal, we estimate that 90% of success for elite performers is mental.  Dr. Michael Gervais
Simone Biles’ surprising decision to withdraw from all but one event at the Tokyo Olympics shined a bright spotlight on mental health. The heightened media attention has caused a muddying of the waters, particularly in regards to the language that has been utilized. The same term – mental health – has been applied to a wide variety of situations. While not necessarily wrong, using the same catchall phrase to describe different conditions sows confusion. Further complicating the matter, the field of psychology has long operated from a treatment paradigm instead of a wellness perspective. Consequently, it identifies and defines dysfunction well, but it’s not nearly as adept at describing the positive end of the spectrum.

Read on as I provide some clarity to mental health.
If you missed the NBA Finals, you missed a stellar performance by Giannis Antentokounmpo.  Giannis has learned that humility helps him stay present. Check out 1:45 of pure gold from this impressive human.
Australian high jumper Nicola McDermott set an Australian record as she won the silver medal in Tokyo.  Her use of a performance journal gained a lot of attention as she faithfully reflected on and recorded each jump.  As John Dewey said, "We don't learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience." Reflection can be as simple as asking, "What did I do well? What could I do better? How could I do it better?" If you'd like to learn more about reflection, reply to this email and I'll send you a free infographic.
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