How to intensify your focus and be more productive in the practice room with the 52:17 split

How to Intensify Your Focus and Be More Productive with the 52/17 Split

Imagine that for the next two hours, your job is to stare at an unmarked clock face. No numbers, no lines, just a blank white circle. And that a single hand will tick from one position to the next, one tiny move at a time, except for an occasional larger jump - which you must make a note of by pressing a button. How accurate a tally do you think you’d be able to keep over the two hours? This was a test devised by psychologist Norman Mackworth, who during World War II studied radar and sonar…


Why Feedback about Successes Is More Powerful than Feedback about Failures

Increase Your Students' Confidence and Motivation (and Learning) by Making This Tiny Adjustment

There are tons of inspiring quotes out there on the value of learning from our failures1. Indeed, mistakes provide great “teachable moments” where we can swoop in, clarify what went wrong, and figure out how to get better results the next time. For instance, when my daughter totally botches a passage on the piano, it seems like an obvious opportunity to pause for a moment to talk about what just happened and remind her what we’re aiming for. But then there are a rare few who suggest that we…


If You’re Going to Set Goals, This Is Probably How You Should Do It

A Test of 4 Approaches to Goal Setting: Here's How to Set Yourself up for a More Successful Year

The beginning of a new school year is always an interesting time, and brings with it a familiar feeling. That curious mix of excitement and hope, with a dash of anxiety and an unsettling feeling in your tummy thrown in. With so much going on, gastrointestinally and otherwise, it’s easy to take the “dive right in, figure out how to swim, and just go from there” approach. But then, 9 months later, we often look back at the year, wonder how it all went by so quickly, and wish we would have had…


can't vs. don't - increase your chances of realizing your goals

Boost the Odds of Achieving Your Goals by Replacing This One Word

I have no idea who coined the saying “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me” - but I think they were mistaken. Words totally do matter. Imagine being in a relationship for instance, and saying the words “I love you” for the first time. And then imagine your sweetheart replying with the words “I love…spending time with you.” How’s that going to feel? It’s the same phrase, but the extra three words added in the middle changes the implicit message in a big way. So while…


7 things we can learn from olympic athletes about overcoming adversity

7 Things We Can Learn from Olympic Champions about Overcoming Rejection & Setbacks

Whether it’s getting to the finals of three straight auditions (but coming up just short in each one), or receiving a letter from the school we have our heart set on (but discovering we’ve been rejected), we’ve all experienced crushing disappointments, setbacks, and adversity in our lives. So when we see something like the ending of the recent England vs. Japan World Cup match, we can empathize with how awful that might feel (take a moment to watch the aftermath. And the play that led to it).…