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The Value of Time

Everybody should do at least two things each day he hates to do, just for practice.

—WILLIAM JAMES

In my time as a sport psychologist, I have watched a lot of prac- tices. I have observed that practice varies greatly from coach to coach. They value and use time differently, and there is a noticeable difference in how each one responds to failure and mistakes.

Some coaches know how to create a high-pressured and intense practice environment that simulates competition. Other personalities lead to a more relaxed and focused practice. Still others are experts at creating drills or making the monotony of swimming endless laps interesting. ...

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