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Trailer for Garret Kramer’s new book, STILLPOWER

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Watch the video trailer for Garret Kramer’s new book, Stillpower: The Inner Source of Athletic Excellence. http://garretkramer.com/book/ Book is available for pre-order now, comes out on June 1st.

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Attitude

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

 by Garret Kramer Recently, a client asked my opinion on the following quote from basketball coach Pat Summitt: “Attitude is a choice. Think positive thoughts daily. Believe in yourself.” With all due respect to this highly successful leader, this type of mantra, which is common in the world of sports, will not help an athlete [...]

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The True Source of Well-being

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

by Garret Kramer A high level of well-being is not the result of something you do or something that happens to you. Well-being is at the core of who you are. Regrettably, most of us are not aware of this truth. We are pushing and searching for that magic bullet that will provide the happiness [...]

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An Angry Coach, an Unforgiving Player, and Why Mediations Don’t Work

Monday, March 7th, 2011

by Garret Kramer About ten days ago, former Holy Family University basketball coach, John O’Connor, was captured on video attacking one of his players (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8N-UThBYto). The incident has received its fair share of attention—mainly focused on judgment of, and condemnation for, O’Connor’s actions. While I certainly do not condone this type of behavior, let’s take [...]

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The Overlooked Lesson in the Tragedy of Dave Duerson

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

by Garret Kramer Unknowingly, I sent Dave Duerson an email on the day he took his own life. My friend and Dave’s teammate on the 1985 Chicago Bears, Tyrone Keys, had just connected us. Tyrone sensed something was not right with his buddy. As many of you now know, Dave donated his brain to concussion [...]

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The Strategic Significance of Well-being

Friday, February 11th, 2011

by Garret Kramer One of the most important aspects of my work is to explain and demonstrate—to athletes, coaches, and organizations—the almost always overlooked relevance of well-being. Without question, a person’s level of well-being, or state of mind, is the number one determinant of his success or failure. While most individuals place credit or blame [...]

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Foreword of Garret Kramer’s upcoming book, STILLPOWER by Zach Parise: NHL All-Star and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Zach Parise was kind enough to write the following words for my upcoming book.  I am thankful for the wonderful job he did!  The book will be available in stores and on-line, beginning May lst. I feel privileged to write the foreword for this book. I first met Garret Kramer in September 2008, and in [...]

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Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

by Garret Kramer During the NHL All-Star break, I had an interesting meeting with a young hockey player, who was trying to cope with negative thoughts about his teammates, coaches, and even his future. Sitting in my office, he said, “I need a strategy for getting rid of my dreadful thoughts; I must find a [...]

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Rex Ryan’s Mistake

Monday, January 31st, 2011

by Garret Kramer I have to admit it; I think Rex Ryan of the New York Jets is a heck of a football coach. His players love him, his team is extremely unified, his defensive schemes are insightful, he takes responsibility for his actions, and he (unlike most coaches) understands that “bulletin board material” only [...]

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Athletes and Accountability

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

by Garret Kramer I am amazed at how often I hear the following phrase: “Today’s athletes need to be more accountable.” Each time, I ask myself, “Accountable to what?” Winning? Giving maximum effort? Being a pro? Following a code of conduct? All of these behaviors? Sure, the actions of many athletes, both on and off [...]

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