Posts Tagged ‘Alternative’

breathing = trading

June 12, 2010 6 comments

  • ask yourself: “what is the crowd waiting for?” “What do they need to see?”
  • What would confirm in their mind that the trade is NOW?!”
  • learn to see it before it happens
  • create separation between you and the crowd
  • be on the edge of them, so you can sense the mood, but don’t be inside the crowd
  • be aware of the crowd but be OF the crowd
  • be positioned in the quiet moment before they take off running
  • let their energy propel your position
  • if you are using “Red-Doji-Green-Go” on the 5s, consider the 1s or 3s as you see the front end of a doji occurring
  • what’s a doji look like as it is beginning to form?
  • a change in the downtrend that was the big red candle….failure to fail further, created the beginning of the doji
  • that’s the time to dial in and listen carefully
  • do you hear the absence of further failure?
  • do you hear the quiet pause between exhale (fear, selling, money flowing out) and the inhale?
  • (beginning to generate the energy of the next leg up)
  • this is the “natural respiratory pause”
  • this is the moment we train in marksmen
  • to pull the trigger at a moment of stability
  • in between the exhale and inhale
  • it’s the most stable moment in the body
  • there are 3 points in the breath: inhale, pause, exhale
  • in your practice of meditation, do some breath work:
  • 4 counts inhale, 4 counts pause, 4 counts exhale, 4 counts pause
  • learn to recognize and feel each state
  • learn the quality of the pause
  • feel your smooth emotional state
  • sip the air in, hold, let it seep out, hold
  • now feel price breathing
  • learn to dial in to the pace of the breath in the cycle that seems to be in force
  • sometimes at the opening its 5s and 1s; later it may be 15s and 5s, or 60 and 15
  • try Ken Cohen’s CDs on breathing meditations
  • monitor the breathing of the crowd
  • but don’t breath with them
  • stay true to your cycle of breathing
  • dont match their pace
  • watch cats stalking and watch their breathing
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Helping kids understand what success in sports is all about

May 25, 2010 1 comment

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Kids end up playing sports for a whole host of reasons. It’s not always the case, in fact it’s rarely the case, that a desire to succeed is the number one reason for their playing. it’s much more likely that they are enrolled in sports on behalf of their parents, or because their friends are doing it, or because they are curious, or they need something for fitness. The explicit desire to succeed is rarely the primary reason for joining.

Now that you have them on the team, though it’s important for you to set the tone about how to incorporate success into our vision for the team. It’s important that kids learn how to compete in a healthy manner and appreciate the importance of setting goals that can include winning the game.

I think it’s far more important though, it is important that the coach and parents decide explicitly, before the season even starts, on the definitions of success for the individuals and for the team. The coach needs to express his or her philosophy of success and have buy-in from the parents so that we speak to the young student athletes with a consistent and clear message.

For example, I use these five coaching points to define success for our kids: play hard, have fun, support the team, love the game and respect the other team and ref.

These are reinforced at every practice and every game. These are the measures by which we will judge our own success. I ask the girls to evaluate themselves before, during and after each game in order to emphasize what it takes to be a winner of our team.

It’s common in young teens to experience crisis of confidence. By having these simple and repetitive touchstones, we can help them focus on the things that really matter and thereby learn what the game has to teach us about life.

By making our expectations and standards clear, and creating a bridge from the field of athletics to the field of life, we are helping our young student athletes develop the skills you will need to define their own success in the future.

By having them grade themselves at each and every game, they get in the habit of comparing themselves against their goals which will help them achieve their goals in the future.

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Developing discipline in young athletes

May 25, 2010 2 comments

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A lot of people believe that you have to be harsh and loud to be an effective disciplinarian. The great example of UCLA coach John Wooden however tells us that discipline is much more than volume. It has everything to do with doing the right things in the right way on a routine basis in order to create an identity that will guide us through difficult times.

As an analogy, military discipline is what holds good units together in times of maximum stress and combat. The discipline anchors us into routine ritual behaviors which have a survival payoff in combat.

In sports, the discipline to do the right thing in the right way every day builds the habits that we need to win on the practice field so that they’ll be available to us automatically in the game.

As an example, if we are in the habit of wearing her uniform properly, then the equipment will not fail us at the crucial moment. If we follow a discipline of warm-up and stretching before every practice, and doing it in again will come as second nature and our injury rate will be much lower.

If we are in the habit of performing our little tasks to a high standard even when no one else is looking, and that discipline will carry over into how we performed on the big tasks.

How do we help young athletes achieve a state of discipline? I think it’s necessary to begin realistically with a few small things that we can build on as we grow our discipline muscles. “If the attitude of the team in your group huddle. When the coaches speaking everyone should be giving him their full attention. As a coach, if you see your players not paying attention or talking with when you’re talking, and how you handle that moment will go a long way towards establishing the climate of discipline.

When your athletes are talking out of turn, they have to know already that this is not acceptable behavior. That means you had to have told them in the very first practice what the standards are for the team when you’re talking. There to give you the respect full undivided attention and be ready to taking your words and apply them on the practice field. Inevitably, some kids will be talking when you’re talking.

Be firm but fair and insist upon their attention before you proceed. You can even ask them if they have anything else that like to contribute to the group before you proceed with your information. They will quickly get the message that it’s not their turn to talk. If their behavior persists, then you may have to take them aside and explain to them why their behavior is unacceptable and what the standards of the team are.

Make sure you framed this as a choice that they will make in order to be a member of the team. You cannot impose discipline on others, you can only encourage it by the force of your personal example.

As in all things, teaching by example is the best way to instill the lessons of disciplining your young athletes. Pay attention carefully when they’re talking, and take them seriously. Show them that you care about the little things in the way that you use language and care for equipment. Insist on doing things the right way for the right reasons and reinforce those lessons verbally with them so that they see how discipline touches everything on our team.

John Wooden started his UCLA season with a demonstration of how to properly trim toenails and fingernails. He was making the point that at UCLA they did everything properly, keep that in mind as you prepare for your next practice. Good coaching!

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is there a difference between coaching and mentoring?

February 5, 2010 1 comment

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Here are the differences I see between coaches and mentors:

1. to me coaching is about improving performance first and the person second. I see mentors focused on individual growth, holistically, rather than specific or particular performance.

2. I think the coach gets his power or authority from the formal position that he holds on the team or organization and his role is generally well understood and standardized, whereas a mentor I think shapes his role in consultation with his partner.

3. I think coaches are taking specific looks at improving performance on a particular task and usually as a member of the team whereas I think the mentor is considering positive personal growth that spans a career or an entire life.

4. I think mentors get chosen by the junior partner whereas coaches are assigned to a team in your on the team so that your coach and perhaps the only choice you have is whether or not to join the team.

5. I think coaches have standardized templates of high-performance that’s related to specific tasks whereas mentors develop the agenda for growth after consulting with their junior partner.

6. I know a lot of people that don’t have mentors and yet seem to do just fine, whereas I cannot imagine a team that would do very well without a coach

7. I think there are many times when coaches can be directive and authoritarian, whereas a mentor just about has to be Socratic to be effective since everything is about the inner life of the junior partner whereas in coaching it’s about the team

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