4 Successful Athletes Share Their Best Relaxation Techniques

4 Successful Athletes Share Their Best Relaxation Techniques

People think genius is genetic, but it’s not. It takes time and repetition to master a skill. Practice a habit for 66 days and it can become hard wired. Athletes are often the best visual example of genius. Their ability to perform a physical skill has been honed from decades of practice. When it comes to competition, they know that their mental focus or attention is the reason for victory or loss.

What about everyday people who aren’t competing for the world championship, yet want to deepen their mental focus? The first step is to fuel your brain, specifically the frontal lobe where discipline and willpower reside. And the frontal lobe is stimulated with sleep, exercise, and meditation. And since we’ve been told time and time again that meditation and mindfulness can help you become more disciplined and reduce stress, here are some athletes who might finally make you believe it/want to do it yourself.

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Why it’s Okay to Be Called a Tomboy

Why it’s Okay to Be Called a Tomboy

A colleague of mine, Liz Wolfson, started a school for girls in Colorado that has physical movement as a core component of the mission. The Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) curriculum is based on research showing that the more your body’s engaged, the better your mind can function.

Imagine what our lives would be like if we integrated movement, wellness, healthy foods, and athletics into every aspect of our day? In a culture where gender norms have 10-year-old girls in dresses and 10-year-old boys in football pads, we need more places where girls are encouraged to be confident and physically expressive.

 

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What I would tell my 18-year-old self

What I would tell my 18-year-old self

In the fall of 1980, as I left New Hampshire to go to Ithaca College in upstate New York, one of a handful of students in my class who would leave the state for college and the first of my siblings to pursue a four year degree, I wish I had the certainty to have known the following:

  1. That deeply loving women and being a lesbian is a magical, powerful, loving, brave, acceptable way of being in the world no matter what anyone says to you or how isolating it may feel at times.
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Applying a Gender Lens to Social Change Philanthropy

Applying a Gender Lens to Social Change Philanthropy

One of my most favorite topics to speak about is applying a gender lens in philanthropy and the non-profit sector.  The application of this lens is the concept of how we view gender when we present to others or do our work.  Imagine the sunglasses that you wear on a day filled with bright sunshine.  They change your view, as does considering how you make daily decisions can change the world for women and girls.   Watch this clip of my address to The Miriam Fund in Boston to learn more.

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