Here I am in my hotel room after a great day at Billy Donovan’s Coaching Clinic at the University of Florida. It was a great day.

I was slated to speak to 60+ college and NBA basketball coaches tonight.

I was nervous.

But I didn’t ACT nervous.

How did I do?

By the number of books/workbooks/audio CDs I sold and the fact that coaches were coming up to me afterwards asking me how they could bring me to their teams, I would say it went well.

How does this affect you as an athlete, coach, student or parent?

Accept your thoughts and feelings and take action anyway.

Don’t worry about the results, focus on the process instead.

Time for bed and goodbyes in the morning and flying out back to the Northeast.

Thanks for reading.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center


So here I am in Gainesville, Florida getting ready to speak at the prestigious, Billy Donovan Coaching Clinic at the University of Florida. 50 of the top college basketball and NBA coaches have been invited to this two day event filled with information and networking for the upcoming season. I will be speaking tomorrow night after Steve Clifford of the Orlando Magic and Bob Bender of the Atlanta Hawks. The topic? Building toughness in your team and individuals.

How do you do it? Well, for starters, everyone needs to play as a team. Babe Ruth said, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

TEAM—Together Everyone Achieves More…as long as..there’s a Total Effort from All Members.

It’s good to be the best ON the team; it’s better to be the best FOR the team.

Stay tuned for more from the Sunshine State.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center


If you ran five miles, lifted weights, and practiced your sport for three hours today, would you REALLY wake up tomorrow morning a better athlete?

Not really.

Here’s what WILL help you become a better athlete almost instantly…

Have the same attitude as a great athlete.

Give the same effort as a great athlete.

Begin right now.

Come visit me at the USTA TennisFest at Veteran’s Park in Hamilton, NJ today at noon for my talk on mental toughness.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center


I am sitting here in my office, just a few miles from downtown Princeton, where Albert Einstein used to call home. I often drive by his house and think about his philosophy and work. Here is my Einstein quote of the day:

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.

Do you want to be comfortable, or do you want to be great?

Be comfortable being uncomfortable.

MESSAGE #1473 5 P’S

Recently, I asked the gold glove, all-star, world champion, Yankee great, Bernie Williams what the secret to performing under pressure was. His response? Preparation.

Here’s my take on it…

Remember the 5 P’s

1. Prior
2. Preparation
3. Prevents
4. Poor
5. Performance


We all want positive outcomes in life, from sports to sales to school. And most of us strongly dislike negative outcomes, but the truth is, there are no negative outcomes. We choose whether we win or we lose. It’s our reactions, and our responses that create our results. Let me put it another way…

E + R = O

Event plus Response equals Outcome.



I recently began working with a young golfer. This golfer has all the talent in the world, but is his own worst enemy. During practice, he performs unbelievably, but under pressure, he unfolds.

Golf is challenging because there is a lot of down-time. A lot of time to think.

The tournament prior to my last session with this golfer, he played poorly. But the next day, he played great…in practice. So during my session with him, I focused on creating a pre-shot routine.

And I told him to focus only on his pre-shot routine during his next tournament.

Guess what?

He won first place.

Everyone works on the physical game, but the ones that succeed are the ones that work on their mental game.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center


Recently, I was talking sports psychology with yoga guru, the great Naime Jezzeny. He mentioned that many marathon runners focus on one thing…the next step.

A marathon is 26.2 miles (approximately 55,335 steps).

If you think about running 26.2 miles, it could be quite intimidating. But if you focus on just taking one step, you will be fine. Then, do it 55,334 more times.

Let me put it another way. If you are driving at night, your car headlights can only help you see about 160 feet in front of you. Even though you are only driving 160 feet at a time, you can still drive through the night.

In sports, sales and school, set goals, but then “chunk it down,” or break the goal into smaller parts. Tackle one goal at at time and before you know it, you will attain your larger goal.

The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.