Recently I was observing some gymnasts and one girl was working on flips with her coach. For some reason, she kept falling over to her left. The coach smartly put some pads on her left so she could try to avoid them. Well, she continued to fall to her left and knocked the pads over. As a consultant to the gymnastics academy, I asked if I could make a suggestion. I told the girl that oftentimes athletes only make minor adjustments, if any. I asked her to try the flip again, but this time, I stood on the right with my hands out. I said, “Okay, this time when you perform your flip, just make your legs hit my hands as you finish.

Guess what?

She landed perfectly.

This minor miracle occurred because when you make an extreme adjustment, oftentimes you find the middle.

Not a gymnast? You can still make adjustments in other sports, school, your job and in relationships.

Give it a try.

Ed Tseng
Mental Conditioning Coach


I have a feeling that someone reading this has been disappointed before – unhappy with results in sports, sales or school.

Perhaps you tried to do something but failed, like ask someone out on a date.

Here’s how you can get different results…

Either change your perception of the situation or change your approach.

Let me explain.

Say you are playing tennis and you keep hitting the ball into the net. You may start to think that you stink and are not a good tennis player.

Changing your perception would be: even though you are hitting many balls into the net, you are still a good player, still in control and will make adjustments.

You can also change your approach. This would be aiming higher over the net next time.

When you change your perception and/or change your approach, you get different results.

That’s the bottom-line.