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Motivation

Kyle Kuzma wins Rising Stars MVP, cites winning team bonus as motivation – ESPN

Kyle Kuzma wins Rising Stars MVP, cites winning team bonus as motivation – ESPN

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12:19 AM ETTim BontempsESPN CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kyle Kuzma was determined to make sure Team USA snapped its two-game losing streak in the Rising Stars Challenge.Why? To have some extra spending money."Facts," Kuzma said with a smile, when asked if what he said on the court postgame -- that the $25,000 bonus going to each member of the winning team was part of his motivation -- was true."I think it was the second timeout, and I broke the huddle by saying, '1-2-3-BONUS.' So there you go."Kuzma certainly did his part, scoring 14 of his game-high 35 points in the first quarter to stake Team USA to a 40-30 lead it would never relinquish in a 161-144 victory Friday night in the game featuring first- and second-year players. While Team World managed to nearly get all the way back in front on mu...
Ridgewood uses past failures as motivation in sectional final win – NJ.com

Ridgewood uses past failures as motivation in sectional final win – NJ.com

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Bowing out of the tournament well before the anticipated goal is never a satisfying feeling. The Ridgewood boys swim team never let go of that frustration built up from the last two seasons. But instead of getting weighed down by their disappointment, the Maroons used those setbacks as motivation. And the impetus of two unexpected postseason exits produced the program's first sectional championship in nearly a decade. Junior Alex Gifford and freshmen Jack Casavant and Chris Chang produced two victories each and propelled top-seeded Ridgewood to a commanding 115-55 victory over third-seeded Tenafly in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Public B final on Thursday at Passaic Tech in Wayne. The final verdict was never in doubt. Anyone who carried a memory of losing to Randolph in last seas...
Collin Sexton using Rising Stars snub as motivation – cleveland.com

Collin Sexton using Rising Stars snub as motivation – cleveland.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- At the time the rosters were announced for the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge -- an exhibition featuring 20 of the top first- and second-year players from around the league -- the Cleveland Cavaliers were in the midst of an impressive performance against the Washington Wizards. It was more than two weeks ago.Then, after polishing off a 116-113 win, head coach Larry Drew and teammates celebrated Cedi Osman’s selection as part of Team World.Internally, the Cavaliers believed there was a chance for two players in the showcase. But opposing coaches passed over rookie Collin Sexton. Twice.“I’m just gonna use it as motivation. Got to,” Sexton told cleveland.com late Wednesday night. “It’s just more fuel for me.”Sexton is the kin...
CBB Betting Tip: How NCAA Tournament Motivation Creates Betting Value – The Action Network

CBB Betting Tip: How NCAA Tournament Motivation Creates Betting Value – The Action Network

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The Action Network is a company for the curious.Two of my favorite tools — the FantasyLabs Trends tool and Bet Labs — are perfect for the inquisitive-minded. Any question you may have — whether teams on a back-to-back right before the NBA All-Star break are overvalued, for example — can be queried in seconds and possibly leveraged into a betting or DFS edge. One such question I had recently is whether the best teams in college basketball — those playing for the postseason and/or seeding — are undervalued by the betting market when they play the worst teams — those with essentially with nothing left to play for. Well, let’s dive into Bet Labs and find out… Does Postseason Motivation Create Betting Value? Let's block ads! (Why?) ...
Why Listening Drives Motivation – Forbes

Why Listening Drives Motivation – Forbes

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GettyGetty If you ask a group of people to raise their hand if they think they are above average at listening, a majority of them would have their hand in the air. Most of us believe we are good listeners. But listening is inherently hard to do. Why? Throughout our years of schooling, we spent a considerable amount of time learning reading, writing and speaking. Let's assume the average student spends about 12 years (grades 1-12) training their reading and writing skills and maybe even a year or two practicing speaking. What about listening? Looking back on your education, how many years have you spent training this critical skill? Likely none. Until I went through training to become a certified coach, I’d never practiced this skill in any deliberate wa...
Motivation, Desire And Intention in Tennis – Tennis World USA

Motivation, Desire And Intention in Tennis – Tennis World USA

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A great number of tennis players have roughly the same level of talent and resources available to them. Yet, some of these players become successful stars and other fade into the night. Why is that? The number one reason is motivation. Motivation (also read: Be like water and not like ice) for success pushes players out of their comfort zones and to greater heights. They are forced to go beyond themselves to gain whatever edge they can, and being highly motivated is the only way of accomplishing such difficult tasks. Of course, this is all a mental challenge, not a physical one. When motivation, desire and intention combine successfully in the mind, when these positive mental states complement each other, great things can be achieved both on and off the court. It is important to rem...
If Golden Knights need motivation, ‘soft’ label should do the job – Las Vegas Review-Journal

If Golden Knights need motivation, ‘soft’ label should do the job – Las Vegas Review-Journal

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It’s like accusing a baker of using cheap ingredients. It’s like suggesting a singer is tone deaf. It’s like charging an attorney — or, well, football coach — with being honest. The horror of it. Professional athletes can be a predictable lot when it comes to what might push their buttons most, certain words or phrases that describe play in a less-than-flattering manner. None gets their attention more than this: soft. None is a bigger hit to their collective egos. “It’s not a good word,” Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. It’s one Knights coach Gerard Gallant used after a 5-2 loss to Arizona on Tuesday night, the team’s fourth straight at T-Mobile Arena and one that definitely bothered Gallant in terms of how his te...