champions adjust

All Champions ADJUST Find A Way

In the fall of 2008, a 47-year-old businessman, divorced father of four, went to his crack dealer. He was on a fourteen-day binge and was so bad off that his dealer actually refused to sell him any more until he got some sleep. It was this man’s low point.

After one final party binge about a year later, Michael Lindell quit alcohol and drugs. A success story in itself, but more impressive is that he grew a business empire from a drawing he sketched on his kitchen table.

One early morning after a night of pitiful sleep, he drew a sketch of a pillow with all sizes of foam that could be adjusted however a person would desire. He told his daughter “I’m going to create the worlds best pillow.” That evening MyPillow was created.

The journey for Lindell was not smooth, as his business since 2011 oscillated from extreme growth and successful infomercials to hemorrhaging money. At one point, he owed $30,000 to a fabric manufacturer with only a few days to pay or MyPillow would be forced to shut down. It was only after a chance meeting with an individual that was he able to get a meeting with investors and get the $30,000 loan with no collateral. He paid the manufacturer with just hours to spare.

MyPillow has become one of the top five telebrand products and has sold more than 26 million pillows with a workforce over 1,500 people. Michael Lindell’s dream is to become a $1 billion dollar company.

It’s not about the setback; it’s about the comeback!

A boat is off course 99% of the time. The way that a sailboat finds its destination is by tacking. A series of zigzagging maneuvers by a sailboat adjusting the sail back and forth to use the wind. Adjusting is how sailboats reach their final destination.

That’s how champions adjust. They just keep moving, making minor changes and course corrections along the journey.

One of the amazing things is that once Michael Lindell, now a Christian, shed his demons, he remained devoted to his own style and vision. His own infomercials and personality became a huge part of MyPillow appeal.

In all areas of life, champions adjust find a way.

Mental Toughness isn’t needed when things are going great. It is needed most when bad outcomes are happening, we are stressed and things are going wrong. How do we respond and adjust?

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Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis.  Some clients have included: University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out all the books on Mental Toughness- 

Play golf at the next level? Take this skill with you!

The short game in golf won’t win anyone a championship, but not having a strong short game will lose it for you. The shots inside of 110 yards give or take (pitching, chipping, and putting) will make all of the difference in your ability to play golf at the next level. 

I spend the majority of my days involved with all different sports, even though golfers are most of the professionals.  So, stay with me on this analogy, but the short game in golf is just like rebounding in basketball. 

If you have a team that rebounds effectively, on offense, they give themselves extra scoring chances and most of these are high-percentage shots. A team that is an excellent defensive rebounding limits teams to one shot, thus keeping their opponent’s score down. 

There are days offensively in basketball where the shots just do not fall; that’s basketball. BUT, if there is a team that crashes the boards, the law of averages states that those EXTRA shots eventually start to go in. 

The short game in golf is like rebounding, because if you can get up & down 70% of the time and make 70% of your putts inside 10 feet. Then you’ll have the skill to compete in golf at the next level. 

The short game in golf is DIRECTLY tied with the mental game. At the pro level, it might not be the #1 predictor for success, but it is the engine of momentum. Saving par can provide momentum, or that ill-timed three-putt, can crush it. 

Check out the mental toughness for golf article here on Specific Ways to Practice Your Mental Game

Some days your swing just won’t be there and you’ll miss greens. What will matter will be your ability to find a way and still get it in the hole. Getting up & down and saving par accomplishes you staying in the game. AND when those rounds happen when you are on your game and hitting 14 greens, getting up & down keeps your score low rather than throwing away your birdies. 

So what does it take to be a great rebounder? The same skill it takes to have a great short game. 

It’s all about mindset and attitude. It takes heart and passion. It boils down to how bad do you want the ball? Because great rebounders NEVER ask “was that my ball?” 

The short game in golf is also about how bad do you want it? Are you willing and disciplined enough to wear out this part of your game?  You have to want success bad enough that you’re willing to do the things you simply don’t want to do. That’s the mental skill needed to play golf at the next level. 


Trust me, coaches hate to hear that phrase from their athletes. 

Majority of players don’t want to work on rebounding and the short game because they are NOT sexy! 

Hitting the ball further is sexy. Carving a 6-iron in to a tight pin is sexy.  

But, your time is finite. You’ll have to devote your effort and energy towards becoming great at one part of your game. Hopefully, it’s saving shots!

Have you ever heard a coach say “we REBOUND the basketball too well?” No, just like you’ll NEVER hear a golfer say ” I work too hard on my short game!” 

Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis.  Some clients have included: University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out all the books on Mental Toughness- 


The first step to absolutely crush any race

Our preparation matches our commitment.

This is the first step to crush any race is actually quite simple. It is so simple in fact, that it rarely gets mentioned as a possible barrier, but I have used it as a barrier and so have most people.

It’s signing up! 

If we don’t go all-in then we are in the way.  And we remain testing ourselves 

When we sign up for the race, we are now training ourselves for the event. It is a lot tougher to de-commit to something after we have invested time and money. We prepare because we are committed to race.

The sign-up page for races is a science. It stares at us with a timer clicking down and asking us to enter our information and our payment details. It is at this moment that the game is sometimes won or lost. It is like waking up in the morning and either hitting the snooze button, or just getting out of bed.

The many, many excuses about “why” we can’t sign up are most likely valid as well. But, after we sign up, the entire game changes. It is odd how our whole attitude and outlook changes the moment we sign-up for something, the moment we actually commit.

However, if we don’t sign up, we continue testing ourselves. Commitment is the first step to crush any race.

Burn The Ships

In 1519, the Spanish explorer, Cortês arrived to the Yucatan peninsula. He landed his 11 or so ships with 500 soldiers and about 100 sailors. He then ordered his men to “burn the ships.”

He did this because there were a few men who were rumored to be conspiring to steal a ship and sail back to Spain. Cortês knew the only way they were going to conquer was if they had no other choice but to conquer. If they wanted to return home, then they would have to use their enemy’s ships. Cortês needed everyone committed to the goal without reservation or chance of retreat. He allowed no easy out.

This “burn the ships” analogy is important because the registration sites simply offer you an out, a guarantee.

They offer you an option to recoup your entry costs (for a fee of course) if you cancel. At first glance, we may think that it is a great deal; I mean what if I get in a car accident a few days before or tear a hamstring?

Surely, being able to guarantee that I don’t lose money is good. Except, it is not. First, if you look closely, in order to retrieve most of your money you’d have to bail several days before.

If the race is less than a week away in most cases, your race costs won’t be refunded. Second, and most importantly, these race guarantees are appealing because we are geared toward protecting ourselves and avoiding danger. So, we mistakably choose the path of less resistance. If there is an out for us to take, we will take it. However, when there is no safety option for us to take, it forces us to commit.

Registering is the first step to crush any race. The only way out is through. When it comes to signing up for a race, burn the ships.

This is Just ONE way to Build Mental Toughness. If you are interested in learning more Mental Toughness Techniques. Check out RING THE BELL FOR Mental Toughness. 

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Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates is based in Indianapolis.  Some clients have included: University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens. Check out all the books on Mental Toughness-