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On May 25, 2016, Ben Cannefax’s mother, Rae Ann Cannefax, died of leukemia. Ben, the oldest of five sons, plays baseball for the New Covennt Academy in Springfield, Missouri, and is one of the Academy’s top pitchers. But no one could have predicted what happened next. Ben’s game suddenly became more enhanced and his team began winning games. “I know she’s watching over me,” Cannefax said, and regarding his teammates, “They’re just there. I know that I can come to them about anything.” Because of her death, the team bonded around Ben and team chemistry went through the roof. And that’s when teams win games. New Covenant’s players and coaches paid tribute to Rae Ann Cannefax by writing her name or initials on their caps. And Ben began pitching no-hitters. This is an excellent example of what I often refer to as “Excelling for a Higher Order.” Ben’s memory of his mother has enhanced his performance and created a bonding among his teammates.

Ryan Hall, who last ran in the Boston Marathon in 2011 when he recorded the fastest time ever by an American at 2 hours, 4 minutes, 58 seconds, has spent a month during this past March and April training in the mountains of Ethiopia at 9,000 feet above sea level. “It was unlike anything I’ve ever done before,” said Hall. And though it’s true that training at 9,000 feet will help any long-distance marathon runner, just as important is Hall’s BELIEF that training in Ethiopia will help him run faster. Watch for Ryan to give the Kenyans and Ethiopians a run for their money. No U.S. man has won the Boston Marathon since 1983 and that could change. In addition, Ryan will be running in memory of those who died or lost limbs at the 2013 race. “It was almost like losing a loved one,” Ryan said. In the training I conduct with athletes and sports teams, I call this “Excelling for a Higher Order,” which enhances an athlete’s feelings of self-worth, thereby enhancing performance.

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