One of my favorite stories on the power of mindful pause was shared by a friend and coach, Jason. He read about an elite tennis coach working with top players, those who were winning Wimbledon and the US Open. The coach was focused on helping a group of players that were one level down, trying to determine how to help them to the top. He watched hours of videos of the champions and compared their games with those of his B team. He struggled to find any difference in their athletic abilities on the court and then it hit him. He began to watch what was going on with each player between sets. That was the difference. The top players were using those brief moments as they sat on the sideline chair with hundreds or thousands of people watching. They had discovered a way to be calm, to come back to their center no matter what had just happened in the last set, and to begin their next play at their best. This is the power of pause. Mindfulness is about being aware of self and of what we are doing moment to moment. It is the ability to create...