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In this short “Mental Minute” podcast episode I breakdown the importance of your day to day and moment to moment behaviors and how those align with your achievements. I also share one of my favorite stories about a successful business entrepreneur who learned early enough in life the power of expectations and behaviors. Winners act like winners long before they are winners. It’s how you behave that determines what you achieve.
In The Baseball MPM Podcast With Cain & Casey, Brian Cain, creator of the Mental Performance Mastery (MPM) Coaches Certification and 30 Days to MPM Athletes Program and Sean “The Mayor” Casey, MLB Network Analyst and one of baseball’s all-time best hitters talk about success strategies you can use to master mental performance both on and off the baseball field.
In Episode #8 – The Power of Accountability Cain and Caesy are joined by 2x MLB All-Star, 2013 NL Batting Champion and Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer was the 9th overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft and played from 2001-2015 with the Twins, Mets and Rockies.
Cuddyer gives a lot of credit to his mental performance training and the mental game strategies he used to help him win the 2013 NL batting title and in this podcast he shares what made such a big difference for him and how he went from going 3-70 in his first year of pro baseball to being one of the most feared hitters in the game.
In this short “Mental Minute” podcast episode I breakdown the expectation trap and how you can change your life and your performance by giving up expectations and focusing solely on execution of your process.
Thank you for listening to the Brian Cain Mental Performance Mastery Podcast on the Ironclad Content Network. If you liked this show, be sure to leave us a rating and a review and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter @BrianCainPeak.
ATHLETES: Want to learn how to be the most mentally tough athlete you know?
If you found this podcast helpful and you’re interested in more cutting-edge mental performance strategies as an athlete, my 30 Days to Mental Performance Mastery Program is for you.
In this program, I’ll show you how to:
Compete with unshakable confidence each and every time you step into the arena
Perform at your best when it means the most—on a consistent basis
Create the elite mindset, routines, and habits of excellence you need to reach your potential and get the most our of your ability like some of top athletes in the world, from UFC Champions to Heisman Trophy and Cy Young Award Winners, and over 900 pro sport draft selections and Olympic Medalists who I coach.
Elite performance requires hard work. There’s no way around that.
The pressures of competing are demanding mentally, physically, and emotionally.
When you train the skills of self control and discipline you’ll notice that you’re better able to focus and face the inevitable obstacles that will come your way – like a bad game or the nerves that come before a big game, negative comments, negative expectations of others, or when you just get off the rails of a training or nutrition program. You’re going to be able to calmly evaluate the different challenging scenarios and make the next best decisions about how to move forward.
You need to know how to make objective decisions under pressure rather than being controlled by emotions. Embrace the process, both good and bad and see it as an opportunity to grow.
The skills of self control and discipline can unlock your true potential. So, let’s talk about how to develop those skills.
Strategy #1 – Make your Bed
Make your bed the same way everyday and do it well.
What could making your bed have to do with performance on the field?
There are three behaviors champions need to perform consistently to the next level.
Attention to detail, acting differently than how you feel, and follow through on your commitments long after that motivation has passed.
Making your bed is practice for all those things. It’s daily practice.
Daily practice is how you build mental muscles.
In episode #7 of Coffee with Cain and Casey, Brian Cain, creator of the Mental Performance Mastery (MPM) Coaches Certification and one of the World’s most sought after MPM Coaches and Sean “The Mayor” Casey, one of baseball’s all-time best hitters talk about success strategies you can use both on and off the field.
In this episode Cain and Caesy are joined by former Major League Baseball Player Jason Grilli.
Distractions, negative self-talk, and letting mistakes get to you are a sure way to derail your performance.
Athletes who succeed don’t do so because they evade trials. They are successful because they know how to overcome the obstacles that arise.
It takes a skillset to be able to overcome obstacles. As a coach, you can train those skills.
You train the physical part of your sport with drills.
I am here to teach you how to train the mental part of your sport.
Also with drills.
A highly trained level of present moment of focus and self awareness allows your athletes to block out distractions, navigate adversity, and perform consistently at their best.
If you know how to coach pillar 3 of my mental performance training, focus and awareness, then you’ll have a team of competitors who know how to stay focused.
The best way to increase your focus is to
“I don’t want to.”
How many times have you said this?
A lot of people don’t want to get up, or work out, or make the call, or write the proposal, or ask for the thing.
But the people who act differently than how they feel are the ones who achieve great things.
People think motivation is what gets you going. So, they wait for motivation to show up to get started.
Other people think you are motivated or you’re not.
But, that is a fixed mindset. And if you saw my first video on an elite mindset, then you know that your mindset is not actually set. It can move and grow.
Motivation is on a scale and you can move yourself up the scale to ensure that your motivation grows stronger everyday. Motivation is a decision you make everyday.
Donene Taylor, author of The Heart of a Champion, said that…
Are you watching the Olympics?
You don’t have to watch too many events before you hear a commentator talk about an athlete’s “strong mental game.”
Olympians train their bodies.
What’s less obvious but equally true is that they also train their minds.
So, how does one develop such an elite mindset?
The same way they train their bodies.
No one who is at the top of their field ever thought, “I just don’t have what it takes.”
That is a fixed mindset.
An Elite Mindset says:
“I am not lacking ability, I just have to train more.”
“I didn’t lose. I learned.”
“I can train to build myself up to where I want to be.”
So, if you’re interested in building your own Elite Mindset, then you’re in the right place. Training the mental game is what I do.
Here is how you get to where you want to be:
Mental toughness is simply a skill set that can be taught, developed, and continuously improved just like the physical part of your game in golf. Mental performance is strength and conditioning for the six inches between your ears that control the six feet below them. Having a mental performance system is essential to playing your best when it means the most, one shot at a time. mental performance will give you a skill set to be successful in golf and, more importantly, successful in life. So, how do you condition your mind for success. The same way you condition your body for success! With drills. In my latest article, I show you the three of the best mental performance drills you can practice:
Coaches must know how to establish a winning culture. Sure, you’ll have leaders on your team. But they will not rise to the occasion accidentally. They will fall to the level of leadership you establish. A winning culture starts with you. And therefore, it must start with your own self-awareness. Are you aware of all the skill sets required of champion coaches? If not, let me remind you in this article about How To Establish A Winning Culture.
We all know the outcome we want. To win. But, do you know the process it takes to reach your outcome? Process Over Outcome. It’s one of the pillars of my Mental Performance Certification Course; perhaps the most important one. A process over outcome mentality is the ability to stay focused on the journey without getting too caught up in the destination. The process is all of the little steps needed to reach your goal: meal prep, practices, strength and conditioning, wins along the way down to winning that pitch. But, getting our athletes to do the day-to-day mundane tasks necessary to reach their goals, even when they don’t feel like it is a challenge. Do you want to know a way to make it less of a challenge?
Did you ever hear about something that made you stop in your tracks? Stop walking. Stop talking. Stop scrolling (if we’re on social media). You think: Wait. What? I never knew that. Say that again. This is the exciting moment where growth begins. But, growth is uncomfortable. So, we resist. This is where the 4 stages of buy-in begin.