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Here’s what’s possible with the MPM Certification: 7 Coaches share their experiences…

I created the Mental Performance Mastery Certification with one goal: To give you the tools, knowledge, and resources you need to help your clients or athletes master the mental game so they can consistently perform their best, overcome any obstacle, and stay focused under pressure.

The 10 mental performance skills every athlete must master for peak performance

As a three-sport standout athlete and captain in high school, I thought I was prepared for success in collegiate athletics.  Man was I wrong.  I quickly realized the meaning of the phrase, “Big fish in a small pond.” Graduating high school with a class of just 89 students may have skewed my reality when it… Read More

Your top 3 questions about mental performance mastery coaching — answered

When I was first getting into the field of mental performance nearly 20 years ago, if someone would have told me I’d eventually become known as an expert in the industry and build a million-dollar business, I’d have thought they were crazy. And while the trend these days would be to talk all about how… Read More

The truth about elite performance: Why physical conditioning, skill, and talent are only a piece of the puzzle

There’s an interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed throughout my career as a mental performance coach. When I first start working with coaches, teams, or athletes, most initially agree that training for competition is 90% physical and 10% mental. But as we begin working together, and as I introduce them to the idea of “mental conditioning” with… Read More

The #1 way to take your performance to the next level

I get asked all the time, “Coach Cain, what’s the number one thing I can do to grow my business and take my performance (or the performance of those I coach) to the next level?” My answer has never been more clear than it is right now: Be more intentional about who you are, what… Read More

The confidence confusion: How to build unshakeable confidence (and why traditional advice is wrong)

Confidence is the mark of a champion. It’s something you need to be an effective coach—and something absolutely crucial for those you coach to reach their goals and perform at a high level.

But there’s also a lot of confusion surrounding confidence…

Can you grow it? If so, how?

Are there specific things parents, athletes—even coaches—do to sabotage it?

I cover all this, and provide my go-to strategies for developing unshakeable confidence in this article.

Mental Performance Coaching Case Study: Georges St-Pierre, 13-time MMA World Champion

Over the past few weeks, I’ve posted articles that outline simple, practical ways you can begin implementing mental performance coaching. Today, I want to take things a step further and share a case study from someone I’ve worked with over the years to illustrate the kind of impact a well-designed, strategic mental performance coaching plan… Read More

3 Strategies for more Motivation, Focus, and Commitment

If there are three words every coach would like to use to describe their athletes, motivated, focused, and committed would be near the top. The problem is that it’s hard to get people to actually display these characteristics. It’s an area of performance that most coaches simply don’t know how to address. Despite popular belief,… Read More

The truth about peak performance, sport psychology and mental conditioning that nobody is shooting you straight

(it requires more than a perfect fitness program or hard work) How is that two people can respond to the same situation in very different ways? When the game is on the line, one athlete folds under the pressure and retreats; the other embraces the challenge, rising to the occasion. When “life” gets in the… Read More

26.2 Miles + 26.2 Thoughts

On Sunday, November 5, 2017, I will be running with the Pat Tillman Foundation in the New York City Marathon.  In this Peak Performance Report, I wanted to share with you 26.2 thoughts as I prepare for the 26.2 mile race, thoughts that I think will help you to win your race… the race to… Read More

The Man in the Glass

Today we’re going all the way back to 1994 in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  At a high school football banquet, Glenn Foley shared with me a poem that has stuck with me to this day. Watch this video featuring the poem titled The Man in the Glass: I challenge you to look inside and ask yourself:  Where am I?… Read More

10 Life Lessons from UNBROKEN

Have you seen the Movie or read the book Unbroken yet? Unbroken is a book by Laura Hillenbrand, and the movie is out in the theaters now. Unbroken is the story of Louie Zamperini and his amazing journey of: • Being a boy who was bullied and always in trouble to… • Running in the… Read More