Build the ‘awareness muscle’ to stay calm under pressure, fight through adversity, and make better decisions (even when it’s hard)

In the 1973 figure skating world championships, Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev were midway through their routine when the music unexpectedly stopped. Even if you’ve never watched the sport, you can probably imagine the importance of music in a figure skating routine. From providing cues and synchronizing movements to the rise and fall of the …

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, …

How to build your athletes’ motivation, commitment, and focus

I don’t know about you, but for me, the responsibility of helping other people achieve their goals can feel overwhelming at times. Particularly challenging is that, as coaches and trainers, we face an interesting dilemma: our job is to help people reach their full potential, yet a lot of what happens is outside our control. …

The truth about peak performance

(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 …

Investment Determines Worth

Years ago when at breakfast with one of my corporate clients and friends, I ordered a ham omelet.  When the food arrived, my friend asked me who I thought was more committed to my breakfast, the pig or the chicken. I was totally confused. He then explained that the chicken only had to lay the …

4 Tools Used By Tremendous Competitors

This past weekend I was in New York City working with some of the MMA fighters competing in UFC 217 St-Pierre vs. Bisping and to personally run for the Pat Tillman Foundation in the NYC Marathon. 20,000+ fans poured into Madison Square Garden to watch the fights and 52,000+ runners crossed the starting line of …

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 …