Pillar #3 Focus and Awareness

Get Your Mind Right: How the skills of focus and awareness work together to determine your performance and your future

GO GREEN AND GET YOUR MIND RIGHT I hear coaches tell their athletes all the time to “get your mind right.” The University of Alabama Football used to have a chant they did before taking the field to “get your mind right.”   But what does it actually mean to “get your mind right”? First, let’s… Read More

Mental Performance Mastery Case Study: Rich Franklin, MMA World Champion

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared practical strategies and methods athletes can use to break through the barriers that hold them back, and to develop the confidence and mental toughness needed to consistently perform at a higher level.  I’ve heard a ton of great feedback from the videos, articles, and social media posts covering… Read More

3 mental performance experiments that could take your athletic performance to the next level (even if they seem way too easy to work)

As a lifelong athlete myself, I’ve experienced firsthand what it’s like to feel like you’re capable of performing at a much higher level than you currently are.  After a solid high school athletic career as a three sport standout athlete, I went to college on a baseball scholarship and fell flat on my face. Interestingly,… Read More

How coaches and athletes can create the elite mindset needed to succeed during the #CoronaSeason

In this video, I’m going to share with you the exact conversations, suggestions and direction I’ve shared with the coaches and athletes looking to me for answers during this difficult time. And you might be surprised to find that what I share will help you to feel and perform better—immediately. Control what you can control… Read More

7 ways successful strength and fitness coaches use mental performance mastery (and how you can, too)

What makes a successful health, fitness, or strength coach? It’s not just about writing great workout and conditioning programs or knowing a lot about nutrition. There’s something else at play here… something booming with possibility, yet something few coaches are tapping in to. Here are the “secrets” elite coaches use to get results.  You know… Read More

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

My #1 strategy for building unshakeable focus during competition

There was only one thought running through my mind: Put one foot in front of the other and just keep moving. My feet hurt. My back hurt. Everything hurt.  Here I was, running the Lighthouse 100-mile run in Northern Michigan (no, that’s not a typo — 100 miles!).  Under my own free will. No gun… Read More

3 Strategies For Forging Unshakeable Focus

During the 2018-2019 college football playoffs, as Nick Saban and Dabo Sweeney attributed much of their success at powerhouse football programs Alabama and Clemson to the ability to help their team focus, the emails started rolling in. A month later, Bill Belichick of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots spoke about the importance of… Read More

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

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… 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

Using concentration grids to help develop focus and awareness

Concentration grids have been a staple of mental conditioning for years. This game/exercise is all about concentration and efficiency, which is best accomplished by staying in the present moment.  Concentration grids are a great way to increase your ability to stay in the present moment for an extended period of time. Your training program with… Read More