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Jul 4, 2017

Gregory Dale, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sport Psychology and Sport Ethics at Duke University. He is also the Director of the Sport Psychology and Leadership Programs for Duke Athletics.

In addition to his work with Duke athletes and coaches, Greg consults with numerous college and professional athletes/teams as well as organizations and corporations around the world. Greg has written four books related to leadership, performance, and parenting.  

In this interview, Greg discusses:

  • The difference between winners and champions
  • Secrets of successful coaches
  • How coaches and leadership is an art
  • Why coaches should let athletes compete through mistakes
  • Why service is essential to keep center as a coach and leader

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Jun 29, 2017

High performers are gritty. They don’t give up on their goals. They stay the course by owning their why and  remember that difficulties happen for them. They imagine the finish line to keep them going, and then take the next step toward what they want.

My Affirmation this Week: “I am gritty. I don’t give up. I stay the course.”

Jun 24, 2017

A world-renowned psychologist and Author of several books including the recent New York Times Bestseller Performing Under Pressure, Dr. Hank Weisinger has also written several other books including Emotional Intelligence at Work, The Power of Positive Criticism, The Genius of Instinct, the New York Times Bestseller Nobody’s Perfect.

He has spent three decades helping individuals and organizations enhance their personal and work effectiveness through innovative applications of clinical, counseling, social, organizational, and evolutionary psychology. He is a popular blogger for, Huffington Post,, and

To help more people deal with pressure, Dr. Weisinger has transformed Performing Under Pressure into a state of the art empowering E-Course Workshop Experience.

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In this interview, Hank discusses:

  • What is pressure and when we experience it
  • What is choking and why we choke under pressure
  • How our natural tools inside our body help us deal with pressure

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Jun 23, 2017

High performers work to understand themselves. They are aware of their thoughts, feelings, and actions in the present moment. They are an observer of themselves and they use the ABCs to stay aware.

My Affirmation this Week: “I work to understand myself and my tendencies. I master myself to reach a new level.

Jun 18, 2017

Dr. Wendy Borlabi is currently working with the Chicago Bulls and is founder of Borlabi Consulting, a performance psychology firm. She is an independent consultant with the National Basketball Association, and worked for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) at their training center in San Diego for six years (two Winter Olympic and one Summer Olympic Games). 

She co-founded Acumen Performance Group along with six current and ex-Navy SEALs, and spend five years at James Madison University where she began the sport psychology services for the student-athletes, coaches and athletic department. She received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Sport Psychology and Exercise Psychology at Argosy University/Phoenix.

In this interview, Wendy discusses:

  • What distinguishes the elite from the super elite
  • The psychological attributes of the world’s best athletes
  • The mental skill she teaches all of the athletes she works with
  • How self-awareness it like body odor (love it!)
  • How she addresses barriers to mental training
  • 7 ways to address anxiety
  • Her recommendations for those interested in studying sport psychology or want to learn more about it

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Jun 13, 2017

“So many years of school and getting degrees yet nobody ever taught us how to love ourselves and why it’s so important.” Lewis Howes

High performers are self-compassionate – they practice kindness. They work to not beat themselves up. They know this leads them to greatness, fulfillment and a high performance. They talk to themselves like their best friend would.

Affirmation this Week: I am kind to myself. I love myself. I am enough.

Jun 10, 2017

A runner since age 11, Dr. Jason Karp is one of America’s foremost running experts, entrepreneur, and creator of the Revo2lution Running certification. He owns Run-Fit, LLC, the premier provider of innovative running and fitness services.

A prolific writer, Jason is the author of eight books including: The Inner Runner, Run Your Fat Off, 14-Minute Metabolic Workouts, Running a Marathon For Dummies, Running for Women, and 101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners.

As a private coach, he has helped many runners meet their potential, ranging from a first-time race participant to an Olympic Trials qualifier. A competitive runner since sixth grade, Dr. Karp is a nationally-certified running coach through USA Track & Field, has been sponsored by PowerBar and Brooks.

Jason discusses in this interview:

  • Why we run
  • How running through discomfort is a transferable skill to life
  • The changes in our body after a run
  • How effort can become effortless
  • How running can help us gain self-acceptance

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Jun 5, 2017

“You must learn a new way to think before you can learn a new way to be.” Marianne Williamson

High performers live and teach. They see their problems as gifts – as puzzles to solve. They see their difficulties as opportunities. They channel their inner Gabe and are thankful for their experiences, people and moments. When they do this, they increase their performance, happiness and grit.

This Week's Affirmation: I master my mindset. I grab a hold of my goals. Nothing is too hard or impossible for me!

May 30, 2017

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the decision that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon

High performers know that growth happens in their Courage Zone. They act with courage and bravery. They play big! They take risks and try new things. They live a life continually pursing their dreams.

Affirmation this Week: I choose my Courage Zone. I will play big, try new things, and act with courage and bravery.

May 21, 2017

Celebrity nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin teaches clients how to lose weight and master their mindset so they can lead bigger, better lives. She is author of 4 NY Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her memoir Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, & Life’s Hardest Lessons explores the powerful lessons in strength and positivity that she learned after her son Grant was the victim of a brutal hit-and-run accident.

JJ hosts the popular JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show podcast and regularly writes for Huffington Post, Rodale Wellness, and other major blogs and magazines. In addition to her work with nutrition and fitness, JJ is also a business coach and founded the premier health entrepreneur event and community, The Mindshare Summit.

In this interview, JJ Virgin reveals how one life-altering event taught her to tap into an indomitable mindset, trust her instincts and defy the odds, ultimately saving her son’s life…and her own.

She also discusses:

  • How to develop your own Miracle Mindset
  • 7 Mindsets of the Miracle Mindset
  • The Mindset Score Card and how you can get it
  • Why taking imperfect action is essential for your success
  • How she discovered why mindset is important

You can find JJ on Twitter @jjvirgin, on Facebook HERE, and at You can also find the Miracle Mindset Score Card HERE.

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May 20, 2017

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.” William James, psychologist

High performers understand that happiness is a choice. They realize happiness doesn’t come from what they do or accomplish, it comes from a decision. High performers choose to focus on the 3 Ps of Happiness – pleasure, passion and their higher purpose.

Affirmation this Week: I choose happiness. I focus on what I love to, my passion, and my higher purpose.

May 15, 2017

James Leath joined IMG Academy in 2015. As Head of Leadership Development, James develops and delivers curriculum for IMG Academy student-athletes across 8 sports and presents to visiting teams, companies, and professional athletes.

James attended Fresno State University where he received his B.A. in Communication. During college, when he wasn't playing football, he was best known for being the beloved mascot of Fresno State, Time Out. After graduation, James went on to play quarterback for a semi-pro team in Fresno, CA. With over 15 years of coaching experience and a M.A. in Performance Psychology, James is passionate about teaching athletes the tools they need in order to be successful in life and in sport. 

Some gems James provides in this interview include:

  • How you are a leader
  • James’ definition of leadership
  • Why Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz is James’ favorite leader
  • The characteristics of a great leader
  • Why adversity is essential to leader
  • 5 areas of great leadership
  • 3 people you need in your life


You can find James on Twitter @JamesLeath or follow his blog at

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May 12, 2017

“You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted.” Max Lucado, Best-selling author

High performers are confident – they believe and trust in their ability. They learn and let go when they make a mistake, knowing that failure is just feedback. They end their day building their confidence. And they imagine their future with excitement and picture greatness.

Affirmation this Week: I choose confidence. I choose to believe in myself. I picture my future with excitement!

May 6, 2017

As an engaging and inspiring speaker who mixes humor with a powerful message, Barbara Churchill has been mentoring working women for over twenty years. Having built and run three successful businesses herself with revenues in seven-figures, she has learned what it takes to create the kind of work/life balance that is meaningful and sustainable. Barbara has lead sessions on self-confidence and leadership for Fortune 100 companies. She also speaks on communication, work/life integration, employee engagement and coaches clients on a one-on-one basis or small group format.

Topics we discuss in this episode include:

  • The characteristics of our thoughts
  • How to be more aware of your thoughts
  • Why deep breathing and mediation clear your brain
  • And the thought wheel
  • And how to choose the wise thoughts

You can find Barbara at:, on Twitter @BarbChurchill and on Facebook here:

May 5, 2017

Mark Twain once said that: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.”

High performers, or people who are working to reach their greater potential, live on purpose. They know their purpose. They know why they get up in the morning. They are committed to something bigger then themselves.

This week's affirmation: I live and play on purpose. No one else has the same experiences, knowledge and gifts as I do. I have a unique purpose and live that purpose.

May 1, 2017

In this interview, Brett Bartholomew, provides us a preview of his new book, Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In which achieved “Best Seller” and was ranked in the “Amazon Top 100 Books Overall.”

Brett Bartholomew is a strength and conditioning coach, author, consultant, and founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, Bartholomew Strength. His experience includes across 23 sports at levels ranging from youths to Olympians. He’s supported Super Bowl and World Series Champions, along with several professional fighters, including those competing in the UFC.

Topics we discuss in this episode include:

  • The difference between exposure and experience
  • 3 things world-class athletes do differently
  • Ways that he had dealt with critics and how he helps his clients do the same
  • 3 stages of internal identification (reflection, inspection, and progression or questioning who you are, examining who you are, and owning who you are)
  • How to own who you are
  • His journey to get out there with your message

You can find Brett and more information about his book at

You can also find Brett on Twitter and Instagram at @Coach_BrettB.

Apr 28, 2017

“If you think you can or think you can’t, your right.” Henry Ford

High performers focus on the possibilities. They think big and dream about their future. They do not put limits on their ability or achievements. Instead, they defy limits. They don’t settle for average.

Today's Affirmation today:

I choose to see the possibilities for myself and my future. I stay gritty, believing I can do the impossible. I see all the ways I can make it happen.

Apr 20, 2017

Dr. Kay Porter owns Porter Performance Systems, a sports and organizational counseling firm in Eugene, Oregon. She teaches mental training techniques to athletes, teams, businesses, and school districts. She has also worked as a sport psychology consultant to the University of Oregon Athletic Department, USA Track and Field, and the U.S. Tennis Association. She is the author of The Mental Athlete: Inner Training for Peak Performance and Visual Athletics (my favorite imagery book!).

In this interview, she talks extensively about her philosophy of using energy psychology within the framework of mental training. She also shares her refocusing technique which includes 3 parts: 1) blinking, 2) 3 deep breaths, and 3) looking left to right.

You can follow Kay on Twitter @KayPorter or find her at

Apr 13, 2017

Gritty people know what they want. In the face of adversity and setbacks, they go after their goals with deep commitment. They have passion, perseverance and purpose that drives them toward long-term goals.

Are you gritty? In this episode, Cindra talks about 3 Signs to know if you are gritty!

This week's affirmation: "I am gritty. I have a deep commitment to my long-term goals. I put in the hours necessary for success."

Apr 10, 2017

Dr. Vernice Richards is the Director of Mental Conditioning and Peak Performance at the Evert Tennis Academy. She is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. She is a certified by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP-CC #505), received her Masters in Counseling specializing in Sports Psychology from Boston University and her PhD in Sport Psychology from Florida State University.

In this interview, she discusses her pyramid of success, how she teaches breathing and mindfulness, and how we can "compete" to be the best we can be.

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Apr 6, 2017

Last weekend I went to an event called “Unleash the Power Within” with Tony Robbins. This episode is about 3 things I learned.

High performers don’t believe their 2 million year brain. They choose to condition themselves to be happy and grateful. What is wrong is always there, and so it what is right. They focus on love, gratitude and appreciation when they are fearful. And they hang around with outstanding people to raise their game.

Today's affirmation: "I raise my game. I step up. I master myself to create the future that I want."

Apr 1, 2017

Dr. Larry Lauer is the Director of Player Development for the US Tennis Association. In this role, he is also a mental skills specialist working with the most elite tennis players in the U.S. to help accelerate them from juniors to pros. He works with athletic coaches to help them support and develop their athletes.

In this interview, he talks about how three things separate the best in the world: 1) an unbelievable work ethic focused on always getting better, 2) a commitment to the process that doesn’t bear fruit for some time, and 3) passion for what they do.

We talk about how the best are almost solely focused on the process (about 95% of the time), but they check in with their outcome goals periodically throughout the season – perhaps every quarter, he suggests. Or, they use their outcome goals to stay motivated and pushing themselves during training.

Other topics discussed:

  • His “Breath and Believe” Strategy
  • 3 Steps to Command the Moment
  • 3 Things the Best Coaches Do

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You find Larry on twitter at @LarryLauer or email him at

Mar 28, 2017

High performers break free of mental barriers. They dream big. They play big. They continuously push themselves and their limits. They realize fear will always be there if they are growing and learning. They choose to stay present moment focused and make a decision to be confident.

This week's affirmation: "I dream big. I play big. I continuously push myself past my limits to find a new level."

Mar 24, 2017

High performers don’t play small. They play big. They continuously push themselves and their limits. They go after their big dreams. And each day, the work to reach their best and their greatest potential. They ask themselves, “what would the best in the world do right now?”

This week's affirmation: I play big. I move forward towards my dreams and goals with passion. I do what the world’s best do!

Mar 21, 2017

Gloria Balague is a sport psychologist who currently works with the elite athletes and teams including the Chicago Bears, USA Gymnastics and USA Track and Field. She taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago starting in 1988 and retired just a few short years ago. Gloria has attended several Olympic and World Championships helping athletes with the mental game. 

She says that the world’s best have two distinguishing characteristics: 1) they have a clear picture of where they are right now and 2) have an unshakeable belief in themselves and belief they can get there.

She describes the unique environment of the NFL and how this creates difficulties in helping athletes with the mental game. The NFL is the only environment where new athletes can be signed throughout the season. She also talks about her experiences as a female working in the NFL.

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