How to Become a Fearless Competitor

When I think about the greatest athletes of all time, I think about athletes such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, Manny Pacquiao, and Novak Djokovic, among others. What do these athletes all have in common? They are all fearless competitors. They never back down from tough competition. They aren't afraid of big moments. They embrace competition, challenges, and high-pressure situations. This combination of competitiveness and fearlessness is one of the main reasons why they are so successful. This mentality allows them to perform at a very high level, and sustain success for a very long time. Perhaps more than anything else, it is this mentality that separates the greatest athletes from everyone else. This is why, as athletes, we should aim to emulate these great athletes and learn to become fearless competitors ourselves. Being a fearless competitor isn't just reserved for the most naturally gifted athletes. Any athlete, no matter their talent level, can improve th

Book Review: Win Forever by Pete Carroll and Yogi Roth

Win Forever by Pete Carroll and Yogi Roth is a great book for three main reasons: It teaches you great lessons about leadership, performance, and life in general. It isn't just full of cliches. It actually gives you thoughtful insights and practical advice. It is very well-written and does a great job balancing helpful advice with entertaining stories. If you're a fan of Pete Carroll, USC football, or the Seattle Seahawks, you'll especially enjoy this book. Here are the top lessons I learned from this great book: The importance of having a philosophy:  This is perhaps the main thesis of this book. Pete Carroll writes that he didn't start to truly succeed until he took the time to sit down, organize his thoughts, and write down his personal coaching philosophy. Up until this moment, Pete Carroll had learned a lot about leadership and football throughout his career. However, even after gaining lots of experience, he still wasn't able to lead a team the way he wanted

Book Review: The Confident Athlete by Tami Matheny

The Confident Athlete by Tami Matheny is a great book for three main reasons: It focuses entirely on the topic of confidence, which is very important for athletes. It provides great knowledge and tools to help you build and maintain your self-confidence. It is very easy to understand and read. Even if you're a slow reader, you can easily finish this book in less than a week. If you want to learn how to build and maintain your confidence, then you need to read this book! Here are some of the most important tips and lessons I learned from this practical book: When it comes to athletic success, one of the most important traits to have is confidence. With great confidence, you can unlock the hidden talent inside of you and reach your full potential. Not only is self-confidence a vital aspect of peak performance, but it's also critical for sustaining motivation for the long term. Furthermore, self-confidence can help improve your mental health. Considering how important confidence

Book Review: Peak Sleep Performance for Athletes by Shane Creado M.D.

Peak Sleep Performance for Athletes by Shane Creado M.D. is one of the best sports science books I've read. Not only is it well-researched and insightful, but it is also very practical. Overall, it gives you the knowledge and tools you need to improve and master your sleep as an athlete. Here are the most important facts, tips, and lessons I learned from this book: First of all, this book teaches you the true importance of sleep. Sleep is one of the main ways your body heals and refreshes itself. If you don't sleep well, your brain health will be compromised, and since your brain controls basically every aspect of your body, poor sleep can negatively affect your health in many ways. And since a healthy brain/body is a high-performing brain/body , poor sleep can directly and indirectly hurt your athletic performance. For instance, poor sleep can: Increase your risk of injuries. Hurt your recovery. Stunt your growth. Decrease your speed and strength. Decrease your balance, coor

Mental Fitness: How to Train Your Brain for Athletic Success, an Interview with Matt Fitzgerald

Most athletes and coaches agree that mental fitness is equally, if not more important than physical fitness. However, not many athletes and coaches know how to properly train the mind and build mental strength. The basics of physical fitness training are widely-known and practiced, but when it comes to mental fitness training, most athletes and coaches just "wing it." This is understandable, since the mental side of sports is much more intangible, but still, a lot needs to be done to help athletes and coaches learn how to effectively train the mind. This is why I'm excited to share with you my interview with Matt Fitzgerald, an author who has written multiple books on mental fitness. I hope you enjoy it! SPT: Hello Matt, can you please give me your definition of mental fitness?   MF:  I define mental fitness operationally, as the ability to make the best of a bad situation. This ability depends on an underlying capacity to fully face reality in challenging moments.   SPT:

Book Review: The Comeback Quotient by Matt Fitzgerald

Matt Fitzgerald is one of my favorite sports authors. I've already written a review on his previous best-selling book, How Bad Do You Want it? And now I'm excited to share with you my review of his latest book, The Comeback Quotient: A Get-Real Guide to Building Mental Fitness in Sport and Life . Here is what I learned from this well-written and practical book:  Mental fitness can be simply defined as the ability to make the best out of bad situations. As athletes, we're often dealt with all kinds of bad situations, such as dealing with injuries, fatigue, and intense pressure. The mentally fittest athletes are able to make the best of these situations and achieve great success. But how? According to Fitzgerald, the essence of mental fitness is facing reality effectively. Whenever we're faced with a bad situation, we can either face the reality in front of us and push through it, or we can turn away from reality and fail to do what needs to be done. There are three st

Book Review: Zen and the Art of Coaching Basketball by Ben Guest

As you can probably tell from my past book reviews, I am a big advocate of reading. I believe all athletes and coaches should make reading a part of their daily regimen. There are so many great books out there that can help improve your motivation, mindset, athletic performance, mental health, and leadership skills. You can gain great knowledge and wisdom not only from sports science and self-help books, but also from sports autobiographies and memoirs. In fact, these autobiographies and memoirs (along with some fiction books) can often teach you lessons in ways that other books cannot. For example, the engaging storylines and characters in these books can leave a lasting impression on you. This is why I'm excited to share with you my book review on Zen and the Art of Coaching Basketball by Ben Guest. In this memoir, Ben Guest shares his story of coaching high school and professional basketball in Africa. One of the main reasons why I like this book is because it's very short