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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

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

The Benefits of Mindfulness: an Interview with Thomas Singleton

The practice of mindfulness is something that many people have heard about, but not everyone truly understands. This is why I'm excited to share with you my interview with Thomas Singleton, a sports psychology graduate student at Boston University who focuses on the topic of mindfulness. Here is our conversation. I hope you enjoy it! SPT: Hi Thomas, could you help me define what exactly mindfulness is? TS: Mindfulness is a focus on the present moment. It includes recognizing your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations and observing them without judgment. Mindfulness can be used to separate you – your consciousness – from your thoughts, emotions, and urges. SPT: How can mindfulness help athletes perform better in games? TS: In order to play their best, athletes need to be present and aware of what is happening. With mindfulness, we can recognize our negative thoughts and feelings, not judge them or deny them, and then bring our focus back to what we need to do in order to perfo

A Simple Motivation Equation

Four Ways to Become a Better Leader

Financial Advice for Athletes: an Interview with Ulrick Edmonds

Learning how to deal with finances is important for everyone, but for athletes, it is especially important. While most people can stay in the same profession for decades if they want to, professional athletes only have a limited amount of years that they can earn a living from playing sports. Not only this, but professional athletes are often faced with the difficult challenge of handling a large amount of money at a young age. How professional athletes deal with their finances can make a big impact later in their lives. This is why I’m excited to share with you my interview with Ulrick Edmonds, who is a financial advisor that specializes in helping professional athletes. Here is my conversation with Ulrick. I hope you enjoy it! SPT: Hello Ulrick, could you tell me a little about what you do as a financial advisor? UE: As a financial advisor, my primary focus is to partner with professional athletes who are fortunate enough to play the game that they love for a living. My main goal is

Book Review: Above the Line by Urban Meyer

How to Deal with Refs

Tips for Becoming a Professional Athlete

Book Review: Rebound by Carrie Cheadle and Cindy Kuzma

Three Types of Practice

The “you’re either born with it or not” Fallacy

Book Review: Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Four Reasons Why Winning Isn't Everything

How Your Body Language Affects Your Performance

Book Review: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Fitting in with the Normal Crowd as a Dedicated Athlete

The Five Downsides of Passion

The Importance of Exposure to Competition

Book Review: Tennis: Winning the Mental Match by Dr. Allen Fox

Book Review: Endure by Alex Hutchinson

How to Finish Strong in Games

Three Keys to Sustaining Long-term Motivation

How to Deal with Bad Coaches

Book Review: Be All In by Christie Pearce Rampone and Dr. Kristine Keane

Social Comparisons and Self-Confidence

Book Review: Limitless by Jim Kwik

Book Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Trust Your Instincts

Three Modes of Training: Fun, Flow, and Grind

The Best Way to Improve Your Ability to Perform Under Pressure

Book Review: Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden

The Seven Benefits of Playing Multiple Sports

How to Maintain a Strong and Healthy Identity In and Out of Sports, an Interview with Mykal Manswell

Athletic identity is a very important topic to talk about because the way you view yourself as an athlete and as a person has a significant impact on your life in and out of your sport. This is why I'm very happy to discuss this unique topic with Mykal Manswell, a professional with diverse experience in the field of athletics. Mykal is a Professional Life Coach, Counselor and Mental Performance Coach who has written a published research paper on athletic identity. If anyone knows a lot about the topic of athletic identity, it's Mykal! Here is our conversation: SPT: How would you define athletic identity? MM: Athletic identity is simply the degree to which a person identifies themselves as being an athlete. This means that an individual resonates with the captivating lifestyle that comes with being highly recognized in the realm of sports and is committed to maintaining this lifestyle for as long as possible.  SPT: What is the importance of having an athletic identity? MM: Havin

The Importance of the Offseason

Book Review: How Champions Think by Bob Rotella

Three Types of Opponents

Eight Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

The Purpose of Practice

Book Review: The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

You Can't Hide From Pressure

Peak Performance and Mental Toughness

Hard Work Pays Off!

Book Review: The Point After by Sean Conley

The Meaning of DAWGWORK, with Eric Henderson

Eric Henderson is the defensive line coach of the LA Rams. His unit, which includes the 2020 Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald, is perhaps the best in the NFL. A big part of the Rams defensive line's success comes from Eric Henderson's coaching philosophy. He calls it DAWGWORK, which is a mentality that leads to peak performance and dominance! For Eric and his unit, it all starts with the mindset that embraces DAWGWORK. To be the best at what they do, Eric's players need to not only work the hardest, but also the smartest. Most importantly, they need to be very coachable, and have the humility to accept constructive criticism and instructions. Eric's drive to constantly improve his players is summed up in his motto, "Either you’re getting better or you ain’t.” To reach this standard of DAWGWORK, they need to be extremely motivated. All of the pain and sacrifice needs to be worth it to them, which means they must love the grind and desire to be the best. Th

Peak Performance, Teamwork, and Leadership

Book Review: Tog Dog by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

How to Form a Mental Game Plan

Mental Toughness Tip: Fake it Then Embrace it!

Task vs Ego Orientation

Book Review: The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard