How Elite Firefighters Respond to Adversity

Jason Brezler, a FDNY rescue fireman assigned to a special operations company in Brooklyn, New York explains why it is important as a firefighter to have control over his breathing. “When responding to a fire there are only a few minutes from the time of the alarm in the firehouse to the time when the … Continued

Greatest Athlete Quotes of All-Time

Most elite athletes know that in order to succeed at the highest level, they need to develop mental toughness, much like they build strength and agility, and master fundamental skills. With the help of performance coaching, mental conditioning, and sports psychology, athletes are constantly working on their ability to be more present in the moment, … Continued

How to be “Objectively Optimistic”

Fundamentally, most performance psychologists and mental conditioning coaches like myself agree that one of the most important aspects of being successful in leadership, business and the rest of life is to be positive and optimistic. But positivity gets a bad rap these days. When we have negative results, optimism may not only seem misplaced, but … Continued

Performance Coaching In Business

As a sport and performance psychologist, or “Optimizer” as I have sometimes been called, I am frequently asked what it is I do with elite performers in sports and how it relates to business. I believe all of life is a performance. In the very sense that whether we’re giving a presentation, in an interview, … Continued

Mental Performance Training for Healthcare Workers

Doctors aren’t big fans of stress management and lifestyle balance seminars.  Overworked, and under pressure, they view such exercises with a mix of cynicism and annoyance.  But here I was, performance psychologist, brought in by the human resources department of a major hospital to coach a group of prominent physicians on how to improve mindset.  … Continued

Mental Conditioning Tips for Runners

While every runner is different, some aspects of mental conditioning are the same regardless of the individual. At SportStrata, we call these fundamental ideas and attitudes our performance pillars: Enjoyment, Objective Optimism, Present and Future Orientation, and Process Focus. We teach specific mental skills like self-talk and visualization with the understanding that they are in … Continued

Four Ways to Help Your Kid to Be the Best Player on the Team

When I watch my teenage daughter play basketball, I have to restrain myself from yelling instructions from the sidelines… And I am a sport and performance psychologist! We all want our kid to be the best they can be! It’s challenging to watch them struggle, lose, and just generally not live up to what we know … Continued