Ben Oliva

Introducing Fader-Aid on Sirius XM Ch. 121

"Fader-Aid" - A Sirius XM Insight Channel Show To Hydrate Your Mind

We are excited to announce that our Director of Performance Coaching, SportStrata co-founder Dr. Jonathan Fader, is hosting "Fader-Aid", a weekly radio show on Sirius XM Insight channel 121.

The show, which airs Wednesdays from 1-2 EST, has the name "Fader-Aid", the same nickname given to Fader by athletes in the MLB and the NFL. Fader-Aid shares the mental conditioning ideas and strategies that high performers use to achieve their best.

The first episode of Fader-Aid featured Michael Cuddyer, a former MLB outfielder who played 15 seasons and was recently inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame. In the conversation with Fader, four powerful ideas jumped out as highlight reel material.

1. Motivation develops as you grow.

Cuddyer talked about how his motivation developed as a player starting with an intrinsic desire to compete in every sport he could find. As he matured physically, so did his motivation, shifting into a desire to be the best baseball player he could be.

At SportStrata, we work with many young athletes on bringing out that motivational foundation of a love of sports and competition of all kinds, rather than specializing in only one sport too early. Early specialization is proven to decrease motivation and lead to burnout and injury.

2. A proactive mindset is better than a reactive mindset.

As Cuddyer said, "honing in on results is reactive" and a reactive mindset results in 'mental ruts' that are difficult to escape. In other words, focusing on the process rather than on the outcome generally leads to better results.

This proactive, process-focused mindset sets you up to stay focused on improving every day, which Cuddyer emphasized as an effective strategy for alleviating the pressure that comes with judgement based on outcomes.

3. Control your actions and the feelings will follow.

Cuddyer explained that his strategy when he found himself struggling on the field was to focus on things he had full control of. For him, that was being a good teammate, not only to other players, but to everyone he interacted with. He explained, "anytime you know you've made a positive influence on others it makes you feel better about yourself too."

By focusing on controlling his behaviors and body language (being respectful, playful, and kind), he was able to shift his feelings in a positive direction, which helped him on the field. Waiting until you feel better before you change your behavior will only extend those 'mental ruts'.

4. Genuine peer recognition is one of the most powerful motivators.

At SportStrata, we see this powerful lesson in leadership in both the sports world and the business world. Genuine recognition from teammates and peers is a far more effective motivator than anything a boss or coach can say.

As a coach, you want to empower the leaders on your team to take initiative in recognizing the things their teammates are doing well, especially things that tend to go unnoticed. Keep in mind that vocal leadership is a skill that takes practice and modeling, rather than something some people have and others don't.


These four highlights from "Fader-Aid" show how motivation is an ongoing and changing force that requires attention and effort to maintain. Both motivation and mindset develop, just like physical attributes, so to be great you must continue to work on proactively focusing your mind on the controllable goals along the path of improvement.

Fader's mom even called in and summarized this point quite nicely with a quote from Zig Zigler!

"People often say that motivation doesn't last, well neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily!"

As both Cuddyer and Fader emphasized, a mindset focused on continual improvement is just as helpful on and off the field, so whatever your performance arena may be, you can work on taking that proactive mindset of improvement to help you reach your best!

Posted by Ben Oliva