Carol Dweck’s bestselling book Mindset breaks down, among many other ideas, the two different mindsets that individuals may have regarding their talents and abilities. Individuals with a fixed mindset generally think that their talents and abilities are fixed. In sports, this is often illustrated by the supremely talented athlete who falters in big moments, doesn’t … Continued
Experiencing Flow in Everyday Life
Have you ever been so immersed in a task or a moment on the field that it felt like everything else just faded away around you? You were most likely experiencing what is called flow, otherwise known as complete engagement in a task that leads to a heightened state of awareness and consciousness. When we … Continued
Motivation vs. Commitment
Motivation is often considered one of the foundations to achieving our goals in sport and life. However, whether it be the COVID-19 pandemic or the stressors of daily life, performers in every arena struggle with how to stay motivated during long periods of training or difficult times. But what if we told you that rather … Continued
Coaching through COVID: How to help your student-athletes during times of uncertainty
Coaches at all levels are expected to lead their teams onto the field no matter what the circumstances. Rain delays, handling injuries, building strong cultures, and helping your student-athletes become successful young men and women both on and off the field are on the daily to-do list. But how do you lead your team during … Continued
Leadership Under Fire podcast with Ben Oliva
On the Leadership under Fire podcast, Ben Oliva shares his journey in becoming a performance coach, some of the scientifically-proven mental skills he employs with athletes, firefighters, and executives, and his love for both Wedding Crashers & Good Will Hunting. The original podcast recording can be found here.
Ben Oliva ft. on Against The Rules with Michael Lewis
Performance coach Ben Oliva underscores how mental skills coaches only need one coaching toolkit to work with everyone from New York City firefighters, youth softball players, professional musicians, and even writers with a podcast. The original recording of this episode – The Coach In Your Head – can be found here.
The Fundamentals of Mental Performance
Always be Learning Regardless of where you are in the journey towards performance excellence, you must approach every day with an emphasis on the process of learning and improvement, instead of outcomes and results. This is the foundation of consistently performing at your best. Mastery is a moving target and you must actively maintain your … Continued