How to Embrace Failure in Sports

Learn from your mistakes. One of life’s greatest sayings and one of its truest. Look at failure, not as disappointment, but as an opportunity. Failure can uniquely teach us to be resilient, to be objectively optimistic, and to become more appreciative of our effort and our future success. You know who has probably heard learn … Continued

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

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

The Mental Gym

“Just like you can train your calves, your thighs, or your quads by doing squats, you can do squats for your mindset and you can do curls for your mental gym.” When you think about your ultimate performance goals, whether it is playing a sport at the highest level, picking up a new hobby, developing … Continued

Winning the “What If” Battle

For most of us, our minds tend to drift to the battle of the “What If’s,” especially during the uncertain times of COVID-19. What if I lose my job? What if my kids aren’t back in school in September? What if I don’t make enough money for my family? We ride out the thought train … Continued

Meaning Thru Movement tour with Liv Massey

The Meaning Thru Movement tour was launched in May 2020 by Alison Désir, a globally recognized fitness advocate, mental health professional, and community activist. Each event is designed to advance the conversation about mental health and well being into the running and fitness space. SportStrata’s Liv Massey was asked to lead a conversation on the value of … 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.