How To Micro-Cize Your Life

It always takes me by surprise. When I give my presentation on “how to get a mental six-pack,” I ask the audience, so what’s your biggest takeaway? In my mind, I’m thinking it’ll be something like “I didn’t realize we have to master our biology in order to change” or “now I have a model for mapping out the stress factors in my office dynamics.” But no. The single most popular takeaway is that we have to set “micro goals: […]

How To Escape the Time-Scarcity Trap

If you’re a working human being in the modern world, you’re keenly, maybe even obsessively, aware of time, often thinking: “There’s never enough time.” “This is taking too long.” “I’m falling behind.” For sure, it’s hard not to come from a place of scarcity around time when our success seems to revolve around it. But before you read another article about time management or productivity hacks, you need to understand this: Your brain perceives lack of time as an actual […]

What You Can Learn About High Performance From A Junior High School Teacher

Dave Brodkey teaches shop class to sixth to eighth graders at New Brighton Middle School near Santa Cruz, CA. Eleven and twelve year olds are typically not known for their sustained attention at school so when Brodkey told me his students consistently get into a state of flow — or what he calls the “quality zone” — in his classes, I had to learn more. Indeed, it turns out he’s intuitively and brilliantly incorporated all the key components that encourage flow states. […]

[PODCAST] Mental Control Under Pressure, with Lanny Basham

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Lanny Bassham started off life as a loser. In elementary school, he could never win any of the races, so he decided he’d have a better chance in team sports. When trying out for Little League baseball, he was the last person picked, put out in right field and promptly got hit by the ball right between the eyes. Then he tried out […]

Want to Be Better under Pressure?

“Who here thinks they do better under pressure?” When I ask this question to the Navy SEAL candidates I mentor, most of them raise their hand. And most of us would probably agree. But guess what, the idea that we can be “clutch,” though widely celebrated, is a total myth. As Drs JP Pawliw-Fry and Hendrie Weisinger explain in their book, Performing under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most, noone — no, not even Michael Jordan — performs better under pressure. Sure, you may feel like you’re doing […]

[PODCAST] What’s Really Important In Building A High-Growth, High-Performance Company, with David Carvajal

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android An entrepreneur who has cofounded and built billion dollar businesses like Hotjobs and TheLadders, Dave Carvajal now advises the leadership of some of the most transformative, disruptive companies in the tech space. We talk about how doing an Ironman race is like building a startup, what it takes to build a team of A players and what many CEOs get […]

[PODCAST] Debunking the Common Myths About Performing Under Pressure, with Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is a psychologist and international performance coach to Olympic athletes and coaches, senior business leaders at Fortune 500 companies, and the CIA. He is the co-author of Performing under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most. In this podcast, we talk about some of the common misconceptions about performing under pressure (and why they’re […]

[PODCAST] Understanding the Real Blueprint for Success and High Performance, with Jeff Spencer

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Jeff Spencer, an Olympian and advisor to Lance Armstrong, Bono and Tiger Woods, says that much of the conventional advice around success doesn’t work. Jeff personally knows the journey to championship as a sprint cyclist on the 1972 US Olympic cycling team. As the team doctor to 6 winning cycling teams in the Tour de France, generally recognized as the most […]

The Curse of Finishing Second (and Five Habits of Happy High-Achievers)

After finishing third in the men’s 100 meter race at the Rio Olympics this week, bronze medalist Andre de Grasse excitedly embraced Usain Bolt, who had taken the gold. While Andre and Usain were hugging it up, silver medalist Justin Gatlin looked less than thrilled, lost, no doubt, in counterfactual thought about “what might have been.” As Seinfeld points out, “If you win the gold, you feel good. If you win the bronze, you think, well, at least I got something. But if […]

[PODCAST] Raising Your Mental Game for Career Success with Caroline Ceniza-Levine

Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Caroline Ceniza-Levine is the cofounder of SixFigureStart career coaching. She has worked with executives from American Express, Goldman Sachs, Condé Nast, Gilt, eBay, Google, McKinsey, and other leading firms. She’s also a stand-up comic (so not your typical coach). In this conversation, Caroline gives her signature no-nonsense advice on: how to prepare for interviews, performance reviews and other high-pressure situations how to handle […]