15 Minutes of Mental Toughness Podcast
with Dr. Rob Bell. Listen to Experts from all fields share about Mental Toughness and their Hinge Moment.
Ep 38- Coach Hawk- White Hot Vision of Mental Toughness
“Coach Hawk” is currently in his third year as the Head Football Coach of UC Davis.
Dan guided the FCS program to the 2018 Big Sky Championship and the program to its first ever FCS playoff appearance, making it to the national quarterfinals. He was awarded the both the 2018 Big Sky coach of the year, and the 2018 Eddie Robinson FCS national coach of the year. A veteran American Football coach of over 35 years, he has coached at every level of gridiron from youth through professional American football. After Boise State Hawk had stints as a head coach at the University of Colorado, and professionally with the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.
- 4:05 Dan shares the mental toughness required of a coach.
- 5:51 “Must be able to keep your feet on the fire.”
- 7:20 “Being open to learning.” How Dan has changed through years of coaching.
- 8:53 Dan notes how the world of football has shifted throughout the years.
- 10:40 The importance of leaving our comfort zones.
- 11:32 Dan shares his skydiving visualization.
- 17:37 Dan reflects on how a job setback benefited him in the long run.
- 18:14 Dan describes how he overcame a difficult time in his career.
- 19:50 Questions Dan asked himself to move forward.
- 22:58 Dan on advice he would give to other coaches.
- 26:11 “It’s all about raising the bar.”
- 27:05 How Dan is able to make adjustments along his route toward success.
- 30:30 Dan shares his thoughts on specific game strategies.
- 32:06 “It’s about playing to win.”
- 33:27 How his athletes play with high energy the entire game.
- 35:58 Dan highlights the importance of positive feedback in coaching.
- 37:06 Dan describes his hinge moment.
- 41:06 Dan shares how he uses his setbacks as a way to guide his athletes through difficult situations.
- 43:12 The role that parents play in an athletes’ development.
- 46:19 How he works with parents on being the best support for their kids.
- 49:05 When Dan learned to come up with his own solutions to the problems he faced.
- 51:03 “Life’s not fair and neither is football.”
- 53:07 Dan’s ultimate advice to parents on failures in sport.
- 56:03 Dan shares what drives him the most, and what defines a winner.
- 59:25 Winning a championship is about the process, not the outcome.
- 1:01:35 “Why don’t you just become the Super Bowl?”
- 1:02:27 Dan notes how crucial it is to get the best out of each other.
- 1:04:17 “Everybody wants a sense of power.”
- 1:07:20 Dan shares a story on ensuring his players have a high sense of competency.
- 1:08:38 “It’s about culture over the scheme, and it starts with relationships.”
- 1:10:43 The question Dan always asks his players.
Gil Reyes- Fear, Truth, & Confrontation as The Path To Mental Toughness
Gil Reyes spent 17 years as Andre Agassi’s strength and conditioning coach. He still operates his gym out of Las Vegas and trains athletes from all sports. His responses to mental toughness and mental health were iconic and worthy of your ears and tears…
5:29 “Can you teach discipline if you don’t have it? Can you teach patience if you don’t have it?”
5:38 Gil describes what his athletes have taught him.
7:33 How the “it factor” displays itself in athletes.
8:36 “When I pray, I don’t pray to be fearless, I pray to be brave.”
9:51 “Fear is somewhere in there with love as far as one of our deepest, innate emotions.”
10:02 Gil gives examples of what he talks about with his athletes while working with them.
10:20 “Make sure your backbone is as strong as your wishbone.”
10:40 “Some battles aren’t worth fighting even if you win, some battles are worth fighting even if you lose.”
10:57 Gil’s perspective on battles in life.
11:31 “Others get to describe you, but only you get to define you.”
12:16 “Confrontation can often reveal itself as education in disguise”.
13:28 Growth can come from winning or losing.
13:44 Gil’s favorite word: glorious.
14:21 Being unprepared is in your control.
15:00 “Are we worthy of those tears?” Gil describes the time when Andre Agassi lost his first 3 major finals.
16:20 Gil begins discussing the journey of Agassi winning the French Open.
18:38 Gil talks about the non-verbal ways he showed his support while Agassi competed.
19:09 One of the best pieces of wisdom he received while training Agassi.
21:10 Gil talks how Agassi was able to come back and “rededicate” himself to the game.
25:07 Gil recalls Agassi’s mental toughness while playing in uncontrollable environments.
26:52 “Weak legs command, strong legs obey.”
27:36 “Is this a winnable war?” Figuring out the process required to reach your goal.
28:01 “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled path to mediocrity.”
28:53 The first step to identifying Agassi’s goal process.
29:13 How do you respond to a loss?
30:58 Gil describes Agassi’s process of remaining top 10 in the world for sixteen years.
32:33 “Truth is such a beautiful concept within yourself that is no longer a concept, it becomes a foundation on which you stand and you grow.”
33:10 Gil shares what he believes is the most important mental skill.
34:26 How his lack of confidence affected his social interactions.
35:55 Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, & Mike Tyson.
37:21 Preparation and confidence when being tested.
39:56 Gil begins to illustrate the feeling a champion has post-victory.
43:10 Gil notes Mike Tyson’s discipline in training.
44:49 Gil describes his hinge moment.
50:58 In order to truly help others, Gil learned he must not limit himself.
51:50 The difference between being successful and being significant.
56:06 “They come in here with buckets full of dreams and they leave here with buckets full of sweat.”
Jaime Masters- Mental Toughness Lessons From Millionaires
Jaime’s been featured on Yahoo’s homepage 6 times, and in Inc, Entrepreneur, and Business Insider. She’s been a top Business Coach for over 10 years and has helped hundreds of 6 & 7 figure Entrepreneurs and Business Owners optimize every area of their business. She’s also the host of the online show – Eventual Millionaire, where she’s interviewed over 400 self-made millionaires. She’s a tech geek, has two kiddos – and even has a sword wall in her house – Plus she loves creating automated systems and talking business growth!
3:40 Jaime shares the top patterns in Millionaires #1: “Commitment to the end goal no matter what.”
5:17 Jaime talks about what she considers to be a piece of mental toughness.
6:14 Jaime explains the “Millionaire Myth” experienced by Olympic athletes and entrepreneurs.
7:53 “Loving both sides of the coin.”
8:40 Jaime shares how “visioning” is a top method used by the millionaires she’s interviewed.
10:33 Why do we downplay our wins? Jaime answers the question.
11:23 How to enjoy the journey: Jaime relates mental toughness as a way to speak kinder to ourselves.
12:58 Jaime’s secret to slowing down. The “gift of her lifetime.”
15:20 Jaime shares how her sword wall came to be. “Competition is a gift”
15:54 “Not about the win or the loss.” Finding out what truly makes you happy.
16:49 Burn out: Jaime sheds light on figuring out what truly matters.
17:51 How Jaimie sees adversity as an asset.
21:28 “Tall Poppy Syndrome” Jaime describes how to push past negative feedback while in the pursuit of your goals.
22:47 How Jaime applies mental toughness to be a mother of two and a business owner.
25:18 Jaime describes her hinge moment.
29:05 Jaime defines mental toughness and how she applies it to her life.
30:45 What is the purpose of “feelings”, and how can they guide us?
34:43 Jaime shares another hinge moment, and how her new definition of success came to be.
35:32 Ways to get the most out of life on a daily basis.
37:54 Jaime describes how she quiets her mind using a technique different from meditation.
40:45 Jaime shares how business owners can benefit from jotting down their ideas.
42:05 Why Jaimie values creativity in her everyday life.
Mory & Denise- Running Across Indiana- 382 miles!
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Mory Bailey- Started ultra-distance running in 2010. Completed multiple distances 50ks to 100ks driven by the “what if” mindset testing both physical and mental endurance. Eventually answered the call of the “hundo” in 2014. In 2015, she set out to complete five 100 mile races in 8 months, and since then over 30 ultras; 11 of them being 100 milers. As she celebrates her 2nd year of being a cancer warrior, in November 2018 she crossed Indiana, 382 miles from south to north. Denise Poynter- is a wife and mother to six children. She has completed over 30 full-marathons, 9- 50 milers, and IT 100,st . pats 24 hr race, kettle 100, and the Jag 100. She supported Mory during her crossing of Indiana, South to North.
- 4:55- “Never giving up…not thinking about the pain”; Mory and Denise define what Mental Toughness has meant for them.
- 6:44- Mory’s WHY for running 382 miles through Indiana.
- 8:46- The tough moments that tested Mory and Denise’s mental toughness on their long run.
- 12:20- Changing your focus when that negative voice creeps in.
- 14:01- The standout memory from crossing Indiana.
- 19:00- The inspirational bridge that the ladies crossed on their journey.
- 20:46- The planning, down to the MINUTE, that Mory put into all 382 miles of Indiana Crossing for a Cure.
- 24:00- How to train your brain to respond when you need it most.
- 29:06- Denise’s motivation for running and her “thought planning” technique.
- 30:46- What Denise learned about being mentally tough through those 100-mile races.
- 33:22- Mory’s lesson from all her races: Patience and a helping hand are always needed.
- 36:55- What Mory has to say about fueling your goals by others.
- 38:43- Denise’s life lessons she learned from running.
Greg Sinche- From a Stroke at Age 5 to an Ironman
3:28- Greg’s big HINGE moment that happened at just 5 years old.
5:58- How Greg overcame such a huge obstacle at such a young age.
7:15- Why the drive to “prove people wrong” can be such a BIG motivator for success.
8:30- “I deserve to be happy”…the battle with depression that came along with Greg’s journey.
11:50- What Greg learned about himself through pushing his limits.
13:20- “…It’s disproving that little voice in my head…”; Greg talks about the motivators that got him through the tough training days.
14:27- The physical challenges that Greg faces and how he mentally overcomes them.
18:30- THAT feeling of finishing an Ironman.
20:32- What really sticks out to an Ironman competitor looking back on the whole process.
22:14- Greg’s advice for attacking ANY challenge in front of you.
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Joe Skovron- Long-time caddy to Rickie Fowler
3:05 Discipline, adversity, the ability to perform under pressure…Joe’s three components to
6:06- Where does preparation come into play with the mental toughness game?
7:05- Finding what works for you could be the key to YOUR success.
8:14- The mental components necessary for caddying.
10:08- How Joe moves on from mistakes at the moment.
14:35- How a chip on your shoulder could be a great asset.
19:53- What people might not understand when they watch elite golfers.
21:30- What separates the absolute BEST from the other top players??
26:23- Joe’s HINGE moment; how he got started with Rickie Fowler.
30:00- What youth golf parents NEED to know.
35:10- The experience of a junior golf star.
42:05- Joe’s best memory from his successful career. (i.e., Tiger Woods)
48:42- Joe’s advice for building the mental toughness muscle. (i.e. Tiger Woods)
49:46- What it means to have a good attitude on the course.
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Iron Cowboy- 50 Ironmans, 50 States, 50 Days
Iron Cowboy Podcast on 15 Minutes of Mental Toughness podcast – James Lawrence is an athlete, husband, proud father of four daughters and a son. Currently holds two world record in 70.3 and 140.6 triathlon racing. But, His greatest achievement was 50 Ironman courses, 50 consecutive days, through all 50 States.
3:58- “Doing what you say you’re going to do…”, what THE Iron Cowboy says being mentally
5:46- Who became the biggest role players in the Iron Cowboy’s journey?
6:48- What happens when the Iron Cowboy reaches his mental and physical limits?
8:14- “We are our toughest critics.”, James talks about that negative inner voice we all deal with.
10:57- How the Iron Cowboy deals with negativity when naysayers are ready to pounce.
15:01- What’s next?? James discusses the question he receives all the time concerning his future
16:40- He sat on what for 10 days?! The Iron Cowboy describes one of his big HINGE moments.
20:05- The 1 thing James says is holding you back!
23:15- How does the mental toughness developed from all of the physical training translate into
24:29- What are the next steps YOU can take right NOW to accomplish your goals??
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Ron McKeefery- Being a Dream Builder, NOT a Dream Killer
Coach McKeefery, M.A., MSCCC, CSCS*D, is the VP of Performance and Education for PLAE and has been working as a strength and conditioning coach at the Professional and Collegiate level for over 20 years. McKeefery was named Collegiate Strength Coach of the Year in 2008 & 2016, and has had the privilege of working with over 80 players that have gone on to play in the NFL. In addition to a successful coaching career, McKeefery is also the best-selling author of CEO Strength Coach.
3:08- “The ability to perform at the highest level no matter the circumstances”; Ron’s true
definition of MENTAL TOUGHNESS.
5:59- Ron on navigating those higher levels of performance.
7:29- How to grow the muscle of Mental Toughness.
10:30- As a 7-year-old, Ron decided to take a different way home that led him to his HINGE
18:10- From a rough childhood to highly successful strength coach, what drove Ron to change
20:26- Ron’s answer for those who told him, “You can’t.”
23:00- What happened when coach asked his players if they were NFL material?
27:55- The 3 BIG questions coach asks all his players.
32:23- The impactful phone calls that changed the game for Ron as a strength coach.
35:54- How Ron compartmentalizes work so he can be his BEST self at home.
39:46- One thing Ron says we need to know to build Mental Toughness.
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Ted Rath- NFL Strength Coach of The Year- No Rank to a Good Idea
This mental toughness podcast episode is with Ted Rath. He enters his second season with the Los Angeles Rams. He enters his 10th season at the pro level, previously as an assistant strength coach for the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.
Prior to joining the Rams, Rath was named assistant strength and conditioning coach in Miami for the 2016 season. Before his stint with the Dolphins, he spent seven seasons (2009-15) with the Detroit Lions as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
3:12- What is Mental Toughness to Ted?
4:11- Can you develop Mental Toughness?
6:22- What helps athletes overcome adversity?
7:55- How Ted coach’s players through adversity to better prepare them for game day.
10:40- What’s the culture like among an NFL staff?
12:12- Being vulnerable can actually make you a better leader.
13:18- Ted’s HINGE moment.
16:08- How getting fired helped to re-center Ted’s focus.
19:56- What people don’t know about the life of a strength coach in the NFL.
21:53- How to maintain life balance with no off days.
23:43- Keeping work at work and letting it go when you get home.
25:54- Something everyone can do to improve their Mental Toughness.
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Martin Rooney – Mental Toughness And The Salad Bar
This mental toughness podcast episode with Martin Rooney. He is the founder of Training For Warriors. An internationally recognized trainer, speaker, author and pioneer of strength and conditioning, Martin holds a Master of Health Science and Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Furman University.
Martin was a four-time All-Conference, and four-time MVP performer in Track and Field at Furman and a member of the United States Bobsled team. Since the foundation of the TFW system, Martin has traveled around the world to train, compete, and conduct seminars and help prepare world-class athletes and coaches. Martin has been the martial arts consultant to the NY Giants and the NY Jets and a coach on the IFL World Team Champion New York Pitbulls. Martin is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under UFC fighter Ricardo Almeida and a black belt in Kodokan Judo under Olympian Teimoc Johnston-Ono.
He has written eight books called “The Book of 5 Things,” “Rooney’s Rules”, “Train to Win”, “Success Patterns”, “The Team Renzo Gracie Workout”, “Training for Warriors”, “Warrior Cardio” and “Ultimate Warrior Workouts.”
2:00- What is Mental Toughness?
3:30- How do we train the mental toughness muscle? If people just did this one step!
5:30- How a coach builds another’s mental toughness!
7:00- The precise steps a coach needs to take to build someone’s mental toughness.
8:52- How the Salad Bar line builds mental toughness.
12:15- Mental Toughness is “doing what we don’t want to do.” Into the Roar!
15:45- The Hinge Moment of Coach Rooney happened as a 7th grader!
21:16- One impact story of Alisha, a Training for Warrior, who is still fighting cancer!
23:00- The one thing that STOPS Mental Toughness! Alisha has become a model for others!
28:00- How coach Rooney flips the script on the host!
1:40- Most people have NO IDEA about this part of Fishing.
3:30-Please Walk us through a 10 hour tournament day.
6:14- How does Mental Toughness impact fishing?
7:20- Stuff actually in our control as a fisherman.
10:14- How important is confidence and momentum?
11:40- How do you let go of mistakes and move on? (LIGMO)
13:00- Your hinge moment of becoming a professional fisherman and getting a sponsor.
16:10- “I just threw my name in a hat.”
17:15- How does your vision impact your mental toughness?
19:07-Helping others get into the sport helps you as well?
21:51- One thing people need to know about becoming mentally tough?
Mental Toughness Podcast Episode features- Todd Hollowell is a full-time touring bass professional on the FLW Tour. In 2018, he will enter into his 7th season on the FLW Tour where he has seven Top-20 finishes, highlighted by a 4th Place at Lake Norman in 2016 and a 2nd place at the Costa Championship in 2017. Todd is a 2x-Forrest Wood Cup qualifier, 4x-Costa Championship qualifier, and 2x BFL All-American qualifier.
- What is Mental Toughness?- :00
- Why Gary practiced with the linemen.- 3:20
- Mantra of “give me what you got.”the skills that transfer from sport to life.-3:41
- The toughest thing that Gary overcame in life.-4:23
- “I wasn’t a football player! I was CDO- Chief Defense Operator.”- 8:08
- NO GAS- No One Gives A S____ – 9:24
- The goal as an entrepreneur and restaurateur. How do football skills transfer? – 14:32
- The Mental Toughness piece of advice for EVERYONE. – 15:35
Gary Brackett was an undrafted free-agent in 2003 and won a SuperBowl with the Colts in 2006. He played in the NFL for nine (9) seasons. Gary earned his MBA and is a restaurateur and speaker. His goal is to have 50 Stacked Pickle restaurants in 5 years. Gary has a book which will also be a movie titled: Winning: From Walk-On to Captain in Football and Life.
:47- What is Mental Toughness?
6:20- What’s different about players that are or are NOT Mentally Tough?
9:00- The Hinge moment from college basketball to skill development! Wow!
10:00- The way coach builds trust with players.
14:03- A player who shot 1/3 3-pointers the entire sophomore season to 7/10 3-pointers in state championship game.
15:20- I got told “NO” a Lot.
17:20- When did you know you were on the right path?
20:00- Dealing with the financial stress
23:00- What is it that someone needs to do to build Mental Toughness?
Coach Joey Burton is a 13-year seasoned coach and trainer, having worked with athletes at all skill levels. Joey’s coaching experience at various stages of an athlete’s development has allowed him to identify and develop an athlete’s specific training needs. Joey Burton has trained NBA talent, including Yogi Ferrell and Evan Turner, among others. He’s coached Division 1 NCAA Athletes, and consulted with entire NCAA teams and coaching staffs on skill development.
- How an escalator changed his life forever and became a hinge moment.
- What is Microwave Success?
- How can each of us build Mental Toughness?
- One thing that nobody knows about being a Harlem Globetrotter.
- How the death of his father changed his life as a 10-year old.
- Two paths changed because of the death of his father.
- If you’re clear on where you are going, your Mental Toughness becomes clearer.
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- How did Wil Fleming’s son power him to a national record in Weight Lifting?
- The impact of the last “real” conversation Wil had with his mom.
- The precise way to FOCUS during important competitions.
- Do we need to fail in order to have success?
- How to rebound from not losing for over 2 years?
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- What is Mental Toughness? 1:20
- What is takes to be a professional. 3:00
- Working on Mental Game. 4:55
- Getting CUT at age 14. 6:30
- “You’re not good enough.” 10:51
- Signing the wrong contract. 11:45
- What you need to know about building mental toughness. 16:30
- Is it hard to transition from a professional soccer player? 18:48
- What is Mental Toughness 1:15
- Why living in SLC means so much to the story. 2:30
- The Two Paths. 3:21
- What was the action step of Divorce that became a Hinge Moment? 4:20
- What is the biggest struggle for Females and Mental Fortitude? 6:50
- You need to KNOW this tool for Mental Toughness! 9:15
- Mindset of Keepers? 1:10
- How build Mental Toughness? 2:25
- What learned most from Sport Psychologist? 2:40
- How-to let go of mistakes? 5:00
- It’s NOT who get’s there 1st.- 10:18
- The next level mentality.-14:57
- Your Tom Brady moment (not what you think)?- 19:35
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- How Your Hinge Moment Ended up as a Book. 1:15
- The way it has to happen rarely actually ever happens. 6:40
- What’s the difference between writing a song and a book? 8:00
- How do we return to our own chorus in business? 14:00
- What happens when big companies fail? 20:00
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- How a Call from Gary Player the night before the final round helped brother Trevor Immelman win the Masters- 1:00
- As an All-American in college, losing to his younger brother was a Hinge Moment- 6:25
- The BEST part about being a Coach? – 10:10
- Being a coach is a tremendous responsibility! 11:15
- What is the biggest take-a-way for being a good communicator? 11:44
- What do people NEED to know in order to be Mentally Tough? 15:08
- The spiritual side of being a PGA Tour broadcaster. 19:20
- Why do players switch putters so often? 24:02
- Getting back to your neutral. 24:58
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2:30- What Does Mental Toughness Mean to You?
4:00 Mental Training Becomes a part of the team culture.
5:40 The disappointment of Sochi Olympics.
13:00 The Hinge moment of helping out a Russian Skier.
17:05 The culture of Cross-Country Skiing and the presence of mind to help.
19:33 What do you think people need in order to be mentally tough?
24:40 How difficult is it to be an Olympic Coach?