Think Like a Professional Athlete

In this video clip I talk to Dr. Manny about my new book, Life as Sport, and how anyone can reach their goals using the skills taught to elite performers.

Athletes train not only physically, but mentally to compete against the best in their sport as well as themselves. Life As Sport details evidence-based techniques to calm yourself down and focus your efforts whether you’re on the playing field, the training floor or at home with your kids.

Through positive self-talk, it’s possible to accept defeats as an inevitable part of life and shape them into learning experiences. Surfer Laird Hamilton, in addition to other athletic professionals, promote positive self-talk and enjoyment in Life As Sport.

What is Mental Toughness?

What Is Mental Toughness

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

We’ve all heard this at some point in our lives. But aside from being a sports movie cliché, it also happens to get at the core of the rapidly growing field of sport psychology. Athletes succeed through thousands of hours of grueling physical training. But at the professional level, physical ability is not always what separates the professionals from the champions. In fact, many pros are increasingly attributing their success to mental toughness. …continue reading


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You’ve heard it before—and have probably even said it before.

“Story of my life . . . ”

It’s the middle of a stretch of bad luck or bad outcomes, and one more unpleasant thing comes piling on. A flight gets canceled. An important client backs out of a meeting and takes his or her business to somebody else. A player is making the familiar walk from the shower to his locker the week before spring training ends and slips and breaks his wrist. …continue reading

Managing Anxiety

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The following is an excerpt from the book Life as Sport, by Dr. Jonathan Fader. 

The video is hilarious—unless you’re me.

It starts with me in the parking lot, raising my fists like I’ve just won the heavyweight championship of the world. You can hear the wind hard across the camera’s microphone and see the tall grass in the open airfield behind me getting blown horizontal. …continue reading