In a world where things are progressing faster than ever and competition is stiffening in all areas of life, it can feel as if everyone around us is looking for an edge. Specifically, there has been a strong trend in the last few years to invest serious research and effort into the mental aspect of sports and peak performance. We now have the science and empirical evidence to show beyond a doubt that there are ways to dramatically improve an individual’s performance through mindset, psychology, and mental training methods.
The following is a list of what I consider to be the top podcast episodes of 2019 that address this topic. After familiarizing yourself with these experts and their approaches, you will have cutting-edge tools, techniques, and strategies for achieving your highest potential, experiencing flow state, and optimizing your performance on and off the field.
Each interview is a deep dive with a world-class expert in sport psychology, mindset, health, and performance. If you apply the proven methods outlined by these experts, you’re sure to experience a noticeable improvement in your performance, set yourself up for long-term success, and experience more joy in the process!
Top Six Episodes on Sport Psychology, Peak Performance, and Flow State
1. The Psychology of Success, Excellence, and Peak Performance for Sport and Life with Dr. Eddie O’Connor, Howard Falco, and Matt Belair
“Focus is something that can be trained—you can do that with mindfulness. If you’re not practicing it every day, you’re not doing everything you can to get better.”—Dr. Eddie O’Connor
Discovering and refining the tools and processes that will give an athlete measurable and repeatable improvement is the core intention of any good sports performance coach. There are many strategies that can be tested over time with athletes that can help us uncover the most effective techniques. In this podcast you’ll listen to a panel with Dr. Eddie O’Connor (a member of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry), Howard Falco, and Matt Belair—both authors and peak performance coaches. The panelists discuss tried and tested strategies for achieving excellence, overcoming roadblocks, and developing true mental toughness.
2. Super Bowl Champion Ryan Harris Reveals Secrets on the Mindset of a Champion
“Never make the mistake in thinking this game or this life owes you anything because it doesn’t. So, forget everybody else and don’t be looking for a receipt on the payments you put in because you’re just making deposits on your dreams and you can’t get those back.”—Ryan Harris
What does it take to be a champion? What is the mindset of a champion and can it be developed?
Ryan Harris is the best-selling author of the new book, Mindset for Mastery: An NFL Champion’s Guide to Reaching Your Greatness. In this discussion you will learn how to overcome failure, master your internal dialogue, overcome doubters, and understand what it takes to be a champion!
3. Expanding Consciousness, Flow State, Performance, and the Power of Group Intention
“It starts by teaching the new generation their power; the power of their mind—this wholeness of things.”—Dr. Damien Lafontis
Dr. Damien Lafontis is a physicist, peak performance and mental training expert, author, and educator in the field of human potential. His research addresses and tests the limits of human potential in both individuals and groups. In this discussion you will learn about brainwave entrainment, the limits of human potential, the science behind mindset and human performance, the secrets of Zen monks, and much more!
4. Dr. Eddie O’Connor: Unlocking Your Potential, Mindfulness, Performance, and Kids
“The wonderful thing about mindfulness is that it’s not a technique to make you feel better in the moment—it changes the way you relate to life and you become more efficient at thinking.”—Dr. Eddie O’Connor
Dr. Eddie O’Connor is one of the leading sport psychologists in the USA. In this discussion you will learn about the four basic human emotions, top tips for peak performance, understanding and managing your energy and focus, and much more! This episode will empower you with the fundamentals of peak performance that you can take into your own life and build upon.
5. Mastering the Experience of Life by Discovering Who You Really Are with Howard Falco
“Faith equals the flow state.”—Howard Falco
The concept of flow state, awareness, and unlocking every ounce of your being comes from a very fundamental place. This understanding has been spoken about and taught in ancient martial arts practices for many years. This episode will help you understand how to decode your fundamental nature and help you program your mind and body from the ground up. When you have a clear understanding of who you are, who you want to become, and what it takes to get there, the only thing that is stopping you is you. Learn how to overcome fear, hack flow state, and rise to challenges!
6. Dr. Edith Ubunto Chan: SuperWellness, SuperHuman, and the Six Keys of H.E.A.L.T.H
“It is our duty as human beings to purify our physical vessel so we can bring the best of ourselves to the deeper work…this can lead to those mystical experiences.”—Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan
Being healthy, powerful, and strong are essential components of a great athlete. Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan is a medical doctor that has conducted extensive research into alternative healing, the mind-body connection, and superhuman abilities. She has taken this understanding of our human potential and decoded six keys for health and superhuman performance. We must fire on all cylinders to be an elite performer and this episode will show you how!
Your mind will always determine how far you go. An individual who can learn to develop an iron mind and an impeccable work ethic that are both applied toward a clear vision will certainly experience success! However, only the wise will be grateful throughout the process because they recognize the importance of staying in each moment of the journey. After all, this is where self-mastery and awareness live!