Olympian bobsledder bronze medalist, Aja Evans, shares her mindset on pursuing her Olympic dreams. This fierce competitor sheds light on her journey and how she went from collegiate track & field star to an Olympian. Aja discusses how she overcame adversity with a devastating knee injury and how her tenacious mindset and determination fueled her passion to compete at an elite level. Humility, family, and down right hard work is the foundation of this Olympian’s mindset. In less than three months, Aja is going to pursue her next Olympic gold. U.S.A.!!!
Roger Craig, former San Francisco 49er’s Running Back and 3x Super Bowl Champion talks about his relentless mindset as an athlete and corporate executive. He shares intimate moments that he experienced during the dynasty years and what it meant to be a part of the 49er brotherhood. Roger shares a conversation he had with Walter Payton that fueled his motivation throughout his professional career and life. He reflects on the moments he had with Bill Walsh and pays homage to his legacy, and what he created, which was more than a dynasty. It was a relationship that Coach Walsh had with every 49er that influenced the mindset of the Red and Gold. If you didn’t know what Roger Craig is all about as an athlete and person, you will now know by listening to this episode.
90% Mental is a show that promotes awareness around mental performance within sport by interviewing athletes and coaches to share their stories and perspectives regarding sport psychology topics. This week we are going to shift to a different type of awareness, a very serious and real topic… teen suicide and teen mental health. Luke Bottari, Quarterback at Serra High School and Founder of Play4 Prevention Foundation, talks about spreading awareness regarding teen suicide and teen mental health through his foundation. He shares intimate experiences about what drove him to take such a passionate stance on this topic. He also talks about the five signs to pay attention to and how to act on them if you know someone who is struggling with stress or depression. This young student athlete is on a mission to spread the word in hopes that his efforts and partnerships can assist in providing information or help for anyone who is struggling with stress, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts.
Garett Tujague, University of Virginia’s Offensive Line Coach, dive’s deep in to why embracing the struggle will aid the development process with athletes as well as build character. Coach Tujague shares intimate experiences on how he dealt with the “struggle” and how it made him a better coach, father, and husband. His insight and passion on this topic will open up your eyes to wanting to earn what you want in life. It’s ok to fail, but learning from it and persevering to the next challenge is how we grow.
Olympian and Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Central Florida, Tiffany Roberts- Sahaydak talks about the mindset of team culture. Her rich experience as an athlete and coach has allowed her to create a team culture approach that is creative and trustworthy. Coach Roberts-Sahaydak discusses the different team cultures she has experienced as an athlete and coach at all levels, but she shares a model that is embedded within the core values of the UCF program, which is called the Four Everyday Actions (1. Be your best (2. Choose a positive attitude (3. Don’t complain or make an excuse (4. Take care of each other. There is nothing more aspiring than listening to an Olympian/Head Coach talk about team culture and the meaning of living it on and off the field. BEST IS OUR STANDARD CULTURE!
Patricia Johnson an amateur body builder aiming to achieve her pro card talks about the mindset that one needs to deal with when executing a strict physical program, diet, and focus for body building competitions. Patricia talks about how important it is to focus on your plan no matter what life issues that arise, which she shares an intimate story that could have derailed her focus and motivation for her upcoming competition. Her mental toughness and will to succeed within this sport will inspire you and make you think twice about what body builders have to deal with when getting prepared mentally and physically for a competition.
Head Varsity Football Coach, Randy Jackson of North Forney High School out of Texas and Author of “Culture Defeats Strategy” discusses the core values of his highly innovative football culture in this four part series on “The Mindset of Team Culture”. His formula has proven to be a success and his book outlines why culture is important, how to create it step by step, and how to secure buy in from his players. If you want to learn and experience the “earn it culture” and get a glimpse of Texas football culture, this is a must listen episode.
This week’s episode is the third episode of a four part series on the mindset of “Team Culture” and Coach Justin Alumbaugh, Head Varsity Football Coach of De La Salle High School talks about the Spartan culture and what it takes to be a part of this rich culture. He stresses that the De La Salle football program is not just a winning a culture, but an effort culture, which is the main ingredient to their success. If you want to experience culture that has a rich history of effort, winning, and integrity you will not want to miss this episode.
Leki Nunn, former Quarterback for the Serra High School Padres and scholarship athlete for San Jose State University, who led the Padres to their first State Championship appearance last year talks about his leadership style and what motivates him as an athlete. In our conversation, you will experience the transformation as leader from his junior to his senior year by listening to how he dealt with adversity and keeping what motivates him in front of him at all times. Coming from a school where it produces a rich history of athletes like Tom Brady, Barry Bonds, Greg Jeffries, Lynn Swann, etc., Leki is arguably one of the most talented athletes that has performed for the Serra Padres.