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The Secrets to Winning with Dr. Bhrett McCabe
14 minutes | 10 days ago
The Will of the Human Spirit
Recently, several destructive tornadoes ripped through our city causing massive damage. Thankfully, my family and I are fine. However, some families experienced massive damage to their homes or lost them completely. In the aftermath of the storm, one thing stood out to me - the will of the human spirit. In our lives, there will always be tough circumstances & adversity that we face. However, you can endure them and find a way through them. I want to share some things you can do to tap into the will of your human spirit to help clear the debris from your path and create a path forward.
7 minutes | 24 days ago
The Trap of Expectations
Are expectations good? Many times we hear competitors talk about saying that they expected to win or they expected to do well. Why should you expect to have a good outcome? Because you had a good week of practice, you have more talent than your opponent, or your desire to succeed is unmatched? If that is your thinking, then you are falling into a trap of expectations. When you expect to win or expect to play well, what you are really doing is taking evidence of the past and merging it with a hope for the future, creating a story in your mind that you simply cannot live up to. As a result of not living up to those expectations, you get frustrated earlier, become more judgmental, and lose your grit and resiliency.
16 minutes | a month ago
Four Promises to Make to Yourself
People don't change their behavior because they want to. They change because they have to. For you to change the performance trajectory of your life, it requires you to do things differently. There is no greater way to start than changing how you think. In order to understand how you think and how it influences your outcome, you must make these four promises to yourself. These four promises will keep you going when things, inevitably, get hard.
6 minutes | 2 months ago
Get Rid of Your Mental Clutter
There are so many things that occupy our minds on a regular basis. Some of it is positive, but a lot of it is negative and distracting or what I like to call clutter. When you are competing and focused on a goal, there is going to be clutter and distractions that bombard you on a regular basis. There are going to be things that compete for your attention and rob you of energy and potential for growth. In this podcast, I discuss three huge sources of mental clutter and what you can do to get rid of it and focus on the things that are going to lead to your success.
8 minutes | 2 months ago
Finding Success in Difficult Moments
In my time as a psychologist and in my own personal journey, I've learned that moments of high achievement are often the earmarks by which we define our life. Oftentimes, we see the struggles, trials, and tribulations in our lives as problems that are difficult and frustrating. In reality, the hard is the normal. As a competitor who wants to take the next steps to be able to win, I want you to be prepared for the difficult, not the easy. The difficult is in front of you for a reason. It is to help you understand who you are and to understand the way you do things. When you can adapt and adjust to what you're going through - the difficult times - that's when the success that lies within you will be shown to the world.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
Lessons From the Best of the Best
In my time working with some of the highest achieving athletes and coaches in their sport, I've noticed that they share some similar characteristics. They aren't all exactly the same, but their process to achieve excellence is almost identical. See, the best of the best don't do anything magical, they just do what they do better than anyone else. They have an unrelenting attention to detail and an unwavering system or process to drive excellence. They get outside their comfort zones and break through any limiting barriers in their way.
8 minutes | 3 months ago
It's Not About You: A Guide to Attack 2021
Can you look back at 2020 and figure out what you can do better? Yes, but I want you to go about it with a different mindset than you ever have before. Don't blow up what you've done in the past; just choose to look at it differently. I don't care how hard it's been or how much this past year sucked, you can always make the next choice better. It's not about your ego. It's not about your belief sets. It's about you facing the challenge and building from that. Stop asking for credit. Stop looking for support. Stop asking for people to believe in you and start meeting the moments. Your success in 2021 is up to you. Why don't you take full responsibility, and see if it changes the game? I bet it will.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Jake Kelfer: The Characteristics of a Winning Coach
I am fortunate that, in my job, I get to interact and consult with many high-level coaches and players. I get a behind-the-scenes look at how championship teams are assembled, developed, and enhanced by their respective coaching staffs. Whether at the collegiate or professional level, great coaches share a common set of characteristics that make them successful and allow their players to achieve greatness. This week’s guest on The Secrets to Winning is Jake Kelfer. In his time in the basketball world, Jake has dealt with players and coaches at the highest level. In this conversation, we dove into the characteristics that make a great coach - getting buy-in from players, communicating at a high level, developing talent, promoting mentorship, and so much more.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Todd Anderson: The Importance of Understanding a Player's Mentality
If you are a golf coach, then pay attention to the brilliant expertise of my man Todd Anderson. I have known Todd for a long time and have the privilege of working alongside Todd as a part of Billy Horschel’s team. Todd has an unbelievable ability to understand the mentality of every player he coaches. He knows that everyone has a different personality and mental makeup and knows that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Elizabeth Loftus: How Reliable Is Your Memory?
This week's episode is unique and one in which I wanted to get out of my comfort zone a little bit. Our guest is Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, a world-renowned expert in memory and how memories can shape and shift our experiences. When we look back at our memories and past experiences, whether positive or negative, we see how those experiences can be shaped to create a better story in our life and how they define and shift how we think about the future. For instance, if we did wasn't very good or we weren't very effective at accomplishing a certain task, the natural inclination would be to bring that negativity to a new challenge. Then, it got me thinking, "If a coach or leader is working with a player or team member, do the things we say in the moment create a better snapshot of memory for that particular person moving forward? If the next time that person is faced with a challenge, will he/she approach it with more confidence based on the previous interaction they had with us?" This is a fascinating conversation I had with Dr. Loftus about why our memory isn't what we thought it was. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
6 minutes | 5 months ago
How I'm Staying Thankful in 2020
For this week's episode, I want to take a step back as we enter the week of Thanksgiving here in the United States to have a little perspective on everything in the year 2020. I don't think many of us could look at 2020 and think it has gone according to anyone's plan or that it was easy. I want to encourage each of you to have some graciousness and gratitude, even if it is in the smallest factors that you're still here. During this holiday season, make sure you take some time for yourself as we all have been through a lot. The stress has been high. The burden has been enormous, and the pains have been real. Please, take some time for you.
53 minutes | 5 months ago
Steven C. Hayes: Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life
We know this world is challenging us, and I know that there are people suffering from what they feel and what they're thinking. They're just hoping that a brighter day will come. Truth be told, that's in every facet of life, right? That's in sports, business, you name it. Today's guest is someone who seeks to change the way you approach how you think and is an absolute pioneer in our field. He is Steven Hayes, a clinical psychologist that has authored 44 books and almost 600 scientific articles. But what he is most known for, and why he has made such a significant impact on my life and work, is the concept he developed called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT. Dr. Hayes' Ted talks have been viewed over 600,000 times, and he's ranked as one of the most cited psychologists in the world. But. his impact is so much more than that. He is someone who's going to push against the standard to find a better way to do things. Not a more complicated way but a more efficient and more helpful way. His concept of ACT - being aware and accepting of what's going on in our lives and still finding a way through the stress, anxiety, fear, and doubts - has influenced so much of my work and made a huge impact on me.
18 minutes | 6 months ago
Mark Blackburn: How to Avoid Hitting a Roadblock with a Player
For this episode of The Secrets to Winning, I sat down with a good friend and 2020 PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Mark Blackburn to talk about how coaches can manage personalities and egos with different players. Many times, the best coaches aren't the ones who are the most knowledgeable from an Xs and Os or technical standpoint. The coaches who get the best results are the ones who are emotionally intelligent and flexible and understand the true nature of each player. That allows for trust to be built and a greater relationship with the player.
9 minutes | 7 months ago
3 Ways to Quiet the Noise Around You
There's a lot of clutter and junk in this world. There's a lot of noise. For my best performers, one of the biggest issues I hear them talk about is "What is the most important thing for me to do to be successful?" It is to put the blinders on and get to work. Every day, we get caught up in the world around us, and we start buying into what the external world is telling us. You're looking for proof and evidence of why you are falling behind. See, that's the trap that the mind gets into when it latches into what somebody else is doing. It's winning. It's telling you that you are not prepared for the challenge in front of you. So, you romanticize and see the drama going on around you. I want to give you three ways that I have found to be effective in getting the highest performers to quiet the noise and clutter going on around them.
68 minutes | 7 months ago
How to F.I.G.H.T. Low Motivation and High Anxiety
This was a webinar I did during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the content is still applicable today, especially in the sports world. We are seeing games being postponed, some teams choosing not to play, no fans in the stands - it's just really weird and something we have really never experienced before. Unfortunately, it is also bringing some collegiate athletic departments to cut sports, cut or furlough staff positions, and/or cancel entire seasons. It sucks; there is no doubt about that. What I want to do with this episode is to reiterate some tools and strategies you can utilize to overcome the low motivation and high anxiety you may be feeling as a result of this pandemic. Many people have asked me, "Doc, what can I do during this time to lower fear and anxiety and stay motivated?" To borrow the phrase from my good friend Dr. Kevin Chapman, you can F.I.G.H.T. How to F.I.G.H.T. Low Motivation and High Anxiety: - F - Focus on what you can control - I - Interpret your negative thoughts - G - Grab some mental flexibility - H - Healthy behaviors need to be established - T - Teach someone
39 minutes | 7 months ago
Jeremy Bhandari: How World-Class Athletes Got To The Top
What does it take to get to the top of your field? It's a question I get asked a lot and one that every athlete or competitive person wants to know the answer to. That's why I was fascinated to have this week's guest on the podcast. In his book Trust the Grind: How World-Class Athletes Got To The Top, Jeremy Bhandari interviewed 16 of the top athletes in their field to reveal how these men and women reached the heights of their profession so that you can too. If you are like me, you are always studying the best in their field to see how particular individuals achieved their level of success but also how they maintained it over a long period of time. In this episode, you are sure to learn from Jeremy's interviews with these world-class athletes the secrets behind success, and what it takes to remain on top. We talk about the value that comes with becoming disciplined, staying driven, setting goals, identifying your “why”, staying active and eating right, making sacrifices, obsessing over your passion, and more. Rather than harping on the remarkable accolades and astonishing statistics, this story is formulated to teach individuals what it takes to be great in any desired field. It includes interviews with the following athletes:
45 minutes | 8 months ago
Tim Corbin: The Pillars of a National Championship Program
There may not be an active college baseball coach as good or as well respected as Tim Corbin. Vanderbilt’s head coach has claimed two national championships, four SEC titles and won multiple national coach of the year honors during his time in Nashville leading one of the best programs in the entire league. In his 17 seasons at the helm, he has transformed the Commodores into a national power. The Commodores would likely be in the midst of another run at the SEC title and College World Series if not for the NCAA’s need to cancel the baseball season following the coronavirus pandemic across the nation. The reason for Corbin's continued success? It is the culture he has created. He is very much a coach that coaches the person first and the player second. Just ask Vanderbilt alum and Major League Baseball Cy Young winner David Price, who says of Corbin, "He turned me into a man. Just watching how he treated everybody like they were the most special person in the world...times change, but Coach Corbin doesn't." Wow. Pretty high praise coming from the former number one overall pick. As you listen to this interview with Coach Corbin, you are sure to pick up a ton of great information you can implement in your program to begin enhancing your culture right away!
52 minutes | 8 months ago
Tanner Guzy: The Appearance of Power
The way you dress is oftentimes a window into your soul. It's an understanding of your confidence, self-belief, and how you view yourself. Today's guest is going to give us a little insight into that mindset, and he's going to take it from the men's perspective. So for my female listeners, this isn't a time to turn it off but just know that we're going to dive into an area that most men don't really think about. They assume that somebody can take care of it for them or that the next pair of khakis and blue shirt is going to work for them. This topic is actually one aspect of what I do with the Catalyst School. We dive into the best way to make you the most influential and confident person you can be. Our guest this week is Tanner Guzy, Men's Style Coach, Founder of Masculine Style, and Author of The Appearance of Power. I came across Tanner and his work on social media after seeing some of his tweets about dress and appearance and how they relate to confidence and performance. I've always been fascinated from a male standpoint of identifying the right thing to wear, What is my style? What type of clothing fits my style? I tend to go to the most conservative, most comfortable way. I'm a big guy, and I just really want clothes that fit. But, I don't think that mindset always allows me to present myself in the best manner possible. When I've done stage work or presented, I tend to fall back on the khaki pants and a jacket, but it's so conservative. And it's like, "Hey, I took the easy way out." Is there something better? The people that I study and love to learn from have a little edgier style. Is that me? I don't know. So I had to bring Tanner on to talk about it. If you want more information about Tanner, make sure you check him out at masculine-style(dot)com or pick up his book, The Appearance of Power. If you want to understand what he means by power - authority, presence, action - make sure you check out his book. Very easy to read and tons of information about what you need to be wearing and how to identify YOUR style.
47 minutes | 9 months ago
Chris Yandle: Exploring the Name, Image, & Likeness Issue in College Athletics
There's so much uncertainty in today's world, especially in college athletics. When you take a look at the scope of college athletics, there has long been the discussion regarding the name, image, and likeness issue surrounding athletes and their ability - or lack thereof - to profit on their likeness as a college athlete. It is an interesting debate, with individuals on both sides of the issue giving their viewpoint. Our guest on this week's episode is someone who has been very outspoken on the issue. Dr. Chris Yandle is a former college athletics administrator and award-winning public relations professional that has worked across the various levels of college athletic departments. He is a really valuable resource at looking at how and what the different demands of college athletics are. He's been in a variety of different roles at Power 5 institutions including places like the University of Miami, Georgia Tech and Baylor.
35 minutes | 9 months ago
Bennie Fowler: The Imperfect Guide to Success
This week, I sat down with NFL wide receiver Bennie Fowler - somebody who gave me a really nice perspective on circumstances and challenges. In the NFL, it's not easy to compete. You've got people coming for your job on a regular basis, AND if you're an undrafted player like Bennie, it's even harder. You're expendable. Within the workforce - if you look at metrics like performance or success - people are expendable. Competitors are always coming for our jobs. What happens if you come from a background where you were really successful, you were good in school, and your family was successful? Does that make it easier or harder? Usually, we want our circumstances to define our experience. For example, if we're struggling, we look at our circumstances as making us a victim. Yet, we want to have better circumstances so that we can take advantage of that. So, if we're from a successful background, does that make it easier or harder? I think most people would probably say that makes it easier. But, does it? Let's dive into this conversation with Bennie and let him explain.
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