Through several decades of representing NFL athletes, I have learned what it takes to play at the elite level for a long time. You can be the most talented player in the world or hardest working employee, and still not achieve your dreams. I believe the missing puzzle piece is mindset. Whether you are a player or a business person wanting to sharpen your saw, listen to my guests and their guidance on mindset to help you further pursue your dreams.
I am transparent and dive into the head space, beliefs and mental approach that is the common denominator of elite performers. I like to share these winning secrets with clients and business people so that they can discover how they can find their Pro Mindset and live a life in the zone!
JoJo Domann. Nebraska OLB, Meditation Manifests Successful Performance
JoJo Domann, Nebraska Cornhusker Blackshirt Super Senior joins his dad, Pro Mindset host Craig Domann. JoJo, a returning starter and the returning leading tackler for the Huskers, is a preseason All-Big Ten selection, named to the preseason Bronco Nagurski watchlist and the Senior Bowl watchlist.
JoJo reminisces about his childhood and how he developed his love for football. JoJo and his brother Brock, who is a QB at Louisville, played tackle football in the basement because mom and dad did not allow them to play tackle until the 6th grade.
JoJo shares his perspective on the new NIL “Name, Image and Likeness” opportunities for collegiate athletes. He talks about his ambassador program with Edgewater Insurance + Real Estate that will enable JoJo and Edgewater to make an impact on 13 different charities. He shares his experience with teammate Ben Stille in putting on a youth football camp this summer.
JoJo talks about the respect he has for Adrian Martinez, the starting QB for Nebraska. He echoes the challenges Adrian and he have overcome during their college careers.
JoJo has become a mindset pro and shares on Pro Mindset his pregame routine and his energy management tool of utilizing meditation and visualization to maximize his preparedness and performance on game days. JoJo believes visualization is good but visualization combined with elevated emotion creates the best mental recall pattern during games to get into a flow state.
Deyon Sizer, DT, Broncos, Modifies Mindset to Make Roster
Fighting for an opportunity to make the 53-man roster, Deyon Sizer, DT, Broncos, joins Pro Mindset Podcast host, Craig Domann. Currently entering his third Denver Broncos training camp, he knows the challenges and opportunities each athlete faces on the 90-man roster. Deyon is a Denver area product who attended Colorado State University – Pueblo, where he was a very prominent college football player at the DII level. In the past two seasons, Deyon spent time on the practice squad and last season he was on the active roster three-times. Deyon and Craig, talk about the Pro Mindset® that an athlete must have during NFL’s training camp.
Specifically, they discussed the merits of having a goal beyond making the team. As Domann points out, “Most NFL rookies only have the goal of making the team and this is what limits them. They want to get paid for playing the game that they played for fun their entire life. However, if all they aspire to do is to make the 53 and everyone else makes the 53, how did they set themselves apart from everyone else?” Domann shares with Deyon, the mindset of shooting for the stars in terms of setting his mind on becoming a starter this season. This also brings along with it, the responsibility of performing, working, competing, and knowing the playbook consistent with being a starter. It also means that Deyon needs to be a leader. One of the things that Craig has done over his three decades of representing players is teach them to act like a vet. One of the reasons why rookies don’t often make it is because they act like one. Typically, rookies give the coaches the impression they are not prepared and not ready for the big time. Rookies normally stick together and have conversations that center around, “Do you think you're going to make it?” Those are wasted conversations that don't help the player make the team.
Enjoy this podcast as you get an inside look at the mindset that it takes to make the 53-man roster. It’s not only a physical game, but a mindset game as well. Follow Deyon and root for him as he competes in the 2021 Broncos Training Camp.
Brock Domann, QB, Louisville: The Power of Perseverance!
Brock Domann, new QB signee at the University of Louisville joins his dad, Pro Mindset host Craig Domann. Brock most recently played JUCO football at Independence Juco a/k/a Last Chance U this spring and led his team to a 5-2 record and was recognized as the 1st team All-Conference and 3rd team All-American. Perseverance is the word that best describes Brock’s college football career as he has journeyed playing football from coast-to-coast with a winning record of 16-4 playing against 20 different opponents.
Brock shares stories about his journey and his excitement for joining the Louisville Cardinals football program. Brock provides insights into his learnings, challenges, and keys to success. The QB position carries a higher standard of conduct and Brock articulates his perspective about what it takes to be a great QB leader.
Brock talks about the importance of a QB’s decision-making both on- and off-the-field and the positive or negative impact it makes on the team. He also shares the importance of being a hard worker because teammates typically don’t follow a lazy leader. Brock reveals his greatest area of growth during his JUCO time was learning to surrender expectations and potential outcomes and instead focus on his goals and standards.
Brock discusses the importance of becoming a man, the head & heart connection, and his faith in God throughout the journey. Finally, Craig and Brock discuss his approach to this opportunity at the University of Louisville and his performance secret for playing QB in college, “Create a flow state of being instinctive instead of being a thinker in games. You can create that instinctive flow state with due diligence and preparation during game week.”
We look forward to watching Brock embrace and tackle this new opportunity and continuing to apply and grow his Pro Mindset®. #GoCards!
All-American Runner Katie Rainsberger: Olympic Trials Ahead
Katie Rainsberger, University of Washington student-athlete, joins Pro Mindset host, Craig Domann, and she shares her dream of winning the 2021 National Championship in the women’s steeplechase at the NCAA Track & Field National Championships in Eugene, Oregon. She is one of twelve women who qualified for nationals. She has the third best qualifying time. She competed in the nationals while running for the University of Oregon in her freshman season. She transferred to Washington to follow her coach and has barely missed qualifying for the next two nationals and missed again last year when the 2020 National Championships were cancelled due to Covid. Wait until the end of the podcast when Katie speaks into existence her dream of winning the 2021 national championship.
Katie is a 12-time All-American in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track & field. She is a former National Gatorade Athlete of the Year out of Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, CO. She recently started running the steeplechase event and has already qualified for the Olympic Trials that are coming up later this month.
The steeplechase is an obstacle race in athletics, which derives its name from the steeplechase in horse racing. The foremost version of the event is the 3000 meters steeplechase. The 3,000 meters steeplechase has 28 barriers and seven water jumps!
Katie discusses the challenge of finding a healthy balance of being competitive and trying to win every race, but also just like trying to be the best version of yourself regardless of the outcome. She also talks about the during the race moments in an endurance event where you feel so much pain that you don’t know if you can finish . . . and it happens every time. There's also moments where you're like, I don't know if I can go any faster or I don't know if I can follow that move.
Follow Katie and her pursuit of the 2021 National Championship and Olympic Trials!
John O’Sullivan, Changing The Game Project: Winning vs Love of the Game
Author, podcaster and founder of Changing the Game Project, John O’Sullivan joins Pro Mindset and host Craig Domann. They discuss the obsession in youth sports to focus more on winning than the long-term development. They also talk about “hating to lose” vs “loving to win.”
O’Sullivan started the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level. His mission statement: to ensure that we return youth sports to our children and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.’
O’Sullivan has authored two #1 bestselling books, Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids and Every Moment Matters: How the World’s Best Coaches Inspire Their Athletes and Build Championship Teams.
He has been featured by CNN, Outside Magazine, ESPN, NBC Sports and numerous other media entities. O’Sullivan’s podcast description is “we connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.”
Some O’Sullivanisms are:
•Have a plan, challenge yourself, play hard, have fun, be bold, make friends, always learn, love what you do, and just do it.
●The enemy of excellence in youth sports is the obsession with winning.
●What we teach people is that the single greatest factor that affects performance is state of mind.
O’Sullivan’s favorite quote: “I love watching you play.”
Coach Ben Carnes: The Prime 5 Tools You Must Have to Succeed
Ben Carnes, owner and founder of Mental Training Plan in Indianapolis, IN, joins Pro Mindset host Craig Domann. Ben also has his own podcast “Coaching Minds Podcast.” Ben is a mental performance coach, a high school football coach (Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach), mental coach for a high school golf team and he has elite clients at the professional, college and high school level. He has been a teacher and coach for 13 years. He has his MEd with a specialization in athletic coaching, a program which covered topics ranging from sports psych to anatomy and biomechanics. Ben Carnes is not a psychologist and does not work with athletes who have diagnosable disorders, instead his focus is on helping athletes take what science can tell us about how our brains and bodies respond to pressure situations to develop tools that will help them perform better on the field, court, course, diamond, track, etc. His focus is on giving elite athletes tools they can use and put into practice to deal with things like stress, anxiety, pressure, motivation, etc. before they become a problem that requires the services of a doctor or psychologist.
Ben shares with Pro Mindset host Craig Domann the 4 traits he looks for in a QB:
Craig asks Coach Carnes how he decides on a QB if he has 2 or more that are similar in the above four traits. Coach responds that he then utilizes competition and tracking of results to break the tie.
Coach Carnes shares with Craig the Prime 5 Tools to Succeed you must have to be successful and they are:
•Control Your Body’s Physical Energy
•Motivation and Mindset
Craig and Ben dive deeper into each of the Prime 5 Tools and talk about the practical application of the Prime 5, particularly related to game performance, performance failures, and development of the Prime 5.
If you play sports and need to develop a plan to overcome failure, i.e., you play golf and want a plan for overcoming bad shots, this is the podcast for you!