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!
Paralympian Silver Medalist John Register Chose Courage Despite Fear (Re-Defining Moment) (Part 2)
John Register joins Pro Mindset host Craig Domann as he continues his story beginning with the defining decision of his life which was to amputate his leg or not. John shares that the decided to amputate his leg because the pain was too unbearable, and he believed amputation would alleviate the pain. He stated he did not realize that the pain would not go away and that he would endure the additional agony of phantom pain.
John’s decision to amputate his leg also was a decision to save his life and begin anew. John adapted to his new normal and went back to what he knew best which was competition. He competed in the 1996 Paralympics in swimming which was a key component of his physical therapy. He also earned a Silver Medal in the 2000 Paralympics in track and field.
John shares his belief that inspiration is the catalyst to motivation, motivation in turn causes actions, actions then lead us to transformational results. Those results inspire us, and they allow someone else watching to catch the vision.
He states his belief that we all are an inspiration to someone. Whatever part or stage of life that you're in right now, you are inspiring somebody. Somebody is watching your actions, your motivation, the words that you are saying and communicating and somebody is aligning with your actions because they have caught your vision and want to align with you and follow you to the degree that your actions and words are in congruence.
John loves COURAGE! He says that having courage doesn’t mean that fear is not there. Instead, courage is when you act despite fear being there. Courage is acting on the hope that life on the other side of fear is greater than the fear you may feel in the moment.
The unintended consequences of his leg amputation are the positive impacts he has made on other people’s lives. Just like Dolphins in the water who use sonar waves of echoes to locate and to know where they are in the water because the signals they send out bounce or come back to them. John resonates with this analogy as he has found the same thing with people he has shared his story with.
John also discusses the following topics:
•What does “New Normal” mean?
•His son taught him that it wasn't about the race but instead it was about the relationship
•Redefining Moments - There's no book that tells you how to jump
Defining Moment for Olympic Hopeful John Register: Amputate or Not?
Olympic hopeful and track star, John Register joins Pro Mindset® host Craig Domann as he shares his story beginning in high school athletics, running track at the Univ of Arkansas and his journey chasing his vision of competing in the hurdles in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. After college, John joined the US Army’s world-class Olympic program that allowed athletes to train up to three years before the Olympic Games, so that he could get compensated to train as a member of the US Army.
The Gulf War interrupted his training plan as he was deployed overseas. When he returned to the US, he was too out-of-shape to compete in the 110-meter hurdles, so he experimented with the 400-meter hurdles. His time for his first race was only two seconds off the world’s best. At this moment he caught the vision of competing in the 1996 Olympics and standing on the medal podium in Atlanta.
On a very windy day in Hays, Kansas, he was competing in a track meet leading up to the Olympic Trials and during his race he was injured attempting to clear the 3rd hurdle. This injury was not only a career-ender but also lead to the defining moment in his life. The doctors assessed his condition and gave John a simple but unimaginable choice, and the most difficult decision in his life to that moment. The doctor’s options were (a) amputate his leg and he would have to use a prosthesis for the rest of his life or (b) keep his leg and he would be relegated to a wheelchair or walker the rest of his life. This was a “rest of his life” decision.
John also discusses the following topics:
•How your vision for your life is yours and don’t expect others to catch it
•How it’s impossible to measure elite athletes from different eras and therefore it is unfair and unrealistic to compare Usain Bolt and Jesse Owens, or Michael Jordan and Lebron James
•How he wants to have control of his life and not have other people’s decisions control his life
•His experience competing for the University of Arkansas powerhouse track team in their heyday
•What does “new normal” mean?
Now that you are thinking about John and his decision, take a minute to look at your life and what is holding you back, what is dead weight in your life, and/or who or what relationship is keeping you from growing, elevating, graduating into your best self?
John’s decision and the impact of his decision on his life and other people’s lives will be discussed in the next episode of Pro Mindset.
Laura Okmin, Fox Sports Reporter: What’s Your Honey?
Hall of Fame Sports Reporter Laura Okmin joins Pro Mindset host Craig Domann as they discuss meaningful and heavy issues. Laura talks about her pivot point in her life when she survived a turbulent plane ride and the changes she made afterwards. She vowed she would start creating a life that would make her care about life. She checked a lot of boxes in her career and then realized that boxes weren't making her happy. She pursued the answer to the question: how do I make my life bigger? That's when her journey really became magical.
What's your plan B? It took Laura about nine months after graduating from college before she got her first job. She heard, “What is your Plan B?” a lot as she watched all her friends have lives, get jobs, have money and relationships, get homes and have babies. Yet she was home with her parents sending out reel tapes. Everybody would ask every day, “What's your Plan B?” She would always just say her Plan B was to figure out how to get her Plan A to work. Craig added from his experience with NFL players, “If they have a Plan B it's only a matter of time before it becomes their Plan A.”
A reporter’s life is being a great storyteller. She loved telling stories and there's no better stories in the world to cover than sports. She shares the key to success is having confidence in yourself.
Laura covered Michael Jordan playing baseball and then followed him back to Chicago and covered him with the Bulls. She shares when Michael walked into a room, you knew it. By the way, she said the same thing about MJ when he walked out on the court. She recalls the feeling in the United Center shifted (she referred to this as the “room tilted”).
Laura, who has covered many Super Bowls, Olympics and major sporting events in her career, also reflected that they that besides MJ the only other times she has ever felt the room tilt was when Muhammad Ali was in the arena and when Bruce Springsteen was at a shopping mall in LA.
For nearly 30 years Laura Okmin has been covering the biggest names in sports on the biggest stages. What Laura is most known for, and most proud of, is the connections she has cultivated over two decades of building relationships … not sources. Trust has been the foundation of every interview she conducts, the content she creates – and now her company, GALvanize, leading the next generation of women sports broadcasters.
Always passionate about her job, GALVANIZE gives Laura a purpose: Training and mentoring young women entering the sports world on – and more importantly – OFF camera.
Laura is the third longest tenured sideline reporter in NFL history. You’ll find her covering the league for the NFL on FOX and Westwood One’s NFL national radio games. She’s covered more than 10 Super Bowls, hosted Olympic coverage from the London, Sochi and Pyeongchang games, and reported from multiple World Series, NBA and NHL championships.
What’s your honey? What has always made sense to Laura and it's still her mantra to this day is if you take a pot of honey and you just put it on the table outside, the bees are going to come. The honey doesn't have to call the bees to the honey. Honey doesn't have to sell itself to the bees. The honey doesn't have to make a big deal about itself. The honey just has to be honey. And the bees will come. Honey time is when you're just right where you're supposed to be and making sure that you're in a place where you can see and receive your blessings. You just need to be in your shoes right where you are.
Jonathan Stahler, Attorney for Sports & Entertainment Performers
Sports and entertainment attorney Jonathan Stahler joins Pro Mindset host Craig Domann as they discuss:
•the prospects of the NFL having more guaranteed player contracts,
•who’s #1 GOAT in NBA Michael Jordan or Lebron James,
•the differences and challenges of doing legal work in the sports and entertainment area,
•the mental make-up of superstar performers,
•the myths of working in sports, and
•his motivation for getting into sports and entertainment law.
Jonathan originally from Pennsylvania and currently practices law in South Florida but he was a sports fan way before his sports career. His favorite Major League Baseball team is the New York Yankees, his favorite NFL team is his home state Philadelphia Eagles and his favorite NBA team is the Miami Heat!
Jonathan M. Stahler, Esq. is a Florida licensed attorney in both state & federal courts based in Miami, FL, and is the founder of Stahler Sports & Entertainment Law,PA. www.Stahlerselaw.com He represents clients in the sports and entertainment arena including professional athletes (NFL, NBA and MLB), sports and player agents, organizations and family members.
Jonathan is a graduate of Syracuse University & the David B. Falk Center for Sport Management where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, with honors. He received his Juris Doctor & Certificate for Sports Law and Policy from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Jonathan is a member of the Florida Bar, Sports Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, & a board member of the Florida Sports Business & Leadership Association. He has served as a panelist & guest lecturer discussing issues in both sports & entertainment law & business at Syracuse University College of Law, Florida International University College of Law, Syracuse University, Florida State University, & University of Miami.
Brock Domann: Starting QBs Have Temp Jobs & Must Constantly Prove Themselves
Brock Domann, a well-traveled college QB, and youngest son of Pro Mindset host Craig Domann, shares his experiences as a college QB, the best mindset for success, the must-have mindset for big games and his perspective about earning trust with his coaches.
Brock was a 3-time football state champion in high school, won the Southern California Championship in Juco football, and former D-1 QB who walked away from his scholarship to re-charge his college football career at San Bernardino Valley in Los Angeles.
Brock recalls his mindset when he played his biggest college game versus the #1 ranked team in the nation. Brock shows his swagger when he shared, “They (Riverside) deserved to lose because of the disrespect that they showed on the defensive side of the ball. They manned us up the entire game meaning they thought their guys were better than ours and they especially doubted me the opposing QB. I dotted ‘em up all the way down the field the whole game!” Brock mentions that typically if a defensive coordinator respects a QB, the DBs play back, play zone and make the QB take the check downs. If the DC doesn’t respect the QB, then you play man coverage and blitz and that's exactly what Riverside did. “Riverside had zero respect for my game. I saw that, took advantage of that, and made them pay.”
Brock also discusses the following topics:
•The biggest difference between playing college QB and high school QB
•The toughest lessons that he has learned in college
•His belief that coaches don’t look at resumes and past successes but rather only believe what they see with their own eyes
•Letting go of the perception of the way my life should go
•The best mindset, the best perspective, and the best approach to be a successful quarterback
•He also gives his perspective on leadership as a quarterback. Brock suggests that everyone (coaches and teammates) have both a conscious and subconscious belief about you as a player and leader.
Brock shares his love for football and how much football asks of you, especially as a QB . . . every second of every day needs to be dedicated to it. He adds, “I just love how you have to be all in or all out. I love it because I'm willing to be all in and I love knowing that a lot of people aren't and just having that edge of I'm willing to go through more suffering than you are.”
Brock finishes, “It's an addicting feeling when you're at rock bottom and you still have this confidence that you can still achieve everything you want to achieve because you just have that solid belief system in yourself. And no one can take that from you and that's addicting.”
Former MLB Brandon Averill: The Coconut Mindset is More Important than Talent
Brandon is a former professional baseball player in the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners organizations. Brandon played baseball collegiately for UCLA. He grew up in Southern California, his dad played college baseball at the University of Redlands and his brother Erik played college baseball at Arizona State. Naturally, baseball was in his family’s blood. On their family vacations growing up they would visit different professional ballparks. He had the opportunity to go to UCLA, play baseball and he was a captain.
When host Craig Domann asked Brandon to share his valley or gutter experience, Brandon shared that in his second year of pro ball towards the end of spring training, he “didn’t want to play anymore” and went to his manager and told him so. He was hitting third in the lineup and was a starter but his heart was doubting his future. He actually went home that night and knew in his gut that it didn’t feel right and that he couldn’t end his career that way. The next day he went back and fortunately the manager let him return.
Brandon continues that he couldn’t imagine if he didn't play that year, how different his life would have turned out. One of the most powerful life lessons for him was he stuck it out, played it out and gave it one last shot.
Brandon shares with Pro Mindset host Craig Domann the fun moments of batting against his brother Erik twice when ASU & UCLA played each other. His brother hit him in his first at-bat and his brother threw a 0-0 count (first pitch) changeup on the second at-bat. The brotherly love and competitiveness is obvious when Brandon talks about his relationship with his younger brother.
Brandon Averill is Managing Partner of Athlete Wealth Management, aka AWM Capital. Brandon is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional and holds the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM®) from the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA).
Brandon and his younger brother, Erik, had a vision and a passion for providing financial advice to professional athletes. While most would consider the prospect of working with professional athletes as an exciting clientele, it was their experience as former professional athletes and their personal exposure to bad financial advice that fueled their desire to start AWM. Check-them-out at www.athletewealth.com or www.awmcap.com .
Brandon resides in Glendale, CA with his wife Anne who is a Chartered Financial Analyst and two beautiful children, Luke Joshua & Charlotte Grace. Brandon is passionate about wine, cycling and loves being behind the camera in his free time.