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Everyone does it tough at some point in their journey. So what can we learn from those who deal with stress or pressure on a regular basis?

Hosted by Paddy Steinfort, a performance coach to some of the world’s best who Sports Illustrated has called “Master Mind”, this show takes world-class performers from a range of arenas (from athletes to academics, entrepreneurs to entertainers, medicine to military) back through their journey to find their hard earned answers to a simple question: what does toughness look like in action?

Initially recorded exclusively for the US Army & veterans only, the intent behind these talks was to help soldiers and families deal with stressful situations so they dont just survive but thrive. But given the challenges everyone in the broader community faces these days, the full tapes of these exclusive interviews will now be released to the public via the Toughness podcast - so we can all benefit from the toughness of those at the top.

Toughness Paddy Steinfort

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    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Everyone does it tough at some point in their journey. So what can we learn from those who deal with stress or pressure on a regular basis?

Hosted by Paddy Steinfort, a performance coach to some of the world’s best who Sports Illustrated has called “Master Mind”, this show takes world-class performers from a range of arenas (from athletes to academics, entrepreneurs to entertainers, medicine to military) back through their journey to find their hard earned answers to a simple question: what does toughness look like in action?

Initially recorded exclusively for the US Army & veterans only, the intent behind these talks was to help soldiers and families deal with stressful situations so they dont just survive but thrive. But given the challenges everyone in the broader community faces these days, the full tapes of these exclusive interviews will now be released to the public via the Toughness podcast - so we can all benefit from the toughness of those at the top.

    How To Respond, Not React - A Toughness Compilation on Personal Power (Business, NBA, Olympics, Military, Authors)

    How To Respond, Not React - A Toughness Compilation on Personal Power (Business, NBA, Olympics, Military, Authors)

    As we start to wrap up our series of hot topics compilations, we are going over the essential pillar of what Toughness is all about: personal POWER - aka committed action - which is a combination of mental strength and psychological speed that makes people unstoppable in uncertainty. From a basketball legend to a business maverick, from an Olympic champion to multiple bestselling authors, you'll hear how these inspiring examples only managed to unlock their full potential when they decided to commit and stick to their vision, no matter how many road blocks stood in their way - and each one of them has advice for others who need to move past their feelings and stick to their plans.

     

    FEATURED IN THIS SPECIAL EPISODE:

    Jordan Belfort (Investor) - Bravery in Business

    Justin Kenna (CEO) - Bravery in Business

    Shaquille O'Neal (NBA) - Belief Is A Big Deal

    Dalilah Muhammad (Olympic Champion) - Running Towards the Hurdles

    Dan Coyle (Author) - Tough Cultures vs Tough Leaders

    Mike Erwin (West Point) - Tough Cultures vs Tough Leaders

    Freddie Stevenson (Football / Author) - Finding A Way

    Jon Gordon (Author/Speaker) - Public Speaking with Positivity and Purpose

    • 57 min
    How To Pivot Under Pressure - A Toughness Compilation on Cognitive Speed (SWAT, E-Sports, MLB, NFL, Execs, Olympics)

    How To Pivot Under Pressure - A Toughness Compilation on Cognitive Speed (SWAT, E-Sports, MLB, NFL, Execs, Olympics)

    What if you had a on/off switch that could instantly shutdown the negative emotions in your brain and just get you focused on the task at hand? That's exactly what today's episode is all about: developing Cognitive Speed. From baseball to the boardroom, e-sports to the olympics, from the police to the podium, all of these stories involve individuals who faced immense pressure and stress, but pivoted quickly to ensure success.

    Whether you're scared by an important decision that you have to make, or you have experienced deep traumas, or constantly battling "negative" emotions like anger, this selection of guests are going to show you how they manage to quickly accept the noise and flick their focus onto the now, as a result of that, get the most out of the moments that matter.

    FEATURED IN THIS SPECIAL EPISODE:

    Keeping Calm When Life Throws You Curveballs - Kevin Pillar (MLB)

    Executive Function Under Fire - Mike Tannenbaum (GM)

    Executive Function Under Fire - Scott Goldman (PhD) 

    Police, Pressure & PTSD - Lane Douglas Hunt (Police) + Brian Willis (Training)

    Police, Pressure & PTSD - Brian Willis (Training)

    The Practice of Finding Power in Pain - Apolo Ohno (Olympic Champion)

    Gaming Your Mind - Emmalee ”EMUHLEET” Garrido (Esports)

    The Brain Is A Body Part - Alexi Pappas (Olympian + Filmmaker)

    • 57 min
    How To Hang On During Hardship - A Toughness Compilation on Emotional Endurance (World Series Poker, NASCAR, Journalism)

    How To Hang On During Hardship - A Toughness Compilation on Emotional Endurance (World Series Poker, NASCAR, Journalism)

    How do people deal with prolonged discomfort? How can you hang on when the going gets tough? How can you avoid cutting corners or getting lazy when the payoff seems forever away? At the halfway point of our series of specially curated episodes, a topic comes to mind that covers all of this - Emotional Endurance. 

    In this episode we hear how people that stand out in very different arenas manage to keep their emotions in check in high stakes situations. From gambling millions of dollars in World Series Poker, to driving and crashing a 200mph Nascar racing car, or living for 10+ in war zones, some guests had to learn not only how to deal with the pressure of being a World Champion, but also how to find balance within their teams. This is an episode that will definitely help you to put the weight, pressure and b******t aside and hang in there through hard times.

    FEATURED IN THIS SPECIAL EPISODE: 

    Margaret Coker (Journalist) - The Waiting Game Of War

    Jesse Iwuji (NASCAR Racing) - The Drive to Thrive

    Jorryt Van Hoof (Poker Player) - High Stakes? Poker Face 😐

    Jared Tendler (Performance Coach) - High Stakes? Poker Face 😐

    Denise Shull (Finance) - Trading, Triggers, And How Feelings (Like Fear) Help Us Win

    John Burns (Wall Street) - Trading, Triggers, And How Feelings (Like Fear) Help Us Win

    Michael Hixon (Olympic Diver) - Staying in Sync Under Stress

    Sam Dorman (Olympic Diver) - Staying in Sync Under Stress

    Cody Royle (Performance Coach) - The Tough Part of Being the Top Dog

    • 56 min
    How To See Through The Storm - A Toughness Compilation on Spiritual Stability (Coaching, Comedy, Fashion, Business)

    How To See Through The Storm - A Toughness Compilation on Spiritual Stability (Coaching, Comedy, Fashion, Business)

    Here in the third episode of our series of hot topic compilations, you'll hear how some of the best in the world in a huge variety of fields - from Comedy to Coaching, in the NFL and the WNBA, from fashion shows to finance boardrooms - manage to stick to their vision and stay on course to their North Star, even when the waves get choppy and the vision might be blurry. Hear from people at the top of their game as they explore what can be termed "Spiritual Stability", but not in a religious sense: it's about what your heart & your spirit value most in life. Why do elite performers keep pushing forward when there’s so many obstacles, and plenty of excuses to quit or change? Tune in to find out!

    FEATURED IN THIS SPECIAL EPISODE:

    Ronny Chieng (Comedian / Actor) - How To Stay Strong, Even If You Bomb

    Kliff Kingsbury (NFL Head Coach) - Growth, Greatness & Attacking The Game Of Life

    Chasity Melvin (WNBA) - The Value of Vision

    Broderick Hunter (Model / Actor) - A Model Of Confidence, From Fashion To Film

    Joe Moglia (Business / Coaching) - The Courage of Leading With Love

    Jen Welter (NFL) - Tough Women Make History

    Justine Siegal (MLB) - Tough Women Make History

    • 45 min
    How to Bend But Not Break - A Toughness Compilation on Psychological Flexibility (Navy SEALs, NASA, Firefighters, Cirque)

    How to Bend But Not Break - A Toughness Compilation on Psychological Flexibility (Navy SEALs, NASA, Firefighters, Cirque)

    Ahead of the upcoming second season of Toughness, behold the second in our series of hot topic special episodes! In today's specially curated compilation, you'll hear how bad-ass performers in cut-throat environments - from Navy Seals to NASA, from Firefighters to First Basemen, even Cirque du Soleil acrobats and Olympic sprinters - flex their mental muscles in unique ways in order to withstand the fire. Listen to tales from the front lines as those who face the flames on a daily basis talk through how they adapt, adjust and overcome unexpected obstacles and unforeseen setbacks. Some of our guests also speak to coaches and the psychology behind training that flexible, "bend, don't break" mindset which is so crucial on stages when its make or break, where lives are saved or lost - including vital tips that could help you adapt while facing your own adversity.

    FEATURED IN THIS SPECIAL EPISODE: 
    Coleman Ruiz (Navy SEAL) - Special Forces, Mental Agility & Elite Habits *Part 1*
    Ceci Craft (MLB) - Special Forces, Mental Agility & Elite Habits *Part 2*
    Holly Ridings (NASA) - Mission Critical Mindset
    Jason Brezler (FDNY) - Focus Through The Fire *Part 1*
    Steven Hayes (Psychology) - Flexibility Comes First: From Panic Disorders To Player Development
    Jonathan Fader (NFL / MLB) - Focus Through The Fire *Part 2*
    Veronica Campbell-Brown (Olympics) - The Stress Of Repeating Success
    Veronique Richard (Cirque du Soleil) - Cultivating Courage In Acrobats, Clowns & Coaches
    Darren Holder (Coaching) - Cultivating Courage In Acrobats, Clowns & Coaches

    • 44 min
    How To Focus For Your Fight - A Toughness Compilation on Mental Strength (NFL, NBA, WWE, Olympics, Medicine, Military)

    How To Focus For Your Fight - A Toughness Compilation on Mental Strength (NFL, NBA, WWE, Olympics, Medicine, Military)

    To warm up for season 2 of the show, we're releasing a series of specially curated compilations on the pillars of Toughness. In today's episode, you're going to hear how elite performers in different arenas - from NFL and NBA to WWE and MLB, from the Olympics to academics, and from medicine to the military - maximize their talents in the moments that matter most. One by one you'll be able to hear how some of the world's best in their fields stay glued to their goals and focused in the fight, despite distress and distractions. These brave experts will share stories and tips on how they tap into and even develop their own Mental Strength in the toughest of conditions, and provide inspiration for anyone who is facing a tough time at work, at home or anywhere else in life.

     

    FEATURED IN THIS SPECIAL EPISODE: 
    Raheem Mostert (NFL) - How an NFL Record Holder Tackles Tough Times
    Shaquille O'Neal (NBA) - Belief Is A Big Deal
    Lacey Evans (WWE) - Motivation in the Marines, MLB and WWE
    Justin Su'a (MLB) - Motivation in the Marines, MLB and WWE
    Lindsey Vonn (Olympics) - Grit, Gold, and the Two Types of Toughness
    Angela Duckworth (Academics) - Grit, Gold, and the Two Types of Toughness
    Dr Al'ai Alvarez (Emergency Medicine) - Coping With Chaos in Critical Care
    Waldo Waldman (Fighter Pilot) - How To Fly Through Fear

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

apj111 ,

Great listen

If you’re needing a pick me up this is the podcast to listen to. Talks about some hard hitting topics and gives some great advice. Everyone should listen.

RoddyHere ,

Host is kinda clown

Doesn’t ask good question. Seems to have too big an ego. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Sarcatk ,

A must listen!

I most recently listened to “Tough Women Make History...” and absolutely LOVED the episode! It was the perfect combination of learning to power through hard times, finding grit, laughing through frustrations, and becoming an inspiration to women world wide. It was great to hear that these women knew the overall impact that their roles play on a larger scale. Also, the glitter locker room story was the perfect example of bringing us into their world!
Thank you for telling these stories of both physical and mental grit. It’s inspiring and I’m looking forward to many more episodes to come!

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