201 episodes

I created this podcast because I believe that much can be learned from digging deep with successful people who are intentional with how they live their life. We will discover the tools, techniques, ideas, concepts, and most importantly the actions of some of the best at their craft. I work as a mental performance coach, where I get to interact with some of the top performers in the world on a daily basis. I am often in awe of those people and how they have used their journey to develop their mindset. The goal of this podcast is to share some of the best performance minds with you, the listener. I appreciate you listening and you can learn more about me at www.blevenson.com.

Intentional Performers with Brian Levenson Brian Levenson

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 28 Ratings

I created this podcast because I believe that much can be learned from digging deep with successful people who are intentional with how they live their life. We will discover the tools, techniques, ideas, concepts, and most importantly the actions of some of the best at their craft. I work as a mental performance coach, where I get to interact with some of the top performers in the world on a daily basis. I am often in awe of those people and how they have used their journey to develop their mindset. The goal of this podcast is to share some of the best performance minds with you, the listener. I appreciate you listening and you can learn more about me at www.blevenson.com.

    Chris Wirth on Refusing to Quit

    Chris Wirth on Refusing to Quit

    Chris Wirth is somebody who cares deeply about positivity, resilience, and persistence. He thinks often about the question of “What does it take to be successful?” Chris has a podcast (No Quit Living), has written a book (The Positivity Tribe), and has many speaking engagements. Chris is also somebody who is all about refusing to lose and refusing to quit. Chris and I discuss what quitting is, and also what it’s not and what that distinction really looks like.
    In this episode, we discuss Chris’s upbringing (5:00), how his younger sister’s passing away affected him (7:05), what his parents’ messages were to him at this time of loss and grief (8:09), some of the values his parents passed down to him (9:36), how he defines and thinks about love (10:28), how his thoughts on love have changed over time (11:15), what the opposite of love is (13:05), the conversations had in is household growing up about helping others, and also the conversations had about money (18:23), what he wanted to do with his life when he was younger (19:36), what he would do to set his mind before stepping foot on the basketball court, tennis court, or the acting stage in college, and how his mindset would differ depending on what he was performing in (21:10), how those experiences as a performer shaped what he does today (26:20), his parents’ involvements with Broadway productions and how that influenced him (28:18), what allows for the success of performers like the Jersey Boys (32:28), what acting and improv has taught him (39:04), his journey after college and where he’s at now (41:32), what his experience as a High School Varsity Basketball Coach was like (50:23), the transitions away from various things that he loved that have occurred later on in his life (52:20), the balance between taking care of your marriage and taking care of your kids (56:15), the idea that “quitting” is short-term and “changing” is long-term, and what pulled him into the world of self-help/personal development (1:01:52), what his vision is for 3-5 years from now (1:05:43), his new book “The Positivity Tribe”  (1:07:07), and what he does to intentionally set his mind (1:08:50).
    You can check out the No Quit Living website here and feel free to send him an email at chris@noquitliving.com as well!
    I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that was released in October of 2020, and you can order it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.
    Thanks for listening.
    -Brian

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Carmelina Moscato on Soccer Leadership

    Carmelina Moscato on Soccer Leadership

    Carmelina Moscato is a Canadian soccer player and Olympic bronze-medalist. Today, she’s a coach. She played as a Center Back in professional soccer in the US and all over the world. She is someone who thinks deeply about leadership, soccer and how you can leverage leadership in soccer. She’s incredibly thoughtful and will share her mindset on what it was like playing for the Canadian National Team and how she thinks about coaching and the future of women’s soccer.
    In this episode, we discuss the origins of her name (5:07), how she’s similar to her dad (5:50), where she grew up (6:37), what life was like for her growing up (6:55), some of the lessons she took away from her childhood, specifically what she learned from her brother and parents (8:05), what pride has meant to her throughout her life, specifically with her parents being immigrants (11:21), if soccer was something that her parents were passionate about (13:05), what drove her internally as a soccer player growing up (14:28), what her path would’ve been without soccer (16:42), why she decided to go to school in the US (Penn State) (18:12), what her soccer journey was like and what her ultimate dream with soccer was (20:00), what her response was to being told that she couldn’t play at a certain level (22:00), how hard of a decision it was to leave her job with the Louisville Athletic Department to go back to pursuing a career as a player (28:25), the differences between her mindset in preparation as a player and as a coach (29:50) and the differences between her mindset in performance as a player and as a coach (31:50), her relationship with John Herdman (33:00), some things that she noticed with the Canadian National Team with regards to good leadership and communication (37:20), “grow” culture (40:15), what her gameday routine looked like and her relationship with spirituality (43:50), how nervous she was for the 3 World Cups she participated in and what she noticed with regards to how she evolved and approached those games over the years (48:00), sportsmanship (50:00), her experiences as a coach and if her coaching style has evolved over time (53:35), “four corners” and what she learned as a coach in Australia (56:24), her vision for herself going forward and women’s soccer (58:45), if she would rather be the commissioner of a Professional Canadian Soccer League or the head coach of the Canadian National Team (1:00:30), if she misses playing (1:02:15), and what it will take to get a Professional Canadian Soccer League up and running and what that league would look like (1:03:15).
    You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @CMoscato4.
    I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.
    Thanks for listening.
    -Brian

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Brian Levenson on his new book Shift Your Mind

    Brian Levenson on his new book Shift Your Mind

    This episode is a little different. For the first time, Brian has someone interviewing him about his new book, Shift Your Mind, which was released today!
    Chick Hernandez, a DC sports media professional, asked Brian all about the writing process, the different shifts, and what he learned along the way.
    You can follow Chick on Twitter: @MrChickSports
    Brian's new book is available everywhere books are sold including the following places:
    Amazon: https://amzn.to/2I6YFaB
    Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/2SwYk2J
    IndieBound: https://bit.ly/3noBFnp
    You can also follow Brian on Twitter: @brianlevenson
    If you enjoy today's conversation please write us a review on iTunes and if you like the book please write us a review on Amazon. 
    With Gratitude,
    The Intentional Performers Team

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Jay Triano on Coaching Greatness and Cultivating Mindset

    Jay Triano on Coaching Greatness and Cultivating Mindset

    Jay Triano is a Canadian basketball coach and former professional player, who is currently the lead assistant coach of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously served as the head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors and the interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns. A former Canadian national team player who competed in two Olympics, he has also had two stints as head coach of the national team.
    In this episode, we discuss the mental part of the game (6:45), things that helped Jay perform as a player from a sport psychology standpoint (8:45), what his childhood was like growing up with his dad as a basketball coach (10:55), the relationship between coaching and sport psychology (13:45), what made Steve Nash special (17:13), where Steve’s belief that he belonged in the NBA came from (22:55), why Jay didn’t wind up being a hockey player (24:00), why he thinks Canada has fallen in love with basketball (25:06), his own basketball journey (26:54), how he went from being a towel-waver to the Canadian National Team’s leading scorer in one year (32:20), if there’s anything he would do on gameday to make sure he had a fearless mind (38:20), the difference between preparation and performance (41:50), what he and his brother had in common playing sports at the professional level (43:34), when he knew he wanted to become a coach (44:55), his transition from college basketball to the pros (46:20), the differences between being an assistant with the US national team and the head coach of the Canadian national team (48:35), what attributes make up a hall-of-fame head coach (50:48) and if those differ from the attributes that make up a hall-of-fame player (51:45), what it was like going from an assistant coach to a head coach in the NBA (52:45), what it was like playing football for a year (54:43), what his basketball coach’s reaction to him going to play football was (56:30), what his tattoos represent and mean to him (59:36), favorite songs (1:04:28), why he wrote his book “Open Look” (1:07:00), and why he thinks Canadians are so proud to be Canadian (1:08:17).
    I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.
    Thanks for listening.
    -Brian

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Professional Soccer Player Tori Huster on Competing and Mindfulness

    Professional Soccer Player Tori Huster on Competing and Mindfulness

    Tori Huster is a professional soccer player for the Washington Spirit in the NWSL, where she served as a captain last season. She is also currently the Players Association president. Tori has been a pro athlete since 2012 after graduating from Florida State University. Tori is extremely competitive and has also leveraged mindfulness to develop herself on and off the field. She is honored to be the St. Jude Champion (ambassador) in the DC area as well.
    In this episode, we discuss what life was like for her growing up (5:50), if it ever felt like she was an only child since she has a 7-year age gap with her sister (9:40), what other sports she played in the past (12:07), if faith was a big part of her upbringing (14:18), what some of the values she has taken from Catholicism are (15:45), her relationship with her mother (17:00), what she has communicated to her father about his relationship with her as a kid (18:50), how she would approach being a mom to a 12-year-old knowing what she now does (24:30), when it became apparent she would play soccer at the Division I level (29:42), what she loved, and continues to love, about soccer (33:05), how she created an internal drive (36:38), if she ever has had thoughts of quitting soccer or burning out (39:30), why she plays soccer (41:55), how close she’s been to the national-team level (45:21), what she does to prepare on gameday to make sure she’s at her best (52:35), what her mindset is before and during a training and how it compares to her gameday mindset (55:45), mental health (57:29), and if soccer coaching is in her future (1:06:43).
    You can follow her on Twitter @ToriHuster 
    I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.
    Thanks for listening.
    -Brian

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Leveraging Discipline with Josh Pastner

    Leveraging Discipline with Josh Pastner

    After guiding Memphis to five post-season berths in seven seasons as the Tigers’ head coach, Josh Pastner became Georgia Tech’s 14th head basketball coach on April 8, 2016.
    Implementing a high-energy style of play and creative offensive and defensive schemes, and building the Jackets’ talent base for the future, Pastner has established the Yellow Jackets as one of the top defensive teams in the nation, while he and his staff have steadily improved the team’s offense to be ranked in the top half of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
    Pastner has tirelessly promoted the program on campus and throughout the city of Atlanta in an effort to re-create the major homecourt atmosphere that surrounded the Yellow Jackets throughout the 1980s, 1990s and into the middle of the 2000s. The result has been numerous wins, high excitement and 13 sellouts in four seasons at McCamish Pavilion.
    Five of his players – guards Josh Okogie, Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe, as well as centers Ben Lammers and James Banks III – have earned Atlantic Conference honors during his tenure. Okogie, in particular, developed from an under-the-radar high school prospect into a highly regarded NBA prospect, having been selected 20th in the 2018 NBA Draft, while Lammers has had a successful first two years as a pro in Europe.
    In this episode, we discuss how he got into basketball (6:43), his relationship with his dad (8:30), whether or not he was pushed to pursue a career in playing basketball as opposed to coaching (14:30), the difference between inspiration and motivation (19:10), what his drive was, and is, to be a coach (20:30), how to be present (25:56), how he leverages discipline in his life (28:50), if he’s perfectionistic (31:30), why he’s never tried alcohol, soda, or coffee (37:15), if he struggled to connect with his teammates in college because of that (40:46), the relationship between eating and discipline (45:30), when he developed his 3 principles (47:50), what he would’ve done differently at Memphis (50:40), what he learned from John Calipari (53:00), and why he doesn’t allow his players to curse and if he’s experimented with meditation (58:38).
    You can follow Josh on Twitter @GTJoshPastner and feel free to send him an email at jpastner@athletics.gatech.edu   
    I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that will be coming out in October 2020, and you can pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.
    Thanks for listening.
    -Brian

    • 1 hr 12 min

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