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!
Gregory Charlop MD Universal Concept in Sports: If Someone Can Do It – You Can Too!
Dr. Greg Charlop improves the lives of retired athletes (pros and amateurs) with high-performance wellness solutions. His solutions include expert advice on diet, nutrition, sleep, supplements, and mental health.
Retired athletes know their bodies are no longer at their best. They no longer have a team of experts managing their diet and exercise routines. They notice that things are beginning to slip. Maybe they've gained some weight. Stamina isn't what it used to be. The mirror is no longer their friend.
He founded Retired Athlete Health and created the Seven-Week Wellness Program to fill the team void for retired athletes. His program is designed to help clients reclaim their youthful health and vigor. His team of experts teach athletes how to use technology, foods, supplements and exercise to create a customized plan to fit their lifestyle.
Dr. Greg is a focused wellness expert who isn’t Dr. Google or your primary doctor. Athletes want someone they can trust to ask health questions. “Is it okay to have this much sugar?” “Should I take vitamins?” “How much sleep do I need?” He gives concrete answers to show clients an achievable and evidence-based way to improve their health and performance.
He uses telemedicine visits to boost athlete health from the convenience and safety of their homes.
Dr. Greg shares with Pro Mindset host, Craig Domann, the signs and symptoms of depression, the importance of an athlete exploring and being aware of career options when they need to go to Plan B, and the two debate the value of visualization on an athlete’s performance. Domann suggests that athletes should be careful with having a Plan B since it many times leads the athlete to transforming Plan B into their new Plan A. Dr. Greg also discussed the “universal concept” that when an athlete knows it has been done or sees it done, then an athlete is more confident that he/she can do it too!
Tap into Dr. Greg’s health and wellness expertise. “Ask Dr. Greg” is a regularly published question and answer column for athletes. We invite you to ask questions free of charge with anonymity and confidentiality. Simply email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Greg will respond in a timely manner on his site www.retiredathelethealth.com
Former MLB Pitcher Bob Tewksbury: Imagined Walk into his MLB Dream
Former Major League All-Star Pitcher turned Mental Coach and Author, Bob Tewksbury, joins Pro Mindset Podcast host Craig Domann to discuss about self-talk and imagery. Tewksbury played 13 seasons in the MLB with six teams (Yankees, Cubs, Cardinals, Rangers, Padres and Twins) and as a pitcher won 110 games during his career. He was an All-Star and also third in the Cy Young voting in 1992.
After earning his Masters in Sports Psychology and Counseling from Boston University, Tewksbury has had stints working as a mental coach for the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Bob authored a book in 2018 titled: Ninety Percent Mental: All-Star pitcher turned mental skills coach reveals the hidden side of the game.
On this podcast, Tewksbury and Domann discuss two major topics in mental coaching, specifically, self-talk (“the little man”) and imagery (visualization & movies).
Tewksbury shares he began utilizing imagery in high school and recounts using imagery going into spring training for the 1986 season. Naturally he wanted to make the Yankees big league roster from the jump. He followed the practices learned in Norman Vincent Peale’s book: Power of Positive Thinking. Peale stated, “If you can see it and believe it, you can achieve it.” Tewksbury used such imagery before he went to spring training in 1986 and imagined himself walking into manager Lou Pinella’s office and having him tell him that he made the MLB roster.
Tewksbury created this image so powerful that he would literally cry every night before he pitched in spring training that year. He would go out on the beach with his Walkman, listen to music, and imagine himself pitching against the next day's team on the beach. It worked because he pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings during spring training and didn't give up a run.
With a week left in camp, the clubhouse guy came over and tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Hey, Lou wants to see you.” Tewksbury describes walking across the big NY logo in the middle of the locker room and literally “walking into his dream.”
Former Steelers LB, Anthony Trucks: Fall in Love with the Day & not the Destination!
Anthony Trucks, former Oregon Ducks & Steelers linebacker, life coach, career coach, author and public speaker joins Pro Mindset host Craig Domann and they discuss Anthony’s favorite topic “identity shift” and other mindset topics.
Trucks shares with Domann several of his “Truckisms” including the title of today’s podcast “Fall in Love with the Day & Not the Destination.” Anthony suggests that if we experience joy in the day then we will also enjoy life. If we like the day, then we want to do it again. We need to focus on the journey not the destination. People who find enjoyment and love the daily grind are more likely to get to the destination than the people that focus on just the destination. Trucks shares a funny story about fishing with one of his sons and that his son thinks fishing is “catching” because he only wants to catch fish rather than just enjoy the experience of fishing regardless of the results.
Trucks shares his metaphor about how Peanut M&M’s describe our ego and identity. The peanut is our identity, and the outside chocolate layer is our ego. He also explains our identity is who we are when we are not thinking about who we are. Our ego protects our identity and shows up in our actions, especially when we are caught off-guard, surprised or challenged.
Domann and Trucks discuss the impact of 2020 COVID-19 on their families and their parenting. They talk about the benefits of struggle and challenges in relation to the growth and development of their kids.
Trucks has become a highly sought-after speaker because of his personality, charm and life story of overcoming adversity. Trucks was abandoned as a child and went through the foster care system. Our society has very low expectations for success for kids that go through the foster care system and Trucks was able to excel in football in high school, college and make it in the NFL. Additionally, he has a very wise perspective on life, success and personal growth that attracts everyone who has had to overcome adversity in their lives – that means everyone.
Thom McDaniels: Football is the Family Business
State of Ohio Hall-of-Famer Coach Thom McDaniels joins Pro Mindset and shares with host Craig Domann his philosophy on coaching football, developing young men and his family journey of raising two sons who are currently coaching in the NFL. McDaniels had a 26-year head coaching career that included head coaching stops at Warren G. Harding High School, Canton McKinley High School and Massillon Jackson High School. McDaniels was twice a finalist for NFL High School Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2010.
McDaniels is the father of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels
and Texans assistant quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels. McDaniels reminisces about two of his three sons, Josh and Ben, catching the football bug, being gym rats and always hanging around his high school teams, going to practices and running the controller when he was watching film at home. Josh and Ben also started as quarterbacks in high school playing for their father and winning state championships together.
In 1997, McDaniels was named national high school football coach of the year by USA Today while leading his Canton McKinley team to state and national titles. However, McDaniels has a rich coaching philosophy that goes much more meaningful than winning championships, but rather, emphasizes the growth, development and discipline of his players in football and long thereafter.
Coach McDaniels mentions the following as cornerstones of his coaching philosophy:
•Expect the most from the best – Coach the most talented players the hardest
•Never wanted to be scheme-rich and execution-poor
•Nothing about football is unimportant (everything matters)
•Some of us can’t win it for all of us (takes the entire team)
•Self-scouting and scrutiny is more important than scouting the opponent
•It doesn’t take any athleticism to line up in the right place
•Eyes in the right place can tell you a lot
Coach McDaniels also shares a few thoughts about winning:
•Can’t win a game by yourself
•Winning = cumulative result of a whole bunch of guys doing the right thing
•It’s amazing how many games you can win when you do the easy things well
Coach McDaniels talks about his son Josh when he was the head coach of the Denver Broncos, watching Josh coach Tom Brady in six Super Bowl victories, and attending practices in New England and getting to know the Patriot Way.
Sean Callahan, Nebraska Football Insider: Hits the Transfer Portal, Cashes B1G $ and all things Cornhuskers!
Sean Callahan of Husker Online joins Pro Mindset host Craig Domann to talk about everything Nebraska football. Callahan who is a prominent member of the media covering Nebraska football shares his perspective on the recent transfers and the best utilization of the transfer portal. He mentions that the transfer portal is here to stay, and college coaches should expect players to transfer each year and coaches need to allocate a few spots each recruiting cycle to transfers in addition to the normal high school and JUCO recruits.
Callahan also shares his belief that “Big 10 money” is the ultimate equalizer in the Big 10 and the main reason there are no pushovers in the Big 10 like there was in the Big 12. The Big 10 money has created parity as every school has the same resources to compete in the arms race (facilities race), as well as all Big 10 school have similar coach’s payroll expenditures. Most importantly, every Saturday, regardless if Nebraska is favored or not, the Cornhuskers have to be ready to play.
Callahan has an insider’s viewpoint about Luke McCaffrey’s entry into the transfer portal, as well as Adrian Martinez’s growth, leadership and prospects for 2021. Callahan and Domann also discuss the intersection of zealous fans, social media and student-athletes. In today’s world, fans can reach out and direct message (DM) players in a professional and sometimes unprofessional manner.
Callahan shares his prediction on the 2021 Nebraska Cornhuskers’ record.
Rick Burton, Prof of Sports Marketing: Less Filling - Tastes Great!
Pro Mindset Podcast Host Craig Domann welcomes Rick Burton to Pro Mindset Podcast. Burton is currently the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management in Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, as well as currently serves as Syracuse University’s Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR). Prior to his appointment at Syracuse in August 2009, Burton served as the chief marketing officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee overseeing the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.
Before joining the USOC, Burton spent four years as the Commissioner of Australia’s Sydney-based National Basketball League (a two-continent league with teams in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore). Burton led the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to international prominence serving as both its director and executive director during his eight years in Eugene, OR.
Burton has written two books on sports marketing as well as 20 Secrets to Success for Student-Athletes Who Won’t Go Pro and Forever Orange, which highlights Syracuse University’s 150 years. He is the co-author of the textbook “Global Sport Marketing: Sponsorship, Ambush Marketing and the Olympic Games” and in 2016 finished a book for SU Press on his collected opinion columns from Sports Business Journal titled “Sports Business Unplugged: Leadership Challenges from the World of Sports .”
Burton has an unparreled perspective in sports marketing, business and education. Burton and Domann discuss the following issues in sports:
•Deshaun Watson trade demand with the Houston Texans.
•The Olympic “Spirit” and the needed selfish & focused mindset to be successful.
•Fair is for the Pigs! The State Fair is only place you find fairness.
•Tom Brady and his “GOAT-ness”
•Great vs. Great Mindset
•His book 20 Secrets to Success for Student-Athletes
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