We use The Ripple Tank as a tool to study the generation of ripples of influence. As students of performance excellence, we explore how to get better at the things you love to do. We believe that everything and every day is a performance. Designed for athletes, coaches, students, teachers, parents, and leaders, this podcast looks to share evidence-based research and the creative ideas needed to convey it in a way that is easily understood.
Ep. 24 - Performance Assets - What do surgery, EOD, and exams have in common?
What do surgery, bomb disposal, and exams have in common? The need for a key performance asset - poise. Poise is particularly important in moments when there are consequences for the performance, judgment, high expectations, and/or time constraints. I think you can see the commonality of surgery, bomb disposal, and exams (excepting the fact that finals aren’t life or death, despite what parents and students might think). Tune in as we define poise, look at it in different contexts, and describe how to perform with more poise.
Ep. 23 - Success Behaviors - Gratitude in all circumstances
This episode’s success behavior is gratitude. As kids, one of the earliest lessons we were taught was to say, “Thank you,” yet we easily forget this behavior today. It comes up again around Thanksgiving, and then is drowned out by the flood of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. In the last 20 years or so, psychologists have begun delving into what your grandmother already knew - gratitude is good for you. In this episode, you'll learn from Lou Gehrig and the Blue Angels. You’ll also find the six benefits of gratitude, the five types of gratitude, and how you can strengthen your practice of gratitude.
Ep. 22 - Success Behaviors - We're talking 'bout practice
In the fourth episode of our series on Success Behaviors, we're talking 'bout practice - deliberate practice. Check out the difference between Allen Iverson and Deion Sanders and their approaches to practice. Learn what Anders Ericsson was really talking about (hint: it's not the 10,000 hour rule). We'll finish by outlining the specifics of purposeful, deliberate practice.
Ep. 21 - Success Behaviors - Listen Up!
This episode’s success behavior is Listen Up. One of the great challenges for Generation Z is understanding what it means to listen and participate. Zoom has made this even worse, as students have become accustomed to a passive online presence. Successful people are engaged, participating and listening. When they have questions they ask their boss, coach, or teacher for clarification. When it still doesn't make sense, they seek extra help. In this episode, we talk about how this plays out for future Navy SEALs, students in my classes, and my own experience at IMG Academy.
Ep. 20 - Success Behaviors - Keep Up!
In our second episode of the success behaviors series, we look at the importance of keeping up. Whether it's running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, conquering the challenges of chemistry, or winning gold at the Olympics, keeping up is essential. Just because it's simple doesn't mean that everyone will do it. In fact, keeping up starts with a decision and is reinforced by strategy. Thanks for keeping up with us on this episode of The Ripple Tank.
Ep. 19 - Success Behaviors - The simple act of showing up
We start a new series on success behaviors. Success behaviors are the actions that "good" athletes, students, or employees utilize. While they might seem like common sense, society and technology have conspired to make them less common than you would think. Our first success behavior is showing up. Baseball stars Jose Altuve and Cal Ripken, Jr. teach us great lessons about showing up. Learn the fundamentals of showing up, and you'll grow your ripple of influence.
So much yes
Everything Mark talks about is applicable to every day life. He gives practical strategies to reduce stress, enhance performance, and generally just excel. He is both knowledgeable and relatable. My teens also benefit from listening to his wisdom.... which is greatly helpful as they navigate mental health in a pandemic. Looking forward to the next episode!