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Mental Training Plan

This podcast is designed to help people take back control of their mind and body in high-pressure situations. We primarily focus on athletic situations usually spend time talking with athletes and coaches about how to use these tools in an athletic setting. However, we firmly believe that these are tools and skills that you will be able to use for the rest of your life in any situation or setting that causes your mind or body to get off track. Whether that is losing focus to distractions, losing confidence, that little voice in the back of your mind creating doubt, or wondering if you have what it takes, we use tools and strategies backed by cognitive brain research and neuropsychology to help YOU take back control and perform at your best when it matters the most. read less
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Episodes

#116 - Success in Sports and Entrepreneurship with Dre Baldwin
Mar 25 2024
#116 - Success in Sports and Entrepreneurship with Dre Baldwin
Have you ever wondered what fuels the relentless drive of athletes and entrepreneurs alike? Dre Baldwin, the mastermind behind Work On Your Game Inc., pulls back the curtain on the power of mental toughness that's essential for triumphing in both arenas. Through the lens of his own transformation from a high school bench player to a professional athlete, Dre explains the pivotal role of discipline and confidence—tools that don't just elevate your game on the court, but can catapult your business ambitions to new heights.Our conversation with Dre ventures into the contemporary intersection of sports and technology, where the digital age brings both challenges and opportunities. He shares wisdom on navigating the constant hum of social media and the comparisons it invites, offering advice on building a personal fortress of self-belief that stands unshaken amidst the noise. For athletes wrestling with the online world, and coaches steering them towards growth, Dre's insights are a compass for maintaining mental clarity and focus.As we trace Dre's footsteps into the entrepreneurial sphere, we unravel how the tenets of athletic discipline translate seamlessly into the business playbook. Dre's journey from athlete to thought leader, and the birth of Your Game University, serves as a vivid illustration of how sports-derived principles can reach far beyond the court, fostering high performance in any field. For those captivated by Dre's story and eager to cultivate such a mindset, his transition is not just instructive but inspirational, marking the trail from strategic dribbling to strategic business thinking.As CEO and Founder of Work On Your Game Inc., Dre Baldwin has given 4 TEDxTalks on Discipline, Confidence, Mental Toughness & Personal Initiative and has authored 33 books. He has appeared in national campaigns with Nike, Finish Line, Wendy's, Gatorade, Buick, Wilson Sports, STASH Investments and DIME magazine. Dre has published over 8,000 videos to 142,000+ subscribers, his content being viewed over 100 million times. Dre's daily Work On Your Game Podcast has over 2,600 episodes and more than 7 million downloads. In just 5 years, Dre went from the end of his high school team's bench to a 9-year professional basketball career. He played in 8 countries including Lithuania, Germany, Montenegro, Slovakia and Germany. Dre invented his Work On Your Game framework as a "roadmap in reverse" to help professionals with mindset, strategy, accountability and execution.A Philadelphia native, Dre lives in Miami.Contact Dre or learn more at: http://DreAllDay.com/Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#115 - Brad Ritter: School of Grit
Mar 18 2024
#115 - Brad Ritter: School of Grit
When Brad, the mastermind behind the School of Grit, agreed to join us, I knew it was an opportunity to share a profound narrative of human resilience. His journey through the unforgiving Kokoro Camp, where he faced a 50-hour crucible that tested every fiber of his being, isn't just a story of endurance; it's a testament to the transformative power of extreme challenges. Together, we reflect on how these trials reveal character, forge mental toughness, and impart invaluable lessons for tackling life's battles. I also peel back the curtain on my own experiences, revealing how simulated crucible events have reshaped high school football training, turning teenage athletes into embodiments of courage and cooperation.It's not just about being tough; it's about the relentless pursuit of long-term goals, fueled by a powerful "why." Brad and I lay out tangible strategies to cultivate this trait, from breath control to maintaining a positive mindset and embracing visualization. These are tools not confined to the elite athlete or warrior; they are accessible to anyone. Listeners will gain actionable insights on how to infuse their lives with these principles, enhancing their personal and professional journeys with the fortitude that defines success.Learn more or contact Brad by visiting his website: https://schoolofgrit.org/Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#114 - Our Story, Our Vision, Our Mission
Mar 12 2024
#114 - Our Story, Our Vision, Our Mission
Want to learn more about who Ben is and what Mental Training Plan is all about? This is a great place to start!Join Ben Carnes on his transformative journey, ignited by a pivotal moment in high school sports in 1999. From struggling to perform under pressure to realizing the power of mental training, Ben's evolution as a coach and mentor took flight. Through coaching experiences, including a humbling defeat in the state championship in 2013, Ben honed the Prime Five method, a groundbreaking approach to mental preparedness for athletes. His dedication bore fruit with unexpected victories, including a state championship win in 2016. Ben's passion for empowering athletes extended beyond football to sports like golf, culminating in the establishment of the MTP Academy in 2024. This journey, chronicled in the Focus Cycle book, reflects Ben's unwavering commitment to helping athletes perform at their best, both on and off the field.Ben then outlines his vision and mission for Mental Training Plan. Rooted in his experiences and successes, Ben's vision is to revolutionize the mental training landscape, making comprehensive coaching accessible to every athlete worldwide. This ambitious goal serves as the North Star guiding strategic planning and decision-making. Ben's mission is clear: to empower athletes, teams, and coaches with the skills and tools needed to thrive under pressure, overcome challenges, and excel in competition and life. Through customization and accessibility, the MTP Academy aims to provide tailored mental performance coaching that transcends sports and benefits individuals in all aspects of their lives. This mission underscores Ben's commitment to helping athletes perform at their best, regardless of the circumstances, setting a precedent for excellence both on and off the field.Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#113 - Crafting Champions and Building Brotherhood: Inside the Triumph of Westfield's Football Legacy with Coach Jake Gilbert
Mar 4 2024
#113 - Crafting Champions and Building Brotherhood: Inside the Triumph of Westfield's Football Legacy with Coach Jake Gilbert
Join us as we delve into the remarkable journey of Westfield's football program alongside Coach Jake Gilbert. From struggles to triumphs, this story paints a picture of a team that went from underdogs to champions, united by a simple motto: "out work, out love." With each game, Gilbert's players not only make their mark on the field but also forge lasting bonds of brotherhood. This episode explores what it truly means to be a winner, both in sports and in life.We'll discuss the challenge of blending talented individuals into a cohesive team, where the group's success matters more than personal achievements. Coach Gilbert shares insights into the strategy and emotions involved in this process, emphasizing the importance of every player understanding their role. And it's not just about game time; the team's dedication starts long before the season kicks off, with rigorous training sessions that shape both their bodies and their character.We'll also take a closer look at the unique dynamic between Coach Gilbert and his players, as he navigates the fine line between mentorship and impartiality while coaching his son. Through it all, we'll explore how leadership and team culture go hand in hand, fostering personal growth while upholding shared values.This episode isn't just about football; it's a lesson in effective coaching and the impact of prioritizing people over victories. So come along as we journey through the highs and lows of Westfield's football legacy, where the spirit of greatness lives on well beyond the final whistle.Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#112 - Years 1 & 2 coaching football at a small high school: Jeremy Fendley and Dan Douglas
Feb 26 2024
#112 - Years 1 & 2 coaching football at a small high school: Jeremy Fendley and Dan Douglas
Discover the secrets to transforming a high school sports team from average to exceptional with insights from two seasoned coaches. As we welcome Coach Fendley and Coach Dan Douglas to our Coaching Minds podcast, they share their unique perspectives on instilling a winning mentality in athletes, drawing from military experiences and honoring the legacy of the late Coach George Gilbert. The wisdom imparted in this episode promises to equip you with the strategies to navigate the nuances of coaching, particularly when taking the helm mid-season.Technology can be both a blessing and a curse in the world of school athletics, and we're breaking down that duality. Hear firsthand from our guests about how they tackle the challenges of engaging the digital generation in the timeless lessons of sportsmanship and discipline. The introduction of 'pride pins' and the cultivation of character in our young athletes underscores an approach that transcends the scoreboard, focusing on the development of individuals poised to impact the world positively.As the conversation unfolds, listen to stories of unexpected head coach appointments and the critical nature of trust in creating a cohesive team. The off-season isn't just downtime; it's a crucial period for growth and preparation. Our guests underscore the importance of professional development for coaches, as well as establishing a team identity rooted in accountability and strength. This episode isn't just about plays and drills—it's about fostering resilience and potential in every player, and in doing so, redefining the very essence of victory.Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#111 - Isaac "fails" to run a marathon and overcomes adversity
Feb 20 2024
#111 - Isaac "fails" to run a marathon and overcomes adversity
Ever pushed your limits and hit a wall, only to find a deep well of resilience you never knew you had? Zeke does just that and more as he recounts his grueling experiences at the Chicago and Indianapolis Monumental Marathons. With each stride and stumble, he imparts the lessons learned on mental fortitude and the essential adjustments needed when tackling such formidable challenges. Join us as we traverse his journey of perseverance, exploring the depths of mental strategies that range from mantras and journaling to visualization. Celebrate with us the milestones of surpassing 60,000 downloads and an ever-expanding global reach while drawing inspiration from the courage it takes to rise above personal setbacks.Feel the heart-pounding excitement and the crushing disappointments as Zeke peels back the curtain on the raw emotions of marathon running. He shares the intricate dance of nutrition, pacing, and the mental battle waged when the body screams for reprieve. There is solace in solidarity, and as Isaac unfolds his story, you'll find company in the quest for overcoming adversity. Whether it's a marathon, a personal goal, or a Super Bowl comeback, this episode is an ode to the indomitable spirit that turns setbacks into setups for comebacks. Strap in for an intimate look at the power of positivity, the importance of external encouragement, and the steadfast determination to cross any finish line life throws your way.Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#110 - OTS #3: Navigating the Transfer Portal-Loyalty and Team Culture
Feb 7 2024
#110 - OTS #3: Navigating the Transfer Portal-Loyalty and Team Culture
On The Spot: Where the questions are pulled on the spot, no prep time just raw honest answers on the spot. Are the tides turning in college football team-building? Strap in as we tackle the game-changing dynamics of the transfer portal and its effects on loyalty and team culture. It's a wild ride through the strategies that coaches must employ, akin to planning a Grand Canyon adventure, where every step counts and preparation is key. Discover how the art of persuasion and the nurturing of a robust locker room environment are no longer mere options, but necessities for keeping a roster intact in this professionalized sports era. We don't shy away from tough conversations, either; the debate about the future of sports contracts and the idea of scholarship repayment for athletes who leave early will have you rethinking the accountability in college sports.As we gear up for another insightful discussion, remember that MTP.Academy is your access to exclusive content and community support. We're not just here to chat; we're here to guide and connect with fellow sports enthusiasts and mental training professionals. Whether you're grappling with the complexities of decision-making in sports or simply seeking a sounding board for your sports journey, we're one click away at mentaltrainingplan.comAre you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#109 - Matt Comer's Rim to Rim To Rim turns into a 100K in the Grand Canyon
Jan 30 2024
#109 - Matt Comer's Rim to Rim To Rim turns into a 100K in the Grand Canyon
Have you ever faced a challenge so daunting it transformed you? This week, we're joined by the extraordinary Matt Comer, who shares the raw and real experiences from his rim-to-rim-to-rim run of the Grand Canyon that actually ended up being a 100k run through the Grand Canyon. It's a tale of grit and resilience that digs deep into the mental fortitude required to endure such an arduous 47-mile trek. While the Grand Canyon's vistas are undeniably breathtaking, the trails themselves offer a psychological rollercoaster from sunrise to starlit sky. Matt recounts the unique challenges and joys of hiking the South Kaibob and Bright Angel trails by day and by night, and how these experiences shape our understanding of not just the physical but also the emotional demands of such endeavors. Our shared journey emphasizes the sense of community found amongst those who traverse these paths and the simple, yet satisfying pleasures that await at the journey's end.Lastly, we unveil the transformative power of visualization, extending beyond the realm of athletics into life's myriad challenges. If you want more information about the MTP Academy, an initiative I'm passionate about, aimed at equipping coaches and athletes with the mental training tools necessary to excel, be sure to check out mtp.academy **Be sure to seek the appropriate medical/professional advice & training before undertaking any crazy epic adventures of your own!Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#108 - Swinging Beyond the Fairway: Cailyn Henderson's Journey Toward Mental Toughness on the Golf Course
Jan 22 2024
#108 - Swinging Beyond the Fairway: Cailyn Henderson's Journey Toward Mental Toughness on the Golf Course
Have you ever stood at life's crossroads, contemplating a leap of faith that could redefine everything? Cailyn Henderson did just that, swapping collegiate golf greens for the arduous chase toward the professional ranks. This episode invites you into Cailyn's world, where she lays bare the mental challenges that came with this transformative decision. Her story sheds light on the seldom-discussed mental side of sports, particularly the high stakes of the LPGA's Q school, and the subsequent lows that can follow. As we navigate her journey, Cailyn reveals how redirecting her focus towards her company, Fore the Girls, and embracing a larger social media role provided a pivot point to redefine her identity beyond the sport.The mental side of golf is certainly a challenge. From having confidence in tough shots to dealing with very real challenges like the putting yips, Cailyn explores some of the challenges that she has faced on the course. To visit her brand, Fore the Girls, check out forethegirlsgolf.com and be sure to follow her journey on Instagram: @chendo23 If you are looking for some help with the mental side of your own golf game or perhaps even a team that you coach, check out mtp.academy to learn more about the resources we have for year round mental performance training. Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#107 - From Football Fields to Battlefields: Andy Sweet's Lessons on Strength and Leadership
Jan 17 2024
#107 - From Football Fields to Battlefields: Andy Sweet's Lessons on Strength and Leadership
Embark on a journey of fortitude with Andy Sweet, the former quarterback and current Marine Corps infantry weapons platoon leader, as we unravel the essence of mental and physical toughness. Andy brings to the table the concept of "callousing the mind"—a powerful practice of facing and overcoming adversity that he has mastered both on the playing field and the battlefield. By delving into the analogy of storing "cookies" in a jar, we reveal a unique method for building resilience and confidence when venturing into the unknown.The art of mentorship is magnified in our discussion about shaping young leaders within the Marine Corps. We dissect the crucial balance between pushing Marines to their limits and nurturing their potential, debunking the myth that military training is all about breaking people down. Andy and I highlight the transformative power of responsibility and how it can drive performance to new heights. As we analyze the approach to dealing with failures, we establish the importance of small wins and constructive feedback in the journey toward personal growth.Interested in learning more about the MTP Academy? Visit mtp.academy or reach out to us through our website at mentaltrainingplan.com/podcastAre you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#105 - Helping Athletes Control Physical Energy Levels
Aug 23 2023
#105 - Helping Athletes Control Physical Energy Levels
Imagine if you could offer your athletes the tools to master control over their physical reactions to stress, anxiety, and pressure. That's exactly what we discuss in this episode. We delve into the fascinating world of the human body's physiological responses to stress, pulling references from the US military's research on how to manage such reactions in high-pressure combat situations. We shed light on the role of the vagus nerve in this process and discuss the power of controlled breathing in interrupting stress signals to the body.In our conversation, we also emphasize the crucial role of customized breathing patterns and intentional muscle relaxation. We share insights into the science behind involuntary muscle tension, offering practical advice on how athletes can regain control over these muscles. Plus, we discuss pre-shot routines, visualization, and physical activities to balance athletes' energy levels. We explore how to identify each athlete's ideal energy level and the ways to adjust it for optimal performance. This episode is full of actionable tips to help your athletes remain composed, relaxed, and in control in their sports journey.Ready to learn more or get help implementing this with your team or athletes? Check out MTP.academy and get started today!Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#103 - From Grief to Resilience: A Discussion with Liz Howard
Jul 16 2023
#103 - From Grief to Resilience: A Discussion with Liz Howard
Losing a season due to injury, loosing a teammate who moves away, losing a loved one, coach, or teammate who tragically passes away...the list is endless and the topic can feel overwhelming. How can coaches help the people in their program navigate loss without falling victim to comparison. How can coaches help athletes process tragedy when they feel broken and confused themselves?Navigating the stormy seas of grief and loss can seem like an impossible journey, especially within the competitive world of athletics. Join me as I welcome Liz Howard, a licensed mental health counselor who brings a wealth of knowledge from both personal and professional encounters with grief. We explore how the complexities of grief can affect athletic performance, and the critical role of coaches in guiding athletes through such emotional turmoil. Liz sheds light on the essential act of acknowledging and expressing feelings, and the power it has in transforming our experiences with loss.Our conversation deepens as we delve into the significance of empathy during these challenging times. Liz illustrates the immense power of human connection in helping athletes confront and process their emotions. We highlight the importance of creating safe spaces and fostering supportive relationships that can aid individuals through these trying experiences. Moreover, Liz cautions against the constant urge to fix or solve the situation, stressing the need to provide space for processing feelings.In the latter part of our discussion, we unfold the importance of self-care among coaches. We explore how our understanding of the science behind emotions can be used to build meaningful connections with athletes. Liz offers a treasure trove of resources to deepen our comprehension of how emotions impact us and how to navigate them effectively. This episode is a profound exploration of grief, emotions, and the power of understanding in fostering resilience. Don't miss this insightful journey with Liz Howard, a beacon of wisdom in the realms of mental health.Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy
#100 - Ace the Mental Game: Elevating Tennis Performance with Coach Trudy Coler
May 31 2023
#100 - Ace the Mental Game: Elevating Tennis Performance with Coach Trudy Coler
In this episode, we dive into the intricacies of building mental toughness within tennis teams, a factor often overlooked yet crucial to success on the court. We're joined by Trudy Coler, a seasoned coach who has tirelessly worked on developing her team's mental fortitude. Trudy shares her journey, challenges, and the remarkable transformation she's witnessed in her team's performance and dynamics through integrating the Focus Cycle and other skills and techniques she has brought to her program. The future is bright for Coach Coler's program!Whether you're a tennis coach, a player, or just a fan of the game, there's plenty to learn about improving mental strength and resilience. So, tune in and get ready to 'Serve Up Success' in your tennis game (sorry for the dad joke, that's so bad). For those grappling with the feasibility of hiring a professional to work with their team year-round, we developed the MTP Academy. The MTP Academy is a comprehensive resource for implementing a year-long mental training program through easy-to-use worksheets and videos, teaching skills and techniques used by Olympic and professional athletes to help boost mental strength. For more resources and information, visit our website at mentaltrainingplan.com or head straight over to MTP.academy to see if it is a good fit for your athletes!Are you an ATHLETE looking to take your training to the next level? Check out our website to learn more about 1-on-1 training opportunities:mentaltrainingplan.com/athletesAre you a COACH looking for an affordable year-round mental performance training program? Check out the MTP Academy available through our website:mentaltrainingplan.com/academy