On Monday, November 11 the Mental Side of Performance will release our introductory episode of In the Zone IE. In this new podcast, we will visit with high performing guests to find out how they overcome failure and stay “in the zone” of optimal performance. In the Zone describes the human ability to be in the moment and completely focus on executing a task, even in the most challenging circumstances. Research overwhelmingly demonstrates that high performers have this ability and learn how to control it.
We will visit with athletes, musicians, and other entertainers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, preachers, entrepreneurs, and my others to find out how they get, “in the zone.” We can learn much from each of them by understanding how they utilize mental skills in their pursuit of mastery.
While we find performance excellence fascinating, those who use their special abilities in the service of others are truly inspirational. What we hope will make this podcast unique is the fact that our exceptional guests, who are known for their high level of performance, also have deep ties to the Inland Empire Region of Southern California. They came from here, or they do their work here now.
The Inland Empire represents more than one-quarter of the landmass of California. It covers more than 27,000 square miles and has a population of approximately 4 million people. Our guests are not from cities like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago, rather, they are from Riverside, San Bernardino, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Corona, Victorville, Temecula, and Murrieta. You will likely know of some of them already, but you will also meet many who you have never heard of.
At MSP we are also fascinated with the underdog and how seemingly regular people can come together in groups or inspire each other in demanding circumstances to accomplish transformative things. We think the answer lies in four questions and we will explore these with our guests in each episode.
The first question is, “Why?” Why do I do what I do? Is it aligned with my purpose and my passion? Our “why” is to help others harness the power of their minds to pursue their purpose and elevate their performance.
The second question is “What?” What do I need to do to get better every day, to move toward what is important? In our case, what do we need to do to help others consistently improve too? Our “what” is a set of psychological tools that will boost effort levels by helping clients feel at ease with being uncomfortable.
The third question is, “How?“ How am I going to accomplish my goals? What skills or tools do I need to sharpen? How do I do that? Our “how” is through the use of mental performance tools that are superior because they are evidence-based, with a scientific explanation for why they work. A grounding in science also means that the tools are relevant and repeatable. Master just a few of these mental skills and humans will begin to free themselves to perform at a consistently higher level, even in the most stressful situations.
The final question is, “What now?” What do I need to do next, and then what, and then what after that? What now generates inertia and movement toward what is important away from what is unimportant. It creates direction and focus. Our “what now” is this podcast!
Finally, throughout the course of our successes and failures, we have developed an insatiable appetite for understanding why some people, in a critical moment, rise to the occasion and perform. Conversely, why do others shrink under pressure and scrutiny and become unable to manage their discomfort and the prospect of failure? Most importantly, how can someone fail repeatedly, and emerge ultimately successful at their craft, even extending the boundaries of human potential?
We know now that armed with the right mental tools, failure is good for us. It helps us develop psychological flexibility, sharpens our ability to learn from experience, and advances us toward excellence despite our fear that failure will happen again. Our failures have taught us that excellence is a process, not a destination. The pursuit of mastery and realization of human potential is never-ending. It can be exhausting, but it is also incredibly rewarding.
We hope that you will join us as we meet our home-town heroes who use their mental skills and expertise to entertain, educate, inspire, or otherwise lift up people in the communities in which we and they live, work and serve. See you Monday, November 11, 2019.
You can listen at https://pod.co/thezone
p.s. We can’t possibly know all the high performers and heroes of the IE. If you know someone who you think we should connect with and share their story, let us know by recommending them on our social media platforms or email us at email@example.com.
If you are interested in learning more about how MSP can help you improve your mental skills, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience. Now, time is wasting, what part of your game is stressing you out the most? I’m here so let’s get to work!
Owner and Mental Performance Consultant
The Mental Side of Performance
Cell: (817) 507-7389