Enhancing Your Mental Skills with Carrie Cheadle
Hey there! My guest today is Carrie Cheadle, a Mental Skills Coach that has worked extensively with athletes and teams ranging from weekend warriors to Olympians. She has been featured as an expert resource in publications such as Runner's World, Men's Fitness, Women's Health, and even Huffington Post. Carrie also happens to be the author of one of my all time favorite books called, On Top Of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance.
This was a super fun conversation to record because Carrie has such a unique lens through which she sees sport and life. In this episode we talk about:
- Why Carrie got into the work she is doing and how performance anxiety can plague every athlete
- How things like social media, relationships, and life in general play into that anxiety and our athletic performance, plus some tips to deal with those
- The importance of goal setting and the different types of goals
- How some of your goals might actually be setting you up for failure!
Speaking of failure, we had a pretty fascinating conversation about identity and ego. We talk about reframing what it means to be successful. This led us to Carrie's goal to fail more, and how having a goal of failure might actually lead to a higher rate of success! From there we jumped ship to some pretty personal stuff! Thankfully Carrie is one of the most authentic people I know and she was able to give me some real and honest answers.
After the episode I took some inventory of ways I had been cutting down on the sources of anxiety in my life. I have several resources listed below so check those out! Plus, Carrie has loads of worksheets available over at www.carriecheadle.com.
- Pre-race jitters: On Top Of Your Game, Reishi Hot Chocolate from Four Sigmatic (coupon code: "sweatequity")
- Household: Roomba Vacuum - This thing is seriously amazing. Hands down best purchase my wife and I have made in a long time!
- Groceries: Blue Apron - We have nearly eliminated decision fatigue, time, and energy drains by getting our meals delivered.
- Mindfulness - Carrie convinced me to try out Headspace when she mentioned it at the end of the episode and I am hooked. The founder has such a unique story in how he dropped out of life basically and wound up in Tibet becoming a Monk. The app is available through here through Amazon or on the App Store. One other thing I use is something called Heart Math, which is basically the competitive person's meditation tool. It is really fascinating because it shows a graphical representation of your coherence (basically how well you are able to stay in the present) and does a phenomenal job of reminding you when your thoughts naturally start to drift away by blaring red lights and horrible alarms.
Hope you guys enjoyed this one! Let me know what stood out to you the most and please leave a review and rating over on iTunes to help spread the word.
To your success, [or should I say to your failure ;) ]