How To Tap Into The Greatness Inside Of You Like A Superstar Athlete

“Break the curse of it, take it, and use it for purpose… but you’ve got to do the work.” 

Episode summary:

In this episode, Coach Dar, an occupational therapist and mental skills coach for professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, etc.. shares insights on resilience, mindset, and overcoming challenges both in sports and in life. Despite being a short white female in the world of professional sports, Coach Dar has worked with athletes across various leagues, helping them harness their mental capital and achieve peak performance.

What to listen for:

  • Lessons from her journey and experiences with professional athletes
  • How Dar navigates conversations and facilitates healing
  • Tips from the pros on how to best handle your mindset

“Your gifts and talents didn’t go away… accept it, embrace the suck of it, handle it, deal with it, emotionally feel it, and then go forward from it.”

  • There’s a recipe for life, and tenacity is a major portion of the ingredients
  • How our emotions tie into our decision-making
  • We talk about doing the hard things in life and having a pro-athlete mindset in how we handle those tough situations

“People deserve second chances in this world… but it’s an absolute change in your behavior, in your patterns to show that you’ve learned from it and you’re moving on.”

  • People often talk about showing others grace but find it difficult to show that to themselves and others
  • We must learn and grow from our mistakes, and we discuss how she works with professional athletes to do this
  • We get into the pressure professionals have each moment, and how the way they handle it can help the rest of us

“We have multiple roles to play in this life… don’t let the world lock you into one role.”

  • Discussing the various roles we have in our lives
  • Embracing our purpose and not letting the world lock us into something
  • Understanding what we’re here to do and the ways we can dive deeper into our purpose

About Darlene Santore “Coach Dar”

A Board-certified occupational therapist, leadership advisor, and mental skills coach for some of the top CEOs in the country and professional athletes in the world from the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, and MLS, Coach Dar shares her proven methods that any business professional can use to bounce back from setbacks and thrive even in the toughest of times. Recently named Senior Fellow of PathNorth—an organization of world leaders and CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, her powerful message continues to reach a global audience. As a mental skills and leadership coach, she helps athletes, business leaders, career-minded professionals, and entrepreneurs up their game, overcome obstacles, gain a mental edge, get out of “slumps,” and become better leaders. The result? Individuals, corporate executives, and professional athletes & teams aim higher and achieve more. Additionally, Coach Dar is a trailblazer for Phoenix women and was awarded the Most Inspiring Woman from WNBA.

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