Unlocking Peak Performance: A Mindset Playbook with Dr. Cassidy Preston, Episode #170

How do you unlock peak performance? Dr. Cassidy Preston believes that the foundation for performance needs to be mindset.

That’s why Dr. Cassidy founded Mental Performance Coach at CEP Mindset. He is dedicated to optimizing the mindsets of elite athletes and high-performers.

His priority is to connect and understand each client and the unique challenge(s) they are facing. From there, he creates practical and personalized strategies that deliver repeatable and reliable results.

He is the guide behind the scenes, helping high performers gain a mental edge over their competition. His clients range from professional athletes to surgeons, hedge fund managers, and CEOs. He’s built one of the largest mental performance coaching firms in the world.

Today we get to pull back the curtain and learn the principles and strategies that the best athletes in the world use to optimize their mindset. Listen in for some great takeaways about the benefits of working on the most precious part of your body: your mind.

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…

  • Learn more about Dr. Cassidy Preston [2:41]
  • Why is mindset so important? [4:57]
  • What sports parents need to know [9:18]
  • Dr. Cassidy’s 3 steps to winning the mental game [14:49]
  • Get a copy of “Financial Planning Made Personal” [17:17]
  • How to stop obsessing over results [17:51]
  • Using the “Me vs. Me” mentality to succeed [23:00]
  • Leverage breathwork to manage your mental state [25:05]
  • Why Dr. Cassidy developed the Mental Toughness Playbook [27:10]
  • What is the “Overthinking Paradox?” [29:12]
  • What Dr. Cassidy did today that put him in the mindset for success [33:00]

Why is mindset so important?

Mindset is your foundation. When you are clear on who you want to be and how you want to show up, everything else flows from that.

Most people do it backward and prioritize achieving results. But what do you sacrifice if you don’t prioritize who you are? Will your values fall by the wayside?

You’re less likely to achieve the results you want. The right mindset will help you achieve your goals. More importantly, you enjoy the journey far more.

But how do you assess your mental game? How do you build on your mindset foundation?

  1. Assess yourself: Where are your strengths? What can you work on and grow in? What are your priorities?
  2. Personalize the concepts and strategies: They may employ personal scorecards, an alter ego “reset,” and mental prep exercises, etc. It’s about finding the strategies that work for you. It has to be practical and personalized.
  3. Keep refining and upgrading: You can’t just focus on your mindset for a couple of months. We must constantly reflect, learn and grow.

What do sports parents need to know about mindset? Listen to hear Dr. Cassidy’s thoughts!

What is the “Overthinking Paradox?”

Sometimes we dive into overthinking, go down a rabbit hole, and can’t get out. That’s the overthinking paradox. It’s a focus on perfection.

But there isn’t always an intellectual problem to be solved. Sometimes there’s no “right” decision. you have to do what you feel is best. It’s intuition-based. It’s trusting how you feel and using that to make a decision.

One of the best ways to minimize overthinking is to think more beforehand. The more you mentally rehearse how something could go, you’re more likely to overthink in the moment.

Overthinking is your mind trying to plan on the spot. It doesn’t do a good job. Planning before consciously means you’ll think less during key moments and trust your instincts.

How else can you stop obsessing over results?

There’s nothing wrong with setting goals and being results-driven. If it’s your primary focus, you may sacrifice your values. You won’t enjoy the journey. It’ll likely work against you in the long run.

You have to prioritize how you’re showing up and who you’re being in the process. How do you stop sacrificing the process? Care about the process for the sake of itself. Care about who you are when you show up. You need to connect your extrinsic goals to your intrinsic motivations.

Your priority should always be improving who you are today versus who you were yesterday. Are you getting better at your mindset? What is your personal definition of success? What is your personal scorecard? How will you define success for yourself, intrinsically? Without that, you lose sight of who you want to be.

Leverage breathwork to manage your mental state

One of Dr. Cassidy’s core strategies is a reset routine. It starts with acceptance. You have to see things for what they are. You need to be in a calm mental state. To calm your mind, you have to calm your body. You can do that through breathwork. You need to find something that works for you. Use breathing to get centered and grounded and be present. You have to commit to who you want to be and how you want to move forward. Breathing can help you bridge the gap from acceptance of where you are to committing to where you want to be.

Resources & People Mentioned

Connect with Dr. Cassidy Preston

Bio

Cassidy is dedicated to optimizing the mindsets of elite athletes and high-performers. His priority is to connect and understand each client and the unique challenge they are facing. From there, he creates practical and personalized strategies that deliver repeatable and reliable results.

In 2018, Cassidy founded CEP Mindset and built a team of coaches that utilize his approach and system. The team has quickly become one of the largest Mental Performance Coaching firms in the world – that has coached 10,000’s of athletes and high-performers to improve their mindset and achieve Consistent Elite Performance.

His recent book, Mindset First, provides a new way for hockey players or any high-performer to mentally prepare. The concise and practical strategies in this book are the accumulation of Dr. Cassidy Preston’s personal, academic, & professional experience over the past 20+ years of his life. Readers will learn how to:

  • Overcome the Fear of Failure & Bounce Back from Mistakes
  • Optimize Mental Preparation & Get Laser Focused on the Process
  • Stop Overthinking, Play with Confidence & Perform Under Pressure

In summary, you can expect to challenge the status quo, think differently, and find practical ways to improve your mental game.

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