How to Build Mental Toughness & Resiliency with Lauren Johnson – Episode 403

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

“Mental toughness is accepting your reality, and choosing your response. It doesn’t mean you have to like your reality… It means that you’re accepting it, and when you accept it, you can do something about it.”

Lauren Johnson, former Mental Performance Coach for the New York Yankees, is responsible for aiding in the development of athletes and staff through education, application, and support.

Lauren also trains military personnel and business professionals through national speaking engagements, educational training workshops and consulting. Lauren’s practical, straight-forward advice and mental performance strategies help individuals develop mental toughness so that they can perform at their best regardless of circumstance.

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Show Notes:

  • Lauren’s journey from running her own consulting business to working with the Yankees. [10:55]
  • Two great ways to grow your network and build clientele. [13:35]
  • Must-read books to boost your relationship building skills. [15:53]
  • A day in the life of a professional baseball coach. [20:05]
  • Three questions you must ask yourself in order to increase self-awareness. [26:05]
  • What is mental toughness, and how do we become more resilient? [29:28]
  • The ONLY thing to focus on daily. [32:25]
  • The quickest way to change yourself, and your life. [35:53]
  • Highly recommended activity to remove anxiety, and increase productivity. [40:00]
  • How the “nice guy” syndrome holds men back from achieving their potential. [45:25]
  • The difference between being a thermometer and being a thermostat. [49:10]
  • Short-term results are like… donuts? [50:53]
  • The formula for overcoming self-limiting beliefs. [56:29]
  • The power of pressure. [1:01:53]


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