This new episode is the first of 4 to 5 episodes in a series about Adversity. For this first episode, I interview Dr. Jim Afremow. A sports psychologist and author of “The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Train, Think, and Thrive,” he has worked with professional and amateur athletes. We discuss what differentiates high performing athletes from the average, and the key mental skills we must develop to become successful.
Dr. Jim Afremow is a much sought-after mental game coach, licensed professional counselor, and the author of The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive. He is the founder of Good to Gold Medal, PLLC, a leading coaching and consulting practice. Though his practice is located in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Afremow provides individual and team mental training services across the globe to athletes, teams, and coaches in all sports, as well as to parents, business professionals, and all others engaged in highly demanding endeavors. He is passionate about helping others achieve peak performance and personal excellence, and reach their true potential.
(02:27) What drove your interest in the ultimate human performance? Was there a catalyst for you in your upbringing or education?
(04:00) What is it about the champion’s mindset that separates the average from the good, and the good from the great?
Champions don’t leave any stone unturned. They’re trying to be the best that they can be at every area of their performance. They’re going to put their all in every area of the game.
(06:00) How much does do you believe in Nature vs Nurture, not just physically, but from the mental aspect of performance?
(09:00) In your book, you talk about “Self awareness is the key to change.” Can you talk about that and why it’s important.
(11:11) How can somebody deal with that response, to make sure that they don’t cross the line, not depression, but of inability of making a substantial move forward?
(13:13) Who is the most challenging athlete you’ve worked with, who’s had to overcome the most and then succeed
(15:20) Natalie Cook and how we can be champions in our own life and go for our own personal gold
(17:03) Michelle Kwan and the journey in winning the gold medal
(18:20) If you could recommend one habit to somebody who wants to take action to develop his mindset, what would that habit or first step be?
(20:44) Is there a book that’s most influenced you, and why?
autobiographies of athletes
(23:40) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?