Mental Toughness for Mavericks

The Mental Toughness for Mavericks podcast is a playbook for peak performance and mastery. Hosted by performance coach Renita Kalhorn, listen in as master teachers, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, and top performers share personal stories, insights and cutting-edge strategies for excellence. Previous guests have included Simon Sinek (“Start With Why”), Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”), former Navy SEAL Mark Divine (“Unbeatable Mind”), entrepreneur Amos Winbush III, Daniel Coyle (“The Talent Code”) and Dr. Sian Beilock. Topics range from self-disruption, resilience and flow to high-velocity learning, mastery and performance under pressure.
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Feb 11, 2016

Author of the book by the same name, Paul Sullivan shares diverse examples from sports, business and military of what it means to be “clutch” and the art of operating in high- stress situations as if they were everyday conditions. Highlights:

  • The five key traits of clutch performers
  • What it means to “fight the fight, not the plan”
  • The role of overconfidence in not being clutch
Feb 9, 2016

Psychologist, peak performance coach and Harvard Medical School faculty Pamela Enders explains how to manage pressure so you perform at your best. Highlights:

  • The three components of pressure and why it’s personal
  • The one question that will help you cut through the fog of panic
  • Why a task doesn’t have to be hard or easy
  • How to visualize success in a situation where you have no experience
Feb 3, 2016

One of America’s leading mountaineers – with over 175 international expeditions, including K2 and Mt. Everest -- Chris shares insights on how to create and lead high performance teams. Highlights:

  • Why you need to build a team based on partnership, not accomplishment (it’s not just about getting to the top)
  • The key differences of high-performance teams different and the disproportionate impact of building trust
  • Why behaviors, not tools, are the “killer app”
  • The secret to getting used to failure
Jan 30, 2016

Entrepreneur coach Pamela Slim shares deep wisdom on how to handle self-doubt and stay motivated. Highlights:

  • The two-part equation for developing “grit”
  • “Full-contact living” and the danger of instant success
  • How to use humor as a pressure valve
  • A strong work ethic isn’t enough for success
Jan 28, 2016

Scientist and professor of psychology at George Mason University, Dr. Kashdan says curiosity is a skill that we can cultivate and explains why it’s so powerful. Highlights:

  • How to become comfortable with risk in an unstable, unpredictable world
  • How great leaders use curiosity to their advantage
  • How curiosity can transform difficult relationships and reinforce good ones
Jan 27, 2016

Social psychologist and associate director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia Business School, Heidi Halvorson speaks about what successful people do differently. Highlights:

  • How to embrace risk when it doesn't come naturally
  • What mentally tough people do (and don't) focus on in achieving their goals
  • The one word leaders can use with their team (and themselves) to encourage grit
  • What is realistic optimism and how to use it
Jan 22, 2016

Former Institutional Investor-ranked sell-side analyst on Wall Street and author of "Disrupt Yourself” (ranked a top management thought-leader in 2015 by Thinkers50), translates the concepts of disruptive innovation in business to personal disruption in your career and life.


  • how conventionally successfully people have taken the personal path of self-disruption
  • how to manage the S-curve waves of learning and mastery
  • the power of constraints
Jan 21, 2016

A leading adviser on accelerated business growth who has started more than 40 companies, Les McKeown explains that different kinds of mental toughness are needed for a successful transition through the three growth stages of a business.

• The one habit that every great leader keeps inviolate (and why)
• The three destructive tendencies of wanna-be leaders
• How "strategy yankers" kill motivation and why consistent discipline rules

Jan 20, 2016

A psychology professor at The University of Chicago and one of the world’s leading experts on the brain science behind “choking under pressure,” Dr. Beilock explains how to perform better in every arena, from taking exams and giving presentations to playing golf.

  • Working memory and how it’s affected by emotions under stress
  • When less is more and why being too smart gets in the way
  • How stereotypes affect performance, for better or worse
  • How you think about yourself trumps ability when you’re under stress
  • Specific techniques to prevent choking under pressure
Jan 14, 2016

Paralympian gold medalist skier Josh Dueck shares the story of how he faced adversity after being paralyzed from the waist down and went on to become the first person to do a back flip on snow in a sit-ski.

Jan 13, 2016

New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Code and Lance Armstrong’s War, Daniel Coyle delves into deliberate practice and how to cultivate greatness. Highlights:

  • Think of talent not as an innate gift but as a construction project
  • How passionate curiosity fuels irrational obsession
  • The secret to high-velocity learning
  • A counterintuitive approach to breaking through plateaus
  • The paradox of mental toughness: why the pudgy guy becomes a SEAL and the tri-athlete quits
Dec 28, 2015

Coauthors of “The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It Well,” Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield share exactly that. Highlights:

  • The difference in mindset that sets super-achievers like Martina Navratilova, Yogi Berra and Guy Kawasaki apart from everyone else
  • What super-achievers say about persistence and how to know if you’re on the right track
  • The power of active listening in changing beliefs and biases
  • How super-achievers leverage the power of emotion to work for, not against, them
Dec 25, 2015

Retired Navy SEAL Mark Divine explains the mindset necessary to consistently rise to the occasion in high-pressure situations. Highlights:

  • A key indicator that you’re not mentally tough
  • How to integrate training and habituation into any aspect of life
  • The OODA loop mental model and how it helps make decisions under pressure

How to “win in your mind” first before taking action

Dec 22, 2015

Leadership expert Simon Sinek explains how a powerful “why” highlights the path through adversity.

• The difference between mental toughness and hard work
• How to use your “why” as a compass and how to let go of being perfect
• Use mental toughness to trust your intuition
• Why discipline alone is not mental toughness and how do you find your “why” anyway


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