Mindset Coach #145: Jeff Greenwald - Unlocking Fearless Performance

Season #5

Welcome to another inspiring episode on The Coaching Podcast! In this installment, we are thrilled to introduce you to a remarkable guest who has dedicated his life to helping athletes and individuals perform at their absolute best, even under the most intense pressure. Our guest today is none other than Jeff Greenwald, an internationally recognized Sports Psychology Consultant, former world number one ITF player in the men's 35 age division, and the esteemed author of "The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance." Jeff's unique journey combines his extensive experience as a competitive athlete with his expertise in sports psychology and psychotherapy, offering a distinctive insight into the intricate relationship between the mind, body, and performance. 

In this captivating episode, Jeff delves deep into the world of optimal communication, sports science, and dealing with pressure. He shares invaluable insights on embracing nerves to elevate your performance, maintaining unwavering confidence, and developing a laser-focused mindset. Jeff's passion for helping others unlock their potential shines through as he discusses the profound impact of self-awareness, empathy, and belief in coaching. Join us on this enlightening journey as we explore the interconnectedness of the mind and body, the power of pinpoint focus, and the importance of coaches putting themselves under pressure. Jeff Greenwald's wisdom will leave you inspired to harness your inner potential and perform at your very best. 

Here is a summary of the key points;

  • 1.58: Best coaching moment: The fear of your ranking going down and the flow-on effect. The importance of coaching perspective and using the coaching tool of 'chunking' (either UP or DOWN). Commit to your intentions to build your confidence. 
  • 5.55: Worst coaching moment: When parents live vicariously through their children. Instead, practice self-awareness and empathy.
  • 9.31: Sliding Doors: Tasting what it felt like to be loose and relaxed when playing tennis and sparking an interest in studying Sports Psychology. 
  • 13.53: What Makes a Great Coach? 
    • Self-awareness - Keep your ego in check and understand your impact.
    • Empathy - What you say and do is perceived in the right way.
    • Belief - In humanity and people by being inquisitive (asking questions).
  • 17.33: WHY? What is it in you that you are most curious about that drove you to want this, need this, and want people to know this?
  • 20.46: "The mind and body are intrinsically connected." What comes first?
    • Be deeply committed to your intention, for example, give yourself permission to miss and be relentless. However, when negative thoughts do arise, if you can learn how to let that thought go and not be hijacked by it, then you can re-set.
  • 26.03: The best in the game feel nervous because they are excited and they accept the nerves as a right of passage. 
  • 27.52: What do you mean by having a pinpoint focus?
  • 30.26: How important is it for a coach to still put themselves under pressure and compete?
  • 32.12: What's the difference between teaching and coaching? They overlap and one needs to merge the two.
    • Teaching - What's the science behind the learning? (Time and place for the learner.)
    • Coaching - Motivational lens cap.
  • 34.09: What does optimal communication mean to you? Curiosity, empathy, connection, and humility. You need to have a genuine interest in people and keep your ego tame. 
  • 38.01: The more you want to WIN/CLOSE THE DEAL, do you push it further away?
    • Connect to your intention, gratitude, mastery, focus, and perspective.

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About Jeff Greenwald, Sports Psychology Expert

Jeff Greenwald is a globally recognized Sports Psychology Consultant, acclaimed author of "The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance," and a former world number one ITF player in the men's 35 age division. With an illustrious career spanning over two and a half decades, Jeff has been a guiding force for countless athletes, assisting them in realizing their full potential. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the world of sports and performance, Jeff was honored with induction into the Northern California Hall of Fame in 2019.

Drawing from his multifaceted background as a world-class player, sports psychology consultant, psychotherapist, and former coach, Jeff Greenwald offers a unique blend of expertise. His profound insights have empowered athletes from all walks of life to overcome mental barriers, achieve peak performance, and reach new heights in their respective fields. Jeff's unwavering dedication to the pursuit of excellence continues to inspire and transform the lives of those he touches, making him a revered figure in the realm of sports psychology.

Connect with Jeff

Website: https://fearlesstennis.com 

You can also search for Jeff on: Instagram, Linked In, and Youtube.