Dave Lukas Chats with Brian Levenson
208: Prepare to Perform, How to Shift Your Mind with Entrepreneur and Performance Expert, Brian Levenson
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Brian Levenson. Brian is a leading mental performance coach and author of Shift Your Mind – 9 mental shifts to thrive in preparation and performance. Brian is the go to performance coach for top athletes and organizations around the world.
He’s worked with everyone from the NBA to the top universities and the PGA. He is a consultant for the NBA and MLS combines where they use his processes for interviewing athletes to make sure they are the best fit and to determine their mental strengths and weaknesses.
Brian has a very special talent for helping athletes, entrepreneurs, and executives prepare themselves to perform at their highest levels and I wanted to have him on to teach you how to be your best.
When Brian graduated from college, he was a “lost puppy.” He was never one of those that knew what he wanted to do. He explored and went into sales for a couple years. One day, he had happened to have lunch a woman named Julie who worked with top athletes and organizations helping them to breakthrough in their performance. This really appealed to Brian as a big sports fan and loved helping others.
He went back to grad school for sports psychology and when he finished, he moved to DC to work alongside Julie and be mentored by her. This helped him get his business going.
Brian has become obsessed with increasing performance or as leaders learning how to open up possibilities and see the world in new and different ways.
Brian’s dad was an entrepreneur and entrepreneurship was in his blood, so he is pretty fearless about trying new things and constantly tests new ideas and concepts.
What does it mean to “prepare to perform?”
What are the differences between the performance and preparation mindset?
Can you share more of the mental shifts and what do people need to be “aware of” to maximize their preparation and maximize their performance?
At the 12 min mark, Brian gives examples.
“It is way easier to be mediocre, than to do the hard work on yourself and confront who you are and decide who you want to be.”
How do people truly breakthrough when it comes to maximizing their performance? What does it take?
At the 18 min mark, we discuss this in more detail…
Tell us about the Strong Skills Model…
What are some of the biggest challenges you are seeing and helping to solve with Strong Skills?
From an entrepreneur standpoint, what have you found in your work about self-awareness?
Pick 1 or 2 mental shifts that you think are most important for entrepreneurs and explain in more detail…
What are the 3 C’s?
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