What LeBron James Knows About Success That You Don’t

Anyone who caught the Cavs play the Kings on Wednesday may have noticed LeBron’s three different pairs of shoes worn during the game. It might seem quirky, but for LeBron, it actually has a lot of value in getting the mental edge while on the court. After trailing by 14 points in the third quarter, the Cavs made a comeback with LeBron scoring an impressive 32 points. Listen to what LeBron said about his decision to keep changing shoes: “The first ones I put on the strap kept coming loose...the second ones, we weren’t playing well and

By | 2017-12-12T14:16:53+00:00 December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Playing with Purpose

When you hear the words deliberate purpose, what do you think of? What does it mean to you? Today, I am going to share with you the importance of that word in my life and how it can change the way you do everything. As I walk through life and switch hats throughout the day (husband, father, athlete, business owner, mental coach, etc.), I do my best to place purpose on everything that I do. My time has become so valuable that I have to make sure that everything I do is for a specific purpose. As

By | 2017-11-24T09:05:41+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Being Present

Take a moment right now and look at the people around you. Where are they? Are they being present, engaged in what is happening right now OR are they in their heads, working some problem they have in life or possibly worrying about something they have no control over? Are they in the future dreaming of the life they want for themselves and their families? As mental coaches, we talk a lot about this idea of being present in practice, competition, and engagement in sport and life as a whole. We talk about being ‘in the now’

By | 2017-09-27T15:08:45+00:00 September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Tools to Increase Effective Practice

A swimmer approached me a few months ago saying that she did not make any progress in practice over the 3 months leading up to her state meet. She was not seeing her times drop in practices and just didn’t believe that she could do anything substantial at the upcoming state meet. I asked her what she was working on at that point to help her go faster. She started going down the list of technique items for each stroke and a variety of strategy items. I asked her to start writing these down on a LARGE

By | 2017-09-18T15:06:12+00:00 September 18th, 2017|0 Comments

How To Embrace the CHAOS

Would you ever deliberately choose to do something that would cause pain, torment, or a feeling of being broken? Do you know how to embrace the chaos training throws at you? You hear it all the time in endurance sports, “Why would an athlete choose to put themselves through so much pain?” But it’s that kind of mindset that sets those athletes apart from the rest. They welcome pain, they welcome chaos, because in their minds, without it, they wouldn’t get better, and they wouldn’t be able to foresee events that leave others broken. As mental skills

By | 2017-09-14T14:20:23+00:00 September 14th, 2017|2 Comments

Coeur d’Alene Ironman 140.6 – Reflection

My name is Nate Last and I am a mental skills trainer who works with athletes to develop their mental game in order to perform up to their physical potential. I train athletes the in’s and out’s of emotional control, focus & concentration, effective self-talk, imagery, and priming. Society could call me an ‘expert’, but really, I am just a very young professional in the work I do. I chose to train for an Ironman event just 18 months ago having never participated in endurance sports in my youth to prove my profession, my passion in the

By | 2017-08-30T12:26:33+00:00 August 30th, 2017|1 Comment

Minimizing Distractions: Help Yourself Achieve Greatness

So, if we're talking about minimizing distractions, we have to talk about practice. Imagine you're the top golfer in the world, what does practice look like to you? Are you moseying around, eating a donut, scrolling through Instagram, and chatting with your friends about his previous night? Of Course Not, You're Focused. You're out on the course with your coach or caddy, going through your swing or talking about the weather. You're examining the greens and hitting each shot, undistracted. No phone or no outside chitchat. Only the essentials. This is how you get done what Cal

By | 2017-08-03T19:55:37+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|2 Comments

You Can’t Turn Back Time: The 5 Second Rule

What was coach thinking?! You can't turn back time, but growing up an athlete, I noticed that everyone was always asking about the coach. They’re always wondering what was going on inside the coach’s head. Sometimes, they praise the coach. “Oh my gosh, that was the greatest call of all time.” “What made your coach make that decision? It was brilliant!” “Did you learn that from your coach? He must be amazing.” And sometimes, they’d have the exact opposite attitude. “What was your coach thinking?” “How could your coach have done that? Unbelievable…” “What was your coach thinking?”

By | 2017-07-27T17:11:06+00:00 July 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Developing and Facilitating Team Cohesion: Gottman’s 5:1

Everyone is always wondering about developing and facilitating team cohesion; Always wondering about how to build relationships and team chemistry. Whether it’s at work, at school, in a team, or with their partner, strong and healthy relationships create more productive and positive environments. Do you know how you interact with your team? Gottman’s 5:1 Dr. Gottman, professor emeritus at University of Washington, found that in healthy marriages, the ratio of positive interactions to negative interactions is 5:1. Especially during times of conflict, the interactions between the two individuals was 5:1. On the other hand, it is 5 times

By | 2017-07-18T15:51:11+00:00 June 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Back to Basics: Implement The 80/20 Rule Today!

Recently, Mental Grit was awarded the opportunity to interview two of the top sport dietitians in the nation. Toni Tillett (Washington State University) and Kari Oliver (University of Notre Dame) were gracious enough to answer a few questions and divulge some juicy nutritional information. A healthy body and mind are essential to peak performance, which is where mental conditioning and nutrition intersect. The interesting piece about this interview was how basic mental skills principles have such a primary role in the execution of effective nutrition. Get back to basics and keep yourself mentally and physically strong. Back to Basics If I

By | 2017-07-27T17:18:38+00:00 June 8th, 2017|0 Comments