by Dana Cavalea January 22, 2021

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Hi Team...

It is Friday... and I must tell you... 

It has been a big week of coaching for me... close to 25+ coaching sessions this week so far and a few corporate talks and a panel with some of the top college softball coaches in the country....

And you know what?


I really do.

The other night as I was wrapping up my talk with the coaches, my final words were this:

"Coaching is the greatest profession in the World because every day we get to help people reach their full potential in life. And, as we help them reach theirs- they help us reach ours."

So, as we end this week, I hope you are as charged up as I am.... 

I want to also let you in on a little secret as to how I prime my own pump of feeling upbeat and ready to go....

I cheer for myself.

You see, as I was talking to Corcoran real estate yesterday, the brainchild of Shark, Barbara Corcoran, I let the team know this:

If you listen to what you tell yourself, you will probably not hear really nice things.

Our natural default as high performance people is to tell ourselves what we    need to do, should do, want to do, or did not do.

That is not positive language.

Instead, we have to focus on what we did... and what we did well.

And, we have to focus on what we do- and we we do well and reinforce those thoughts by cheering for ourselves.

I am my biggest fan.

I have to be.

Even bigger fan than my parents and my wife.....

And you have to be for you.

You have to cheer for yourself in each moment- especially if you are feeling a bit down, frustrated, anxious, or if you have not reached a goal that you set.

Cheer for yourself in your own words, your own tone, your own language- but keep it upbeat.

Yesterday, I even shared how many pro athletes look in the mirror and talk to themselves...

They stare themselves down and then pump themselves with positive, can-do energy via words and sharp actions. 

It is not uncommon to walk past the sinks in a sports clubhouse before a game and see a guy looking in the mirror, talking to himself, and practicing his swing-  or pumping himself up for what he is about to do "positively" on the field.

You can do the same before a meeting, before the gym, before you do anything really.

Pump yourself up.

Get excited.


It feels great- and, it will lighten your mood and it will get you into peak spirits.

Let's go!

Your Coach,


Have you heard this weeks podcast? Listen here and Guarantee A Great 2021!

Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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