Life as Sport
What Top Athletes Can Teach You about How to Win in Life
When NFL superstars, Major League Baseball players, firefighters, and success-driven workers of any stripe want to improve their performance, they turn to Dr. Jonathan Fader. Having spent two seasons as the Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants, and nine years previously as the team psychologist for the Mets, Fader is an upbeat and reassuring authority who speaks on creating a habit-based, positive mindset for success.
“A how-to manual for not only improving your performance in any endeavor, but more importantly, achieving your potential in life.”— Mike Richter, NHL All-Star Goaltender
It’s no easy feat to help high performers reach even greater goals, but that’s exactly what Dr. Jonathan Fader does—training professional athletes, first responders, and elite business leaders to achieve focus and stay motivated using proven sport and performance psychology techniques. So much of it comes down to conscious, repetitive practice, says Fader. “The most successful people create a masterpiece of routine in their lives: a series of small but meaningful activities and habits that lead to massive gains over time.” His vibrant, actionable talks will show you how to do just that.
In his debut book Life as Sport: What Top Athletes Can Teach You About How to Win in Life, Fader shares the key tactics he learned working with athletes, applying them to real-world situations. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is the cofounder of the Union Square Practice, a psychology and psychiatry practice in the heart of New York City. Fader is a certified consultant and member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. He also writes The New You blog for Psychology Today, has appeared on CBS This Morning, Fox News, ESPN, Business Insider, CNN, Bleacher Report, and others. His writing has been featured in TIME Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Shape, and NY Magazine. He is part of The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Mental Performance Initiative.
We live in an outcome-based world. We fixate on profits and losses on the playing fields of our offices and bedrooms, and fret about winning the big game and meeting the bottom line. But for many of us, being preoccupied with results—with all its attendant stress and anxiety—prevents us from performing as our best selves.
What if there was a way out? A method we can use to sharpen our strengths and enjoy every moment? Over the past 20 years, sport and performance psychology has taught elite performers to train more than just their bodies, but also their minds: preparing for stressful moments and connecting with the most powerful versions of themselves. In this rousing keynote, filled with personal stories and evidence-based research, Dr. Jonathan Fader adapts a host of mental skills-training approaches for everyday life, on and off the field. Whether you’re looking to enhance performance at work or home, in business or in parenting, Dr. Fader delivers the most valuable lessons from the biggest courts and most watched fields of the sports world. Teaching us to visualize success, develop positive rituals, rediscover our core passions, and live more mindful lives, Dr. Fader delivers an inspiring message—to live life as a sport, and to embrace each moment with skill, enthusiasm, and enjoyment.