Life as Sport
What Top Athletes Can Teach You about How to Win in Life
When C-Suite executives, celebrity athletes, and emergency first responders want to improve their performance in high-stakes situations, they turn to Dr. Jonathan Fader. A performance psychologist to the nation’s top business leaders, and the former Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Football Giants and the New York Mets, Fader applies proven psychological techniques from high-pressure, high-reward scenarios to everyday work and life situations.
“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 hedge fund executives, professional football players, firefighters, and more to perform better under pressure. Fader uses proven performance psychology techniques and a unique, client-centered approach to enhance others’ motivation from within. From there, he discusses the benefits of conscious, repetitive practice: “The most successful people create a masterpiece of a routine in their lives,” he tells audiences. “A series of small but meaningful activities and habits lead to massive gains over time.” These gains can be as varied as mastering effective short-term project goals, developing stronger focus at work, confidence in your leadership and communication abilities, or making clearer decisions in stressful daily circumstances. His vibrant, actionable talks will show you how to refine your potential.
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’s breadth of experience stretches into multiple, literal, arenas. Fader is part of The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Mental Performance Initiative. 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. His next book, Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sport, authored with the co-founder of Motivational Interviewing, is set for a late 2019 release. A licensed clinical psychologist, Fader is the cofounder of the Union Square Practice, mental health practice and SportStrata, a coaching and consulting business both located 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, and has appeared on CBS This Morning, CNN, Good Morning America, Fox News, ESPN, Business Insider, Bleacher Report, and has been profiled by the New York Times.
No matter the industry, location, or culture we work in, most us function as part of a team. Sports teams know this well, and they invest time and capital in carefully selecting personnel and developing their chemistry for the world’s biggest competitions. In this highly interactive talk, sport and performance psychologist Dr. Jonathan Fader shares his insights into how elite sports and military teams function—and how we can apply those same tactics to our own teams. From empowering individuals to uncovering the secrets of unified motivation, Fader’s fun and memorable talk has valuable takeaways that any company or organization can use to maximize their potential. Fader believes that our greatest strength as humans is our ability to collaborate and innovate in a group. In this talk, he reveals his simple methodology for understanding how teams develop mental strength and flexibility together, the role leaders play within a team, and the insider knowledge of what makes a team creative.
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.