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Dave joins Manny Vargas on Always on the GROW podcast. Listen Below.


Host Description

Dave Austin knew he was going to do what he doing today even when he was 10 years old. Coaching.

A Couple of coaches he played under had these negative approaches toward him. He became slow and gained much weight because of a sarcastic comment from a Naval Sergeant coach in North Carolina, when he was actually quite quick in his play. His next coach’s indirect talk in Hawaii made him lose all weight.

“So at a very young age I someday want to be a coach; but I want to be a coach that’s going to bring people up, not take them down”, says Dave who went on to build his career around football, baseball, and tennis. Even after a car accident that ended his football and baseball careers, he became a world ranking professional tennis player.

Dave lost every penny when he was in his mid-30s and he already ended his professional tennis career. He’d just started dating his wife and it was a night when they were supposed to go out to dinner and a movie. It was a humble pie for Dave when she volunteered to pay the bill, but Cathy loved him though he went penny less. Dave and Cathy have lived together for the last 40 years.

Dave trained some of the best athletes on the planet, and actually gives them the recipes and tools to take them to the next level. He took the US Olympic team to Scotland for the world cup.

Dave’s ‘Game Ready’ process works not only in athletics but also in business because he teaches winning principles that are universal.

Dave was in Hollywood as a successful actor, but when he decided to raise his kids, he left Hollywood altogether.

Listen up to understand the preparation techniques of high-performance athletes like Tony Gwynn and Michael Young. Dave narrated a story about how he took a major league superstar from the worst season of his life to the best season of his life. Things get interesting when the superstar had to face another client of Dave on the opposite side of the game. You can also learn about Dave’s Crocodile RESPA formula which helps you act wisely even in very high-pressure situations.

Next, he talked about the things superstars are doing differently than the average guys. Finally, Dave’s five-step process works for any disastrous situation.

About The Guest:

Dave Austin is a High-Performance Mental Coach, Founder of Extreme Focus which helps Navy Seals, Actors and Producers bridge the Gap. Dave is a former world-ranked tennis player who now coaches elite athletes in the NFL, MLB, ATP, the Olympic athletes, as well as business professionals in the Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

Dave has written three bestselling books, “The Unfinished Cross: Listen to the Voice Within,” “Songwriting For Dummies,” and “Be A Beast: Unleash Your Animal Instincts for Performance Driven Results.” He has lectured all over the world including at the Global Summit at the United Nations, Harvard, the US Pentagon, the Presidential Summit in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and at the World’s Women’s Wellness Congress in Chennai, India. Living a rich life filled with many experiences, one of his most honored achievements, apart from his 39-year marriage to his wife Cathy and raising four incredible boys together, was back in 1991 when he received the Presidential Merit Award from the Grammy’s.

Insights from the Episode:

I’m a great observer and that gives me the ability now to coach, I observe greatness

Tony would get to the ballpark before anybody else, though he is the best hitter in baseball

Just before his training Tony would just stand there and stare at the ball; so he was training his brain to focus on the only thing that really matters. We have so many distractions in life, those distractions keep us from our objective

As a coach when I work with players, I teach them how to get their brain just to focus on what’s important

We have so many different distractions and it’s easy to be distracted, but it’s training your brain to work for you rather than against you that matters

A lot of us just go to do things; we don’t go to that level that extra level of preparation

There are many people that will learn things and so they know it, but that’s where they get stuck. But you’ve got to go from knowing it, to doing it, to being it and that’s a daily practice

Most Valuable Players — they do the littlest things, they don’t leave anything unturned

Some talk about the devil all the time, it’s almost like they worship the devil. Let’s not give that much power to something that is so negative.

It’s not about the results; it’s about who you are in this present moment. It’s the journey and how we approach today

I surrender to a much smarter, more creative, more everything than I can be by myself

If you let your emotions get in front of your objective, you’re dead; get your emotions behind you

Gratitude can shift everything; it’s the best thing to do in any situation

If you have the courage to step through; on the other side is a whole new world of universal laws that are available

You have to become aware of some of the habits you have, we do things we’re not even aware of

Once you become more aware of your habits, you move in to take responsibility

I’m the one that stopped any of my success; nothing outside me, it was all me

It’s just a matter of taking action behind your dream

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is that something else is more important than the fear you feel

Feel that fear; we’re just going to shift the fear into a commitment to your objective

Courage is not the absence of fear; it’s just how you deal with fear and how you move through fear

Most of the players don’t know they’re naturally and physically gifted they don’t understand that they can take their game even further

Those that are committed to their mental build up beyond their physical abilities– it separates them; it’s night and day

Many people are just willing to settle for good, but to go great you’ve got to just keep saying ‘what more can I do’

Most people close down and they close their vision, rather than open the vision

A sense of gratitude gives you strength in any situation

It’s once you have momentum you want to keep the momentum going, that’s an area people don’t understand; there’s either negative momentum or positive momentum