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Dr. Nate Zinsser on How Do You Create a Confident Mind

Dr. Nate Zinsser joins me on Passion Struck to discuss how you create a confident mind. Brought to you by BiOptimizers (Get 10% off at and Inside Tracker (get 20% off the entire InsideTracker store at 

Dr. Zinnser has spent his career training the minds of the U.S. Military Academy cadets as they prepare to lead and perform when the stakes are the highest—on the battlefield. Alongside this work, he has coached world-class athletes, including a Super Bowl MVP, numerous Olympic medalists, professional ballerinas, NHL All-Stars, and college All-Americans, teaching them to overcome the pressure and succeed on the biggest stages. For the first time, Dr. Zinsser distills his research and years of experience in his book The Confident Mind, which is a complete guide to confidence: how to understand it, how to build it, how to protect it, and how to rely upon it when your performance matters most.

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In This Episode, Dr. Nate Zinsser And I Discuss His New Book, The Confident Mind

Have you ever wondered how best to harness your belief in yourself to succeed in any field?

Dr. Nate Zinsser and I discuss why NFL quarterbacks like Eli Manning can rise to the moment and achieve peak performance. Why, whether your mission involves leading a platoon into combat, returning an opponent’s serve, or delivering a sales pitch to a roomful of skeptical prospects, how you can perform best when you are so sure about your abilities that your flow of fear, doubts, and confusion slows to the barest minimum.

  • Why having confidence is an intentional choice.
  • The importance of choosing the right language for your day.
  • Why do our choices matter so greatly with confidence?
  • How do the statements we make to ourselves in the present impact our mental bank accounts?
  • How to distinguish between confidence and ego in leaders.
  • Steph Curry and the Shooter Mentality.
  • The key to happiness is the hard fact that you are imperfectly perfect.
  • How you can change your mind to change your direction in life
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]m!
  • And much more…
204 | How Do You Create a Confident Mind | Dr. Nate Zinsser | Passion Struck Podcast
204 | How Do You Create a Confident Mind | Dr. Nate Zinsser | Passion Struck Podcast

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More From My Interview With Dr. Nate Zinsser On How You Create a Confident Mind

During the Passion Struck podcast interview, I asked Nate about the keys to coaching former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

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I think Eli’s biggest takeaway is from the work we did over a period of years. He’s shared this in several conversations, is the ability to derive from whatever practice, or workout, or game, or performance. If you will, the willingness to extract from that experience, or little episodes, of success. Taking something energizing, something that makes you feel more enthusiastic about yourself from each experience.

Filtering all the things that happened through a kind of mental filter and allowing specific memories and certain thoughts to stay with you. He got pretty good at that he had to be good at that because he played football in the most vicious medium market in the country, where people would hoist them up on a great pedestal whenever he had a good game.

And people would kick him to the curb and cover him with dirt. If he didn’t have a great game, was it a good game that was his own fault, or his teammate’s fault, or the bad game was his own fault or his teammates. It didn’t matter. He’s the centerpiece of the team. He’s going to get tons of credit when the team wins. He’s going to get tons of blame when the team loses.

And he’s got to insulate himself from all of that and be able to say, Yes, I had these five great plays in that particular game, even though it was a 30 to 35 loss for his team. But I can look at my good play. And I can base 95% of my memories of that game. From these successes, these good decisions that I made, these good things that I did. And I’ll help only about 5% of my memories of that game, about things that went wrong.

And I know I can fix those. I know everything that I didn’t do, right, the ways we didn’t execute, we can fix that. So it’s not some permanent difficulty that we have. It was just a minor bump in the road that we can get better at. And that’s really the challenge for all of us, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning has to do that week in and week out and week in and week out throughout their entire career. We have to do it, too if we want to give ourselves a chance to be great at what we do.

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About Today’s Guest, Dr. Nate Zinsser

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Dr. Nate Zinsser is the director of West Point’s Performance Psychology Program, the nation’s gold standard curriculum for teaching and training the mental skills that underlie excellence in any human performance – confidence despite setbacks, concentration despite distractions, and composure under pressure.

Dr. Zinsser has been the lead performance psychologist at West Point since 1992. He previously taught sport psychology at East Stroudsburg University and in the University of Virginia’s Continuing Education Division. He is a Certified Mental Performance Coach with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and presents nationwide to university, professional athletic, and corporate groups.

Dr. Zinsser is the author of Dear Dr. Psych, the first sport psychology guidebook for youth sports participants, six textbook chapters on building confidence, and an advice column for Sports Illustrated for Kids, which ran for five years. ESPN, the BBC, MSNBC, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, Outside, Muscle Media, and Army Times have interviewed him for sport psychology content. Dr. Zinsser earned his doctorate in sport psychology from the University of Virginia, his master’s degree from Columbia University, and his bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College.

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