Podcast – Matt Phillips on Mental Toughness

In this episode of Business Breakthrough Thursdays, mental toughness expert Matt Phillips speaks about the one true business differentiator. Matt, a former pro athlete, helps business leaders transform their teams and crush their strategic goals. His focus is the one differentiator between business success and failure: mental toughness. 


  • What mental toughness is and why it is important
  • How to build a strong team
  • Why fear is your friend
  • How to respond instead of react
  • What athletes can teach business leaders about perseverance and resiliency
  • How to apply the “film review” concept to address performance issues
  • How baseball can teach you to accept failure (a .300 batting average means you fail 7 out of 10 times)

The five elements of mental toughness, according to Matt, are:

  1. Confidence
  2. Focus
  3. Emotional control
  4. Energy
  5. Consistent actions

These five elements are instilled in athletes by their coach. Matt coaches business leaders to use these same five elements in their day-to-day lives to achieve success. He offers three big pieces of advice in the podcast:

  1. Belief in yourself trumps all other beliefs
  2. Be direct, and be blunt
  3. Take care of yourself first during your entrepreneurial journey

Matt Phillips is the Founder & CEO of Pro Athlete Advantage, and is regarded as one of the leading experts on human performance and mental toughness development in the world.  A former professional baseball player, Matt discovered that peak performance requires a dominant “inner game”. Using his Mental Toughness approach, Matt teaches business leaders and professional athletes how to systematically build their confidence, focus, emotional control, and energy so they can take their game to the next level. Matt counsels corporations on how to build high performance leaders and teams to crush their financial and strategic goals. His unique business model, a five-step process called “Ignite Your Mindset,” is a mental toughness program that helps corporate teams and leaders increase their self-confidence so they take consistent action towards their goals, get laser-focused on hitting their numbers and results, master their emotions, and make sure they have high energy every day so they come to work to perform at the peak of their capabilities.

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