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  • I Know You Got Talent – It’s the Other Thing I Wonder About

    I was watching the movie The Devil’s Advocate, and was struck by a perfect description of Mental Toughness. Al Pacino is trying to seduce a small town lawyer from Florida to join his firm in New York. Here’s what Pacino says: “I know you got talent. It’s the other thing I wonder about. Pressure. Changes […]

  • Balls to the Wall, Man

    Ever heard the phrase, “Balls to the Wall?” It always kinda confused me. You’re out on the field or on the court, and some guy’s yelling, “Balls to the Wall!” I never knew what the hell it meant. And I guess if I gave it any serious thought, it would have brought up some pretty […]

  • You Gotta WANT It

    My old High School football coach had some memorable quotes. Some of em…not so positive. I remember him yelling at us in the locker room: “No matter how good you are, you’re all replaceable.” Or telling us, “The more negative energy you have, the better football player you’re gonna be.” He was like an alcoholic […]

  • Mental Toughness In a Head-On Collison

    The good word from a Tension Blaster member, Tyler: “I’ve just completed the 9 week Heavy Tension Blaster cycle and I have got to say that I’m impressed. My anxiety has lessened a lot. For example I was almost in a head on collision with another car. In the past when something like would have […]

  • Power Naps of the Champions

    There are plenty of reasons I look up to Royce Gracie. For one, he was the guy who cleaned up on all the early UFCs, proving to the world the unbelievable power of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But what really amazes me is something I heard in an interview with him. He said he was so […]

  • Loosen Up, Stop Thinking, and Perform

    Sometimes I get some flack for being so hard on the ‘positive thinking’ crowd. Truth is, I don’t really have anything against positive thinking. If I’m gonna have thoughts rattling around my skull, I figure they may as well be positive, goal-directed, achievement oriented, etc. That’s all good. It might even be helpful sometimes. But […]

  • Yoda’s School for Mental Toughness Jedi

    I loved the original Star Wars when I was a kid. Especially the scenes where Yoda trains Luke to become a Jedi. Go figure. As it turns out, that Jedi stuff is pretty close to Mental Toughness training. So let’s see what we can learn from Master Yoda: “Unlearn what you have learned.” Whenever I […]

  • LSD and Mental Toughness and No-Hitters…Oh My…

    This is one of the craziest stories in sports history. On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, took some LSD with his girlfriend. It was his day off. Well, he thought it was his day off. About an hour after they took the acid, Dock’s girlfriend opened the newspaper. “Dock,” she […]

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I Know You Got Talent – It’s the Other Thing I Wonder About

I was watching the movie The Devil’s Advocate, and was struck by a perfect description of Mental Toughness.

Al Pacino is trying to seduce a small town lawyer from Florida to join his firm in New York.

Here’s what Pacino says:

“I know you got talent. It’s the other thing I wonder about. Pressure. Changes everything, pressure. Some people, you squeeze ’em, they focus. Others fold. Can you summon your talent at will? Can you deliver on a deadline? Do you sleep at night?”

Now sure, Al Pacino’s character turns out to be the Devil incarnate. But hey–nobody’s perfect.

The point is, he understands Mental Toughness. And he knows that Mental Toughness will make
THE difference when you go from the small time to the big time–when you make that next big leap, whatever it is.

In fact, I’d guess this is why so many people fear making that next big leap.

Because of the “other thing.” Because of the pressure.

Sometimes it’s competing in front of bigger crowds, and dealing with a larger, more critical audience. Sometimes it just means adding something new to a training regimen you’re really comfortable with.

Or it could just be life stuff: a new city, a new job, or a new relationship.

Sure, some people can’t take the pressure. They fold.

Others just happen to be naturals, and they thrive.

But for every success and every failure, countless people hold themselves back from even trying because they know: when the pressure comes, everything will change.

But there’s something they don’t know.

Something even the Devil doesn’t know.

You can train the ability to handle pressure. You can get those chronic stress levels down, so that no matter where you start, you end up thriving on pressure.

Then there’s nothing holding you back.

Doesn’t mean you have to join the Devil’s firm.

But hey–that’s your choice ;).

Get started here:

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Balls to the Wall, Man

Ever heard the phrase, “Balls to the Wall?”

It always kinda confused me.

You’re out on the field or on the court, and some guy’s yelling, “Balls to the Wall!”

I never knew what the hell it meant.

And I guess if I gave it any serious thought, it would have brought up some pretty weird images.

But today, I finally figured out where it comes from.

Turns out, it’s a phrase from aviation. (That’s right, folks–it doesn’t have anything to do with…well, never mind….)

When a pilot is accelerating as fast as possible, he pushes the throttle all the way to the panel. And the lever of the throttle is in the shape of a ball.

Hence, balls to the wall.

Now, granted, there may be other explanations. A phrase like that always has a lot of stories around it.

But this is the only explanation I’ve ever heard that makes sense.

And it makes me love it.

It evokes that exhilarating feeling of going at full speed. But it also shows that there’s a limit, a “wall” to how fast you can accelerate.

That’s essential when it comes to any kind of training. If you go too far to fast, you can burn out or get injured.

Same with NRW: if you release too much primal power too fast, you can fry your nervous system.

​Not fun.

But if you hang back, your progress is slow, and you never hit your full potential.

Also not fun.

You gotta find that sweet spot. The place where you’re accelerating as fast as possible.

You gotta go balls to the wall.

The beautiful thing about most practices, though, (NRW included) is the more you do, the more you can do.

You don’t just push the throttle to the wall. You push the wall back, too.

In the context of NRW, that means:

The more deep tension you release, the more energy you can handle surging through your nervous system.

The more energy surging through you, the faster those tensions dissolve.

So on, and so on.

Your progress is exponential.

The curve goes up, up, up, until you’re just sailin

But…

You gotta start somewhere.

The journey of a thousand steps, and all that.

So. When you’re ready to take that first step…

Balls to the wall, man:

Tension Blaster Workout Series

You Gotta WANT It

My old High School football coach had some memorable quotes.

Some of em…not so positive.

I remember him yelling at us in the locker room: “No matter how good you are, you’re all replaceable.”

Or telling us, “The more negative energy you have, the better football player you’re gonna be.”

He was like an alcoholic Darth Vader.

And I learned much from his Sith ways.

But some of the most useful things he said, I barely even noticed. To my young mind, they just seemed obvious.

Later, I’ve realized they were true gems.

One of them had to do with repetition: if you want to get good at anything, you just gotta repeat it over and over again.

That’s not sexy advice.

But hey–it WORKS.

He told us something else before every game. After we had practiced all week, and gotten as ready as we were gonna be for the team we were playing, he’d drill this in:

“You gotta WANT it.”

Seemed obvious.

So obvious, it barely even registered.

But now I see its power.

Desire is the engine that drives everything. It weaves together the fabric of who you are.

It’s what is what helps you succeed when it’s focused properly. And it’s what leads you to ruin when it’s not.

My coach was an alcoholic. It got him in a lot of trouble, and eventually, fired. His desire was to get black-out drunk. He knew it wasn’t actually in his best interest. The primal force of his desire is working AGAINST him.

This is the problem of addiction. “Knowing better” doesn’t stand a chance against the raw force of desire.

“Wanting” is one of the most primal expressions of the life force. But if your life force is tied up in tensions, stress, and habits that channel it in destructive or useless directions, you’re sunk.

Meaning: you gotta want the right things.

So, I ask you…what do YOU want?

Do you WANT a real transformation? Do you WANT to be more dominant, confident, and powerful?

Or do you just want to roll over and press the snooze button on life?

Because before you can harness the raw, hyper-potent force of desire, and channel it toward positive, forceful, and constructive ends, you have to free it.

You have to liberate it from the patterns it’s been stuck in your whole life.

AND…

You gotta WANT it.

Get started here:

Tension Blaster Workout Series

Mental Toughness In a Head-On Collison

The good word from a Tension Blaster member, Tyler:

“I’ve just completed the 9 week Heavy Tension Blaster cycle and I have got to say that I’m impressed.

My anxiety has lessened a lot. For example I was almost in a head on collision with another car. In the past when something like would have happened I would feel a sharp pain in chest and my throat would get heavy.

But when we almost collided I didn’t feel anything, no fear or any sense of doom.

I notice now that sometimes I just feel upbeat and positive without even trying or requiring positive thinking.

Anyway though thanks for NRW. I think this something that everyone needs to be doing.”

I hear that last part a lot from people when they get started (after they get past the ‘wow’ phase of just realizing the stuff really works).

They often say something like Tyler did: “I think this is something everyone needs to be doing.”

And I agree (but of course I agree…)

I mean, if it can give you that kind of calm, focussed poise in the face of a head on collision with another car, imagine what it can do for you in competition. Or any situation where you have to perform and your life’s NOT at stake.

It’ll be a cakewalk.

Also, gotta love that he feels ‘upbeat and positive without even trying or requiring positive thinking.’

Cuz when you get going with this stuff, you realize, it’s not about trying. It’s about letting go and relaxing.

And then the magic just happens.

Of course, Tyler was working with the 9-week heavy cycle of the Tension Blaster Workouts (one of the schedules available as a bonus to Elite members.)

He worked for it.

He was consistent and persistent.

If you’re not willing to work a little for results like these, I don’t know what to tell ya.

Doesn’t matter how good the tool is if you don’t pick it up and use it.

But if you’ve got 15 or 20 minutes every couple days, you can get there too.

Anyone can.

Because this stuff is a science.

Meaning: It works.

Check it out here:

Tension Blaster Workout Series

What Is NRW?

Whatever your sport or skill level, Neuromuscular Release Work (NRW) can improve your game and life dramatically by blasting your tensions and releasing the primal energies within. If you're looking to improve your mental toughness, competition readiness, focus, motivation, and turn your nerves into confidence, NRW can help.

Contact

Riley Holland

8954 N Portsmouth Ave.

Portland, OR 97203-5976

Who Is Riley Holland?

footerRiley Holland is the world’s leading expert in Neuromuscular Release Work (NRW), and is recognized as an authority on the mental game by athletes and sports psychologists alike. He has studied a wide variety of methods, both ancient and modern, for relieving stress and tension and increasing mental toughness. Now he coaches and teaches NRW, which he has found to be the ultimate method of mental training. Read More...