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024: Does Mindfulness Impact Peak Performance? W/ Christian Straka

podcast Feb 25, 2021
 

On this episode of High Flow Lifestyle, I talk with Christian Straka about mindfulness and flow’s impact on peak performance, and his 3 trainable skills for accessing flow consistently.  

Christian Straka has developed a unique approach to mindset training through methodologies for applying evidence-based mindfulness techniques in sports. Christian has been practicing mindfulness for many years and is also now teaching and coaching mindfulness.  

For the past decade, his focus turned to mindset training for peak performance through evidence-based mindfulness skill development, which he incorporates in his function as the Global Mindset Coach for adidasRunners as well as with his personal and corporate clients. 

Christian focuses on building 3 skills among the numerous triggers for accessing the flow state.  

1) The ability to pay attention to what you want for any length of time, to a point where you lose your sense of time and don’t even realize it’s happening anymore. 

2) The ability to really notice subtleties and be very clear on what it is you are experiencing in the moment.  

3) The ability to move through a certain situation without resisting anything that comes up, like fear, anxiety... 

These skills are trainable in combination with intentionality. When you are experiencing a heightened state of those skills, you are experiencing a flow state. This can begin to happen quite frequently actually.  

He focuses on using and developing these skills for your current and future performance. The strategy can apply to any type of performance, whether it's art or something else, but he gears it towards people coming at it with a sports mentality.  

He learned the hard way the importance of mindfulness and connecting to flow. It was frustrating in the beginning because he would be in flow for a few minutes but couldn’t figure out how to get back into it or stretch the flow experience.  

Many people are living in the grey area of flow: 

“It is extremely frustrating when you know what it can be like, and you have absolutely zero intellectual understanding of how to get there...”  

After struggling with this in-and-out phase for many years he realized there is certain intentionality to how you are using certain intellectual skills. A training plan and system needs to be put in place.  

“I want to develop the skills and not be at the mercy of my mind anymore.” 

 

Christian Straka 

CEO MindSize Sports LLC 

Global Mindset Coach adidasRunners 

Mindset Coach adidasRunners Los Angeles 

www.mindsizesports.com 

www.adidas.com/adidasrunners 

 
BIO: 

Christian Straka has developed a unique approach to mindset training through methodologies for applying evidence-based mindfulness techniques in sports. Christian has been practicing mindfulness for many years, is a Unified Mindfulness L² Coach, a member of the Mindfulness Facilitation program at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.  

As a coach for pro athletes, Christian has in-depth expertise in professional tennis, as a player on the international circuit as well as a coach on all professional levels. He was the head pro of the Hofsaess Tennis Academy training the German National Team. He coached multiple top 10 players throughout their tennis career and was the personal coach for Victoria Azarenka (former world #1) and Andrea Petkovic (former world #10).  

 

For the past decade, his focus turned to mindset training for peak performance through evidence-based mindfulness skill development, which he incorporates in his function as the Global Mindset Coach for adidasRunners as well as with his personal and corporate clients. He was  Mike Bryan’s mental performance coach when he won the ATP Tour World Championship in 2018.  

 He was also the mental performance coach of the Adidas TSP team that broke the world record running from Los Angeles to Los Vegas. His unique approach to mindset training has yielded significant benefit to his clients in the development of their mental performance. 

 

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