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May 16, 2022

E07: Mental Toughness with Davon Gilliard

E07: Mental Toughness with Davon Gilliard

Reaching your dreams is always going to be a long game. It takes years of discipline and dedication to get closer to the person you want to be and the life you want to live. There will be hurdles along the way, but honing your mental toughness will help you overcome the obstacles that stand between you and success.

In this episode, Davon Gilliard, the CEO of Can’t Stop Training, LLC, shares his tips on developing mental toughness. With consistency and effort, you can be mentally tough enough to achieve your goals.

Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:

  • Put consistent effort into improving
  • Elevate your work ethic
  • Plan your day around your goals
  • Eat healthy and exercise
  • Find a coach to guide you

Episode Highlights:

[08:18] Increase Your Work Ethic

Increasing your work ethic involves consistent practice and progress. Adopt the mentality of training to become the best, and develop the confidence to know that you’ve worked hard enough to deserve success. Set concrete goals, plan your day around them, and make intentional choices.

[21:18] Plan Your Day

Establish your goals. Find time to meditate and journal or adjust your schedule to make time. Doing these activities for a few minutes a day will compound.

[26:55] Mind Your Nutrition

Plan your meals around your nutrition goals. If you work out, you need to eat within 30 minutes of starting. After working out, just a smoothie is fine, but you can also eat carbs and protein. Listen to the full episode for more dietary tips and suggestions!

[41:35] Get a Coach

Finding a mentor gives you access to tips and advice on how to improve yourself. It also deepens your understanding of how to better yourself and achieve your goals. Don’t worry so much about what other people think about you.

Notable Quotes

[17:29] — [17:34] 

“The difference between five championships and zero championships is just choices, decisions.” - Matt

[20:51] — [21:01]
“You’re focusing on the positive rather than beating yourself up for the negative because as we beat ourselves up, that’s more guilt. And guilt just takes us down even further.” - Matt

[40:23] —  [40:27] 

“It’s better to go one day a week to start or two days a week to start, and then build from there.” -Matt

Guest Bio:

Davon Gilliard is the CEO and Director of Sports Performance at Can’t Stop Training. He is a member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has received a certification in sports performance. He is passionate about helping people develop their sports performance, skills, and personal fitness.

Davon has spent much time volunteering with REACH, a health and fitness program designed to educate and train young adults with autism. Davon has also trained high school and collegiate basketball players in skill development. His experience working with different athletes has influenced his coaching style and helped him grow as a health and fitness professional.

Links to Resources:

Can’t Stop Training website


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