Dr. Haley Perlus – How To Be Mentally Tough

When she was 12 years old, our next guest on The Power To Change podcast was standing in the starting gate at the Whistler Cup (considered the junior, junior World Alpine Ski Racing Championship).

Suddenly her coach pulled out a $100 bill, and placed it under her nose.

He said he bet on her to win the race and he wasn’t prepared to lose.

That’s how Dr. Haley Perlus got into sports psychology.

At that moment when she was 12,  Dr. Perlus had two choices: (1) lose control over her emotions and let the anxiety take over, or (2) find a way to maintain control and fight her hardest to win the race, not only for her coach, but also for herself.

Welcome to Episode #55 of the Power To Change with Dr. Haley Perlus.  We’ll be discussing to to be mentally tough in everything that you do.

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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How Dr. Haley Perlus got into sports psychology when her ski coach bet $100 on her to win a race when she was 12.
  • Mental strategies that I should use during my first half marathon and why visualizing crossing the finish line is the wrong approach.
  • Why the mind often gives up before the body needs to
  • Why you shouldn’t try to escape (listen to music, chit chat with your friend) during a long run and what you should do instead
  • The power of “association” during a mentally demanding task
  • How we can use mental imagery in fitness in helping us make decisions and reach our goals quicker
  • How creating stories of what will come up during our day is a powerful technique in overcoming obstacles
  • Why we sabotage our health so often and what we should do about it
  • Why vision boards work so well
  • The problem with only setting outcome goals
  • Why you should never dismiss fear and instead you should be aware of it and talk about it
  • The one thing you can do to overcome all your fears
  • And much more

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You can connect with Dr. Haley Perlus on her Website and on YouTube

Did you enjoy the podcast?

I really liked diving deep into the mental side of things with my interview with Dr. Haley Perlus, and I’m really thankful that she gave me some strategies for my first half marathon.  What about you?  What are you grateful for and what’s your biggest take away from this podcast.  Please share in the comments below.





  • http://www.trainingforlifehouston.com Christy Burns

    Great interview, I will listen to this one again, lots of helpful nuggets!

    • Scott Colby

      Thank you Christy! I appreciate the feedback! 🙂