Mental Performance Daily with Brian Cain

Oftentimes, what separates truly elite performers from everyone else isn’t talent, luck or connections, it’s preparation. In this new podcast, listeners get to hear short, daily messages from one of the leading mental performance coaches in the world. For years, these 3-minute daily meditations, motivational messages and mental performance tips have been reserved for star athletes, leading corporate executives and high-profile coaches, but now IRONCLAD is bringing these messages to everyone through a daily video and audio podcast.


Brian Cain is one of the world’s leading mental performance coaches and has worked with leading professional athletes in the UFC, MLB, NHL,NBA, NFL, PGA, as well as coaches and NCAA and Olympic programs. He regularly works with Fortune 500 executives and companies including John Paul Mitchell Systems, Whirlpool, Fuddruckers and Burton Snowboards, and he is a sought-after speaker and the bestselling author of several books about optimizing your mental performance. An avid Ironman Triathlete and 100 Mile Ultra Marathoner, Brian practices what he preaches and is a living example of the power his “The 10 Pillars of Mental Performance Mastery.”


In this new IRONCLAD original podcast, listeners can close the gap between what each day has in store and what they're truly capable of achieving. 

Society & Culture
1
The Key To Becoming Unstoppable
In this episode Brian breaks down the three steps you must go through to become unstoppable.
4 min
2
The Good Life vs. The Good Mood
In this episode Brian discusses the importance of delayed gratification and the difference between behaving for the good life or the good mood.
4 min
3
3 Keys To Keep It Simple
In this episode Brian shares one of his favorite mental performance strategies that he learned from his friend Sean “The Mayor” Casey, a lifetime .300+ hitter in Major League Baseball.
5 min
4
Becoming A CrossFit Legend
In this episode Brian continues discussions on The Ironclad One Week Challenge with CrossFit Legend Mat Fraiser. Known as one of the most dominant CrossFit Athletes in the history of the Games, this mechanical engineering grad from The University of Vermont took a highly meticulous approach to training that resulted in an unbelievable record of five consecutive CrossFit Games Titles from 2016-2020.
4 min
5
Establishing Your PM Routine
In this episode Brian talks about strategies you can use to establish a PM routine to help you dominate the day.
6 min
6
Get Out of Email Into Life - Brian's Book Batta...
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down Unsubscribe by Jocelyn Glei.
5 min
7
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
10 min
8
Are You A Carrot, Egg or Coffee Bean
2 min
9
Establishing Your AM Routine
In this episode Brian discusses the essential elements of his morning routine and what you can do to start establishing a winning AM routine for yourself.
3 min
10
Private Victory Before Public Victory
In this episode Brian discusses what it means to earn the private victory with yourself before searching for public victory in what you do for others.
1 min
11
Time To Spartan Up
In this episode Brian continues discussions on the importance of the One Week Challenge with Joe Desena founder and CEO of Spartan, one of the world’s leading endurance sports brands. He’s also the New York Times best-selling author of the book 10 Rules for Resilience: Mental Toughness for Families, and the host of the new CNBC show No Retreat Business Bootcamp and The Spartan Up Podcast.
3 min
12
The Fastest Horse Never Wins
In this episode Brian talks about a mindset that will give you the best chance for success, it’s the same mindset that propelled Rich Strike to the 2022 Kentucky Derby title as an 80-1 underdog.
1 min
13
Doing Deep Work - Brian's Book Battalion #21
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down Deep Work by Cal Newport.
5 min
14
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s 5 day mini seminar in mental performance coaching so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
11 min
15
From Stalker To Walker & World Series Champion
In this episode Brian shares a story about his good friend Zach Soresen MPM and how Zach went from stalker to walker to world series champion.
5 min
16
Do The Drills To Develop The Skills
In this episode Brian continues his 5 day MPM mini-seminar and fields a question about how he would suggest coaches complete the certification course and start implementing the course material/strategies with their team.
3 min
17
How You Will Be Judged
In this episode Brian continues his 5 day mini seminar on Mental Performance and fields a question about how to build the MPM Certification into a sales training process.
3 min
18
The One Thing Olympians Have That You Need To S...
In this episode Brian continues his 5 day mini seminar on mental performance coaching and shares insight into the one thing that olympians have that you need to succeed as a coach and athlete.
4 min
19
Getting Buy In From Those You Lead
In this episode Brian starts a 5 Day Mini Seminar on Mental Performance Coaching. Today he fields a question about 1. strategies to connect with younger athletes (13-15 yo and below) and getting them to "buy in” or “try” mental performance?
6 min
20
Building A Navy SEAL Mindset - Book Battalion #21
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down The Way of The SEAL by Mark Devine.
5 min
21
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
12 min
22
Everything Happens Twice
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and talks about an unexpected knockout of the night and a 50K bonus largely due to the fact that everything happens twice.
4 min
23
Are You Open To Learning?
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and discusses what impressed him about working with UFC World Champion Michael “The Count” Bisping.
4 min
24
Principle Over Preference
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and discusses the life lesson he learned from UFC World Champion Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.
3 min
25
Even The Best Need Coaches
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and discusses the importance of having a coach.
4 min
26
The Best Fighter Never Wins
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and discusses a mindset that he shared with UFC Hall of Famer and Georges St-Pierre about understanding the process and fighting your fight.
3 min
27
You Win or You Learn - Brian’s Book Battalion #20
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down Win or Learn by John Kavanagh.
3 min
28
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
11 min
29
Release Your Mental Brick
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and discusses a mindset that he shared with UFC Champion and Hall of Famer Georges “Rush” St-Pierre about releasing your mental bricks.
9 min
30
Down The Drain With Self-Doubt, Negativity and ...
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and discusses a mindset that he learned from UFC Champion and Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin about purging yourself from self-doubt, negativity and fear.
4 min
31
The Next 200 Feet
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and discusses a mindset that he shared with UFC Hall of Famer and World Champion Rich “ACE” Franklin, Ultimate Fighter Season 8 competitor and UFC veteran Eliot “The Fire” Marshall and UFC icon Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone about choosing to focus on The Next 200 Feet in front of you.
4 min
32
Start Fast, Finish Strong
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and discusses a mindset he learned from working with the UFC all-time leader in wins, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 160 vs. KJ Noons about starting fast and finishing strong.
3 min
33
Ultimate Effort Is Ultimate Victory
In this episode Brian continues his MMA Mindset mini-seminar and discusses a mindset he learned at UFC 76 in Anaheim, CA with Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine about Ultimate Effort being Ultimate Victory.
3 min
34
Decisions or Sacrifices - Brian's Book Battalio...
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian discusses the important distinction between making decisions or sacrifices, a lesson he learned from working with former UFC World Champion Georges St-Pierre. Brian also continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down The Way of The Fight by Georges St-Pierre.
4 min
35
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
12 min
36
Work The Cut - Saturday Story
In this episode Brian shares one of his favorite stories of all time and previews the upcoming 2 week mini-seminar he will run on The MMA Mindset.
5 min
37
The 10 Pillars and Skeleton Files
In this episode Brian teaches you another memory technique, The Skeleton Files to help you memorize The 10 Pillars of Mental Performance Mastery.
6 min
38
The Memory Mansion
In this episode Brian teaches you another memory technique called The Memory Mansion.
5 min
39
Community Involvement - Cal Callaghan
In this episode Brian continues discussions on how building your community and inner circle can change your life with this one week challenge by Cal Callaghan. Brian discusses how this One Week Challenge fits within The 10 Pillars of Mental Performance Mastery training system.
4 min
40
Memorizing Your ABC of Success
In this episode Brian teaches you one of his favorite memory techniques and how you can use this technique to make you more successful.
4 min
41
Why Do You Wake Up In The Morning? - Brian's Bo...
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down lessons learned from Black Hole Focus by Isaiah Hankel, PH.D.
4 min
42
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
11 min
43
Push The Rock - Saturday Story
In this episode Brian shares a story about the meaning of life, the meaning of success and the meaning of _____.
3 min
44
The 7C Challenge - Dr. Rob Gilbert
In this episode Brian continues discussions on how The 7C One Week Challenge with Dr. Rob Gilbert fits within The 10 Pillars of Mental Performance Mastery training system.
4 min
45
Take Navy SEAL Ownership - Leif Babin
In this episode Brian discusses the importance of taking Navy SEAL type levels of ownership and moving from victim to victory.
4 min
46
Create Your AM Routine - Dr. Maya Shankar
In this episode Brian discusses the importance of creating an AM Routine and breaks down the one week challenge given to you by Dr. Maya Shankar.
5 min
47
The Magic of Thinking Big - Brian's Book Battal...
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz.
5 min
48
Hyper Focus - Brian's Book Battalion #16
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down Hyper Focus by Chris Bailey.
5 min
49
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
12 min
50
Brain Maker - Brian's Book Battalion #15
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down Brain Maker by David Perlmutter.
5 min
51
Focus - Brian's Book Battalion #14
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books that he has read recently. Today he breaks down Focus by Daniel Goleman.
5 min
52
Optimizing Algorithms 101 - Brian's Book Battal...
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books or courses in The Optimize App. Today he breaks down Optimizing Algorithms 101 with Brian Johnson.
6 min
53
Habits 101 - Brian's Book Battalion #12
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion and breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down Habits 101 from Optimize/Heroic with Brian Johnson.
5 min
54
The Power of Habit - Hodge - Brian's Book Batta...
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down The Power of Habit Jack Hodge.
5 min
55
Black Box Thinking - Brian's Book Battalion #10
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian continues his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed.
4 min
56
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
11 min
57
Are You Getting In Your Own Way?
In this episode Brian shares one of his favorite stories about magician and escape artist Harry Houdini and the importance of not getting in your own way.
4 min
58
Make Your Bed - Brian's Book Battalion #9
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian begins his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down Make Your Bed by William McRaven.
5 min
59
The Power of Habit - Duhigg - Brian's Book Batt...
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian begins his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
4 min
60
The Checklist Manifesto - Brian's Book Battalio...
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian begins his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.
4 min
61
Superhuman By Habit - Brian's Book Battalion #6
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian begins his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down Superhuman by Habit by Tynan.
3 min
62
Mini Habits - Brian's Book Battalion #5
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian begins his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down Mini Habits by Stephen Guise.
6 min
63
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
12 min
64
Don't Do This On A Cruise Ship... or In Life
In this episode Brian shares a story about a young Italian boy and his family traveling on a cruise ship and a costly mistake that they made during the voyage that you might be making in your voyage called life.
5 min
65
The Slight Edge - Brian's Book Battalion #4
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian begins his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen.
4 min
66
The Compound Effect - Brian's Book Battalion #3
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian begins his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.
4 min
67
Atomic Habits - Brian's Book Battalion #2
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian begins his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down Atomic Habits by James Clear.
4 min
68
Tiny Habits - Brian's Book Battalion #1
In this episode of The Mental Performance Daily Podcast, Brian begins his Book Battalion in which he breaks down one of his favorite books. Today he breaks down Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg.
5 min
69
No Decision Is A Decision
In this episode Brian wraps up his 8 day mini seminar on the “One Week Challenge” with a challenge to you to make a decision and a reminder that your decisions determine your destiny.
3 min
70
1WC - 5K A Day - Ashley Horner
Brian continues a weekly breakdown of the new Ironclad Original Series Podcast “One Week Challenge”. Ashley Horner is a fitness model, an endurance athlete, a Tactical Games competitor, entrepreneur, trainer and the host of the IRONCLAD original podcast Reborn with Ashley Horner. She regularly uses her platform as a global influencer to raise money for important causes, including the Maison Fortune Orphanage in Haiti and Spike’s K9 Fund.
3 min
71
1WC - Make Your List & Check It Twice - Clint E...
Brian continues a weekly breakdown of the new Ironclad Original Series Podcast “One Week Challenge”. In This Episode Brian discusses making a checklist for your day with former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson.
4 min
72
1WC - Clean Up Your Diet - Laird Hamilton
Brian continues a weekly breakdown of the new Ironclad Original Series Podcast “One Week Challenge”. In This Episode Brian discusses cleaning up your diet with Laird Hamilton.
3 min
73
1WC - Make The Cold Your Warm Friend - Mike Glover
In this episode Brian continues a weekly breakdown of the new Ironclad Original Series Podcast “One Week Challenge”.
3 min
74
1WC - Get Things Done - Emily Frisella
In this episode Brian continues a weekly breakdown of the new Ironclad Original Series Podcast “One Week Challenge”.
4 min
75
1WC - Minimalistic - Laura Zerra
In this episode Brian continues a weekly breakdown of the new Ironclad Original Series Podcast “One Week Challenge”.
4 min
76
1WC - Habit Tracking - Brian Cain
In this episode Brian kicks off a week of “The One Week Challenge” a new Ironclad original podcast.
4 min
77
Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
12 min
78
Rory's Washing Machine
In this episode Brian shares a story about one of PGA Superstar Rory’s McIlroy’s mental game strategies that you can use in any aspect of your life to be your best.
2 min
79
The Wind vs. The Sun
In this episode Brian discusses a great lesson about self-compassion and accurate self-awareness and doing whatever it takes to get the job done through the parable of the wind vs. the sun.
3 min
80
Bubba's Biggest Challenge
In this episode Brian shares what he learned from 12x PGA Tour winner Bubba Watson about the mental game.
3 min
81
Make Sure You Make Course Corrections
In this episode Brian talks about a lesson learned from studying the Apollo Rocket Space Mission and critical lessons from The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen and Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.
3 min
82
The Small Changes That Change Everything
In this episode Brian dives into two concepts related to habit making and habit breaking from one of his favorite books, Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg. Brian discusses Fogg’s formula B=MAP and the importance of Anchor Prompts and “After I (Anchor Promot), I Will (Insert Desired Action/Habit).”
4 min
83
One Rule To Follow For Life
In this episode record live from the road deep in the heart of Grapevine, Texas, Brian shares one rule to follow for life, the no complaining rule.
1 min
84
MPD Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
10 min
85
The Story of the Wishing Tree
In this episode Brian shares the story of the wishing tree and the power of a negative disposition.
2 min
86
What To Say When You Talk To Yourself
In this episode Brian breaks down what you should say when you talk to yourself and his number one strategy for self-talk training and controlling that inner critic and the voice inside your head.
3 min
87
No Pride, No Ego, Just Progress
In this episode Brian teaches a mindset he picked up from former US Navy SEAL and Navy SEAL instructor Sean Haggerty about the importance of having no pride, no ego and just making progress.
2 min
88
What, So What, Now What
In this episode Brian breaks down a simple 3 step approach you can follow for quick reflection in the middle of competition so that you can let go of the past and lock back in on the present.
2 min
89
Destination Disease
In this episode Brian talks about how easily it is to catch destination disease and how you can keep your eyes on where your feet are and simply take the next step in the direction of your dreams.
2 min
90
Do You Believe In Miracles?
In this episode Brian takes you back to Lake Placid, NY and the 1980 Winter Olympics for a little miracle on ice and a lesson learned that will help you take your performance to the next level.
3 min
91
MPD Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
11 min
92
The Greatest Comeback Ever?
In this episode Brian details what might possibly be the greatest comeback in the history of college sports.
1 min
93
Should You Stay In School?
In this episode Brian shares why you should stay in school as long as you can… Even if your name is Michael Jordan… Well… Maybe.
2 min
94
A Lesson From Domino's
In this episode Brian shares a critical lesson you need to hear about success from one of his favorite fast food restaurants, Domino’s.
3 min
95
When Working Hard Is No Longer The Answer
In this episode Brian gives you the strategy on what to do when working harder is no longer the answer.
1 min
96
Give 100% of What You Got
In this episode Brian shares a key lesson he learned from Dr. Ken Ravizza about giving 100% of what you got to the moment.
1 min
97
The Path of Progress Is Paved In Process
In this episode Brian discusses how the path of progress is paved in process and what you do or don’t do on a daily basis.
1 min
98
MPD Sunday Meditation
In this Mental Performance Daily Sunday Meditation, Brian recaps the lessons from the week’s episodes so that you can revisit what you learned, embed it into your elite mindset and continue to grow into the best version of yourself through this guided mental imagery practice and meditation.
11 min
99
Honkers and Windbreakers
In this episode Brian shares a story guaranteed to hit home about teamwork, shared adversity and bringing the juice for your teammates.
2 min
100
The Power of YET
In this episode Brian gives you a glimpse into one of the most powerful 3 letter words in the English language, and teaches you the power of YET.
1 min