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Episode 111- Dansby Swanson on How to Improve Your Mental Approach

March 4, 2021 • Athletes & Coaches
Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson is one of baseball’s brightest young stars. A former #1 draft pick, Dansby plays shortstop for his hometown team, the Atlanta Braves. In the shortened 2020 season, he put together the best stats of his career as the Braves fell just short of the World Series. Off the field, he is the founder of the lifestyle brand and movement, AllThingsLoyal, showcasing the culture of Atlanta. On this episode, we dig into the mindset of peak performance and the importance of mental health. Dansby shares the techniques like journaling, therapy and brainspotting that help him strengthen his mental game.

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Show Notes

  • Dansby’s rise from overlooked college recruit to #1 pick (5:44)
  • How an injury changed his perspective on leadership (6:39)
  • Embrace standards, not expectations or rules. (9:04)
  • Getting drafted number one and then getting traded to the Atlanta Braves (10:34)
  • Managing the expectations and pressures of playing for his hometown team (17:41)
  • Separating his identity from his career (19:54)
  • The mental techniques he uses to strengthen his mindset (21:44)
  • How therapy has changed his life (26:08)
  • Looking forward to this season after finishing a game away from the World Series (28:25)
  • Dansby’s servant leadership approach (30:41)
  • Goal setting and how he approaches the offseason (32:44)
  • How he and his girlfriend, professional soccer player Mal Pugh, support one another (35:02)
  • How being a two-sport athlete in high school helped his development (38:24)
  • The brand and movement he created, All Things Loyal (42:57)
  • The brainspotting therapy technique Dansby uses and ending the stigma behind mental health (46:41)


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