Summary: Success in sports mirrors success in life. The keys are to set goals, work hard, be motivated, overcome obstacles and push through disappointments. In Tackling Life, one of the greatest sports legends of all time teams up with one of the most renowned experts on emotional management to tackle life through the lessons of sports. Ray Lewis and Dr. Christian Conte draw on their insatiable drive and passion, and immense experience to bring you a jam-packed, high-energy podcast that will inspire, motivate, and educate, and give you a blueprint for a happier, more successful life.
If you've ever put on a football jersey, you need to hear Ray's key to success in Football. Plus Dr. Conte asks Ray what it's like to get ready to play in the Super Bowl. Ray reveals where the younger players go wrong. And he talks about whether the average NFL player understands the importance of the game to their city and their fans.
Ray and Dr. Conte offer actionable advice on how to make good decisions. They discuss questioning your beliefs instead of blindly following. They talk about how your environment influences your decisions and how to not become a slave to your environment. They describe how we allow ourselves permission to hurt people and how we can take that option off the table. And they have specific techniques to train your brain to practice self-control and delay gratification. Ray illustrates some of these points through a dramatic story of an eight-year-old boy whose father was killed in combat.
Ray and Dr. Conte have insight and analysis of last Sunday's NFL playoff games and a preview of the upcoming games. Plus Ray sounds off on Tom Brady, as well as Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New England Patriots. Plus hear Ray's Super Bowl prediction.
Meet the man behind Ray's legendary workouts, Monte Sanders, a highly sought after celebrity fitness trainer and expert. Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Ray's fitness regime. Monte, Ray, and Dr. Conte talk about not just fitness for the body, but also for the mind and spirit; focusing on all parts of your being is the only way to achieve balance. They talk about how to channel your physical self and make it into something spiritual. Find out what "pissed off for greatness" means, how to embrace and push through pain, and hear Ray's insightful definition of "failure."
Ray and Dr. Conte welcome Lewis Howes to today's episode. Howes is a New York Times Bestselling author of the hit book, The School of Greatness. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur, high-performance business coach, and keynote speaker. A former professional football player and two-sport All-American, he is a current USA Men’s National Handball Team athlete. Lewis hosts a top Self Help podcast, The School of Greatness. Lewis, Ray and Dr. Conte talk about how Lewis channeled aggression and anger from being bullied into developing his body and mind into being the best they can be. And how Howes uses mindfulness, meditation and gratitude to overcome his inner suffering that came from being bullied.
Ray and Dr. Conte are joined by the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, John E. Wetzel, who is widely recognized as one of the thought leaders in corrections today. They have a wide-ranging and inspiring conversation on criminal justice reform, the children of incarcerated parents, and the importance of hope.
Your legacy will be defined by your actions, not your talent. Ray and Dr. Conte offer specific advice on how you can create your legacy by adopting true humility, and they reveal the one person you should always represent. They talk about aggression versus assertiveness and they offer effective ways to speak up for yourself. They also explore how personal boundaries have changed in the age of social media and how technology is shaping our young people.
Ray and Dr. Conte talk to Sara McMann, mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler. She is the first American woman in history to receive a silver medal in Olympic wrestling. She reveals how she's learned to use her natural fight or flight adrenaline response to achieve maximum athletic performance. She also tells a powerful story illustrating how to follow what you love and never let anybody tell you what your destiny is.
Dr. Conte goes inside the mind of Ray Lewis and finds some of the most fun and insightful stuff you'll ever hear about football. Ray talks about how the NFL has changed over the years and what it takes to be in pro football. He reveals the one word that was always in his head whenever he was on the field for all seventeen years of his career. He also divulges how he came back from loss, and how you can, too. You'll hear his surprising answer to the question, "who is the next Ray Lewis?" And you'll find out Ray's most poignant moment of his entire career.
Ray and Dr. Conte welcome a special guest, 2014 ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year -- all-American running back from the University of Pittsburgh, James Conner. He had plans to enter the NFL this year but last November everything changed. Conner endured a season-ending knee injury followed by a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Publicly announcing his cancer in December 2015, he vigorously participated in Pitt's winter workouts while undergoing chemotherapy...declared cancer free in May, Conner emphatically stated his goal was to be running the football again this fall...Conner made good on his promise. Hear how Conner made a heroic journey back to the field.
Ray and Dr. Conte talk passionately about self-motivation from their own life experience. They tell riveting, and sometimes hilarious, personal stories. They explain the difference between distractions and detours, how to avoid "confirmation bias," and how to win the "yes, but" game. They also talk about accepting responsibility for our lives and how to not put the onus for what we want on other people. And they talk about how to stay dialed-in at all times.
When should you be loyal and when should you be mindful of doing the right thing? Ray and Dr. Conte talk about the importance of loyalty and how loyalty defines what true character is. But sometimes loyalty can go too far. Ray talks about hard lessons he's learned from being loyal to the wrong people.
Seven-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter, and producer, Ziggy Marley joins Ray and Dr. Conte for an uplifting and enlightening message of binding each other through love and setting the ego aside and living in a conscious way. Plus Ziggy has a special message for young people and the next generation. And he has a revealing look at the "Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook" inspired by the food of Ziggy’s upbringing in the household of Bob and Rita Marley.
How did Ray Lewis play at the highest level in the NFL for 17 years when most players last only three? Ray attributes his longevity to his work ethic. Ray and Dr. Conte detail a specific method on how you can implement better work ethic.
Ray and Dr. Conte answer some of your questions submitted at TacklingLifePodcast.com. Ray reveals his own definition of motivation and he describes how he maintains it consistently. He comments on ex-NFL running back Joe McKnight's tragic road-rage shooting death. They list the pitfalls of taking the easy way out, and we learn the origin of Ray's signature "Squirrel Dance."