Jason Dorland is a former Canadian Olympic Rower, high performance coach, keynote speaker and author.
This former olympic athlete turned elite performance coach reveals the destructive nature of anger, hate and external validation on peak performance and how finding love for your self, your endeavor, your team and competition is the only sustainable path to achieving peak performance on this episode of Omni Athlete with Rich Walcoff.
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Pulled Quotes:
  • “Who I was on the water was becoming who I was all the time – which was just angry.” [4:45]
  • “Whether she lost or won, she was still the same person… and I was just AMAZED at that.” [7:10]
  • “When we let our egos drive the bus… the cliff shows up pretty quick.” [10:40]
  • “Utilize your soul as fuel.” [11:30]
  • “You get the performance you deserve.” [13:00]
  • “You can’t control how good your competition is.” [13:50]
  • “It’s about love for self, love for the endeavor, love for team… and ultimately love for the competition.” [16:05]
  • “The success is the proof.” [18:00]
  • “When you’re going to engage the being of someone – the soul of someone… it involves relationships.” [20:50]
  • “The people that get it, get it.” [23:20]
  • “Human doing vs. human being.” [24:15]
  • “There is no completion in our lives. We are always traveling.” [25:20]
  • “Love outperforms grit every time.” [26:40]
  • “If your self worth is attached to your performance, you’re in big trouble.” [31:35]
  • “You don’t have to win today in order to feel loved.” [32:45]


Show Notes:

  • Jason talks about his upbringing in athletics and the “combative” approach to competing [1:30]
  • Jason talks about the eventual downfall of using anger, revenge and redemption for his fuel in training for Barcelona – short term fuel [3:25]
  • Jason talks about his loss of identify after retirement [5:45]
  • How meeting his future wife Robyn Meagher and watching her approach to competition at the highest level helped shape his perspective on the true power that fuels sustained peak performance [6:45]
  • Can compartmentalizing anger and destructive emotions as fuel be a sustainable source of peak performance? [8:10]
  • Jason talks about the final straw that broke his competitive model of anger, rage and revenge – seeing his teammates win a gold medal at the ’92 Olympic Games in Barcelona [9:30]
  • Ego as the enemy of peak performance and self actualization for an athlete, and person beyond sports [11:00]
  • Jason dives into his perspective and coaching philosophy on embracing the process first and the scoreboard second [12:40]
  • How Jason coaches aspiring athletes to embrace love and the process when they may be used to the traditional win-at-all-costs coaching paradigm [14:15]
  • Love as a competitive strategy [16:00]
  • Jason talks about his belief in making the goal of coaching bigger than just winning and the responsibility of coaches to help their athletes transform as human beings [18:45]
  • How Jason overcomes objections around love as his coaching philosophy, how you can coach the whole-person AND win. It’s not an either/or proposition. [19:45]
  • Why Jason can’t imagine going back to the ego-centric and combative form of competition he came up in [23:20]
  • Achievement, extrinsic value, culture and human doing vs. human being [24:15]
  • Love vs. grit as fuel for performance [26:40]
  • Insecurity and self-worth in athletes [28:30]
  • Letting go of the result as a path to self love for athletes [30:30]
  • The main job coaches have to embrace when working with athletes: reprogramming their mind and self-worth [32:15]




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