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Today’s guest is Doug Smith, a former professional hockey player who went from being the youngest player ever drafted by the LA Kings as the 2nd overall pick in 1981 NHL draft – to nearly losing his life after a devastating head-first collision with the boards that shattered the 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae in his neck, 607 games into his professional hockey career.

Now he is a sought-after speaker, author and entrepreneur who has been featured in the likes of Sports Illustrated, Canadian Business and PBS – and his most recent book has been called a “must-read” by Jack Canfield.

From the creators of the groundbreaking Sports, Energy and Consciousness Festival™ comes OMNI Athlete™, a new weekly interview show that explores the perspectives of the world’s highest achieving mind, body and spirit competitors to learn their secrets for accessing peak performance. Hosted by Josh Crist, OMNI Athlete is designed to give athletes the techniques and knowledge they need to access their peak performance state. Subscribe for new episodes every Tuesday and Friday.

Pulled Quotes

  • “Injury is to the body what trauma is to the psyche.”
  • “With cumulative emotional trauma… it becomes part of our being.”
  • “This is a brain-first issue.”
  • “You can’t speak to trauma and you can’t speak to culture. You can only observe them.”
  • “Success is just simple disciplines repeated over time.”
  • “Belief in self can be throttled.”

Mentioned in This Episode

  • What the four different types of trauma are and the most common form of trauma athletes go through
  • The reason why he believes one specific form of trauma is a ticking time-bomb for our lives
  • The impact of toxic locker rooms on our emotional wellbeing and performance
  • How your sense of self can be chipped away through emotional trauma
  • What fuels the biggest shifts in performance for athletes
  • Why feeling like someone cares is critical to unleashing your peak performance
  • The signs that emotional trauma is stacking up
  • What the real difference between success and failure is
  • Why checking the thermometer on belief in self, motivation, focus and trust, asking for help, purpose and emotional control is your key to unleashing cultural growth
  • Why the legacy of success creates a trust breakdown between players and coaches
  • Why talking about injury and trauma in the same sentence is linguistically incorrect

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