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Nate’s Notes 37: Justin Su’a | To Get Better Answers, Ask Better Questions

By October 13, 2022June 8th, 2023No Comments

Justin Su’a

Head of Mental Performance for Tampa Bay Rays

I never get tired of learning from Justin Su’a. And I look forward to trying to apply the lessons he taught today:

First, if we want to get better answers for ourselves, we need to ask better questions, asking ourselves each day: What we did well? What we learned? and What we’re going to do better tomorrow?

Second, when we’re stressed out and playing the “What if game” we need to make sure we play it properly, and think about all the positive and incredible “What ifs” that might happen to us. 

And finally we need to protect our time, attention, and energy by building systems and routines around these finite resources. 

Of all the things that Justin teaches, I’m intrigued that he chose to focus on the routines of top performers. And given the success of his clients, including his daughter Eliana Su’a (Disney star) and his son Jarom Su’a (recording star), both of whom I expect to hear from a lot over the coming decades, I think it’s worth following Justin’s advice. 

In summary, top performers use specific routines. And Justin taught us three of the best ones to implement.

It’s a simple idea. Please take it seriously. 

Justin Su’a Bio:

Justin was an all American baseball player in college, and later earned a masters degree in performance psychology. After training local athletes, army soldiers, and army civilians, Justin was hired by IMG academy to be the head of their mental conditioning department. A pretty cool career for one lifetime.

But Justin was just getting started. The Boston Red Sox called and hired Justin to be their mental skills coordinator, a position he held when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2018. Then the Cleveland Browns called and hired Justin to be their mental performance coach. And next, Justin went to work for the Tampa Bay Rays as their head of mental performance. 

Justin’s client list continues to grow daily, and I’m grateful that I got to be one of his clients today. I hope you enjoyed learning from Justin Su’a, because I always do

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