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82. Efficiently Relate to Performance Anxiety - A Fearless Way, w/ Dr. Nick Lazaris

A Conversation with a Performance Psychologist helping Leaders on Public Speaking, and Athletes with Anxiety

Season 2, episode 82
1 hr 10 min / Published

Joining in EWS is Dr. Nick Lazaris, 👴 with +30years of Experience working on Performance areas and helping Athletes mostly regarding the perils of Anxiety.

A conversation that combines stories, examples, and applicable ideas to assist in your Sports Practice and in some tougher moments where anxiety can start to feel really big and impact negatively your performance.

Tune in if you're interested on dismantling some troubles you have been getting and obstacles you don’t know how to deal with them or simply surpass and perform more ate ease, more freely, and in the words of Dr. Nick - “Fearlessly” (we unpack more on minute 14).


“I can do this! I don’t have to be afraid. Not without anxiety, The goal is to manage it. Anxiety is not our enemy.”;

“Performing Fearlessly is about being in charge of yourself, in the present.”



  • Intro About Dr. Nick > (00:55) ;
  • Beginning (Stories of Anxiety and Sabotage from Nick) > (07:45) ;
  • Managing Anxiety & Expectations - His Process of Professionalization > (11:20) ;
  • On “Performing Fearlessly” > (14:12) ;
  • Fear & What Matters Link - Awareness and Care > (18:52) ;
  • About some internal Battles > (21:42) ;
  • On Perfectionism and Doubt - ‘Words That Kill’: “Getting Ready” + “Maybe” > (23:10) ;
  • Shift on Mindset + Taking Charge > (30:23) ;
  • Anxious on Critical Situations? Tips > (36:21) ;
  • Skills Gathered from Sports to Life > (40:00) ;
  • Quieting Inner negative self-talk > (41:56) ;
  • On W-I-N & “What If’s” - Grounding on the Present > (48:35) ;
  • Centering Oneself + Preparation is Needed > (54:11) ;
  • Mental Imagery, Involvement > (59:30) ;
  • Nick’s #1 Ingredient to E-W-S > (01:05:25)



-- Nick’s Website 

--Nick’s Presentation for Athletes Mental Toughness

-- Tell us your thoughts / questions by audio - quick and anonymously if wanted 😉 
-- We give you tips, can we get some TIPS from you?

This episode is part of the EWS Interviews series
Conversations with Experts
EWS - Efficiently Work Sport
A podcast by Gonçalo Marques @EWS
Building Psychology for Optimization in Sports and Mental Health
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