How to Get Peak Performance Under Pressure

Jakob Gollon was the architect of one of the biggest upsets in the history of March Madness.

Playing in a real life David vs. Goliath matchup, he led Mercer to victory of Duke in 2014.

In the brightest spotlight on the biggest stage, Jakob delivered a team-high 20 points and went 9/9 from the free throw line.

He didn't miss a shot and he shut down the opponent's biggest star.

On this episode of the OPP, Jakob shares the strategies and habits that helped him and his teammates stay focused and get peak performance under pressure.



Meet Jakob Gollon

Now the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Gollon is using his unique experience to teach young athletes how to perform at optimal levels under pressure by helping them harness the same mental qualities and iron will that fueled his success.

A sixth year senior who had to overcome multiple injuries, surgeries and setbacks, Jakob's triumph in the spotlight is the ultimate story of perseverance, preparation, and focus.

Whether you're recovering from an injury, dealing with insecurities or mental defeat, Gollon's formula will help you achieve peak performance no matter how high the pressure.



What You'll Hear from Jakob Gollon on the OPP

  • How to power through injuries and setbacks to set yourself up for success
  • Manage your time to be present in all aspects of life
  • Finding the strength to keep going when you want to quit
  • How love is the ultimate motivator
  • What you can learn from a Holocaust survivor
  • What it really takes to turn a deficit into a strength
  • Why you should work with the ignorance of a child
  • How resorting back to what's comfortable hinders success
  • Using your experience to influence.. motivate.. 
  • What to do the night before and the day of your big moment to set yourself up for success
  • How to simulate high pressure moments to better prepare yourself for the spotlight
  • Focus on processes and doing what you do regardless of external circumstances
  • Three tips for recovery
  • Why you should focus on actions not outcomes
  • Where you can find more of Jakob
  • Jakob Gollon's Top Tips to #LiveOptimal

Links & Resources

Mercer vs. Duke Washington Post article

Jakob Gollon Social Media

Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankyl

Infamous Mercer "Nae Nae" video

Geo Derice's motivational blog post on failure

Geo Derice Contact

Joga Bonito Nike Video

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