Challenger Deep:
​Athletes Rising Above Adversity

Challenger Deep is the deepest part of the ocean - therefore the lowest point on earth, more than 36,000 feet below the ocean's surface. You physically can't get any lower.

​The beautiful thing about being at your lowest point is there is nowhere to go but up. in these moments of adversity, we must stop and look up and focus on the little bit of light that's peeking through. In come instances, you may not be able to see any sort of light, but the belief that you soon will, can be your salvation during these times. Use these stories of real-life athletes - most of who were among the best in their fields - and their lessons on rising above adversity to inspire and motivate you and your teams to new heights.

Challenger Deep is the deepest part of the ocean - therefore the lowest point on earth, more than 36,000 feet below the ocean's surface. You physically can't get any lower.

​The beautiful thing about being at your lowest point is there is nowhere to go but up. in these moments of adversity, we must stop and look up and focus on the little bit of light that's peeking through. In come instances, you may not be able to see any sort of light, but the belief that you soon will, can be your salvation during these times. Use these stories of real-life athletes - most of who were among the best in their fields - and their lessons on rising above adversity to inspire and motivate you and your teams to new heights.

Challenger Deep: Athletes Rising Above Adversity book

“This is a must read book for athletes who want to take their game to the next level. People often say that the mental game is 90% of winning, and then proceed to ignore the mental aspect. These authors teach you how to master the mental game.”
—-Sherry Winn
2X Olympian, National Championship Coach, CEO of the Winning Leadership Company

Resources

Below are all the links and resources from the book:​

Story 1:
What it takes to be the best

Watch Coach Roy Williams talking about his interaction with Michael Jordan

Story 2:
​The Power of Support

For the complete motivational story told through the eyes of Desiree Linden and those around her, click the link below or scan the QR Code

Story 3:
The Hall of Famer Mindset

Watch Tami Matheny & Jeff Heggie teaching how to "Conquer Your Fear of Failure" in The Confident Athlete Program training video.

Story 4:
Go For It

Watch this video on how to develop a "Why Not?" mindset and discover how taking risks can open doors to opportunities you never knew existed

Story 5:
The Three H's

Read more about the use of the Triple H stories that shaped Richmond Football Club’s season

Story 6:
It's Not Failure, It's Steps to Success

Watch Kobe Bryant's "Failure Doesn't Exist" Video

Story 7:
The Power of Visualization

Laura Wilkinson hosts a podcast called The Pursuit of Gold where she connects with coaches, athletes, and other sports professionals to provide discussion and tools that help to focus on the whole athlete. Listen to one or more of her episodes on Apple podcasts, Google Play or Spotify.

Story 8:
The Importance of Mental Training

Create a Response Sheet for your sport

Listen to Michael Phelps on the importance of mental training

Story 9:
Achievement After Adversity

Watch the documentary Venus and Serena for more about the Williams’ sisters, their accomplishments and their ability to overcome adversity.

Story 10:
Quest for Greatness - Bruce Lee's Definite Chief Aim

Do you have a burning desire to achieve your goals? That burning desire is supported by a strong ‘why.’ Discover your true ‘why’ through “The 7 Levels Deep” training

Story 11:
Run Like an Underdog

Read Laura Hillenbrand’s book Seabiscuit: An American Legend or watch the movie adaptation of the same name.

Story 12:
The Ultimate Sacrifice

Watch this video of Brittany Bowe’s interview when she explained her decision to pass along her Olympic spot to Erin Jackson

Story 13:
Be Like Swen

Pick up a copy of "The Power of a Positive Team" by Jon Gordon for more ideas on how to become a positive leader and have a positive team.

Story 14:
Triumph over Adversity

​Listen to Amberley Snyder on The Jeff Heggie Show Podcast

Challenger Deep: Triumph over Adversity - Amberley Snyder

Story 15:
Do Your Job

Battle of the Bench (BOB): The idea is that winning the BOB gives your team a greater chance to succeed. When teams are competitively equal, the most engaged team typically wins. Read more about BOB:

Challenger Deep: Do Your Job - Battle of the Bench

Story 16:
Confidence is Preparation

Download The Confident Athlete Program Preparation Game Plan

For more strategies on preparation and how it can help your confidence, check out "The Confident Athlete"

Challenger Deep: The Confident Athlete Program Preparation Game Plan
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Story 17:
Staying in the moment

Ready "Staying in the Moment" from Tami Matheny

Challenger Deep: Staying in the Moment

Story 18:
Beyond the Score, Embracing the Positive

Start to look for what is good in every scenario. Read the "This is Good" folktale:

Get the book, "This is Good: A Journey on Overcoming Adversity"

Challenger Deep: This Is Good
Challenger Deep: This Is Good book

Story 19:
Do the work in the dark, to shine in the light

Get your “Mindset Journal” and go through your Mindset Questions each day, particularly the question, “What is one thing I can do today that will take me outside of my comfort zone?”

Get a free copy of Jeff's Mindset Questions at
​https://www.jeffheggie.com/mindset

Challenger Deep: Mindset Journal by Jeff Heggie

Story 20:
The Miracle on Ice

Access the tools and resources essential for enhancing your competitive edge with more confidence and a powerful mindset through a complimentary trial membership of The Confident Athlete Program

Challenger Deep: The Confident Athlete Program

Story 21:
Red Bike Moment

Read Story 14 in “Challenger Deep: Stories, Fables and Lessons to Help You Rise Above Adversity.” It shares another Ali story on the importance of believing in yourself even when no one else does.

Challenger Deep: Ali - Red Bike Moment

Story 22:
Unstoppable Journey

For more inspiration on Bethany Hamilton, read or watch her story in the film, Soul Surfer

Challenger Deep: Soul Surfer

Story 23:
Breaking Limits

Check out more about Roger Bannister in “Twin Tracks: The Autobiography”

Challenger Deep: Twin Tracks Roger Bannister

Story 24:
The Power of Touch

Watch this video on the power of touch for NBA basketball teams

Challenger Deep: NBA The Power of Touch

Story 25:
Rising Together: The Power of "We Before Me"

Read this blog written by Jon Gordon discussing the “We Before Me” mindset that Sean McVay created in the Los Angeles Rams

Challenger Deep: Jon Gordon We Before Me

Story 26:
Breaking Barriers

Watch "The Power of Impossible Goals for 10X Growth"

Challenger Deep: 10X is Easier Than 2X - Impossible Goals

Story 27:
Nekton Mentality

For more ideas read Culture Wins or follow Greg Berge @gb1121 on X (formally Twitter)

Challenger Deep: 10X is Easier Than 2X - Impossible Goals

Story 28:
Honoring a Loved One

Read about these 10 athletes who dramatically overcame personal tragedies.

Challenger Deep: Honoring a Loved One

Story 29:
Take Care of Your Body

Make 3 lists: Keep, Start, and Stop. List what you need to keep doing, start doing, and stop doing to better take care of your mind and body.

Watch the documentary of Nyad's swim

Challenger Deep: Keep Start Stop
Challenger Deep: Nyad

Story 30:
Joy vs Pressure

Start a daily gratitude practice- journaling, a gratitude walk, etc.

Challenger Deep: Mindset Journal

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Jeff Heggie

Jeff Heggie is an entrepreneur and success coach with a passion for helping others achieve their biggest dreams.

Jeff works with entrepreneurs, athletes, coaches, and other high achievers to help them reach their full potential by developing a powerful mindset and breaking through the barriers that are holding them back.

He helps people become optimal performers by focusing on all the important areas of their life and finding true success in each of those areas.

Jeff has been active in many different sports throughout his life, from hockey, baseball, football, boxing, running, basketball, rodeo and more. His true passion has been with basketball and rodeo. Jeff competed for a number of years as a professional rodeo cowboy and to this day continues to work with many rodeo athletes. He also has coached basketball for over 20 years at various levels.

Jeff and his wife, Tamara, both grew up in Southern Alberta but now make Arizona home. Family and sports have always been important to him.

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Tami Matheny

Tami Matheny is the owner of Refuse2LoseCoaching, LLC, author, speaker, and a member of the Jon Gordon Team. As a mental game coach, she assists people in all walks of life (not just athletes) with improved confidence, focus, motivation, mental toughness, leadership, teamwork, etc. Tami has a passion for helping others build a foundation of confidence and overcoming adversity. She has seen first-hand how confidence is key to success in any area in life.

Although a standout athlete and student at East Rutherford High School (NC), Tami struggled with maintaining confidence. Confidence continued to elude her during her time at Lenoir-Rhyne College where she played basketball and tennis while earning a degree in psychology. She went on to receive a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of North Carolina. It wasn’t until she became men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of South Carolina Upstate, that she began her journey exploring and researching confidence. Not only did this lead her to discover how to maintain it for herself, but it led her to where she is today. Today, Tami’s goal is to help others on their confidence journey.

When not working with others, Tami remains physically active. She has completed a handful of marathons, including the Boston Marathon and ultramarathons. Her longest race to date is a 40 miler. She is an avid cyclist, completing rides over 80 miles. Tami continues to seek new mental and physical challenges.

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