Episode 4

Published on:

15th Apr 2024

Winning with Derin McMains: Unlocking High-Performance Excellence with Small Daily Actions

On this week's episode of the Building Championship Mindsets podcast, Dr. Amber Selking speaks with Derin McMains, Director of Mental Performance for ReliaQuest. Amber and Derin discuss what drives individual high-performance excellence and how the best teams and organizations operate to achieve consistently high performance. Derin talks about the power of clarity in setting goals and values. He challenges listeners to "refuse to snooze" and honor their commitments with the first decision of their day. Listen this week as Dr. Selking and Derin explore how cultivating a championship mindset is all about making decisions based on long-term commitments rather than immediate emotions. 

About Building Championship Mindsets

Welcome to “Building Championship Mindsets. | the Podcast!” From the LockerRoom to the BoardRoom, our purpose is to help individuals, teams, and organizations understand and leverage the power of Mindset and Leadership to drive results and achieve sustainable performance excellence. 

As a leader in the field of sports and performance psychology, Dr. Amber Selking has been fiercely devoted to optimizing human performance in people and systems throughout her entire career.

Dr. Selking is the founder of Selking Performance Group, a leading performance consulting practice that helps individuals, companies, and sports teams achieve sustainable results. She has served as the Mental Performance Coach for professional & collegiate sport programs across the country including the Denver Broncos, LSU Football, and Notre Dame Football during the winningest five years in program history! She is also the Vice President of Leadership & Culture Development for Lippert, a global, publicly traded manufacturing company whose corporate vision is to change the model of work, demonstrating that business can and should Be a Force for Good in our World. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame. Dr. Selking holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, and an undergraduate degree in Management Consulting from the University of Notre Dame. At ND, Amber played soccer for the Fighting Irish before an injury ended her career, after which she founded Notre Dame Christian Athletes (NDCA) in the ND Athletic Department. She currently resides in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband, Aaron, daughter Elleeanna Belle, and their Doberman Pinscher, Rockne.


  • "Clarity of goals, mission, vision, and core values. When you have clarity around those things, it allows you to make commitments to those things, which ultimately drives the behaviors that you want.” -Derin McMains

  • “Act different than how you feel. It doesn't mean we don't deal with emotions at all. I think they're great informants, but terrible dictators. Be aware of how you feel. Check in on that later. But don't let it deter you from the commitment that you made to yourself, to your team, or your company." -Derin McMains

Championship Mindset Training 

If you want to learn to train yourself to act differently than how you feel, refuse to snooze. Win that first decision of the day, and then just watch how your day changes and unfolds from there.


(01:10) Intro 

(03:56) How clarity drives consistent high performance

[06:22] Championship Mindset Training

(08:17) Check out Derin’s podcast: No Show Dogs

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About the Podcast

Building Championship Mindsets
Building Championship Mindsets the Podcast is hosted by Dr. Amber Selking, and features guests from the athletic and corporate worlds who share how they leverage the mental game to drive performance excellence. In each episode, Dr. Amber shares insights on how the brain works and coaches listeners to continue Building their Championship Mindset. Coach Lou Holtz, a friend, mentor, and colleague of Amber’s, not only proudly endorses “Building Championship Mindsets. | the Podcast” but also serves as a featured guest in upcoming seasons. Featured guests will share their experiences, applications, and performance impact of Building Championship Mindsets, and the importance of training the mind for sustainable success.