Episode 17

Published on:

4th Sep 2023

P is for Presence

This week on the Building Championship Mindsets podcast, Dr. Selking discusses the importance of presence in achieving high performance. She defines presence as the state of existing, occurring, or being in a place or thing, both physically and mentally. Dr. Selking highlights the significance of physical presence, particularly for leaders, and the importance of being physically present with your team to understand their needs and build relationships. She explores how we can cultivate both physical and mental presence to bring out the best in ourselves and others.

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 the Notre Dame Football team and as 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, and their Doberman Pinscher, Rockne.

Championship Mindset Training | Midweek Mental Rep

Can you be in the moment? Not in the past, not in the future, but in the present? Use your breathing as a strategy to bring you into that present moment and then have a presence about you. Allow your identity and the courage and the confidence in who you are and what you have to offer in this moment radiate out of you. 


  • “When we spend time in the present, that's where performance happens, where creativity happens, where peace happens, and where hope can happen." -Dr. Amber Selking [07:35]

  • “When you know who you are on the inside and you are aligned to that and you are operating out of it, and you connect that with being in the present moment physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, you can be prepared for that moment.” -Dr. Amber Selking [11:44]


01:53 P is for Presence

05:45 Balancing mental presence in the past, present, and future

10:10 Having presence

13:16 Midweek Mental Rep

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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.