For readers of Atomic Habits and Grit, a top performance psychologist, who has coached elite athletes, surgeons, and business leaders, shares her proven plan to getting the best results when the pressure is on.

What do a major league baseball catcher struggling with pop ups, an operating room doctor tense before a surgery, and a slumping sixteen-year-old tennis prodigy all have in common? They’re elite performers who are not achieving excellence, and they’re not sure how to improve.

Enter Dr. Dana Sinclair. For more than twenty years, Dr. Dana has worked with the best of the best to improve results, from NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL teams to IndyCar drivers and Olympic athletes. She helps performers shift their focus and deliver optimal performance in high-pressure moments that define greatness. Her methods also work for students and teachers, business leaders and managers—anyone motivated to improve. Her approach is simple: figure out what gets in your way, develop actions to address it in the moment, and then stick to the plan. It’s not about how you feel, it’s about what you do!

Now, for the first time, her method to improve performance is available to everyone. In Part One of Dialed In, Dr. Dana shares her key concepts:

-the true nature of confidence (it’s overrated)
-the difference between good routines and unhelpful superstitions
-good communicating vs. common bad advice
-why character is better than talent, and much more

In Part Two, she takes us through her three-step process for making your own performance plans, with five helpful examples to illustrate how it’s done. There are also leading questions and quick tips to help you better develop your personalized performance plan for whatever challenges you face.

Simple, smart, and effective, Dialed In is like having your own performance coach in your back pocket.

About the author(s)

Dr. Dana Sinclair is a founder and partner of Human Performance International, a Toronto-based management consulting firm. She’s been working with athletes in pro hockey, baseball, basketball, football, and soccer since 2000, as well as high-level medical and corporate organizations. She is a registered psychologist and holds doctorates from the University of Cambridge and the University of Ottawa. She is a clinical assistant professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and is a member of the American Psychological Association.


“I have had the privilege of psychoanalytic therapy to really uncover the unconscious imprints that drive all of us. There are external things that can help though, and this book is one. It’s about motivation, not self-flagellation. Dr. Dana’s guidance and suggestions are laid out in a way that all will understand and can apply. A very important tool!”
JAMIE LEE CURTIS, Academy Award–winning actor and New York Times bestselling author

“When I needed to be calm, clear, and focused, Dr. Dana Sinclair was a difference maker.”
DON MATTINGLY, baseball legend

“Anytime you enter the eye of the storm, you need a guiding light, and with this book, Dana gives us an inspiring and innovative path forward.”
BILLIE JEAN KING, social justice and sports icon

“Talent gets you in the game, but a distracted mind kicks you out. Dialed In dispenses with the typical platitudes and reveals the specific behaviors that separate great performers from the rest.”
DANIEL H. PINK, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Regret and Drive

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