In this episode of “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” podcast, I sit down to talk with Jeff Butorac.

Jeff grew up playing tennis and basketball. He went on to play collegiate tennis at Saint John’s University. He coached multiple years of high school tennis and was a club teaching professional for over a decade.

Jeff is also a former NCAA men’s and women’s basketball coach, along with coaching six years of boy’s high school basketball. While coaching basketball in Arkansas, he received his Master of Science in Kinesiology and Coaching.

After anxiety forced him to step away from coaching basketball, Jeff dedicated his time to helping athletes, performers, coaches, and organization to Silence their Inner Rivals.

Do you deal with negative self-talk?

Does that voice hold you back from trying something new or going after your goals?

Do you experience fear or anxiety when preparing for your game or event?

Do you feel unable to perform at your peak because you can’t stop the mindless loop of negative chatter in your head?

That’s your Inner Rival at work, and it’s the one thing keeping you from everything you want to achieve.

Jeff absolutely loved coaching basketball. He spent over a decade coaching high school and NCAA basketball…until the anxiety he had developed while coaching had turned into panic attacks that he couldn’t control and forced him to step away from the profession he loved and built his life around. Jeff knew that he couldn’t be the only athlete or coach that had this happen to him, so out of a desperate need for inner calm and direction, he started committing his time to learning everything he could about strengthening the mindset, resilience, fear of failure, confidence, willpower, and so much more.

Through his studies, Jeff learned that he, along with everyone else, has the ability to control the voice in their head (their Inner Rival) that so often is negative and holding them back from reaching their potential.

In his recently published book, Inner-Rival: Silence the Negativity Within, Jeff Butorac details the mindset solutions and emotional regulation necessary to mute the enemy within. It shows you how to take control and Silence your Inner Rival. You’ll find new ways to perform to your potential and enjoy peace of mind no matter the stakes. Jeff has put together numerous resources to prepare you for whatever battles are ahead. These simple yet actionable tools can be used daily by anyone looking for more inner calm and outer strength.

To find out more about Jeff, check out his website at

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