About Mario

Mario Soto is a Sport Psychology Consultant with an extensive background in performance sports such as basketball, baseball, martial arts (3rd degree in Shaolin Kempo Karate) as well as being a professional working actor for ten years earning his union status in all three guilds (SAG, AEA, and AFTRA).  He has coached, played, or worked at the youth, high school and collegiate level (locally & internationally) and holds a master’s degree in Sport & Performance Psychology Consulting from California State University Fullerton under the tutelage of the some of the most well respected Sport Psychology consultants in the world – Dr. Ken Ravizza, Dr. Traci Statler, Dr. Andrea Becker, and Dr. Len Wiersma.

Mario Soto has worked with a multitude of teams, athletes, coaches, and artists (musicians and actors) at the amateur, olympic and professional levels assisting them in dealing with stage fright, stress reduction, self-doubt and low esteem, improving performance routines (pre/present/post), goal setting, mental toughness, focus, imagery and visualization, motivation, confidence, dealing with pressure, over/under arousal, team dynamics, cohesion and helping foster culture change.

The diversity of people Mario has worked with have included actors and musicians, top boxers from Freddy Roach’s world famous Wild Card gym, Mixed Martial Arts fighters, Olympic and collegiate athletes as well as local high school and club teams in the disciplines of soccer, baseball, basketball, golf, equestrian riding (jumper, hunter, dressage, & barrel racing) softball, track and field, cross country, swimming, tennis, sailing, wrestling, rugby and lacrosse.

He has lectured and consulted around the country on topics like “Being a great sports parent”,  “How to coach and relate to today’s athlete”, and “Turning yourself into an elite performer” and held seminars on improving one’s performance in the workplace for sports officials and businesses.   His practice is headquartered in Southern California, but he travels extensively working to educate, empower, and inspire those who wish to seek an edge by unlocking their potential.

“Anyone can benefit from getting out of their own way.  We’re just a bit overwhelmed by life’s distractions, the misperceptions of pressure and sometimes the inability of letting go of our past mistakes.  It’s my hope to provide people with the tools and confidence to believe in themselves, create realistic expectations, and develop the discipline to stay on their journey towards excellence.” – Coach Mario

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2 days ago

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I am grateful for so much - family, friends, colleagues, students, clients, and strangers whose thoughts & actions include caring for others. May we all rethink for a moment what we need to do to bring gratitude into every meal. 🙏🏼🦃 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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The Wise Woman's Stone: "A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked to woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

"I've been thinking", he said. "I know how valuable the stone is but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that abled you to give me the stone."

As I came across this parable in a book I was reading by Arthur Lenehan, it made me pause at how a simple act of helping others can transform those who seem to want more and more. Wisdom can't be taken, it must be lived, learned, then shared. Please be safe on this ThanksGiving, share your love even if it's long distance and pause for a moment to see if there is someone you know that can benefit from that "stone" more than you.
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5 days ago

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He is not a perfect Muslim who eats his fill and lets his neighbor go hungry. - Muhammad

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? - Jesus

The man who knows how to split the atom but has no love in his heart becomes a monster. - Krishnamurti
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Give me one day and I will fix this mess! ... See MoreSee Less

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