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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Practice positivity in this time of negativity and uncertainty. Focus on what you have control of and the good choices we get to make. Be the change we want and are starving for in the country, be grateful for your health, those who can still love you, and after taking care of yourself try to help someone in pain. Be well, breathe and believe. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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Today’s sport and performance psychology lesson deals with how to best deal with all of the external stresses that everyone of us is feeling or experiencing. “You have very little control of what goes on around you, but total control of how you choose to respond to it.”

Wise words that apply to every situation and to everyone of us. Please take a moment to let this sink in and then see how you can apply it in your day both at work and at home. Be well, breathe and believe.
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4 days ago

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There are teams working and there are those who are letting circumstances be an excuse. @baseball_rcc is working and today’s talk on routines and focal points made us better. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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6am physical fitness followed by small doses of mental skills. More done by 8am than most achieve in a day. Love this population of our finest and bravest. I wish the world was a kinder, better place more worthy of their gifts to us. #armyrotc #cburotc #military #sportpsychology ... See MoreSee Less

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