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

15 hours ago

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Entrepreneurship should be a class taught in every high school along with finance 101. We all have dreams but so few know how to transfer that vision from head to paper as a plan. We grow up seeing things we Want to buy, but if you were raised like me there was no blueprint to understand how to save money because most of the time you're paying off interest on cc debt, rarely the principle. Those moments form you. Over the years, I've tried to be wiser seeing my past as a way of building a better today. I knew early on that I wouldn't be successful sitting behind a desk but never knew what the word Entrepreneur meant. It forces you to have a painful inner dialogue, a realization that something in you has to change, that you want more, & you're scared as hell but you'll break or breakdown if you don't try! Many call this jump the most important investment in yourself. As I mentioned to a group of young police officers last night, you must be bold in your belief's in yourself, evolve and grow just as you'd expect your business model and employees to do. Never regret anything in your past that teaches you to be a better version of yourself. I challenge you and all I have the honor of working with to commit to being the best each day, learn from mistakes, find your passion so the world can be the recipient of your gift. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 day ago

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“A leader without followers is just a person taking a walk in the woods by themselves”. Among these cadets are hungry men and women with a thirst to be great both individually and as a team, and in a smaller subset a desire to be different. Tonight’s theme was committing to be different so that positive change can become the contagious response. My challenge to them was to embrace being different to help make our world and themselves better. It’s the foundation of selfless leadership and what makes a culture healthy, dynamic and progressive. Thank you for your service and providing hope to a society looking to you inspiration. #bigshoulderstocarrytheload ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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A smile can disarm just about anyone and change the mood in room. Maybe this photo representing love, kindness and joy will help remind us of what we are all capable of doing for each other. It starts with a smile and costs you nothing. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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We put a team around @matt.ingram22 and in less than two weeks, in his first tournament he finished 2nd, missing the 1st by one stroke! In our eyes not only did he “win”, but he validated investment of time we’ve spent. His story is special and I’m so very excited for his future. Thank you everyone on team Matt, kids like this bring smiles to our face. #unityperformance #scottrogowski_performance @californiajuniorgolf #stjohnbosco #socalgolf ... See MoreSee Less
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