Because I Can – How To Get Out Of Your Own Way

Because I Can - How To Get Out Of Your Own Way

Tim Bradshaw

Tim Bradshaw attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst aged just 19. His first job was to lead 37 soldiers. Since then, he has served as a surveillance and target acquisition patrol soldier and covert human intelligence officer. In 2015 he attempted to climb Mount Everest to persuade mental health sufferers to ask for help. After a year of physical endurance challenges. He is now a Director of Sandstone Communications, an international leadership and team building consultancy.

In today’s podcast episode #114, I’m joined by Tim Bradshaw author of Because I Can, a former surveillance and target acquisition patrol soldier and covert human intelligence officer.  We discuss his quest to help people understand it’s ok to ask for help when they have mental health concerns.  Stepping out of your comfort zone, taking on challenges such as Everest are also talked about, as well as his definition of mental toughness in military settings.  

Key Learning Points:

  • We took on a year of challenges every month for a year to raise awareness around Mental Health.
  • Self-doubt is very natural, we all face it at different times.
  • Fatigue is a big issue when taking on a challenge like Everest.  Accepting, not beating yourself up for a lack of sleep is the important part in dealing with it. 
  • Take a leaf out of the All Blacks and think differently, never take a step backwards. 
  • Nobody is born resilient, you become resilient.
  • The sheer volume of information shared to us is crazy, we have to be able to sift out the not so helpful bits and focus on what is going to support us.
  • Seek to focus on what is possible not what you can’t do.

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To Listen to the Full Podcast Episodes

Ep065: Dr Amy Izycky – Encouraging Mentally Healthy Cultures in Sport

Ep066: Marilyn Okoro – Mental Health and Resilience: Lessons from an Olympic Medalist

Ep075: Grant Phyphers – How to Rebuild Your Identity

Ep106: Amy Rowlinson – Why is knowing my WHY important? 

Ep113: Polly Brennan – The Relationship Between Mental Fitness, Mental Health and Mental Toughness

Other Useful Resources linked to Mental Health

Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

Blog – 3 Tips to Deal with Bullying in Sport

Blog – How to Find Your Why 



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David Charlton

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 


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