Even The Mentally Tough Can Find Things A Struggle Without Self Awareness

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Even The Mentally Tough Can Find Things A Struggle Without Self Awareness Dr John Perry is Head of Psychology at Mary Immaculate College in Ireland. For several years John has been a core member of the AQR International team which has continued the development of the mental toughness concept and has been central to the …

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What Is Sports Psychology and How It Can Help You

What Is Sport Psychology and How It Can Help You

What Is Sport Psychology and How It Can Help You Today’s episode #157 of Demystifying Mental Toughness is where my colleagues at Inspiring Sporting Excellence, Olivia Scott, Aditi Gandhi, Tom Short and Alexandra Harper all share what they feel Sports Psychology is and what Sports Psychology is not.  I hope you enjoy listening to their …

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30 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance

30 Ways You Can Improve Your Performance Welcome to episode #150 of Demystifying Mental Toughness! This is the first part of four specially created episodes to celebrate reaching 150 episodes. The episode is hugely insightful with a number of our guests to date, sharing many fantastic takeaways.  The messages come from different angles where a mental …

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Why do the Mentally Tough see Sleep and Recovery as Important

EP 138 Episode Cover Nick Littlehales

Why do the Mentally Tough see Sleep and Recovery as Important

Nick Littlehales

Nick is recognised as the world’s first and leading Elite Sport Sleep Coach, probably the world’s first Sleep Coach and regarded as a leading human recovery innovator. He has over 35 years’ experience within the sleep and sleeping product industry and over 24 years dedicated to elite sport. His unique, passionate, and proven approach, is endorsed by leading sport science professionals, managers, coaches, organisations in sport and now business, health, and education worldwide.

  • International Elite Sport Sleep Coach Since 1998
  • Founder of the Game Changing R90-T Sleep RecoveryTechnique
  • Author #1 Best Seller SLEEP published in 14 languages worldwide
  • Accomplished Media Commentator Presenter Keynote Speaker

If you’re Mentally Tough you don’t need to sleep you can simply push through… Wrong!

The mentally tough person, as research suggests is more likely to deal with fatigue better than a mentally sensitive person however they do need to sleep. Being committed to your goals, making sacrifices, taking challenges head on and dealing with pressure requires a clear head, focus and perspective, as well as adequate rest and recovery.  

In this episode, I chat with Nick Littlehales, a well respected Sleep Coach to many elite sports performers.  Nick goes on to share more on the topic of sleep, where he tells you about his experiences supporting Manchester United and Arsenal football clubs, as well as the England National Team.  We also touch on other sports and the intricacies that need to be considered when you think of sleep and recovery. 

Key Learning Points:

  • At Manchester United I was with the club and exploring myths and misunderstandings about sleep, where I looked to redefine their approach to recovery.
  • Understanding your sleep chronotype is important.
  • Focusing on circadian rhythms can be beneficial.
  • Tracking and collecting data can be helpful but it can also cause anxiety and added stress.
  • Napping is very helpful to remain fresh and focused, aiding your decision making and recovery.
  • Consider your environment and think about light, dark and temperature exposure can improve your sleep quality.
  • A message for parents, make sure your kids spend some time outside, away from the tech to improve their sleep quality.

Connect with Nick Littlehales

Website

LinkedIn

Book – Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps…and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind  

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To Listen to Football or Soccer Podcast Episodes

Ep015: Nick Grantham – Essential Elements of Rest and Recovery

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

Ep092: Dr James Hegarty – ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness

Ep137: David Charlton – Mindfulness and ACT in Sport: Helping Athletes Perform Better 

Other Helpful Resources

Blog: How Mentally Healthy is Your Clubs Sporting Environment

Blog: Does Your Warm Up Influence How You Perform?

Blog: Using ACT and Mindfulness to Improve Your Sporting Performances 

Blog: Why You Should Meditate To Improve Your Sport Performance?

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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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    David Charlton Gets Grilled By Grant Henderson

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    David Charlton Gets Grilled By Grant Henderson

    Grant Henderson

    After growing up in South Africa, Grant set out to pursue a professional rugby career which took him back and forth from SA to the UK with the culmination of one too many head injuries, leading to him hanging up his boots in just his mid 20’s. 

    On retiring from rugby and ending up in the North East of England an opportunity in the recruitment world opened up and for the next 5 years Grant worked as a recruitment consultant, regional trainer and branch manager. 

    In 2009, with the grip of the global financial crisis being felt, he opened his own consultancy business and stated to advise on coach business owners on how to re-focus their sales teams to navigate the changing market. In 2010, Grant partnered with his parents who are still resident in SA, to take the personality assessment they had developed for marriage guidance counselling and create an online application with some contextualisation for the British market. 

    The i3 profiling platform and associated tools have all followed since and today the online assessment has been carried out by over 25000 people all over the world. The i3 tool is all about identifying individuality and increasing self awareness to support each of us in reaching our full potential. 

    Since 2017 Grant has worked directly with an international recruitment company, The MCG Group, and in his capacity as COO gets to apply what he has learned through sport, team building and leadership development in a fast paced and high growth environment. 

    At home he is husband to Erin and father to 3 young children aged 5-12, always trying to stay fit and healthy in order to be as active a dad as possible. 

    In today’s episode, I chat with Grant Henderson a former professional rugby player, Chief Operations Officer at The MCG Group and Co-Founder of i3profiling.  Grant goes on to ask me many questions about the Demystifying Mental Toughness podcast, mental toughness, personality and environment.  By listening to the episode you’ll learn more about how I work as a Sports Psychologist, about the complexities that surround sport performance, reaching your potential and a whole lot more.  

    Key Learning Points:

    • Podcasting is a big commitment and has been challenging at times however I really enjoy recording the episodes and the feedback that we get highlights that it makes a positive difference to people’s lives, which is my objective.
    • As a Mental Toughness license holder, where I qualified through AQR International’s training.  I sometimes use the MTQ Plus psychometric to measure clients Mental Toughness at the start and end of programs.  
    • Incorporated into some programs are personality assessments too, where I find i3Profiling compliments the MTQ Plus.
    • An i3 profile presented in the right way can be a big confidence booster, I particularly like the environmental analysis which looks at task and social leadership styles.  This can tell me a lot about how a person should train and mentally prepare themselves.
    • Both psychometric and profiling tools aid self-awareness and can be a quick way of finding out about a person’s complexities and save an enormous amount of time in the consultancy process.  
    • Without self-awareness you’ll continue to make poor decisions and not be as successful and happy as you could be.
    • Mental toughness can be a good thing, however even the mentally tough fall into traps, again highlighting the need for self-awareness.

    Connect with Grant Henderson

    LinkedIn

    i3 Profiling Website

    The MCG Group Website

    Connect with David Charlton

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    Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

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    Other Useful Podcast Episodes

    Ep034 – David Charlton Gets Grilled By Nathan Sherratt

    Ep050: Doug Strycharczyk, Peter Clough MBE & Dr John Perry – Mental Strength Does Not Guarantee Success 

    Ep084: Jim Afremow and Phil White – Mental Toughness and The Leaders Mind

    Ep121: Doug Strycharczyk and Dr John Perry – What Is New? Developments in Mental Toughness Research and Practice

    Ep133: Christina Flach – Why Mental Toughness is Important: Lessons from Sport, Business and Loss

    Other Useful Resources 

    Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

    Blog – Mental Health Guidance for Coaches When Supporting Athletes

    Blog – Mental Toughness is a Hugely Valuable Trait

    Blog – Make Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance

    Sport Psychology for Children and Parents 

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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. 

    T: +44 7734 697769

    E: [email protected]

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      The Application of Mental Toughness Training in Elite Professional Rugby League

      EP 127 Episode Cover Paul Trainor

      The Application of Mental Toughness Training in Elite Professional Rugby League

      Paul Trainor

      Paul Trainor is the Managing Director of Positive Synergy Ltd, who works with individuals and organisations to business, sport and education to develop their performance through building mental toughness, developing high performing teams, enhancing leadership and creating a powerful identity and culture.  Paul is also a Director of Super League team, Salford Red Devils Rugby League Club. He is an experienced leader in a range of sectors, having worked in senior leadership roles in education, elite sport and business. Paul is also a former professional Rugby League player.

      In episode #127 I chat with fellow Mental Toughness Licensee, Paul Trainor.  Paul is a former professional rugby league player, currently a director for Super League team, Salford Red Devils Rugby League Club and a director for Positive Synergy.

      We go on to discuss Mental Toughness in professional rugby league, how Mental Toughness applies to his current role as a director. We also touch on his consultancy work.  If you’re looking to learn more about Mental Toughness, the 4 C’s model and its application, this is a great podcast episode to listen too.

      Key Learning Points:

      • The definition of mental toughness has changed over the years in Rugby where it was more about bravado, not being seen to be injured, seeing how many knocks you could get through to now where it is viewed as the ability to respond well to challenges that we face in the game, to be fully prepared for the challenges, to have trust in the process and to be able to take risks.
      • When injured it’s very important as a player to be honest with yourself and others around you.
      • Salford Red Devils reached the Super League Grand Final in 2019 and pride ourselves on the way as a club, both on and off the field that we approach what we do. We have a very strong culture of maximising everything you’ve got whether it be players on the field or the resources we’ve got off the field.
      • I lead on building future strategy, which looks at developing the next generation of Salford Red Devils players and leaving a legacy in different areas of work. We go into schools and community clubs and are not only concerned about rugby, but we’re also doing work around mental toughness, raising achievement and positive mental health.
      • Mental toughness is a crucial life skill that we help develop in youngsters.
      • Everyone plays a key role in creating culture and the key behaviours that are expected from people.   

      Connect with Paul Trainor

      Twitter

      LinkedIn 

      Connect with David Charlton

      Download THE FOCUSED ATHLETE CHECKLIST

      Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

      Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

      To Listen to Rugby Orientated Podcast Episodes

      Ep21: Steve Hackney – How to Reach Your Full Potential

      Ep29: Lome Faatau – How to Play Professional Rugby with Confidence 

      Ep038: Taz Bricknell – Playing Professional Women’s Rugby 

      Ep039: John Fletcher – How to Develop Fearless Athletes

      Ep104: Seb De Chaves – The Psychological Demands of Elite Professional Rugby

      Helpful Rugby Orientated Resources

      Blog – How To Play Well When You Aren’t Feeling Great

      Case Study – Supporting a Professional Rugby Player Rehabilitating from Injury

      Blog – 3 Tips for Playing with Confidence Under Pressure

      Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

      Rugby Psychology | Mental Skills for Rugby Resources 

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      David Charlton

      Best Wishes 

      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. 

      T: +44 7734 697769

      E: [email protected]

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        How does Golf Psychology Work to Lower Your Scores on The Golf Course

        EP 126 Episode Cover David Charlton

        How does Golf Psychology Work to Lower Your Scores on The Golf Course

        By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

        • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
        • Maintain positive mental health
        • Compete with confidence more often
        • Manage your emotions better
        • Improve your commitments levels

        David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

        He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors. In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations. 

        In today’s solo episode I talk about golf and what my role as a Sport Psychologist or Golf Performance Psychologist looks like, common challenges that golfers bring to me, difficulties that we experience as Sport Psychologists when working with golfers and a case study to highlight more about my approach to helping golfers shoot lower scores and enjoy the game more.  

        Enjoy tuning in!

        Key Learning Points:

        • Typical challenges that golfers bring to me are; hitting the ball well on the range however they’re not able to transfer this on to the golf course and score well, not being able to stay present and convert after good starts, dealing with feeling anxious and slow starts and temper tantrums.   
        • Generally 6 hours+ support with a golfer can make a huge difference to them.
        • Many golfers lack commitment when working with a Golf Psychologist.
        • Learning from mistakes is a common difficulty for golfers who simply think that the answer is to try and improve their technique.
        • I always ask myself the question, is this tool going to help the golfer attain their goals and shoot lower scores?
        • It is possible to break through a glass ceiling and turn 69s into 65s.

        Connect with David Charlton

        Download THE FOCUSED ATHLETE CHECKLIST

        Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

        Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

        To Listen to Other Useful Podcast Episodes

        Ep017: Gio Valiante – How to Play Fearless Golf

        Ep047: David Charlton – Mental Game Tips For Putting

        Ep099: Trevor Jones – How to Deal with Overthinking on the Golf Course

        Ep101: Compilation – 25 Mental Game Secrets to Improve Your Golf

        Ep118: Dr Bob Winters – How to Help Golfers Overcome their Mental Game Challenges

        For More Resources so You Can Shoot Lower Scores on The Golf Course

        10 Mental Game Tips from Leading Experts to Improve Your Golf

        Case Study – Supporting a Professional Golfer Go Really Low

        Golfers Mental Scorecard

        Golf Psychology FAQs

        Psychology of Golf Library

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        David Charlton

        Best Wishes 

        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. 

        T: +44 7734 697769

        E: [email protected]

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