How To Improve Football Coaches And Player Relationships

EP 227 Episode Cover David Charlton

How To Improve Football Coaches And Player Relationships 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 …

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Golfers: How To Improve Your Putting With A Quiet Eye Approach

EP 219 Episode Cover Dr Brian Hemmings

Golfers: How To Improve Your Putting With A Quiet Eye Approach Brian has 30 years of experience in sport psychology consultancy.  Working full-time in private practice since 2006, he is also currently a part-time Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester, UK.  Author of five books, 15 book chapters, and over 50 research papers, Brian has presented widely in Europe and across Asia. Having a world profile in golf …

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How To Help Footballers Who Feel Flat On Match Days

EP 198 Episode Cover David Charlton

How To Help Footballers Who Are Sensitive To Criticism 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 …

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Sports Psychology Basics: Be Proactive If You Want to Succeed #BITESIZE

EP 191 Episode Cover Dr. Jim Afremow

Sports Psychology Basics: Be Proactive If You Want to Succeed #BITESIZE Dr. Jim Afremow is a much sought-after mental skills coach, licensed professional counselor, and the author of The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive (Rodale, 2014), The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite (Rodale, 2016) , and The Young Champion’s Mind: How to Think, …

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How to Help Young People Develop a “Can Do” Attitude

EP 177 Episode Cover Lisa Avery

How to Help Young People Develop a “Can Do” Attitude

Lisa Avery is a positive psychologist, coach and speaker, who uses the science of optimal human functioning in an array of settings. Her past projects have involved the design and/ or delivery of interventions to clients in Education, Government, the NHS, charities, and the corporate world. She holds a master’s degree in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology and strives to enlighten, enliven and empower humans to exponential levels of happiness, meaning and success.

In episode #177 of the Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast, Lisa Avery, a positive psychology practitioner talks to me about how to help young people flourish using a positive psychology approach.  In our conversation we focus on a measure of mental toughness, life control, which links to having a “can do” attitude towards life.  We discuss identifying and cultivating positive emotions, character strengths, and virtues that contribute towards a feel good factor and overcoming our negativity bias as well as a lot more.

Key Learning Points:

  • Arguably, here in the UK we are behind countries like the USA and Australia in our use of positive psychology approaches when supporting young people.
  • We all have a negativity bias in our brains where we are quick to notice the bad stuff not the good.
  • In order to get to the point of being comfortable in your own skin, and valuing yourself and your personality traits, you’ve got to know who you are.
  • In schools and colleges the starting point is always to work with the staff, usually the senior leadership team.
  • Dr. Susan David speaks about the fact that if you know what your values are, every time you need to make a decision.  You should simply ask yourself, “is what I’m about to say or do going to take me closer or further away from where I want to be?”.
  • The central framework to positive psychology comes from Dr Martin Seligman’s work. He says that in order to thrive, human beings need positive emotions, a sense of engagement in their work and life, great relationships, a sense of meaning or purpose, and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Abraham Maslow states “we either step forwards into growth or step back backwards into safety.”
  • Do you focus on the strengths of your kids or their weaknesses? This questionnaire will help you. – https://www.leawaters.com/sbp-quiz

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5 Relevant Podcast Episodes

Ep134: David Charlton – Observations: 3 Things That Stop You Achieving Your Goals

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

Ep098: Jon Bartlett – Do You Know Your Why? 

Ep075: Grant Phyphers – How to Rebuild Your Identity

Ep021: Steve Hackney – How to Reach Your Full Potential

5 Valuable resources that can help you build a “can do” attitude

Blog: Make Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance a Values List   

Conversations with Kids – Values

Children and Youth Motivation for Sport Quiz for Children

Child and Youth Motivation Quiz for Parents

Performance Profile for Goalkeepers

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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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