David on Being Tough Vs Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin Part 1

David on Being Tough Vs Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin Part 1

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. 

To maximise your potential, to perform at your very best consistently and to feel truly content there is an argument to say that being comfortable in your skin will help you.  Today is part one of a number of episodes, where I will go on to unpack “toughness” some common myths around mental toughness and some typical barriers that people put up.  I also go on to highlight some real examples, case studies and offer different strategies to help you.  This episode is designed to help you question your approach.

Key Learning Points:

  • By “toughing it out” or “getting on with things”, you may be letting your ego takeover and sabotaging success. 
  • When you hear the words Mental Agility and Mental Flexibility you wouldn’t necessarily consider similarities with Mental Toughness.  However, Professor Peter Clough 4 C’s framework highlights Mental Toughness does warrant a deeper look rather than being drawn into making assumptions based on one word – “Toughness”.
  • Do you or your organisations culture promote psychological safety with an emphasis on conversations related to mental toughness?
  • I discuss Naomi Osaka and the role of the elite professional athlete in sport and the difficulties they encounter meaning that they can struggle to be comfortable in their own skin. 
  • Women’s professional sport can make it challenging for athletes to be themselves due to demands on their time and the need to be “performing” for 60+ hour per week in some cases.
  • Sports like gymnastics help youngsters develop excellent qualities such as discipline, focus and conscientiousness.  Yet, I’d be asking the question are some gymnasts “performing for too many hours?” As a result, this culture may be bringing on challenges such as learning new skills and “lost move syndrome.” 

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Relevant Podcast Episodes

Podcast Ep011: Dave Algeo – Mental Toughness, Mental Health and High Performance

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

Podcast Episode 066: Marilyn Okoro – Mental Health and Resilience: Lessons from an Olympic Medalist

Relevant Blogs

Blog – Make Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance

Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

Blog – 3 Tips to Deal with Bullying in Sport

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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.  

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