How to Deal With Adversity

Demystifying Mental Toughness Steve Judge 3

Sports Psychology Tips:
How to Deal with Adversity

From Wheelchair to World Champion

Steve Judge’s uplifting, yet poignant, journey will inspire you to achieve your own journey of excellence.  Sharing his unique story, with takeaways, he’ll explain the many times he picked himself up after being knocked down both physically and mentally. Going from wheelchair to world champion and onwards to successful professional speaker, author and coach.  

Steve Judge 2 x Former World Champion Para Triathlete and Professional Speaker

Steve Judge’s Book – Don’t Lean On Your Excuses: A World Champion’s Courageous Story That Inspires Living With No Regrets

In this episode, Steve tells David about his inspirational story where he has dealt with a huge adversity in his life.  He crashed his car near Sheffield in 2002 crushing both of his legs.  Surgeons fortunately saved both of his legs and his life, however, he was told that he was unlikely to walk again. 

He shares his level of commitment and the promises that he made to himself.  How he saw setbacks as challenges and opportunities, essential parts of Mental Toughness, in his quest to walk again and then become a 2x World Champion Para Triathlete.  While revealing how his mental health suffered and how he coped with hitting rock bottom.

Steve also discusses his career change into motivational speaking and frequently uses his phrase “Don’t Lean on Excuses” the name of his book!

Essential Learning Points From This Episode

  • How to deal with adversity and multiple setbacks
  • How to cope with negative emotions and hitting rock bottom
  • The power of goal setting and benchmarking
  • Being kind to yourself during difficult times
  • The importance of having support
  • How to manage expectations and pain
  • Focus on what you can do
  • Reviewing and refining your approach is essential if you want to be the best that you can be
  • How to overcome a fierce rival
  • The importance of wellness, rest and recovery
  • Planning, setting your own rules and taking massive action
  • The benefits of visualisation and negative meditation

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David Charlton Sports Psychologist

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.     

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