Commitment: Leisure Athletes vs Performance Athletes #BITESIZE

Commitment: Leisure Athletes vs Performance Athletes # BITESIZE

Mark Bennett MBE has spent the last 30 years developing robust and scalable strategies and tools to help organisations, teams and individuals maximise the performance potential of themselves and the people they are influencing.

Mark hasn’t just developed the ‘how to’ tools and strategies to increase engagement, learning and performance; he has designed powerful interventions that support the change required to embed the behaviours and cultures that maximise performance.

He has named this holistic approach the Performance Development Systems (PDS). PDS focusses on two key elements:

  1. Making people better influencers
  2. Supporting the transition of change required to live by the principles & behaviours needed to be a great influencer

For more information on Marks services & a host of free resources check out his website

Commitment, setting goals and delivering on your promises without being derailed, is an important ingredient of Mental Toughness.  In this BITESIZED episode leading Performance Coach, Mark Bennett MBE and I go on to discuss the differences in commitment levels between leisure and performance athletes.  Mark goes on to share suggestions for coaches so that they can get the best out of their athletes.

Key Learning Points:

  • Technical ability, physicality or skill doesn’t define a leisure or performance athlete, it is their attitude and daily behaviours.
  • Whether they are supervised or unsupervised, a performance athlete is somebody that will do what they need to do to be the best they can be.
  • The performance athlete will ask themselves important questions daily such as; “What’s my plan for the week ahead?” “How much sleep do I need?” “What am I going to eat tomorrow?” “What do I need to do?“
  • High performance coaches, continually look at the everyday behaviours of their athletes and don’t overly concern themselves of the athlete’s technical ability. 
  • Coaches will seek to understand the athlete as a person, their personality, preferred environment and habits, to understand where their mindset currently is and what their commitment is to their goals and objectives.

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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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