Observations: The Art of Learning

David Charlton as on Skysports Golf Channel
David Charlton, on Skysports with Commentator John Morgan

Observations: The Art of Learning

David Charlton helps people to reach their goals, faster.  Supporting footballers, golfers, rugby players, motor cyclists, triathletes, cricketers, boxers, gymnasts, tennis players, swimmers, surfers and many more highly motivated athletes and coaches.  Some of whom are motivated youngsters, others are dedicated amateur athletes and others are at the top of their sport at elite professional level, playing in the Premier League, European Golf Tour and Rugby Premiership.  

As well, David supports business professionals and executives who are looking for a mental edge in order to improve their performance and/or well-being.  

David is a fully approved Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the BPS and a HCPC Practitioner Psychologist.


David Charlton Sport Psychologist Golfer
David Charlton, Sports Psychologist and Avid Golfer

In this episode, David reflects on what he learned from episodes one and two where Doug Strycharczyk and Steve Judge shared fascinating insights and stories relating to Mental Toughness.  Doug rightly points out that Mental Toughness is complex and that without self-awareness you are unlikely to achieve your goals.  While Steve talks about the importance of being honest with yourself if you are going to get the most from your talents.

Essential Learning Points From This Episode

  • Highly motivated and committed people don’t always get it right.
  • A great question to ask yourself is “Is my approach helping me achieve my goals?”
  • Committed athletes, coaches and executives set goals, persevere, are driven but…
  • If you are low in “learning orientation” you will likely make the same mistakes over and over again
  • And you may fail to give yourself time out to reflect on your approach and ask yourself tough questions as Steve Judge did in episode 2 when he overcame his closest Italian rival to win the world championships Para Triathlon for a second time
  • Burnout can be your friend where you take on other people’s work and fail to prioritise the important things in your life and work
  • As a leader a fully committed approach can have disadvantages where you may have a negative impact on the culture of your organisation
  • You may not know how to reflect, if that is the case check out the Start, Stop, Continue approach and Gibbs reflective cycle
  • Some people can get too transfixed on the word “improvement” and end up focusing too much on their weaknesses 


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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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