Podcast Ep 1-10

Demystifying Mental Toughness


Demystifying Mental Toughness is a podcast for people who want to reach their goals faster and are curious what high performing athletes and professionals do to fulfil their potential.  David Charlton shares insights, strategies and stories from leading athletes, coaches, psychologists and specialists to help you perform to your optimum level on a more consistent basis.  If you’re a motivated athlete, coach, sport psychologist, mental game coach or executive listen in for proven and practical advice in this podcast.

In this episode you’ll get a taste for what you can expect and why you should listen to the Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast.  David also discusses the reason behind the name of the show,  what Mental Toughness is and why it is such an important trait that should be developed if you want to get the most from your talent.

In this, the first episode, Doug, who is seen as a pioneer and one of the leading authorities worldwide on the application of Mental Toughness and David go on to introduce what Mental Toughness is and why it is misunderstood by many people.  Doug shares the background behind the highly evidence based 4Cs Mental Toughness model and the importance of Mental Toughness.  David and Doug also discuss the current climate and the impact additional stress and pressure can have on people, leaders and organisational culture.

Steve and David discuss his inspirational story where he dealt with a huge adversity in his life head on after a car crash that crushed both of his legs and nearly cost him his life.  He shares how he suffered emotionally while learning to walk again and his mental strength to eventually become a  2 x World Champion Para Triathlete.  It’s a truly uplifting episode with many motivational messages in.

In this episode, former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace footballer, Peter Ramage and David discuss what it takes to play in the Premier League.  As a youngster, dealing with training and playing with big name international players such as Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Craig Bellamy, as well as, overcoming serious injuries.  We also chat about the important elements of Mental Toughness that you must develop as a footballer if you want to be robust enough to play at an elite level or even simply have a career as a professional footballer.

In this episode, Chris and David discuss the challenges of playing golf on the European Tour.  What it takes to win on the tour, having a strong mental game, staying in the moment and much more.  Chris goes on to share some great words of advice for young professionals on the Europro, Alps and Challenge Tours on making the transition up to the European Tour.

In this episode, David Charlton reflects on what he learned from episodes one and two where Doug Strycharzch 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 it may be more difficult for you 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.  The focus of David’s observations are pointed towards some traps that highly committed people can fall into and the impact it can have on themselves and others.

In this episode, David talks about some observations that he made from episodes three and four where former Newcastle United defender Peter Ramage and European Tour Golfer Chris Paisley shared fascinating insights and stories, David also goes on to present some solutions to help athletes overcome such challenges.  Peter discussed his regrets from his career where he admits that he wasn’t honest with himself until he was ending his playing days, whereas Chris talks about perfectionism, and how it has taken him time to accept that he cannot play great golf everyday, and that often that you have to find ways how to play when you aren’t at your best. 

Toby and David discuss different important aspects of Mental Toughness including confidence, having belief in your ability and how you go about developing the characteristic so that you trust yourself under pressure.  He goes on to share how he prepares for big matches and how that has changed over the years.  We also talk how seeing the opportunity in challenging situations is important and a whole lot more…

David and Brendan discuss the challenges that he faced as a young footballer and breaking into the professional game.  We touch on the mental challenges of goalkeeping, turning professional, loan moves, relationships with coaches and managers, changing your game to suit different tactics asked of you, dealing with serious injuries and sadly, retiring at a young age.

Brendan shares some great advice in this episode for young players, parents and coaches who invest time with young footballers.

In episode 9 of Demystifying Mental Toughness,  David and Andy discuss different situations you can find yourself under pressure on the golf course if you’re a tour professional or a talented amateur golfer.  We go on to discuss what effective practice looks like to mentally prepare yourself so that you are a more concentrated and confident golfer.  

This is the 10th episode of Demystifying Mental Toughness and I’ve been blown away by the success of the podcast to date, so I decided to get creative and pull together some pearls of wisdom from each episode so that you can access some top tips quickly.  Listening to the ideas, I hope that you find lots of inspiration and motivation to raise your game and become more effective in chasing your goals.

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