Podcast Ep 31-40

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.

This short episode is a taster to help you get the feel for the show.  By the end of it you’ll understand what you can expect and why you should listen to the Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast.  David also discusses his motivations behind the show,  why Mental Toughness development is so important if you want to achieve your potential. 

Incidentally, did you know that Mental Toughness accounts for up to 25% variation in performance.  

How much difference would that make to you and your life if you even just raised the bar by 10%?

David Jueno is the founder of The Sports Business Club, an organisation which funds grassroots sport and charity / community projects across the UK.  He also works as a director for Gillingham Town Football Club. In this emotional episode, David Jueno talks about the impact of bullying as a youngster, football in his youth, being a successful sales professional.  As well as drug addiction and losing everything, to rehab and now to his goal of impacting positively on other people’s lives.  

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

In this episode, David talks about how and why you should develop an attitude of gratitude into your daily routines.  2020 has been a difficult year for many people where managing your emotions, an important ingredient of mental toughness, has been challenging even for the calmest people. 

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Aly Dixon is an English long-distance runner who currently holds the 50km world record and won the 2019 50km World Championship in Brasov, Romania. She has also won the British marathon championships two times. Aly is also a proud ambassador for St Benedict’s hospice in Sunderland, a charity which specialises in end of life care for cancer patients, which is close to her heart after losing family members to the illness.

Aly talks about her journey into running, why she runs. How she sets goals and maintains perspective when dealing with difficulties and much more…

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In this episode, we’re doing things a little differently. After being interviewed on a series of podcasts, I realised there were parts of me that I haven’t talked about on my own podcast.  So I invited a great interviewer, resilience trainer for referees and managing director of The Third Team, Nathan Sherratt to give me a grilling and ask me some difficult questions so that you can get to know more about my background.

In this episode, we talk about an extremely important topic, dealing with stress so that we don’t simply survive but move forwards more positively.  I’m joined by Dr John Perry who has led the exploration of specific aspects of Mental Toughness and a variety of applications – including new insights into understanding stress management all of which have direct implication for practitioners.

In this solo episode, I share my thoughts on some difficulties that athletes are having during the coronavirus pandemic, especially now in the UK with the most recent lockdown.  How this has gone to make them feel and the impact it is had on their intensity levels in training and for those who are lucky enough to practice or still compete. 

In this week’s episode, we have Penny Mallory, the first woman to have driven a rally car for Ford and to drive in the world championships. Penny tells David her journey, her difficult childhood, her mentality to turn what seemed impossible into reality. Penny’s story is a very inspiring one, enjoy tuning in!

In this week’s episode, I’m joined by Taz Bricknell, a professional rugby player for Worcester Warrior where she talks about the challenges involved in playing professionally in a male dominated sport.  We also discuss how COVID-19 has impacted her daily routines and her role as an ambassador in The Sports Business Club.  Enjoy tuning in!

In this week’s episode, John Fletcher who is recognized as an outstanding coach chats to me about helping athlete’s express themselves so that in pressure situations they can play fearlessly.  Fletch’s impressive career began with Newcastle Falcons, in the academy before becoming the club’s Director of Rugby and Head Coach.  As well as working with the England’s best young players for over 10 years as the England Rugby Under 18’s Head Coach.  John brings a great deal of experience and knowledge into our conversation and shares some great pieces of advice for coaches, parents of athletes and athletes themselves.

Where does time go!  We’re now 40 episodes in so it’s time for another compilation episode which is action packed with the best bits from the previous 9 episodes which includes some great tips and stories.  Listening to the advice I’m pretty sure will help you learn more about what Mental Toughness actually is and it’s importance. Enjoy tuning in!

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