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Demystifying Mental Toughness is 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 ...
 
Therapy without the fluff. Short episodes about mental health using real-world language. TJ Tucker, a licensed therapist, and Cody Pritchett, a next-gen nonprofit leader, help you live a free, fulfilling life through mental health conversations using stories and a down-to-earth style. They keep the episodes short so you can get to the root quickly. Friends for over 10 years, they tackle topics head-on and skip the flowery language and academic terms that sometimes accompany counseling - all ...
 
You know how to play your sport, but do you know How To Win? Discover the proven principles of winning in competitive sports! We interview champions, both athletes, and coaches, to uncover how they think and what they do to achieve athletic greatness. More than sports psychology and mental toughness, the topics we discuss will teach you how to achieve peak performance by outsmarting your opponents and learning to think like an elite athlete or coach. Unlike speed training, agility training, ...
 
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In today’s episode, I answer a popular question that I get asked from parents of young athletes. “My daughter can perform really well when she practices or trains but when she competes she often looks like a different person and freezes. How can I help her?” I go onto explain that there are many complexities which surround this question from cultur…
 
Our guest today is very inspirational, Marilyn Okoro was a top-class athlete, an Olympic bronze medalist, and now an athletepreneur and mentor. In this episode, we discuss what it takes to compete to such a high level in elite sport. We chat about perfectionism, being yourself despite the challenges sport brings, the cultures that exist in elite sp…
 
Today's podcast episode looks at how elite sporting environments can impact an athlete’s mental health and psychological wellbeing. My guest, Clinical Psychologist, Amy Izycky has recently released a book called Skewed to the Right Sport Mental Health and Vulnerability which we go on to discuss. The episode helps you understand the intricacies of d…
 
If you’re a football coach, player or parent of a young player or simply a fan of football you’ll enjoy this. I speak to Edu Rubio who has coached at Valencia and Chelsea and now works as a technical consultant at Crystal Palace. The conversation flowed as we chatted about the challenges young academy footballers have and how to best support them. …
 
In today’s episode, I answer a popular question I get asked by golfers, “I struggle with my confidence, overthink, and can be indecisive on the golf course how can I put this to one side and play my best golf more often?” You’ll find I share an important tool to help in this regard, visualisation, and sell the benefits of using this psychological s…
 
In my conversation today with talented PGA Golf Professional and Regional England Golf Coach, JJ Vallely, we discuss if it is possible to master the mental side of golf. As you’ll learn and already likely know this is a big challenge due to the unique nature of golf and the skills needed to do well! We do however give it our best shot to arm you wi…
 
Today, I chat to a Mental Toughness expert, Paul Lyons where we discuss what mental toughness is. The crossovers that exist from the sport and exercise domain that transfer into the business world. Paul goes on to share how he supports leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs to build the mental strength needed for their chosen fields and the ty…
 
A lot of people don't view mental toughness in the correct light. Many have preconceived ideas that mental weakness is the opposite of being mentally tough so in this episode, we look to get the point across that this isn't the case. Especially to those that then go on to connect mental weakness with someone who has mental health issues. Even the m…
 
Success is very different for everyone. It can mean earning more money to some, medals or power to others, fame, getting fitter or even losing weight. In this episode, we look at helpful ways to ensure that you set yourself up for success in whatever you do. Robbie Thompson tells you about keeping in shape and losing weight and some key principles …
 
In conversations with golfers, I often ask them what their biggest obstacle is to shooting lower scores and playing better golf. The following words are usually uttered, “I need to be more consistent”, I don’t hole enough putts” and “I’m erratic off the tee.” Many golfers also come out with “I’m my own worst enemy.” In golf, as Jack Nicklaus once s…
 
If you have a fixed mindset, you believe that basic qualities such as your intelligence, skills or talents fixed. In other words, they are considered a part of you that cannot be changed. However, the individual with a growth mindset believes that even basic talents and skills can be developed over time through practice and dedication. Where do you…
 
Motivation is defined as “a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way”. Whereas according to Professor Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk commitment is “To what extent you make promises and the extent to which you will keep those promises. In short, motivation is simply a desire for something. Many individuals are motivated to pe…
 
You’ve got mental strength or you haven’t some people often wrongly assume. Mental strength or mental toughness can be developed with self-awareness, from experiences, coaching or psychological support. The upside then is an individual or a group of individuals are likely to make smarter decisions which goes on to positively influence their levels …
 
An important element of mental toughness that is often not thought about is our ability to communicate effectively, both on a 1-2-1 basis and in groups. In some individual sports, this skill is arguably not as important as it is in team sports or in the workplace. However, you will still be required to assert yourself with your coach or team on occ…
 
This episode shatters the myth that mental toughness is a male macho trait. Three very talented ladies from different fields demonstrate that it is far more complex than this basic assumption that many people have. Where Kate Mackay talks about embracing fear and Taz Bricknell and Natalie Hurdley share insights into the immense commitment levels th…
 
Today, leading Sport Psychologist Gio Valiante discusses how to overcome fear on the golf course, European Tour player Chris Paisley chats about how he gets the most from your talent when you are not at your best and well respected putting coach Andy Gorman tells us about the key fundamentals to putt successfully. Key Learning Points: Consider why …
 
Mental Toughness is not just about getting your head down and gritting it out, it’s more complex than that. Simply talking about the situations that we find ourselves in, our problems or challenges can help people in lots of different ways, even if you are mentally tough. You’ll find in this episode, former professional footballers Peter Ramage, Br…
 
This episode highlights some misconceptions placed on Mental Toughness where 3 leading authorities in the field; Doug Strycharczk, Professor Peter Clough MBE and Dr John Perry share insights into their applied work and academic research. Key Learning Points: Mental Toughness isn’t always a positive trait Mental weakness does not exist Mental Toughn…
 
This episode is one that may interest, young footballers, football coaches, parents of talented footballers, and sports psychologists. Where James Maurice, HCPC Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, and a member of the Sport Psychology team at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club joins me to discuss typical challenges that young academy footb…
 
Training in any sport can get repetitive at times, powerlifting isn’t any different. At the elite level, you train squats, deadlifts, and other lifts till you can’t take them anymore. The focus and commitment to the cause are immense. Some days you may have mental blocks as other athletes do. In this episode, Team GB athlete Natalie Hurdley explain…
 
In this week's podcast, Dr. Cohn interviews long-time friend, Dr. Bob Winters, an internationally renowned mental coach, Author and professional speaker. Known as “Dr. Bob”, he helps world-class athletes, collegiate players and teams, juniors, and individuals attain confidence and achieve new levels of athletic and business excellence. Dr. Patrick …
 
On the golf course, putting is a part of the game that you must master to be able to shoot low scores and reach your golfing potential. Confidence in your ability on the greens, especially under pressure is vital. As there is no hiding place from short, nerve-jangling putts, many golfers have mental scars which they struggle to deal with and go on …
 
In this week's podcast, Dr. Cohn interviews Dr. John Yeager about how coaches can improve team dynamics by understanding how to improve atheltes' Confidence, Hope, Optimism, and Team resilience. Dr. Yeager abd Dr. Cohn discuss about how athletes can build resilience in sports. The Coaching Zone Book emphasizes the importance of “coach self- managem…
 
Life, sport, or our careers are not straightforward. There is no linear path that you can carve out as regularly we are faced with challenges and setbacks. Mental Toughness is all about how we deal with these times, whether we choose to move on forward positively, simply survive or drown and potentially quit. Today, author Kate Mackay shares with m…
 
If you’re a golfer who wants to play your best golf more often. You will have to have confidence in your putting stroke under pressure. Many golfers will admit the sport isn’t a great deal of fun when you stand over putts with fear written all over your face, with your knees knocking and your mind and heart racing. And when it feels like the hole h…
 
Life throws at us different situations in social settings; dealing with difficult people, coping with criticism, and approaching people where we can choose to have an inferiority complex. In sport, coach-athlete, parent-athlete, coach-parent-athlete relationships and the overall culture of clubs and organizations can have a big impact on athletes. …
 
This episode is helpful for young footballers, parents and coaches where former professional footballer Jamie Forrester’s shares his thoughts on how to thrive in professional football. Today, we chat about playing overseas, training and playing with big names stars at such as Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister in a successful Leeds United team. Th…
 
It is not enough to be motivated if you are going to fulfil your talent. You must also be able to show immense commitment, where the promises you make to yourself and others you follow through with and do what you say you will do. Especially, through the tough times. In this episode, Mark Bennett MBE and I go on to discuss the differences in commit…
 
To have confidence in your ability is a necessity to achieve your potential. To have a lot of interpersonal confidence is also appealing and can give you an advantage on others. In this episode, Professor Paul McGee, one of Europe’s leading speakers and authors shares with you all about communicating so that you can assert yourself where necessary,…
 
Where does the 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 include 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 its importance. Key Takeaways • D…
 
In this episode, John Fletcher who is recognized as an outstanding coach chats to me about helping athletes 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 England’s…
 
Taz Bricknell is a professional rugby union player, playing in the Premier 15s for Worcester Warriors. She plays in the back row and has also played for Gloucester-Hartpury and England Under 20’s. Today I’m joined by Taz Bricknell, a professional rugby player for Worcester Warrior where she talks about the challenges involved in playing professiona…
 
Are you or your athletes struggling to get to the next level of play? Many times, an athletes' mental game is preventing them from outpacing other players with equal physical abilities. In this week's podcast, Dr. Cohn speaks with Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, a former professional tennis player who now is the director of a health and wellness nonprofit…
 
This episode is an inspiring one, where Penny Mallory, the first woman to have driven a rally car for Ford and to drive in the world championships tells David about her journey. We go on to discuss her difficult childhood, her mentality to turn what seemed impossible into reality. Penny’s story is a very inspiring one, enjoy tuning in! Key Takeaway…
 
Do you or your athletes tend to worry too much about what others think of your performance? As mental game experts, we know that athletes often get preoccupied with what we have termed "outcome thinking," and tend to play too safely or cautiously as a result. While it is good to want to be a successful player, when athletes get too wrapped up in be…
 
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. Key Takea…
 
Today 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 …
 
Are you an athlete who struggles to maintain a healthy balance between your daily life and your role as an athlete? Many athletes feel a lot of pressure to reach high achievements in their sport and, as a result, lack a healthy balance between their sport and other hobbies that they enjoy. When there is too much pressure on sports, many athletes be…
 
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 …
 
Are you an athlete who struggles with fear of failure in competition? Many athletes spend too much time dwelling on their mistakes, feeling that past mistakes define their future play. When too much pressure is placed on winning, rather than on improvement, sports can start feeling like work rather than fun, especially for sports kids. Dr. Cohn spe…
 
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…
 
David Charlton helps ambitious athletes to reach their aims, faster. He supports a range of highly motivated athletes and coaches. From ambitious youngsters and amateur athletes, as well as elite professional athletes, playing in the Premier League, European Golf Tour, Rugby Premiership and in The British Superbikes. Additionally, David supports bu…
 
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