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Posted 03/04/2022 in Category 1 by DAVID CHARLTON

107 Observations: How Bad Do You Want It?

In this solo episode, I look at commitment, a measure of mental toughness from different angles.  Sharing excerpts from 2 previous episodes of Demystifying Mental Toughness with Steve Hackney and JJ Vallely, as well as discussing a quote from Arsene Wenger’s book “My Life in Red and White.”  Additionally, I talk about what I see as a common challenge for youngsters who play in team sports.  Having a high level of commitment coupled with low levels of interpersonal confidence. 

You’ll find I challenge your thinking, giving out some resources and ask you to ask yourself some important questions.  It’s an episode that athletes, coaches, teachers and parents can benefit from.

Some Questions to Ponder

  • Are your levels of commitment congruent with what the best do?
  • Do you know what the daily habits of top performers are?
  • Are you aware of what is the right information for you and how you find it?
  • Do you ask yourself why you practice or train a certain way?
  • Do you set daily goals for your practice or training?
  • When you practice or train do you let your emotions take over?
  • Can your high levels of commitment spoil your enjoyment?
  • Are you a highly motivated and committed yet struggle with communicating with coaches and team-mates?
  • Do you question coaches?
  • Are you a coach who often gets into comparison mode, comparing athlete A against athlete B?  

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Relevant Podcast Episodes

Podcast Ep005: David Charlton – Observations The Art of Learning

Podcast Ep21: Steve Hackney – How to Reach Your Full Potential

Podcast Ep042: Mark Bennett MBE – Characteristics of High Performance Athletes

Podcast Ep062: JJ Vallely – Mastering the Mental Side Of Golf

Podcast Ep041: Paul McGee – How to Develop Interpersonal Confidence

Relevant Blogs and Resources

Blog – How To Reach Your Full Potential Part Three

Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

Blog Motivation vs Commitment | There is a Big Difference 


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