You give your pre-season training programme lots of fresh energy and detail. You cover the traditional key components of elite performance, technical, tactical, physical and social and emotional intelligence most diligently. Then, when you start the season, it doesn't quite look how you had imagined? Why is that? This show talks about why is it sportspeople are now looking in the direction of understanding the human experience in a deeper profound way. How does this spiritual knowing impact an athlete's behaviour or responses? What are the main advantages? Why is it, you cannot afford to not look in this direction?
Is performance in sport bigger than you the person? If so, who is driving the ship and when might they/it show up to lead the way? At the Open Golf Championship 2017, Royal Birkdale, Southport, England UK, we examine the unusual behaviours in the final round of two competitors both individually desperate for the title. What prevails points us to this deeper intelligence of all things that religious people might call God, the scientists, the source, and the physicists, the quantum field – whatever, your beliefs or preferences, are you, the person really in charge?
How much influence Coaches have on an athlete's or team's performance is a controversial issue. I too would have fluffed my feathers when the Scotland National Squad did well and beat myself up when they were hopeless! What, I have since discovered, about how the human mind works to create the human experience assures me that, we cannot put a thought in another person's head? What's going on in coaching and talent development? Is it way more natural than you think? Is it that you are drawing out a unique expression of performance rather than inputting anything at all?
Is involvement in elite sport addictive? How different are you as a high achieving athlete or coach from people who strive for a better feeling in substance abuse? Recently, I was invited to give a talk to a group of individuals, at a recovery centre in Spain. In this show, I start to highlight the parallels between the two groups of people, innocently it seems to me, looking out there in the world of form for inner peace and joy. Human performance in life has a vast range; people who are at times unable to engage, function and self-regulate to those with ultimate ambition, striving for results, status, achievement, and possessions. Are we as human beings all just up against one thing, our relationship to our thinking in the moment?
Watching the first half of the final match of the LIONS Series, the New Zealand All Blacks gained ground and had more possession than the British and Irish Lions; repeated precision passing, instinctive space awareness, and a high level of intuitive perception of what needs to happen to get ahead. The British and Irish Lions found some form in the second half and started to match the opposition yet this did not shake the world-class All Blacks at all. Humility, respect, love and compassion prevailed on the pitch. What was going on and is it something you should know?
What if you could have that holiday feeling most of the time; peace of mind, clarity and a stream of great ideas coming through? Do you need to wait for your holiday to feel rested? What's that all about, especially as most of us only take 6/52 weeks holiday a year. Does this mean we are doomed to live 46 weeks a year, from a place of stress, overwhelm or frustration?
When circumstances feel as if they have the power to make you feel a particular way, e.g., thinking that it is inevitable I should feel like this given my situation - think again! This week I found myself in a rather uncomfortable feeling that would have had me running for my bed, but instead, wisdom showed up, and I was able to stay in the game!
Ever wondered if the level of your mental noise is normal? How often do you beat yourself up, either for not saying what you wanted to say or for saying something that you later regret? How would you grade yourself when it comes to creating effective relationships, whether in sport, business or personal life? Is it always someone else's fault? How many times do you believe they or the situation make you feel frustrated or disappointed? What if I was to tell you, that it cannot be so, as human experience doesn't work that way?
We know the mind has something to do with Performance, so we inadvertently try to forecast, then manage our mindset, state, or mood, ahead of time. What if our mental activity is not a problem in and of itself? What if the content of our mind, is understood not to be significant and relevant? What if athletes didn't care or mind what they were thinking moments before or even during a competition? What if your head noise bears no resemblance whatsoever to what is possible in the moment?
Part 4/4 with Dr George Pransky taken from our webinar titled 'Achieving Performance Excellence in Elite Sport'. Participants on the webinar, Former National Cricket Coach, Richard Pybus and Performance Coach, Graham Turner, specialising in rehabilitation and recovery, ask George about ways in which to help sportspeople hear this revolutionary understanding of how the human mind works to create the human experience.
Pt 3 in conversation with Dr George Pransky. What changes will you see in the ETE/DTE, (Daily Training Environment) when sports coaches look in the direction of the Truth of how human beings experience life, (Inside Out)? A critical area of this discussion is the topic of motivation and the traditional use of interventions, and techniques to raise our levels of engagement.
Pt 2 with Dr George Pransky, talking about when people resist looking in this direction. If an understanding of the Three Principles has impacted your life, it is highly likely that you would like to share it with others. Your life has transformed, easier communications, improved relationships, increased confidence and higher levels of productivity and effectiveness. So why when it comes to sharing this with prospective clients, does it feel like a challenge?
An interview with my mentor Dr George Pransky, where he explains what it is behind the genius ability of elite athletes, and to the fact that this is available to everyone to understand. Instead of traditional psychological approaches, i.e., dealing with a specific concern, e.g., coping with pressure, George points you towards relating to your thinking in a different way such that you become your psychologist!
The concluding part of the conversation with Glasgow Warrior Adam Ashe, he generously shares how his personal relationships with family members have positively transformed since gaining an understanding of the real cause of the human experience - i.e., Thought in the moment and nothing else, not what people do or say, situations or circumstance. We both share the point of when we realised that the people around us have wisdom too, and do not require our opinion when coming from a place of judgement and personal identity.
At the heart of the human performance, there is a space of 'natural change', a place where change happens effortlessly and spontaneously. In this session, Adam Ashe gets an insight around skills and practises and their relevance to his performance in the moment. Often, athletes with flair and the so-called X-factor are labelled as special, and given license to run it freely while others must confirm to the coaches constructs - what is this all about? What if ALL your athletes have this creative genius?
So what is this unstoppable energy some teams display when every single player is 'on their game', and what does that mean - on your game? Adam Ashe used to believe he needed to be in a particular state of mind to be able to perform at his best, then he realised, there is no perfect state to find. Your natural state of Presence is all that is required to be able to perform perfectly well in the moment.
Glasgow Warrior Adam Ashe talks about his experience after being out injured for a while. With a profound understanding of how the human mind works, life is very different for Adam. He is not now burdened with needing to find the ideal state of mind to perform. Instead, he connects with a deeper knowing that he has the capacity inside always to excel, no matter what's going on inside his mind.
Denise talks with Grayson Hart about making mistakes while in elite and national roles in sport. 'You are brave enough to try things, but when they don't work, it used to feel horrible and affect me for days, now it's so much easier, lighter.....!" Denise Holland. Grayson tells us how in the first 5 minutes of a recent game for the Glasgow Warriors he threw a ball at the feet of his team-mate and he got smashed. Usually, he would have written off the entire match, nowadays he has the clarity of mind, to stay in the game - his head cleared and he produced an exceptional performance for the remainder of the match.
Grayson Hart talks about the positive impact on his family life, especially his relationship with fiance, Chelsea, since learning about 'state of mind', and how human beings go in and out of these mood states all day long. He is now able to flow through low times, rather than get annoyed or even depressed. Both Grayson and Chelsea profoundly realise the other is not causing for the way they other each feel.
A selection decision by the Glasgow Warriors coach has Grayson Hart not claim his usual spot on the starting line up – How does Grayson experience and then deal with this now versus before he had an understanding of the Three Principles behind the human experience – “It’s not personal”.
We compare life with and without an understanding of the Three Principles behind the human experience; responses, behaviours, perspectives, communications, relationships as well as the impact on performance results. Within the elite training environment, Grayson explains how he now shows up and interacts with team-mates and coaching staff having gained a spiritual understanding of the human mind.
What if we all had innate mental health and just did not know we did? What if we did not have to work it all out, find ways to feel better, less stressed, hurt and depressed? What if all we are trying to get free from is our imagination, our story of what and who we are as the person? What's behind our individual realities, that which is the same for all of us and is reliable to give us what we need when we need it?
In this show, we go beyond the conceptual idea of learning something to give human beings a boost or gain in performance output. Instead, by understanding your mental life, in a profound, insightful way, you're not working ON the performance produced by the human body and mind, you're getting a sense of the power behind all sports performance, the source and nature of all human life.
Is your range of skills always available to you? YES, once learned, developed and mastered, it doesn't go anywhere? What's going on when athletes can not perform to their skill capability no matter how hard they try? Or is it this 'trying' that's the problem? Is it conceivable that human beings are 'naturally' designed to express and manifest inspirations in performance? Remember as a child playing freely without a care in the world; I can imagine your performances were consistently within your mid-upper range and that rarely was this interrupted or disturbed. Be that!
Lack of confidence is a hot topic in elite sport, as soon as players are inconsistent in their performance, or under-achieve, suddenly you believe you are weak minded, and there is a confidence issue, but is this true? How is it youngsters are highly willing and able, totally unrestricted, in their endeavours to play their sport, yet somewhere in maturing into adulthood, they lose all their natural capacity to 'just play.'?