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PODIUM - Spiritual Truths Behind Elite Sports Performance

Denise is the former Scotland National Coach for Netball, and the founder of the business Class Performance – Excellence Within. She has over 25 years experience in performance sport as an athlete, selector, mentor, performance director and more recently as a national coach. Her highlight was leading the Scottish Thistles, via 46 International CAPS from World Ranking 17th to 12th to gain qualification for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow 2014. This podcast series is for sportspeople, male and female, working at all levels, local, performance, and professional. Denise guides sportspeople towards leading a happy, healthy and fulfilling life, offering sustainability to a demanding workforce. She goes beyond traditional techniques and methodologies, designed to manipulate and control your thinking. Instead, she points you towards a profound understanding of the role of the mind to create the human experience, which allows you to transcend unhelpful and unproductive experiences in just one thought. Performance mastery becomes possible as you become less distracted by your personal thinking, and more in tune with the heart and soul of who and what you are at the core, a spiritual being manifesting in a perfect human form
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Denise is the former Scotland National Coach for Netball, and the founder of the business Class Performance – Excellence Within. She has over 25 years experience in performance sport as an athlete, selector, mentor, performance director and more recently as a national coach. Her highlight was leading the Scottish Thistles, via 46 International CAPS from World Ranking 17th to 12th to gain qualification for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow 2014. This podcast series is for sportspeople, male and female, working at all levels, local, performance, and professional. Denise guides sportspeople towards leading a happy, healthy and fulfilling life, offering sustainability to a demanding workforce. She goes beyond traditional techniques and methodologies, designed to manipulate and control your thinking. Instead, she points you towards a profound understanding of the role of the mind to create the human experience, which allows you to transcend unhelpful and unproductive experiences in just one thought. Performance mastery becomes possible as you become less distracted by your personal thinking, and more in tune with the heart and soul of who and what you are at the core, a spiritual being manifesting in a perfect human form.

Apr 28, 2017

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.

Apr 21, 2017

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.

Apr 8, 2017

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.

Apr 7, 2017

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.

Apr 6, 2017

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”.

Mar 31, 2017

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.

Mar 24, 2017

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?

Mar 17, 2017

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.

Mar 10, 2017

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!

Mar 3, 2017

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.'? 

Feb 24, 2017

Our personal mind, as opposed to what we call in this work, Universal Mind, which flows through our physical bodies, that deeper sense of the divine intelligence of all things. This session is the first of a few shows which explore personhood; our thought created self-image, identity, personality and character.

Feb 17, 2017

Many people ask for clarification on what it is I mean when I use the word 'Spiritual'. This session looks deeper into my understanding of the formless, 'spiritual' nature of our human existence - that which is at the heart of all human performance.

Feb 10, 2017

Together, we'll explore coaching from a quiet mind v a busy mind. What is the real cause of our head noise? Realising this innocent misunderstanding of where experience comes from, gives you the opportunity to show up fresh and in the moment, build rapport and connection with the athletes and access wisdom and resilience.

Feb 3, 2017

Most sportspeople can relate to the 'performance zone' state, where the mind is relatively quiet, and the performance seems to flow automatically with effortless ease, but few are awake to understanding the source and nature of this phenomenon. Denise starts out on sharing her discoveries after 20 years in the game!

Feb 3, 2017

During this very first episode of the podcast, Denise explains her inspiration behind producing this show including, the audience it is for and the type of transformational impact to sportspeople's lives and performance results, she would expect by looking in this direction. 

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