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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 30 years of 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 qualify 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, high-performance, and fulfilling lives. About Denise I loved being at the cutting edge of the intricacies of human performance, but did I know how to get the best out of athletes and coaches, especially during high-pressure situations? After 30 years, I am honest enough to say, 'no,' I did not. How can we know what athletes are up against inside their minds? Players want that feeling of performing their skills automatically and freely, but very few experiences this so-called 'flow' state readily. As coaches, how feasible is it that we can help people to mitigate their head noise such that they produce performances with ease and joy! We talk about resilience and inner strength as an attribute of elite performers, but what if these are just words to describe something that is not so much attainable but innate to all human beings? Interesting questions, which hardly ever get answered, until now! Hence my inspiration to produce this podcast series. As a Human Performance & Wellbeing Consultant, I help people in all fields to engineer sustainable change in every part of their lives, not just sport, relationships, mental health, well-being, career, education, and business. Many people suffer from the content of their mind, overwhelm, lack of confidence, and frustration, examples that lead to stress, and under-achievement. The sad thing is, you believe you have to cope, and put up with low moods, not enjoying life. You know what you want to feel and achieve in life, but rarely get to live and perform from a state of peace, contentment, and fulfillment. Traditionally, there are many modalities, i.e., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) Hypno-therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Positive Psychology, and even Mindfulness, all designed to help people lead high-performance and fulfilling lives. These are all very familiar to me, at best, I experienced short term change, and, at worst, I wouldn't be able to apply the techniques consistently, and before long I'd be back into old habits! Transformative Conversations are tricky to explain because how do you explain how 'insight' works? It's like getting a joke, at some point, a light-bulb moment, and you've got it and your whole perspective changes. That's it! No point in me trying to describe the unexplainable, no words can do that, it just works! The human mind and body are an incredible genius creation. We often end up feeling the victim of circumstances, blaming others for the way we think and feel, but what if this is an innocent misunderstanding of how the human mind works. Are you really at the mercy of others and outside factors for the way you experience life?
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Now displaying: April, 2017

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

Professional Rugby Player for the Glasgow Warriors, Adam Ashe talks about his experience after being out injured for a quite a while. His return to form elevated by a profound understanding of how the human mind works.  Unburdened with needing to find the ideal state of mind to perform, he now has an undeniable 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.....!". Grayson tells us how in the first five 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 the way they 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 practical circumstance now versus before he had an understanding of the Three Principles behind the human experience – “It’s not personal”.

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