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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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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.

Jul 28, 2017

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?

Jul 21, 2017

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, Denise was invited to give a talk to a group of individuals, at a recovery centre in Spain. In this show, Denise highlights the parallels between the two groups of people, innocently, 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?

Jul 14, 2017
The ethereal quality of momentum, what is it? Is it so slippery? Why do some elite teams build it, sustainably and others lose it quickly? The first half of the final match of the LIONS Series 2017, the New Zealand All Blacks gained ground and had more possession than the British and Irish Lions. Quality performance components, ie. repeated precision passing, instinctive space awareness, and a high level of intuitive perception, around what needs to be done to be victorious winners, prevailed. However, 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. What was going on out there between these highly competitive elite athletes? A mysterious, unity, not just on each side but amongst both teams for each other. Powerful spiritual attributes of humility, respect, love and compassion prevailed on the pitch; it was a display of deep connection and passion for what's possible in sport. 
Jul 7, 2017

What if you could have that holiday feeling most of the time; peace of mind, contentment, fun, clarity and a stream of brilliant ideas? Do you need to wait for your holiday to feel rested? What's that all about, especially as most of us only take six weeks vacation a year? Does this mean we are doomed to live forty-six weeks a year, from a place of stress, overwhelm and frustration? This show is for you if you are playing the 'waiting' game, pushing yourself to the extreme, because you'll soon get to take some rest? Very often, this type of rationale for life ends in disaster, with health issues or illnesses.

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