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Helping performance support staff to find a more direct path to self-awareness amongst the trial and error of experience.

Setting HEALTHY BOUNDARIES in Performance Sport boundaries men behind sport Nov 22, 2022

Why is it so hard to set healthy boundaries?

The answer is unique to each of us.

One thing is for sure though, unshaped personal boundaries are a massive problem within performance support staff.

"I was working 6.7 days a week across a 12-month period, I wasn't seeing my kids or my wife and I...

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Coach BLIND SPOTS of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) cpd men behind sport Nov 16, 2022

I'm currently 120 interviews into speaking candidly with performance staff from around the world. This includes physios, SSCs, nutritionists, physiologists, performance directors, head of service and head coaches.

Many of them admit they solely focus their development through technical CPD. They...

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Male Performance Staff: Emotions Are Our Responsibility emotions men in sport responsibility Oct 20, 2022

Our personal sides are rarely discussed within our professional roles in elite sport. But whether we like it or not, they sit just below the surface and inform our every thought, feeling & action.

For me, this caused significant problems in my personal and professional life until I turned my...

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Why Performance Staff Self-Esteem is Locked To Career Progression: Whether You Like It or Not! men in sport self-esteem Oct 13, 2022

You’re either considered a highly successful member of performance staff, or you’re striving toward the roles that you have defined as highly successful.

The constant pursuit of excellence can have its positive side, which we see in most individuals who have professional sports...

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Trapped & Pigeonholed: 5 Steps to Free Yourself From Your Performance Sport Identity identity men in sport self-concept Oct 06, 2022

Who are you? What makes you “you?”

You might answer with “I’m a coach” or, “I’m a performance director,” or maybe, “I’m a parent,” or “I’m a good friend.

Maybe you answer with, “I am excellent at my job...

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Why Performance Support Staff Self-Sabotage Their Life: 3 Practices to Stop Self-Sabotaging men in sport Sep 28, 2022

Self-sabotage is something I see and hear about within performance staff a great deal. It also affected my life significantly before I learned how to see it.

So in this week's article, you'll learn how this shows up in performance support staff and what you can do about it.

This article will...

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Are You the Coach Who Pretends They "Keep Their Sh*t Together?" men in sport Sep 23, 2022

One of the common discussions I've had with the coaches within The Lost to Liberated Blueprint has been around stepping into vulnerability versus keeping your sh*t together.

There is a great fear of being vulnerable.

Why?

Because many of us are defending a story about ourselves "as the...

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The Trap of Career Progress: Getting to What Truly Matters men in sport Sep 15, 2022

Without question, it takes a huge amount of vision, dedication, and skill to have gained the experience you have in high-performance sport.

Yet what I'm hearing about time and again is how this devotion to vision, dedication, and skill creates a huge blind spot.

It seems to me that we fall into...

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4 Self-Awareness Types in Performance Staff men in sport Sep 07, 2022

This is a definition of self-awareness from a man I spoke with recently who is both an academic & performance support in top tier sport:

To know more about me and the people around me.”

He came to this definition because his partner reflected said to him:

When...

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Why Performance Sport Creates Culture of "Not Good Enough" men in sport Aug 30, 2022

It’s been 9 months since I began the research into the men behind sport.

Currently, I’ve interviewed 94 men across different disciplines (S&C, physio, nutrition, technical sport coaches, heads of service, performance directors), countries (Finland, France, Malaysia, Spain,...

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How To Calm Racing Thoughts: A 4 Step Guide men in sport Jun 23, 2022

Nearly 80 men interviewed now across all disciplines, sports and roles. Everyone an individual with unique traits and gifts. Yet one of the most commonly spoken about cause of anxiety is racing thoughts.

When we really take a moment and sharpen our awareness on our inner experience, we realise...

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How To Stop Sport Taking Your Soul: A 3 Step Guide men in sport May 25, 2022

Let’s get right down to the heart of the matter.

I’m writing this based on a couple of assumptions that I have about you.

Three, to be precise.

Assumption 1

The first assumption is that you are a senior level performance practitioner of some kind; a performance coach, a...

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