Hello again and welcome to the second edition of Sportschef's Log! In this one there is lots about finding the optimal mindset as well as a focus on some high profile, socially aware athletes.
In my experience the most self-confident and fulfilled athletes are those that not only try their best to improve their performance, but also grow their awareness and compassion for the issues around them, take an active interest in their communities and try to give back where they can. This is the point behind the hashtag #ScholarAthlete. Being a Scholar Athlete is embracing the wider meaning and value of being a part of a sport and it's community.
As usual there is also a piece on mindfulness, a segment of natural beauty and a few other interesting bits and pieces.
I hope you enjoy this content, think about it, talk about it at your club and decide whether it can help you on your journey.
Patrick and Troels, Crouching Tiger Style.
Rudyard Kipling's Poem 'IF' is perhaps the perfect poem for an athlete. If you don't already know it, I would highly recommend reading it whilst relating it's messages to your fencing performance.
For all of you coming to the Bruttotrup training camp this month, you should choose your favourite line from this poem and be ready to share it along with the reason why it has particular resonance for you.
Optimising the performance of the human mind
This is Dr Steve Peters, a legendary sports psychologist in the UK, explaining his 'Chimp' model for performance. It is a fantastic, simple way of understand how the mind works and what you can do to help make it work in your favour rather than against you.
The Samurai knew it, and what are fencers if not modern day Samurai?
Emotional Control is like a super-power for elite athletes. It leads directly to more points, more victories but more importantly it allows you to behave in a way you can be proud of, not in a way you come to regret afterwards.
This Article explains why it can be so hard to control you emotions, linked to our biological past (and our chimp brain), and what you can do to start gaining better control.
If you can master this super-power on the piste, you will reap the great benefits it brings with it for the rest of your life.
Here is a selection of some of the absolute best booksabout understanding and optimising your psychology. I can very highly recommend these to anyone who wants to unlock the keys to reaching their potential.
Mindset, How to Fulfil Your Potential - Carol Dweck (Growth Mindset, it's good for the soul!)
Grit, Why Passion and Resilience Are the Key to Success - Angela Duckworth
The Chimp Paradox - Dr Steve Peters - See the video above
I have these books at home, so if anyone would like to borrow one just let me know!
And for the coaches / managers out there, two wonderful books about leadership and creating a World Class culture.
Legacy - James Kerr - A study into the culture of the New Zealand All Black rugby team, one of the greatest sports teams of all time.
Wooden on Leadership, How to Create a Winning Organisation - John Wooden - The legendary leader of UCLA basketball team and most successful sports team coach in the world.
I've only got these on Kindle I'm afraid. But I promise you will not regret investing in them!
15 pieces of advice from Jan Ø Jørgensen to his 19 yr old self.
A great exercise would be to imagine what advice your 30 yr old self might want to give the current you?
I get very excited when I hear professional athletes speak as thoughtfully and eloquently as Jaylen Brown does in this article. Athletes with any kind of a platform have a responsibility to be role models for their communities, and if you want to speak out on issues you care about you've got to know your stuff.
Kasper Schmeichel has joined the movement Common Goal, a fantastic initiative where footballers, trainers and clubs pledge to donate 1% of their annual salary to charity.
Check out this videowhere Kasper explains why he wanted to be a part of Common Goal.
Since we're on the subject of fulfilling potential...
Simon Sinek suggests a beautiful proposition that we humans can never truly fulfil our potential until we commit to helping others fulfil theirs.
Icarus is the award winning documentary about the Russian State Sponsored Doping Scandal.
It is one of the most gripping and incredible documentaries you will ever see.
Dan Harris is an american news anchor turned mindfulness advocate. He is the voice behind the two mindfulness videos from last months Log. He wrote a book and started a podcast to try and communicate the benefits of mindfulness to skeptics like he used to be.
Click on the image above to check out the website and get a free introduction to mindfulness and click below to read a nice interview with him that introduces why he wants the world to meditate.