Life Lessons: From Sport and Beyond

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Each week Simon Mundie sits down with an expert, from the biggest sporting names in the world to former Buddhist monks, neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers. They discuss a theme that tells us something insightful about life and how best to live it, from the importance of self-acceptance, to facing addiction and developing resilience - right through to getting your circadian rhythms in sync and how to sleep better.

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Bitesize: How to calm your critical inner-voice
6d ago
Bitesize: How to calm your critical inner-voice
Are you someone who is better at giving other people advice when they are faced with a problem than you are at helping yourself? If so - don't worry - it’s a really common phenomenon. Everyone has an inner voice. Sometimes the conversations people have with themselves can tip over into destructive rumination and self-criticism, which can affect our mood and negatively impact our physical health and overall wellbeing.The acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross calls this kind of destructive self-talk 'chatter'. In this episode Ethan shares a simple but powerful technique to calm the chatter down so that it has less of a negative hold over you. It’s about choosing the words we use when speaking to ourselves wisely - and embracing what he calls a distancing technique.Ethan has done lots of research in this area, at least in part borne of his own experience of the destructive power of chatter, and his technique might just help you when you are drowning in rumination, and catastrophising self-talk.**Follow/message me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
How and why to have difficult conversations: Ed Jackson
Aug 5 2022
How and why to have difficult conversations: Ed Jackson
What are you like at having difficult conversations?You know the type of thing, you have something you want to say, that needs saying – but rather than embrace the discomfort you decide it’s more bother than it’s worth and sweep it under the carpet. However – our ability to have difficult conversations and express ourselves truthfully, honestly and responsibly is one of the most important life skills anyone can have. Sweeping things under the carpet doesn’t make issues go away – they simply linger and fester and eventually contaminate relationships in one way or other.One person who knows first hand the power of embracing difficult conversations is Ed Jackson, the former pro rugby player who broke his neck diving into the pool.He wasn’t expected to walk again but has massively confounded the experts and there’s no way he could have achieved what he has without his wife Louis. She was a huge support to Ed after his accident – and enabled him to make such a tremendous recovery – but while she was putting on a brave face she was dealing with her own trauma. So, eventually, she decided to share her feelings with Ed. It wasn’t an easy conversation for either of them – particularly louis – but it was fundamental, and helped the two of them move through what they were going through and grow together. Theirs is such a good example of having difficult conversations – but I know for a fact that this is something we could all get better at, and it can have a profound effect on how we grow, individually and in relationship. "Turn towards the hard conversations, don’t run in fear from them"**Follow/message me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bitesize: Redefining success - Tim Henman
Jul 1 2022
Bitesize: Redefining success - Tim Henman
Is success about winning - or fulfilling your potential?Someone I see often at Wimbledon is Tim Henman – someone I loved watching in the late 90s through to the early 2000s, and who I have had the pleasure of interviewing several times over the years. Now Tim used to get flack – and sometimes still does – for not winning Wimbledon. He was four-times a semi-finalist, but many people seemed to think that was a failure of sorts. I remember one interview with a Championship footballer in which he said he didn’t want to be a 'classic British loser' like Tim Henman, seemingly overlooking the fact that Tim was ranked as high as number four in the world, while this particular footballer wasn’t even the fourth best player at his club, which was in England’s second division. And so – I think Tim is a really great person to explore what success means. Many people tend to think in binary terms – in terms of winning and losing, but actually isn’t it about fulfilling your potential? Tim definitely did that – there wasn’t much expected of Tim as a junior, yet he took British tennis to new heights, laying the groundwork for Andy Murray to go on and reach the Wimbledon promised land. **Follow/message me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bitesize: Vulnerability & shame - Dr Pippa Grange
Jun 10 2022
Bitesize: Vulnerability & shame - Dr Pippa Grange
Everyone faces adversity and pain in life, but it's how we respond to it that counts. If we choose to give in to fear, the inclination is to hide our flaws and insecurities, which restricts our ability to be vulnerable and connect authentically. Often a sense of shame accompanies what is a fear of rejection. When we choose to project those feelings of shame outwards - by criticising, belittling and judging others - what may seem powerful is actually no more than an expression of our own fear of inadequacy.Dr Pippa Grange was credited with helping to transform the culture of the England football team prior to the 2018 World Cup. She helped to make the England camp a less fearful place by emphasising and modelling vulnerability, which enabled the side to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.**Follow/message me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated.**A huge thanks to my sponsors, Puresport. Their range of CBD and Nootropics supplements are superb, and they are paving the way in the natural wellness market with their unparalleled range of products.CBD has been shown to have benefits for anxiety, inflammation, aches and pains - and it may even be good for long term brain and heart health.The good news is that Life Lessons listeners can get 20% off all full prices Puresport products with code Life20 at checkout.Head to www.puresport.co to check out their fantastic extensive range and get your 20% discount. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bitesize: Make things happen - Sir Chris Hoy
Jun 3 2022
Bitesize: Make things happen - Sir Chris Hoy
Sir Chris Hoy is the most successful international track cyclist of all time, but things could have been very different but for a decision he made while still a junior. Hoy was initially a BMX rider, but the cost of competing was starting to bite and so he had a couple of choices: give his passion up and look for something more affordable - or put himself out there by seeking for financial help. He chose the latter option, and the rest is history. It's a lesson we can all learn from: if you don't ask, you don't get. Or, to use my favourite saying, 'It is the squeaky wheel that gets fixed' - in other words, the one that makes the noise is the one that will get the attention it is seeking.Full length ep: me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated.**A huge thanks to my sponsors, Puresport. Their range of CBD and Nootropics supplements are superb, and they are paving the way in the natural wellness market with their unparalleled range of products.CBD has been shown to have benefits for anxiety, inflammation, aches and pains - and it may even be good for long term brain and heart health.The good news is that Life Lessons listeners can get 20% off all full prices Puresport products with code Life20 at checkout.Head to www.puresport.co to check out their fantastic extensive range and get your 20% discount. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
Never give up: Peter Hamlyn
May 30 2022
Never give up: Peter Hamlyn
Peter Hamlyn is a world renowned neurosurgeon who operated on - and saved the life of - the boxer Michael Watson after a blood clot formed on his brain minutes after his infamous world title fight with Chris Eubank in 1991. Even though Michael's early prognosis was bleak, his recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. The Hamlyn family motto never give up, and Michael Watson further showed them just how powerful that outlook can be.Peter has also suffered a tragedy of his own, when his son Dominic died following a cardiac arrest from a previously unsuspected heart condition. Dominic was a rugby player, a rower, a cricketer… and the condition that took his life has several names, including sudden athlete death (SAD), because its victims are often extremely fit, just as Dominic was.Heart problems in young people are more common than many realise – at least 12 young people die of cardiac arrest each week. That’s something Peter is looking to address through his work with Podium Analytics, the NGO and charity committed to reducing the incidence and impact of injury in youth sport. Podiums founder is Ron Dennis CBE, the former boss of formula one team McLaren who oversaw 10 drivers championships and 7 constructors titles and was instrumental in the early career of Lewis Hamilton.Podium are working alongside Oxford University – and the work they are doing could have a profound impact on the health of the nation.Podium Analytics website: in Sport Perception Survey: safetyinsportsurvey.org**Follow/message me:Website: simonmundie.comInstagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated.**A huge thanks to my sponsors, Puresport. Their range of CBD and Nootropics supplements are superb, and they are paving the way in the natural wellness market with their unparalleled range of products.CBD has been shown to have benefits for anxiety, inflammation, aches and pains - and it may even be good for long term brain and heart health.The good news is that Life Lessons listeners can get 20% off all full prices Puresport products with code Life20 at checkout.Head to www.puresport.co to check out their fantastic extensive range and get your 20% discount. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bitesize: Anxiety - Dr Russ Harris
May 27 2022
Bitesize: Anxiety - Dr Russ Harris
Anxiety rates have exploded over the last decade, even before the impacts of covid and other recent events. Beyond medication, which certainly has its place, what is the best way to stop anxiety from having power over you? The answer may be a counter-intuitive one. Rather than battling to get rid of the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings associated with anxiety, can you make space for them and accept them?Dr. Russ Harris is the best-selling author of The Confidence Gap and The Happiness Gap, and is one of the world's best known Acceptance and Commitment Therapy experts.The full episode with Dr Harris is here: episode about dealing with insomnia using ACT is here: me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated.**A huge thanks to my sponsors, Puresport. Their range of CBD and Nootropics supplements are superb, and they are paving the way in the natural wellness market with their unparalleled range of products.CBD has been shown to have benefits for anxiety, inflammation, aches and pains - and it may even be good for long term brain and heart health.The good news is that Life Lessons listeners can get 20% off all full prices Puresport products with code Life20 at checkout.Head to www.puresport.co to check out their fantastic extensive range and get your 20% discount. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
How to positively influence others with skillful use of language: Dave Alred
May 23 2022
How to positively influence others with skillful use of language: Dave Alred
"Language is the most powerful drug known to man"Would you like to know how to be able to positively impact people's behaviour? Dave Alred is one of the most in-demand coaches in world sport, mentoring Jonny Wilkinson through his career and working with golf major winners and many others too. He explains how, if you want to change someone's behaviour, it is important to start by catching them doing something right, and choosing your language carefully. This episode is particularly powerful for aspiring coaches, teachers and parents**A huge thanks to my sponsors, Puresport. Their range of CBD and Nootropics supplements are superb. I have many friends and family who have tried their huge range of products - and now swear by them.CBD has been shown to have benefits for anxiety, inflammation, aches and pains - and it may even be good for long term brain and heart health. Puresport are paving the way in the natural wellness market with their unparalleled range of products.The good news is that Life Lessons listeners can get 20% off all full prices products with code Life20 at checkout. Head to www.puresport.co to check out their fantastic extensive range and get your 20% discount.Follow/message me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bitesize: How to find inner peace - Professor Steve Peters
May 20 2022
Bitesize: How to find inner peace - Professor Steve Peters
"Values are the way we get peace within ourselves"Think about the people closest to you for a moment. Do you like them for what they achieve, or what they are like? (Hopefully it's the latter)This episode is about the difference between 'being' and 'doing' - and emphasises the importance of living in accordance with your values. my guest is Professor Steve Peters, author of the wildly successful book The Chimp Paradox**A huge thanks to my sponsors, Puresport. Their range of CBD and Nootropics supplements are superb. I have many friends and family who have tried their huge range of products - and now swear by them.CBD has been shown to have benefits for anxiety, inflammation, aches and pains - and it may even be good for long term brain and heart health. Puresport are paving the way in the natural wellness market with their unparalleled range of products.The good news is that Life Lessons listeners can get 20% off all full prices products with code Life20 at checkout. Head to www.puresport.co to check out their fantastic extensive range and get your 20% discount.Follow/message me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
How to develop positive habits: Professor BJ Fogg
May 16 2022
How to develop positive habits: Professor BJ Fogg
'We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit"When it comes to developing positive, healthy habits, one of the world's top experts is professor BJ Fogg, the author of the best-selling book 'Tiny Habits'. BJ busts the myth that habits are simply about repetition and illustrates his method - which has helped literally hundreds of thousands of people around the world - by discussing some of his long-standing bathroom habits. **A huge thanks to my sponsors, Puresport. Their range of CBD and Nootropics supplements are superb. I have many friends and family who have tried their huge range of products - and now swear by them.CBD has been shown to have benefits for anxiety, inflammation, aches and pains - and it may even be good for long term brain and heart health. Puresport are paving the way in the natural wellness market with their unparalleled range of products.The good news is that Life Lessons listeners can get 20% off all full prices products with code Life20 at checkout. Head to www.puresport.co to check out their fantastic extensive range and get your 20% discount.Follow/message me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bitesize: Dealing with nerves - Michael Johnson
May 13 2022
Bitesize: Dealing with nerves - Michael Johnson
Whenever we step into a performance situation - whether it is giving a speech or presentation through to an Olympic final - it is normal to experience nerves. Many people try to bat such feelings away, or even believe they shouldn't be feeling that way, but if you can make space for those feelings - truly welcome and befriend them - then you can channel the power of adrenaline to help you. To illustrate this is Michael Johnson, the star of the 1996 Olympics in which he won 200 & 400 metres gold, decimating a world record in the process, and all while wearing golden running shoes.**A huge thanks to my sponsors, Puresport. Their range of CBD and Nootropics supplements are superb. I have many friends and family who have tried their huge range of products - and now swear by them.CBD has been shown to have benefits for anxiety, inflammation, aches and pains - and it may even be good for long term brain and heart health. Puresport are paving the way in the natural wellness market with their unparalleled range of products.The good news is that Life Lessons listeners can get 20% off all full prices products with code Life20 at checkout. Head to www.puresport.co to check out their fantastic extensive range and get your 20% discount.Follow/message me:Instagram for the 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter - featuring three of the best Life Lessons from three years and 200 of these conversations - head to simonmundie.com (where you can also drop me an email)Please do share this episode with anyone who may benefit, and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts. It makes a big difference and is hugely appreciated. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.