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Shay
Takeaways – The 1% Podcast 
Episode  15  – Simon Hartley on The Psychology of Success 
  
Simon is an international sport psychology consultant and performance coach. He helps athletes and business people to get their mental game right. For almost twenty years, Simon has worked with gold medallists, world-record holders, top five world-ranked professional athletes, and championship-winning teams.
 

Mental toughness – “Tenacity, resilience, and composure”

Simon explores the three foundations of mental toughness; tenacity – the ability to just keep going even when we don’t want to; resilience – the ability to bounce back after performing well during adversity and, composure – the ability to make great decisions and execute them well whatever is happening. Whilst some situations demand us to learn more on one than another Simon believes that we’re at our mental toughest when all three are working together in harmony.  
 
Intuition, tenacity, when to stop and when not to
To develop his consistency Simon last year set himself a challenge to run 1000 miles in a year and do 1000 press-ups per month for that year. To develop tenacity he once challenged himself to walk 100 miles in 24 hours. In both cases at some stage, he encountered some pain. Simon talks about the importance of listening to your intuition in knowing when to stop before you do something that spoils your chances of reaching a longer-term goal and when to battle on. 
“It’s the decisions you would make and the things that you would do if nobody was watching”
Simon talks about how we display our true values such as honesty, kindness, and courage during situations where they are challenged. If we can hold these values when it’s difficult then we can truly claim them to be part of our character and it’s the collection of these values that people hold on to even when tough that defines their character. 
“You need people who are going to be able to lead others in the trenches.”
A visionary leader at the top of an organisation is a wonderful thing to have however Simon discusses “depth of leadership” and the importance of having leaders at all different levels in the organisation leading locally and describes how to spot these leaders – they’re the ones people already follow, listen to and come to. 
The most recent three editions of the podcast:
28 Kingsley Aikins speaks engagingly about networking philanthropy, diaspora, and Ireland’s place in the World.   
27  Bryan Burnstein talks about performance, team building and entertainment  for 
Cirque du Soleil
 
26 Suzanne Dempsey discusses leading from the frontline of Ireland’s Health Service 
3 Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
+ How to Become Successful 
 
American entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and blogger, Sam Altman gives great practical insights on how to be successful. 6 minute read here 
 
How to Become an Expert in your Field
 
Excellent article by Iulian Gulea on how to up-skill and become a master of your craft. It should be of interest to anyone interested in personal development or building a learning culture.  10 minute read here  
Help your Employees Manage their Re-entry Anxiety

As so many people go back to the workplace in the coming days and weeks, this is a timely article that focusses on not the normal logistical and operational planning, but the employees’ emotional and psychological health. 5 minute read here 

2 Book & Video Recommendations
+ Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

Tim Urban, the author of the popular Wait But Why blog is a master procrastinator. Urban with his usual humour and insight takes us through his process for accomplishing difficult tasks with some excellent illustrations.  14 minutes here 

 
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
We make a lot of decisions in our life. How many of those decisions are rational? If you ask Dobelli, very few. This book is one of the better and more accessible books on decision- making and it just might change the way you think forever! Author’s website and book available here 
1 Quote Worth Pondering
“Creativity is seeing what everyone else sees, but then thinking a new thought that has never been thought before and expressing it somehow. It could be with art, a sculpture, music or even in science.” 
 
Neil de Grasse Tyson
And, as always, please give me feedback on Twitter. Which of the above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Let me know! Just send a tweet to @sdalton10

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About the Author

Shay Dalton

Shay Dalton

Managing Director

sdalton@lincoln.ie+353 16498583

Shay Dalton is the Managing Director of Lincoln Recruitment Group. Shay is a qualified ACCA Accountant with over 20 years’ experience specialising in the placement of senior positions across a broad spectrum of Accountancy and Finance positions within the industrial and financial services sectors. Having been involved in the establishment of some of the most respected financial recruitment brands in the Irish market, Shay subsequently set up Lincoln Recruitment Specialists in 2008. He also hold’s an MSc in Organisational Management and is a member of BPS, qualified to conduct and interpret psychometric testing as well an EQi testing.

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