The effects of sport’s result-focussed culture are plain to see - burnout, dropout, abuse and a high prevalence of mental health issues in athletes and coaches. Those athletes that do attempt to ‘push on through’ in the face of increasing stress and pressure end up suffering the consequences. These same issues are mirrored in the worlds of business and academia. The problem is that our definition of mental toughness and resilience is no longer fit for purpose. Our understanding of performance psychology and dealing with pressure has deepened. We have a host of new ideas about how to develop people, and how to create environments that encourage thriving, not just surviving.
This talk will introduce a pioneering approach to resilience, one that is based on concepts traditionally viewed as ‘softer’ skills, which, when put under the microscope, turn out to be the toughest of them all.
So what are the building blocks of this mindset that can lead to resilience of a deeper kind? Among them are self-compassion, mindfulness, gratitude and living by your values. This foundation of resilience represents our best understanding of psychology combined with wisdom from the ancient philosophies.
This session will be given in English.
Laurence Halsted is a two-time British Olympic fencer and multiple European medallist, who competed in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.
Immediately after retiring from competitive sport, Laurence became the Performance Director of the Danish Fencing Federation. He is now head of mentoring at UK charity, The True Athlete Project, as well as a performance consultant and coach working across sport, business and education.
In 2021 Laurence published his first book, which introduces and describes a practical philosophy for flourishing in sport, one that goes far beyond the results and medals to rediscover the true value of sport and of being an athlete.