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Denise is the former Scotland National Coach for Netball, and the founder of the business Class Performance – Excellence Within. She has over 25 years experience in performance sport as an athlete, selector, mentor, performance director and more recently as a national coach. Her highlight was leading the Scottish Thistles, via 46 International CAPS from World Ranking 17th to 12th to gain qualification for the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow 2014. This podcast series is for sportspeople, m ...
 
Heartsong Fit with Vickie Maris is conversation for the stressed and stretched-too-thin listener. I chat with interesting people I've met who handle life stresses in healthy ways. I also take you on hikes with the llamas; on visits to a remote fishing resort in Minnesota and back to the 1940s in conversations with my mom, Lucille Maris, and others who lived through the stresses of World War 2. In short segments at the end of several episodes, Lucille talks about life being married to a B-24 ...
 
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So what accounts for the so-called genius in people, and does everyone have it? Why are some people brilliant at certain things while others can only dream of acquiring the same skills, ability or art. Is it that we (humans) are destined to find our purpose and genius, whatever it is? If so, where do we look? Nick Bottini is a multi-instrumenta ...…
 
A full-length feature show, with Andy Winter, Denise Holland and contributions from special guests Barbara Jorden, and Declan Stout. A conversation which demystifies the so-called, 'Performance Zone' state that a performer experiences when there appears to be no separation between themselves and anything or anyone else, a pure connection to the ...…
 
So what is this new understanding that has elite athletes head in an entirely new direction of, performing from a place of enjoyment, love, and exploration, rather than the chasing and deliberate endeavour of needing to believe in yourself, setting goals, and being confident? And how do you teach it? Andy Winter and Denise look to the source an ...…
 
We wouldn't dream to control the shape of the waves, so how is it we think we can dictate human performances which is another act of nature? What's possible for athletes when they get to that place of openly expressing rather than needing to control, or exploring instead of achieving? What if, sportspeople could see what's behind what they see ...…
 
Andy Winter and Denise Holland, both sports professionals, for over twenty years, share how their sports coaching has changed since coming across this understanding of, how the human mind works to create experience. What happens to athletes and coaches, when they let go of the contents of their conditioning and fall into the Grace of pure Being ...…
 
A unique style we could call performance meditation, Denise takes you to the spaciousness before the creation of memory, your true nature/Self, that place of pure creative potential – of BEING rather than proving, striving or even competing. As human beings, memory logs experience through the lens/perspective at the time; it is part of the desi ...…
 
The human memory system, a brilliant part of the human mind (not brain), continues to the subject of scientific research to find clues as to why people behave the way they do but are we looking in the wrong direction. What is the memory, and as a function is it any different to imagination, discernment, judgement or appreciation? Do we give tha ...…
 
Joe Marler Professional Rugby player was recently shown a red card during a Harlequins Premiership match, which left him unavailable for national selection. When hormones go crazy in the heat of the moment, how helpful is it for coaches to know what’s happening inside the human body and mind? There is an enormous benefit to coaches of elite ath ...…
 
Michael Neill shares the distinction between setting goals as a course of direction, to inform your work together rather than something to put pressure on yourself, with consequences for non-achievement. Athletes perform at their best when they are not conscious of themselves – anything that makes you self-conscious works against high performan ...…
 
Michael Neill talks with Denise Holland about 'pressure'? How is it sportspeople often comment that they need to feel under pressure to be able to perform well? What's going on with this perspective and is it healthy? Is feeling under pressure helpful to athletes? What happens to the physical body and mind when human beings continuously feel un ...…
 
Denise Holland talks with Michael Neill about match point situations, in the heat of the moment, when it is highly likely that athletes get caught up in a lot of thinking, how helpful is this 'Understanding of the Mind? Also on this show, Michael shares his wisdom about ‘Talent Identification and Development’ – How useful is it to focus on trad ...…
 
Special guest Michael Neill, an internally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of six books including, The Inside Out Revolution and, The Space Within, explains the inspiration behind writing his new book, Creating The Impossible. “It’s easier for people to create what they actually want than what they think they can get – ...…
 
It is very common for coaches to feel bad when their athletes suffer disappointments, so what’s the best way to deal and cope with this situation when it arises? Denise used to use techniques and rational thinking to help the Scotland National athletes, ‘park it’ so that they could quickly learn from poor performances and plan for the next one. ...…
 
Rudi and Denise talk about a behavioural performance model; that dealing and working on poor behaviours, with consequences, and discipline procedures are missing the point, i.e. it is too late by then as all responses are an effect of a person’s state of mind in the moment and not the cause of the problem. Whatever people think, it is going to ...…
 
Traditionally, we identify talented athletes as those who demonstrate attributes, i.e. being self-determined, keen willingness to learn, capacity to overcome adversity, self-less, highly driven, ability to self-analyse, and be self-motivated etc. If you were to truly understand that experience is created from within and projected out as our sep ...…
 
The subject of adaptation is widely researched and discussed, especially in the field of sport. Many people resonate with knowledge-based, application of tools and techniques which appears to result in change over time. Few, however, refer to the sustainable transformations, which happen naturally, when a person experiences an insight or deep r ...…
 
It is difficult to conceive as humans the notion that, we (the person) are not in charge and that we connect to a higher power in us, which seems to have life unfold perfectly. As Sydney Banks referred to often, the IS-ness! Many questions arise, including, what's the point then, if we are merely the vessel and not the captain? There are times ...…
 
Why would sportspeople want to look in the direction of understanding the formless nature of life and experience? What is the potential impact on performance results when you start to understand how the human mind works? As a former contestant on the BBC show 'Gladiators' Rudi shares how his mental stamina was not on par with his physical prowe ...…
 
Denise auditions for the reality TV show, 'Take Me Out'. Amused by the prospect of winning a date on the magical Island of Fernando's, she went along with the fascinating questioning, the best and easiest to answer, was 'what is your biggest turn-off'? Answer - A chap who is never present? During the past five years, Denise has seen beautiful i ...…
 
When you have superstitious thinking, it can lead to behaviours which are a little off the wall. You know they are, but you still do them, as you feel if you do not it will somehow affect future performances. What if, your entire perspective is a misunderstanding of how the human mind works and that you are innocently living in an illusion of t ...…
 
We have heard the word "unconditional' used many times in connection with the word "love." Here Denise talks about falling in love with your capacity for sports performance, unconditionally irrespective of strategic targets or KPI's. There is a distinct difference in the mindsets of sportspeople, those on the treadmill of, 'one more medal, anot ...…
 
We are all ‘outed,' and not before time! Evolving a world where people are not ashamed of the way they feel inside is brilliant, but is this enough? Denise encourages you to look beyond what you know conceptually, to understand not the content on your perspective or worldview but how it is manufactured, i.e. the operating system of the human mi ...…
 
What are people looking for when they ask high-performance coaches to help them improve their consistency of performance? Sportspeople spend hours striving for excellence in their performances. You live in a physical, practical and commercial world of sport, where being on your game can impact your income, profile, selection, rankings and contr ...…
 
With all the latest technology in sports science to work on human performance why look in the direction of what's behind it, who and what is the creator? What are the benefits to you as a performer, when we say that the Three Principles are playing out anyway, in all human beings, whether you know, care, or understand them? In Denise's life, si ...…
 
“The moment you believe that who you are can be augmented by or diminished by the achievement or non-achievement of a goal you have lost sight of the truth.” A superb quote from Jamie Smart. In this session, he speaks about the practical nature of aims and targets and how people might inadvertently use or interpret them.…
 
Some real gems in this show, as Jamie Smart shares, what he is seeing new and fresh right now in September 2017. Our capacity for insight, as human beings are infinite; we live within the potential to have a change of heart. “Realisations happen, they are not our accomplishment, they are arising.” What if you don’t need to ‘chase’ high performa ...…
 
Is it possible to not take the way you feel too seriously in any given situation? Do you have to feel a specific way to provide an excellent performance? Is this so-called ‘optimum performance state’ something athletes should be chasing? Is trying to control the mind sending athletes in the opposite direction towards busy mindedness rather than ...…
 
Mike Jackson is a retired electric lineman and supervisor from Battle Ground, Indiana, who has trained English Pointer dogs for horseback field trials for many years. For this episode of Heartsong Fit, I interview Mike, one of our farm neighbors, in his barn as he is preparing for a trip from Indiana to North Dakota and Montana for training his ...…
 
With insight or realisation, use whichever words resonate with you as this is beyond the word, you're able to decide if an experience happened or not? Yes, this session is a little deeper, but it is scientific and practical. Recently, since seeing more about the illusory nature and neutrality of all of our experiences as spiritual yet human bei ...…
 
Many people accept moods as a fact of life, highs and lows, inevitable given the circumstances, but what if this just isn't made of truth? I mean it holds no water whatsoever. What if low moods, which negatively affect your productivity and performance results, has nothing to do with situations at all? What if, whatever your boss or coach says ...…
 
What is the secret of great athletes, legends, who dominate and capture the hearts of spectators and even whole communities? In this show around the IAAF World Athletic Championship 2017 in London, UK, we take a closer look at two athletes at either end of their careers, Dina Asher-Smith and Usain Bolt - What do they both have in common? Could ...…
 
You give your pre-season training programme lots of fresh energy and detail. You cover the traditional critical components of elite performance, technical, tactical, physical and social and emotional intelligence most diligently. Then, when you start the season, it doesn't quite look how you had imagined? Why is that? This show talks about why ...…
 
Is performance in sport bigger than you the person? If so, who is driving the ship and when might they/it show up to lead the way? At the Open Golf Championship 2017, Royal Birkdale, Southport, England UK, we examine the unusual behaviours in the final round of two competitors both individually desperate for the title. What prevails points us t ...…
 
How much influence Coaches have on an athlete's or team's performance is a controversial issue. I too would have fluffed my feathers when the Scotland National Squad did well and beat myself up when they were hopeless! What, I have since discovered, about how the human mind works to create the human experience assures me that, we cannot put a t ...…
 
Is involvement in elite sport addictive? How different are you as a high achieving athlete or coach from people who strive for a better feeling in substance abuse? Recently, Denise was invited to give a talk to a group of individuals, at a recovery centre in Spain. In this show, Denise highlights the parallels between the two groups of people, ...…
 
The ethereal quality of momentum, what is it? Is it so slippery? Why do some elite teams build it, sustainably and others lose it quickly? The first half of the final match of the LIONS Series 2017, the New Zealand All Blacks gained ground and had more possession than the British and Irish Lions. Quality performance components, ie. repeated pre ...…
 
What if you could have that holiday feeling most of the time; peace of mind, contentment, fun, clarity and a stream of brilliant ideas? Do you need to wait for your holiday to feel rested? What's that all about, especially as most of us only take six weeks vacation a year? Does this mean we are doomed to live forty-six weeks a year, from a plac ...…
 
When circumstances seem as if they have the power to make you feel a particular way, i.e. assuming that it is inevitable, you should feel like this given my situation - think again! This week Denise found herself in a slightly uncomfortable feeling, and if she didn't know any better, i.e. not to be concerned with the way she was feeling, it wou ...…
 
Ever wondered if the level of your mental noise is normal? How often do you beat yourself up, either for not saying what you wanted to say or for saying something that you later regret? How would you grade yourself when it comes to creating effective relationships, whether in sport, business or personal life? Is it always someone else's fault? ...…
 
We know the mind has something to do with Performance, so we inadvertently try to forecast, then manage our mindset, state, or mood, ahead of time. What if our mental activity is not a problem in and of itself? What if the content of our mind, is understood not to be significant and relevant? What if athletes didn't care or mind what they were ...…
 
Dr George Pransky in an interview with Denise Holland taken from our webinar titled 'Achieving Performance Excellence in Elite Sport'. Participants on the webinar, Former National Cricket Coach, Richard Pybus and Performance Coach, Graham Turner, specialising in rehabilitation and recovery, ask George about ways in which to help sportspeople he ...…
 
Dr George Pransky and Denise Holland discuss the so-called Elite/Daily Training Environment (ETE/DTE). What changes are we likely to see when sports coaches look in the direction of the Truth of how human beings experience life, (Inside Out)? A critical area of this discussion is the topic of motivation and the traditional use of interventions, ...…
 
If an understanding of the Three Principles has impacted your life, it is highly likely that you would like to share it with others. Your life has transformed, more essential communications, improved relationships, increased confidence and higher levels of productivity and effectiveness. So why when it comes to sharing such a wonderful gift wit ...…
 
Dr George Pransky from Pransky & Associates is Denise's mentor, he explains what it is behind the genius ability of all athletes, and the fact that an understanding of this is available to everyone. Instead of traditional psychological approaches, i.e., dealing with a specific concern, e.g., coping with pressure, George points you towards relat ...…
 
The concluding part of the conversation with Glasgow Warrior Adam Ashe, he generously shares how his relationships with family members have positively transformed since gaining an understanding of the real cause of the human experience, i.e., Thought in the moment and nothing else, not what people do or say, situations or circumstance. Adam and ...…
 
At the heart of the human performance, there is a space of 'natural change', a place where change happens effortlessly and spontaneously. In this session, Adam Ashe gets an insight into skills and practises and their relevance to his performance at each moment. Often, athletes with flair and the so-called X-factor are labelled as unique, and gi ...…
 
So what is this unstoppable energy some teams display when every single player is 'on their game', and what does that mean - on your game? Adam Ashe used to believe he needed to be in a particular state of mind to be able to perform at his best, then he realised, there is no perfect state to find. Your natural state of Presence is all that is r ...…
 
Professional Rugby Player for the Glasgow Warriors, Adam Ashe talks about his experience after being out injured for a quite a while. His return to form elevated by a profound understanding of how the human mind works. Unburdened with needing to find the ideal state of mind to perform, he now has an undeniable knowing that he has the capacity i ...…
 
Denise talks with Grayson Hart about making mistakes while in elite and national roles in sport. 'You are brave enough to try things, but when they don't work, it used to feel horrible and affect me for days, now it's so much easier, lighter.....!". Grayson tells us how in the first five minutes of a recent game for the Glasgow Warriors he thre ...…
 
Grayson Hart talks about the positive impact on his family life, especially his relationship with fiance, Chelsea, since learning about 'state of mind', and how human beings go in and out of these mood states all day long. He is now able to flow through low times, rather than get annoyed or even depressed. Both Grayson and Chelsea profoundly re ...…
 
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