The Focused Mind Podcast

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The Focused Mind Podcast is presented by Psychologist Stu Holliday who has worked in music, elite sport and top 100 companies. The interviews aim to help us more deeply understand the psychology of human performance to understand the mindset of guests in their area of expertise to help you develop yours to achieve your goals. read less
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Episodes

Interview with Noel Brick & Dan Robinson
30-10-2023
Interview with Noel Brick & Dan Robinson
Stu Holliday, Noel Brick, & Dan Robinson ‘The Psychology of Running’ podcast. This episode supports your understanding and use of the Psychology of Running book! Show Notes Intros and how this episode supports the book with added contextContext of the RESIST project on endurance running and our respective roles and work within it.Recollections of RESIST and its impact within Sport Psychology ResearchWhere listeners can find RESIST videos (see below) from the original project to support the skills and strategies covered in ‘The Psychology of Running’Dan’s thoughts as a runner and coach on ‘The Psychology of Running’ and how people can use it to support their runningThe background, context, and intention of the book by NoelHow our collaboration came to happen.Touchpoint running books that position our book in the fieldStu on the Physical aspect of running becoming more psychological.Noel on how you can use the book and how brain health improves through runningChapters 3 and 4 on how you can use your mind more in your running performanceDan on how he uses psych strategies in his coaching and uses runners' existing psych skills to allow them to improveA conversation on the evidence of open goals, a chat on process/performance and outcome goals!Our favourite runs and why (from both a physical and psychological perspective). RESIST VIDEO LINKS (as discussed in the episode): https://resiststopping.wixsite.com/resist/videos BOOK LINK (30% off): https://www.routledge.com/The-Psychology-of-Running/Brick-Holliday/p/book/9781032068619#:~:text=From%20evolutionary%20perspectives%20on%20why,motivations%20and%20benefits%20of%20running.
Interview with Chris Madden & Tamsin Embleton
02-10-2023
Interview with Chris Madden & Tamsin Embleton
Following on from previous guest Chris Madden (Episode 20), we wanted to bring the head of MITC (https://musicindustrytherapists.com/), Tamsin Embleton on to have a more in-depth discussion on the work we do in the music industry supporting artists, staff, and crew in person, virtually, at festivals, and how needed the work of caring professionals is a necessity in this modern day and age. Tamsin gives us her background working for the likes of Anna Calvi and Standon Calling, and a bit about her working practice and style of work. This episode is aimed at anyone in the music industry, music fans, the psych curious, or who wants to know how their favourite bands, labels, or artists may have people like us supporting them. We talk more in-depth about our respective training, how we got into the industry, and the importance of our own self-care and emotional management, working in an industry renowned for pushing its employees' work hours, sleep patterns, and overall well-being (which is all covered in more detail in Tamsin's book 'The Touring Manual'). As you'll hear, this was a fun episode for us to have the time and space to connect and share what we do behind the scenes to support other people as a group of practitioners. We hope you enjoy it. Links: Jonah Hill Stutz documentary: https://www.netflix.com/title/81387962 MITC (Music Industry Therapy Collective: https://musicindustrytherapists.com/ The Touring Manual: https://www.touringmanual.com/ Chris Madden, Psychotherapist: https://chrismaddentherapy.com/ Stuart Holliday, Psychologist: https://www.focusedmindcoaching.co.uk/
Interview with Matt Fitzgerald
04-09-2023
Interview with Matt Fitzgerald
Matt Fitzgerald is a running coach, retreat owner, and to most psych-curious runners and triathletes, a prolific author on how to improve performance. A dedicated, evidence-based, (and non-academic) researcher of how to wring as much out of your discipline as possible, his pithy, and eloquent prose has helped runners at all levels improve, covering topics including training, diet, and mindset. As a professional Sport Psychologist, I’ve wanted to interview Matt for a long time, as he has the mass reach that a lot of academics and pros don’t, but does have the respect of his Worldwide audience and athletes. This interview, from the tale end of 2022 covers his last book ‘On Pace’ which offers runners tips, tools, and intel on how to best dose out the right speed across your specific discipline.  We also cover his time training with former Focused Mind Podcast Ben Rosario of the Hoka NAZ elite which he wrote about in ‘Run like a pro, even if you’re slow’ and ‘Running the Dream’ as well as his work as a run coach with his company 80/20. We delve deep into matters of the mind that he and I respectively face as a coach and Sport Psych. Towards the end of our interview, Matt reveals information about his latest venture, ‘Dream Run camp’ which is a runners retreat in Flagstaff, AZ, which he has set up with his wife, and to date over 20 runners have been put through their paces to make gains in their overall performance. Links:https://mattfitzgerald.org/ Matt’s personal website https://www.8020endurance.com/ - Matt’s Coaching company and websitehttps://dreamruncamp.com/ - Matt’s runners retreat
Interview with Simon Freeman
24-02-2023
Interview with Simon Freeman
Simon Freeman is the Editor and writer for Like the Wind magazine. It is a long-form magazine, printed every quarter 'for runners, by runners' including notable figures from the sport including Dick Beardsley, to interviews with Lance Armstrong, and Courtney Dauwalter, amongst many others covering 'why we run' rather than how to run. Digging into people's motivations, experiences, and how running plays a part in their overall life. Since starting 10 years ago, it now is self-sufficient, with a staff of 5, sponsors, and Worldwide distribution. If you like running, *you'll probably like it!* Co-founded with his wife Julie initially in London, they now live in Switzerland and run in the mountains there, really enjoying the trails that their surroundings offer. A very focused runner in his early 30s, going from an unhealthy, overweight smoker, Simon pushed his marathon time down to a highly respectable 2:37 and has taken that drive, energy, and determination into his business. As friends of over 13 years, we took the opportunity to take stock, reflect on his own personal journey, and try and map how his thinking has evolved to help others take the lessons from endurance sports into other domains of their life, such as work, play, and business. Probably my most personal of episodes, I hope you enjoy our conversation and learn more about the psychology of endurance to weave into your life and help develop your focus. Simon can be found @likethewindmag on social media channels. Excitingly, he is also contributing quarterly to @theamshakeout podcast with Mario Fraioli where he has been a guest on 2 episodes that I recommend you check out if you like this one.
Interview with Ben Rosario
19-04-2022
Interview with Ben Rosario
Ben Rosario is the Hoka NAZ Elite Head Coach & Exec Director Ben Rosario has led the NAZ since he formed it in 2017. A Hoka-sponsored team of elite men and women who live and train at altitude in Flagstaff, Arizona. Since the team’s formation, over 10 of their athletes have had top 10 finishes in World major marathons (as well as a plethora of top-end results in cross country and other major race distance events); In Aliphine Tuliamuk, they had the 2020 Olympic Trials Champion and at Boston, this Patriot’s day, Stephanie Bruce in her last major marathon appearance, placed 12th lady (and 2nd American woman). NAZ alumni include Scott Fauble, who was the top US men’s finisher in the same race (9th place), and the group’s reputation has grown since Ben co-wrote the story of Scott’s journey to another top 10 finish (in the New York marathon) previously ‘Inside a marathon’. Most recently, Ben co-wrote with top Sports writer Matt Fitzgerald, the tips and training techniques Matt gained from spending 16 weeks as an amateur training with the squad, following their training methods to pass on to all runners in their latest book: “Train like a pro, even if you’re slow.” As a result of this, Matt PB’d in his following (2017) Chicago marathon at the age of 46. So they’re doing something right up in the thin air of Northern Arizona! The team’s motto is Train HARD. Race FEARLESSLY. Share EVERY part of the journey. I was fortunate enough to visit Ben and interview him face to face the week after the book came out to talk about coaching, Sport Psychology, mindset, motivation, and how training your mental fitness can benefit your running and sport.