The Physical Performance Show: Rory Darkins Psychology Researcher, Mental Skills Coach, ‘Positive Psychology for the Endurance Athlete’

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Rory Darkins

In episode 252 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Rory Darkins  Psychology Researcher, Mental Skills Coach, ‘Positive Psychology for the Endurance Athlete’ on this expert edition.

Rory is a positive psychology academic mental skills coach to Olympic athletes including Eloise Whelan’s, prior featured guests of the physical performance show, and dual Australian Olympian and the brains behind the Whats Right app.

Rory is a positive psychology academic, mental skills coach to Olympic athletes and the brains behind the What’s Right app. Rory is a regular speaker at global conferences including the World Congress on Positive Psychology. Rory translates the best of the research into practical and easy to understand strategies that anyone can take home and apply to life and thrive.  Rory himself has a diverse sporting background, having spent many years traveling the world pursuing professional cricket alongside his own competitive running, having competed internationally in surf lifesaving for the 2km beach event and alongside Eloise Wellings, Rory co hosts the “What’s Right Within” podcast. 

Get ready for some great learnings that will translate into better headspace daily across your week and of course, for your next sporting competition, as Rory shares around what positive psychology is, and why it matters to not just optimal performance, but also health and well-being, the difference between harmonious and obsessive passion, why it’s the pursuit of the process that should matter more than the outcome itself, and why there’s a great return on investment to be had when we stop and assess ourselves at our best.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Rory’s background
  • Playing Cricket
  • Experiencing lows after competition
  • Achieving high standards
  • Positive Psychology
  • Analyzing what is right in your life
  • Positive Psychology Blog Research
  • Top 3 tips to find joy
  • Harmonious and obsessive passion
  • Source of purpose
  • Personality Profiling
  • Best Advice

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To follow Rory Darkins

Website: Rory Darkins
Instagram: @rorydarkins
Twitter: @RDarkins
Linkedin: Rory Darkins


Top 3 tips to find joy

  • Bring Gratitude in the moment
  • View the situation as a threat or a challenge
  • Embrace your competitors

“Authentically express yourself in the way that best fits the situation” Best Advice

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0:00 Start
4:40 Rory’s background
6:00 Playing Cricket
10:20 Experiencing lows after competition
13:40 Achieving high standards
20:07 Positive Psychology
25:40 Analyzing what is right in your life
34:00 Positive Psychology Blog Research
44:40 Top 3 tips to find joy
57:00 harmonious and obsessive passion
1:05:10 Source of purpose
1:05:50 Personality Profiling
1:07:45 Best Advice
1:10:35 Physical Challenge
1:16:44 Finish

People Mentioned

Henry Cloud – Psychologist – USA
Usain Bolt – Jamaican Sprinter
Eloise Wellings – Episode of The Physical Performance Show

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