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Don't Tell Me The Score: Life lessons from sport and beyond

Don't Tell Me The Score is the podcast that uses sport to explore life's bigger questions. Each week Simon Mundie sits down with an expert, from the biggest sporting names in the world to former Buddhist monks, neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers. They discuss a theme that tells us something insightful about life and how best to live it, from the importance of self-acceptance, to facing addiction and developing resilience - right through to getting your circadian rhythms in sync and how to sleep better. Sport is a metaphor for life, and this podcast aims to prove that right.

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The danger of complacency: Colin Jackson

In the words of one of Britain's greatest ever athletes, "complacency has a tendency to bite you on the backside".At the 1992 Olympics, Colin Jackson was hot favourite to win gold in the 110 metres hurdles, but finished seventh in the final after getting ahead of himself in the earlier rounds.Jackson won the World Championships twice thereafter and held the world record for over a decade, so he has no regrets - just lessons to share.He also talks about not letting success go to your head, harnessing anxiety and nerves to perform better, having the bravery to reach out to people who are better than you for help and guidance and much more besides.**Follow me on instagram.com/simonmundie/Follow me on twitter.com/simonmundieSign up for the newsletter at www.simonmundie.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


18 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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The art of breathing correctly: James Nestor

It may be easy to think – we all know how to breath, but many of us do it in a way that is not optimal for our health. This week’s guest is science journalist and best-selling author of 'Breath, the new science of a lost art' James Nestor. The science shows breathing through your nose is key, as is not over-breathing – something we are prone to doing, particularly when stressed. James has been part of some extensive research which shows the damage that mouth breathing can do, and it is pretty startling. We talk about the optimal number of breaths to take per minute, how breathwork can be transformative when it comes to things like releasing trauma and how it can have a dramatic impact on sports performance too. We also talk about mouth taping at night - something I have done (in the face of ridicule!) for several years. Thankfully James does it too, and shows why it can be so beneficial. There are some really simple tweaks you can make after having listened to this episode which will benefit your overall wellbeing – and I’m excited to share this chat with you. ** Follow me on instagram.com/simonmundie/ Follow me on twitter.com/simonmundie Sign up for newsletter via my website simonmundie.com additional audio production by Frank McWeeny ** DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 22mins

11 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Embracing patience: Matt Little - Sir Andy Murray's coach

The importance of building strong foundations and not striving to reach your goal too quickly. Matt Little has coached Andy Murray for 15 years, and is the longest standing member of his entourage. He is a man who knows the importance of values, and of building strong foundations - rather than rushing to achieve success in the shortest time possible. It is about paying your dues and enjoying the journey - taking the time to smell the roses along the way - and not jumping steps in your quest to reach your goal. His new book is called 'the way of the tortoise' - and it outlines Matt's life philosophy, which we discuss in this episode. We also discuss the importance of learning soft skills, living your values - and why slow and steady often wins the race in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation - it is full of useful nuggets and I hope you do too. ** A big thankyou to the sponsors of this week's episode Puresport CBD - who make some of the best CBD products on the market. They are used by elite athletes... and me! The unwind oil is a personal favourite, it helps me relax in the evening while the deep sleep nootropics are superb. For something with a bit more lift, try their Clarity oil or the muscle and joint balm for aches and pains. For 20% off all their products, use the code score20 at puresportcbd.com ** Don't forget to sign up to my weekly 'Mundie on a monday newsletter' at simonmundie.com It features some of the best DTMTS nuggets I have learnt from over 150 interviews with the world's top performers and thinkers. **Additional production Frank McWeeny** @simonmundie See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 13mins

4 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Redefining success: Tim Henman

What does success mean? Is the simple 'winner and losers' narrative we hear about in sport and life too simplistic?Tim Henman reached six major tennis semi-finals - four at Wimbledon - and was ranked fourth in the world. And yet – in some quarters – there is a false narrative that somehow Tim didn't deliver, or choked when it mattered most. If that were true, then almost all of us are failures.In this episode - we talk about exploring your potential – rather than setting a goal and limiting yourself – and why everyone’s journey and trajectory is different.We discuss gratitude, honesty, humility – as well as the fickle nature of external approval and why having intrinsic self-worth is where the gold is.We also talk about the lessons Tim learnt from being the first player to be disqualified from the Championships in 1995 - and it turns out that experience may have been a blessing in disguise.**A quick note before we get to this episode – thanks for all the messages and emails I have received of late. Huge apologies I haven’t had time to reply but I assure you I read every single one and they all make a really big impression on me – so if you have written in – thankyou.A reminder- If you want to sign up for my weekly newsletter – you can do so on my website simonmundie.com@simonmundieSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


27 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Identity: Siobhan-Marie O'Connor

The importance of separating our self-worth and sense of who we are from what we do.As one of Britain's best swimmers, Siobhan-Marie's sense of self-worth was often bound up with her performance in the pool. When she recorded the third fastest time in history at Rio 2016, she was on cloud nine, but when her times slipped she felt like she was a failure. This isn't an issue only related to sport; lots of us confuse who we are for what we do.Siobhan-Marie was forced to retire from swimming last week aged just twenty-five after struggling with ulcerative colitis - a painful and debilitating bowel disease. She was diagnosed aged sixteen, shortly after competing at London 2012. Since coming to terms with her enforced retirement and need to focus on her health and wellbeing, Siobhan-Marie has taken the time to reflect on the lessons she learnt over the course of her ten-year elite career.In this episode, she talks about learning to appreciate the power of the mind - and qualifying for the Olympics as a teenager despite ill-health. She shares how she learnt to pick herself up after disappointment, why preparation equals confidence and the power of recording your progress, as well as the importance of acceptance and much more besides.It was a pleasure chatting to Siobhan-Marie who provides some great DTMTS nuggets, and I hope you enjoy our conversation.***A big thank you to the sponsors of this week's show PuresportCBD.com. I recommend the unwind oil for when you want to relax, and the clarity oil for when you need an energising boost.If you would like to sign up for my weekly newsletter where I share DTMTS 'life lessons' just head to simonmundie.com.@simonmundieSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

20 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Selflessness: Lewis Moody

The power of embracing a cause bigger than yourself.The qualities associated with being selfless include generosity, kindness, thoughtfulness and a sense of humility.Former England captain Lewis "Mad Dog" Moody is someone who has embodied selflessness throughout his life, on the pitch and off it.Connection is one of his top values, which has allowed him to thrive, inspire and lead.This episode is full of lessons, including around leadership, imposter syndrome and taking responsibility.We also discuss trusting your intuition, honesty in sport compared to 'real life' and the problem with reaching your loftiest goal.For latest updates and DTMTS 'nuggets' sign up for my weekly newsletter at www.simonmundie.comThanks to our sponsors www.puresport.com - get 20% off with code Score20Get in touch @simonmundieSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 29mins

13 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Managing uncomfortable thoughts and feelings: Dr Russ Harris

Why resisting and battling uncomfortable thoughts and feelings doesn't work, but acceptance and self-compassion does.Dr. Russ Harris is the world's best-know teacher of Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)Experiencing emotions like anxiety is entirely normal. It is part of the human experience. If you DIDN'T experience them, then there may be a problem!However, it is not unusual to believe we shouldn't experience uncomfortable feelings and thoughts, and so we are prone to resisting them, or medicating them away.Dr. Russ Harris explains that there is another - better - way. It is a paradoxical intervention - in that we are taught to lean towards the discomfort, not away from it.The paradox is that when we stop battling to get rid of the thoughts and feelings, they have less power over us and pass more quickly.In this episode Russ explains how the meaning of confidence has changed, and why its original definition is worth reconnecting with.He explains why self-acceptance is more important than self-esteem, and why we should learn to prioritise values as highly as goals.And Russ shares some powerful 'defusion techniques' - which are brilliant for managing difficult thoughts and feelings in the moment, and double as a mindfulness tool too.This episode is full of useful tips that have benefitted my life hugely. ACT helped me sleep better and deal with pressure more skillfully - in sport or at work.If there is someone you know who you think might benefit from hearing this episode, please do share it.As ever, get in touch @simonmundie**Sign up for the Mundie on monday newsletter at www.simonmundie.comFollow me on instagram.com/simonmundie/Follow me on twitter.com/simonmundieSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 1min

6 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Avoiding emotions: Clarke Carlisle

Why learning to face uncomfortable feelings is vital for our wellbeing.Clarke Carlisle, once crowned "Britain's brainiest footballer", has had well publicised mental health difficulties and issues with drink and gambling.He believes his issues with drink, gambling and other activities stemmed from an inability to sit with painful emotions.In this episode, we discuss patterns passed down through the generations and how we form negative beliefs about ourselves.We talk about not automatically identifying with thoughts that pop into our mind, and learning to sit with emotions and choosing to respond rather than react.Clarke also shares a brilliant way of teaching children 'the language of emotions'This episode is full of useful lessons, and if you think someone may benefit from hearing it please do share it with them. or on social media.Or please share it on social media and tag @simonmundieThanks to the sponsors of this week's episode puresportcbd.com - get 20% off with code score2020**For the weekly newsletter, head to www.simonmundie.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 16mins

30 May 2021

Rank #8

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Flow: Goldie Sayers

Everyone has had the experience of being 'in flow' - but what about being able to create it during the exact moment you've trained your life for?Goldie is an Olympic medalist in the javelin and was Britain's top thrower for a decade.In this episode we reflect on some of the implications and possible lessons that came up during the 'philosophy of sport' conversation with Rupert Spira.Goldie resonated deeply with that episode - and has much of her lived experience and wisdom to share on the subject.@simonmundie**For the weekly newsletter, head to www.simonmundie.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

24 May 2021

Rank #9

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The battle with your self: Tony Bellew

The main battle we all face is with our self - even when you've been a World Champion boxer.Tony Bellew was the WBC Cruiserweight Champion, but he's also been a Hollywood star and is now an author too.One thing Tony isn't - is full of himself. He understands we are all the same, irrespective of what we achieve in life.We all have good days and bad days, and that's ok. It's only when we believe the hype - or compare ourselves unfavourably with others - that it becomes a problem.Tony shares lots of his life lessons in this episode - including around trust, discipline, relationships and decision making.His news book is called 'Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face', and it's a metaphor for life, not just boxing.Let us know what you think @simonmundiewww.simonmundie.com**For the weekly newsletter, head to www.simonmundie.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


16 May 2021

Rank #10