Psychological principles can help people achieve their goals, unlock their potential, flourish, and lead more rich, fulfilling lives. This is what makes Glen so passionate about psychology, which he believes offers much more beyond the mere diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
Sports & Performance
Glen’s tips for overcoming performance anxiety
Everyone gets anxious before a major performance. But for some, that anxiety can be crippling, and may even prevent them from doing what they love. Whether you struggle a little or a lot with performance anxiety, here are a few practical tips to ensure you shine on stage:
- Practice, practice, practice. We learn through repetition, and therefore, we learn two crucial things when we practice. First, we learn how to do the skill itself, and thus, we enhance our competence. Secondly, we learn what our capabilities are, and thus, we enhance our self- efficacy. Combined, we learn how to improve master both our skills and our doubts.
- Be your own coach and give yourself a “pep talk”. Many elite athletes and performers give themselves a pep talk pre- performance. That said, you don’t have to be an elite athlete or performer to benefit from this strategy. Whether it be a job interview, conference presentation, or you’re getting ready to go on a date, a pep talk can help you prime yourself with positive emotions and boost your confidence.
- Shift your focus to what you can control. When we feel we don’t have full and complete control of a situation, we often feel powerless. However, this isn’t necessarily the case, and often, we have more control than we actually think! By shifting our focus towards the things we can control, and away from those we can’t, we define our limitations, and move a crucial step closer towards accepting them. Focusing on what we can control (e.g., our breathing, our emotions, and our reactions etc.), puts us in with the best chance to shine.
Outside the therapy room
I enjoy discovering new things and going to new places. This could be traveling to foreign countries or perhaps discovering new trendy bars, cafes and restaurants around Sydney. Before I became a psychologist, I used to study, make, and sell wine, and still indulge in a nice glass or two of red.
What I’m into right now…
Podcasts!!! They are my obsession and I listen to them everywhere (i.e., at the gym, whilst driving, cooking, cleaning, jogging, and even whilst asleep). My favourite psychology podcasts include: The Jordan B Peterson Podcast, The Making Sense Podcast with Sam Harris, The All in the Mind Podcast, the Potential Psychology Podcast, the Better Thinking Podcast, and Two Psychologists Four Beers.
My therapy song…
The song that makes me feel alive, present and ready to face the world.
HERE COMES THE SUN – The Beatles
It’s all about positive imagery and this song evokes plenty of that.