Youth Sport Podcast Episode 20: Goncalo Marques

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Episode 20

Goncalo Marques, MSc

On this episode of The Youth Sport Podcast I chat with Goncalo Marques who is on a journey to help athletes, sports coaches, and parents better understand and exploit what’s in their sport to enhance performance! This episode focused around “The Power of Play”!

Through Goncalo’s training in Integrative and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy he has researched many important topics that we discuss: inspiring youth when they’ve become uninterested, coaching with love, compassion and empathy, instilling humility, normalizing failure, and more!

Please enjoy and be inspired by this chat!

You can find Goncalo’s work here!

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Here’s what Goncalo Marques and I discussed:

  • “The Power of Play”
  • A fun collaborative game called “Frescobol” and what we can learn from it
  • Instilling collaborative play when the game is competitive
  • “I don’t want to get in front of one’s self discovery”
  • The 4 “R’s” to help in play
  • “Be at ease with play”
  • How to help motivate and inspire kids when they’re losing motivation
  • Motivating people can be dangerous in some ways
  • “Guided Discovery”
  • When someone wants to get from place “A” to place “B”, one should ask, “where are you right now?”
  • “There’s always a reason to not be that motivated”
  • “Validate first”
  • Love, compassion and empathy in coaching
  • Finding your roll for the bigger purpose of the team
  • Instilling humility, ambition and union
  • Helping kids be humble and curious
  • “Normalizing failure”
  • “What was one hard challenge you had today?”
  • “It’s preferable to fail in excess”
  • “Subtracting skills, rather than adding”
  • “Challenges can promote ones growth”
  • How to get to the frontier, the edge of what we are capable of and what we are just about to achieve
  • “When we’re more at ease we can go more into these “flow moments”
  • The helpful balance of discomfort
  • Learning from how we managed a bad session or day
  • Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
  • Not personalizing performance
  • Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Feeling good is overrated
  • Have good “shitty” days!

And now, our full conversation:

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