Gobinder has lectured in Sport Psychology for over 15 years. This experience has enabled him to apply his sport psychology knowledge and work with individuals and groups in developing positive mindset. Gobinder is an author of Journal articles and also published books in the area of emotional intelligence.
1. What book(s) have greatly influenced your life?
Alex Ferguson – my autobiography
Pete Sampras – A champion’s mind
Claire Weeks – ‘Self-help for your nerves’
2. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?
Failure is more of a limitation. This limitation alone enables one to build the resilience required to bounce back from adversity.
3. In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?
Distance travelled is something that I find useful. I ask myself where I was and where I am with the hope that there is a positive correlation.
4. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young coach, what would that advice be?
Profile and identify both yourself and your performers. Know your performers and build your own self-awareness along the way.
5. What bad advice do you hear most from your area of expertise?
That everything is a results business that has no room for development and therefore becomes impossible to build a philosophy.
6. Who, in your life, has inspired you most? (and why)
Sporting – Pete Sampras – never knew when he lost and had in-built resilience
Personal – Parents – ability to manage situations in the face of strong adversity
7. How would you best define a coach?
A coach with compassion and empathy that builds awareness of those around them.
8. What do you do for your own CPD?
Currently doing a PhD in emotional intelligence in teacher training and present at Conferences.