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The Importance of Specific Focus - Sir Bradley Wiggins + Chris Froome Example

Posted by David Harrison on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, In : Mental Skills 
I have come across some examples recently of the real importance of focus and goal setting within different aspects of sport and life and the very real impact focus can have on your chances of success and winning.  

The examples that spring to mind are the world record for the hour by Sir Bradley Wiggins (what an amazing feat and gripping to watch, despite it being essentially just a man cycling around a track for a hour). Sir Brad Wiggins, during his interview for Sky during the coverage emph...

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One pass doesn't make you a bad player - Recovering from school boy errors in football

Posted by David Harrison on Thursday, May 30, 2013, In : Mental Skills 
What separates good players from great players is their ability to recover from School Boy Errors (SBEs) or mistakes.  Mistakes and errors are a natural part of learning and development.  Failure is only feedback and we must use this feedback quickly.  Everyone fails at some stage and some of the greatest and most successful people in business and sport have been labeled a failure but they have taken the feedback and learnt from it and gone on to achieve amazing things.  The question is how d...

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Posted by David Harrison on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, In : Mental Skills 

Concentration and the ability to focus on the task at hand is one of the most important skills an athlete or business person can have. Some people are born with better natural levels of focus and concentration but the good news is that you can improve it with practice.  It is some referred to in the literature as attention (Summers and Ford, 1995) and has been defined as the ability to focus attention on task in hand and not be disturbed by irrelevant external and internal stimuli (Schmid and...

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Stress, Arousal and Anxiety Regulation

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, June 4, 2012, In : Mental Skills 

The modern world is stressful; we live in a stressful world and the sporting world is stressful, sometimes even magnitified.
All athletes respond differently to pressure but its how they react to this stress and this pressure that is key. As a sport
psychologist 1 strategy will work for 1 athlete but not another so the interventions that are chosen have to be individualised.

‘I love the pressure.  I look forward to it’ - Daly Thompson

To help control the reaction to pressure you can use ...

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Self Talk

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Mental Skills 

Your not mad....Everyone talks to themselves! When you talk to yourself these are your conscious thoughts! So every athlete does it! These thoughts or self talk can control the unconscious of the brain. This self talk can be +ve or –ve (see Burton and Raedeke, 2008, chp.7) If self talk is used correctly it can be very powerful as it can tap into your sub conscious and the beliefs you have because What is your head influences how you react and behave in sporting situations.

How it works?


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Imagery/Mental Rehearsal

Posted by David Harrison on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : Mental Skills 

Imagery or mental rehearsal refer to creating an experience in the mind of the athlete. So Imagery is a form of simulation and is similar to a real sensory experience but occurs entirety in the mind (Weinberg and Gould, 1999). Mental Rehearsal is about rehearsing your sport in your mind.

Imagery/Mental Rehearsal can be used to:

  • Improve concentration
  • Build confidence
  • Control emotional response
  • Acquire and practice skills
  • Acquire and practice strategy
  • Cope and recover with injur...

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Goal Setting

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Mental Skills 

'My idea of paradise is a straight line to a goal’ - Friedrich Nietzsche

very successful person whether that be an artist, sports person or leader has set goals which have driven and directed their efforts in their quest to be the best they can be. Goal setting is an extremely powerful technique for enhancing performance so it is one of the most important strategies you can implement for success in any environment.  Goal setting helps to focus attention and it is critical to maintain and en...

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The Journey: The Elements for Success, Winning and Increased Performance in Sport, Business and Life

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