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The 4C's of Mental Toughness and our Kit

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, August 22, 2016, In : Mental Toughness 

The Kit develops mental toughness.  Research into Mental Toughness has identified 4 aspects to mental toughness and the Kit develops all of these within school children.  These are Control, Commitment, Challenge and Confidence.  All of the aspects are essential to develop and promote in young children. These can also be applied to the Building Blocks and Principles I outline in my self published book; the Journey.

Control

The ability to remain in control is key to be being ...


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Belief – New Scientist (4 April 2015) Commentary –its links to the Journey

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, April 19, 2015, In : Comment 

Last week I saw the cover of the New Scientist and a brazened across the cover was BELIEF.  I had to buy a copy and the article (by Graham Lawton, titled Beyond Belief, pg. 28 – 31) highlighted some important characteristics about what Beliefs are, how they are formed and how they influence the things we do in everyday life including sport and business.  The content is really pertinent to the section of the Journey (my book which is available here) on Belief.  Lawton emphasized that beliefs...


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Make it Happen

Posted by David Harrison on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, In : The Journey 

Last week I had a good catch up with a good friend of mine over the phone.  During the conversation the building blocks and principles of the Journey (my new book) were highlighted.  If I had to summarise the conversation with one phrase it would be “make it happen”As individuals, we can’t wait for things to happen or hope that someone pushes us along on our Journey.  It’s our Journey and so we have to take responsibility for it so if we want things to happen we have to “make it ...

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The Mental Skills of the World Cup in Brazil 2014

Posted by David Harrison on Thursday, June 12, 2014, In : The Journey 

The World Cup 2014 in Brazil is starting today and this festival of football will provide lots examples of the importance of the mental side of the game in major tournaments.  I am going to present the importance of the mental skills and qualities needed for a player to be successful in the World Cup.  This is based on the book I have written (to be published very soon!) on the elements needed for success and winning and what better place to be successful and win than the biggest stage in wor...


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Sean Dyche and why Awareness is important for Football Managers and Premier League Football

Posted by David Harrison on Saturday, April 26, 2014, In : Burnley FC 

Awareness is one of the most essential components of success and for winning in football. As a football manager you need to be aware of yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your philosophy of coaching and your beliefs. You also need to be aware of the environment in which you find yourself managing.  Finally you need to be aware of the competition and the other teams in the division to ensure that give your team the best chance of success.  Sean Dyche, manager of Burnley Football Club h...
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Playing like jumpers for goal posts in the fight for relegation and promotion in the Football League

Posted by David Harrison on Friday, April 18, 2014, In : Control the Controllables 

The football league is drawing to its conclusion and there are teams fighting for relegation and promotion.  This is why love football but this time of the season is fascinating from a mental perspective.  Inevitably teams will miss out on the prize of staying up and be relegated or promotion to the league above.  These teams need to play the game and not the occasion (A colleague of mine used this during a conversion and I think it’s brilliant) and they need to play to win as opposed playi...


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Dealing with the 'decision' in Youth Football

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, April 14, 2014, In : Youth Football 

This time of year is incredibly important for young professional football players. Around this time decisions are being made on youth team players up and down the country on who will be receiving professional contracts and join the professional ranks.  Young players must realise that playing football is a very difficult and demanding Journey.  For the majority this is a very difficult time as some will receive a NO, however, for others the answer will be a yes and a contract will be given.  I...


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Sean Dyche – Burnley Manager, a Great Example of Leadership who shows the Building Blocks Needed for Success (and Premier League Football!)

Posted by David Harrison on Saturday, April 12, 2014, In : Burnley FC 

Sean Dyche is manager of Burnley football club and one of the brightest young English managers in the game. He has shown excellent leadership qualities throughout the 2013/14 Championship season. Burnley are on the brink of Premier league football next year with just one win needed to guarantee football in the Premier league for the second time in their illustrious history.  ‘Ginger Mourinho’ (or should Mourinho be known as ‘Silver Dyche’?) as he is known to the fans has been nominate...

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Understanding the Journey

Posted by David Harrison on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, In : Extending Comfort Zone 
You need to understand the journey, you need to understand that the journey never ends you have to keep moving forward.  This is awareness of the world that you live in. There are times when you feel like you are so close and then something outside of your control moves the goal posts.  This happens a lot, this happens constantly.  Early in your career this feels like a kick in the teeth. You are so close yet so far from the goal you have set yourself.  It is like a mirage in the desert you t...

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Confidence in Football

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, April 21, 2013, In : Confidence 

"Confidence is contagious” - Vince Lombardi.

Confidence for a football player is subjective and can increase and decrease quickly. You can be confident in one situation but not others, this is contagious so it must be managed.  This management can be improved by gaining more experience in a football environment and then using positive reference points that are gained from these experiences.  There are two types of confidence; Training Confidence and Match Confidence.  The first is being co...


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Motivation in Football - Links to Belief

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : Motivation 
Motivation is essential and is why people do what they they do. This is influenced by their beliefs and how they are feeling so there is an element of subjectivity there. Motivation can go up and it can go down. For example the footballer may not be motivated to go and play on a cold Sunday morning.  This motivation can be internal (intrinsic) or external (extrinsic) and will drive the footballer on.  A good way to identify the motives of a footballer is to identify what footballers assign to...
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Belief II - Another strategy to change and influence self belief in sport and business

Posted by David Harrison on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : Belief 

Self belief is the most important aspect of being successful in sport, business and education.  Without it no one will be able to reach and then maintain PINNACLE PERFORMANCE.  This belief influences everything you do and so it must be positive to feed your actions.  Like the plant food you give your house plant which stimulates growth and allows the plant to make the best of the window sill you have placed it on.
 
Without this plant food the plant would just exist and not thrive.  Like the pl...


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Invictus

Posted by David Harrison on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, In : Control the Controllables 

This is one of the best poems I have read and reinforces the need for self belief and the need to be in control, Control the Controllables. The poem is by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the...


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Pressure and the Olympics

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : Pressure 
The media focus on pressure (whether that is right of wrong for our GB athletes) and sport psychology in elite sport at the start of the 2012 Olympics has been high and its nice to see the mental skills of sport getting attention.  I heard whilst watching the Olympic coverage that elite athletes should already have the skills and knowledge to deal with the pressures of competition, this is true in some cases. Some are better than others whilst need to practice and develop them (hopefully this...
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Wimbledon Final 2012 - The mentality of Andy Murray

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, July 8, 2012, In : Control the Controllables 

The Strategy for Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final 2012 is simple. When he plays Rodger Federer he needs to manage andcontrol the pressure of the occasion. There will be millions watching as 'Murray Fever' sweeps the nation as he plays in the final with the hope of winning for the first time since Fred Perry in 1936.  

There are two strategies for Andy Murray to manage the pressure.  The first, in the preparation for today's final and during the match he needs to control the controllable...


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Concentration/Focus

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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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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Comment on The Pschology of the League 1 Play Off Final - Sheffield United

Posted by David Harrison on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : Control the Controllables 
I got this comment on my Facebook about yesterday's blog about Sheffield United. Andy is a good friend of mine and an ex pro who is also a sport psychologist. It's another way to look at the game today.

' enjoyed reading that, Dave. Here's some observations from my own experiences, which may or may not be of use. Professional sportspeople thrive on these occasions. It's these occasions that some athletes have worked their whole life's towa
rds. To simply try to ignore this could deter the pla...

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The Pschology of the League 1 Play Off Final - Sheffield United

Posted by David Harrison on Friday, May 25, 2012, In : Control the Controllables 

Sheffield United play Huddersfield town in the League 1 playoff final. The winner will gain promotion to the Npower Championship. Sheffield United need to approach the game in a certain way mentally because as a a club the Blades have not won a play off final on their previous 3 visits.

They need to play the game and not the occasion (A colleague of mine used this during a conversion and I think its brilliant) and they need to play to win as opposed playing not to lose.

Playing the game and...


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The Psychology of Football - Playing to Win as Opposed to Playing not to Lose

Posted by David Harrison on Saturday, May 5, 2012, In : Control the Controllables 


On the final day of League 1 11/12 football season 2 teams are fighting for promotion to the Championship. To compound matters the 2 teams are city rivals, members of the Steel city, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. The Owls versus the Blades, the Blues versus the Reds. On the penulitmate round of fixtures Sheffield United were in the driving seat but a disappointing draw at home and an away win for Sheffield Wednesday switched the positions and put the Owls on top.  Today sees bot...


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The Mental side of the Boat Race 2012

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, April 8, 2012, In : Control the Controllables 

The 158th Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race will be remembered for a lot of things, the distressing scenes at the finishing line when the Bowman of the Oxford crew colapsed, the broken oar that resulted in Cambridge racing away to win and the cause of the broken oar, the enforced restart caused by a swimmer apparently protesting about elitism.  These are all additional considerations to respond to and focus on for the rowers as well as the gruelling course on the Thames which is the p...


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