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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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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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Awareness - Again! For the Journey

Posted by David Harrison on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, In : The Journey 

Awareness is imperative if you intend to be successful so I am coming back to awareness because it is so important.  Its importance was reinforced when I met and talked with an ex professional footballer is now working extensively with Sporting Chance and a sprint coach who himself has competed nationally (both were ex-students of mine!) about performance.  Awareness is important in any endeavor but we as athletes need to be fully aware of our own strengths and areas of development.  This wil...


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Intimidation in Sport - Are you a Wolf?

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : Comment 


I was on a recent train journey and I needed something to read so I picked up a copy of New Scientist (1 June 2013). Several of the articles took my eye with immediate links to sport psychology.  The one that really took my eye was from Ecology around intimidation and how predators influence the behaviours of their prey.  This got me thinking (I was visiting a different part of the library, see my previous blog post on this in sport psychology).  Intimidation plays an important part in sport ...

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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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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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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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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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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

E
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 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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