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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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Awareness and it's links to Belief

Posted by David Harrison on Thursday, September 12, 2013, In : Belief 
Awareness has been highlighted by many as a key indicator of success in a range of performance environments.   It is arguably the most important ingredient for belief as every other skill, quality and task you have and undertake can be traced back to awareness.  Being aware will give you an insight into your beliefs and whether they are positive or holding you back.  If you are aware then this will give you knowledge and if you have knowledge then you know what you need to do to and the direc...

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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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Motivation - the importance of external rewards

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, May 27, 2013, In : Motivation 
As we know there are 2 types of motivation; internal and external. Motivation drives us to pursue a goal and this goal must mean something and allow us to commit.  It must have internal significance to give the determination and dedication to commit to the hard work it takes to achieve the goal. This is motivation. Research has suggested that internal motivation is powerful and that external or extrinsic motivation is powerful only for the short term but does have an important role to play ov...

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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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Reflections of working with younger athletes on Belief

Posted by David Harrison on Thursday, February 21, 2013, In : Belief 
I have done a number of group workshops recently to different groups of younger athletes from football and cycling around belief.  It has been interesting to see how the athletes have been receptive to idea of the importance of self belief in sport. At the start of the session it was obvious that the majority of the athletes had never considered what belief really was and had never contemplated what their beliefs were and how they influenced all their decisions. They were still in school mode...
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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 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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