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What is needed to win in the Ryder Cup?

Posted by David Harrison on Thursday, September 25, 2014, In : The Journey 

The Ryder Cup starts tomorrow and this sporting spectacular is going to provide lots examples of the importance of the mental side in winning a major golf tournaments.  I am going to present the importance of the mental skills and qualities needed for a player to be successful in the Ryder Cup.  These elements are outlined in a book I have written (to be published very soon!) on the elements needed for success and winning so what better place to be successful and win than one of the biggest e...


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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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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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Lets visit different floors of the Library

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, March 3, 2013, In : Study Skills 
One of the key skills a student of sport psychology needs is to have the confidence to seek out answers from different places. To think beyond the mental skills and the theories they have been given throughout their education. I have heard this skill likened to 'going to different floors of the learning centre' (LRC).  This is something I pass onto my students.  They need to think 'outside the box' and think laterally to find answers and link concepts to together. They need to be creative. It...
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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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What is Sport Psychology?

Posted by David Harrison on Friday, July 20, 2012, In : Learning 
Sports performers seeking a competitive edge know that sport psychology plays an important role in maximising performance.  To understand the importance of psychological preparation and control in both individual and team sports a number of factors must be explored.  While sports performance is reliant on the correct training and nutritional strategy, it is also important that the athlete is appropriately motivated, has control of their arousal levels, is confident of success, has the appropr...
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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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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 Importance of becoming child like in our approach to Success and Winning

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, May 13, 2012, In : Learning 

I found this passage from George Leonard in a book on Informal Learning by Jay Cross. It has got significant importance to sport and business psychology.

Leonard said:

1. Stay open to possibilities. The world is feeding you opportunities all the time. Keep your eyes open and you will see them.

2. You need instruction to get the basics, but after that, watch closely and see what works. Don't try to change everything at once - that doesn't work.

3. Learn from accidents. Learn from mistakes, cap...


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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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Confidence – An Essential Ingredient to Success

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, May 23, 2011, In : Confidence 

 Confidence is arguably the most essential ingredient to success.  Confidence is in ones ability and skills are paramount in order to survive and be successful in any performance domain.  Look at Kobe Byrant (LA Lakers basketball player) and Lebron James as two great examples.  Both players demand the ball when the game is on the line because they have complete confidence in their ability to make that shot and win the game.  Their team mates also have confidence in them that they can make the...


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