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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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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 - 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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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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Never Give Up. The Ups and Downs of the Journey - Justin Rose

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, June 23, 2013, In : Belief 
'Never Never Never Give Up' - Winston Churchill

Success takes a long time. There is a lot of things that have to be in place for success to happen, there is a lot of learning to take place. There will be ups and there will be downs.  You learn more from the downs and it allows you to develop strategies to overcome them to come back stronger.  However the downs hurt, they can hurt real bad and you will have feelings of wanting to quit, to give up.  It takes mental toughness to fight through thi...

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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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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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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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Show me the Money? Questions around voluntary work in the sports industry

Posted by David Harrison on Sunday, February 24, 2013, In : Employability 

I am sure you do as I do and have signed up to the UK Sport e-letter and spend time looking at the jobs currently available in sport. I do this as a tutor responsible for developing and improving the employability of my students but also with a keen professional interest in my career.  It has been pleasing to see a large number of jobs in sport but I am a little put out by the large number of unpaid internships and voluntary positions in sport science support.  This got me thinking.

Where a...


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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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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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Pressure

Posted by David Harrison on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, In : Pressure 

Pressure is a term that has been banded about in the media in recent days with the events at the Open and Scott losing a 4 shot lead and then missing a putt to send it to a tie break which let Ernie Els win.  Pressure has also been talked about with Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky and their ability to manage the pressures of the Tour de France with the help of Dr. Steve Peters.  Pressure is also being talked about in the build up to the London 2012 Olympics.  There is a lot of pressure on Team G...


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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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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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Extend your Comfort Zone

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, May 7, 2012, In : Extending Comfort Zone 

It has been said that we all live in the same wind and it is how we deploy our sails that separates successful people who reach PINNACLE PERFORMANCE from everyone else. What this means from a sport psychology perspective is that everyone is faced with the same external environment and it's how you manage and use the tools you have been given (Control the Controllables again!) to get the most out of the wind and the environment to be successful. This links to 2 of my favourite quotes. The firs...


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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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