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Kobe Byrant and Hard Work

Posted by David Harrison on Saturday, August 29, 2015, In : The Journey 
Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players ever to play the game (some will argue he is one of the greatest in any sport!).

What is the reason?

Why is Kobe Byrant so good?

Is it innate talent?

It's based on an incredible work ethic.  Kobe Byrant understands the importance of HARD WORK. There are lots of stories around Kobe's work rate and work ethic but this story I found on the addicted2success website (the link is below) blew me out of the water.  There is a chapter on hard work in m...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Makings of an Olympian

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, August 6, 2012, In : Discipline 

I have loved the interviews with the Olympic winners during London 2012. They have all mentioned a number characteristics that are common among all the winners. They are all linked and interlinked one can't exist without any of the others one is no important than any of the others.

Hard Work

'A winner is someone who recognises his God given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.' - Larry Bird.

This is mentioned by all the winne...


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The Importance of Discipline on Reaching PINNACLE PERFORMANCE

Posted by David Harrison on Friday, April 13, 2012, In : Discipline 
A couple of things have combined for inspiration for this blog. The first of these was a spiders web in my garden that I saw as I was going to my car one morning. The second is the book The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck.  The spiders web reminded me of the story of the king and the spider. The king was outlawed by an opposing king and was close to defeat.  In his hiding place he witnessed a small spider repeatedly try and fail to spin a web. The spider eventually completed his web and ...
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Stepping Up – The Future

Posted by David Harrison on Monday, May 23, 2011,

Making the step up from 1 level of sport to the next is a big concern for many young sport stars.  Your long term future and destination is something that you need to be aware off.  The issues/problems youare and going to face are no different to problems faced by players your age at any level.  The transition from U19 football to paid men’s football is often seen as a difficult time in young players’ career because you have gone from playing with your peers who are all similar age grou...


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