Thursday, 26 November 2015

Get in the Wheelbarrow

Whatever your sporting aims you need to make sure you’re getting the right support.  From your coach, an individualised training plan, knowing what nutrition works for you, to team mates, friends and family.

Making sure you have everything in place to allow you be your best.  Having good supports also means you will have people who support you not just by saying what you want to hear but also by challenging you when needed.

The biggest supporter you need to have is you.  If you don’t give yourself the right team talk at the right time or challenge what you are doing when needed then you are going to fall short, maybe just a little but enough to know you could have done more.

Talking of supporters I do love the following story…

The story goes: upon completing a highly dangerous tightrope walk over Niagrara Falls in appalling wind and rain.  'The Great Zumbrati' was met by an enthusiastic support who urged him to make a return trip, this time pushing a wheelbarrow, which the supporter had thoughtfully brought along.
The Great Zumbrati was reluctant, given the terrible conditions, but the support pressed him, "You can do it - I know you can" he urged
"You really believe I can do it?" asked Zumbrati
"Yes, definitely - you can do it" the supporter gushed.
"Okay," said Zumbrati, "Get in the wheelbarrow..."

So are you ready to get into your wheelbarrow?  

If you want to know how to give yourself the right support contact me about how sports coaching for mental strategies can help you achieve your goals.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Mental Strategies in Sport - training weekend

You can now book your 'Get the EDGE' mental strategies in sport weekend.  Choose from 3 weekends - suitable for all sports and all levels!

Friday, 20 November 2015

New book out today!!

Very pleased to announce the publication of my new book!

'How to Thrive through Transisiton - A step by step guide to successfully navigate change in your business and personal life.'

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Biscuits (and assumptions...)

I love the following story as a reminder that we all have different ambitions and motivations.

This is a true story.  Some years ago the following exchange was broadcast on an Open University sociology TV programme.

An interviewer was talking to a female production-line worker in a biscuit factory.  The dialogue went like this:

Interviewer:  How long have you worked here?
Production Lady:  Since I left school (probably about 15 years)
Interviewer:  What do you do?
Production Lady:  I take packets of biscuits off the conveyor belt and put them into cardboard boxes.
Interviewer:  Have you always done the same job?
Production Lady:  Yes.
Interviewer:  Do you enjoy it?
Production Lady:  Oooh yes, it's great, everyone is so nice and friendly, we have a good laugh.
Interviewer (with a hint of disbelief):  Really?  Don't you find it a bit boring?
Production Lady:  Oh no, sometimes they change the biscuits...

Do not impose your own needs and ambitions on to other people who may not share them.
Do not assume that things that motivate you will motivate someone else.
Recognise that sources of happiness may vary widely between people.

I'm lucky in the training I have undertaken over the years gives me the scope to be able to use many different techniques and adapt them as needed for the individual I am working with.  This story reminds us not to make assumptions based on our own thinking....

Whilst writing this I also came across this experiment by Canon about the power of perspective in portrait photography and how it says more about the person behind the camera than the one in front Petapixal - Canon portrait experiment

If you want to know more about how you as a sports coach can understand your coachees motivations and how you can help with their individual thinking then contact me.