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The Truth behind Mental Health in Sport

When we hear about mental health and wellbeing, we often think about performers with poor psychological functioning and behaviours, which are troublesome or destructive to self and others. In this article, I’d like to suggest an entirely different perspective on mental health: What if, all human beings possess an innate divine gift of psychological health, inner resilience and well-being that [...]

2020-02-19T23:33:04+00:00December 31st, 2015|

It’s OK not to KNOW – I didn’t!

One of the most fascinating parts of my work is the initial conversation with a prospective client? You dance with the possibility that you may or may not have it all covered? You consider, is there something here of any value or not? For a split second you reflect - am I on the right track, do I have the [...]

2019-04-09T10:16:18+01:00July 25th, 2015|

The Spiritual, Physical, Psychological and Practical!

  Usually or at least until now, I’ve written articles that are somewhat practical and specific to the field of performance sport, but this time, I’ve been asked if I would upload to my website a piece of work that I recently posted in a closed facebook group, ‘The Inside Out Community’, and a public group, The Three Principles Supermind, [...]

2019-04-11T12:51:20+01:00June 10th, 2015|

What Really Caused Andy Murray’s Meltdown?

As I listened to Andy Murray and read his comments and apologies following his defeat to Novak Djokovic at the final of the Australian Open, my heart went out to him! I felt a deep sense of sadness as he talked about, 'working harder' to ensure he is not distracted by the behaviours of his opponent in future. Judy Murray [...]

2020-02-17T22:13:35+00:00February 6th, 2015|

Berahino scores 4 goals and not a smile or celebration!

Is it Business as Usual for Berahino? It was during the FA Cup third round between West Bromwich and Gateshead when Albion's Saido Berahino scored four goals in a 7-0 win. It would be fairly common to see a player celebrate after scoring a goal in football, and in varying degrees and styles – falling to the knees, sprinting up to [...]

2020-02-17T22:07:04+00:00January 9th, 2015|

Finding Confidence – It’s Behind You!

This week I was delighted to attend a fabulous event called ‘Bridging the Confidence Gap’ held by EY (Building a better working world). The inspirational speakers were great: Harriet Minter, editor of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section Jacqueline Gold, CEO, Ann Summers Sue Stockdale, British polar adventurer Jennifer Philpot, Director, Global Talent Leader, EY Advisory Alan Bloom, TAS Global [...]

2019-04-09T10:16:41+01:00December 6th, 2014|

THRIVE or Survive – International Sport

(UNDERSTANDING or Application) It’s fascinating to watch other sports - right now, I'm enjoying the fantastic International rugby and getting curious and intrigued again by the intricacies of elite sport. What's the difference between a team who thrives and one that strives? These past two weeks, we’ve seen several matches finalised with margins of less than 5 points. The fact [...]

2020-03-19T20:29:54+00:00November 19th, 2014|

Is Your Performance Review Just A Big Waste Of Time?

Post any competition win or lose, you carry out a detailed review of the performance and the programme, BUT do we really get this right? Many questions are asked and answered: Were the athletes fit for purpose? Were you sufficiently prepared in terms of competition exposure? Did you, the coach have enough contact hours? Do the athletes have superior skills [...]

2019-05-05T08:54:24+01:00August 8th, 2014|

Win or Lose – It Doesn’t Matter!

As a coach or athlete, have you ever come away from losing a match knowing that you were the stronger team? OR Cheekily, leave the arena with a smile saying ‘we’ll take that’, knowing the opposition skill level was massively superior and they handed you the game! What IS going on here? It seems all upside down! In 1995, I [...]

2019-05-05T08:54:56+01:00June 22nd, 2014|

Contrary to What You Might Think — Match Day Pressure Doesn’t Exist!

Most coaches, managers and athletes believe that playing in front of a large crowd, home or away would automatically impact performance? With the World Cup and Commonwealth Games 2014 about to start - lets take a closer look? You train your skills and bodies for thousands of hours; you’re completely confident with the techniques and tactics you’ve mastered. Your repertoire [...]

2019-05-05T08:55:31+01:00June 14th, 2014|