“Be careful of how you are talking to yourself, because you are listening”, Lisa M Hayes. Self-talk is an incredible resource to tap into. One of the most powerful ways to create change. They say that the average person engages in self-talk about 3,000 to 10,000 times a day, and most of that talk is…… Continue reading THE POWER OF SELF-TALK
Dealing with your Soccer Emotions…Quickly!! A pressure game – anxiety! A mistake made – frustration! A poor refereeing decision – anger! A goal against – despondency!Soccer is an emotional game. Every match is packed full with incident – moments of action that cause your brain and nervous system to drive energy through your body. Energy…… Continue reading SOCCER EMOTION
It’s never about where, it’s always about why. When I was coaching under 6s through to under 10s (back when under 6s had goalkeepers), one of the biggest challenges was where kids played on the park. It’s interesting to watch the kids progress over the years and how some tend to naturally slot into a…… Continue reading WHY, NOT WHERE
I was listening to a podcast today from Dan Abraham, who is an EPL (English premiere league) mental skills expert, entitled “inside the mind of a champion”. Currently Dan is working in many different sporting contexts including Derby County FC, with professional football players and pro golfers. He spoke about many aspects of coaching teams…… Continue reading THE 4 C’s OF COACHING
I just read a great article by John O’Sullivan entitled, “Is Your Child’s Youth Sports Experience Transactional or Transformational?” (see: http://changingthegameproject.com/blog/) The article got me thinking about the culture and intent of BBFC, and the challenge of continuing to create the “transformational” experience for all out players and their families. John states: “I was recently reading…… Continue reading TRANSACT or TRANSFORM
Emotionalism—ups and downs in moods, displays of temper-ament—is almost always counterproductive, and at times disastrous. I came to understand that if my own behaviour was filled with emotionalism, I was sanctioning it for others. As the leader, my behaviour set the bounds of acceptability. And letting emotions spill over onto the court was simply unacceptable.…… Continue reading RAPPORT & RESPECT
Intentions are how we commit to showing up to training, to game day, to the team, to yourself and to your supporters Goals focus on a fixed outcome in the future, while intentions focus on the present and provide the guide to living mindfully moment-to-moment. Goals are an effort to achieve a set of results in the future, which…… Continue reading HOW DO YOU SHOW UP?