Everyone loves results. The wins. The points. The championships. The goals. Positive results are fun, fulfilling, energising and rewarding. We don’t train to fail and we certainly don’t ever train to lose. Teams work hard to get results, and results matter. In my work with youth sports teams, I am passionate about leading coaches into…… Continue reading RELATIONAL MINDSET
A great article from John O’Sullivan, from Changing the Game Project. Picture the young swimmer stepping up to the starting blocks in a championship race. What is he thinking in that moment? Visualize the soccer player, stepping up to take the deciding penalty kick. What is going through her head? Think of the basketball player,…… Continue reading POWER OF WORDS
A selection from John O’Sullivan’s blog at Changing the Game Project. www.changingthegameproject.com Blockbuster Video was on top of the world in 2004 when a small startup called Netflix approached them and offered to sell the company to them for $50 million. Blockbuster laughed. Today, Blockbuster Video is bankrupt, Netflix is worth tens of billions, and it…… Continue reading NETFLIX OR BLOCKBUSTER COACH?
As we head into the final third of completion, your thinking could make all the difference to how the season ends. Whether you’re winning with a great chance for finals football, or not winning and trying to work out how you stay motivated, your thinking plays a massive part. By the time we are 17…… Continue reading WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
We generally want to protect our own kids from making mistakes, because we know it can be painful, or humiliating or disappointing. Yet what science teaches us is that it is the mistakes that develop people the most, particularly when they then work out how to rectify it themselves. It’s what I call “mistake momentum”,…… Continue reading MISTAKES MATTER
(from John O’sullivan at Changing the Game Project) The perfectionist athlete. This is an athlete who has attached his identity to his achievements, or lack thereof. And being perfection focused instead of process oriented can be the downfall of many a young athlete. Sadly, perfectionism is on the rise according to recent studies, and nearing…… Continue reading THE PERFECTIONIST ATHLETE
Extracted from John O’Sullivan’s blog: http://www.changingthegameproject.com She asked me “when do kids shift from having fun to being competitive in youth sports?” We get this question a lot, from parents of children 8-18. Our answer: They don’t! Fun and Competition are NOT mutually exclusive. Youth Sports should be both! How adults define fun is not how children…… Continue reading FUN V COMPETITION
In football, it is common to find yourself or your team under the pump, facing challenges and losing the plot, right in the middle of a game. With so much activity and noise distracting you, feeding your thoughts and competing for your attention, staying focused and confident is imperative. This is true for a coach,…… Continue reading FOCUS & CONFIDENCE
One of my passions is helping coaches (& parents) focus on the person before the player. This can be a balancing act at times because we all want great results for our clubs, teams and players. The challenge is to ensure that our club and team culture is not driven by results, over relationships. This…… Continue reading PERSON V PLAYER