A Champion’s Mentality

A Champion’s Mentality

Champions tend to be a different breed. They are the uncommon living a life less ordinary. They suffer pain in the moment, every day, for the pleasure of a far off result. It’s not easy being a champion. Here’s a few ideas to exercise your podium winning mentality…

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Preparing to Play – a Mental Warm Up

Preparing to Play – a Mental Warm Up

How do you conduct yourself in the hour before kick off? What do you do? How do you go about preparing for an important game?

I think these 60 minutes are the most important of the week – they are 60 golden nuggets to set the tone of focus, and build a momentum of confidence. As the match approaches so you should have protocols that help your body and your mind attune to competitive intensity. 

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Preventing a Slump in Form

Preventing a Slump in Form

Slumping players lack self-belief and performance confidence. They suffer from displaced or dispersed focus. And they experience the kind of emotions that are destructive to their game.

In this short article I’m going to give you a very quick and simple technique that can help you emerge from a slump, and even prevent you from getting into a slump in the first place.

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Your Confidence & Energy Bars

Your Confidence & Energy Bars

It’s vital that every soccer player has the capability of running onto the pitch with confidence and energy. Yet many players leave this to chance. As a consequence, one day they are brimming with confidence, while the next match they are sapped of self-belief. One match they feel full with energy, the next match they are drained of energy.

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Soccer Tough II

Soccer Tough II

Global soccer psychologist Dan Abrahams is back with a follow up to his groundbreaking, international bestseller "Soccer Tough".

In "Soccer Tough 2: Advanced Psychology Techniques for Footballers" Dan introduces soccer players to more cutting edge tools and techniques to help them develop the game of their dreams.

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Becoming a Soccer Optimist

Becoming a Soccer Optimist

There is an enormous amount of scientific evidence to suggest that being an optimist in sport is a healthy, happy and optimal way to become the very best you can be.

Optimism has been linked to all kinds of exciting factors including better performance, an ability to overcome adversity, maintaining motivation, reduced chances of burnout and more wins.

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What is "Soccer Intelligence" and how can you train it?

What is "Soccer Intelligence" and how can you train it?

I call it Soccer Awareness! This is the “thinking” part of the game; it’s the game of the MIND. The game starts in the head of the player and players must think more quickly and with better accuracy in decision making. Therefore soccer intelligence is based around players being able to identify their options BEFORE they receive the ball; and pick out the best option of hopefully several available to advance it; and maintain possession in the next phase of play.

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Using Sport Psychology as a Soccer Player

Using Sport Psychology as a Soccer Player

I love being a sport psychologist working in soccer. There are so many neat tools and techniques that can help players be the best they can be.

Do you utilise sport psychology within your training sessions? Do you utilise it when you compete? How strong is your competitive mindset?

Here are a few simple and succinct ideas from the sport psychology cannon.

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Be a Quick Thinker

Be a Quick Thinker

Soccer is a game of speed. But not in the traditional sense of the word. Pace will always play a part in the beautiful game, but I’m not talking about quick feet. I’m talking about a quick mind. I’m referring to nimble thinking. A footballer should live, breathe and sleep speed of thought. Here’s a simple way to improve it.

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Are you mentally tough enough?

Are you mentally tough enough?

Champions in any sport never ease up. They are never satisfied. They are hungry for more, in fact they are ravenous. Their appetite isn’t just for success – that plays a part, that’s the end goal in mind. Actually, champions are fully focused on constantly improving their skills. They are always trying to learn and become better. 

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Keeping Incredible Body Language

The very best show it through their body. They radiate confidence as they compete. Ronaldo – tall, striking and powerful. Messi – non stop, sharp, alert and alive. Casillas – dominant, demanding and commanding. The champions use their body like a machine that powers their mind – their game intelligence, their focus, their confidence, their freedom, their intensity and their want. Here’s how to keep a great body as you compete.
 
The next time you are on the pitch, whether it is in training or in a match….I want you to resist trying to win or trying to play at your best. I want you to focus on an exercise that will allow that to happen. All outcomes take care of themselves.

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