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, Dan Abrahams gives a very quick and simple technique that can help players emerge from a slump, and even prevent you from getting into a slump in the first place.

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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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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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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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Champions are Never Satisfied

Champions are Never Satisfied

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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Passion is your privilege

Passion is your privilege

"When you are truly living on the edge....there’s no room at all for error. It’s a luxury you can’t afford."

"For the rest of us, though, there’s a cushion. Being wrong isn’t fatal, it’s merely something we’d prefer to avoid. We have the privilege of being wrong. Not being wrong on purpose, of course, but wrong as a cost on the way to being right."

I really wanted to speak to this point, that for most of us, being wrong or failing isn't going to kill us. It isn't a be all end all. And it isn't going to be much more than an annoyance or unwanted bump in the road.

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