Uncertainty and the Brain

“There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.” – Robert Burns The human brain hates uncertainty. In fact, scientific studies have concluded that we’d rather be certain of disaster than feel unsure of whether disaster is or isn’t going to strike. As an example, this means knowing for sure that we’re going to be […]

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Growth Mindset and Marginal Gains

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh If you’re a fan of British Cycling, you’ll already know about Team GB’s phenomenal success in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They came from being absolute nobodies in the world of track cycling to winning seven gold medals. How did […]

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Making the Most of 2019

“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.” – Unknown Goal setting is Not Just for New Year January might be the traditional time of year to set goals for the year ahead, but let’s just take a step […]

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Being Your Best Self

“Never try to be better than anyone else, but never stop trying to be the best you can be.” – John Wooden John Wooden was a high school English teacher who became a legendary basketball coach. During his career in the classroom, he became frustrated by the school system’s focus on results rather than effort. […]

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Coaching Connection

“Communication is not just words, it’s people.” It goes without saying that a good coach needs good communication skills. After all, it doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are if you can’t pass on that knowledge in a way that makes sense to others, right? However, the difference between good coaching and great coaching is not […]

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What Motivates Success?

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…” ― John Lennon You don’t need to have been around in the 1960s to know who the Beatles are. They took the music industry by storm and became the biggest-selling band of all-time. But, here’s the question: what motivated them to become one […]

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The Coaching Manager

People Centered…Outcome Driven…Performance Focused ”No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings” William Blake Standing at the bottom of a snow covered hill in Lofer, Austria, I was working with the GB Alpine ski team. The team were training for the next set of competitive races and my role was to […]

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How to Develop Confidence in Your Players

One of the most common hurdles facing coaches of youth players is “Performance Anxiety” Why is it that some players appear to rise to an occasion yet others appear to fall apart? Excessive nerves can be the result of a lack of confidence but this is often overlooked when the player in question seems to […]

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