Focus: Tips from a Top Gun

It doesn’t matter what field, industry or sport you operate in, your performance relies on your ability to focus. A fully focused connection with your performance enables you to perform to your best, to learn, to correct and to stay engaged. Whatever the activity, task or event you are engaged in, if your focus is...

The Commitment to Succeed: Lessons from an Ironman Champion

Chris McCormack is an exceptional athlete. For years he was one of the dominating forces in the triathlon world, winning two Ironman World Championships, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup Series, the Triathlon World Championships, and the 2012 Long Distance World Championships. Chris  also won multiple other Ironman events breaking the elusive 8 hour barrier...

Why Success Doesn’t Always Build Confidence

Confidence is like a balloon, when it’s full we can float through challenges and difficult situations with poise and effective performance, but what happens if the balloon bursts? Possessing high self-confidence is an essential part of good performance and anyone who takes their performance seriously will be on the look out for ways to build...

“You throw like a girl” and other insults that have impact.

“Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me” is a mantra that we’ve been encouraged to use from childhood when we’re on the wrong end of some name calling. After all, it’s only name calling. It can’t really hurt us, can it? Well, some new research has revealed that it...

A Simple Trick to Boost the Positive Mood Effect of Exercise

It’s well known that exercise can have a positive effective on your mood so how would you like to give that positive mood a boost? Well a new study has found a simple way to do just that. The trick is to use an enjoyable distraction. Distractions are quite commonly used to control focus and...

How Science Boosts Performance

US downhill skier, Steven Nyman was struggling to make it to the top of his sport until he embraced evidence based methods that represent the forefront of sports science. He’s now about to compete at the Sochi Olympic Games and is a genuine medal contender. “If you ignore a lot of that stuff and just...

The Problem with Brain Overload

We know from studies (and real life!) that individuals may be a limited by the amount of ‘processing space‘ our brains have. As every mental and physical task requires a finite amount of processing space, if we don’t learn ways to develop our processing skills, we are inviting failure. This concept is known as the Capacity...

Should athletes prepare for defeat?

Out of the 10,500 athletes who are competing at the London 2012 Games only 302 will win. The rest will be left to navigate the kaleidoscope of emotions that comes with failing to win. Many athletes struggle to cope with the weight of expectation that is placed upon them by their supporters and their expectant...

Are you Practising to Fail?

If you are on a mission to become great in a sporting or intellectual endeavour, you should expect plenty of failures on the way, especially during practise. But that shouldn’t put you off, in fact if you want to become a master at what you do you should have a passion for it. How is...

The Psychology of Flow (in under 300 words)

One of the most commonly discussed concepts in sport is the idea of performance flow. The ‘zone’ that athletes get into where their minds and bodies are at one and their performance soars to the highest level. In this interesting article, the guys from PsyBlog give us their view of Flow – in under 300...

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