I really enjoyed delivering to a great bunch of participants at my most recent performance psychology workshop. I recieved a lot of positive feedback which you can see on my testimonial page.
The participants said by the end of the workshop they were able to: "recognize different levels of confidence and esteem"; "how different factors can effect confidence" and "how to deal with anxiety by turning it into a positive"
It also allowed for participants to "understand their self more, learn new skills and adapt current abilities"
I want to say a huge thank you to all participants and their input and inspiration to each other. Group discussions, and learning from each other was noted as a positive as well it being a laid back and interactive environment. Please see the above photo for participants ideas on building confidence.
I am also thankful for Kate Cooper and the Herballife team being very cooperative with the venue, and providing a great learning environment. I apologise for the little technical glitch, and will have that resolved for the next workshop! Lets continue to work together to ensure people are confident in, not only the things they do, but for who they are.
Life is short. So we are told. And I guess its easy to forget this until we are faced
with catastrophe or timelines. When we only have a couple of days left of something, or when we are faced with trauma. This provokes us to be more conscious of the fact, "life is short". Things
in life, usually the difficult things, freeze us for a moment, and make us reflect. Reflect on whats important to you, your goals, achievements and whether you have did all you want.
Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo coehlo shows this in fine detail. Veronika is a beautiful young woman who appears to have the perfect life, but nevertheless decides to commit suicide by ingesting too many sleeping pills. While she waits to die, she decides to read a magazine. After seeing an article in the magazine which wittily asks "Where is Slovenia?," she decides to write a letter to the press justifying her suicide, the idea being to make the press believe that she has killed herself because people don't
even know where Slovenia is. Her plan fails and she wakes up in Villete, a mental hospital in Slovenia, where she is told she has only a few days to live. Her presence there affects all of the mental hospital's patients, especially Zedka, who has clinical depression; Mari, who suffers from panic attacks; and Eduard, who has schizophrenia, and with whom Veronika falls in love.
During her internment in Villete she realises that she has nothing to lose and can therefore do what she wants, say what she wants and be who she wants without having to worry about what others think of her; as a mental patient, she is unlikely to be criticized. Because of this newfound freedom Veronika experiences all the things she never allowed herself to experience, including hatred and love. In the meantime, Villete's head psychiatrist, Dr. Igor, attempts a fascinating but provocative experiment: can you "shock" someone into wanting to live by convincing her that death is imminent? Like a doctor applying defibrillator paddles to a heart attack victim, Dr. Igor's "prognosis" jump-starts Veronika's new appreciation of the world around her (Wikipedia).
What would you do if you felt you could be free? What would you do if you didn't worry what people thought of you? What would you do if you thought you only had limited time to live?
But I know it is hard, it's hard to do all the things we want over than the things we should. To conform to society, build a reputation, make it in the field you want to be, achieve what you want to achieve.
So what if the world was to be stopped for you? What would you choose? Have you made all the right choices? Have you made all the right choices for you?
We spend days stressing about simple tasks instead of enjoying and having pride in completing them. Or pride in saying,
'yes life is too short and I am going to do what makes me happy'
Life is short. So live your dreams, love unconditionally, seek adventure and new experiences, and most importantly, enjoy!
Both the under 14s and under 16s South East regional squad participated in an introduction to sport psychology session. We looked at the importance of mentality and character as football players, and the components of psychology that can be used to enhance performance.
The girls were brilliant at feeding back and presenting their ideas. It was quite evident though that most players train physically, tactically and technically for many hours on a weekly basis. Some of them, around 7 football sessions and 2 gym sessions, but not many train the mental side of sport. Many of them, however, identified this is a big part of their game and they use their mental strength and character as a weapon for peak performance! Once athletes reach elite level, sport psychology becomes more emphasized and recognised as important.
Yet, are we failing to provide youngsters these skills and techniques for them to carry throughout their playing careers? If we give the youth of today techniques for them to use in both training and games and teach them to be their own coach, will they be more able to deal with the pressures of performance and self evaluate?
It is just great when you have coaches who appreciate the psychological part of performing and i am grateful for opportunity to share my knowledge on this subject. Thanks Chris Roberts and Davie Drummond for the opportunity. It was also great that I have worked with quite a few players of the group thanks to Hibs Girls Manager, Willie Kirk and the coaches who really support their players at a young age to gain knowledge on the mental side of sport. And also those involved in international football as psychology is now part of the education camps for under 15s through to the A squad. We are all working together to make the young people, not only better footballers, but better people.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.