After a 3-0 loss to Forfar in the League Cup, Hutchison Vale's performance psychology session was geared for each player to analyse their performance and how they contributed to the strategies set to reach their goals.
Behaviours and attitudes are contagious so if there is one thing, and by having passionate and motivated players can contribute to overal team atmosphere.
For example, it's quite typical and easy to moan about running because yes not many people like to do it. However as discussed, effort drops when we are
tired. The only way to improve that is through our fitness levels getting
better. Therefore at training, please try to stay positive about running etc.
The coaches who are focused on players development dont make players run because they just feel like it, they make players run because that is part of the game and will only make players better, both physically and mentally. It takes character to do something that you don't enjoy but do it knowing that it is beneficial and will help you. Just think how good it feels when you feeling good, and fit, able to match a very able opponent. Fitness just makes the game better for us, as will allow us to do better on the ball.
Small changes to attitude can not only help you enjoy aspects of sport and physical activity, but can help you with your overall performance. Suzie Robertson featured in this picture is an example of a player who works very hard, and gives 100% effort. You would need more than 10 fingers to count on for the number of last minute tackles she made to keep the ball out of the net. Her motto, "Hard work is free" which coincides with a motto I use "Hard work beats talent, when talent does not work". It is a great feeling to come of the football pitch, knowing that you gave 100%. Success comes to those work hard even after defeat; who lose the ball but recover quickly, and those who leave sweat, blood and tears on the pitch in giving every inch of themselves to be the best they can be.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.