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Talent… In reply to Kes

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Kester Wilkinson commented on the Joining the Dots post and rather than reply to him I thought I would post a response as this is a subject close to my heart….He pointed me to this article and asked for an opinion. Of course, I have one!

I believe the word talent is used very loosely and by many without due care and thought. Coaches are also very apt at using it to get business and if misunderstood can lead to many false beliefs and players who simply will never achieve their potential.

With regard to the article I believe whole heartedly in the number of hours practice put in being an indicator of potential. There is a lot of evidence now proving the 10,000 hours theory and having worked in performance tennis for many years I am pretty much in support of this barring the odd freak of course. The 10,000 hours applies to anything not just sport. It is also important to consider the quality of the 10,000 hours. 10,000 hours of bad coaching or ill spent time will result in under achieving. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

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Before you can “join the dots……”

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My last post addressed joining the dots in your life but before we do this we need to identify a few things about ourselves. What drives us? What are our core beliefs? What are our passions? What are our limiting beliefs and even perhaps where do these come from?

We are shaped by our beliefs. Who we be is determined by so many factors.. Genetics, nature, nurture and within these there are a zillion reasons for why we are like we are. One of the key factors is our childhood. How we were educated both at home and at school, however, the strongest influence even if you were at boarding school for most of your youth is how we were parented. It is our parents who are the key educators. Or in many cases, un-educators. Yes, so many of our limiting beliefs will come from our key role models. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm

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Joining The Dots….

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A group of youths who needed to repair their picture...They trekked 150 km across the Sinai

The last few posts have created quite a few questions which I always like…..  James Cracknell’s article, beliefs, limiting beliefs, motivation and what is your chronic injury…? These are all inextricably linked to the title of todays post; Joining The Dots.

I spoke with Carlyle of Prohab Performance yesterday who asked what this weeks posts were about…  I responded with “why?” His reply was “I asked my clients how they would know if life was a success? The answers were obviously very mixed but the overriding observation was the a lack of clarity.

If we take look at someone like James Cracknell who seems to have all his ducks in a row and most would say leads a successful happy life; he has just had a huge life experience that has knocked one or more of those ducks down. Shaken his success, maybe his belief too. His accident in America where he was knocked of his bike during another endurance attempt will make him evaluate seriously. Before, all was good with his tv career blossoming, work was fun, exciting and so on. He was shaping his role as super endurance hero but this came with a price. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

Find inspiration from within…..

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September 17, 2010 at 7:32 am

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September 16, 2010 at 8:28 am

James Cracknell’s Marathon des Sables

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James Cracknell – Superhuman?

I first met James at the bivouac on the Marathon des Sables, also known as the MdS. One of my commissions was to supply images for Discovery TV as they were filming James during this years race for a scientific programme analysing how the body reacts under such pressure in the desert heat. I was keen to examine his performance.

Is he superhuman or just a normal human being who is able to achieve the extraordinary? Like athletes Daley Thomson or Jesse Owen, or Richard Branson and Steve Jobs of the business world; these are individuals who found or find it hard to achieve anything less than perfection in their chosen fields.

The Marathon des Sables is a 250km run over some of the harshest terrain the Moroccan Sahara can throw up. It is a stage race where competitors run increasing distances each day until stage 4 which is 82 km long. They have to battle through of sand, mountains, rocks and wadi beds. Stage 5 is an official marathon and finally stage 6 is a mere 20 km but over some of the highest dunes in the world. And that brings them to the end of the race. It is a self sufficient run so James had to carry everything he needed for the 7 days and water was rationed and handed out at checkpoints and at the end of each stage.

The highest ranking Brits prior to this year were the two previous years at 13th. Ian Sharman in 2008 and William Davis in 2009

“I am not a runner and I weigh in at 90kg” James told me. “I will be pleased to finish top 50”. I was a bit sceptical at first as I have run the event and not being a runner and that heavy is incredibly hard going. Most of the top racers weigh in at 65 kilo’s max! Read the rest of this entry »

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September 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Limiting Beliefs

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I have watched this video many times. I thought much about his methods and as a coach I both like them and dislike them. I have also used them on occasions in a different sporting arenas and successfully, usually not by choice but out of frustration. I didnt like doing it but I also knew the result would end positive. My believe was greater than the pupils. The lady in the video believed she was trying her hardest. She truly believed she could not do the 30 second run. However she actually did it around 4 times just short of the 30 seconds. Had she completed it the first time she would not have wasted time and effort doing it 3 more times. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm