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Created by Gary Lavery on June 18th, 2016
LEICESTER CITY Football Club winning the Barclays Premier League was the ultimate masterclass in team spirit, one that was generated through positive self-talk by a manager, a human who really does "Walk his Talk". His post-match interviews were consistent throughout a season, that he is a clear advocate of positive self-talk, and believes in his own ability, and that of his team.
After all, starting the 2015-16 season, the club were 5000-1 rank outsiders to achieve one of the ultimate sporting crowns ... and they DID JUST THAT. This achievement rocked football from it's foundations and is now an example of "MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE, POSSIBLE."
The psychology of a professional sportsperson is paramount to success. The story that always reminds me of this triumph is the great Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile.
Before Bannister ran under four minutes, nearly every supposed expert in the world stated that it was humanly impossible. Doctors were even saying that the human body would explode if subjected to that amount of sustained effort. However, Bannister believed differently and went round the course in superhuman time and the rest is history. But, the incredible part to this story actually happened after Roger and his gang had all rode off into the sunset.
In the year that followed, 37 different runners also broke the four-minute mark, and amazingly the year after that, over 300 broke it. So, what changed in those couple of years? The fact was that people began to believe it was possible because someone had already achieved it. The belief accompanied with the regular training and disciplines of a professional athlete meant that the bar was raised right across the field.
So, how did Ranieri, without spending millions of pounds, really make change easy at Leicester City?
Created by Gary Lavery on June 10th, 2016
A COACH is a vehicle that transports you from A to B. A Coach makes a sports team develop into a winning team. A Coach develops an individual and helps them transition from the person they are, to the person that they want to be.
A sports team without a coach would still have the individual players, with their individual skills, but they wouldn’t be pulled together and moulded into a perfect team. In team sports, it is usually the dynamic of the team and how the components work for each other that makes it successful.
Without someone at the helm to steer a team towards their goals, the team’s performance would be average. It is important for all of the individuals to know what the team wants to achieve, how they are going to achieve it, and they must believe that it’s possible, – a coach will instil all of this into their team. A personal coach behaves in much the same way.
It is equally important for an individual to know what they want to achieve, map out how they are going to achieve it, and remove any limiting beliefs or obstacles that will prevent this from happening.
A personal coach can work with a client to achieve all of these things, and as in a sports team, make them as good as they can possibly be. With external help a person can transform in to the person of their dreams. A sports coach will work on the team achieving success in that sport, so a personal coach will work with a client to achieve success in specific areas of that person’s life. A client may want to develop their career, or change their career, develop their relationships, or their health, or all of these things put together.
There are 7 major advantages to working with a personal coach on various aspects of your life...
Created by Gary Lavery on June 6th, 2016.
LOOKING outwards from the balcony of the 5 Star Western Hotel in Pune and over the river, just off a main road hidden behind some tall green trees are about 10 homes all merged together. I have personally named this place "Satellite Street" because each home, a small wooden 'shack', has it's own white satellite attached to the top of a silver metal roof.
Out the back, they have a large space of land, where I have noticed they hang sheets and rugs from the busy road bridge and hang clothes out to dry in the baking sunshine on a line that hangs between two trees. The land is made up of trees, shrubs, bolders, rocks and piles of rubbish, which leads down to the discoloured river. You could say they have there own small island from my viewing.
As the river slowly moves from left to right down stream, you can observe many broken branches slowly floating down and eagles hovering above their next meal. For the families of Satellite Street, the river is used for washing clothes, as ladies can be seen carry large baskets on their heads down to the water.
Out the front they play "Street Cricket" from when the sun rises in the morning until the sun goes down in the evening. Someone, whether it be adults or children, they are always playing cricket. They use a small wooden board for wickets and a piece of wood shaped into a cricket bat to hit the softball. I suppose they will play act as if they are Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble or Virat Kohli, wishing to pursue a personal dream of becoming the next BIG Indian Superstar. This is where dreams start!