Whose fault was it, really? When things are going well and athletes are winning, people love to take the credit. However, when things fall over, those same people are very quick to play the “Blame Game”.

“It wasn’t my fault… they didn’t give me the right information… I couldn’t do my job… they distracted me.” etc etc etc…

The reality is when we descend into the Blame Game we are no longer in a position to move forward or grow. Laying blame is counter-productive to development and momentum.

In this episode, we are going to examine why people play the blame game and what we should be doing instead. So settle in and let’s take an honest and clinical look at the strategies to avoid spiralling in to this unnecessary process.

If you enjoy this episode then check out http://www.smartmind.com.au for more information and check out our Smart Mind Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SmartMindinstitute/ and keep up with our videos and athlete profiles.

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Who are you playing for? It’s an age-old conundrum for elite and professional athletes, “Do I change who I am and how I play to fit the mould of the selectors current criteria OR do I back my own unique skills and become the player I know I can be?”

And the answer isn’t ‘Immediately’ that simple – surprisingly.

In this episode of Brain in the Game we will examine the pros and cons of each option and then look at the sustainability of growth model: Consolidate – Construct – Implement skill development and performance sustainability. We will unpack a number of impacts on you as a performer and as an individual person when selecting to ‘fit the mould’ or to ‘be you’.

Check out this episode of Brain in the Game, where I help rebalance this by showing key strategies in building a sustainable self belief.

So let’s buckle in for this controversial topic and dive down the rabbit hole.

If you enjoy this episode then check out http://www.smartmind.com.au for more information and checkout our Smart Mind Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SmartMindinstitute/ and keep up with our videos and athlete profiles.

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BITG 067: Self-Belief is a System, Not a Feeling – Building Sustainable Self-Belief

June 8, 2017

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG67.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 39:05 — 71.6MB) | EmbedBelieve it or not, athletes – more than others – tend to suffer with low self-esteem and low self-belief. This sounds bizarre when you think just how cocky they can appear on the outside. That is, until you understand the 24/7 public scrutiny they are […]

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BITG 066: An Athletes Guide to Managing Your Brain – 4 Steps to Beat Mental Fatigue

May 25, 2017

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG66.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:16 — 68.2MB) | EmbedEvery athlete gets fatigued. Heck! We train hard, we push ourselves to the limits and beyond – so it’s no surprise we become physically fatigued. However, there is a BIG difference between physical fatigue and mental fatigue. One is sore muscles and dwindling […]

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BITG 065: Three Steps To Effective Performance Preparation

November 25, 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG65.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:14 — 44.4MB) | EmbedA performance limerick from Dublin, Ireland. The second in our series of podcasts on the global tour, this week coming from Dublin. As the internal and external pressures of performing becomes imminent we “can” be influenced to begin to doubt our own ability […]

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BITG 064: The Perils Of Diving For The Line – A Message From Tokyo

November 13, 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG64.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 11:34 — 21.2MB) | EmbedTaking Your Eye Off The Ball As the end of many athletes seasons approaches and we begin to think about putting our feet up for a few weeks well earned rest, we can “almost” be forgiven for taking our eye off the ball […]

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BITG 063: Control of your performance – Controlling what you can control and letting go of what you cannot

September 1, 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG63.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:27 — 57.6MB) | EmbedOur sense of “Control” or at the very least our sense of taking steps in “controlling” our environment, our preparation and our performance is a core “Need” as an athlete, we need to know what we are doing is the best that we […]

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BITG 062: 5 Steps To Handling Big Competition Pressure – How To Value Every Performance

August 7, 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG62.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:14 — 55.4MB) | EmbedAs we settle into the 2016 Rio Olympics and we are consumed by the spectacle that is the summer games, we turn our focus to the best of the best, those flawless performances, smashed world and olympic records and the apparent super-human performances […]

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BITG 061: Controlling your performance outcomes with a 3 legged stool

May 5, 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG61.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:19 — 57.4MB) | EmbedEffectively managing your thoughts, feelings and actions. When things don’t go the way you planned with your performance, what triggers it for you? I mean, what REALLY triggers it for you, specifically? Is it a negative thought that grows from a passing thought […]

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BITG 060: Recognising Your Performance Patterns

April 7, 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG60.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (55.6MB) | EmbedUnderstanding how your behavioural patterns influence your performance, your mindset, your choices and your outcomes. Humans are hardwired to recognise patterns from our earliest moments – our parents faces, objects in the trees, even animals in the clouds. However, can you accurately recognise those key patterns that […]

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