Much is made of the importance of a team culture when it comes to success – it is often touted as the secret sauce to a team’s results.

In fact, Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United Football Manager (soccer) would often cite his team dynamic as their secret.

There have been a number of examples of when this has worked, when a team “fire” together, and – against all odds – come out on top. I mean, heck Disney has cornered the market on highly produced comeback stories.

However, there are countless missed opportunities when a team doesn’t fire together, when a few rogue individuals can completely derail a team.

And what could have been, never was!

So, WHY. Why does that happen?

What strategies are at play during a miraculous turn-around, or a misfire opportunity?
• Is it pure fate?
• Did the stars align?
• Was there a lone person who happened-along and galvanised all the missing pieces at that magical moment?
• Or is it the hand of the almighty… as Diego Maradona would have us believe?

Both Maradona and Disney may have us thinking one or all of these are at play. However, the reality is a little less dramatic and a lot more reliable.

In order for us to understand HOW we first need to understand WHY.

And that is what this podcast will focus on: How and why do some teams work and some don’t? Enjoy this episode of Brain in the Game.

Still, feel like you need more? Then check out our Building Champion Minds online video training series: https://rebrand.ly/champion-minds

This online video training will walk you through, step-by-step, actual processes and teach you the skills to become that champion athlete.

Each module is broken into several 10-15 minute bite-size video sessions that you can consume, either all at once or whenever you wish, with lifetime access and personalised coaching available from me.

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By taking a deep look at the typical yearly cycle most athletes traditionally follow, we uncover the hidden mental and emotional minefield athletes unknowingly put themselves through every year:

  1. The pre-season
  2. The start of season
  3. The mid-to-end of season, and
  4. The (much-awaited) post-season

So in this episode, we unpack what is often ‘willingly’ done to self-sabotage the season and kill the momentum – all in the name of preparation, results and balance. 

Despite all this doom and gloom we will also (of course) outline what we can and should be doing to both optimise and build momentum as well as create a sustainable – and realistic – growth mindset over a full season, and even into our off-season.

So be prepared to have a mind (and behaviour) altering peek inside the brain of an optimised, elite athlete.

Still, feel like you need more? Then check out our Building Champion Minds online video training series.

Building Champion Minds will walk you through, step-by-step, actual processes and teach you skills to become that champion athlete.

Each episode is broken into several 10-15 minute consumable and actionable video sessions. These bite size training sessions allow you to watch all at once or as you wish, with lifetime access to the trainings and updates.

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BITG073: Effective Emotional Management – Where to put your emotion to springboard you forward with purpose and control

March 5, 2019

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG73.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:55 — 39.5MB) | Embed Subscribe: Android | RSS Where to put your emotion to springboard you forward with purpose and control. Where you choose to focus your emotions will dictate the quality and consistency of your performance. So in this episode of Brain in the […]

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BITG072: Sustainable Performance – 4 Key Frames to Optimise Our Own Unique Characteristics

February 19, 2019

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG72.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:26 — 34.7MB) | Embed Subscribe: Android | RSS How to set sustainable objectives and goals, and 4 Key Frames necessary to consistently perform successfully. PLUS A limited time special offer for our podcast listeners with our FREE video series: The Performance Framework – see here […]

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BITG 071: Pre-Season Goal Setting – 5 Key Steps to Staying on Track

February 5, 2019

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG_71.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:45 — 32.6MB) | Embed Subscribe: Android | RSS Good intentions are not good enough. Statistically, they say the third Monday of the new year is traditionally one of our mentally darkest days for modern society, as we realise those New Years resolutions that we made […]

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BITG 070: Mental Blocks and how we can better deal with them – FOREVER

January 22, 2019

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG70.Mental.blocks.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:28:38 — 121.7MB) | Embed Subscribe: Android | RSS Almost every coach will understand the frustration and pain that comes from an athlete being mentally and emotionally paralysed by a mental block. That uncharacteristic derailing and shuddering halt of a normally calm, in control and capable […]

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BITG 069: Re-thinking the Blame Game

August 10, 2017

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG69.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:40 — 67.2MB) | Embed Subscribe: Android | RSS 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 […]

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BITG 068: Do I Fit the Selectors Mould, or do I Create My Own Style?

July 6, 2017

http://traffic.libsyn.com/braininthegame/BITG68.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:54 — 52.9MB) | Embed Subscribe: Android | RSS 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 […]

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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.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 39:05 — 71.6MB) | Embed Subscribe: Android | RSS Believe 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 […]

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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.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:16 — 68.2MB) | Embed Subscribe: Android | RSS Every 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. […]

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