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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 athlete by what can only be described as an irrational FEAR – be it a block around a specific skill, a venue or even within a competition.

In episode #70 of Brain in the Game we listen to a lecture I delivered recently (January 2019) on the four core components of Mental Blocks and how we, as coaches, can best manage the situation.

Four Core Mental Block components:

  1. Why we have Mental Blocks
  2. What actually happens inside our minds with a Mental Block
  3. How we can fix the blockage
  4. What if the blockage keeps returning

And if you would like to view the slides of the Mental Blocks presentation I gave, they can be found here.

So sit back, enjoy and let’s unpack performance mental blocks.


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.

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

July 6, 2017

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

June 8, 2017

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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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