Perform Better and Have Fun Doing It

Posted by on Dec 31, 2010 in Psychology | 0 comments

Whether in business or in sports, we all want to perform at our bestĀ and have fun doing it. For many of us however, optimal or peak experiences do not happen frequently enough. There are three things that impact on peak performance: our thoughts about the past, our thoughts about the future, and what we think about in the moment. The Past: Past thoughts andĀ feelings can impact either positively or negatively on how we perform on any task. When...

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Chasing that state called “flow”

Posted by on Aug 7, 2010 in Psychology, Sports Psychology | 4 comments

For a long time I have searched for a reason for our teleological nature that went beyond a simple evolutionary psychology explanation: our hard wired drive to perpetuate our gene pool, our need to satisfy basic needs (food, shelter, sex). Goal oriented humans would have had a better chance of survival. Without a goal oriented nature we would not hunt or gather. But in the developed world at least, those basic human needs are generally taken...

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Points to ponder: success or meaning

Posted by on Aug 7, 2010 in Psychology | 0 comments

“Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.” Victor Frankl (Man’s Search for Meaning)

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Personal achievement through positive thinking

Posted by on Jun 12, 2010 in Psychology | 1 comment

In my post “The power of the sub-conscious-fact or fiction” I mentioned how our “sub-conscious” attempts to ensure that our thoughts and actions are congruent with our self concept, and how positive affirmations are believed to “reprogramme” the sub-conscious. Claude Steele’s “Self-Affirmation Theory” has been very influential in promoting the idea of positive thinking. Knowingly or not,...

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Being “in the zone” – on the field and in the boardroom

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Psychology, Sports Psychology | 0 comments

In an interview with the American Psychological Association, sports psychologist Dr. Shane Murphy talks about what it takes to be an Olympic athlete. The last question asked by the APA was “What does it take to do your very best when the pressure is on? You talk about being in ‘the zone’. Is that how athletes master the psychological skills that allow them to deliver their best in competition?” Dr Murphy’s...

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The power of the subconscious – fact or fiction

Posted by on May 16, 2010 in Psychology | 1 comment

What role does the subconscious mind play in goal driven behaviour? SImply Google “subconscious” and you’ll find a host of self help sources promising to unleash the power of the subconscious, or as Anthony Robbins puts it “Awaken the Giant Within”. “Alternative” theories of the role of the subconscious in goal achievement abound. Wikipedia is somewhat scathing: “The idea of the...

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