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How the psychology of the England football team could change your life | Football | The Guardian
“I’d like to turn this unhealthy preoccupation with success on its head and put it on the record that I think failure is really useful. For without failure we cannot progress longer, higher or faster. It’s a funny paradox – our successes are achieved through trying, and trying most often ends in failure. Every day in our general lives and our sporting lives we will win some and lose some; it’s just part of the way life should be. It could be missing out on a promotion, being pipped at the line in a running race or bombing out in an exam – it doesn’t matter – the important lesson is to learn from our failures, reassess, rethink, move forward (sometimes in a different direction) and keep those dreams and goals alive.”

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Five top tips for success

• Don’t fear failure. “Part of what it takes to be courageous is overcoming the constant battle between the desire for what we want and the fear of failure. Most of us don’t expose ourselves because we are fearful,” writes Grange.

• Reframe emotions: you’re not “nervous”, you’re “excited”; a penalty shootout/job interview/important speech is not something to dread, it’s an “opportunity”.

• Positive thinking is unhelpful if you’re simply fantasising about achieving an Oscar/the World Cup/a fuller social life. Instead, focus – positively – on the steps that could get you to your goal.

• Treat your employees/children/customers as individuals rather than a homogenous group. Different approaches will work for different people.

• Kindness, listening and empathy will take you further than barking orders. Use praise to motivate people.
psychology  england  sport  sports  soccer  football  success  failure  winning  tip  tips  list  lists  advice 
1 hour ago by msszczep
FA has right to credit where it is due for England’s advances in Russia | David Conn
Ruling body has been trying to raise playing standards for more than 20 years and its overhaul finally bore fruit in Russia
england  football  development  youth  thefa  worldcup  sports  investment 
15 hours ago by coldbrain
How the psychology of the England football team could change your life | Football | The Guardian
“Where once it was stuffed with entitled, surly stars, burdened with the weight of history and the pressure of expectations,” wrote Saner, “it now comes across as a hungry, humble team, playing with lightness and joy.”

One essential takeaway: Don’t visualize winning the trophy. Focus instead on the immediate task ahead, the moment you’re in. Also: Rather than dreading the possibility of failure, get excited about the opportunity to succeed—and enjoy the process of trying.
Sports  psychology  leadership 
2 days ago by JohnDrake
From artists to scientists, anyone can have a successful streak at any time
a study published this week in Nature offers hope for those still waiting (L. Liu et al. Nature https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0315-8; 2018). It examines the occurrence of hot streaks — runs of high-impact works — in the oeuvres of tens of thousands of film-makers, artists and scientists. It finds that most careers contain at least one relatively hot streak, and that this occurs at an apparently random stage in an individual’s sequence of works.

From ‘hot hands’ in basketball to...
hotstreak  timing  science  career  sports 
2 days ago by dcowhig
Russia 2018: Many Nigerians in the UK wanted England to lose | @Kenechigbo on Twirra | Naijiant
..It’s hard to explain why there is so much antagonism towards England in football. But it appears to boil down to English arrogance and hubris. People just almost naturally love to see over-inflated egos getting their comeuppance. Croatian midfielder Luka Modric complained after they beat England about how they were disrespected and underestimated by English pundits. Hakan Mild, a former Sweden international, said before England played Sweden in the quarters: “They think they are so good, they are not. They are spoilt children who earn a lot of money”.

..When you see their misguided sense of superiority, their media over-hyping very average players, claiming everything about them is the best in the world, their dismissal of opponents, and so on, you begin to understand the roots of the antagonism towards their team. When England were about to play Germany in 2010, ex-England striker Alan Shearer said that no German could make the English first team on paper. When they got whacked 4-1, someone told him football was played on grass not on paper.

England have a knack of comparing their average players with genuine greats. They compared Kevin Keegan with Johan Cruyff, compared Gary Lineker with Marco Van Basten, compared Frank Lampard with Kaka, compared Shearer with the Brazilian Ronaldo, and Wayne Rooney was called the “White Pele”. During a friendly against Brazil in 1997, when Shearer kicked Ronaldo, commentator Martin Tyler said: “Shearer tries to settle the argument over who is the better striker personally”. Today, they keep trying to force down people’s throats that Harry Kane belongs to the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. If they can’t claim to be the best, they claim credit for it. So Thierry Henry was: “born in France but made in England”.

As if this was not enough, when you see how the likes of Alan Sugar, the host of the reality TV show “The Apprentice”, in a tweet likened the Senegal team to poor Africans selling fake designer handbags in Marbella, you then wish Senegal would shove it down their throats by knocking England out if they met during the World Cup.

..So the antagonism towards England runs deep and it would take more than mawkish sugarcoating from a fluky World Cup semi final run and branding of the Premier League to get many Nigerians and other black people in England to jump on the England bandwagon. Football didn’t “come home” at this World Cup and many of us are quite pleased that, if it can’t go to Nigeria, it should go to a country like France instead.
Sports  England  Europe  Africa 
2 days ago by AfroMaestro

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