You Influence the Outcome when You Control the Process
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Coaching Tips


May 9, 2017
SW Rifle and Pistol Training Academy

Chris now posts his online Coaching and Training Tips on his Facebook page for the SW Rifle andf Pistol Training Academy (SWRPS); Facebook page search @swrps

Foresight has closed down in favour of the @swrps page. Also, Chris' new book for coaching and being coached is nearly ready for publication: 'The Best is Yet to Come'


August 31, 2015
Coaching Tips

Coaching Tips

Chris has created a closed group on Facebook called Foresight to continue sharing his guidance. Visit Foresight and request to join; youmay also want to add Chris as a Friend and like his coaching page for the SW Region Squad


January 28, 2015
Nothing is Impossible

 ... I have found ... because ...  You Can if You Believe You Can

I'm-possible


November 20, 2014
With Apologies to Kipling

If you can Win but not make winning your Aim;

If you can Train and Compete,

And keep those two imposters just the same;

Then yours is the Gold and the Title that goes with it;

And which is more You'll be a Champion.

 


January 10, 2014
Free Guide

A free quick start guide to competitive pistol shooting is available in support of my new book entitled, 'Competitive Pistol Shooting'. Both are available from the Competitive Pistol page of this website.


August 2, 2013
Learning Works Together

Coaching is an altruistic learning process.  Learning works because there is mutual trust and respect in the partnership between the Coach and the Athlete. The Coach will guide their Athlete through options for progression to help them to achieve their goals; and the Athlete undertakes the journey with a willingness to learn, committment to the training and a realisation that the Coach is their best guide for that journey.

The Coach's role is:

  • To use the needs of the Athlete and their goals as the benchmark for improving performance;
  • To accurately assess the Athlete's performances in training and competition;
  • To provide realistic training including honest feedback;
  • To review agreed training plans with the Athlete;
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of the coaching and to pass on their Athlete to a new coach when their skills are insufficient to meet the needs of their Athlete;

The Athlete's role is:

  • To have goals that they are striving to achieve;
  • To be willing to learn;
  • To train in accordance with their agreed training plan;
  • Reflect honestly upon their performances in training and competiton;
  • To give feedback to their Coach;

Working together is the only effective way of ensuring the learning works; therefore there is a choice that allows the Athlete to choose their Coach and vice versa.


April 7, 2013
Believe in You

It is the quality of Your convictions that determines the Outcome ...

... Believe in Yourself


March 2, 2013
Mental Reset

Sporting Success is achieved because you have a high level ambition and you believe you can achieve it.

Success is possible using a combination of three attributes:

1. Technical Skill

2. Physical Ability

3. Mental Strength

Of these the top 5% of athletes know the importance of mental strength and train this.

The idea of a mental reset is having the capability to move to the right places from the wrong places during a competiton. In this way you protect your performance by keeping a positive attitude whilst concentrating on your technical skill when recovering from adversity. To achieve a mental reset we need to be able to distract our thoughts away from the present; if you like give our mind a rest, and then reset our thoughts with positive inputs.

To be a mental distraction requires our attention to be taken up with an activity that carries no emotional attachment; such as reading a couple of pages of a book; visualising a neutral image; listening to music - all of these examples must be innoccuous to the user.

Whether in training or competiton we only focus on positives. In other words we take note of what worked well [our successes] and what we will do differently next time [our solutions]. These solutions and successes become the objectives for our next training session. In this way we are progressing and at the same time protecting how we feel about our skills and abilities => our performance. 


September 3, 2012
Dream On

Your dreams are fulfilled to the limits of your determination.

Imagine then the possibilities that occur when there are no limits. Share your dream and see the doors open to you.

A Coach is there to review and guide your processes that enable your achievement of performance goals on your journey to reach your dream.

Challenge and be challenged to grow into the new YOU as you achieve each step of the way.

Enjoy the journey…


August 8, 2012
Tough Going

When the going gets tough ...

the dedicated person seeks the solutions and inner strength that will help them prevail now and in the future. We grow through learning how to perform better. Refocus your concentration on the process of performing technically well and visualise YOU being successful.

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August 2, 2012
Emotional Attachment

Emotion changes our achievements:

To be the Best: positive attitude and ambition are important; effective training will balance mental, physical and technical processes; however have you noticed how emotion changes your perspective and the importance of the thing you are aiming for?

When you set a Goal, make sure it has postiive emotional attachments for YOU; and BELIEVE that you can achieve it.


June 14, 2012
Visualise your Success

This is an exciting year for sport. The Olympics is coming to town.

Whether your ambition is for sporting or professional success, it is a personal goal that deserves to be nurtured. Spend time visualising yourself with your goal achieved. See yourself standing on the 1st place rostrum with your national flag being raised and anthem played; or see yourself performing successfully in the role you desire.

This valuable activity will enhance your prospects of achieving your ambition because you will train your mind to act and behave in a way befitting the new successful you.

Enjoy the Olympics and visualise your success.


March 22, 2012
Don't over do it

I surprised some of my athletes recently by suggesting that they train less to achieve more!

It is vital to train in accordance with a structured training plan that has been devised and agreed in consultation with your Coach. However, training harder will not equate to better results.

Equally it is important to give yourself time out in your training programme. I recently rediscovered the simple pleasures of varnishing our boat in readiness for the coming season. Sailing for us, as a family, is a relaxing activity where we can take time out and have fun.

Time out helps your mind and body to refresh and puts you on a better footing to meet your goals.


March 18, 2012
Goal Setting

I recall many people who have approached me not knowing what it was they were seeking. Their professional and sometimes personal lives lacked a sense of purpose, a void they wanted filling.

Together we explored their goals and aspirations through facilitated discussions. We identified what they wanted to achieve. Starting at theis successful conclusion gave us hope for finding the beginning of their journey and naturally presented their current skills and abilities relevant to this goal. From this analysis we were able to identify options for progressing their plan, identify the immediate support they needed and formulate a route map.

Importantly, such people arrive with a willingness to change their lives for the better, they are enthusiastic, able to rekindle their inspiration when the going gets tough and are better able to adapt to changing circumstances. They are most likely to succeed and complete their goal.

I believe that all of us have the potential to fit this mould. Progressing your-self is a tripartite agreement between your Mind (cognitive acceptance and understanding of what needs to be done), Body (skills and abilities to manage the opportunities available for making and reviewing progress) and Soul (determining how we feel about the journey and tasks ahead of us will directly impact on our motivation for doing them). 

I am reminded of a Chinese proverb...Watching the Tree by Han Fei Zu ... "Once there was a boy who was told by his master to catch a hare. He went into the woods and looked around. Lo and behold, at that very moment, he saw a hare running along at full speed. As he watched in astonishment, the hare ran smack into a tree and knocked itself unconscious. All he had to do was pick it up. For the rest of his life the boy waited behind the same tree in the hope that more hares would do the same thing." [Yen Mah, A. 2001, 'Watching the Tree', Harper Collins]

...which tells us that nothing comes for free and we need to value a sense of striving for a goal and respond positively to the support we receive.


March 10, 2012
Training Your Mind

It is well known in high level competitive shooting circles that 95% of all performances are formed in the mind. However, we rarely spend any where near that percentage of time training our minds. If we are to accept the statistic as factual; and the top 5% of competitors and aspiring champions do; then we need to know how to include mental preparation in our training programme.

The answer to this conundrum lies in improving what we think we are capable of and overcoming any thoughts that may lead to the setting of comfort zones, into which we can sink and hide.

A common method is to visualise ourselves performing perfectly and to affirm this perfect performance through self congratulation. Visualisation is done anywhere where we can find time to ourselves and be undisturbed. Visualisation is preceeeded by diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxtion. This takes us to a calmer and more relaxed place in which we can influence our thoughts and our futures.

Mental training is followed by dry firing to train and hone the technique. These training methods must preceed live training and proportionately be the greater training effort.

These techniques are applicable to improving performance in all sports as well as in life situations such as career interviews, leadership, management and parenting.

For further information and one-to-one coaching contact Chris:    [email protected]




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