Chapter 6, Part 1:- Focus On, “ True “ Attention To Detail
It doesn't matter if you're the head of Sports Science at a Premiership Football Club, or if you're working at Grass Roots level, or any other for that matter, the philosophy should always be the same, namely, for YOU to refuse to ever stand still, and to lead a life long quest to finding continual improvements in absolutely everything that YOU do.
The question though, is how to achieve this. Individualised, personal, one to one analysis is the key to YOUR success. YOU must question absolutely everything that YOU do and everything that's going on all around YOU on a daily basis in a bid to find any kind of improvement, no matter how small. Remember that when all these tiny improvements come together they'll combine to form a noticeable difference. A difference that may well be the defining factor between YOU succeeding or failing.
Not knowing your own coaching situation, I'll guide you through the way I work and the things that I do. It’s then up to you to apply the things you deem to be of use, and to discard the things you don’t.
When I go to a Premiership Football Club to analyse a player I go prepared with wide angled binoculars, a pre made list of the things that I want to analyse, a stopwatch, and endless pens.
It's absolutely imperative that you write down the exact times that these points that you want to work on occurred, and that you clearly write down what happened in as much precise detail as possible. This is vital as players will rarely recall what happened to them during the game, esepcially on the things that they may never have thought of prior to you having mentioned them. As such, in order for you to make the changes you want you must first be able to prove that what you're saying's fact when you present them with the results of your analysis.
The pre made list consists of the following:
1. What My Player Does In The Tunnel As He Waits To Come On
2. How My Player Shakes Hands With The Opposition On The Pitch Before The Game Starts, And What He Does.
3. How My Player Enters The Pitch, And What He Does As He Enters The Pitch.
4. What My Player Does In The Moments Before The Referee Blows His Whistle Before Each Half Of The Game Begins.
5. What My Player Does In The Moments Directly After The Referee Blows His Whistle Before Each Half Of The Game Begins.
6. The Commitment, Aggression, And Determination With Which My Player Heads The Ball, How He Jumps And Heads It, And How He Goes In For A Tackle.
7. The Commitment, Aggression, And Determination With Which My Player Chases Back, Goes After The Opposition Player Who Has The Ball, And How He Does It.
8. The Commitment, Aggression, And Determination With Which My Player Chases Down A Back Pass To The Oppositions Goalkeeper, And How He Does It.
9. My Players Foot Position Prior To Reacting And Sprinting, My Players Ability To React, Sprint And What He Does Directly Following This Sprint.
10. What My Player Does At Corners, And At Free Kicks.
11. How Many Times My Player Places His Hands On His Hips, Bends Over To Tie His Shoelaces, Or Adjusts His Socks Throughout The Game.
12. The Way In Which My Player Reacts Following A Foul, The Way My Player Reacts After Having Made A Mistake, And What He Does.
13. The Way In Which My Player Changes His Own Individual Game Plan When He's Underperforming.
14. The Way In Which My Player Leads And Motivates His Team Mates Throughout The Game.
15. The Way In Which My Player Tries To Raise The Crowd, And When He Does It.
16. What My Player Does 5 Minutes Before Each Half Comes To An End.
17. How My Player Reacts And What He Does When The Team's Getting Beaten By 1, 2, 3, 4, Or More Goals.
18. The Reaction My Player Has To Being Substitued, And What He Does As He Leaves The Pitch.
19. Where Applicable, The Way My Player Warms Up When Coming Off The Bench, What He Does, And How He Prepares Himself Before He Enters The Pitch.
20. The Way My Player Prepares Himself To Enter The Pitch As He's Stood Beside The Third Official When He's Waiting To Come On The Pitch.
21. What My player Does At The End Of The Game.
In addition to all of these things I also then ask my player what he's thinking about in certain situations in order to assertain how he reads the game, and if he's able to fully focus and then to fully concentrate on everything that's going on in the game for the full duration of the game.
I'll go into the significance of this analysis, step by step, chapter by chapter.
One by one everything in this list will change. Where once you had negative aspects in your game, by the end of all of this there'll only be positive ones that'll combine together to make YOU stand out anddefine who YOU are. As the weeks and months go by people will forget the old you and they'll see only what YOU have chosen to become.
Put aside for the moment any thoughts that you might have that this cannot always be the case, because I'll prove you wrong, as long as you stick with me and read on. It doesn’t matter if you earn two hundred pounds a week, or a hundred grand a week, because at the end of the day you’re still only human like all the rest of us. As such you’ll still suffer the very same ups and downs that life throws at you, where even with the very best preparation in the world, both physical and mental, you’ll still have an off day. Stress from work, stress from family life, stress from relationships, niggling injuries, ill health and a death in the family or of a close one will all always have an impact.
Death of a family member or of a close one aside, I can show you a way where these things, or any other, will NEVER interfere and become the cause of you going through a big dip or a crisis ever again. I can show you a way that'll ensure that you'll only ever have a slight dip in form, at the very most. A slight dip in form that'll still allow you to stand out and define who you are, and one that you'll immediately respond to and bounce back from.
The final chapters of this web site will guide you through an 8 week programme of mental preparation in which everything that you've deemed of use from all of these chapters will stick in your brain, now and forever more. It'll remove the old programme in your head and replace it with a new one. I know, this sounds just like Arnie in Total Recall, but trust me, it isn’t. It isn’t any form of brainwashing or any other kind of weird shit. No. It’s going to be just you working in a set way along with some simple techniques, for about half an hour most nights, where you erase the old software programme in your head and replace it with an all new state of the art one, so that the new things that you have learned become part of you. As a result you’ll perform them instinctively, without thinking.
This'll be the point in which the old you will never return, provided that you continue to ask yourself the same questions, day in, day out, namely, how can I improve ? What more can I do? What do I need to do in training today that I didn't do in training yesterday to ensure that I'm better than I was yesterday? How can I help those around me to do the same?
Remember always. Heart. Hunger. Desire. Passion. Today. Tomorrow. ALWAYS. Heart. Hunger. Desire. Passion. But not just for some of the game. No. For all of it. Not just for two or three games in a row, or just against the, " Big Clubs ". No. Heart. Hunger. Desire. Passion - Today. Tomorrow. ALWAYS. This is not sports psychology. This is a mentality. This is a philosophy. This is a way of life. It defines who we areas people in any walk of life. It’s what separates the true winners from everyone else.
This is what you'll achieve at the end of this training.
So just please bear with me and read on.
Thank you for your time.