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Do You Want to Be an Iconoclast? Dr Andrea Furst

June 15th, 2011

Do you want to be an iconoclast?  Do you know what an iconoclast is?  Do you want to do something that others say can’t be done?  Because if you do, you are an iconoclast or are at least aspiring to be iconoclastic. Iconoclast by Gregory Berns is a page-turning tour de force that (unintentionally) cheekily […]

If Better Is Possible Dr Andrea Furst

March 7th, 2011

Book Review: If Better Is Possible by John Buchanan Given that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is in full swing, it is quite fitting for a review of a book written by a successful World Cup cricket coach. John Buchanan’s book is a simple and matter-of-fact account of his years as the coach of […]

Lessons from the Floods Matt Ahlberg

January 15th, 2011

The entire world has been seeing some amazing images and hearing heart-wrenching stories coming from Queensland in the last few days.  It is likely that the tragic statistics will increase but it also very likely that the amazing and heroic stories will continue to be written. When the waters finally recede there will be a […]

Are you Really Practicing your Psych Skills? Dr Andrea Furst

December 4th, 2010

One of the hardest aspects of sport psychology is actually ‘doing it’.. By this I mean, dedicating the time and energy to practicing the psychological skills that you have learnt working with your sport psychologist and coach. Mental Notes Consulting aims to provide athletes, coaches, and parents the resources to help make the integration of […]

Evolution of the Athlete: Lessons from two great coaches Mental Notes

November 23rd, 2010

Here are some of the many lessons from the 4th Annual Coach Education Conference – Evolution of the Athlete – in Brisbane.  It was a great opportunity to hear from leading authorities in sports coaching and learn from their experiences… One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Ewen McKenzie who is the Head […]

Sport Psychology: Something for everyone! Matt Ahlberg

October 22nd, 2010

Working within Mental Notes Consulting has many benefits!  One of which is the teamwork that exists between the consultants.  As we have a number of consultants working in different areas we are able to meet and discuss various ideas and opinions, and as a result, improve our practice. We use this process to try and […]

What’s your Scene? Personality and sport Mental Notes

October 1st, 2010

In sport, we are always interested in ways to help enhance athletes’ performances. From a sport psychology point of view, one goal when working with athletes is to help them bring all the performance aspects (mental, physical, tactical and technical) together to get the edge over their opponents. What personality traits are helpful for peak […]

The 2010 AFL Grand Final: When the going gets tough Matt Ahlberg

September 29th, 2010

Anyone who watched Saturday’s AFL Grand Final between Collingwood and St Kilda will have an opinion about the outcome.  Some say it’s a travesty that there was no result on the day and some say that the premiership being decided by another game this weekend is the greatest test of who is the better team. […]

Kokoda Challenge versus Matt’s Mental Toughness Matt Ahlberg

September 1st, 2010

17th July, 2010: At 7am I began the most physically and mentally challenging task I have ever experienced.. With three team-mates I commenced the 96km journey from Mudgeeraba Village Shopping Centre to the Nerang Velodrome known as The Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge.  The Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge is a bushwalking team event where teams of […]

Learn from Your Experiences… Dr Andrea Furst

August 21st, 2010

There are several Olympic champions roaming the island of Singapore during the Youth Olympic Games.  Here’s some advice from Russian pole vaulting legend, Yelena Isinbayeva, “Well, there are not only obstacles in sport, but also in life.  What I hope to do in Singapore is to give the young athletes the benefit of my personal […]