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Insight

Is Perfectionism Good, Bad, or Both? Dr Jay-Lee Nair

January 9th, 2013

Perfectionism has been placed under the researcher’s microscope in recent years to determine whether this complex personality trait has a positive or negative influence on performance and well-being. Some of the most controversial examples of perfectionistic individuals can be found in the world of elite sport. When Tiger Woods won his first Major at Augusta […]

Tips for Surviving and Thriving in the Silly Season Mental Notes

December 10th, 2012

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. Christmas carols, catching up with family and friends, and lots of yummy food all contribute to the wonderful festivities! Unfortunately, it is often a time when good habits disappear out the window and the realisation of unkept past New Year’s resolutions create the onset of […]

Back to Basics Matt Ahlberg

November 16th, 2012

The Mental Notes team is often trying to develop new and better ways of helping our clients achieve their sporting goals. This is a good thing as it means that we are constantly looking to improve our performance as sport and performance psychologists in the same way that our athletes are looking to improve their […]

Self-worth and Sport: Is it time to add some pillars? Mental Notes

October 10th, 2012

Participating in sport can be a rewarding experience no matter what your age.  Sport can develop character, resilience, social skills, respect, independence, cooperation, a sense of belonging, and a sense of competency and mastery of skills.  Above all, sport can be a major source of self-esteem, which is defined as an individuals feeling of self-worth […]

One More Ball Over… Dr Andrea Furst

September 10th, 2012

There is nothing quite like attending a major sporting event, but when it is your favourite sport, it’s bliss! I recently spent some time at the 2012 US Open Tennis Championships and there were a couple of consistent behaviour patterns that were observed while thoroughly enjoying a New York summer’s day. My observations are far […]

The Greatest Show on Earth Matt Ahlberg

August 18th, 2012

After two action-packed weeks, we are getting some sleep again and are able to get things back on track after spending these two, bleary-eyed weeks watching the best-of-the-best compete at the highest level.  What comes now is an opportunity for us to learn from ‘the greatest show on earth’. The London 2012 Olympic Games had […]

Lessons for Life in Utopia! Dr Andrea Furst

July 21st, 2012

Seven Days in Utopia by David L. Cook is a book written about golf for all levels of golfer however there is no doubt that sportsmen and women from a variety of sports and ability levels would appreciate some of the key messages of the book. It is a fictitious story of a professional golfer […]

Does Perfection Equate to Success? Mental Notes

June 9th, 2012

Elite sportspeople are often seen as role models. They demonstrate physical strength, determination, resilience, talent, and hard work. They are successful in what they do. There is a stereotype that sportspeople are ‘squeaky-clean’. Quite often the media and the public image of elite sportspeople projects that they are perfect and that there is nothing ‘wrong’ […]

The Pathway to Success: The choice is yours! Matt Ahlberg

May 14th, 2012

One the many upsides of participating in sport is that sport provides a great training ground for life. Sport involves fun and hard work, success and disappointment, as well as joy and sadness. Understanding how to be successful in sport sets anyone up to be more successful in life. Whilst being successful in sport requires […]

Observations from a Sport Psychologist: Focus on the process = Thrive under pressure Mental Notes

April 22nd, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Swimming Age Nationals, which was held in Brisbane at the Sleeman Sports Complex – Brisbane Aquatic Centre. Sporting events, such as Age Nationals, are a great opportunity to observe athletes in competition and in particular how athletes handle the pressure of a competition. What I observed was […]