Learning + changing + patience

It's three years since Andy Murray was defeated by Roger Federer in the 2010 Australian Open tennis final. Here are some comments from Ivan Lendl at the time on the fact that it took him four grand slam final defeats before he won the 1984 French Open (when he was 2 sets down to McEnroe).... Read more

Get better train

So, #getbettertrain is going to be our hashtag for the next little while on twitter. It's a simple concept and one that really fits quite nicely with everything we do at K2. Here's some thoughts to help bring #getbettertrain to life a little more and also some ideas about how you can get involved too...... Read more

Simple high performance ingredients

Darts is not everyone's idea of top class athleticism but it combines many elements of a truly demanding competitive sport - consistent technical skill, fine margins of success/failure, mental toughness (and therefore physical strain), tests of confidence and all in a very public arena. This interview of 3.33 mins with Phil "the Power" Taylor gives a... Read more

Time to start afresh

Now that it's clear that the world hasn't ended, we should all be able to use our near miss inspired reinvigoration for life to build a better version of ourselves going forward. What better way of harnessing the renewed zest for life and being a good person generally than to look forward to a high... Read more

Funny thing confidence

Funny how you're not allowed to share the fact that you've got loads of confidence when you've got it. Funny how you're frowned upon if you let people know that you've lost confidence or got none of it. Funny all that given how important everyone says confidence is to them being able to perform at... Read more

Looking for advantages

No great surprise to hear that Andy Murray has recently been using a sports psychologist and that, in Andy's enthusiastic tones 'it went well'. There's at least a couple of really simple messages here. Firstly, that if you want to improve, then anything is worth trying when looking for advantages, big or small. Secondly, that... Read more

Ingredients of success at the GB Olympics

Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland – Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Olympic Champions. Italy Training Camp, July 2012. Winning Strategies Wow! What an Olympic Games. The success was wonderful, the performances outstanding and the nation were proud – and that was just the Gamesmakers! We saw some incredible success from Team GB throughout the whole Olympics... Read more

The delivery mindset

Choose your mindset As the Olympic Games approaches, all athletes and coaches are faced with the choice of when to switch into their delivery mindset. The delivery mindset is all about being 100% focused on cashing in on what has been put in place and being passionately driven to find out how good the performance... Read more

Choosing your environment to thrive, focus, acclimatise and excel

During the final throes of preparation for the Olympics, the choice of environment becomes critical to achieving ideal readiness to step into the melting pot of the Games. Many members of Team GB are currently out of the country deliberately in very different environments from the ones they'll end up competing in. Why? It's all... Read more

Under pressure – what’s your perception?

Under Pressure? Whether you’re under pressure or not might simply be a matter of perspective. Writing this, there are 42 days to go to the start of the London Olympic Games. Now, there’s a very good chance that for most people a looming deadline for a critical event a kin to the Olympic Games would... Read more