Sven-Göran Eriksson: ‘I should have taken a mental coach to the 2006 World Cup’. Is he right?

 

I was reading an article recently about Sven-Göran Eriksson (England's former manager) where he was asked about his regrets. One of them was the decision not to take a mental coach to the 2006 World Cup.

This was something interesting to reflect on I thought. Sven called it a mental coach but I would call it a coach that helps you with your high performance, who supports you to have the right attitude. I firmly believe that everyone should have a coach in their lives.

Think of it like this - say you want to do a marathon. When you take on a challenge like that, the learning to run process is quite easy. It's just one foot in front of the other. But it's the mental challenge that is key. 95% of it, is down to your psychology. Your body has to be able to perform, you need to have the logistics to support you but your psychological training needs to be done as well. You need to believe that you can do it.



This is why, I believe, having a mental coach or high performance...

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