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Solving The Social Dilemma

I work with disadvantaged young people between the ages of 16 and 18 and having watched the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, I felt the need to put my thoughts into this blog as a way to offer suggestions on how to solve the dilemma but first for those who haven’t seen it, let me give you a brief overview.

Social media like Instagram and Facebook that were once a fun way to engage with family and friends, are now being used, according to the contributors to the programme, to manipulate people and help advertisers make money. They use scientifically and psychologically proven algorithms to grab your attention and guide you to make decisions and form beliefs for their benefit.

Some young people and some adults are addicted to social media, with the effects being raised anxiety and lack of sleep, and one person taking a stand against the way social media manipulates people, is Tristan Harris and appears in the documentary. According to his website http://www.tristenharris.com, his is called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by The Atlantic magazine, Tristan Harris spent three years as a Google Design Ethicist developing a framework for how technology should “ethically” steer the thoughts and actions of billions of people from screens. He is now co-founder & president of the Center for Humane Technology, whose mission is to reverse ‘human downgrading’ and re-align technology with humanity. Additionally, he is co-host of the Center for Humane Technology’s Your Undivided Attention podcast with co-founder Aza Raskin.

I like the term “reverse ‘human downgrading’ and realign with humanity’ and believe he is referring to reversing our addiction to social media and somehow re-align social media to present itself in a way that supports the growth and development of humans in a positive way, rather than in a manipulative manner that is leading to dissonance between cultures, politics and other groups of people.

I have a five year old and he’s blissfully unaware of the dangers of social media and I’m conscious to protect him and educate him in other ways like reading books, playing games and helping him grow into a rounded individual…so far so good apart from when he loses at games!

Solving the social dilemma starts with solving the self and by that I mean, understanding each of us can choose what we read and what we listen to and how we behave, yet many of us go into autopilot mode, scrolling through social media, absorbing the content and forming new ideas and beliefs about the world around us and our social media circle.

The solution isn’t in trying to convince the social media platforms to change the content or algorithms but in learning to consciously choose what to read, listen to and how to act.

We can’t control what others think and do but we can control what we think and do and that knowledge is powerful when you learn how to use it to your advantage, especially when it comes to taking control back against social media manipulation.

People under-estimate the power of their mind because the power of the mind in the sense of controlling what you think and how you act, isn’t taught in schools or colleges unless you’re studying psychology or a similar subject, but instead we are trained to do as we are told and are conditioned to do so while at school and college.

We are told where to go, what to study, what happens when we fail and we learn success is linked to achieving a grade. Success should not be linked to a grade but how we manage relationships, how we overcome adversity, how we learn self-respect, and learning how we can choose to think and act to events that present themselves, either good or bad.

For example, if I told you somewhere within this blog, there is a link would take you to a site that showed you a cute cat, would you click it or not?

But before you go looking, let me tell you, before I mentioned the cat, you had no idea or thought about a cute cat so by merely placing that idea before you, you changed your thoughts and are now considering to take action.

This is how social media manipulates you. They put an idea or concept in front of you that before, you had no intention of considering, but now they have you intrigued and that intrigue can be enough to make you click that link and absorb the information and once you start down that rabbit hole, some find it difficult to come back out.

But what if I were to tell you, you do have a choice. You aren’t obligated to continue that journey. You can choose to consciously tell yourself to stop.

If we are to beat the social dilemma, we have to take control of our thoughts and actions and be conscious in the moment. It takes practice but it can be done.

By the way, there is no link to a cute cat. Sorry

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Basketball Players – OutSmart Your Opponent With This Simple Shift Of Perspective

WINNING

There’s no better feeling than winning!

There’s no better feeling than getting an edge on your opponent and feeling you are getting the better of them.

You lock them down and limit their ability to do what they do best

CONTROVERSIAL CONCEPTS

What I’m going to tell you, some may find controversial.

Traditionally, basketball players when being taught defence are taught to focus on the chest area of the attacker because this is the only part of the body they can’t fake. That makes sense until you discover another perspective.

Another perspective that was born from experience, research, pilot schemes and live performance, will tell you that this traditional method needs to be left behind.

GB PLAYER TEST

In a test, one former GB player, Devan Bailey was coaching on a camp I was also coaching on a few years ago in Bury up in the North of England. Devan is a quiet guy, humble yet intelligent and when I approached him with this new strategy to try out, he was open to it.

I explained the concepts to him and he took them on board. As a baseline I asked him to give me a number from 1 to 10 as to how in control and his confidence was in stopping the attacker, before the exercise and he gave me a number. After the exercise I asked him the same question and the number had increased! It also showed in his movement and behaviours.

His level of feeling in control and ability to stop the attacker had increased!

Just by shifting his perspective.

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The research included travelling around the North West of England, filming 200 players from amateur to pro including players from The Manchester Giants, Moss Side Tropics, Burnley basketball club and Bolton University.

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Goal-Keepers : Penalty’s! – The Striker’s Secrets EXPOSED!

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

Picture the scene…

The score is 1 – 0 to you

But after a questionable tackle in the box, a defender gave away a penalty

There’s 1 minutes of stoppage time remaining

This is it!

This is the moment where you become a hero or a loser

You need the three points to stave off relegation because anything less than three points send your team down

But you know you’re bad when it comes to saving penalties

YOUR INNER-VOICE IS A THREAT

Your mind begins to wander – your inner voice pipes up…

Why did he have to make that stupid tackle!

If only we scored down the other end when we had the chance!

This player has only missed one penalty in 5 months!

You’ve gone over the data thousands of times!

You know the tendencies of each player on your opponents team and now here you are going one on one with their most feared striker

Again your inner-voice talks to you, trying to persuade you…

He’s more likely to go right, so I’m going right!

But what if he’s going to trick me!?

You see the player take a few steps backwards, poising himself, ready to launch his attack.

The whistle blows…

TIME TO FOCUS

Being a goalkeeper can be a lonely experience

You are the last line of defence

There is plenty of time for your mind to wander, to think…

So when the striker puts the ball on the spot, it’s that moment you need think the right way (focus) rather than the wrong way (distractions)

SUBCONSCIOUS SIGNALS

Every striker will leak information or tells (think poker players). These tells are subconscious signals, that when you understand the meaning, you can anticipate, and as a goal-keeper, anticipating and gaining the psychological advantage is a necessity to your craft.

Strikers don’t even know they are showing these tells!

You might get some strikers who think they are smart and try to fake you out. But let me tell you the thing with fakes.

A fake is identified by an over-exaggerated facial expression or body movement. A widening of the eyes too much for it to be natural is a sure-fire way to know a fake is on its way.

BE CALM AND RELAXED

So as you stand on the goal line, watching the striker place the ball on the spot, you watch and analyse his movements, his facial expressions, the direction of his eyes.

Breathe normally and calm your mind. Allow your mind to focus on the moment, putting all other thoughts to one side, for this moment isn’t one for distractions.

This is a moment to observe, analyse and anticipate for it’s the striker that will tell you what he’s going to do. You just need to know what you’re looking for

It does take time to learn these strategies but think of the rewards saving this penalty will bring you.

BONUS INFORMATION

The bonus is knowing that these techniques work in the normal run of the game!

Learning to shift your focus away from the ball and onto the attackers movements, and facial expressions allows you to gain an advantage.

Here’s a quick tip – when a ball is crossed in, take note of the flight pattern, the trajectory, speed and anticipate where it’s going. Now shift your attention to the players on the ground and how they are positioning their bodies. It’s this moment you make a decision, go for the ball before the attacker gets it, or

The striker secret weapon has been exposed!

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How to improve your football performance quickly during Covid-19 lockdown – The answer isn’t what you expect!

As a professional or high level sports person, I want you to consider your current reality in terms of your performance.

Before lockdown, was your performance where you wanted it to be?

Do you look at others thinking you’re better than them but for some reason, things aren’t working out for you?

Are you a football (soccer) player that’s hit a slump and is struggling to hit the target?

Are you a defender but attackers are getting the better of you?

You’re current reality is only a blip and can be overcome quickly.

You don’t need to spend hours in the gym

You don’t need to practice more

All you need is an open mind to learning, and before your dismiss this concept, let me tell you a story or two about how quickly you’re able to improve.

A few years ago I worked with a pro basketball player. He was averaging around 5 points a game.

He was in a slump by his own admission.

Something needed to change.

Did he have to spend hours shooting the ball?

Did he have to work on his technical ability?

Did he have to practice under extreme circumstances?

Nope!

All he had to do was have a shift in perception.

I helped him create that shift in mental perception in about 45 minutes all the while he was sat comfortably in the privacy of his own home, which led to him exploding in his next game for 20 points and hitting an unprecedented 100% from the field!

Click here to read his own thoughts in a newspaper column.

Imagine how a struggling striker, unable to hit a strike rate that’s expected of them, can benefit from these techniques?


Defenders – Here’s a story for you.

I worked with a player in the USA, a semi-professional who was only curious about my new ground-breaking program.

So we worked together over 6 weeks, talking for an hour. Again she was in the comfort of her own home and we talked over Skype (way before the Zoom explosion!)

Her curiosity and ability to have an open mind to learning allowed her to win her first ever MVP!

Imagine as a professional player, how this improvement can help your career?

To improve quickly doesn’t involve strenuous physical workouts

To improve quickly doesn’t involve training more specifically

To improve quickly involves shifting your mindset.

I want to help you shift your mindset and in this period of lockdown, now is the perfect time for professional players to focus on developing their mental strength using two proven strategies.

If you have an interest in player development either as a sports psychologist, player liaison officer, manager or team mate, or owner, then I invite you to tell me what you think needs to improve for players you know, then let’s have a chat.

Apply for your consultation at https://elitesportsminds23.org

Do it now in the comfort of your own home over Zoom, in preperation for when the season starts again and you’ll get a head start over the competition.

Take it easy

Mike

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Why do premier league and championship footballers struggle

Your physical and technical abilities were honed over the years.

Hours of blood, sweat and tears built on a foundation of passion for the game, allowed you to reach a level you dreamed of. You were living the dream, you had made it! But then…

Something changed.

There was one moment that changed how you felt and perceived the game you loved.

Perhaps it was a comment from a manager or coach?

Perhaps you were put out on loan?

Perhaps your form dipped and you were quickly replaced?

Or something else?

Life as a professional athlete has it’s ups and downs and if you are in a place you don’t like, then it’s time to make a decision and make a conscious effort to move out of it.

Just like you spent hours developing your physical and technical skills, how many hours have you worked on developing your mind?

How long did you spend understanding why you think the way you do, act the way you act and react to situations in ways you don’t like, but tolerate the outcomes?

Have you ever wondered why other less abled and skilled players are doing better than you?

Have you ever wondered why others get the breaks you can only dream of?

Let me give you the answer – Your mindset.

Your mind dictates how you react to situations, how you behave in situations and what you say in situations. You can choose to behave and speak differently for improved results, if things aren’t working out for you right now.

OK, there is some luck involved and some of ‘it’s who you know’

So how great would it be if you could turn things around by learning how to react, behave and speak in ways that lead to opportunity?

In these strange times where games and training are cancelled due to Covid-19 (the little buggery virus) now is the perfect time to spend time training your mind so when the season starts again, you are fully prepared and have an edge over competitors because you know you are only a poor game away from losing what you have.

Your mind is so much more powerful now than you can understand and now is the perfect time to tune into that mindset and begin to learn how to get the best out of you.

I have two questions for you.

  1. Do you have an open mind to learning?
  2. If you want things to improve quickly, can you understand the answer exists but you may not be able to accept it?

If the answer is yes to both questions I have good news for you.

Check out my youtube video for hints and tips…I’ve released one about your inner voice which will give you a deeper insight which can be found here…

You can also hire me to help you improve quickly and I’m currently accepting applications from premier league and Championship players

All you need to do is click the link below and the journey begins…

Click here to start your journey

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Sports psychology – The real reason that’s stopping you from achieving

Providing tips, insights and support to help you, the athlete, improve and work towards your goals.

This video gives you the real reason as to what’s stopping you from achieving.

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