An informal chat with Ed Solomons after we had finished coaching at Sporting Targets…
An informal chat with Ed Solomons after we had finished coaching at Sporting Targets…
Does your mental game let you down, costing targets? Would you like to have stronger and more consistent mental focus? In early February I will be visiting South Florida Shooting Club offering limited places for private coaching. There will be two formats available
1) “Get The Mental Edge” – the massively successful mental coaching programme which helps create Champions. This is an intensive and longer term coaching programme, working with you through the season. This is the programme which has created the headline results. If you are serious about taking your game to the next level, this is the programme for you.
2) “Dubai – the mental game” – This is a special programme for those competing in Dubai later in February or those perhaps not yet ready for the full programme, but need a little extra strength in their mental game.
If you’re travelling all the way to Dubai, you want to perform as well as possible!
This is a one day crash course giving you a mental structure to keep your head strong when under pressure in the desert of Dubai. The emphasis is on structure of a pre-shot suitable for the simultaneous pair presentations. Also, competition management of the event – managing mental focus for 50 targets / day across four days. This is a new and unique programme.
This can be taken as a 1:1 day as per our other training or if you are travelling with a friend, there is a package for two people.
Please contact me for more information. Places will be very limited.
Author – Marc Green
Read those values.
Have you ever been in a situation where you question what you ate for dinner last night, and literally cannot recall? After minutes of pondering, sometimes it may click, whereas other times a friend or family member may have to remind you of the food you ate, or you have to think of something which symbolizes the food. For example, maybe you ate roast lamb (sorry vegans!) and see a lamb on television which triggers your memory of you eating lamb – only if, for whatever reason, you were actually trying to remember what you ate for dinner last night. On the other hand, maybe you just list all the different foods you typically eat and pinpoint the one which you ate last night – or you have adapted to a certain eating pattern that it’s just second nature for you to know what you ate for dinner last night, which, to be honest, is kind of boring; where’s your sense of adventure?!
Now, let me ask you another question. At what point did you suddenly forget what you ate for dinner? Was it minutes after eating it? Did the memory slowly begin to vanish, or was it sudden? Or do you simply not know, or even care? Maybe you just need to eat something better. Just kidding … but seriously.
Memories of something trivial, such as that poor, innocent lamb you ate for dinner last night is a part of the visual memory. This type of memory largely impacts the daily life of a typical person. It performs simple tasks such as allowing us to remember the face of someone, remembering where you last placed your wallet (or purse), and most importantly: remembering where your phone (and keys, for that matter) was last placed. As you can see, our visual memory is terrible. Okay – so maybe that isn’t true. Without the ability to visually remember things (or an adequate comprehension), wouldn’t we just be blind humans with working eyes? Imagine walking past a stranger, and instantly forgetting their face, gender, etc. That is, of course, providing no interaction was present whatsoever.
So, now you may be asking yourself, “Well, what about blind people?” which is a very good question. Blind people are far superior with memory than those who aren’t blind, which may be surprising to some of you (or not). As blind people have no visual input, this is their brain’s way of making up for their lack of visual perception. They are able to remember words far better than most people, with less ‘false’ memories. They remember in other ways, such as smell, feel, taste and sound. Obviously there are other contributing factors to their memory ability, such as if they were blind from birth, being a major one.
So, why are we often unable to remember such typical things, like what we ate for dinner last night? Unfortunately this is a daily occurrence in the everyday life – it’s because essentially our brain hates information; long term, anyway. Have you ever wondered why most HAVE to study to pass a test? It’s because the information is stored in your short term memory and will essentially be wiped or considered obsolete as new information is stored. There is no instant cure to this terrible, terrible illness, unfortunately – other than retraining your brain and memory.
That being said: just because you forget about something does not mean it has been removed from your brain forever, which is something people are often unaware of. It simply means you are unable to retrieve given information which has been stored in your long-term memory at any given point. Just because you can’t remember what you ate for dinner last night doesn’t mean you won’t remember just before falling asleep.
Okay, now let me test you. Remember the seven different values I wrote at the top of this article that you were probably extremely puzzled about when initially reading? If you don’t remember reading them at all, then I sincerely hope you get checked out! Seriously though; presuming you read over them, or at least glanced at them: I want you to recite them WITHOUT looking back. If you can do this, then you’re a cheater.
So, without further ado, I present information as to WHY you may find yourself in similar situations previously mentioned (forgetting keys, where your phone was last situated, what you ate for dinner, etc.).
1 – Your Brain Hates You… Kind of.
Firstly, it’s not because you happened, for some unknown and doubtless unprecedented reason, to be particularly short of active braincells at this point (although that may be a contributing factor) but because of several other factors. One of the most common reasons many are unable to remember specific information is because, essentially, it’s not life-threatening. Basically, your brain doesn’t REALLY care about where you left your car keys; it only cares for survival. You might care (which will improve your memory) but your brain certainly opposes it. Have you noticed how you never forget to drink water (or any form of liquid)? It’s because your body forces you to be reminded of these things as a form of survival. I have said it once, and I’ll say it again: your brain couldn’t care less about your phone – as much to your disgust, simply because you can live without it.
2 – Learn Properly!
Although your brain hating you remembering things is a significant reason as to why many have poor long-term memories, there are several other less significant factors contributing to your poor memory, such as not learning the information correctly. For example: studying for a test. Maybe you were too distracted or only remembered small parts which made it hard for the rest of the information to make any sense. Or maybe you simply didn’t understand the information logically at all, and it was simply all words to you. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! So essentially you never actually learned this information correctly to begin with, so obviously you won’t be able to remember it… if it was never stored in the first place, right? Having the passion and motivation to remember information is going to enhance your memory because you desire learning of the new information. Make sense?
3 – Stop Repeating Yourself!
Furthermore, as you learn and remember more and more things, those new things could interfere with past memories resulting in a loss of memory. For example: have you ever been to… say… a significant location twice, and don’t remember which time you went when ‘that something’ happened? Maybe you went to a theme park twice in your life, and can’t recall at which time a certain ride was broken down. That is probably a poor example, but one I hope you can grasp and actually makes sense.
As you may have been able to establish from this article, your brain really doesn’t like to learn new things uncritical to your life. As a result, I hand it to all the doctors, lawyers, engineers and other ‘advanced professions’ (sorry art professionals!) having to learn new information for years upon years just to become what they want. I certainly couldn’t do it! So with those three tips mentioned earlier, you should be well on your way to enhancing your memory skills.
As well as providing expert private coaching, we also use a variety of brain-training technologies in our courses. These include various EEG systems. Some are more advanced, for the trainer to perform detailed assessments of your brainwave activity. Some are more interactive, enabling the student to learn to recognise various optimal mental states. This is a basic form of neurofeedback and we provide home-training equipment on our more advanced courses.
Here is video of a sports student flying a helicopter when their level of focus increases…
At this time of year many people just focus on the remaining weeks of the year and then Christmas. Typically there is not much forward planning or goal setting happening for 2014 at the moment. But if you want next year to be your most successful year, you need to start planning now!
Wouldn’t it be great to work on improving your mental performance whilst enjoying the sunshine? In England at the moment the days seem short and the temperature has really dropped. So at this time of year I like to head to Florida.
Mental fitness courses will be available during December and again in January. There will be a limited few places in coaching programmes and regular training courses will be available. (training vs coaching)
This is a perfect time for new students to begin their mental training or past students to brush up on their mental skills and move onto an advanced level of training.
Are you a busy executive and feel you could achieve so much more with improved mental skills? Would you like a better memory, with key facts easily recalled? Or what if you could read three times faster while retaining more information? And sometimes we just need to learn how to control our stress levels.
You will learn how to control your brainwave activity for peak mental performance. You will be provided with your own brainwave technology to continue your brain training at home after the training. Maybe we’ll see you at the World Memory Championships next year..,!
The popular “Mind Maximiser” training for executives will be available as a “Training only” course.
Private training is available from $2,000
To compete at the highest level in your sport you need a solid mental game. You would like to develop better levels of focus and concentration? Can you reduce stress and control your mental states on demand? Would you like a mental programme which is designed just for you?
You can attend either a one or two day private training course based on the successful Get The Mental Edge programme.
Private training is available from $1,000
The training location will be focused in the Vero Beach area, but other location in Florida can be available after discussion (Orlando, Jacksonville, Palm Beach)
Training days are available between:
6th – 17th December 2013
14th – 31st January 2014
(possibly again in February but TBC)
The first thing you need to do is contact us to schedule a phone call. During this call we can discuss with you which format of training is going to be of most benefit to you. We will then discuss which dates are still available.
During 2014 I will be coaching a select group of eight athletes helping them achieve greater success through improved mental performance. For the 2014 season my personal coaching will only be available to a limited group of people, who are prepared to work hard. All other courses will then only be available in a “training only” format.
“Henry Hopking is one of the world’s leading sports trainers.” – Financial Times
If you are a new to The Brain Training Company, the first stage will be your personal two day training course. This will be scheduled for either December 2013 or January 2014. You must be able to attend training in either the UK or USA. For previous students, you will be invited to attend an initial one day training course in advanced skills at a similar time.
– Initial training (two days for new students, one day for previous students)
– Brain Buddy AVE equipment customised to your training goals
– EEG equipment – brainwave measuring and training equipment
– 10 months of personal coaching*, including weekly email / phone training sessions (planning, goals, insider knowledge providing additional training resources etc)
– Support at tournaments (Henry Hopking will only be supporting Team 2014 members at major events such as World or National Championships)
– VIP access – you will be able to call me at any time directly on my personal mobile / cell phone, no office switch board, no scheduling calls. Direct access. All other calls go to my office team. Only Team 2014 members can call me directly.
– Two additional training days during the year
* – It is officially ten months rather than 12 months as a) sports seasons typically don’t last 12 months and b) We will both be taking a holiday / vacation at some stage!
The value of this is £3,000 in training days + £6,000 in coaching + £500 equipment =
£9,500. Successful applicants will be able to be part of Team 2014 for the special price of £3,950.
If you are an existing student, you will receive the same as above except shorter initial training (one day) at the start of the season. You will also get the new EEG equipment, 10 months coaching, support at tournaments and one additional coaching days (two in total) for the single price of £1,950
If required this can be completed by a schedule of monthly payments.
Team 2014 is open to top athletes in different sports. The most popular sports for our mental coaching have historically been golf, tennis, archery and sporting clays. If you are ranked or have ambitions of a top 30 world ranking in your sport then being part of Team 2014 is for you. Your suitability will be discussed during an application interview.
Places are available to both new and past students.
There will only be eight places available on Team 2014.
With the increasing popularity of our mental fitness coaching programmes, we have reached a crossroads. At one point during 2013 I was providing active coaching for 18 people and this was too much. I felt the quality of coaching decreased and frankly I was working more hours than I enjoyed to deliver this! There are now some new training formats available.
Define: Coaching is where I work with a student over an extended period of time; typically 3-6 months. Training is where a student attends a private course,typically 1-3 days in duration and they then implement their new skills independently.
To maintain the quality of coaching, the number of places available at any time will be limited. Historically the most popular coaching programme lasts three months. As students reach the end of their coaching, new students will be invited to join. So there is very likely going to be a waiting list.
The coaching programmes which start with a one or two day private course will now also be available as a “Training Only” option.
If after you attend a training course you feel you do actually need a little coaching assistance, coaching can be purchased separately on a per month basis.
US Nationals is a marker for the approaching end to the main Sporting Clays season in the USA. Does that mean that you put your gun away until next year? No!
This is the time that you should be making some changes and improvements ready for the 2014 season!
As usual I will be at US Nationals in San Antonio at the end of October supporting students who have been working on their mental game.
Every year after Nationals I stay in the USA for a few weeks providing coaching to those determined to improve their performance the following season. We head down to 74 Ranch for a few days of intense coaching in great surroundings.
This year I am really pleased to announce a new training format. I have teamed up with World Champion Gebben Miles to provide a unique training programme combining both technical and mental coaching.
Gebben and I have become firm friends after I first started coaching him on his mental game in 2009. That year he became US National Champion and since then with other titles, he has also become World FITASC Champion.
What is now being offered for the first time is the opportunity for you to start your preparation for the 2014 season by attending a coaching day with both Gebben and me; working on your technical and mental game. You will be provided with a training programme to follow over the coming months. You will also receive one month of follow up coaching from me, as we put together a strong mental routine.
“Henry helped me develop a powerful pre-shot mental routine. He has been like a dependable friend looking after my mental game. I learnt how to control my mental states for strong focus and concentration, regardless of the pressure.”
– Gebben Miles
World FITASC Champion 2012
USA National Champion 2009
To ensure you receive a high level of personal coaching, only two people can attend each one-day course. This enables personal attention from both Gebben and myself during the day. The training will be at 74 Ranch, just south of San Antonio. The available dates immediately after Nationals are:
Monday 28th October
Tuesday 29th October
Wednesday 30th October
The cost per person for the complete training package is $1,500 per person, which includes your follow up support. This is great value for you, as both Gebben and I typically charge more than that each per day and you’ll be getting both of us at the same time! (My popular coaching programme, Get The Mental Edge, is still available and costs $3,800)
So this is only available to six people (two each day) and will not be repeated again this year. So if you want the formula for perfect winter training and can be in Texas at the end of the month, contact me now.
Before you make any booking to secure this training, I will schedule a call with you to discuss the details and ensure it is suitable for you.
If you are committed to having a better season in 2014, then contact me now to secure a date before all places are booked.
Sir Clive Woodward discusses “The British Olympic Coaching Programme [BOCP]" with Owen Slot of The Times.
A recent study published in the April 23rd edition of Science shows how poor quality teaching will limit the reading potential of children. This reinforces the importance of children having high quality teachers.
“Teachers have an effect on student reading achievement,” said psychology Associate Professor Jeanette Taylor, the study’s lead author. “Better teachers provide an environment that allows children to reach their potential.”
The classroom environment will also