Sport Success Programmes & Sport Psychology
There are times in every sports professional's career where the presenting opportunity (or crisis) demands the clearest of thinking, untapped resourcefulness and the most trustworthy guidance.
In the ultra competitive world of professional sport, those who best raise their game in planning, preparation and execution, to unleash the magic of their talent when it matters most, will always rise to the top.
Learning to overcome performance killers such as anxiety, stress, frustration and disappointment is vital for calm preparation, inspired performance under pressure and long term success. Turning experience into insight and innovation, challenging the norms of the sport gives rise to the new leaders in the field.
When it comes to getting results, there's a very clear sequence:- Your thoughts give rise t
o your feelings. Your feelings drive your actions. Your actions determine your results. The whole system feeds back on itself through your senses, causing thoughts and emotions to spiral in either a positive or negative direction. Actions and results follow.
Every action you take (and every moment by moment reaction you make) is determined by your thoughts and feelings. So if you want to make a dramatic change in your results and enjoyment, learning how to command your thoughts and feelings is the place to start....
It might be easy to grasp the academic understanding of this. But, how do you systematically take command of your thinking and feeling to consistently perform at the level you know you are capable of and keep enjoying the thrill of the game?
How can you cut to the chase in developing your ability to react and respond in the moment, your ability to bounce back from setbacks and reach the next level?
The performance coaching practice of Paul Burden MSc, PerformWell provides Sport Success Programmes and sport psychology, for sports professionals. With more than 20 years’ coaching experience, we provide a results orientated approach and where appropriate offer guaranteed outcomes.
Paul Burden MSc
About Paul Burden MSc - Performance Coach
With 20 years experience in coaching, Paul’s passion is assisting others to overcome setbacks, rise to the challenge and create success where it counts most.
His experience and passion for making a difference is underpinned by training with masters in the fields of coaching, performance psychology and personal development. He also draws on his personal experience of competing at top national level in martial arts and operating at board level of multi-national corporates.
If you'd like to speak with Paul directly about making the most of your potential, you can request an introduction here.
PerformWell's Sport Success Programmes use leading edge performance psychology to help you achieve your daily objectives in training, unlock your potential, perform under pressure at events, and plan your sports career in balance with the rest of your life. Looking more deeply than just skills, we will uncover how you think and feel in response to opportunities, crises and your day to day routine to create your results, relationships and rewards.
Who are these programmes for?
Each Sports Success Programme is tailored to the individual. They are specifically for:
FAQ - Sport Success Programmes and Sports Psychology
Q: What’s the duration of a Sports Success Programme?
A: We will typically start with a short initial engagement to make quick progress over a number of weeks. During this time we can discuss your longer term objectives and what will work best for you. In urgent cases we might agree to accelerate the whole process. The pace and duration will depend on your circumstances and what will help you most.
Q: What sort of results can I expect?
A: Again it depends on you. In the past programme objectives have ranged from making the leap to full-time professional, through to national, European and world records, world rankings, participation in elite international events (e.g. the Olympics and Ryder Cup). Also addressing performance anxiety, specific psychological issues with golf swings, shooting accuracy, ski turns, start line in motor racing, resolving patterns of frustration, anxiety and other stresses, regaining passion and enjoyment and more. Our programmes are results orientated and I will let you know if what you are asking for is to big or too small.
Q: I've been feeling stuck and been going around in circles. What's the best way to start coaching?
A: If you are ready to get going and just want to clarify the details, you can request a free introductory phone call using the Enquire & Book tab below. We'll talk about what you want to achieve and how I can help, so we can make sure we are taking the right approach for you before booking sessions in our diaries. If you prefer, you can start by signing up for the online programme The Big Lever - Start Reaching Your Potential.
Q: I'm not sure if sports performance coaching is for me. How do I decide?
A: Firstly consider what you want to achieve from working with me. You don't have to have total clarity on this. In fact it's often one of the first things we talk through, so you can just bring your ideas and I'll help with the rest. These ideas could be expressed as something you want to achieve, or something you want to avoid or be free of. Secondly, for coaching to be effective you must be willing to talk about what you want to achieve and take action to make it happen. If you are okay with this, then we will make good progress.
Q: What happens if I feel blocked or unable to deal with something that has happened in the past?
A: How we perform in the present is often dictated by our past - but it doesn't have to be. The effect of past experiences can be changed to accelerate learning and personal growth, leading to tremendous performance gains in terms of both enjoyment and measurable results.
Q: I want to pull out all the stops and achieve big. Is this something PerformWell can help with?
A: Yes. During my time as a coach I have helped sports professionals step up and develop the psychology needed to win major tournaments on the world stage, break world records and re-discover the fun and enjoyment in their sport. But it's not just about achievement at the top level. It's immensely rewarding to help young athletes confidently step up to their first national level competition and aspiring amateurs make the leap to turning pro. I love to help and I get immense satisfaction from seeing people succeed where it matters most to them.
Q: I want to get a taste for your coaching before committing myself fully. Is this possible?
A: Yes... and no… If you want to experience the real benefit of being coached you must commit yourself fully to the process. That doesn't mean blindly following instructions. It does mean committing to being fully engaged and seeing the process through to a successful conclusion.
A quick and easy way to get going is to start with the free download Perform Under Pressure and follow the prompts from there. You'll find online coaching programmes as an easy way to start.
Q: Who do you NOT work with?
A: I love to help people who want to get on, are willing to do what it takes to get what they want and help others when they can. I don't work with the bone idle, or those who make excuses and blame others for their performance. It my passion to see professionals who are ready to invest in creating their own success, take the leap, up their game and reach their potential.
Q: What is the price for a Sports Success Programme?
A: Prices depend on your circumstances and what's needed to help you make progress. Before getting started we can speak on the phone and talk through what's most appropriate for you.
Q: How Do I Get Started?
A: You can request an introduction to Paul Burden using the Enquire & Book tab below and arrange a time to speak. You’ll discuss where you are now and what you want to achieve. Together we’ll decide what’s appropriate for you and the best next steps: