“Stay positive”. The stock advice from any team-mate or coach when you’re going through a miserable run of form.
It’s perfectly logical, considerate and delivered with the best intentions, and if you were actually able to get those negative thoughts out of your mind, you would, but you can’t.
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So, how do you shake off the blues and generate a biological buzz to transform your game?
Brentford’s peak performance coach, Tom Bates knows and he’s kindly shared his secrets with us in this video. All you have to do his hit play.... Go on then!
For more football tips see:
Top five tips for football visualisation
Rooney: Big match preparation
Clint Dempsey: mental preparation
Gary Neville: Become a master of mentality
Michael Ballack: Coping with pressure
Thierry Henry: My pre-match rituals