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A Runner's Guide

One of the major buzz phrases in sports psychology right now is the need to “be a process-driven athlete” as opposed to “results-driven”.

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The results-focused athlete enters a match or race thinking about winning or achieving a desired time. It’s a good competitive attitude but can actually cloud our judgement when it comes down to doing the things that make us successful in the first place.

Take the pre-2011 All Blacks.

Most New Zealanders will remember sitting through Rugby World Cup after Rugby World Cup in which we were the favourites, only to choke in the finals. In those heart-breaking games the All Blacks looked like they had the end result at the forefront of their minds while the process of how to get there was left fighting for attention. Unimaginative plays, poor defence, lack of team work, low work rate, these were all characteristics of the All Black’s game…

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