Cricket Team Visualisation / Hypnosis Batting Bowling Fielding

Just finished this recording while working with the Under 19 Australian cricket team near Abu Dhabi.  It covers relaxation, good night sleep before the game batting bowling and fielding confidence and positive suggestions.  Please enjoy.



Matt Lobbe – A Jenny Williams success story.

A great example of a young champion on and off the field. The story is to be #nevermean
There are two others in the NEST that will be up there too !!  Matt has worked hard with Jenny Williams over years to establish and practice those characteristics that will ensure that he is a force to be reckoned with for years to come.  Well done Matt and we look forward to the year ahead.

Matt Lobbe ruckman for Port Adelaide

Matt Lobbe ruckman for Port Adelaide

A letter from Jenny to the Australian Psychology Association Nov 2013

This week is National Psychology week and it also marks the week approaching my induction into the South Australian Sports Hall of Fame.  On the surface they may not be connected but in reality it is only through development of great psychological habits that my performances on the sporting field as a player and captain developed.

Firstly there was some luck. I grew up in almost the perfect family for high performance. Both of my parents were very sporting (Dad in AFL Hall of fame) but it was their mental attitudes that stood them apart. Dad was driven like no other, with a passion to succeed and a sense of determination to find the best way. He was imaginative and never stopped looking for the edge in being the best. Mum also loved competition and shared a fierce determination but it was her eternal optimism and ability to recover from setbacks that made her exceptional. She saw that golf hole as a bucket where others thought it a very small hole. Great parents were a huge head start but then came along the three younger brothers. Twins Mark (AFL premiership coach) Anthony (SANFL footballer) and Stephen (9 times premiership coach/ player in the SANFL). Twin brothers meant 2 on 1s in the back yard with about every different type of ball imaginable and then when Steve arrived two on twos became the game. No quarter was given and being a “girl” was never in the equation when picking teams.

I grew up believing every child had the same background and it was only in my years as an elite athlete I learned that many had far different experiences.

My Uni years were also full of great fortune and development. I entered PE where not only skill development counted but also a unit called Group Dynamics. It was a wonderful subject full of theory of how groups work and practical of putting it to the test in camp activities. We tested leadership styles and were continually challenged by a great group of lecturers to try different things and meld theory into practice. It was at this time a group of young women, whom are now lifelong friends started to play a wide variety of sports together. Not only did we play but as we were our own University club we had to be President, secretary, treasurer and every other position that associations required. We fought battles of injustice ranging from scheduling bias to personal safety issues, with the bonds of friendship being forged on and off the sporting field but always keeping integrity, drive and passion for what we could achieve together.

When we started lacrosse at State and Australian level it was my first introduction to Sport psychology through the AIS program and the South Australian Sports Institute. My first profile came back as an “Iceburg” suggesting that I had mental toughness of a champion on the field. Well as far as I was concerned everyone else would have the same profile too.  The SASI psychologist was a wonderful man and we had so much fun as a group with him. He had played top level sport and most of what he said to me seemed common sense.  It was also a chance to question some of what was taught.” Things like never argue with an umpire.It won’t help.”  Actually I could give direct examples when it did and we would laugh at the creative ways we would come up with dealing with poor treatment on a field. The only one on one I ever had with him, was to tell him that if I had to hear about or do one more goal setting sheet that I wouldn’t play. For me and many others knowing what I wanted to do and how to get there, was already in our nature, writing it out repeatedly was demotivating and a pointless waste of time.  (This I learned was not so for everyone).

I also hated the permeation of sport with corporate terms. Always  happy  and easy to decide what we stood for, (eg  great hearts, the smarts, courage and a drive to win) words such as Trademarks, KPIs etc seemed false and passionless when champions live on passion.

So through SASI I lived through 6 years of psych but it was a joy, and no one ever had to question the commitment to the team “ culture”. (Another corporate word)  I really believe that the popular saying “ buying in”  creates Cults. It needs a great deal of rules and blind observance of followers where those who ask questions are derided for having opinions.  Our groups were extraordinarily successful and those 2 years of UniSA women that I mentioned netted 3 Australian captains, (different sports)  and 6 women who played Australian or State in several different sports.  None of these women would “buy in” and not allow freedom within a culture as that is what makes a group special.

Finally entering the psychology profession at the age of 54 after doing a grad dip, honours and masters gave completion to the jigsaw puzzle of elite players.  I did my honours thesis on spatial awareness and gender, after sitting through lectures being told that women were the ones who couldn’t read maps or find directions. (My teammates  could do both and the findings of my study were published in the British journal thanks to my lecturer who loved writing things up). My Masters thesis was done personality profiling champion coaches and X factor athletes using the Hogan profiles  and it was of little surprise to me the personality factors that made champions on and off the field were consistent amongst most of them.

Most of all I would like to thank Psychology for giving me a glimpse into the world of what I didn’t know. Kahneman is one of my heroes for winning a Nobel prize on his writings of expertise and WYSIATI. What You See is All There Is was how I had lived my psychological life. I was bold, optimistic and incredibly resilient. When things went  wrong (such as losing a loved brother at 29) I found a way to resolve the situation as best as I could (in that case I would honour my brother by living my life with joy and care for others. I wore Anthony’s footy badge and when I married my wonderful hubby) and the thought of not coping or any different approach was not an alternative.

The world of psychology helped me see things from others perspective much more clearly. I had always cared about others but I simply did not know the depth of despair or mental health problems that many others suffered.  I love CBT and my GP husband says I sit on the behaviourist side but the truth is I love to teach the possibility of thought and action. So many athletes and children do not know there is another way and do not have anyone help them with the steps to get there. I watch coaches and teams give open and honest feedback with little care for individuals. What is particularly disturbing is that so many so called “leadership” programs have no understanding of the psychology of individuals and adopt a one size fits all program with the “Buy In” or you are not a team player philosophy. The  AFL has seen first hand what happens when those not qualified are allowed to work on human bodies (even after the medical profession writes to alert them) but still there is no questioning on the disturbance of the human mind.

Great leaders and captains are loved and respected for their ability to help those they lead to be the best they can be. There is some enforcement but the general atmosphere to thrive is one where expert feedback is given in an atmosphere of care.

This is why psychology week is so important. We must be bold and promote our profession especially those in Organizational Psychology. Others with no ethical requirements or real understanding of the human condition are out there selling leadership programs and executive coaching.  Let’s not only celebrate what we do but take the front foot in to explaining why years of study, reading and practical evidenced based activities are the pathway for businesses and individuals to reach their best. Jen window BW Nov 2013

Delisting Time Is Hard for All

Having worked at a football club I particularly dislike this time of year when players are delisted. There is no great way of telling someone they are no longer wanted/needed but some clubs do it better than others.
My pledge to those with whom I work is that I will never give up on them as long as they don’t give up on themselves. Many will accept their fate but to the few who know that it is resilience, perseverance, boldness and a willingness to find a way and never give up, the 10,000 hours offers hope and a path. Talent does not wash off and it is dealing with hardship and then planning a new direction that gives hope.

Brett Kirk was elevated from the Swans’ rookie list and made his senior debut in 1999, despite having previously been cut from the supplementary list. He was 23 at the time.

My bother Stephen is another example.
In 1986, (aged 25) Williams was drafted by the Brisbane Bears at number 40 in the AFL national draft. Williams played for the Bears in 1987 (alongside brother Mark), and returned to the Port Adelaide in 1988. After his brief stint in the (then) VFL, Williams became a key player for Port Adelaide. Williams played in the Port premiership teams of 1988,89,90,92,94,95 and retired from playing at the end of the 1995 season aged 34.

Make the choice.. If you believe you can then we will find a way but be prepared to work very very very hard & smart.

Stephen Interviewed at the Chimney

Jenny on the State of Statues

Jenny Williams was interviewed on October 1 on 5AA about why there should be a statue of a female cricketer placed around Adelaide Oval and who that might be. Lets tweet the ABC 5AA and triple m about this #womenplaysport2and see how far we can get the discussion. Jen and I have both pledged $100 each towards the cost.

Test cricket women - 1935

Spinning Out of Control?

Interesting article on Dancers brains and how they handle spinning in circles without chucking. Spotting helps but thats not the end of the story..

This story is close to home as the other half and I go to dance class and the teacher (goodness bless her) does tell us to spot when she insists on us imitating Dervish dancers.  Never seems to help but now I know what may help (hopefully).

The Irish National Youth Ballet rehearsals

Zombies + Running = Fun

Don’t like running much..but love zombie movies.. well distraction can be the key to working hard and escaping a hoard of zombies can prove to be a great distraction. Just had lots of fun running with the 20 year old daughter and the two dogs…we lived to do another mission and collected many interesting weapons/ supplies. heart rate went between 120 to 165 on the harder runs..yes that is close to max to me..but I live to go again.
FUN FITNESS APP… PE teachers take note..
Zombies Run Game