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The attentional assessment

Analyzing the reasons why even very expert individuals, such as athletes of top level do not achieve the goals they set or under stress do not provide the performances they are capable of, the relevance of the human factor takes over from the technical and professional factor.

What do the best managers and leaders have in common with elite athletes and special army corps?

The ability to pay attention, not to get distracted and stay focused on one task at a time.

So knowing how to organize your attention is one of the critical components of success.

From the analysis of the attentive dimensions and the characteristics of the decision making processes you get information about:

  1. Immediate perception of the environment - It shows how well an individual is able to understand what is happening or is going to happen in the working environment and to what extent he/she is aware of the moods of the people he/she comes into contact with.
  2. Ability to analyze and to have strategic thinking - It is highlighted how much an individual is considered able to organize his/her own activity and that of the collaborators, if the person assigns responsibilities to the collaborators and if he/she regularly and promptly verifies the results in progress and in the end.
  3. Ability to effectively pursue one’s own tasks - It is highlighted how much an individual is considered able to accurately pursue the objectives that have been set or that have been provided to him/her by the company, acting in the manner foreseen.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is like Michael Jordan

Alberto Cei spoke to the Juventusnews24 microphones and clarified some psychological aspects of the world of football, between victories and defeats, especially on the eve of the resumption of the Serie A championship in Italy, scheduled for 12 June.

Read the interview.

“Cristiano Ronaldo, the personification of success through constant work on the pitch and sacrifice in training. His ethic remembers the Kobe Bryant’s mindset, a global basketball and sports legend. Are they in the same sphere of competitiveness?”

“In my opinion, this is about the goal to want to excel. We often use the word excellence inappropriately: excellence is a rare thing, otherwise it would not be so. It’s a bit like when Arrigo Sacchi says that the football players he was looking for must have an extraordinary motivation. In my opinion those levels of professionalism, like that of Cristiano Ronaldo and many other champions, require that approach otherwise you’re not there, you can be a good professional but it’s different. We’ve all seen “The Last Dance” lately with the story of Michael Jordan: Cristiano Ronaldo seems very similar to me, obviously there are differences in people’s character but I think the mindset of who wins the Olympics, as I’ve seen in my experience, is very similar. In sports psychology, this attitude is called “positive perfectionism” and it is the search for everything that can bring us closer to perfection, which is something that obviously does not exist, but it is an effective attitude, because it is functional to the achievement of great goals, otherwise it would be a psychological disorder”.

What excellence is


10% Talent & 90% Perspiration

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Just to remind those who have forgotten for a moment

The 10 secrets of the excellent performances

  1. Focus only on what you’re going to do.
  2. It’s easy but it’s difficult to be persistent, you must practice
  3. The focus is on the timing of the action and never on the technical issues
  4. The performance takes place in a natural and automatic, not analytical
  5. Delete mistakes returning each time with the mind to the timing of the next action
  6. Deep breath to reduce excessive pressure
  7. Pych-up to increase the useful tension to action
  8. Visualize the  performance to delete doubts and concerns
  9. Have fun and pleasure for what you are doing
  10. Use pauses to restore physical and mental energy for the next action

Excellence: between madness and ambition to overcome any limit

search for Excellence is a destructive Madness

if you are not willing to Be Happy for not reaching it.

it needs the Balance of Reason

because the Ambition to Overcome any Limit does not turn from excellent Prowess  in dangerous Excess.

The three gold rules to be excellents

In any type of performance what really matters is:

to know how to learn,

to know how to correct the mistakes


to practice these two principles every day incessantly


What is competitiveness for Errani e Vinci

“To accomplish something difficult. To master, manipulate, or organize physical objects, human beings, or ideas. To overcome obstacles and attain a high standard. To rival and surpass others. It has  been written by H.A. Murray nel 1938. This is what Sara Errani e Roberta Vinci showed us today winning Wimbledon.

The numbers to accept to become excellent

Sport consists of statistics which can explain the fitness and technical expertise of an athlete, rather than the quality of the game and performance. As sport psychologist I want to give some numbers to highlight what needs to be done to aspire to build a winning mentality :

  • 3 – are the keys to success : commitment and dedication, family and friends, excellent coaches.
  • 4 – are the basic psychological skills: learning from experience, relaxation, positive self-talk and mental repetition.
  • 6 – are the stages of the athlete’s career: fun, moving, learn to train, train to train, learn to compete, learn how to win, retirement and career transition.
  • 7 – advanced psychological skills: goal setting, stress management, concentration, race management, performance evaluation, management of extra-sport life, coach -athlete relationship.
  • 700 – are the hours of training of a junior athlete.
  • 1,200 – are the hours of annual training of top athlete.
  • 10,000 – are the hours needed to become expert as athlete.
  • many thousands – are the mistakes to accept.

There is a lot of excellence in the Italian sport

We speak constantly of Italian fashion, food, art, and there is less talk of the excellence in our sport. Italian newspapers, starting from sports one, are bent to the will of the football power which participates in killing other sports. Pages for the resurrected Francesco Totti, if he has to be called in the national team, and a few lines or at most a column for Vanessa Ferrari, who won the silver medal at the age of 23 at gymnastics world championships or Giovanni Pellielo who won for the fourth time the trap world championships at forty years old. They are just the latest examples of how the sports culture is not part of us but only in the days of the Olympics. While we should be concerned about the crazy football dominated  in many cities by violent fans.

There is a relation between excellence and talent?

We often talk of talent as something strongly linked to excellence in performance. Often talk about talent is used as a criterion to eliminate some athletes, because according to someone they do not possess it or it’s used to nitpick forgetting the global relevance of the athlete. At this regard, the thought of a champion like Michael Phelps can serve to reflect on how much the athlete’s mental attitude is the main aspect to coach him/her to provide excellent performances.

“People say I have a great talent, but in my opinion excellence has nothing to do with talent. It is about what you choose to  believe and how determined you are to get there. The mind is more powerful than anything else.” (Michael Phelps)