John Morrison

John Morrison – You can achieve more than you think

After Down won the All-Ireland in 1991, four more Ulster teams won Sam

Are there players on your team who simply won’t believe that they can achieve something?

Have they set limitations in their mind?


Well. John Morrison believes that it is within every player to surmount their perceived barriers to progress.

In this week’s Gaelic Life he explains that coaches just have to illustrate to players that they are better than they think they are:

“In the year and a half after Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile-run barrier, 40 more runners broke that landmark time.

“Bef0re 1960 it was thought that Ulster teams couldn’t win the All-Ireland title.

“Between 1991 and 2003, five Ulster Counties won All-Ireland titles.

“All beliefs are limits and we can discover ways to go beyond them. Don’t think about limitations. Encourage players to think ‘I’m possible’ not ‘impossible’.

“Collecting evidence for all they’ve achieved, especially what they thought they couldn’t achieve before will encourage confidence and risk taking.

“A coach of mine once gave me a great boost by saying ‘it’s inside you, I’ve seen it. I know you can do it.”

Morrison goes on to explain two ways in which a coach can strengthen a player’s confidence during training.

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