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Psychological Consulting Review- British Royal Navy

"I initially used James' services for physical preparation for the military, but I had not fully covered psychological preparation. I specifically wanted to improve my ability to think under pressure, to process information better and thus make better decisions, and also to look at resilience and resolve. James initially provided me with great understanding which was the bedrock for practice exercises and specific strategies I could use and work on. The consults helped me greatly and I performed

James Smith

James Smith

Psychological/Tactical/Technical Consulting Review- NFL- OT Jared Veldheer

"Working with James over the past few years has completely changed my psychological paradigm. I have learned to look at life's obstacles from an objective standpoint; leading to an enhanced emotionally regulated state.  Our weekly discussions were always insightful. The tactical knowledge James shared manifested in a very useful and practical way.  The best part of our sessions was the proactivity it created which allowed me to handle any future hurdles much more easily.  I h

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James Smith

Psychological Consulting Review- General Psychology

As a young adolescent, psychological counseling was encouraged- due to the traumatic upbringing I was experiencing. I denied it and refused to take part. I felt they wouldn't understand, and I would end up in some insane asylum if I opened up to them. However, I stumbled upon James due to my pursuit in coaching, but this transitioned into weekly psychological consultations, which was very impactful for me. Finally, someone who I felt safe to share my thoughts and experiences in which I felt no j

James Smith

James Smith

Psychological Consulting Review- General Psychology

I originally met James in 2009 and have continued to become immersed in his work.  Most recently, I hired James for his Psychological Consulting services.  I had an idea of what COULD be but I was unsure of HOW to go about it.  I have several very important events in the near future and I wanted to be as prepared as possible.  Over the course of a short period, after speaking with James, it has become abundantly clear that my disposition has changed.  His choice of tools / thought exercises in a

James Smith

James Smith

Esports/Business Consulting Review

I have been working with James since 2015. Amongst many of James’s talents, I find him to be the most brilliant sounding boards I have ever come across. With each consultation, I’m blown away by his level of thinking as well as his objective reasoning and advice. Most importantly, he forces you to think and question what you think you may know and develop iterations of your current models of understanding. Taking all this a step further, his psychological preparation consultations have been one

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James Smith

Psychological Consulting Review- NFL- DJ Swearinger (Oakland Raiders)

I appreciate James to the fullest! He helped me to understand that we are in control of every single situation that we encounter no matter than magnitude of disrespect, judging, or just in general. He helped with self observation & help me understand that you have to practice these things on a daily basis! By doing that you will find yourself more in control of turning the negative to a positive! He also helped me with self awareness, self evaluation, and the practicing of staying cool, calm

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James Smith

Psychological Consulting Review- NFL- Trent Sherfield (AZ Cardinals)

My experience with James was nothing short of extraordinary! My mental approach to my game has changed & it has changed my playing style in ways I couldn't imagine, I'm more focused, and more aware of my thoughts. James has also helped me see the world outside of football in a different way, a more positive and neutral way. If you are wanting to change your life, I highly suggest you take advantage of what James has to offer!  Trent Sherfield

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James Smith

Consulting Review- NFL- San Francisco 49ers (2)

Sport Preparatory Engineering Consulting Testimonial/Evaluation   In 2018 I did a full Governing Dynamics consultation with James Smith. Spending 8 weeks diving into each area of the Governing Dynamics of Coaching. Throughout the last year I revisited each area to further my understanding. When doing this I really drew an interest to Sport Preparatory Engineering. I myself have used technologies such as GPS for 7 collegiate and NFL seasons to help in managing the loading of Americ

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James Smith

Consulting Review- NFL- San Francisco 49ers

James Smith Consultation Review I have read James’ book The Governing Dynamics of Coaching multiple times. I’ve dissected many sections throughout the book to further my understanding of certain topics. Not until I began consulting with James did I obtain complete clarity and understanding of the Governing Dynamics, both as general principles along with specific application to the sport of American football. He has opened my eyes to depth of knowledge necessary to competently engineer a hol

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James Smith

Psychology in Sport and the Myth of Mental Toughness

It is critical to discuss the mistake of expanding upon the volume of specialists in an organization if there is no unification between them.  In the absence of an individual who, like a general contractor, possesses the applied understanding of all specialty domains and is, thus, qualified to orchestrate them, no amount of specialists is likely to make the organization any better. In theory… We may discuss the supposed understanding that the Manager, Head Coach, Assistant Coaches, Phy

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James Smith

Consulting Review- Esports (round 2)

I just completed another round of consulting with James and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's hard to really explain how impactful his sessions are until you experience it for yourself. Each call you come away with a completely new perspective on how to navigate coaching, business, and life. He truly is in a league of his own and stands in and for the possibility of transforming the coaching profession with his Governing Dynamics Concepts.  Taylor Johnson Esports Performance Consu

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James Smith

The Failure of Tactical Execution Due to Psychological Interference- A Study of the Main and Co-Main Events at UFC 235

In the wake of UFC 235, Tactical preparation  will be explained from a top down perspective so as to elucidate upon one of the most foundational, yet one of the greatest limiting factors in preparation for sport.  Tactical Execution begins with the binary, and highly emergent, nature of decisions and actions. The focus here is the implications surrounding the failure to execute tactical game plans. Decisions From the top down perspective, the discussion of each tactical decis

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James Smith

Competition Strategic Planning

Coaches of sport Competition Strategic planning is fundamental towards attaining the highest possible results, however, it has yet to uniformly exist amidst professional and higher level sport. What it defines is the synchronized planning of all sport practice, specialized, general, and rehabilitative preparation by one individual or individuals working in collaboration. I refer to this planning as sport preparatory engineering; however, that is only jargon. What matters most i

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James Smith

The Fundamental Need for Theorists in Sport

In this blog entry you are presented with my argument for dedicated theorist/strategist positions to become foundational in sport organizations, in order to guide the staffs of experimentalists who are the coaches.  A preponderance of professional domains within science, medicine, and technology incorporate the synergistic work of theorists and experimentalists. The net result of this aggregation of cognitive effort is a sum greater than what each individual part can accomplish on its own.

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James Smith

Negligence in Coaching

When we grade the magnitude of impact of a professional we must account for all factors related to the impact itself. As this regards coaching, particularly at the youth level, we must begin by acknowledging the behavioral impact on young people who, in the pre-adolescent stage, receive, according to evolutionary psychologists and biologists, a more profound behavioral impact from peers than they do their own parents.  Now, square this against the influence from coaches who, even if th

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James Smith

Quantify and Evolve Sport Practice

"How do you describe things that don't randomly happen? If they don't randomly happen, you have to have some kind of quantitative framework for explaining what happened"- Physicist Leonard Susskind Attention: every coach, of every sport, in every country, on every level, on planet earth... As I've described, and continue to, the quantitative nature of every facet of sport extends beyond motion. Difficult though it is, so many facets of psychology, sensory processing, and cognition (the unde

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James Smith

Coaching Philosophy

Coaches, let's say you construct and coach practices based upon an understanding of how best to improve competition results. The question, however, is what is your understanding; and more importantly, what is your epistemology?   Epistemology is the theory of knowledge and it is central towards your perception, in general, of the world and reality. It underpins what you see from your athletes and how you make sense of what you see.   No matter how talented an

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James Smith

Criticism to Evolve Sport Coaching

Criticism to test the open mindedness of sport professionals. Though not for an inflammatory purpose. To the contrary, to inspire evolution; as criticism lies at the bedrock of knowledge creation.   The foundations of sport coaching reside in parochialism, nepotism, gerontocracy, dogmatism, traditionalism, and received wisdom. The entire lot of which are the bulwarks of progress.   Strip away the technological advances that are ubiquitous in sport analytics,

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James Smith

Diminish the Boundary Separating Sport Coaching and Engineering

Coaches, you coach sport and the apex objective of competition is winning. The more you win as a coach, the better. Not too controversial. Yet, none of us can predict the future; not even the most brilliant theoretical physicists or mathematicians amongst us. However, mathematical precision is also the reason why, as you read this, perhaps in your home or flat, why the last thing on your mind is whether the roof is going to collapse on your head before you reach the end of this paragraph.

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James Smith

Psychological Consulting Review- Military Special Operations

Psychological Preparation Review I originally reached out to James for physical programming however was quickly drawn into his psychological preparation training as well. The whole operator concept is often preached and the importance of training mind is significantly more important than training body. Training the mind has often been an obscure and intangible concept to me, however James has sense changed my opinion and my knowledge of the subject. James and myself utilized weekly 30

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James Smith

The Knowledge Horizon in Sport

Sport coaches, in principle, all horizons function the same. Meaning, they represent the boundary separating the seen and unseen; and the closer one attempts to get to them, the farther they move away. What is critical to recognize, however, is that amidst one's attempt to approach them, no matter never reaching them, one continues to cover more ground. This is progress. Now, consider the knowledge horizon of sport. How would you characterize it? What does it mean to be as kn

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James Smith

Consulting Review- Irish Gaelic Football

I recently had the pleasure of having 4 consultations with James via Skype. The topics of conversation varied, however, they were mostly pertaining to topics within his book, “The Governing Dynamics of Coaching”. I have been following James’s work for several years, so it was brilliant to be able to discuss his ideas and arguments with him personally. Anyone who thinks that a consultation with James will be an hour of him spoon feeding you quick fixes is sorely mistaken. James encourages yo

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James Smith

Criticize the Canons of Sport

Coaches of sport, you undoubtedly seek to win and presumably were indoctrinated into traditions of coaching based upon methods of coaching that are/were associated with winning. What's also likely true, however, is that you were NOT indoctrinated into a culture of criticizing those traditions- no matter the success of the athletes or teams associated with the coaching methods that have become canonical in your sport. The reason for this statement is because unlike the fields of enginee

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James Smith

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