Karen Carney is impressive as an athlete and in person. Intelligent, generous and modest she may leave it to others to promote her quality as a footballer, but there is no doubt she is a winner. Her quiet ambition and determination to succeed shine through in every meeting.
Her quiet ambition and determination to succeed shines through
There are some interesting contrasts in her recent successes; being awarded a psychology degree; her hat-trick for England against Belarus on Saturday; her recent battle with an ankle injury sustained playing for England in the Cyprus Cup in March. As small a sample this is of Karen’s achievements it’s more than enough to prove there is something impressive going on within the mind of this elite athlete.
So I was hoping to find an interview with Karen after her hat-trick exploits to see what can be revealed that would be a worthy lesson for any athlete or coach to absorb. And I did. This interview on theFA.com reveals some of the secrets of her winning mentality.
Careful listening reveals some of impress Coaching’s the ‘Six Habits of Elite Athletes, (6SHEA), especially her focus on outcomes and performance rather than the result and her personal achievement; how she naturally uses the impress Formula to reframe negatives as temporary and qualities as permanent, how she builds rapport and is a good winner. Have a listen and see what you notice.
What to Listen Out for:
Outcomes & Performance
When she is asked how she felt her hat-trick she immediately turned this around so it’s not about her but about the performance of the team and the outcome of winning the game, securing three points and putting on a good performance for the fans.
On a personal note it was really good but obviously the objective today was to get three points and especially on the back of the recent tournament we needed to have a good performance in front of our home crowd
When Karen mentions the ‘recent tournament’ she is referring to the Euros in Sweden in July this year. England performed poorly losing two matches and drawing one, their worst performance at a European Championship since 2001. Her language presupposes that this was a blip; that she and her team are capable of much more and the determination to prove that in front of home fans against Belarus.
Below I note how she talks about her teammates, it’s important how this language focuses on permanent, general and internal qualities. As her team mates hear their hat-trick hero and much respected team mate talking this way, it builds their confidence, belief and mental strength.
Karen is at pains to stress the quality running through the whole squad. She talks about new faces, familiar faces, players sat on the bench and in the stand all referred to as ‘quality’. This is a senior player naturally and generously building rapport with the squad which enhances her leadership and influencing qualities amongst her team mates.
Karen links all the above positive comments and talks about taking them into their next game against Turkey. In this way she is building on the lift a victory gives a team to create a sense of permanent, general and internal qualities within the squad. This builds confidence, belief and mental strength and a winning mentality.
Karen Carney is a great player for any coach to have in their squad. It’s not just her talent, or her modesty after a stellar performance. It’s her influence and leadership from within the group that is priceless. The 6SHEA qualities we’ve highlighted above make her not just an elite athlete but a great influencer who will use her own performances to lift the belief and performances of her team mates. Quality!impress Inspiration Survey
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