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The Exercise Effect

An article from the American Association of Psychologists to suggest that there is evidence is mounting for the benefits of exercise, yet psychologists don’t often use exercise as part of their treatment arsenal. Here’s more research on why they should, by Kirtsen WeirWhen Jennifer Carter, PhD, counsels patients, she often suggests the

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How to overcome resistance to change

We are all creatures of habit. We all have
our morning and bedtime routines. As humans, we have set up our lives to be
consistent and constant. There is a sense of pride in knowing our lives are
predictable and easily managed which results to us feeling secure, safe and in
control. If our personal system is disrupted however in any form, we are th

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Importance of goal setting

We have
all set goals in our life, be it at our annual goals at work, weight loss
goals, sport achievement goals, etc. However
what I have found with my clients is they set the goals but then don't
work out how to achieve them, then get frustrated or head down road which is
not sustainable. The result is they get despondent and lose

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Resilience in sports and business / Part 1

What is Resilience? The Oxford Dictionary says: Resilience is the
capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Resilience is a big topic so this
will be just the start! All of us, no matter how successful in our field,
will face adversity at some point in our career, be it sport or work. Although
often unavoidable, thes

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How to manage your self-talk

“You live the words you tell yourself in your mind.” — Dr. Magdalena
BattlesWe all
have that inner voice which provides a running commentary, be it positive or
negative. This voice combines conscious thoughts, with
unconscious beliefs and biases."Given this commentary happens all day long it's a wonder we get anything d

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Resilience in sports and business / Part 3

How do you stay resilient in tough times? Adversity does not discriminate, whether it be in sport, work or personal life. This Ted Talk is one of the best I have ever listened to on resilience. It is applicable in all aspects of life whilst also being incredibly emotional and real. One thing that this talk gives us is hope. There are 3 questions t

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Resilience in sports and business / Part 2

In my previous post, I talked about knowing what one's triggers are as these were important factors to consider when reviewing one's environment, be it work or home. It is also important to recognise and understand what kind of environment is required for one to perform at their best, thus giving the ability to thrive under pressure.
How does the

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How do you define success

"Do you find yourself thinking and asking yourself the question, am I an underachiever?"What if I told you that we are all pretty much the same when we ask that question. Who you are, the choices you make, your successes and failures, are a result of your own thoughts, experiences in life, interpretations of events, conversations, books you've rea

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Is willpower overrated?

We've all heard people say; "If only I had the will-power!" My key take away is; 'Will power is a mental muscle'. It can be over used and when that happens, we give in to the exact 'thing' we are trying to exert will power against - Enjoy! Willpower can be described as the ability to control or reject desires to indulge in harmful and useless

I need more will power with 'sweets' Claudine Dau
. 6 months ago

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Why is mind over matter important?

The Oxford Dictionary definition of, 'mind over matter' is: 'the use of willpower to overcome physical problems'. So It enables you to achieve your goals and succeed.
To understand the power of the mind I will refer to a sporting event, which the rowers amongst you will probably know: In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics Greg Searl and his brother Johnn

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In the northern hemisphere we are fast approaching the shortest day of the year. This means we have a year 6/7 hours of day light. The result of which is that many people suffer from 'Seasonal Affected Disorder' (SAD). Simply put a form of depression. Short of jumping on a plane (COVID allowing!) and visiting our Southern Hemisphere friends what can we do to prevent this often debilitating disease. 

1. Exercise - unsurprisingly!! However I know how hard it is to drag yourself out a warm house and into the cold. Tips I draw on are: a) arrange to meet a friend to train with. You will think twice about letting them down! b) Keep sessions shorter. Muscles, joints are never as nimble in the cold so there is no need to push it. There is a reason why professional athletes take at least 3 weeks off at this time of year.... or head south! c) reward yourself.... not with chocolate! Book that massage, your body and mind will thank you for it! d) Jumping into a warm shower / bath after a training session in the winter feels AWESOME!! Don't forget that when its 0 degrees and sleet!

2. Get lots of good sleep 

3. Look into Light Therapy 

4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a popular choice if you are really feeling the effects of SAD. 

5. Eat good nutritious food and take vitamin D. My Mum swears by eating warm foods in the winter...... the nutritionists amongst you can let me know if its an old wives tale! 

Southern Hemisphere's enjoy the sun. Make the most of it!


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A wonderful article on Confidence and the reason-giving mind by Dr Alison Maitland. 


Some great tips when our anxiety and nerves can take over prior to a big performance.  


https://www.yellowtailgroup.co.uk/post/confidence-and-the-reason-giving-mind



www.yellowtailgroup.co.uk/post/confidence-and-the-reason-giving-mind



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Am working on feedback with a client tomorrow and it occurred to me that what I am doing with them could be helpful here. 

How many of you are self critical? Feel you could do better? be better? 
For the US representatives amongst you - The Dallas Cowboys Tom Landry took his team from the bottom to the top.... now here comes the neuroscience ....  excellence is personal to each and everyone of us. He produced a reel for each player highlighting what they did on court with ease, naturally and confidence. He showed each player their 'excellence'. Why did this work? Without going into too much neurological detail our brains are receptive to learning when releasing Oxytocin (the love drug) which is what positive feedback gives us. Our neutrons fire more as we go into a parasympathetic state (stimulate growth neurons) v sympathetic (constricts neurons) state aka fight or flight mode when we get criticised. 
To get the best out of clients, friends tell them what they did great and how it made you feel. Pretty sure you'll see amazing results quite quickly......

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When pivoting a business things to think about / do: 1. Identify what is working well now. 2. DON'T let fear make the decision. 3. Tell the untainted truth. 4. Visualise what success will look like. 5. Be very clear about what is needed and now and what is needed for success. 6. Learn from your mistakes. 7. Evaluate the impact. 8. Make sure the pivot is profitable! Good Luck! 

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The majority of us in the world are operating in extremely uncertain conditions. The result of which is we can feel a little anxious, lost, confused and lacking in motivation. So, what can we do to help ourselves? 

1. Identify our support network -  contact 3 friends this week to see how they are and let them know what is going on for you. 
2. You may be lacking in some motivation to exercise- if you are exercise with friends. We all know what good endorphins can do for us both physically and mentally, sometimes we just need a little help. 
3. Sleep - Good quality sleep is so good for repairing our minds and bodies. 
4. Eat well - stay off the white stuff! 
5. Be kind to yourself - control the controllable. Everything else mentally leave behind. 

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Good advice, thank you. ?
Troy Archer . 4 months ago
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Damien Dau . 4 months ago
Is that why you called me today ??
Scott Coey . 4 months ago

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde

There is a general societal driven need these days to be 'better', 'more resilient', 'should behave a certain way', 'richer'..... etc Of course there are goals to set and achieve but do it your way. You are more likely to succeed that way. In fact the most successful (define success!) people in the world don't want to, 'be better'. They want to do, 'their best.'

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