View of the Crib Coch ridge

Conquering Fear

  This is the Crib Goch in Snowdonia. It is a knife-edge ridge walk and scramble that takes you to the summit of Mount Snowdon.  Taking the Crib Coch route can vary from a thoroughly exhilarating experience to a terrifying one. It can be a severe test of nerve, especially for those who lack experience...

What do you do next?

I am a big fan of Stoic philosophy. It is often misunderstood, but lessons from ancient Stoics like Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus or more modern ones like Admiral James Stockdale and Tim Ferriss demonstrate that Stoicism offers a set of practical rules and principles in how to deal effectively with the challenges that life throws...

Being Happy & Well

Being Happy and Well.

Good psychological wellbeing does not happen by chance. Wellbeing is not really a state of being it is a state of doing. You have to do the right things to be well. One of the challenges we face is knowing what we should we do? There is a myriad of tips and methods available to...

A Good Way To Combat Everyday Stress

  Most people who ‘pay it forward’ or carry out a random act of kindness soon realise that they benefit from their actions as much as the person on the receiving end of their benevolence. If you’ve never done it, you should try it! New research has found that giving someone a helping hand not only...

Bouncing Back

I’m proud of the way I’ve dealt with setbacks. It’s hard when you feel down and you think, ‘Why is the world doing this to me?’ But you have to pick yourself up again. That’s what made me a better athlete.  Jessica Ennis-Hill, World and Olympic Heptathlon Champion.   You never know when events around...

The Impact Stress Has On Decision Making – It’s not what most people expect!

Years of research (and plenty of real life experiences too!) have demonstrated that stress affects the way we think. Feeling stressed changes the way our brains process things. Neuroscientists can point to changes in the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, striatum, and insula areas of the brain for evidence of this but in the real world this...

Resilience: 8 Key Principles

People react to the challenges and demands in their life in different ways. Some people thrive, some struggle to cope and others disengage.  As the economic climate continues to be uncertain and turbulent many people are facing increasing levels of pressure in their lives. Businesses are placing greater levels of responsibility and increased performance expectations...

Focus: Tips from a Top Gun

It doesn’t matter what field, industry or sport you operate in, your performance relies on your ability to focus. A fully focused connection with your performance enables you to perform to your best, to learn, to correct and to stay engaged. Whatever the activity, task or event you are engaged in, if your focus is...

Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness is a very helpful characteristic to possess in a world that is volatile and uncertain. A world where success is hard to achieve and the consequences of failing are serious. Mental Toughness enables a person to work hard, respond resiliently to adversity and high demands whilst staying focused on their objectives and provides...

The Commitment to Succeed: Lessons from an Ironman Champion

Chris McCormack is an exceptional athlete. For years he was one of the dominating forces in the triathlon world, winning two Ironman World Championships, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup Series, the Triathlon World Championships, and the 2012 Long Distance World Championships. Chris  also won multiple other Ironman events breaking the elusive 8 hour barrier...

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