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...

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...

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...

Success

How to Achieve Success This Year (and always)

Success is a very sought after thing. It has been examined, debated and philosophised over because to master the ability to be successful is a phenomenal skill to possess. One of the first challenges we face when considering success, is what exactly is it? There are so many different definitions that is easy to be...

Counterproductive Goal Setting

Goal setting. Goal setting. Goal setting… It sometimes seems like it’s all we ever hear people talking about. The problem has reached almost epidemic proportions with almost everything and anything that can be measured having goals and targets assigned to it. We see it everywhere. In our personal lives, at work, in sport, in local government,...

How to learn better and remember more.

Note taking has always played a key role in learning and development. With the boom in technology it is becoming increasing common for people to use laptops or smart pads to take notes in meetings and training sessions. Whilst this might seem an effective use of a device many scientists have speculated that it is...

Increasing Engagement

Increasing Engagement: The Power of Choice

How do you increase engagement in your team or your clients? How do you get people to commit more? How do you encourage people to put in more effort? These are the sort of concerns that have troubled managers, coaches and trainers from all sectors. The solutions have often been complex and time consuming with...

An Essential Ingredient For Success: Keep Your Inner Fire Burning

There are many important elements that contribute to a person’s performance but without drive or motivation the chances of success, especially in a competitive or challenging situation, will be seriously impacted. Unfortunately it is very easy for people to lose the passion that fuels and drives a person to succeed. If that happens the results...

A Simple Trick to Boost the Positive Mood Effect of Exercise

It’s well known that exercise can have a positive effective on your mood so how would you like to give that positive mood a boost? Well a new study has found a simple way to do just that. The trick is to use an enjoyable distraction. Distractions are quite commonly used to control focus and...

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