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Coaching Tips

March 22, 2012
Don't over do it

I surprised some of my athletes recently by suggesting that they train less to achieve more!

It is vital to train in accordance with a structured training plan that has been devised and agreed in consultation with your Coach. However, training harder will not equate to better results.

Equally it is important to give yourself time out in your training programme. I recently rediscovered the simple pleasures of varnishing our boat in readiness for the coming season. Sailing for us, as a family, is a relaxing activity where we can take time out and have fun.

Time out helps your mind and body to refresh and puts you on a better footing to meet your goals.

March 18, 2012
Goal Setting

I recall many people who have approached me not knowing what it was they were seeking. Their professional and sometimes personal lives lacked a sense of purpose, a void they wanted filling.

Together we explored their goals and aspirations through facilitated discussions. We identified what they wanted to achieve. Starting at theis successful conclusion gave us hope for finding the beginning of their journey and naturally presented their current skills and abilities relevant to this goal. From this analysis we were able to identify options for progressing their plan, identify the immediate support they needed and formulate a route map.

Importantly, such people arrive with a willingness to change their lives for the better, they are enthusiastic, able to rekindle their inspiration when the going gets tough and are better able to adapt to changing circumstances. They are most likely to succeed and complete their goal.

I believe that all of us have the potential to fit this mould. Progressing your-self is a tripartite agreement between your Mind (cognitive acceptance and understanding of what needs to be done), Body (skills and abilities to manage the opportunities available for making and reviewing progress) and Soul (determining how we feel about the journey and tasks ahead of us will directly impact on our motivation for doing them). 

I am reminded of a Chinese proverb...Watching the Tree by Han Fei Zu ... "Once there was a boy who was told by his master to catch a hare. He went into the woods and looked around. Lo and behold, at that very moment, he saw a hare running along at full speed. As he watched in astonishment, the hare ran smack into a tree and knocked itself unconscious. All he had to do was pick it up. For the rest of his life the boy waited behind the same tree in the hope that more hares would do the same thing." [Yen Mah, A. 2001, 'Watching the Tree', Harper Collins]

...which tells us that nothing comes for free and we need to value a sense of striving for a goal and respond positively to the support we receive.

March 10, 2012
Training Your Mind

It is well known in high level competitive shooting circles that 95% of all performances are formed in the mind. However, we rarely spend any where near that percentage of time training our minds. If we are to accept the statistic as factual; and the top 5% of competitors and aspiring champions do; then we need to know how to include mental preparation in our training programme.

The answer to this conundrum lies in improving what we think we are capable of and overcoming any thoughts that may lead to the setting of comfort zones, into which we can sink and hide.

A common method is to visualise ourselves performing perfectly and to affirm this perfect performance through self congratulation. Visualisation is done anywhere where we can find time to ourselves and be undisturbed. Visualisation is preceeeded by diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxtion. This takes us to a calmer and more relaxed place in which we can influence our thoughts and our futures.

Mental training is followed by dry firing to train and hone the technique. These training methods must preceed live training and proportionately be the greater training effort.

These techniques are applicable to improving performance in all sports as well as in life situations such as career interviews, leadership, management and parenting.

For further information and one-to-one coaching contact Chris:    [email protected]

March 2, 2012
Learning Through Joy

"We learn through pain until we evolve to learn through Joy" Buddha

Buddah's teaching helps us to understand that we should work hard but not be hard on ourselves. We need to reward ourselves for our efforts and persevere until we reach the goal we set.

But be mindful of Einstein's Theory of Insanity: "Repeating the same experiement in the hope of a different outcome". If your efforts are not bringing you closer to your goal, then change what you are doing to make a positive difference.

This is where the guidance of a Coach is essential to your growth.