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Performance or Not? More words

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One of around 15 performance athletes who enter the MdS each year.. Mohamed Ahansel

In my last post I talked about words and how we can use them positively for ourselves.

This post is about one of my bugbears. It is another use (or misuse) of words but often for financial gain and persuading people you are a better coach or sportsman than you are and assuming most people do not know better.

When it comes to business and sport it really irks me that so many use terms or latch on to words that they do not know the real meaning of but can gain from using them commercially, often just buzzwords for a year or so………but still monopolised for as long as possible…

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January 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Joining The Dots….

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A group of youths who needed to repair their picture...They trekked 150 km across the Sinai

The last few posts have created quite a few questions which I always like…..  James Cracknell’s article, beliefs, limiting beliefs, motivation and what is your chronic injury…? These are all inextricably linked to the title of todays post; Joining The Dots.

I spoke with Carlyle of Prohab Performance yesterday who asked what this weeks posts were about…  I responded with “why?” His reply was “I asked my clients how they would know if life was a success? The answers were obviously very mixed but the overriding observation was the a lack of clarity.

If we take look at someone like James Cracknell who seems to have all his ducks in a row and most would say leads a successful happy life; he has just had a huge life experience that has knocked one or more of those ducks down. Shaken his success, maybe his belief too. His accident in America where he was knocked of his bike during another endurance attempt will make him evaluate seriously. Before, all was good with his tv career blossoming, work was fun, exciting and so on. He was shaping his role as super endurance hero but this came with a price. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

Limiting Beliefs

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I have watched this video many times. I thought much about his methods and as a coach I both like them and dislike them. I have also used them on occasions in a different sporting arenas and successfully, usually not by choice but out of frustration. I didnt like doing it but I also knew the result would end positive. My believe was greater than the pupils. The lady in the video believed she was trying her hardest. She truly believed she could not do the 30 second run. However she actually did it around 4 times just short of the 30 seconds. Had she completed it the first time she would not have wasted time and effort doing it 3 more times. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Limiting Beliefs – Food for thought.

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More to come…..

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September 13, 2010 at 11:08 am

Free Consultation

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Why not find out more about the previous two posts…. A colleague of mine has offered a free consultation at Prohab as will I for coaching. The only stipulation is that you contact us through reading this blog and the offer will last for one month….  Read more on Carlyle at and for coaching go to Coaching

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September 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

…..And now what is your chronic injury?

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Your chronic injury is your excuse, your disclaimer. Not in all cases as some people will have chronic pain and no the reason and others will have it and attend many sessions with a chronic pain psychologist to get help and never find a reason for the pain. However there are a large number of people who’s injury is no more than their mind creating it for them so they have reason not to do stuff.

I have met so many who don’t run because their “knees are bad”. “Cant go to the gym I have a bad back”. “Doctor says no”.

Then again, someone I covered this year in the Marathon des Sables completed the last 3 days with a broken foot, was medical tented on the long day and recovered only when he was told he would get a penalty if he took on an intravenous drip, then on the last day pulled a hamstring which is an acute injury and still ran 20km through sand dunes.

So in essence your chronic injury is your lack of want, need for an excuse and your very good disclaimer…….  Sorry for those who have one but I am not too sympathetic.

Look within and look at your life. Many of your injuries will resolve with work on your whole body, mind and nutrition. Look after these and your wants and desires come back……. More to come later

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September 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

What is your motivation?

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Are you fed up in your work, your life?

When you decide on a life change, career change or simply something you would really like to achieve, you need to find your motivation. What is it that drives you? What is it you so badly want to be or do that you were not, or did not do, before?

Most people who decide to run a marathon do so in their mid thirties and are typically NOT runners. They just decide they want to do it. Of all of those, there are a percentage who decide for the wrong reasons and by the third or 4th week of training, usually less, they quit. Then there are those who carry on but get a chronic injury that they cannot explain and that forces them (in their minds) to stop and quit. There are a few who get acute injuries and have no choice but to stop and then there are all those left (the majority) who go on to complete the biggest event of their lives. Until they have done it that is and they realise that yes, even they can do a marathon and they do more……. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm