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Unfreakability V Overwhelm

One of my clients shared in a recent coaching session that she was totally and utterly overwhelmed. She couldn’t think straight, couldn’t decide what on earth to do next in any moment, and wasn’t able to make decisions, even really tiny ones. It was tough to hear her beat herself up so much. She’s a […]

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What I learned about resilience from five days on a bike

  Setting off on my very first cycling holiday this summer I knew that I was going to have to dig deep into my resilience reserves. And I wasn’t at all sure I had any. But I was heading off for five days of physical activity (something I’d never done before) and if I was […]

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Four short words to cross the Pacific

Have you come across the blog www.coxlesscrew.com? It’s the personal reflections of four British women who rowed into Cairns harbour, in Australia on 24 January after crossing the Pacific – all 8,446 miles of it – in a boat called Doris. Rowing two hours on, two hours off around the clock, these four really quite ordinary […]

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New year resolutions – five reasons why they won’t work

I’m guessing you made some new year resolutions..? Even if you didn’t actually write anything down, you just can’t resist that need to push the ‘refresh’ button which comes along every January. It’s fun and it makes the dark days feel more promising and meaningful. So, how are they going? Making progress? I’m glad to […]

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Let your light shine

This was never said, and never could have been said, by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech as President of South Africa. But as he let his light shine, he gave the people of South Africa, and the world, permission to do the same. Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela. Our Greatest Fear Our deepest fear […]

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The inner game of… tennis

Unfreakability is the state of having a calm, clear mind which allows you to observe things exactly as they are, and take sensible action. It’s exactly what Andy Murray needs to reach his goal of holding up the Wimbledon trophy on Sunday. It was first used in the book, The Inner Game of Tennis, written […]

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Make it up – make it happen

The pressure is on me at the moment. And it’s all of my own making! At a recent training day, I challenged participants from the charity I was working with to choose a task they’d been procrastinating on and make a pledge to the group about when they would get it done. I found myself […]

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Why the Olympics is good for the voluntary sector

  This might not be such a great photo – but the moment was a gem – my daughter giving the thumbs up to her day out at the London 2012 Olympics. Who knows what that day did for her, with it’s focus on positivity, team spirit and self belief? There are many reasons why […]

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The power of your thoughts

A few weeks ago on holiday in Greece, I found myself suspended in mid-air at the top of a cliff – freaking out! My hands were shaking. My legs felt like water. There was no way I was going to abseil down this 70-foot cliff, my absolute intention a few moments before. Now, I was […]

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