The Coach Training Blog

5Jul 2013

The Power of Flow

Can you think of a time in your life when you were completely immersed in the moment? Have you been so engrossed in something that you completely lost track of time? If so, you were in, what the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (chick-sent-me-hi) calls ‘flow’, an intense and effortless state of complete absorption with the present moment.

6Apr 2013

Embrace Your Shadow

Imagine that there is an aspect of you that you are unaware of, yet sabotages your success, limits your potential and contributes to a considerable amount of the frustration, suffering, negative thinking, low energy, distressing emotions, relation problems and even health problems that you have experienced? Would you want to know more about it? Well, that aspect does exist and it’s called the shadow.

1Feb 2013

So you want to be happy? Here's how.

Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be successful, have relationships, go to work, take up hobbies, spend time with friends or go on holiday? What is it that you are really looking for at the deepest level? Take a brief moment to reflect on this. The answer given by at least 90 per cent of the people I ask is happiness. As William James, the father of modern day psychology said, ‘how to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness, is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do’.

10Jan 2013


Is honesty always a good thing? What about relationships - is it really advisable to always be honest with our partners? There are a fair few people who would answer yes to both of these questions.

3May 2012

The Secret to Natural Confidence

Are you overly self-conscious or shy? Are you concerned with what others think about you to the extent that it stops you from being yourself? Do you struggle to be at peace with who you are? Most people in my experience answer yes to at least one of those questions. Lack of natural confidence really is quite common. What’s more many so-called confident people, aren’t naturally confident, they are just good at projecting what I call ‘artificial’ confidence. They aren’t the same.

2Jan 2012

Nature Connection

There is a growing recognition that humanities increasing isolation from the natural world is a significant and important contributor to the prevalence and intensity of distress, emptiness and the feeling of ‘not belonging’ that is being witnessed throughout the developed and now developing world. Spending time in doors, living in built up areas and failing to be present with nature when in nature, have lead to what I call nature malnourishment. Contact and connection with nature provides our body, mind and soul with a deep level of nourishment, which in turn promotes vitality, emotional health and in deed spiritual growth and maturation.

1Dec 2011

What’s the best diet?

That’s a question I get asked often. After years of trying to find an answer I have come to the conclusion that their isn’t really one ‘best’ diet, that we all need to eat a diet that is individually tailored to us and our needs. Our age, gender, rate of metabolism, activity levels and level of health all influence what we need to eat. Some people have food allergies and sensitivities and therefore need to avoid or restrict certain foods. Some individuals need to eat a diet relatively high in protein, in order to experience a stable blood sugar and optimum health, others a diet low in protein. Put another way we really have to discover for ourselves what diet is best. However if I had to choose a dietary approach that comes near to ideal – I would probably go for the Mediterranean diet.

29Nov 2011

The Importance of Eating at least 5 a day

How many portions of fruits and vegetables do you eat on average every single day? Be totally honest with yourself, is it 2? 5? 8? 1? Or even none? If you are not sure, why not record your consumption of fruits and vegetables for the next 7 days, and then work out your average consumption.

9Nov 2011

Green exercise is best

Regular moderate exercise is as close to a panacea for health and well-being as you can get. It’s essential for the health of your mind, the quality of your mood and the prevention of future health-related problems. What’s more, regular physical activity can help to release stored psychological and emotional tension, increase stress resilience, stimulate the production of new brain cells and inter-brain cell connections, increase feelings of self-worth and self-confidence, balance hormones, prevent and stabilise insulin resistance, reduce body fat, increase bone mass and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, hip fractures and breast cancer. You get the idea.

7Oct 2011

Watching TV Shortens Life

This was the headline that caught my eye as I made my way through last months Perspectives in Public Health magazine – the official magazine for the Royal Society for Public Health. In a nutshell Australian researchers found that prolonged TV watching is positively correlated with an increased death rate among adults over the age of 25. They found that people who watch more than four hours a day have a 46 per cent higher risk of death from all causes and an 80 per cent increased risk of death from heart disease. That for me is fascinating.

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