What a Personal Trainer CAN’T do for you

In any endeavour there are a few elements that lead to success. Some key ones are: Skill, Ability or Talent Knowledge Opportunity Motivation, Attitude & Beliefs A PT can’t change your attitude or motivate you long-term. Sure, everyone gets an initial burst of enthusiasm but after the novelty has worn off it’s down to your …

Crossfit and the worst job I’ve ever had!

I love Crossfit because it helps me to get better at things I’m not good at. Naturally I’m fast and have a lot of determination – that’s it! Nothing more than that. I’m not that strong, I’m certainly not very skilful at any sports and my mobility is awful! If I wanted to be very …

Team Games at Fox Agency

There were some stellar performances at Headingley-based Fox Agency’s weekly Reach Fitness for Business bootcamp. A 50 minute team competition was hotly contested, with directors,senior team members and graduates collaborating to try to get their team to the top of the scoreboard. A variety of fun, but testing workouts were designed to test them as a …

What Are your Pleasure Vs Pain Motivators?

Jeremy Bentham and Tony Robbins both use the Pleasure/Pain principle of motivation. I’ve had a VERY stressful New Year but my business is better for it – New training plans. New information gathered with which to provide a better service. New recipes on my website. Client training software updated. Building work in the fitness studio. …

Don’t Make Any New Year’s Resolutions Before Reading This!

As we approach the end of 2015, I’m starting to take stock of the last 6 months. When I was a lecturer in management, I used to quote Peter Drucker’s line, “What gets measured gets done”. If you’re not measuring your progress then how do you know if you’re making any? Monitoring can be subjective …

How many books about THINKING have you read?

A couple of shelves on my bookcase. Cogent reasoning and clear thinking is an innate ability but it’s also a skill that has to be developed. People spend years training to be a builder, a doctor or a landscape gardener; learning the theory & gaining experience. People spend hours at the gym or out running …

Opportunity Cost – Economics & Nutrition

In economics there’s a concept called “Opportunity Cost”. Investopedia defines this as “The cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative action”. For example, the cost of choosing to go to University instead of starting …

From Failure to Success

What makes the difference between success and failure? This unnamed model defines two strategies for coping with failure.  I am not particularly keen on the labels for types of coping strategy (emotionally & problem oriented) as emotional and cognitive processes are often intertwined (see the CBT process Model).  But the model itself is one of …

Hierarchy of Characteristics for Promotion

This is a funny story which may or may not be true. In around 1916, during the First World War, the German Army High Command was short of officers so they issued a statement to their troops. The statement read: The German high command has always recognised four characteristics that are inherent in our officers. …

The Psychology of Integrity

Consistency is the need to remain true to what we have said, done and thought.  Robert Cialdini defines it as “our obsessive desire to be (and to appear) consistent with what we have already done.  When we say or do something, it is regarded as a demonstration of what we believe in, that’s why we …

Have you ever been caught in two minds? It’s probably cognitive dissonance!

Cognitive Dissonance (Festinger, 1957) is a theory which explains the feeling which can occur when two opposing opinions or beliefs are held simultaneously.  For example, if you need to work with a computer to make your living, but your PC is running slowly then you may consider doing a scan disc/defrag etc.  But this means …

Two types of thinking

Duel Process Thinking It has been argued that there are 2 types of thinking System 1: Automatic, fast, subconscious System 2: Slow, reasons, contemplative, rational, meta-cognitive System 1 thinking is what people do most of the time.  People just do, rather than think…then do.  In contrast, system 2 is what most people revert to in …

The Ten-Day Mental Challenge

The Ten-Day Mental Challenge is a fantastic way to snap out of negative thinking or to take your positive thinking to a new level! Rule 1. In the next ten consecutive days, refuse to dwell on any unresourceful thoughts or feelings. Refuse to indulge in any disempowering questions or devitalizing vocabulary or metaphors. Rule 2. …

Conscious Competence

The conscious competence model is a key part of personal development because it shows the stages that are potential traps for us. There are four stages, but it is the first two stages which tend to be banana skins for most people’s personal development. Stage 1: Unconscious Incompetence This is the first of the stumbling blocks. …

Improving Emotional Intelligence

Peter Salovey and John Mayer defined emotional intelligence as a form of social intelligence that “involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions’. Daniel Goleman echoes this, observing that emotional intelligence is the “ability to manage …

In defence of running. An argument for a focus on performance as a means of weight loss.

As a follow up to my post “In defence of cardio“, this post makes the argument for focusing on improved performance as a means to lose weight. What I’m suggesting is that weight loss should be the outcome, not the purpose, of running. Parallels can be drawn with what Akio Morita, the founder of Sony, …

More time for you, your business and your family!

If you’re a busy professional then time is precious, time is money, time is best spent on high value tasks such as playing with the kids. We all have 24 hours a day – how we use it and how we prioritise its expenditure can be a key differentiator between success and mediocrity; between stress …

Do you know some who makes excuses like this?

It could be argued that rationalisation is the psychological process most damaging to personal development. It acts as a severe restraint to growth, learning, improvement, success and ultimately happiness.  Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common – thus a recipe for underachievement en-masse! Rationalisation occurs when a person (possibly due to a need …

How contrast can skew our perception

The contrast principle affects the way we see judge or evaluate things when they are compared with another.  If we compare a beach ball and a tennis ball, we will perceive the beach ball to be big and the tennis ball small.  But when we compare the beach ball with the moon, we think of …