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Top Five Confidence Building Tips


How would you like to be even more confident when you’re at work, with friends, or perhaps in an interview?  How quickly would you like to use the skills and strategies that have helped top business and sports people such as Bill Gates and Sir Bradley Wiggins get to the top of their game?

Most people would say that they’d like to be more confident at some time in their life.  This might be a generalised confidence, or in specific circumstances for example taking a test, or starting a new job.

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which of your strengths is most useful to you?

life, camels’ backs and dustbins


When Archi, my rescue greyhound, arrived in my life, he only had one eye.  To be honest, that’s why I chose him (if it hadn’t been him, there was a lovely chap with three legs who looked gorgeous!)  I was told he had had an infection which they couldn’t cure so it had to be removed.  I’ll never really know, but I believe he was probably in a fight with another dog; he’s very reactive to other dogs and we work very hard to keep him calm.  I’ve noticed that some days are better than others, sometimes with no apparent reason.

Meditation

I'm not sure what your reaction to the word meditation is - you may roll your eyes to heaven, or tune in for more. There are many kinds of meditation, but one of my favourites is that of loving kindness.  You don't need to know the science behind it (although if you're interested, click here) simply play this one I've prepared, and enjoy your five minutes which will have an impact on the rest of your day.

Five top tips for life

Be honest, what do you think of when you think of self care?  Are you thinking spa days, manicure, treating with nice food, maybe a glass of something sparkly, locking the door and turning up the TV? 

If you answered yes, you’re not alone.  And does this all sound a bit self indulgent, selfish even?  And how often do you achieve the above?  I’m guessing you might be struggling to remember and then feeling bad that you don’t do it more often.  Well, I’m not going to tell you whether it’s self indulgent or not, but if you believe that, I do think that it’s probably the reason why you don’t do it – that and telling yourself you don’t have time/money.

My dog's yellow

An unusual post from me today. 


I’m raising awareness of this fabulous scheme and hope you’ll take a moment to read as you can help make these dogs life easier.  If you see a dog wearing a vest like this, or a lead, or the walker is wearing a similar tabard, please help by keeping your dog next to you.  I know this might be a pain, and might momentarily interrupt your walk, but you have no idea what a difference it can make.  Dogs identified like this are called ‘reactive’ or they might simply need some space for other reasons.

Who are your greatest teachers?

I've come to realise that teachers come in many forms.  My dogs (both rescue greyhounds) teach me to be patient and persistent in dealing with their, sometimes, eratic behaviour.  A lacklustre response from my GP taught me to sort out my own health. The young people in my life teach me to see things through another's eyes.  And my clients teach me more about myself than I ever thought possible.  At a recent coaching session, I thought I knew what my client wanted to discuss, so I prepared exactly what I was going to do/say to help her the most.  Until...... we started to chat and I asked her how I could help today.  And it really wasn't what I expected.  Needless to say #thinkingonmyfeet helped us through and, as with all my clients, she had the answers herself.  All she needed from me was a curiosity about how she 'did' her problem along with some tweaking so she could see things differently.  I love my job as I get paid for learning, seeing clients grow and flourish and for meeting some amazing people.  What's not to like?

What does your New Year look like – I mean REALLY look like?

I know, there are many blogs, advice columns etc written about the New Year.  ‘New Year, New You’, ’10 ways to make a New Year Resolution last beyond 2 January’, ‘How to make your New Year the most successful yet’...... you get the idea.  Frankly, these always make me cringe; it’s as if the New Year is the only time I can plan ahead; the only time I can reflect on time gone by or decide what comes next.  It’s not that I didn’t used to do this – I’m amongst the millions of people who’ve made those resolutions, even written them down and vowed to keep a diary to monitor my progress or told my nearest and dearest so they can hold me to account.

How do you ride?



As an experienced riding coach, I pride myself on being able to suss out my riders’ personalities......from the way they ride or approach horses.  Now, I know for those new to riding, cautiousness usually comes as standard – a pretty good strategy when you don’t know the front from the back. However, even how riders approach cautiousness tells a tale. 
 
For those more experienced, their ‘stuck points’ are often the same as those they might experience in their life outside riding.  I could give you many examples, but I also speak from my own personal experience where my riding coaches often say they want me to develop a bit of ‘edge’ in my riding; ask more, expect more and expect it now.
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