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LESSONS I LEARNED THE HARD WAY- FEEDBACK

Receiving feedback whether you feel that it’s positive or negative, constructive or destructive, is an inevitable part of life and is especially important in sport. Positive feedback can be a wonderful thing. It assures us that we are moving in the right direction. But we have to be open to ALL of the honest feedback we receive and not just brush off those that we don’t like or agree with. Constructive feedback can sometimes be trickier to take, especially depending on how it

LESSONS I LEARNED THE HARD WAY- PATIENCE

Being patient is not something I have ever been particularly good at. In fact I have often found my enthusiasm to be my biggest weakness. When I get an idea in my head I often dive right into action without taking time to think through the next steps. And similarly, I’ve always been a big dreamer with hopes and ambitions to change the world. But recently I’ve learned that changing the world doesn’t happen overnight with one big decision or action. Effective change takes time

LESSONS I LEARNED THE HARD WAY- REJECTION

Over the last few months I have spent a significant amount of time applying for jobs. The process of which is something I have found quite tricky really. You spend hours thinking about and writing about why you would be the best person for this job and you convince yourself that you are. You submit your application full of hope and promise. And if you’re a dreamer like me you may even stop for a moment and imagine what your life would be like if you got that job. Then you wai

LESSONS I LEARNED THE HARD WAY- VULNERABILITY

I must start by pointing out that although the title suggests past tense, I am still very much learning from these lessons. And finding the courage to be vulnerable is one lesson that I frequently revisit. For instance, just writing this post I ummed and ahhed “is it the right kind of content to be sharing? Is this what people expect of sport psychology? Will I be perceived as soft?”. But without taking these chances and putting ourselves out there we will never know what co

Confidence: How to build it.

What is confidence? Confidence is about having belief in ourself and our abilities. Because of this our confidence can vary from one situation to the next. It might be that you are confident writing and articulating your thoughts but you feel less confident when asked to present them in front of large groups of people. Confidence is not about believing that you have all the answers. But that you are capable of dealing with the situation and any challenges that might come your