5 life lessons from the Tour de France

Chris Froome Credit: Ben Kerckx on Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/chris-froome-champion-yellow-jersey-880372/

I’m not a competitive sport person. That doesn’t stop me having huge respect for those who take part in competitive sport. Particularly grand tour cycling like the Tour de France. Forget about dopers like Lance Armstrong. I’m talking about the clean cyclists who drag themselves thousands of kilometres around Europe each year. What can we…

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Review your wheel of life

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Let’s spend a few minutes in the present. Not reviewing the past. Not dreaming of the future. Simply looking at ‘here and now’. What do you see, hear, and feel as you look across different areas of your life? The wheel of life is a tool that many coaches use because it’s brilliantly simple yet effective at…

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Kick out your limiting beliefs!

Laura running Race for Life

Limiting beliefs Every single one of us has a limiting belief lurking around. “You’ll never be good at sports”. “You’re rubbish at running”. “You are SO unfit”. These were mine. Like most beliefs they were shaped by others. Sometimes explicitly but mostly implicitly. Like when I was begrudgingly picked last for the hockey, netball and athletics…

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What are your values?

Nyhavn Harbour, Copenhagen

After 3 months of preparing for a wedding, getting married and jetting off on honeymoon, I’m back at my desk. In that three months I’ve reconnected with friends and family, voted in a referendum, spent hours watching international sporting fixtures, been aboard a Russian U boat, eaten my own body weight in Danish snegles, and walked about 70…

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Stop f**king each other up with feedback

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Remember that argument you had with your partner. It started off about the way the dishwasher was stacked. Perhaps you threw out the following generalisation as you picked up a scum covered highball: “The dishes never wash properly when you’ve stacked the dishwasher”. This is news to your partner, who had never considered they were inept…

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Shape your own contract

Two way sign

If I say the word “contract” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? A dry ream of paper covered in opaque legal lingo in size 9 font, perhaps? It’s fair to say that contracts have a bad name for some pretty good reasons. As a consumer we’ve grown to treat contracts with anything from…

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No time to learn? Try a MOOC

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“So many things to learn. So little time, money, energy…” Does that sound like you? It’s certainly how I feel leafing through my local college prospectus. That’s why I joined a MOOC. Massive Open Online Courses (yep MOOCs) offer free, bite-sized digital learning opportunities for the inquisitive but time poor and cash strapped. Each online course…

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Is hygge getting on your wick?

Hygge collage

The clocks have changed. Cue another glut of articles online about ‘hygge’. The unpronounceable Danish byword for cracking out the candles, cushions and cake. For getting your rest and relaxation on without feeling guilty about that mountain of hand-washing in the laundry basket. But is cosy hygge a concept that could translate to wet British terraced…

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Why I’m reading the weekend obituaries

J K Rowling quote

Last week I started my coaching journey on the other side of the table. As a coachee. Step 0 in the process of building the coach-coachee relationship involves me indulging in a little self-reflection. Where have I been? What do I value? Where do I want to improve? After a week, two spaces remain stubbornly blank…

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