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Psychology is for everyone!

A lot of people seem to believe that psychology is only something you pay attention to if you have a problem, a mental health issue. What about the psychology behind empowering others, helping them boost their self-belief, helping them realise that with the right goals, and the right motivation and dedication that the sky is the limit?

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What makes or break your performance?

Are your goals unrealistic so you're putting too much pressure on yourself? Is anxiety affecting your performance? Are you focusing on things outside your control and then haven't got a plan B when those things don't go as planned? Are you finding your training/race strategies go out the window when ego/adrenaline kicks in and you start to race against those around you rather than sticking to your plan, only to later crash and burn?

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New website thanks to Blossom Associates

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New website thanks to Blossom Associates

Now that you've checked out my website hopefully you're impressed with the layout and the general feel of it? I don't know much about websites at all so when I was considering getting one set up I'd heard good things about the work that Blossom Associates do, based in Carmarthen. 

Needless to say that having met with Simon and his team, and sat down with him to discuss my needs I was very impressed with the individually tailored approach, and then the fantastic quality of what was produced. I despair at what my website would have looked like if I hadn't contacted Blossom Associates so if you're looking to get a new website, or simply want to make your website work for you then look them up! blossomassociates

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Exciting new venture

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Exciting new venture

Today I met with Dylan of Cycle Specific in Cross Hands - a new cycling coaching business that specialises in the scientific approach to helping you gain those marginal gains and maximising your performance. 

I was really impressed with the set-up, a group space for cycle classes on their top of the range wattbikes, and if you've never tried a wattbike then you really are missing out on heaps of data that can really make a difference to your training, and ultimately your racing!

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5 top tips to get you started

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5 top tips to get you started

1.    Imagine yourself feeling confident, walk confidently, and you’ll start to feel it

2.    Before your race/event spend time mentally preparing yourself, consider what helps you feel positive and do that, imagine yourself achieving what it is you’re aiming for (whether that is just finishing a race, or whether it’s finishing in a certain time, or placing in the top 10, etc.)

3.    When you start to think negatively (“I can’t do this”) have a mantra ready you say to yourself, e.g. “keep moving’, “I can, I will!, “I know I can do this!”

4.    If you are anxious about something then face your fears. Take control back and do not allow anxiety to dictate your life

5.    After an event ask yourself what went well, and why it went well, and what didn’t go so well and why that was. Then learn from these reflections

 

Have you got any gems to add to these? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

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Mindfulness: What is it, and how can you use it.

Do you ever find that you mind is always busy, always full? Maybe you feel like you never seem to have a moment's peace and you're always trying to play catch up?

When i get like this it's when there seems to be more jobs to do than hours in the day and my mind seems to be running at full speed, never still.

That's when i make sure i practice some mindfulness, to help quieten my mind, and to help prioritise what needs to be done, and also what doesn't need to be done. 

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