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June 2012 Newsletter

Food for Thought

Have you heard the saying, ‘Thoughts Become Things’? What you think of becomes your reality so the more you think about what you do want in your life, the more it will become a reality.

Our thoughts, just like our beliefs about ourselves, do have an impact on what we have in our lives. When we focus our thoughts on what is missing, on what is wrong or on what we do not have … well, that is what we get more of.

Similar to a radar system at an airport that picks up all the aircraft in a particular range. it will only pick up aircraft because that it what is has been programme to pick up.

We have an internal radar system, and we can chose to ‘programme’ it to pick up whatever we want. Many people, simply out of habit, pick up on all the negatives.

So, why not re-programme your radar system to pick up on the positives, and notice what a difference things in your life are like. Why not pick up the things that are going well, on what you are grateful for, even what you appreciate to be able to do?

By shifting your radar screen to see the positives, things in your life will shift.

So, what positives can you set your radar filter for today, what things in your life are you grateful for and what do you appreciate being able to do?

If you would like to explore this further, contact me.


June 2012 newsletter – Believe You Can

With the London Olympics just around the corner, many of us are excited. It will be interesting to watch, and wonder, what the difference will be with some of these amazing athletes. There are many factors that can influence performance and one of these factors is beliefs.

Beliefs can have both a positive and a negative effect on our performance and can alter how well we do from one day to the next. Positive beliefs including self confidence are more likely to improve our performance, on the other hand, negative thoughts are more likely to inhibit our performance however both types of beliefs may create a limit to what we can achieve.

Negative beliefs can easily be solved by simple techniques such as focusing on positive performances, motivational speeches and even planning step-by-step goals.  Another way to overcome negative beliefs may be to analyze the competitions where we did not perform at our best and finding the realistic reasons as to why it was not a great performance and using this to create aims and goals. It is also important that when we do not perform so well that we do not attribute this to internal, stable reasons, this is known as a pessimistic attribution style, instead we should focus on the external and unstable conditions, this way we do not ‘beat ourselves up’ over a performance but instead we learn to move on and use this as motivation for the next competition.

Positive beliefs are most likely to improve our performance as they will aid motivation and confidence leading into a competition. However as an athlete it is acceptable to have a mixture of both positive and negative beliefs as long as we do not let the negative beliefs take over. This will ensure good performances that will in turn increase confidence and positive thoughts going into a competition. Positive beliefs may limit our performance as they may create in barrier, this can happen if we aim for a specific time, or personal best in a certain event, who is to say that we can’t achieve more than this?

Jeff Christie, a 400m hurdler, supports this through his story. When he was just 16, he decided he wanted to win the next English Schools Athletic Championships in July. In the September before the upcoming competition, he decided he wanted to run a 52.74 which at the time would have been a British Record. In the run up to the event he had a tremendously successful season, he was unbeaten for the entire year. By March he was only a second or so of his ideal time and so he was experiencing these positive beliefs. Throughout his GCSE’s, Jeff wrote this time on the front of every exam paper, he had it on his computer at home and in every textbook, so that the time was engraved in his mind. When the competition came around, Jeff was still performing incredibly; he was the fastest qualifier going into the final by 3 seconds. He then went on to win the final by 4 seconds and needless to say, he won in a time of 52.74. But could he have gone faster? Had he become that focused on this time that it had become a barrier to his achievements?

Positive beliefs and negative beliefs can both have a massive effect on our performance, but don’t let them limit yours. If we open our minds, who’s to say what we can achieve and what we can’t?

If you would like to explore how you can improve your performances by overcoming any limiting beliefs and installing powerful positive beliefs, call us on +44 (0) 1273 906 216 (UK) or +1 704 557 0126 (US) to discuss further.

We look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon.

All the best,

Midgie and Eve


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