Friday, 30 January 2015

Mindset development - what stops you?

It never ceases to amaze me how many people agree that understanding how they think and how they can influence themselves to have greater choice in action and options and how well they understand others to be able to be effective in their communication is a great thing to have and yet very few actually do anything about it.

There is a lot of 'shelf-help' out there where people think that by reading about how they can do or be better, faster, more creative, etc, etc means they don't actually have to put in any time actually 'doing' it will 'just happen'.

Being in the lucky position to work with both people in sport and business I see many similarities in the mindset of those I work with.

It can take a while for some to believe that I use the same tools and techniques in both areas to create achievements and growth and it's all about adapting them to your own specific circumstances.

So what stops people taking the next step and developing their own mindset to build and grow their business or achieve in their sporting arena.

Here are three reasons why I think people stop themselves working on mindset development...

Isn't that the weird stuff... who knows what you're going to ask me to do... and what if I'm doing something no-one else is... won't that look weird...
Mindset development is about practical, useful, techniques that you learn with your coach and adapt for yourself, nothing weird in that.  Also whether you are in business or sport, being different from your rivals is actually a good thing and gives you the mindset edge.

Don't need to do it - my thinking has got me this far... there's nothing wrong with me... it's all 'shelf-help' and no use to anyone...
Mindset development is not there just for those who have got stuck (although it's a great thing to do if that's the case) but it also helps you understand yourself and your thinking and identify in others how they think so that you can develop further and out think your sports opponents or business rivals

I can't be bothered... I don't have the time...
Mindset development will deliver results if you apply yourself.  It's fine if you don't want to; just don't expect to be the leaders in your industry or the driving force in your sport.  We can always make time for the things we believe to be important and mindset development is important and a few minutes a day is all that you need.  If you can't be bothered to be motivated about what you want to achieve, why should anyone else around you be interested...

If you'd like to know more about mindset development to give you an edge over your competitors and how you can have practical, useful techniques tailored to you in order to build, grow and achieve in all aspects of your sport, business and life then contact me on

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Guest Blog for Virtual Running UK

I was delighted to be asked to write a guest blog for Virtual Running UK - about how I went from 0 miles to 100 miles!

You can check out the article here... Going from 0 to 100 miles   

Friday, 23 January 2015

It's been a while...

Apologies for the lack of postings over the last few months - life got a little bit mad!

I have been looking at what I want to offer from In Your Head Sport and there will be some exciting announcements over the year!

I have also taken on the challenge of a 40 mile Ultra in May and have 14 weeks to get from 5 miles to 40!  And just to add to the crazyiness I am testing out training on limited runs a week, but mixing in swimming and cycling - this will either be a huge success or a very steep learning curve!  I will be posting on here how it is going and obviously the physical is one thing but actually how I am doing in my head will be most interesting.

I would also like to hear from you about what you would like to see from here, motivational quotes are one thing, but what else would be useful for you? A weekly Q&A or focusing on a topic a month?  The floor is open to you! Anything and everything to help you develop the mindset you want to achieve your sporting goals.  You can email me on or reply here.

As I made the decision to do the 40 miles a picture came up on my FB page and it seemed very apt. Enjoy...