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The top 10 ways to beat stress

In modern life stress is usually unavoidable. This article outlines a number of strategies and techniques to help you manage your stress levels.

10 tips for effective goal setting programs

One way to enhance the quality of your life is to learn how to apply an effective goal setting program. These tips will help you on your way to doing this.

Optimism versus Pessimism

This article will highlight the differences between these opposing mindsets. I will not only highlight the benefits of being optimistic but also some of the hidden advantages that being a pessimist can offer.

20 ways to defeat depression

Statistics show that one in five women, and one in ten men will experience depression at some point in their lives (The University of Texas, 1997). This article aims to help individuals overcome the effects of depression, by providing a set of psychological strategies and philosophies that can be applied practically.

Behaviour is context dependent

We all behave differently in different situations. Through the example of quitting smoking this article illustrates how behaviour is context dependent, and how learning to do something in one situation does not automatically transfer to all of other situations.

How to make more progress in your life

There is huge gulf between what people say they will do, and what they actually do.

Meta-programs for the human mind

The human mind is programmable in the same way that a computer is. In this article I aim to outline how to rewrite the programs and strategies contained within your mind, so that you can obtain more positive results in your life.

Overcoming Insomnia

Insomnia is a condition when you have trouble falling or staying asleep. It is a common health problem that can become very distressing and upsetting for some people. This article presents psychological techniques and strategies to help you overcome insomnia.

Overcoming Procrastination

The problem with writing an article for procrastinators is that they will put off reading it! This article discusses the common beliefs and attitudes that lead to the debilitating effects of procrastination.

Pushing outside the comfort zone

One of the best ways to continue making constructive progress is to regularly push outside the comfort zone. This article aims to equip you will some key strategies and philosophies to keep you widening your experience of the world.

The Dangers of Rumination

Rumination can be a highly destructive behaviour, and unfortunately most of us are guilty of doing it from time to time. This article will outline the damaging nature of rumination has, and provide you with a power strategy to remove these negative effects.

The Happiness Code

In this article I examine strategies and philosophies that will bring more feelings of well-being and happiness into your life.

The Internal Courtroom: ‘Put your inner critic on trial’

This article discusses the role of the inner critic, and it examines an effective strategy to weaken the power of its negative influence.

The Creator’s Cookbook

Through the art of creation you are able to add intrinsic value to your life as well as bring value to the lives of others. Here is a collection of useful pointers that will help to optimise the process of creating.

Time Management

Learning to manage your time is an important skill to master. This article aims to outline the importance of time management, as well as providing you with some useful tools and techniques to organise this valuable asset more effectively.

A discussion on miracles

Everything I see or hear about in self help circles at the moment seems to revolve around the creation of miracles. The article draws from all of the basic principles that have been talked about for years on the topic, and presents the subject in the most accessible and concise way.

20 tips to build confidence

Confidence is a universal concept in modern sport, and a key factor in determining how well you perform. Mindsport has compiled a list of applicable techniques and philosophies to help boost and raise confidence in the domain of sport.

20 ways to fire up your focus

This article will provide you with a number of key strategies and techniques to maintain a high level of focus.

Improve your leadership qualities

In this document I highlight some of the important attributes that go into producing a good leader. Although the article is written in the context of sport, I believe that the advice can be applied to any leader in any field of work.

Create a winning buzz in the dressing room

This article will provide you with some useful ways to help galvanise and strengthen the team-unit.

Dealing with injuries: The psychological approach

Most top athletes have had to deal with injuries at some point in their career. This article is designed to equip the injured athlete with a selection of key mental tools to help the athlete get back on track and playing at their best.

Get in the zone

Most athletes at some point in their career will talk about the phenomenon of ‘being in the zone’. Unfortunately getting in the zone and staying there is not as easy as most athletes would have hoped. The techniques and tools in this article will help you to enter the zone and stay there for extended periods of time.

Get more speed

Speed is an important component of any sport. Nines times out of ten the quicker you are the better you are, which is why Mindsport has produced an article that has outlined a handful of key mental strategies to improve this important attribute.

Is there a place for the psychologist in sport?

Some coaches and athletes meet the psychologist with an open mind while others remain sceptical. This article puts forward some potential explanations to explain this mixed response, and presents a strategy to overcome this.

Matching Winning Strategies

This article aims to equip the athlete with a range of psychological tools to develop a winning edge in most sporting situations.

9 ways to maximise your gym workout using the mind

I am big believer that performance in gym settings can be dramatically improved if you are prepared to develop an awareness of the importance of motivation, concentration and confidence.

The seven pillars of mental toughness

The advice contained within this article will help to cement the importance of having a high level of mental toughness in sport. The article also suggests ways to help enhance your inner strength and fortitude.

Overcoming the fear of failure

This article aims to highlight the paralysing effects of fear and it also aims to address some of the mental strategies that can be applied to overcome the damaging nature of this emotion.

Parental Guidelines for young performers

Here is a brief document comprising a few pieces of advice that will help you to optimise your child’s experiences of sport. You may already apply most of this advice, so for some of you this article will act like a check list.

Pre-match Routines

As an athlete one the most effective ways to optimise your time during the build up to a competitive performance is to devise a pre-match routine. In this document I have outlined some of the benefits of integrating a pre-match routine in your sporting regime.

The Power of Process Orientation

This article aims to illustrate one of the most effective strategies used to create a winning mindset. By learning to cultivate a process orientated mindset, as opposed to an outcome orientated mindset performances are likely to improve dramatically.

Faith and Belief

In this article I aim to outline a clear and important distinction between the concepts of belief and faith.

Using every experience to your advantage

Experiencing loss is an inevitable part of sport, and the hallmark of a world class athlete is someone that meets these ebbs in the most constructive way possible. This document outlines some of the most effective strategies and philosophies to deal with loss.

7 strategies to get more out of your young performers

Working with young performers can often be difficult at times. Short attention spans are the biggest culprit that often makes communicating to them a challenging task. This article aims to equip you with techniques and strategies to improve the coaching of the young performers.

10 common pitfalls in an entrepreneur’s mindset

It is common lore that 9 out of 10 start-up businesses fail within the first 2 years. This article aims to outline some of the fundamental mistakes that budding entrepreneurs often make

15 ways to help you become a professional blogger

If you aim to become a professional blogger here are some pointers that will help you to develop content that generates money.

16 ways to improve your interview technique

Learning to interview well is a skill that can be developed and improved. The pointers in this article will provide you with a number tools and strategies to strengthen your interview technique.

Dealing with difficult people

Succeeding in a business environment, involves being able to deal with difficult people. This article aims to equip you with eight applicable and accessible techniques to help you respond well during confrontation and conflict in the work place.

Do you have the identity of a successful trader?

This article will help you to cultivate the identity of a successful trader, and start attracting more profitable results in the markets.

Getting the right group size and the implications on businesses

This article outlines the importance of maintaining a specific group size in business. It also presents a well-founded body of scientific support to substantiate the claim that when group sizes exceed beyond a certain level, successful social interactions become difficult.

Mastering the art of negotiation

The art of negotiation stems from your ability to communicate well with others. This article will provide you with a number of techniques and strategies to enhance your ability to communicate in business settings.

Public Speaking

Fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears. This article will provide you with enough useful information to overcome any apprehensions you may have about public speaking.

The 3 mindsets of a businessman

A common idea that is expressed in popular business literature is that 3 specific mindsets reside within the businessman. I have conceptualised them as the creator, the planner and the worker. This article explores these 3 internal mindsets.

The 9 nuggets of artful selling

Selling is a fundamental component of nearly all profitable businesses. This article outlines 9 useful pointers to enhance your ability to sell.

The Art of Rapid Cognition

In the world of financial trading the quicker you can make good decisions the better. Timing is everything in the volatile world of trading. This short article outlines why and how decisions made quickly often outperform long and effortful deliberations.

The dawn of a new trader

This article introduces some important mindsets and philosophies that need to be adopted if success is to be obtained in the financial markets.

The golden rules of a successful trader

This article contains 3 rules that will reveal to you whether or not your mind is conducive towards successfully trading the stock-markets.

The problem with 9 to 5 jobs

A fantastic rule of thumb to keep in mind is; if you want to become wealthy make sure that you don’t work for someone else! This article outlines some of the problems that your typical 9 to 5 job can create.

The Trader’s Top Ten Questions

Nancy Kline once said ‘A question works because, unlike a statement which requires you to obey, a question requires you to think.’ People prefer to think rather than obey. This article presents a series of questions that the financial trader should regularly be asking themselves.

The Trader’s Triad

This triad of principles effectively encapsulates some the important principles that contribute to making a trader successful.

Trading in the zone; the art of instinctive trading

This article aims to present you with a usable blueprint to ensure that you are able to trade the financial markets from a zone-like state.