Mind games: overcoming irrational fear in climbing – part 3

In part 2 of Mind Games: overcoming irrational fear in climbing, I noticed there was a link between pressure and fear, delved into scientific studies that showed the brain can change through the use of mindfulness techniques, which bodes well for people whose fear expression is too much for the situation, and realised I needed to build trust in my feet by focusing on feeling them whilst … Continue reading Mind games: overcoming irrational fear in climbing – part 3

Mind games: overcoming irrational fear in climbing – part 2

In part 1 I outlined and carried out an experiment for overcoming my irrational fear of climbing up whilst bouldering, based on psychological theories in two books: The Rock Warrior’s Way1 and Vertical Mind2. In this article I’m going to discuss a further experiment’s results, explore how the physiology of the brain affects ability to overcome irrational fear and what can be done about it, and … Continue reading Mind games: overcoming irrational fear in climbing – part 2

Mind games: overcoming irrational fear in climbing – part 1

I aim to work on overcoming my irrational fears and internal pressures that are getting in the way of me being able to climb and have fun. I’ve been climbing for nearly a year and for about three weeks I’ve been frightened of climbing up whilst bouldering¹. During this time I’ve been traversing only, and even then it hasn’t been fun: I’ve felt vulnerable and … Continue reading Mind games: overcoming irrational fear in climbing – part 1

Serious play at Coaching Development’s Alum Day – Sunday 29 October 2017

I am utterly grateful to my first Coach, Alma Neville (who is sadly no longer with us), for introducing me to Coaching Development’s Coaching Skills1 course in 2005. I completed my training in 2006 and am so glad to attend the Alum Days2 that Coaching Development offer to alumni. They are rich experiences, in addition to providing Continuous Professional Development. What is particularly great about them, … Continue reading Serious play at Coaching Development’s Alum Day – Sunday 29 October 2017

The kind of magic where people join in and learn things

In my morning pages, I was writing about marketing for The Inner Resources Workshop. I was feeling fed up, not knowing whether the seeds I was planting were taking root or rotting. I inadvertently began a self-coaching session using Clean Language Questions. Me: I don’t know where we’re going. Coach Me: Where do you want to go? Me: To a rainbow. Coach Me: What kind … Continue reading The kind of magic where people join in and learn things

Powerful? Transformative? How we worked together to explore our inner resources

Without breaking confidence, which was one of the guidelines participants came up with (see photo below), we had a fab time at last Saturday’s Inner Resources Workshop! There was a “lovely atmosphere” in which attendees felt “safe” to learn and explore. We taught Clean Language Questions and all the participants felt the questions enabled them to listen deeply to others and discover new things about … Continue reading Powerful? Transformative? How we worked together to explore our inner resources

Clean Language Questions – what are they good for?

Clean Language Questions were developed by David Grove, psychotherapist, in the 1980s for therapeutic use. Grove realised that Clean Language Questions helped his clients to explore personal metaphors as a way of healing trauma without going into the (often re-traumatising) content of the traumatic event(s). According to Grove’s guiding philosophy, every negative symptom contains a positive resource, which balances the books, so to speak, and … Continue reading Clean Language Questions – what are they good for?

The next Inner Resources Workshop: 16 September 2017

We are running another free trial of The Inner Resources Workshop on Saturday 16 September 2017 from 10:00 until 13:30. The participants of the last Inner Resources Workshop said this about it: “Gentle and safe atmosphere; well held.” “I now have tools for tackling my challenge.” “The resourceful state activity was powerful and useful.” “It has shown me how important my perspective is on my … Continue reading The next Inner Resources Workshop: 16 September 2017

Self-coaching for awareness and inspired action

Self-coaching helps me to: explore how I feel about a situation identify what I can and can’t change identify actions I can take reconnect with why I’m staying in a situation when it feels tough see when a situation no longer matches my values explore a creative idea or character, bringing them to life get unstuck identify who can help me get unstuck see from … Continue reading Self-coaching for awareness and inspired action

Discover Your Inner Resources for a Positive Stronger You Pilot Workshop

Veronica Tapp and I have been working together to create a workshop: Discover Your Inner Resources for a Positive Stronger You. We’re using Clean Language Questions and self-development exercises and games to explore your inner resources. And there will be tea and cake. What more could you want? We’re offering this workshop to you at a very low price (£5) in exchange for your feedback … Continue reading Discover Your Inner Resources for a Positive Stronger You Pilot Workshop