Category Archives: Motivation

A few thoughts on making the most of life.

Getting The Best Out of People

I believe my skills lie in getting the best out of people on a daily basis. To me, that’s what performance coaching is all about and these are 6 key principles I try to stick by.

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Are you happy?

If you’re a happy human, great! Keep smiling and share your happiness with the world.

If you’re not, it’s ok.  In my experience there are a lot of unhappy people out there.  A lot of people fighting their battles in silence, trying to deal with shitty circumstances, emotional trauma and what life’s thrown at them.  A lot of people who don’t feel fulfilled in life and a lot of people who are just drifting along, existing without really living.

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How to Gain Time: The most valuable experiment you’ll ever do.

Time is infinite, yet OUR time is limited.  What’s worse is, we never really know when our time might run out.  For this reason, I believe Time is the most valuable commodity in existence.  So it would be great if we had more of it right?

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I’ll always be a failure and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This is a short article as much about my experience as it is mindset. I am extremely proud of how far the Andorran Alpine Ski Team has progressed over the last 2 and a half years. Leaps and bounds in all areas including ski performance, physical capacity, training mentality, nutrition, discipline and more, but I’ll openly admit that I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way and we still have a long way to go. After all, they aren’t world champions YET.

Enabling athletes to be better at doing what they do best is why I’m in this and learning from failures, however big or small is a huge part of that process.

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Start Smiling!

Lots of people talk about “just wanting to be happy”.  I’m not going into anything deep here, I just want to mention the easiest first step towards daily happiness and something you can do anywhere, anytime.  SMILE!  Actively smiling can positively effect your mood and make you happy!

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5 Essential Books that aren’t on your University reading list:

If you’re going to be successful in life then you need to be committed to CPD, continued PERSONAL development.  Yes I intended to say personal instead of professional.  I believe you make your own luck in this world; if you’re committed to being the best person you can be, you will reap the rewards.  I have previously talked about the importance of gaining experience in developing as a coach coupled with the knowledge to support your practice here.  However they are not the only skills you need to be successful.  You must set goals, be efficient with your time, be great at making friends and understand how people work as human beings as well as the impacts your actions have on others.  This article contains a list of 5 books that I believe are essential reading material not only for S&C coaches, but for anyone who wants to be successful.  I know there are many more significant books out there and indeed in my own library, these are just the ones, which I feel hold the most value.

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GOALS!

GoalMotivation is often hard to come by. It’s all good watching a compilation of Rocky and Ali on YouTube saying something inspirational to get you pumped for the gym, but how long does that motivation last? Do you have to watch one of those videos every time you train?

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Live to the max and enjoy the ride!

So it seems that writing a blog regularly alongside 3 jobs and an increasing amount of online programming is harder than I thought.  On the plus side I’m training hard and loving it.  Whilst experimenting with occlusion training I’ve gained 4kg of lean mass with just one more to go til I reach 90kg for the first time in my life.

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Life as I see it

For my first proper post I thought it would be fitting to give a little insight into how I view life and why I am hungry for personal growth, whilst having a good time of course! Simply put, I believe time is by far our most valuable commodity. Life should be enjoyed, so figure out what you love and do it!

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New Era, New Plans!!

Matt Dickens Raiders warm upSo I’ve finished my MSc, I’ve settled into my roles with both British Diving and Worthing Raiders, I’ve finally updated my website and now its time to crack on with a beneficial and informative blog!

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