What Makes Olympic Star Jenny Jones A Model Of Excellence?

BRISTOL snowboard champion Jenny Jones has become the first Brit to win a medal in the Winter Olympics. The 33-year-old bronze medal winner has made history and been dubbed the British Snow Queen. Each time I’ve met Jenny, whether it’s in the snowboard camps of the French Alps, or in our shared home town of […]

Fear of Failure and Giving a TED Talk

Paul Burden TED Talk The Genius Beyond Failure

What makes anyone want to stand up in front of an audience and talk about their own fear of failure? To me the whole idea of doing such a thing seemed daunting and unneccesary – until recently… Working as a Performance Coach I assist professionals to aim high and develop the strategies and self-belief to […]

I Have a Dream

Inspired Action Martin Luthor King

Thanks to Richard Branson for the inspiration – Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy. People all over the world are marking his historic speech by sharing our own dreams for the future… You can read mine below: “I have a dream that the eyes of […]

Naked Truth v Wishful Thinking

Treatment for symptoms of anxiety

Do you ever find yourself letting wishful thinking distort your perceptions? Some people will tell you that you should focus on how you want things to be and act as if you are already there. Indeed that is the essence of many goal setting processes. There’s certainly power in that kind of thinking, but there’s […]

Making PTSD a Thing of the Past

PTSD Treatment - Thank You Card

After another amazing 3 days working with veterans with PTSD for charity, I’m again filled with admiration for anyone who has the self-awareness to own up to their problems and take 100% responsibility for becoming the person they want to be – at whatever level that may be. The symptoms of PTSD can include the […]

Why Inconsistent Motivation Always Leads to Inconsistent Results

Inconsistent Motivation Performance Curve

If you’ve ever experienced the boom and bust of inconsistent performance then you’ll know how frustrating it can be. The source of inconsistent performance is always in inconsistent motivation, Inconsistent Motivation – The Most Common Cause of Failure It might seem obvious that motivation drives us away from pain and towards pleasure. The typical cause of inconsistent […]

The Great Illusion of the Self

A series of surprising articles titled The Great Illusion of the Self were featured in last weeks New Scientist magazine. Topic covered included: If the moment in time we are supposed to be inhabiting turns out to be a mere construction, the same is likely to be true of the self existing in that present. […]

Ultimate Inspiration

Second only to the extraordinary feats seen at the Para Olympics, this has got to be the most inspiring story of the year in terms of breaking the boundaries on human performance. As we watch one man prepare to leap from from near space in an attempt to set a new world record, you’ve got […]

Anger Management Budda Style

I saw this and it made me laugh. Wonderfully insightful and humorous… If you suffer from anger or other emotional problems who do they affect most? Anger and other excessive negative emotions not only impact performance, they are scientifically proven to cause heart disease and other physical illnesses. These things have been known for a […]

Riding on the Crest of the Olympic Buzz

Everyone has been caught up with the success of Team GB over the last 3 weeks. The excitement, enthusiasm and passion of our athletes is matched by that of our support for them and the games as a whole. And have you noticed how this positivity has rubbed off on other areas of your life? […]