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So far Joe McDonald has created 82 blog entries.

Big Goals & the Art of Self-Discipline

Self-discipline can be really tough and that is why so many of us fail again and again! Taking disciplined actions requires us tolerating short term temporary discomfort in the belief that it will result in a long term meaningful and powerful reward. Below, I highlight some of the potential pitfalls when it comes to the [...]

Big Goals & the Art of Self-Discipline2020-07-21T12:51:13+01:00

The Importance of being present

How present do you tend to be?  In the moment, living in the now or distracted and somewhere else? Are you somebody perhaps that is fixated on past events (Memory-Driven) spending a lot of your time reminiscing? Maybe instead you spend a lot of your time thinking about the future (Dream-Driven)? Do you like to [...]

The Importance of being present2020-07-08T09:12:24+01:00

Why fear failure?

So, how would you consider your relationship with ‘failure’? Is it one of embarrassment and shame? To be avoided at all costs or is it something far more positive than that? You might recall that as a young child you were indiscriminate in your failings. In fact, you were more than likely positively enthusiastic about [...]

Why fear failure?2020-06-07T08:45:35+01:00

How embracing discomfort will improve performance

Most individuals, teams and organisations gravitate towards staying in their comfort zones. Sure why not? It’s easier, it’s non-confrontational, its…safe! But that’s why most individuals, teams and organisations are average in terms of their level of performance. Excuses for not achieving more are normally attributed for them to external factors with little sense of self [...]

How embracing discomfort will improve performance2020-05-03T17:44:29+01:00

Dreams only work if you do too: Goal Setting Guidelines

Do you have dreams?  In truth, most of us do and aspire to be more than we are today.  But in order to make progress in fulfilling these dreams, goal setting is crucial. Goal setting and achievement is one of the most common themes that I come across when providing coaching to individuals and teams.  [...]

Dreams only work if you do too: Goal Setting Guidelines2020-04-21T21:09:06+01:00

The Essentials for Enhancing Performance

Long before I formally studied leadership, coaching and performance, as a sports obsessed child I would instinctively break down the different components of my game each week and carry out a self-assessment after each match. Handling 7 out of 10, kicking 6 out of 10 etc. I would then work obsessively each and every day [...]

The Essentials for Enhancing Performance2020-04-13T13:13:34+01:00

How to look after yourself

It is very apparent that many people are struggling at present with the stream of constant bad news and the daily uncertainty as to how things are going to unfold. Over the last few days, levels of anxiety for many are at unhealthy levels and there are a lot of people struggling. With this in [...]

How to look after yourself2020-03-17T15:46:02+00:00

10 things that are holding you back!

Here are 10 things that are holding you back!  Take action on these and develop the good habits necessary for success. 1. Complaining too much The moment that we complain and view ourselves as being the ‘victim’, we absolve ourselves from taking responsibility. Accept the situation for what it is and take responsibility for taking [...]

10 things that are holding you back!2020-03-01T07:01:58+00:00

How to Perform Under Pressure

Practice makes perfect, or so they say. However, this statement can only be considered true if you are practicing in the right way. In order to learn how to perform under real pressure, regular practice that is undertaken should simulate the stressors that will exist when the team is faced with actual reality.  Despite this [...]

How to Perform Under Pressure2020-01-30T21:02:29+00:00

Positively Impacting on Sports Performance

Nowhere else is there such an emphasis on performance than the world of sports. Here, I provide some useful tips for all teams regardless of the particular sport that they are involved in.  Let me know how you get on! Firstly, it is absolutely essential to define what we actually mean by 'success'. The rationale [...]

Positively Impacting on Sports Performance2019-12-12T11:47:09+00:00