Polly’s Weekly Challenge – Find confidence within!

Polly’s Weekly Challenge – Find confidence within!

Where big ideas, bold action and daring adventures come from. We often talk about confidence with an assumption that there is a shared definition. Yet confidence might look and feel different to teach of us. What does confidence mean to you? By my definition, confidence comes from belief in our own abilities, inner strength to stand our ground and it is demonstrated in our qualities and actions. Together these attributes shape the outcomes that we can create and the successes that we can achieve. Inspired by sourceofinsights.com, why not think about your confidence as ‘the juice to jazz your thinking being and doing in more powerful ways’. Your challenge this week… Think about what being confident means to you and take five minutes of your precious time to do one new thing that helps you find your confidence within. What are you waiting for? Polly’s confidence hacks Spring clear your thoughts What you believe is what you become. Notice your unhelpful thoughts and chose a more useful thought to try on. Know what you stand for (your values) and stand by them. Recognise your capabilities and gifts and be proud of them. Do confidence to grows confidence Put yourself in challenging situations that will help you achieve your goals and trust that your capability and comfort will grow from this. Repeat till this becomes your new norm. Don’t wait to feel confident to do new things, do things to become confident. Behave like you would in a confident state and allow this to influence how you feel. Fake it to become it. Celebrate your success Celebrate your triumphs on a...
#Adventure Series No.10

#Adventure Series No.10

Welcome to the grand finale of the #AdventureSeries! Introducing Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike Introducing Anne Wafula Strike; MBE, athlete, author, mother, and sporting ambassador. She is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary woman with a powerful story. Anne was given the middle name of Olympia at birth, a title of great significance for the future and the hurdles she would face in forthcoming years. Born in Kenya, Anne was a fit and healthy child before polio struck when she was two years old. This occurrence was to shape Anne’s destiny. She exceeded all educational expectations and despite her physical challenges, achieved a bachelor or education degree, and later became a teacher. Anne arrived in the UK with her Geordie born husband Norman. She unexpectedly became a mother, despite being led to believe that pregnancy would be a medical impossibility. Anne was introduced to wheelchair racing in 2002. 2004 marked the beginning of an Olympic career when Anne became the first wheelchair racer from (Sub-Sahara) Africa to compete at the Paralympics in Athens. In 2006 Anne became a British citizen and joined Team GB. In 2007 she was officially recognised by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for her services to disability sport and her contribution to charity work. Her autobiography In my Dreams I Dance was published in 2010. She was appointed  an MBE in 2014 for services to disability sport and charity. Last year, Anne used her personal experiences of inaccessible disabled toilet facilities on public transport to raise awareness of the challenges that wheelchair users can experience. Anne is the founder and manager of the Olympia-Wafula foundation which helps...
#AdventureSeries No. 9

#AdventureSeries No. 9

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 9 with Squash Falconer.   Introducing Squash Falconer, athlete, adventurer, speaker and presenter. “From a young age I was leaping from trees and swinging out of the barn on the farm I was brought up on. Fear didn’t make an appearance in my life until I was three year old when I was attached by a cockerel and I’ve been scared of birds ever since.That aside, I‘ve found my own wings with paragliding and I’ve always had an insatiable spirit for adventure.   For many years my plan was simple, I was going to be a farmer and leave school when I was 16. Perfect! Things don’t always work out as you think they might though. At 12 one of my teachers suggested that if I applied myself, I had more potential academically than I realised, so I did and I did! I completed my GCES’s, A-levels & Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and embracing my love for sport and the outdoors set off into the unknown.   At 18 I found myself deep in the heart of the French Alps. Every morning I saw Mt Blanc out of my bedroom window and I had no clue that this mountain would come to represent the beginning of one of my greatest passions – big mountain climbing!”   Squash has spent her whole life seeking out adventure. Her adventures have taken her all over the world including the top of Mount Everest!  Photos from top left Bath with a view at Via Ferratta, Trent College speech day, View from above, So much snow – Tignes, Concentration...
#Adventure Series No. 8

#Adventure Series No. 8

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 8 with John Mew.   Introducing John Mew; father of 3, rugby coach, devoted husband, athlete, survivor, public speaker and so much more. John describes his wonderful wife Christine Mew as his ‘rock’. He joined the Royal Navy in 1974 and served his country for 11 years. He was a physical training instructor, ships diver and a member of the Portsmouth Command Crew that ran at Earls Court. John describes one of his defining moments on the bridge of the HMS Coventry, during the Falklands war, when she was bombed. The ship capsized within 20 minutes. After leaving the navy, John became a commercial diver. This role took him to exotic and faraway lands including the Middle East and West Africa. Photos from top left Portsmouth field Gun crew marching through Portsmouth with trophies won through breaking world records, John ready for a commercial dive, John relaxing, debating at the Great Veteran debate, John during a recent training session, a younger John in training   When John ended his diving career in 2005, the absence of a work role contributed to his difficulties with anxiety and depression unfolding. John described ending up in a ‘big black hole’. During this time, he believes that his whole family suffered. He was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and began to receive help to overcome his trauma. The help that has significantly aided John’s recovery came some time later in the form of a Veteran charity called Forward Assist who supported John with their innovative approach and access to  life coaching through Adventurous Coaching. Both interventions embrace a solution...
Happiness

Happiness

It is my belief that there is never a bad time to ask yourself ‘what does happiness mean to me and what will help me have more happy moments in my life?’ This curious question offers a chance to focus life’s lenses and then to become attracted to those things that make you smile, add more and create joy in your life. One response to the question of what does happiness mean to you, in a coaching session gave an interesting response. ‘Happiness sits on the periphery of your vision. It’s not tangible or easy to grasp and when you try to connect with it… puff it’s gone’. Whilst to me this view felt defeatist and fear fuelled, it helped me to clarify my feelings on this subject. The feisty character within me wanted to respond with…boldly choose to grab happiness by the horns, look it in eyes and demand its presence every day. I was recently inspired by the author Elizabeth Gilbert. In her book Big Magic she describes ‘entering into a contract with creativity’. I decided that I wanted to strike a deal with happiness. I decided to give my full attention to discovering the mindset that I would need to adopt, the activities that I need to get involved in and the moments to cherish in order to nurture the presence of happiness. This has helped my happiness have the confidence to shine even in the face of worry, doubt, and fatigue. Since making this decision, happiness and I have began to collaborate, we co-created a plan and shook hands on it! If thinking about happiness...