#AskAbs: Following injury, what inspired you to get back to fitness and improve your PB? (See previous post) What advice would you give to athletes recovering from serious injuries or life setbacks? So my advice would be to ask yourself (and honestly answer) a few questions if you’re recovering from a big injury/life setback…  Consider what you really want Do you really want to compete again or is this what everybody else wants for you? For life setbacks, consider whether you really want to go back to the life you were just living. What can you switch up? Do you want … Continue reading #AskAbs – Part 2: How do I bounce back from big injuries & setbacks?
This post is inspired by a quick conversation I had with one of my followers. If you have a question like this one, keep reading and if you have any questions at all, get in touch. The answer to your question may spark my next #AskAbs post… What wisdom might u have for someone who can’t achieve his dreams because of [lack of] finances and nationality? Hey, I’m not in your position so I don’t know the full story. But I think we can’t allow excuses like a lack of finances or our nationality to stop us from pursuing our dreams. … Continue reading #AskAbs: How can I achieve my dreams without money or privilege?
I’m back. Three years on, I’m back in Phoenix, Arizona. I left this place believing I’d retired from the sport I dearly love and enjoy. I left here with a broken heart (dramatic, I know but so true). Because when … Continue reading Back home where my heart is: Phoenix, AZ
An update on my performances over the last two competitions (both in Birmingham), the challenges and the successes, and a tip that’ll help you re-frame your perception of your unique gifts to find more enjoyment in your work. Continue reading Indoor Competition 3 & 4: Spar British Champs & Muller Grand Prix (Birmingham) – Feb 2019
Because everyday should fill you with joy and make you smile. And when you’re looking forward to at least one ‘big’ event each month – planning, reflecting, etc. – you’re sending signals to your brain to be happy, to be hopeful and to believe in better days. So here’s my list… Continue reading 12 Fun Things to Do in 2019
Keep updated on my 2019 indoor competition schedule here. Northern Athletics Championships, EIS Sheffield – Saturday 12th January 2019 England vs Other Nations, Vienna – Saturday 26th January 2019 Spar British Athletics Indoor Championships – Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th … Continue reading 2019 Indoor Competition Schedule
Fancy an insight into my winter training diary, 2019 competition schedule and some bits of business wisdom? There haven’t been any major developments in my athletics career since my last update because I’m in the depths of winter training, but … Continue reading Winter Training – Grinding for Results in 2019!
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull I’ve heard some people describe creativity as ‘unexpected connections between unrelated concepts or ideas.’ If that’s at all true, you have to be in a certain mindset to make those connections. So when I sense we’re getting nowhere, I just shut things down. We all go off to something else. Later, once the mood has shifted, I’ll attack the problem again.” (Location 2307) It’s okay to take a break, to go for a walk or move on to a different task. In fact, its positive effect is proven through scientific research and application in the … Continue reading Inspired by Creativity Inc. Pixar
Just had a good little chat with my postman. For the first time. Ever. And, it made me reflect for just a moment that we probably don’t do that enough. Take time. Stop. Have a conversation with a … stranger? But he’s not… Apparently he’s been walking my route for about 18 years. I’ve lived there for just over half that time. And the longest conversation we’ve had before today was, ‘hi!’ and ‘bye.’ I’m glad I stopped for a minute or two. Because here’s what else I learned about good ‘ole Postman Stuart… He’s near retirement (I won’t share … Continue reading Chatting with the MailMan
A few words with Andy Baker – Longcroft School & Sixth-Form College, East Riding ‘People at an elite level need information that goes above and beyond, and that’s what you bring.’ I truly appreciate that feedback! Thanks, Andy! At the start of July, I caught up with the Deputy Head of Longcroft School & Sixth-Form College in Yorkshire, a school I visited in December 2016 supporting their high-achieving sixth-formers ahead of their A-Level exams that year. The immediate response from that half-day session still puts a smile on my face. Every student scored the session at least a 9 out … Continue reading A few words with… Andy Baker