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Don’t rock the boat!




Sculling across life's waters










As I ran at dawn this morning I saw a sculler gliding across the smooth waters.
This is a wonderful metaphor for life and how you manage stress. let me tell you how…

The shell

If you have ever tried to scull, you will know the first obstacle is how very small and round the actual craft is! Achieving and maintaining your balance is the first challenge.

The oars

Next you possess these very long and potentially powerful, both destructively and constructively, tools.

The stroke

Your stroke consists of the catch, when you drop the oars in the water, now you are committed. Using your legs, arms, back and correct concentration, you make a strong and even pull against the water, so the shell may slide forward. At the end of the pull, you feather the blades – pick them out of the water and turn them horizontally – and slowly (unless you are in a race!) return to your starting position.

Life and work are definitely a delicate balance (shell) you have amazingly powerful coping strategies (oars) with your thinking, which can work for or against you. Before you commit to an action, focus your intent, (catch) then give it your best, motivated effort (pull). Follow up with a moment to reflect on your action (feather) as you slide back in your seat to have the next attempt.

The joy

As you master sculling and the coping strategies to manage the strain from stress, you may experience immense joy and exhilaration as you glide through your life. I wish this for you!


Congratulations to Nick Smith, Mind Chi Mentor now has his Masters in personal, executive and corporate coaching

Nick really is ‘THE ACHIEVEMENT COACH’ having just received his Masters  in personal, executive and corporate coaching – well done Nick!

His other achievements and connections are:
BulletRegistered Professional Member of the Association for Coaching
BulletMaster Practitioner Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Registered Professional Member of the Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming
BulletOne of only three Mind Chi Mentors in the UK
BulletAccredited Clarity 4D Practitioner
BulletAccredited ECR Practitioner… buildinng emotional intelligence and leadership success

Nick Smith MSc set up The Achievement Coach in 2009 after a period of intensive study and practical experience to gain greater insight and understanding of this specialist field.
Passionate about the benefits of coaching, Nick believes individuals have the power to achieve great things with the right motivation and self-belief. Constantly exploring new methodologies he is also an accredited practitioner of the Emotional Capital Report (ECR), a worldwide programme that recognises emotional intelligence as a vital element in business and leadership development.

In his own life, Nick aims to achieve a good work/life balance, something to which many of his clients also aspire. He spends quality time with his family, enjoys Nordic Walking and as a member of Toastmasters International continues to develop his skills as a public speaker.

He particularly enjoys his voluntary role as a business mentor with the Prince’s Trust, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable young people move into work, education and training.

Nick’s belief that we are all unique, has ensured he has the right tools and knowledge to help every person he works with to achieve what they want. Nick has been enthusiastically studying, researching and practicing Mind Chi and is amazed at the personal results of everyone he has worked with, using Mind Chi. ‘My own ongoing experience with Mind Chi is one of wonderment at the way I now perceive what is possible, my improved mental energy and the gratitude with which I now enjoy every day of my life.’ To learn more about Nick go to: www.theachievementcoach.co.uk