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Success is a Habit

Kevin Arnold from Momentum Coaching looks at the recent wave of sporting success in Wales and explains how we can be inspired to succeed at our own goals.

Momentum is a powerful force that can be used to aid change and create success. In 2012 we had “Super Saturday” in the London Olympics, whilst here in Wales we had our own version of this on Saturday the 10th October.


Our Welsh version was perhaps a “Strange Saturday” as Wales qualified for both the Rugby World Cup Quarter finals and also the football Euro 2016 finals despite both teams losing their respective games. We were however able to celebrate both events due to previous success i.e. momentum that meant a double qualification.


The Welsh rugby team may have lost to Australia, despite running them close, but previous wins, including the dramatic win against England meant a quarter final to come against South Africa. Meanwhile out in Bosnia the Welsh football team’s momentum took them into the game unbeaten so although they lost results elsewhere meant a double qualification.


And of course the best team in the tournament, New Zealand use the haka to great effect to build momentum (and fear), invariably against opponents that don’t have a similar ritual.


As an NLP Practitioner (see Red Handed 2014 Issue 3) I observed our heroes such as Bale and Biggar to see how they apply their skills and focus to achieve sporting excellence. Dan Biggar applies his own very unique techniques before taking kicks which involve a fair bit of twitching type moves before grounding himself in a calm controlled focus before executing his kicks. Similarly Gareth Bale will stand poised over a free kick getting himself into a zone ready to strike for goal.


In our own modest way we can all operate similar tools and techniques, day to day, to achieve our own goals and targets. NLP works with clients to help them develop their own techniques (“anchors” in NLP terms) so that just like our Welsh sporting heroes you too could reach your full potential.


Kevin is a qualified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and offers individually tailored sessions from his base in Llantwit Major as well as home visits or consultations via telephone or Skype.


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