Adventure Coaching makes sense!

How neuroscience is changing the brain based coaching world is phenomenal.
We are learning so much about how our internal drivers affect our brain chemistry, and how our brain chemistry affects our thinking.
We are truly integrated beings. Studies have proven that each brain is uniques, an the way we each use our brains is unique.
Of course, this is why machines will never take over from a living, breathing, intuitive coach. Life or executive coaches make some processes seem simple. They are not. To utilise the visual cortex and watch subtle body language, assimilate the information, draw on the memory, the hearing of intonation in the voice, and make choices in the dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex as to which question is going to lead a coachee to have an insight about his or her behaviour is far from simple.
An important function of the DLPFC is the executive functions, such as working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning, inhibition, and abstract reasoning.
How we utilise this information in our lives, work and when dealing with people is critical. When under pressure, the limbic system is engaged, meaning we are not thinking clearly.
lim·bic sys·tem ˈlimbik ˌsistəm
noun: limbic system; plural noun: limbic systems – a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring)

In order to think, we need to first manage our emotional state. Large boadrooms of over – inflated egos making decisions on how companies and countries are run, is probably the least effective methodology.
Our decisions are far more rational when we are hydrated, calm, have a good source of oxygen and have the right stimuli.
When I conceptualised Adventure Coaching, it was to fulfill a selfish dream to be able to coach clients on my mountain bike. It turns out though, that when two people get together, are engaged in physical activity, pumping blood, oxygen and of course the dopamine release interpersed with water consumption, we are getting our brains in gear, literally.
My realisation has been profound, that there is a specific thinking pattern and series of behaviour patterns when we are in the role of employee, boss, corporate player, exec, manager, head, director or whatever title, dressed according to the role as opposed to how we operate as our authentic selves.
This transparent barrier is removed when we are outdoors, being ourselves, having a conversation with a trusted advisor.
I can be found kicking a ball around, walking up the trail, mountain biking or walking along the beach with my clients, and they are better off for it as their strategic thinking improves, their self awareness improves and they are motivated to act according to their strategic thinking. You can see that this takes longer than a normal coaching session. I hope you can also imagine the profound benefits.


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I love riding my MTB in the countryside and this is what I do to destress and exercise.
The scenery is amazing, the wildlife is abundant and the terrain challenging in the Overberg.
The other day, after riding up and over a local hill, I descended with care as the shale like ground can be treacherous.
I relaxed a bit as the gradient leveled out.  A sheep ran across the road, I glanced at it and the next minute I was braking hard as I realised I was falling into a huge hole in the road!
I will spare you the expletives I uttered as I fell.
So how the hell could this happen?  I just told you I am a careful rider.  Now here comes the lesson.  You know they say things come in threes.  Well, I had a shin bump, a knee knock then a bike fall.
As I gingerly got up, realising nothing was broken, I muttered to myself, ‘pay attention’.
Even though I was looking where I was going as one does when riding a bike, the finer detail of the earth having been disturbed, escaped me.
I think in life, this is a damn good lesson.  Complacency, or expecting things to be the same, because last time they were that way trips us up a lot!
So what does paying attention mean?  I guess it is about awareness, alertness and responding to changes.
We as humans do not handle change well generally, which is why we go into threrapy after a relationship break up or lose confidence after a job loss.
I wrote to the municipality who came back to me very apologetic that they had not put up any warning signs or markings, whatsoever!
I think we have become so reliant on others to warn us, expect the authorities to take care of stuff like our roads, that we merrily drive or ride with absolutely no expectation that there could be a huge hole in our path.
This, despite the numerous disaster movies Hollywood is so fond of making.
So today, I will pay attention, will be alert, and will remind myself frequently, that the pain of not paying attention (which could have been a lot worse) is not worth the effort to wake the hell up and see what is around me.  So please do yourself a favour and be alert.  It may be a lifesaver.

The Real Ideal

The human psyche is a fascinating thing. We create an impression in more ways than one, with every move we make.  Taking the zen approach, our energetic influence is vast, as we cause ripples in the universe.  Indeed, as I write this I am causing waves of consciousness to shift.  Who am I kidding?  How could it be that little me has an influence on the vastness of the universe.

Actually, who am I not to think I make a difference?  Madiba said it and I believed him.  For me that was one of many break through moments in my life, which brings me to my point.
Our lives are made up of many wonderful experiences, almost experiences and never to be repeated experiences.
What if we could grasp how to choose those experiences which will lead us to our nirvana?
Imagine it, a series of meetings, chance encounters, billboards, road signs in our lives as we travel along the highway of life, each one a choice.
We take the exits, change the lanes and speed up to overtake.  We do it, no-one else.  Often I think life is too fast for most of us.  We have no time to smell the roses, let alone to spend time chatting to the person behind the counter.  We miss opportunities daily as a result.
Therein lies the infinite possibility.  Imagine walking or driving or flying through life with your eyes wide open to all things around you, with a yearning to learn, open to possibilities.
How would that be instead of the norm at high speed rushing to the next appointment?
How would it be to see the world as we did when we were children, a little naive I hear you say.  I imagine that if we were to see the world as we would like it to be whilst engaged with our experience and wisdom, we may have a different experience.  A combination of real and idealism I call The Real Ideal.
There it is on the big screen, your movie, your life.  Just imagine it.  You are the director of your Real Ideal.
Now, what do you leave on the cutting room floor?  Which scenes would you reshoot?  we all have those.
What is the second half of the movie about? Is it a docudrama where the protagonist breaks through from a life wasted to a life lived well?
For many of us, our experience of life is too familiar, too comfortable and too boring.
The only way I know to begin is to just start, to do something each day to create the world I want to live in.
What we imagine, believe in and act on, must come to pass.