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Controlling Chaos

Thoughts of the week

“Controlling chaos”


We’ve all been in situations before when we feel like we’ve lost control. Whether that be thoughts, emotions, work tasks, group management etc.

There are many reasons why this can happen. Some of which are:

  • There is too much to do and not enough time to do it
  • There is more to do than you can handle by yourself
  • Bad judgment or making mistakes
  • Poor planning and organisation has led to an overload
  • Proper instruction has not been given
  • Standards and expectations have not previously been set before hand

These can quickly get on top of you, become overwhelming, decrease concentration, lower productivity and generally have negative impacts.

It is hard to keep operating under this level of pressure and stress all the time however, in some professions people don’t have a choice, their working days are like this all the time.

There are some simple ways of preventing these from happening, or at least, making them slight more manageable.

Mindfulness – Is a simple form of meditation that focuses on your breath. Just closing your eyes and taking 10 deep breaths can calm you down and reset your though process. We have worked with many elite athletes who have to perform certain skills under huge and regularly talk about taking a “3 second chill” just beforehand. Apps like headspace are brilliant for practicing and promoting calmness during times of chaos. Once the chaos is over, get out out, get reset and get on.

Saying no – If you are at maximum capacity it is ok to say no. Every though you many feel like you are disappointing people by not being able to accommodate them at least you are be honest and not making full promises.

“It is better to under promise and over deliver rather than over promise and under deliver”

Not rushing – see our previous blog on this.

Rules, guidelines and etiquette – If people know what codes of behaviours are acceptable in an environment and agree to them then they can be immediately challenged if they go against expectations. It is much harder to challenge people if no clear instructions or boundaries are in place to start with!

Mastering planning – see our previous blog on this.

Be comfortable being uncomfortable – After working with many different companies, organisations, teams and club we actively promote putting ourselves, our clients and our athletes in uncomfortable situations. This is ultimately the best way to grow and develop allowing chaotic situations to be less disrupting and more manageable.

Nothing will ever be perfect but hopefully some of the above suggestions will help give you more clarity next time things are not going as smoothly as you would like…

Exercise of the week

Development | Strength | Single leg | Step up | Level 1 | A to E | Progressions
  • Single leg | Step up | Hands in front (A)
  • Single leg | Step up | Hands across shoulders (B)
  • Single leg | Step up | Hands behind head (C)
  • Single leg | Step up | Hands overhead (D)
  • Single leg | Step up | Plate (E1)
  • Single leg | Step up | Goblet (E2)
  • Single leg | Step up| Dumbbells (E3)

Find out more about this program click here

Recipe of the week

Grilled paprika chicken with sweetcorn, cherry tomato, red onion & patron pepper salad topped with olive oil, lime, honey & balsamic dressing


  • Dry rub sliced chicken breast with paprika seasoning & lightly fry in olive oil for 10mins
  • Combine sweetcorn, diced red onion & chopped cherry tomato in a bowl
  • Add olive oil, squeeze of fresh lime juice, a small amount of honey & splash of balsamic vinegar then stir together
  • Add a handful of patron peppers to chicken pan until slightly charred
  • Combine & serve

Find out more about our nutrition plans here

Training song of the week

Hands (Samaran Remix) – Point Point, Denai Moore, Samaran

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