Thursday, 31 January 2008

"Confidence in Sport"

Mystery Wood Chopper Exposed

By VIKKI ORVICE of The Sun Newspaper
Published: 19 Feb 2004

TOM BUSHNELL is the wood chopping psychologist determined to help turn around Leicester City Football Club’s season.

He arrived at the Foxes’ training ground last week and refused to leave until he had demonstrated his techniques to boss Micky Adams and the team. Adams admitted he allowed a stranger to talk to his players in a desperate bid to find a Premiership win.

He revealed: I didn’t know anything about him ? Apart from the fact he said he was Tom from London. But SunSport has tracked down life coach Bushnell, who broke a piece of wood in two with his bare hands during his 15 minutes with the Leicester stars.

"Shrink" Bushnell, 29, from West London, said: I had noticed their run of 10 Premiership games without a win and I believe I can make a difference. So I drove up to the training ground last Monday to speak to Micky Adams.

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Sunday, 27 January 2008

"3 Simple Words"

"Know Your Outcome"

3 simple words.....3 simple words that can....if you let them.....quite literally change your life!

I just received an unexpected and welcomed phone call from a good old friend. We started talking about our respective business' and he (Vince my good old friend) reminded me of those 3 simple but very powerful words..."Know your outcome". (A concept that Vince & Myself were taught by Tony Robbins)

He related to me how just the other night (See Vince is the owner of a Dance Club promotion Company in London) he had planned on meeting a New overseas client at one of his venues, a client he had not personally met yet, and a client who had paid upfront for Vince's VIP cut a long story short the booking had gone disastrously wrong.....his overseas client was not on the guest list which he had paid top money to be on....Their was a mix up on the door etc, etc... You get the picture!

Vince was temporarily feeling embarrassed about the whole debacle. He could of saved face and left the sorry mess alone, and buried his head in the sand and blamed it on someone else, the host, the club, the lady on the booking line and lost his new customer. Or he had the chance to take responsibility, act from a place of Confidence and take ownership of the situation.

To Vince's credit, he "Knew his outcome". His outcome which was to ensure his new client had an exceptional experience that evening. So he stepped up with certainty and conviction, and made the situation his own and totally transformed the circumstances to his advantage. The end result was Vince smoothed over the mistake with the door staff, his client was treated like Royalty and continued to proceed with his VIP status into the club, resulting in a wonderful evening for his new client.

An additional benefit came to Vince that evening because of stepping up in what could of been a total business disaster. As a result of following through, meeting with his new client and spending some quality time with him that evening; Vince met with another new and very influential contact. This new contact and Vince got on so well they are now going to work together on some new and exciting future projects. Those projects will result in more revenue for his business and ultimately a happier life for Vince and his family. All because Vince "Knew his outcome".

I guess the question to ask ourselves is are we going to let circumstances dictate to us ?....Or are we going to be the dictator of circumstances?

The choice is each one of ours to make

"Know Your Outcome"

To your success

Tom Bushnell The Confidence Coach

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The Dream Movie

I found this great resource yesterday and wanted to share it.

It's a free video that is a great reminder of what is possible in life.

Go to

To your success

Tom The Confidence Coach

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Breathwalking a vital tool to feeling happier and more confident about life

Breathwalking is a tool I have been teaching my clients for some time now.

Their are many benefits to breath walking.

The benefit that I enjoy the most is the mental clarity it gives me. I find once I have gone for a breath walk, sometimes just for 5-6 minutes my body starts to feel very oxygenated and the fogginess in my head starts to disappear. I start to feel truly alive again.

I find breathwalking to be a great tool for golf confidence. I used to coach a young golfer at Wentworth in England and there was always an increase in his performance when we started his condfidence coaching lesson with breathwalking, compared to when we didn't.

Breathwalking really is a wonderful tool that anyone can use. I will be forever grateful to Tony Robbins who introduced this concept to me through his "Get The Edge" programme.

Happy Breathing!

Tom Bushnell The Confidence Coach

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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Board Breaking Brightons! Get off to a winning start!

11th August 2007
Foster's Central Scottish AFL Premier Division

Brightons 2 Kilsyth 0

Brightons got their Premier League campaign off to a flier on Saturday, winning 2-0 against Kilsyth on the opening day of the season. A pre match pep talk from Sports Psychologist/Confidence Coach Tom Bushnell had the players right up for this game (see video of Bobo on the homepage - ) and the result means The Tons continued their impressive 100% league record carried forward from last season and will do their confidence no harm at all for this campaign.

Brightons made one change to the team that had drawn with Kilsyth's Junior side last week, with Kieran Sweeney replacing Billy Brotton at left midfield. The game kicked off with Brightons looking well organised and full of running and despite Kilsyth having much of the ball in the opening stages, they did little to threaten Davie Hardie in the home goal. Hardie in fact never put a foot wrong and his handling, distribution and kicking was first class all day. The deadlock was broken in only ten minutes by Mark Newton, who rifled the ball into the top corner from the penalty spot after Jamie Mclean had been up-ended in the box by the Kilsyth keeper. McLean was looking lively and saw his shot from 22 yards flash over after he was released by Sweeney and only a few minutes later Sweeney again found space on the left to fire in a low cross that Lee Clark should have done better with. Kilsyth tried to press forward, but Brightons were looking solid at the back and restricted the away side to efforts from distance that did little to trouble Hardie.

Into the second half and Brightons looked to kill the game early and Clark should have made the points safe on 55 minutes when he pounced on a fumbled cross by the Kilsyth keeper, the resulting half volley going well over. Sweeney and Tam McQue were causing the visitors full backs all sorts of problems and McQue got in behind and sent a terrific lob over the keeper only to see it bounce over the bar. McQue was not to be denied though and on 70 minutes Brightons doubled their lead. Kilsyth were caught up field as Brightons patient play found the ball dropping to Newton in space, deep in his own half. His pass down the line saw McQue out-strip the right back for pace before cutting inside to drill the ball under the advancing away keeper.

Both teams made changes soon after with Speirs, Irvine and Lines replacing Clark, Sweeney and McLean and Kilsyth pushed 3 up front in an attempt to salvage something from the game. The did get in behind the Brightons rearguard on one occasion but Jamie McKenzie got back to make a great sliding tackle as the striker was about to pull the trigger. As the visitors pushed more men forward it was Brightons that looked more likely to add a third with Sweeney volleying over at the back post from McQue's cross.

The game ended 2-0 in what was a well deserved victory for the home side. This was a tight game against a very good footballing side, so this should give the lads confidence in the coming weeks. Next game is against Leith Athletic, this Wednesday at Overton park, kick-off 7pm.

All Brightons Players and Officials would like to say a special thanks to Tom for the work he did over the weekend.

Hardie, Campbell, Stevenson, Forbes, Porteous, Newton, McQue, Clark (Speirs), McLean (Lines), McKenzie & Sweeney (N Irvine)

Subs not used - Brogan, Thornton

Brightons Inn MoM - Tam McQue

Anton Rogan Award: Speirsy, for being the only wan to lose a fight with his board.

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