Don't Wait For Your Ship to Come In...Swim Out to Meet It


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The Intro.

Part One: From Insight to Ownership.

Chapter One: New Eyes: New Landscapes.

You, the viewing and the doing.

Chapter Two: Swimming Lessons.

Feedback not failure.

Chapter Three: Ducking and Diving.

You are what you value.

Chapter Four: SOS!

Support our strengths.

Part Two: From Ownership to Action.

Chapter Five: Lucidity and Stillness.

The opposite of stress.

Chapter Six: Getting in the Flow of Things.

Ready, steady, goal!

Chapter Seven: All That You Ever Imagined It Would Be...

Creative visualization, imagery and mental rehearsal.

Chapter Eight: Water Wings or Concrete Galoshes?

The power of self-talk.

Part Three: Less Distraction, More Action.

Chapter Nine: Don’t Rock the Boat!

Overcoming self-sabotage.

Chapter Ten: A Drop in the Ocean.

The power of contribution.

The Outro.

Further Reading and Resources.



About the Author

Dr Gary Wood [BSc (Hons), PgC, PhD, FHEA] is a social psychologist, author, life coach, and broadcaster. Combining an engaging and accessible approach with a solid academic background he specializes in communicating psychological insights on all aspects of human social life to a wider audience. Increasingly the need for down-to-earth evidence-based expertise finds him working in diverse arenas from the press, to radio, television and theatre, to corporate consultancy, and of course, the lecture room. He has taught psychology to students at all levels of higher education, in several UK universities and colleges. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Wood has also worked with the Learning and Skills Council to promote to encourage adults back to learning.

He regularly appears on radio and television offering expert analysis and coaching tips, and is widely quoted in newspapers and magazines. He has featured on the Trisha Goddard (Channel Five) show as part of her ‘Campaign for Change’ team, on Big Brother’s Little Brother and on Moneyspinners. He is a regular panellist on Five Live’s The Late Show and has appeared on Woman’s Hour. He has been a featured agony uncle in eve magazine and is the life editor for health and style website, Mansized. Dr Wood contributes quizzes and articles to a range of publications and is author of Sex, Lies and Stereotypes.

As well as lecturing, he runs his own research consultancy, training and coaching practice. In his spare time he eats, sleeps…and occasionally sings!

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