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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone. I always find Christmas to be a reflective  time of year for me, thoughts go to times gone by and absent friends that are no longer with us. It is truly a time of remembering and being thankful for having had the privilege of knowing them. Time moves on to New Year and the opportunity for new beginnings. There's always an expectation of change in the air. We all do it do'n't we? Make those New Year Resolutions. How many of us approach the New Year with hope and optimism of things being different and setting out to achieve those goals, only to start faltering by the end of the first week? 

My 10 best tips for staying on track are: 

1. Keep it real. Make your goals attainable.

2. Kiss,  (no that sort, but now I've got your attention) Keep it simple stupid. Keep your plans simple. Don't be tempted to do a complete lifestyle change in one swoop. You can end up feeling overwhelmed and not achieving anything. Focus on one or two things at time.

3. Prioritise which goals are most important to you.

4. Baby steps. Break things down into small manageable tasks. Remember the saying, "How to you eat an elephant? One piece at a time." Politically incorrect? I'm not suggesting you eat an elephant but you get the gist, you wouldn't attempt to eat one in one fell swoop. Yet that's often what people do with their goals.

5. Give your goals a time frame, give yourself some accountability to get things done by a certain time. This will help you stay on track.

6. Reward your self regularly. Even a small achievement is worthy of celebration, you are one step closer to achieving your goal.

7. Get your inner circle of support around you. Tell only the people who are truly rooting for you. Don't tell the negative drains in your life if you have them.

8. Remember you are in charge of this. They're your goals to achieve. Enjoy the sense of control they give you over your life. 

9. Keep visible reminders to the things you want to achieve. make a board or note book up of clippings of the things you want to achieve. they will help you to stay focused.

10. Most importantly don't ever give up. The journey might be bumpy, but you can do it. Draw on your reserves, your always stronger then you think.

I hope this is helpful to you. Think about what you really want and go for it. The time is now!  I would love to hear how you are getting on with your goals and what your New Year resolutions are, so I hope you will share them. We are always happy to help if you get stuck.
Happy New Year to everyone. I always find Christmas to be a reflective  time of year for me, thoughts go to times gone by and absent friends that are no longer with us. It is truly a time of remembering and being thankful for having had the privilege of knowing them. Time moves on to New Year and the opportunity for new beginnings. There's always an expectation of change in the air. We all do it do'n't we? Make those New Year Resolutions. How many of us approach the New Year with hope and optimism of things being different and setting out to achieve those goals, only to start faltering by the end of the first week? 

My 10 best tips for staying on track are: 

1. Keep it real. Make your goals attainable.

2. Kiss,  (no that sort, but now I've got your attention) Keep it simple stupid. Keep your plans simple. Don't be tempted to do a complete lifestyle change in one swoop. You can end up feeling overwhelmed and not achieving anything. Focus on one or two things at time.

3. Prioritise which goals are most important to you.

4. Baby steps. Break things down into small manageable tasks. Remember the saying, "How to you eat an elephant? One piece at a time." Politically incorrect? I'm not suggesting you eat an elephant but you get the gist, you wouldn't attempt to eat one in one fell swoop. Yet that's often what people do with their goals.

5. Give your goals a time frame, give yourself some accountability to get things done by a certain time. This will help you stay on track.

6. Reward your self regularly. Even a small achievement is worthy of celebration, you are one step closer to achieving your goal.

7. Get your inner circle of support around you. Tell only the people who are truly rooting for you. Don't tell the negative drains in your life if you have them.

8. Remember you are in charge of this. They're your goals to achieve. Enjoy the sense of control they give you over your life. 

9. Keep visible reminders to the things you want to achieve. make a board or note book up of clippings of the things you want to achieve. they will help you to stay focused.

10. Most importantly don't ever give up. The journey might be bumpy, but you can do it. Draw on your reserves, your always stronger then you think.


I hope this is helpful to you. Think about what you really want and go for it. The time is now!  I would love to hear how you are getting on with your goals and what your New Year resolutions are, so I hope you will share them. We are always happy to help if you get stuck.



Arachnophobia

The media in he last few days have had reports of a paper published by Columbia University, New York. This is a re-run of The old idea that we are all genetically programmed to be frightened of spiders has been raised yet again, this time by Columbia University, New York . This idea has been refuted any number of times and it is particularly depressing to see it given another run by a reputable organisation based on such poor science. To my mind this idea falls down for three main reasons

Firstly: If fear of spiders was genetically programmed in then all children would have a fear of spiders and this would be unlearned as some people got older. In fact this exactly the pattern that we do not see in dealing with arachnophobics. Generally young children show no fear and the phobia is a learned response as they get older.

Secondly: The phobic response which people exhibit (Freeze, fight or flight) makes no sense in dealing with a small crawling invertebrate. It does make sense in dealing with a large predator - actually the major threat to humans throughout history.

Thirdly: Spiders are not dangerous! I know some species can inflict a nasty bite but the number of deaths from spider bites is so insignificant in world terms that it is just about impossible to get statistics. There is no evidence that spiders have ever been a serious problem for primates. Indeed studies of primate groups in the wild (e.g. Goodall's studies of chimpanzees, Fossey's studies of gorillas and Cheny & Sefarth's studies of baboons ) show no deaths from spider bites.

The Columbia University group overcome this problem by stating that in man's earliest history more spiders were highly toxic and so posed a major threat. I can find no confirmation of this 'fact' from scientists who actually work in the fields of biology, palaeontology, etc. Science works by looking at facts and formulating an hypothesis to explain them and then test by experimentation and observation. It doesn't work by coming up with an idea and inventing 'facts' to match.

Is it too much to hope that we have heard the last of this nonsense idea? Probably not!

TV appearances

John has been filmed at London Zoo's Friendly Spider Programme which will be on TV on 31 October BBC4 in the evening. More details to come.....

Updates

Updates to the CCH website have been made. We will be adding some new services this year so please visit us soon!

Face Your Fear of Heights

We had a small but select group for our course at Swinley Forest at Bracknell. Thank you everyone for taking part. Well done to everyone for completing the course. Proud of you all.

Face your fear of heights course

We had a small group on our course at Swinley Forest in Bracknell. All our participants completed the course. Well done to everybody .Proud of you all. Write your post here.

John goes ape!

John goes ape at Thetford Forest, one of GoApe's tree-top adventure sites. We recently visited the site to test out the possibility of running a new face your fear of heights course with one of our new joint venture partners Simon Birdsey. All went well, pictures to be posted shortley....
 

Delayed Update

Bit of a delay updating as promised - due to various circumstances. Talks went very well and Betty performed admirably - what a star! Business quietens down a bit over Christmas and New Year but picking up now with lots of phobia lectures for the Spring term. One on Friday and every day next week and more over the next few months.
 

Current events

Major current event is the new website now up and running - looking very smart. Still early days and lots more to come in the future. Next week is looking busy, particularly Thursday and Friday when I am at London Zoo giving talks on Phobias to A level psychology students from two schools. I will be assisted in this by Betty one of the Zoo's red-kneed tarantulas. I will let you know how Betty and I get on.