The Full Story
I was very fortunate that early in my life I found something I wanted to dedicate every waking hour to, and that was being the best golfer I could be! From age 13 that’s all I wanted to do, I would dream about becoming a successful tour professional. However…
My approach during these early years proved ineffective with poor results. I was obsessed with perfecting my golf swing. I would often practice under car headlights when I thought I might have found the ‘secret’.
1987 was a real low point for me, as well as a turning point. While playing a pro-am in Israel, the realisation hit me, I simply wasn’t good enough to play golf for a living! I was literally standing over a putt with tears in my eyes. How could it be possible to work this hard and fail?
My demise created a void that drove me to find new answers. Intuitively I knew my failings weren’t just down to my golf swing, so I decided to look at other areas. As a result my interest and knowledge expanded into other fields. I became a personal development junkie, attending countless seminars, and travelling to different continents to listen to the best speakers.
Then something weird happened… every time I learned something new, I had this amazingly strong urge to share it with others, was I really turning into a coach? The thought of sharing and trying to help others became so inspiring to me that I quickly knew this would be my life’s mission! Initially this mission would focus within golf, but very quickly it expanded to other areas of life as well. As a result, my clients have ranged from Ryder Cup Players to Blue Chip companies and over the years I have been trusted by many of these clients to work with their families.
At the core of all my study is a drive to understand human behaviour, why we do what we do; why we attract the things we do; why is it some people achieve massive results, yet others with seemingly similar talent don’t achieve anywhere near as much. I wanted answers to these questions and many more, for myself and for others.
By 1989, this was my life, I was fully committed to this journey, and I haven’t stopped since! You see it is partly selfish, I had a strong vision and belief that living a successful and balanced life was entirely possible. I didn’t just want a successful career but at the cost of a broken relationship, or maybe poor health. I am greedy, I want to grow and be fulfilled in all areas of life, and I believed it was possible and that others would want the same, so that’s what drove me back in 1989 and still drives me today.
To date I have created and hosted 21 different seminars programs, been fortunate to have a 12-year TV career and to have 30 years’ experience writing for magazines.
The good news is, along the way I have found many answers, and
when I have shared them through seminars, TV and magazines they have helped others as well. You can see some testimonials here.
One of the most significant ways I have been able to share my knowledge over the years has been through Cranfield Golf Academy,(CGA) which has given me the opportunity to mentor hundreds of coaches since 1986.
My time developing CGA also led me to two important career milestones. In 2011 I was delighted to be awarded the status of PGA Master Professional by the British PGA, and in 2013 I launched my first golf book ‘Intuitive Golf’ – “How to unlock your natural ability”. You can find many of my videos relating to Intuitive Golf here.
As CGA grew I partnered a fellow PGA professional Simon Preston and in 2004 we started developing Golf Kingdom the UK’s leading Family Golf & Leisure Park, and in 2016 we launched Golf & Leisure Experience Ltd a business dedicated to working with local authorities to remodel and transform outdoor green space into inspiring and fun spaces for the benefit of the local community.
2007 was another significant turning point in my career, when I met Dr John Demartini. From the first time I heard Dr Demartini speak I knew he could help me find some of answers I was still searching for. As much as I had learnt and applied there were things that still didn’t make sense. Studying under Dr Demartini has helped expand my interest and knowledge into many other areas and I have gained a much deeper understanding of human behaviour. Simply put, what I have learnt has been life changing and has confirmed that the idea of living an inspired and fulfilled life is truly possible, it takes work, but it is worth it!
So, my mission to help others has continued and gone from strength to strength. Whether it is helping someone remove a mental block or helping them achieve a goal they couldn’t achieve before has been incredibly inspiring.
This new phase of my career came at the perfect time, well almost, my eldest daughter had just turned 4 and my 2nd was to arrive a year later. I now needed to learn everything I could about raising children and family dynamics, as well as balancing the other areas of my life… my wife; my career; my health; my social time; my finances etc, you get the picture!
Shortly after the arrival of my 2nd daughter I reduced my travelling and I naturally developed an even deeper interest in the development of children. The statistics today are frightening around the number of children who suffer with mental health issues. These two factors were significant in my decision to develop a series of children’s personal development books, called The Wise Bear Stories.
The Wise Bear Stories are different… they don’t always follow the common psychological models promoted of positive thinking and growth mindset. Instead they share timeless principles of true human behavior, which whilst understood for centuries are rarely practiced or coached. The lessons shared in The Wise Bear Stories will amongst other things help children deal with the anxieties and emotional challenges they face in life, as well as giving them strategies to maximise their individual potential. Just like my children have benefited, I want other children to have the chance to learn these principles while they are young, as it will give them the tools to maintain mental wellness throughout their life.
Which brings us up to today,… Although my studies cross many areas of life, my seminars, coaching and writing primarily focus on the areas of business; golf; personal development and family relations.
If you have any questions I would love to hear from you, and if you would like to find out more about my coaching, please get in touch.