BAAM’s Essentials Cover Girl

Christmas has come early at BAAM.  Our first ever cover girl, Luciana Parker, is appearing now on the cover of Essential Magazine (Dec. 2012).  Luciana has a lot to smile about as this Christmas is bathed in the glow of a happy marriage and family, which was far from the case 18 months ago.    Luciana describes how her marriage to her husband, Shaun Parker, was nearing its end unless he did something about the anger, which was tearing them apart.  Shaun cared enough about saving his marriage to take Luciana seriously. He contacted Linda Bolland, from the British Association of Anger Management, Guildford, and booked onto her 3 day Beating Anger course.  Linda recalls that Shaun was very committed to doing something about his anger and recognised that that this was his responsibility alone. She said “I was very impressed by Shaun’s realisation that he alone was capable of dealing with the anger that was spilling out into his relationship with Luciana and others.  His attitude had turned from blaming and shaming others to accepting responsibility for his own feelings and by the end of the weekend he was committed to dealing with the anger that consumed him by using all of the techniques he had learned”. This had a tremendous knock-on effect for Luciana, who decided to do some work of her own. Bolland said that: “Luciana was so impressed by the turnaround in Shaun, that she decided to book on the course run by BAAM for those who are affected by another person’s anger- the Enough is Enough course.  Luciana learned that her anger was implosive,...

How BAAM helped to save a marriage

An article written in the Daily Mirror about the work that BAAM does in managing anger, proved essential in saving Shaun and Luciana Parker’s marriage. Shaun and Luciana were a week away from the final proceedings of their divorce.  After attending couples counselling, they made one last effort, and Shaun signed up to an intensive three-day individual anger ­management therapy course at BAAM. When he returned from the course Luciana noticed calmness about him that she had never experienced before.  Some of the techniques that Linda Bolland, BAAM Franchisee, introduced to Shaun were techniques that could be used to express his anger in a clean and healthy way.  One of the main tips in doing this is by listening to what your partner has to say. Read the article to find out about 5 tips to how to manage your anger, and hopefully, as in the case of Luciana and Shaun, save your marriage!...

Olympic Success

I have been so inspired by the wonderful feats of our athletes this summer.  May the golden glow of achievement linger within us.  I’ve been reflecting on how training to excel in a sport is so similar to training to excel in life.  It takes hard work, dedication and persistence. Michael Johnson, former gold medalist said this week that the first step to improving in sport is to have self-awareness.  Know your strengths and your weaknesses and do everything possible to improve your weaknesses.  I can see the correlation here between knowing yourself and doing all you can to be the best you can be. Anything worthwhile must be worked at.  This includes our own desires for self-improvement.  If there are weak links within you, learn how to strengthen them.  And then be persistent and keep practising what you’ve learned, until it becomes second nature to you.  It was obvious to see that the medal winning athletes had trained for a long time to get themselves in the winning positions.  Their success was born out of many hours, weeks and months of getting their bodies and minds prepared for success.  Personal development is no different.  Changing old patterns of weakness needs determination. After much repetition the brain begins to lay down new tracks and grooves.  Until eventually the new behaviour feels comfortable and familiar.  There are no short-cuts. Keep on practising positive behaviour, for example; thinking before reacting in anger or being responsible for your actions instead of blaming others. Soon enough you too will feel the satisfaction of success and pride in your own personal...
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