Coaching With Me is not for the weak hearted!
Nor is it for those who are not 100% serious and committed to their success and happiness (however they define those words in their lives).
I guarantee that
I WILL challenge you.
I WILL confront you where necessary.
I WILL take on the role of the greatest advocate for success and happiness in your life and call you on every thought, word and action that moves you in any direction other than that destination.
I WILL help you to create the clarity, focus, direction and strategy that will deliver the success and happiness you most want to achieve.
I WILL ask you to reach, stretch and take the actions that will lead to your growth in the direction of the greatest version of the grandest vision you hold of what your life could become.
As your coach, I’ll do anything and everything required to help you to overcome the struggles and obstacles that are keeping you from having your life exactly how you want it to be.
But here’s what I WON’T DO…
I WON’T pretend not to notice when you to lie to yourself or believe something that does not serve you and your commitment to a better life.
I WON’T stand by and watch you play the small game that keeps you thinking, speaking and acting small… and getting small results as a consequence.
I WON’T ignore your goals and dreams… even when you DO!
I don’t mean I’m a Mr Nasty.
Far from it, I’m a friendly guy.
My coaching style is, for the most part, very relaxed, very informal, very chilled out.
If you come to work with me, I want you to have a relaxed, enjoyable and productive coaching experience because that’s where most of the magic and miracles that come from coaching are created.
But not all.
Sometimes magic is waiting on the other side of a challenge.
Sometimes the miracle can only be reached as the result of a confrontation.
And at those times it’s important to remember that as friendly as I can be and as nice as I can seem, I’m clear that I’m not in your life as your friend or someone whose role it is to please you.
I’m here help you to get to where you most want to go… and you’re PAYING me for that help.
And I take that investment and trust in me seriously.
Born in Torbay Chris attended several schools some private some state.
Failed the majority of his GCSE’s but refocused at South Devon College before working in a bar for a few years, joining Nortel then leaving Nortel. Met his partner Clare in 1999 before joining a legal firm in Paignton as a personal injury claims advisor. After a dubious start and a general wake up call by the senior partner, I turned my job around and they offered to cover the cost of a course through ILEX (the Institute of Legal Executives, one of the three main routes to becoming a qualified lawyer) which I found extremely challenging. Because I was getting married at the end of April 2002, I decided to postpone my exams until November of that year.
At about 8.15am on 14 August 2002, while travelling to work on a scooter, I was hit by a Cherokee Jeep. I was left with serious head injuries and a very badly broken leg – the latter requiring several operations and the fixing of an external-fixator. After four weeks in hospital, and two days at home, I insisted my wife took me out in the car “for a drive”. While waiting at traffic lights, we were hit by car from behind; my wife had serious whiplash, which meant that she was unable to care for me.
I was also affected by serious post-traumatic stress disorder but, with the support and encouragement of family and colleagues, I was determined to sit my ILEX exams the following May. My wife, Clare also studying through ILEX to become a solicitor, was a great encouragement. During my studies, though, I had numerous further operations on my leg and face. Around this time I was told that I needed a bone graft on my leg because a serious fracture hadn’t healed – and if left untreated, the only option was amputation.
The bone graft was extremely painful, but still I continued with my studies, with ILEX arranging for an invigilator to come to my house, enabling me to sit my exams at home. I’d also investigated the possibility of having my leg amputated as I was living on a diet of pills to kill the pain. After our first son was born, I looked in the mirror and saw a young man with the shape of a 90 year old; in serious pain, my leg was deformed and I felt I was restricting everyone around me. It was then that I contacted Exeter Mobility Centre, where I was treated like a human being and told I wasn’t “crazy” for wanting to have my leg amputated. I also spoke to amputees who had had their limbs removed as a result of injuries. They all seemed to have a much better quality of life than me. After discussing it with my wife, I made my decision. I sat my last ILEX exam in June 2006, and passed. The day after I made the decision to have my left leg amputated above the knee.
For four years I lived with the consequences of a painful leg injury. Then I made the tough decision to amputate…
I gained Fellow status in January 2007 and consequently proceeded to set up a specialist limb loss and catastrophic injury department within a firm in Tavistock. Clare & I then decided to take the next giant step of setting up our own law firm, Linnitts Solicitors. Since then we have rebranded as Beyond Legal. There are very few legal firms specialising in amputee or catastrophic claims; as an amputee, I believe I can relate to people’s circumstances as well as providing personal expertise in this field. I can show clients that their life is just beginning by identifying their needs early and leaving them confident that have the support and coaching are being managed proactively, in turn enabling them to concentrate on their own rehabilitation.
Every day to me is unique and extremely challenging. Although I do not require special adaptations, I have difficulty each morning actually fitting the leg on my residual limb. I also face the burden of people not realising that I have one leg; I am often bumped into by people at a supermarket or in the street, causing me to lose my balance and fall or I may simply slip. However, I work full-time and, should I ever need any help, all I have to do is ask. I live a normal life, though I am always somewhat surprised when people see me without my leg as they simply do not know where to look or what to say. I feel this is why I can offer potential clients a unique service, because I truly understand the everyday hurdles they have to overcome. I coach how to perform under pressure, how to be your best self no matter the disability and I have great legal knowledge.
I feel this is why I can offer potential clients a unique service, because I truly understand the everyday hurdles they have to overcome.
I attended the Paralympics talent day in London was fortunate enough to have been selected to train in archery for the 2012 Paralympics, subject to being successful in various tournaments. Unfortunately, I was unable to dedicate my time to the training and put 100% into Beyond Legal. None of the above would be possible if it were not for the fantastic people that I have met. My wife has supported me through everything, as have friends and colleagues. Being an amputee is both extremely challenging and rewarding, I feel a strong sense of achievement and am very proud of who I am. My career is a promising one and I now look forward to each day with an enormous sense of pride that I will help another person to be their best self.
Everyone’s journey is different.
So it’s important to first find out what motivates you, so for me that’s always the starting point. Once I understand what lights a fire in you I can then start to build a programme that is uniquely tailored to you. Remember a goal without a plan is just a wish. With everyone I work with, I establish clear expectations and layout a game plan so I know where we are going and why we are doing what we are doing. Once the why and the how is established, consistency is the key, be patient and trust the process. Small wins lead to major wins over time. Remember the journey is truly the reward. When you see progress and when you take time to acknowledge your effort that’s when you find the motivation to keep going. That’s how you reach that BIG big goal and stay invested in your next goal too. Roger Federer didn’t become the best tennis play in history over night. Be proud of where you are and most importantly be proud of making the commitment to show up. That is just one of my training tips.
Hey my name is Chris Linnitt. Performance Coach, Amputee and Lawyer.
My tip for you is whenever I start working with a new client I always share the same advice. My advice is this, you are powerful and come equipped with all the tools you need to excel on all levels. It’s my goal to help you access and amplify these tools both internally and externally.
The Beyond Boundaries one-to-one programme positions mentality as a critical element of the overall performance equation.
We provide mental skills coaching to athletes and individuals tailored to their unique requirements. Our map and tools provide practical guidelines for dealing with the player ‘hotspots’ that exist, or for coping with whatever life throws at them.
What is it?
Anyone who has ever competed or challenged themselves to achieve a goal knows how much pressure can affect performance. The mental component of how an athlete performs is the one that fluctuates most from day-to-day. Yet across the competitive landscape, effective mental preparation remains a mystery for most, either neglected entirely or only considered as a last resort in a ‘must-win’ situation. Too many approaches overcomplicate, oversimplify and overreach.
Our Beyond Boundaries mindset tools don’t just transform the process of preparation; they are easy to apply effectively when it matters most, in the heat of competition. The simple and practical language for understanding what is required to do well under pressure can be applied to all aspects of performance and the life of the athlete.
Who is this for?
We work with a wide variety of individuals from those wishing to level up their careers by harnessing mental resilience to elite sportsmen and women. Whether you’re a sportsperson, student, musician, actor, gamer, chess player, artist or explorer, the Beyond Boundaries one-to-one programme can help you to perform at your very best under pressure.