Are you stuck in the Chimp Paradox?

23 April 2024

Have you ever felt like two parts of you are in constant conflict? One part wants to achieve your goals, make positive changes, and live a fulfilling life. But the other part – the inner chimp – throws tantrums, gets scared, and holds you back?

This internal battle is the core of the Chimp Paradox, a concept popularised by psychologist Steve Peters. The chimp represents our impulsive, emotional side, driven by fear and instant gratification. It’s the part that craves comfort food over healthy meals, hits the snooze button instead of going for a run, and resists stepping outside our comfort zone.

The problem is, the chimp is loud. It throws tantrums when it doesn’t get what it wants, hijacking our rational thinking and derailing our progress. This can leave us feeling frustrated, stuck, and like we’re constantly sabotaging ourselves.

Sound familiar?

If you’re nodding your head, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with the Chimp Paradox. But the good news is, there’s a way to break free. This is where coaching comes in.

How coaching can help you tame your inner Chimp

Our coaches act as your personal guide in this journey of self-discovery. We will help you:

  • Identify your Chimp: By recognising the chimp’s tactics, you can predict its behaviour and take control.
  • Understand your Chimp’s needs: What is your chimp afraid of? What is it trying to protect you from?
  • Develop strategies: We will help you create tools and techniques to manage your chimp’s outbursts and cravings.
  • Set realistic goals: Are you setting yourself up for failure with unrealistic expectations? We will help you set achievable goals that motivate you.
  • Hold yourself accountable: Change is hard, and having one of our coaches by your side provides the support and encouragement you need to stay on track.

Working with one of our coaches, you can learn to:

  • Silence the chimp’s negativity and replace it with self-compassion and positive self-talk.
  • Make conscious choices aligned with your long-term goals, not just your immediate desires.
  • Develop the self-discipline to resist temptations and stay committed to your path.
  • Embrace challenges and see them as opportunities for growth.

Coaching can help you turn this dream into reality.

Ready to tame your Chimp and take control of your life?

If you’re ready to break free from the Chimp Paradox and create positive change, then coaching is the answer. Contact us today on to schedule a free consultation and discuss how we can help you get to where you want to be.

Remember, you are not your Chimp. You are the Human… in control.

Take a look at this video by BigIdeasGrowingMinds to find out more.