Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I love reading; if I had a catchphrase it would be, “I know a good book on that if you’re interested in exploring it a bit more.” If you’re a bookworm too and you always take a book away with you, you might like to give one of these titles a try. I’ve picked out three books that have helped me personally to get off autopilot, see things differently and develop my resilience. They’re also books I’ve suggested to clients, friends or colleagues.
It’s very easy to find ourselves running on autopilot and not really properly aware of the beliefs and patterns of thought that are running the show for us. I had an interesting reminder of this earlier in the week while watching a TED talk.
Continue reading “Do it all, do it perfectly and never let them see you sweat!”
I don’t know about you, but I kind of fell in to my original career path, and then took opportunities as they came along and felt right to me, and that worked out OK for the most part. It wasn’t until my most recent career decision that I took a more coordinated approach to deciding my next step because for the first time, I wanted to make a more informed choice, and I simply wasn’t sure what was next for me. There is a dizzying array of possible job options out there, and over the coming years, many jobs will disappear to technology and be replaced with new roles to address new challenges and opportunities, and like the cakes in the picture, lots of them can look tempting. With all this choice and uncertainty, it can be useful to have a foundation on which you can make decisions, so I thought I’d share what I explored to answer the ‘what next’ question for myself and how you can use it to filter your possibilities.
Just last week one of my lovely contacts on LinkedIn hit ‘like’ on an alert they’d received that told them it was the 1 year anniversary of my new business venture. I confess, if it hadn’t been for that ‘like’ I might have missed the moment as I’d completely forgotten to make a note of it. Poor show, I know, especially for a coach who knows how important it is to reflect and draw confidence from past experiences and achievements – oops! Continue reading “Want to be successful? Give yourself a pat on the back”
We’ve all had days when that parental stock phrase comes back to haunt us, “Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed!” For many years, I didn’t pay much attention to my morning routine; it just kind of happened as it happened, good or bad, on time or late, happy or grumpy. However, as one of my favourite quotes says, “we either live with intention or we exist by accident”, and dragging myself out of bed and stumbling into my day was not a conscious choice.
I’ve had a few conversations with people recently about options, specifically choosing GCSE subjects. Although my son is still a year or so away from his decisions, he’s already starting to talk about it. It can feel like a very difficult and weighty decision, so we’ve shared three simple principles with him in an effort to take the pressure off, and I thought I’d pass them on. They can also be reassuring post-decision if the moment has already passed, and they’re not just useful for helping the young people around you, they can be useful at other transition moments too.
We’re often encouraged to dream big, aim high and shoot for the stars. There’s nothing wrong in having ambition, passion or drive; they can be what gets us out of bed in the morning and keep us challenging ourselves to improve. However, when we define our success only as a single moment or the pinnacle of our journey, we should be mindful of the small print because there are likely to be things outside of our control that may frustrate our plans and take that final moment from our grasp. Continue reading “The small print on ambition”
Everyone who comes to coaching has a specific topic that they want to explore, but coaching has benefits that stretch beyond the topic of the conversations.
As the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, we start out with the very best of intentions, but as we come towards the end of January, it’s highly likely that most people will have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions. However, the dawning of January 1st is just one fresh start out of the 365 available every year, so if your motivation and resolve could do with a helping hand to start again tomorrow, read on…