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How would you like to shape your 2012? Were there things last year about your lifestyle, your day to day routine or your health that you would like to have tweaked? The New Year is a great opportunity to hit a Reset Button and shape things the way you’d like them to be. Whatever your goals for 2012 are, here are some tips for helping you keep balance at work and in life. more...(2104 views)
When you’re in the grip of a fear or phobia, often no amount of rational thinking will calm you down. Why is that? It’s all to do with how the brain works. Our brain is hard-wired to protect us – what we know as our fight/flight response. Fears and phobias are often a sign these circuits are over-doing their job. This ‘OTT’ response is running unconsciously, but the good news is that we can make changes to this ‘programming’. And it’s easier than you think! more...(1480 views)
Depression; at least some of us have experienced a depressed mood at some point in our life, or know someone who suffers from it. At times it can feel almost impossible to snap out of, and it affects the most successful of people. Fortunately from the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) we have some new ways of thinking about what depression means and how we can change it. more...(2279 views)
It has been so exciting watching the Olympic athletes get to this part of their careers. Virtually every event, competition, training session and win or loss for the past several years will have been part of their journey to the Olympics. They have trained for thousands of hours, pushed their bodies, tested their nerve and might, and they made it. Wonderful stuff! Do you have an ‘Olympics’? A grand vision, a special event, the ultimate achievement you’d be utterly thrilled to accomplish? more...(1575 views)
Have you stopped lately to notice what you’re achieving, or what’s working well for you? Or was the last check-in you did with yourself more of a “What have I not done yet?” kind of a look, or a frustration-filled “Am I ever gonna …!?” One of my pet projects at the moment is distilling down the pillars of personal success and happiness; what makes the difference between doing okay in life, to doing really well? Even amazingly well?! I believe … more...(1377 views)
We are into December, can you believe it! For those of us in New Zealand, summer holidays are approaching and we can start looking forward to lazy days at the beach. How wonderful. In the meantime, a few busy weeks lay ahead of us with lots to get done at work and home, as well as social occasions to fit in. So, how can you stay sane in the lead up to Christmas, and enjoy your time off? It is the surprisingly simple things that can really make the difference: be savvy at work... more...(896 views)
It feels so exciting to be heading into a new year. How is your vision for the year looking? Does it sound good? Is it feeling inspiring? How can you make sure that you stay on track for it and move forward effortlessly? Here are some quick tips on getting clear and focused and putting yourself at the top of the list to get what you want in 2013. You are that important! more...(982 views)
Did you start the year with some great intentions for the year that you were feeling really amped up about, only to find that suddenly life is getting in the way of achieving them? It’s the time of the year when work-life balance starts going out the window and your big audacious goals can seem a million miles away. After all, if it was that easy to achieve them, you would probably have achieved them last year, right?! more...(1128 views)
Let’s get straight to it. Do you judge yourself, criticise yourself, berate yourself for not getting more done? Are you just plain hard on yourself? In my experience of coaching and training people for nearly 12 years now, I find this to be the case, almost every time. And I used to be really good at it too. However, I’ve got news for you: beating yourself up is no longer cool. It’s also the worst way to get better at something … more...(1053 views)
Are you finding there just isn’t enough time for you at the moment? Are you buried in work and commitments, and failing to say No? Do you feel guilty when you take an hour out for yourself? What is it about not feeling good about putting ourselves first? I believe you should. I believe it’s how you are your most productive at work, and most attentive at home. You can put yourself first. And feel good about it… more...(1211 views)
Well, it was a week at the beach with a bag of books, my journal, lots of good food and plenty of time to simply chill. No computer, no internet, no email. Bliss. Inspiration for my digital holiday came several months back from the fabulous Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur. She teaches people how to create and run successful online businesses from anywhere in the world. Brilliant. I took heart from the lessons and benefits I experienced on mine… more...(1119 views)
I’ve had many conversations with people this year who are not quite sure what they want out of life, or an area of life such as their job or a relationship. I’ve noticed a tendency for people to be clearer about what they don’t want than what they do want. And it seems many of us don’t even let ourselves ask the question: What do I want? Reflecting on this, I remembered the day I learned it’s ok to think about what you want. It was at the marriage counsellor... more...(915 views)
How would it feel to start your holidays with a sense of satisfaction for all you've achieved this year? And what if you could also go into your new year with a vision for your life that was so compelling that it made 2014 a stellar year for you? This is what I want to give you for Christmas – the gift of acknowledgement, appreciation and a vision for your life next year. more...(874 views)
Have you had a chance to think about your resolutions yet? I’m starting the year with a focus on bringing more ease and fun into each day. I’ve spoken with friends who have done some wonderful goal setting and visioning for their year, and it all got me thinking about how we set resolutions and make plans....and sometimes they just don't happen....... more...(847 views)
Are you satisfied at the moment with how present and in the moment you are each day? Do you find you’re enjoying each part of your day, whether it’s at work, at home, with loved ones or on your own? Or do you feel like some tweaks would make it feel even better and that you could be enjoying each day a little more? If so, it turns out you’re not alone. more...(1875 views)
Being calm at work guarantees you more success. In a nutshell, if you can take charge of your state of mind, be more self-aware and aware of others (ie. have good emotional intelligence), you could do even more than just feel better at work each day, and wouldn’t that alone be a nice thing? more...(777 views)
I imagine you've had some brilliant thoughts go through your mind today. Perhaps you came up with a great solution to something, or heard yourself articulating an idea with marvellous flair more...(737 views)
Text message received from friend last month: “Wahoo! Congrats, girlfriend. So very delighted for you!” This was in response to my text saying I’d had a client book a really great piece of work with me that I was really excited about. And what a buzz to share it – and with someone who knew what it meant to me and what it had taken to achieve. It feels so good to stop and celebrate for a moment. It fills our tank up, so when the going gets tough at any time, we have some reserves. more...(679 views)
It’s that time of year where the honeymoon period of being back at work after the Christmas holidays might be starting to wear off, schedules are heating up and any old default stress patterns are starting to edge their way back in again. Now, you may only be noticing this in other people of course, and may be experiencing great periods of inner calm and Zen-like control of your Inbox! In case not, this set of strategies is for you. And the focus I’m taking here is on how you can be filling up more...(640 views)
The fact is, our body at its most primal level is geared for sameness and consistency – all in the name of safety. It likes to stick with what it knows. Sometimes we need to consciously take those trepidatious parts of us by the hand to support the changes we want to make. more...(407 views)
If work feels really tough right now, there’s a good chance you’re not going through this because you can’t cope, the economy is tanking, or you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time – but because you’re meant to GROW through this.... more...(487 views)
Recently I caught myself, in the midst of preparing for a webinar I was due to deliver, in that old pattern of what I call effort-ing. That is, over-preparing and over-thinking, all in the name of doing a good job of course, but not overly helpful. I paused ... more...(495 views)
I’ve had many conversations with people this year who are not quite sure what they want out of life, or an area of life such as their job or a relationship. I’ve noticed a tendency for people to be clearer about what they don’t want than what they do want. And it seems many of us don’t even let ourselves ask the question: What do I want? more...(374 views)
I want to give you practical ways to truly take stock for yourself over the holidays, AND carve out a year for yourself in 2016 that makes you want to relish every moment. more...(483 views)
As we arrive at the winter solstice here in the southern hemisphere, schedules are heating up and busy-ness abounds for many. It’s a good time, before another month whizzes by, to take the momentum by the hand and S L O W THINGS D O W N. more...(350 views)
In recent months, I’ve had numerous conversations with a range of people about this idea of ‘borrowed motivation’ and I have a feeling it’s something we must talk about more. Borrowed motivation is at play when we want someone else to do something for our reasons (no matter how well intentioned) rather than their own... more...(369 views)
You've probably had some brilliant thoughts go through your mind today. Perhaps you came up with a great solution to something, or heard yourself articulating an idea with marvellous flair. Perhaps you've also had some thoughts today of the more ‘dodgy’ variety – I’m talking about worrying, what-iffing or giving yourself a hard time. Well, let’s get this straight …. each thought you have is merely an electrical impulse.... more...(327 views)
As we arrive at the winter solstice here in the southern hemisphere, schedules are heating up and busy-ness abounds for many. It’s a good time, before another month whizzes by, to take the momentum by the hand and S L O W THINGS D O W N. more...(401 views)
As I’m sure you (the intelligent, astute reader) are well aware, overwhelm is not a friend of productivity or sanity. It usually means things take longer, that they’re not necessarily done in an ideal order of priority, or that they don’t get done on time, if at all. Overwhelm often triggers the stress response so that your amazing brain becomes quite addled and custard-like, sometimes at the most inopportune times. more...(314 views)
What do you do when you can't switch your mind off work when you get home? How do you unwind and get a mental break? I've been answering this question for clients for years now ... here are some of the super-simple, super-useful tricks I share ... more...(246 views)
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