Coaching and Personal Development

Is Being ‘Busy’ A Key Part of Your Story?

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How common is it these days to ask how people are and hear back the response “Busy!” How often have you responded in the same way? ‘Busy’ seems to be the current ‘way of being’ and seen by many as a badge of honour but how often do we stop and wonder whether this way [...]

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

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The 6th Guidepost of Wholehearted Living outlined in Dr Brené Brown’s book “The Gifts of Imperfection” is Cultivating Creativity – Letting go of Comparison. Dr Brown has become very passionate about the importance of creativity in our lives in recent years and summarises what she has learned about creativity from her research in three points [...]

Trust Your Gut!

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This month we have arrived at the half way point in the 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted living by Dr Brené Brown.  If you haven’t read the first 4, take a few minutes to refer back to my earlier posts. The fifth guidepost outlined By Brené Brown in her book “The Gifts of Imperfection” is Cultivating [...]

Seize the Moments of Joy with Gratitude

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The fourth guidepost outlined By Brené Brown in her work is: Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark This guidepost is one that may sound simple but can reveal vulnerabilities on both sides of the equation. Gratitude and joy may seem like concepts that most would eagerly embrace but [...]

Being Resilient: The Key to Getting Back Up Again

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            The third guidepost outlined By Brené Brown in her work is: Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness What is Resilience? The way I always describe resilience is by calling it my ‘bounce back factor’. Very simply, it is the ability to get back up again [...]

Being Compassionate With Ourselves

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  The second guidepost outlined By Brené Brown in her work is Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism. Perfectionism in itself is a topic I could write about for a year and still have more to write. It is the culprit that underpins many unhealthy behaviours and is a common by-product of ‘I am NOT [...]

Cultivating Authenticity in Work and Life

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  After immersing myself in the work of Brené Brown for the last 4 years and becoming a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, I have come to realise that authenticity is one of the most important qualities I look for in another and also in myself. The more aware I become of this quality the more [...]

The Power of Vulnerability

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5 years ago or more I was introduced to the ‘viral’ www.ted.com talks of Dr Brené Brown; ‘The Power of Vulnerability’ and ‘Listening to Shame’. These powerful talks set the wheels in motion for me, challenging past philosophies and introducing a new methodology into my coaching practice and my life. Vulnerability and shame don’t seem [...]

Showing Appreciation in Business and in Life

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During 2014 I spent a great deal of time studying the work of Alison Armstrong, from Pax Incorporated, who is globally recognised for her research on the development of men and women with a particular focus on the ways in which we can create effective partnerships.   One of the many areas that Alison focuses [...]

2015 More or Less?

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I have never been a big fan of “New Year’s Resolutions’, in fact I can’t say that I have ever made one but I have watched many friends and clients make and break them within moments of their steadfast resolve only to justify their inaction with  ‘I’ll try again next year’. What I do like [...]