Plan Backwards – Achieve More

The dawning of a new year is naturally an ideal time to take stock, make plans and think about the goals we want to achieve and changes we want to make in the year ahead. But experience tells us that the majority of New Year resolutions fall by the wayside, and by February most of us will be back to square one. So if you fancy doing things a bit differently this year — here’s another approach: Imagine that it’s the end of 2015 and you’re sitting down to reflect on the successes and achievements of the year just passed. … Continue reading

A Radical Approach to the New Year

I feel as if this Tip should be preceded by one of those warnings they give you on TV: “Warning — this Tip contains radical concepts and scenes of an explosive nature…” That’s because I’m not starting 2014 with a nice gentle tip about setting New Year Resolutions but something altogether more challenging. It’s inspired by an article I read a few years ago by US Coach Michael Neil.  In his article Michael describes a radical process he had gone through to breathe some new life into his coaching business. He called it, rather dramatically, ‘Blowing Up Your Business’ and … Continue reading

Go with the Flow

If you just go with the flow, no matter what weird things happen along the way, you always end up exactly where you belong.  (Tom Upton) a I’m going to make a confession. I realise that this is probably a cardinal sin for a coach, but there are times when I actually prefer not to set goals. I absolutely agree that goals are vital and that without them we can easily drift aimlessly through life. It’s really important to have a vision and to know where you want to go. But goals have their downsides too. Sometimes we can be … Continue reading


Readers in the UK may well be aware of a national campaign that launched at the start of the month called Stoptober which is designed to help people quit smoking. When we consider personal development and making positive life changes, we tend to think about all the things we want to start doing.  But sometimes it can be useful to focus on what we want to let go of — or stop doing. My attention was drawn to this by a friend who is whole-heartedly embracing the concept of Stoptober.  She doesn’t need to stop smoking, but instead she’s choosing … Continue reading

Change Can Happen in a Heartbeat

“The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”   (Chinese Proverb) x Last month I went on a week long detox retreat and I can honestly say that it’s changed my life. Yes, I lost weight and felt great at the end of it but most importantly I’ve completely changed my lifestyle and the way I eat. As a self-confessed sugar and caffeine addict, I can now say, hand on heart, that I haven’t touched either for a month. Before the retreat I knew perfectly well that these things were bad for me … Continue reading

Dancing on Moving Carpets

Since returning from holiday I've noticed an extraordinarily consistent trend. Lots of people seem to be entering a period of uncertainty, turbulence and change. There's a general sense of feeling unsettled, off-kilter and in a state of flux, and many people are re-assessing their lives. What's going on? According to an astrologer friend of mine, the answer could literally lie in the stars! Apparently, the unusual alignment of the planets this year has been causing chaos all over the place. Think of the riots in England this summer; the uprisings of the Arab Spring; the turmoil in the financial markets… … Continue reading