What If …?

Last November I sat down at a table at Costa Coffee, opened my notebook and wrote What If …? at the top of the page.  Half an hour later I left with a completely new structure for my coaching business — focusing only on those aspects which I’m really passionate about and which I find the most joyful — and letting go of the rest. This year I’ve been putting that structure into practice and it has made a radical difference to the way I approach, and feel about, my work. m What If… questions can lead you to exciting … Continue reading

How to Get Unstuck & Back into Flow

This morning I sat down at the computer to write this tip and I felt completely blocked.  Everything I tried felt wrong.  Either I sat staring at the screen with absolutely no inspiration or, when I did write something, it sounded trite, clichéd and naff.  Nothing was flowing.  Even worse, when I did finally get a few words down that I was relatively happy with my system went down and I lost everything I’d written!  I felt thoroughly down-hearted and fed up. So rather than continuing to bang my head against the proverbial brick wall, I switched everything off and … Continue reading

3 Ways to Boost Your Energy

I’m writing this tip just after the Spring Equinox and a glance at the natural world will tell you that spring has arrived at last. Gardens, trees and hedgerows have suddenly erupted with energy and growth. It feels wonderful — and a huge relief after such an interminably long, dreary and waterlogged winter! With the longer days bringing some warmth and sunshine we’re naturally inclined to feel more positive and energetic at this time of year.  But if you’re still feeling a little sluggish or stuck, here are a few ideas for boosting your energy and getting things flowing again: … Continue reading

Setting the Intention

Last week, on a decluttering campaign, I found a piece of paper which was dated March 2012.  On the top of the page I’d written What I want …  and it was followed by a long series of bullet points. The list felt rather random: it covered a wide range of things relating to many different aspects of my life. The thing that gave me pause was that, without exception, every single one of them had come true. I was really struck by this and even more so because I hadn’t made a conscious effort to ‘make all the things … 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

Lessons from Ground Zero

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”  (Chinese Proverb) To coincide with the anniversary of 9/11 there have been lots of programmes on TV focusing on the attack on the Twin Towers. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen the footage somehow it remains as shocking as it was on the day it happened. As well as the human tragedy and loss, I was struck by the complete and utter devastation left by the buildings’ collapse and the monumental task of having to clear the site. Just like the Chinese proverb above, those who … Continue reading

Boost Your Energy

Back in June I bought a one-litre pot of red paint. My plan was to paint one of the walls in my office red to make it feel more cosy.  Because I didn't get round to the task right away I dumped the pot in the box room and ever since then not only have I tripped over it countless times, but its very presence has acted as a reproach and reminder that the job was still waiting to be done.  Every time I looked at it my heart would sink and I'd experience an immediate drop in energy. Last week I marched … Continue reading

The Art of Getting it Wrong

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.  (James Joyce) Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.   (Albert Einstein) When was the last time you watched a small child learning to walk?  They’ll walk a couple of steps, fall over, pick themselves up and try again.  Heaven knows how many times they fall over before they master the art of walking.  They might cry the first time they fall down — they might be a bit surprised and perplexed — they might have a bit of a chuckle — but do they give up?  No.  There isn’t the tiniest question … Continue reading

Spring into Action – It’s the Perfect Moment …

QUESTION:  Three frogs are sitting on a water-lily leaf. Two decide to jump. How many are left?  ANSWER:  Three. It's not enough simply to decide to jump; you've actually got to do it!  This is an old riddle, but it's a good reminder that thinking or dreaming about doing something isn't enough – you've got to get into action as well.  After what has seemed like a very long winter, the days are at last becoming longer and a little warmer, the natural world is getting on with its cycle of growth and activity, and this Tip is all about … Continue reading