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

Are You Missing This Important Step?

You set yourself a goal. You chunk it down into smaller action steps. You take action towards that goal and finally — days, weeks or months later — you achieve your goal. Happy days! So what do you do next?  Most likely, you’ll move on, set yourself another goal and start the cycle all over again.  All well and good?  Well actually no. It’s great that you’ve achieved your goal, of course, but you’ve missed  out on one crucial step. And that is — taking time out to acknowledge and celebrate your achievement. This may seem like a small thing, … 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

‘Tis the Season … for Reflection

  I’m finding it hard to believe that Christmas is only a few days away and it’s only two weeks until the end of the year. Where did this year go? The space between Christmas and the end of the year can be a great time to take a step back and reflect on the ups and downs of the past year, see what lessons there are to be learned, and to create some plans for the coming year. For those who really want to get their teeth into this, I recommend Jinny Ditzler’s book ‘Your Best Year Yet!’, which … 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

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

“A Cunning Plan”

It’s official:  September is the new January.  Well, it always feels that way to me: the new academic year has begun, many of us have returned from summer holidays (hopefully refreshed and invigorated) and in many respects it feels like the start of a new year. And that makes it an ideal time to take stock and do some planning. Why not kick this off with a quick review: How has 2012 gone for you so far?  Take a moment to look back over the past nine months and write down everything you’ve achieved, no matter how small these achievements … Continue reading

3 Keys to Success in 2012

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. (Edith Lovejoy Pierce) I really like these words. They're a helpful reminder that whatever the time of the year (but perhaps especially the turning of a new one) we are the authors of our own story. And so, with that in mind, here are a few suggestions of how to make the very best of the year to come. 1. Plan Backwards Imagine that it’s the end of 2012 … Continue reading

‘Tis the Season … for Reflection

I know everyone will be busy in the run-up to Christmas, but that space between Christmas and the end of the year can be a great time to take a step back and reflect on the ups and downs of the past year, see what lessons there are to be learned, and to refocus and make some plans for 2012. For those who really want to get their teeth into this, I recommend Jinny Ditzler’s book Your Best Year Yet!, which takes you through the process using ten specific steps. Here are a selection of those steps to get you … Continue reading