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

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

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

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

The Andy Murray Effect

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there you can move mountains.”  (Steve Jobs) Like millions of others, I was hugely impressed by Andy Murray’s achievement of winning the Wimbledon men’s singles final.  As spectators we only see the matches themselves: we don’t see the days, weeks, months and years of hard graft and persistence that bring him to that single point in time where he’s … 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