The Wisdom of Hindsight

When the prolific song-writer Jimmy Webb was 14, the very first single he bought was by Glen Campbell. He describes how he played the record so much that eventually it wore out and he had to buy another copy. He also describes how he dreamed that one day he’d write a song for Glen Campbell. A decade later he famously wrote Wichita Lineman which Glen Campbell recorded. Jacqueline du Pre was only four years old when she heard a cello being played for the first time. She told her mother that she wanted ‘one of those…’ and went on to … 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

“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

The John Lennon Syndrome

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.  (John Lennon) I love this quote from John Lennon and often share it with clients when they're feeling frustrated because things haven't gone the way they planned; they haven't made as much progress as they'd hoped; or perhaps a goal that was important to them hasn't been achieved. Quite often this is due to the fact that 'life' simply got in the way. Life Happens and sometimes it can throw up unwanted and unexpected challenges. I've experienced this myself in the past couple of months and have found … Continue reading

Pause, Listen, Engage!

Yes and No are very short words to say, but we should think for some length of time before saying them. Author Unknown   This month's Tip is inspired by a peculiar mix of the current Six Nations Rugby series and the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley!   Taken, no doubt, from the referee's instructions to players before a scrum to 'crouch, touch, pause, engage' — last April the Coalition Government announced their intention to 'Pause, Listen and Engage' in order to consider all sides of the argument regarding their proposed Health and Social Care bill. It struck me that this … Continue reading

Turn Up the Volume

Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it. Robbie Gass  Some years ago a friend used an intriguing metaphor to describe what was happening to her. She explained that she kept hearing a certain message about what she should do next in her life. Because the message referred to a pretty radical life change — not something she wanted to take on board at the time — she kept trying to ignore it.  She kept ‘turning down the volume’ (as you would on a radio) so that she couldn't hear it any longer.  But, … Continue reading