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

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

‘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