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Are you playing to your strengths at work?

We are neurologically wired to look for signs of danger. It makes sense, right? Our reptilian brain has been developed since the beginning of time to search for threats, and either deal with them or run away from them. It’s how we have survived as a human race. That wiring in our brain, however, gives us a well honed negativity bias. Whilst we may not be searching for the lion, tiger or bear on a daily basis, our brain is still geared to seek out anything that can potentially harm us. In ...

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Make joy your compass

What is the compass that directs your life? Is it success, money, career objectives, family goals? For many of us, these things are tangible, we can quantify them, see how to achieve them. But think about this for a moment: What if your compass was joy? Would you know where to start if your goal list was centered on how much joy you had in your life? If experiencing joy was the director of your day, what would your day look like? It’s a great question, because if you’re anything like me, ...

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Add some constraints (and achieve your goals)

  What’s feeling hard to you right now? Is it a project at work, or a personal goal you’re not sure you will get done? Time is against you perhaps. Too many deadlines happening all at once. Or just not enough energy to get it finished? Try this: Take that project. Think about and quantify the amount of work you have left to complete. I want you to think about the actual amount of hours or days you have to get it all done in. Now halve the amount of time. Same amount of work, but half ...

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How much is enough?

How much money is enough money? It’s a potentially game changing, life changing question. We work and grind in the never ending race to more.  Always wanting the next thing, bigger better faster infinity. But when was the last time you sat down and analysed your financial goals and what it is you’re earning your money for? I spent a lot of energy when I started my own business working out how much money I could earn. Not in the ‘I want to be rich’ way, but in the ‘how viable can I ...

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The #1 myth that stops you doing what you really want (and 7 ways to get going)

Danielle sits at her desk each day in between meetings sketching designs of the jewellery she longs to make but doesn’t, because she thinks to herself again and again that no one will ever buy it. Georgia works in a bank but secretly dreams about starting a baking business and becoming the next cupcake Queen. But she doesn’t, because she thinks she needs to have a commercial kitchen and a retail store and lots and lots of money. And then there’s Mary, who gets woken up at night with words ...

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Check your mindset

“No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.” Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success What do people really mean when they talk about mindset? Leading Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck, author of the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success found after decades of research that there are two main types of mindset: fixed and growth.  People with a fixed mindset – those who believe that abilities ...

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The reality of imposter syndrome

  “A psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalise their accomplishments.” If you’ve ever been to a women’s conference, a professional development course or a leadership event for women, you will have no doubt heard about the imposter syndrome. Spoken about amongst women as one of the key reasons for their lack of confidence, other than the notion that, “I feel like a fraud,” it’s often not defined or clarified as to what it actually is and how to deal ...

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Let passion and play ignite your possibilities

My client Mary was having a really hard time in her career. She knew that what she was doing wasn’t lighting her up, in fact she was pretty much hating it. She felt stuck, under utilised, and just plain bored. There was no purpose or passion in her job, but she had no idea what came next. As we worked together, the stories of what Mary was really passionate about started to unfold. Connecting with people. Sewing. Entertaining. Crafts. Natural healing. Wellbeing. So I asked her, what would it ...

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A woman’s path to healing (and one of my all time favourite books)

In her extraordinary book The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing, renowned teacher and healer Bri. Maya Tiwari take us on a journey through the feminine face of Ayurveda and its mind-body-spirit practices. Through sharing her own stories, and weaving them through her insightful teachings, she illuminates the ancient philosophy of the Vedas and how we can adapt them into our lives as modern women. “On the path of practice, we adopt the belief that disease happens from ...

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Get past the Sunday night dread (and that Monday slump)

I’m going to force myself to do it. I should. I really don’t want to, but I have too. People are counting on me, so I better show up. I said I would, so I will. But I really, really, really don’t want to. Have you said any of these things to yourself recently? As you think about work this week, preparing yourself for what’s coming up, gearing yourself up perhaps, consider these questions: What are you looking forward to this week? What are you dreading? What are you going to have to ...

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Is this success?

How do you define success? In this very moment, considering your work and career, would you call yourself successful? Whether you answered yes or no, what were the measurements that you used? What’s on your checklist for how successful you do or don’t deem yourself to be? Many of us are striving for success and yet we don’t really know what that looks like for us. So we look around, at our friends, our peers, even strangers on the Internet, and as we absorb the cultural narrative into our ...

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Want to find your purpose? Follow the bread crumbs.

A decade before I wrote my first book, I was walking around the streets of New York. I’d gotten lost in the back streets of SOHO and was meandering along my way when I came across a big bookstore. In the large window display were a whole range of books on how to be a non-fiction writer. At this stage I hadn’t even dreamt of writing a book. But something about this display intrigued me. So I found the writing section, and before I knew what was happening, I was walking back on the ...

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