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Posts Tagged ‘ purpose ’

Are you following 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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13 ways to find more meaning

How would you rate yourself on the meaning scale in your career right now? Do you feel like you are working on purpose, that you have a calling and are acting on it, and that you have meaning in your work each day? If you’re reading that in a cold sweat thinking to yourself, ‘what on earth is she talking about?!’…….you’re not alone. And please don’t panic! The vast majority of people are going through the motions when it comes to their career. ...

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Feeling maxed out? 9 ways to get from Superwoman to Wellwoman.

Do you ever groan at the presumed impossibility of building and maintaining a successful career, having a fulfilling personal life, and also having health and happiness? Do you feel like you are on a never-ending treadmill, running for your life and scared to look left or right for fear of falling off? You are not alone. Countless women continue to struggle with the thought of having it all, doing it all, or for many women, just keeping up. In fact, in recent research I conducted in America, ...

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What do you need to let go of?

I made a major decision this week. I walked away from my PhD. Well, in actual fact I took a leave of absence for the next six months, but it’s practically the same thing. I don’t think I am going back. Just like when I took a nine-month sabbatical from my big corporate job, I had no intention of returning. I could feel a change coming, like the first breeze of Spring that floats the sweet scent of jasmine past your senses. I just knew. And I was right. As a little girl I didn’t dream ...

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Three keys to finding your purpose

We hear a lot of people talking about purpose. How you need to find your purpose, be on purpose, work and live with purpose. And I’m one of those people. Because it matters. It matters deeply. But so many people are walking through their lives with a greyness about them. No colour. Like ghosts living in the machine of their life. They may have given up on their purpose, discarded it in the trash one evening, thrown out with the dinner scraps. Or maybe, as is the case for so many, they never ...

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Are you working with love or loathing?

We all have things we do to make a living. Some of us do them with love. Some with pride. And some with joy. But many, sadly, do it with loathing. And they do it just to get by. In my work as a strategist, I spend a lot of time helping people deal with work or workplaces that are soul destroying. Toxic bosses. Overloaded schedules. Chaotic work environments. Manic or apathetic employees.  And sometimes, it’s all barren. Barren of meaning. Barren of pleasure. Barren of just about everything ...

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Do you need a career plan?

This is a really common question, especially amongst mid-level professionals. You have done ok up until now without a plan. Things have been going well and you have been progressing as quickly as you wanted and in the right direction. But the question usually comes up as people start telling you that to get to the next level you need a plan. Let me try and break it down and give you a few perspectives to consider. Some people have a rigorous career plan that is very focused on the exact role ...

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5 simple ways to check in with yourself

It’s March already. Can you believe it? The years seem to be going by even faster these days, as someone commented to me the other day. It’s as true now as when Ferris Bueller said it when I was 16 – Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.  So how are you tracking? We are long past those New Year’s resolutions that seem to last about a heartbeat. But when you look at what you really set out to get done this ...

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The key to happiness at work

We most often focus on the ‘what’ of work. What we have to get done, what our boss needs next, what we need to do for our team to help them succeed. But we don’t often stop to think about why we do things, or why we are even in our job to begin with.   Most of us want to build a career that we absolutely love – work that you cannot wait to get to every day; that you leap out of bed for, filled with anticipation and excitement for all that your day will bring. But how do you find ...

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