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

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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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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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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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Need to reignite your career? The ten steps that matter.

On any given day in your work life, there is a lot to focus on. Clients, meetings, deadlines, office politics, stress and anxiety, not to mention your boss, your team and just when do you get that coffee break?! It can be pretty overwhelming. So it’s not surprising that my research shows that 70% of women don’t have a career plan, and more than 48% of women are just completely winging it when it comes to what’s next for them work wise. Not only that, more than 70% of women are really ...

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Two questions that will change how you think about purpose

I was listening to Chase Jarvis on his podcast the other morning while out for my walk. He was talking about creativity and entrepreneurship, but for me he distilled down a whole lot of thinking around career, passion pursuits and purpose into these two questions: What do you care about? How can you become masterful at that? If you stopped stressing about finding your purpose and how to make money from your calling, and instead asked yourself these two questions, what would you discover about ...

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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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Time to reignite your career? The ten steps that matter.

On any given day in your work life, there is a lot to focus on. Clients, meetings, deadlines, office politics, stress and anxiety, not to mention your boss, your team and just when do you get that coffee break?! It can be pretty overwhelming. So it’s not surprising that my research shows that 70% of women don’t have a career plan, and more than 48% of women are just completely winging it when it comes to what’s next for them work wise. Not only that, more than 70% of women are ...

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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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