Forget 30 days, try cutting caffeine and sugar just for a day

I’m not your typical addict. But I am screwed. So much for binging on sugar treats, coffee and tea at the weekend with intentions of eating clean for 30 days. “I’m sick of eating this, I don’t need this anymore”. I even chose to be a bit more realistic and went for a one week goal instead. So how have I ended up with a cup of Yorkshire Tea at 4pm with two Hobnobs?! (aka biscuits my non-UK friends, sugary, oaty, dunk-them-in-tea biscuits that have been taunting me all day! “You know where I live!”…damn biscuits).

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I am not a robot

So stop treating me in 1s and 0s.

Feelings from the past six hours have included calmness and anger, happiness and fear, sadness and gratefulness. A feeling on its own is neither negative or positive, it just is. The story you tell yourself, the narrative, is what attributes the negative or positive spin. If you see me crying, am I sad? Is it wrong to feel sad? The feeling behind the crying is frustration, is frustration a negative thing that needs avoiding or eradicating? Would sitting on top of frustration with gratitude journals and books on crushing it alleviate the frustration? No. So why do you think you can just flip the switch?

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Making time to thrive – Start with your mindset

What is thriving? To me, it’s about flourishing, about being abundant and open to opportunities. It’s beyond not being ill, but being well and that wellness being contagious to others. Not just physically being capable of doing things but feeling enthusiastic and uplifted. It’s not about being happy all the time. More like a quiet optimism, a general hopefulness that things are well and that things will play out well.  Continue reading

When you only have 5 minutes to make an action plan

The 80:20 rule in time management

If I gave you 5 minutes to tell me your time management issue, you would get straight to the point. As a result I would get straight to the point with what you could do. After a series of 5-minute one-to-one coaching sessions with eleven people last week, I noticed some similarities in my suggested action plans. So hear are some suggestions as you get on this week:

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Selling what they want versus what they need

Five steps to getting the balance right.

I’ve heard of this distinction but I didn’t really get it until I was in the middle of ‘selling’ and realised I wasn’t quite hitting the mark. See, experience is worth a ton of theory! One of my time management workshops last week didn’t play out as well as I’d hoped, many contributing factors, but in particular, different expectations, which I should have seen coming.  Continue reading

Growth comes in the spaces inbetween

Real insight, growth, ah ha moments, come not just when we’re actively doing but when we’re actively not doing.  

Between moments of consuming, we need to pause and consider what we are consuming. For what purpose?For who? 

Between moments of outward expression, in asking the attention of others, what are we really trying to ask for but are suppressing?

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