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What happened when I worked on my mental fitness

Have you had a particular goal, or something you’ve been working on this year? If so, how has it gone? As I write this, I’m a stones throw from reaching my target to walk 1010.5 miles in 12 months. It’s been a good way to stay physically fit and see friends, like my walking buddy...

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Making what you love what you do

What did you fill your time with when you were ten? Maybe you were a joiner-inner at clubs where you loved helping the grown-ups organise everyone. Or you had an obsession, like pirates or outer space; you knew everything there was to know about that subject and explored it in make-believe games.  When...

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Four books I’m inspired by (and one I’m in)

I’m about to fulfil a long held ambition to become a published author! OK, so my name’s not on the cover, but my story is there, in a real book, printed in black and white, with a GORGEOUS lime green cover 😊.  Sharing my journey My experience of leaving a safe job and starting...

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How to express what you do, or want to do, in a sentence

How are you when it comes to talking about yourself? You know, those spotlight moments when the interviewer says ‘tell me about yourself’ or you’re at an event and everyone’s given 30 seconds to introduce themselves? Some folk just seem to have the knack of getting...

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The Swiss army knife of reflection tools

How are you with birthdays? I ask because, at the time of writing, I’ve got one coming up next week. For me, birthdays are a naturally reflective time, a good prompt to stop and check you’re happy with the path you’re on. They’re like the life equivalent of the annual work...

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A lesson from Rico

I used to pass a sign by the roadside on the way to my previous job. It announced that every Thursday evening, Rico would be parked up in the adjacent lane cooking his authentic wood fired pizzas. I never got to try one but I gather they were very tasty.  Why am I telling you this? Because...

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Why you probably need to celebrate more

What are you proud of in the last week? Maybe it’s plucking up courage to approach a new buyer with your product, supporting a colleague who needed a good listening to or checking your email only once in half term with the kids?  My old team used to kick off our Monday morning meetings...

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Supporting others in a crisis

My son’s GCSEs have been cancelled. The goal he’s been focused on for two years has disappeared overnight. The structured routine and security of going to school with his friends has ended. I can no longer solve his distress with a plaster, a hug and some reassuring words. But neither does he...

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How to overcome self-limiting beliefs

When it comes to keeping fit, I’ve always reckoned I’m not sporty. But now I’m starting to creak a bit, I’m having to tackle my aches and pains through dedicated exercise routines. Whilst this is testing me, I’ve discovered how satisfying and empowering it is to challenge a long-held, unhelpful belief...

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