Why self-compassion can be unhelpful

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We hear a lot these days about the importance of being kind to yourself and not being overly critical of our challenges and failings. But are there times when being kind to yourself isn’t the best approach? When you are being kind to yourself you are showing self-compassion. This is a term that has been […]

Six ways to sharpen your focus


If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’ve just come back from an amazing holiday in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. For most of the time, it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. During the trip we did long walks most days. Some were easier than others, and […]

How to slow down, to speed up

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Surprisingly, the 2016 census found that the length of the working week for most Australians hasn’t increased since 2011. And yet, most of us feel pressed for time and with an electronic device in each hand it can feel as though we never quite switch off from work. With ‘busy’ being the new catch-cry, it […]

Want to get more out of each day?

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I’ve just finished reading Gretchen Ruben’s book, The Happiness Project. One of the quotes that stood out was: “The days are long, but the years are short.” I like the sentiment that’s captured by those thoughts, and yet I frequently find it feels like the days are short too. It can be easy to get […]

Are you making it harder than it needs to be?

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When we think about procrastination we often think of the person who is disorganised and leaves everything until the last minute – always rushing to meet the deadline. They use the pressure of a deadline to get them motivated to action. But there’s more to it than that, because even people who are ordered and […]

When is near enough, good enough?

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Perfection. It’s an interesting concept because what’s perfect depends on perspective. What I see as perfect, and what you see as perfect may well differ. We also hold different opinions on the merits of striving for perfectionism – some will see it as good and others as limiting. As a concept, it holds both positive and negative elements. […]

Eight bad habits that could be impacting your career

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When you think of bad habits, what springs to mind? Not getting enough exercise, eating badly, or watching too much TV.  The list can be long. Mostly the habits we recall are personally focused, and things we connect with life outside the working environment. And yet, just as you can have poor lifestyle habits, you […]

What can you improve for tomorrow?

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The world’s constantly changing.  Blink and you can feel like you’ve missed something. Do you keep in step with change, get left behind or stride ahead and step up? If you want to get the life you desire you have to step up to the plate.  There’s an old adage: success breeds success.   But success never happens overnight. Most success is borne out of a restless […]

Are expectations shaping the role you play?

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William Shakespeare’s play ‘As You Like It’ used the metaphor of the role you play in life as a stage. The melancholy nobleman, Jaques, says to Duke Senior:  All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays […]

Reflect don’t ruminate

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We all have them – those days when things don’t go according to plan. It can be a presentation that didn’t land well. A missed meeting. A conversation that went off the rails. A session where you know you are not on your game. When you confront these situations you have two choices – reflect […]