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What Have You Achieved Whilst in Lockdown?

By some people’s standards you would think we should all be coming out of this pandemic with the ability to speak five new languages fluently, super fit from completing workouts in the living room every day, and knowing how to juggle six balls whilst walking on a tight rope and spinning plates off of our chins.

How To Manage Your Space Effectively During Lockdown

Your kitchen table used to be a place where you’d sit for half an hour to have your breakfast, and same again in the evening to eat dinner. Then three months ago it also suddenly became your office desk, your children’s school location, where you take your hour lunch break, and where you sit to do the weekly zoom quiz with colleagues or friends.

Inspiration Hidden in Plain Sight

This morning I woke up, rolled out of bed and stuck a picture of the world famous basketball player Michael Jordan up in my room.

Now, you could be forgiven for assuming that with the lockdown going into its 15,006 day (or at least that’s what it feels like) that its all got too much for me, and as a result I’ve regressed back to when I was fourteen years old.

When Motivation Isn’t Motivating Enough

'It's a new week which means a fresh start and a brand new me!'

On Sunday you found yourself sitting on the sofa unhappy with the way an area of your life is going and decided something different has to happen.

Who’s In Your Circle?

Jim Rohn was the motivational speaker who shared the following piece of advice;

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with."

We See What We Want To See

You’ve finally made the decision that you’re going to buy a new car, and have decided on the make and model of the one you’re going to purchase. But you can’t decide on the colour; you’re leaning toward the red as it’s your favourite colour, but you also like the white.

I Should vs I Could

How many times a week do you find yourself saying to yourself, or others, the words ‘I should….’?

  • I should feel happy about this…
  • I should eat more healthily…
  • I should have moved on by now…
  • I should apply for that job…
Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset

'Nope. I can't do it. I listened to everything that you said, I still tried, but it didn't work. I knew it wouldn't work. I knew I wouldn't be able to do it' *whilst crossing arms as if to say 'I told you so'*

Does that sound like you? Have you ever heard yourself say that, either to yourself or out loud to someone else?

There’s No Point Crying Over Spilt Coffee

*WARNING* - This blog post contains an image that coffee lovers may find distressing. Please view with caution.

This was the aftermath of the scene of devastation I unintentionally created in the kitchen this morning...

What If You Stopped Saying ‘What If’?

'What if I go for something and I don't get it?'

'What if I spend all of my hours trying to make this work and it doesn't go as planned?'

'What if I'd gone travelling like I'd said I wanted to.....?'

Are You A Sprinter Or A Long Distance Runner?

I love sports, and when I was growing up it was one of my favourite things to do. When summer came around and it was athletics season I relished getting onto the field, and I particularly loved sprint racing.

I wasn't the fastest in the year, but up there in the top few. I liked the thrill, the adrenaline, the pure speed and power.

What Have You Chosen To Learn Today?

When you read about a workshop that offers to help you build your skills around the principles of good leadership what images come to mind?

Personally I always think about someone in a power suit stood at the front of a small seminar room, rattling off from a boring power presentation.

Slow Down! You’re Missing The World

How often do you get to the end of the day, sit down and look back on it and feel like it's all passed you by in one big blur?

In any one day it seems like there are endless tasks and projects to do and not enough time to get it all done.

Remember, Don’t Try To Eat The Elephant All At Once…

So you've made that life changing decision. You hand your notice in at work, spend the next four weeks of your life sat at your desk excited to be on the precipice of a new beginning. You have a farewell party with colleagues, you have plans....big plans....and then....

When Self Doubt Ruins The Party…

I didn't for a second doubt that I've made the right choice to wave goodbye to full-time employment. Not for a moment.

But I did have moments where I sat and questioned myself, and that's when the lovely feeling of Self Doubt popped in to say hello.

Part II: How Long Are You Going To Do This For?

'How long are you going to do this for?'

This was the second of two very interesting questions I was asked by my friend one evening back in July just after leaving my job, with the first one being 'Part I: So How’s Unemployment Treating You?'

Part I: So How’s Unemployment Treating You?

'So how's unemployment treating you?'

This was one of two questions that a friend asked me a couple of weeks after I left my full-time job back in July to pursue my other goals. (The other question I will write about in my next post).

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