3 ways to live more ‘in the moment’
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The day I chose to delete email from my smartphone (and how I survived!)

In the mornings when I wake up I enjoy the luxury of languishing in my dreams. Catching them as the veil between night and day lifts requires a degree of somewhat sleepy consciousness.  If I’m mindful I will meditate, but if I’m totally honest this is often replaced by a flurry of activity on my smartphone. I spend half of my time in Asia and the other half in the UK, … Continued

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Stop kidding yourself, sometimes it’s you who has to change…

The insight came strong and true. It wasn’t the first time I had experienced a lightening strike in this way. An unquestionable truth ricocheted through my body. I had waited, sometimes patiently sometimes not. Many months had passed and while everything was different nothing had changed. Except me. In that moment I could see with clarity what I hadn’t wanted to see – the other person was never going to … Continued

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Coaches, how to successfully scale your coaching business

Part of the joy of running a coaching business is being hands on. It’s different to corporate life where I always felt I worked hard but had little or no true influence. As a business owner you get to be really close to the client you serve, the product you sell and the team you build. Since I set up my coaching business three years ago, up I’ve been a chef … Continued

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Bouncing back after making a life changing decision

  As the sun set in my rear view mirror, the sky turned delicate shades of lilac, pink and grey.  Driving the familiar route from Cornwall to London I reflected on the same journey made exactly 12 months before.  At that time a boot-load of possessions weighed as heavy as my heart as a chapter of my life closed.  Words suspended mid-air, waiting to shape the story that was yet … Continued

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Stuck in a career rut? Why you won’t leave your job (and it’s not what you expect)

“Why isn’t the phone ringing?” a senior executive asked me quizzically over coffee. “It will,” I replied, “once you have made your decision.” Faced with a choice to stay in a career built with an organisation over two decades, or take a leap into the unknown for a metaphorical last hurrah, it is likely the former will win. Even though: staying means surviving on scant sparks of passion staying means … Continued

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Holding the umbrella, lessons in leadership

  Cars crawled through the dusty streets nose to tail, as mopeds wove in and out, catching any opportunity to flow. Nestled amongst stone carvings sat a small group of people, their white sarongs sparkling in the sunlight, brightly coloured tunics marking the ceremony.  As one man prayed and made offerings to the Balinese Gods, an old man sat holding an umbrella. He gave shelter from the sun to the … Continued

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How to combat FOMO (the fear of missing out)

Do you ever find yourself dropping something you wanted to do, heading off to do something else more exciting instead; only to find when you get there the allure of the tantalising new offer didn’t meet up to your hopes and expectations? Or perhaps you find yourself keeping multiple options open, only to realise at the last minute you’ve spread yourself too thinly, or feel so overwhelmed you make no … Continued

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The catharsis of cleaning up

Last Summer I moved from a rambling five bedroom country cottage in Cornwall, to a sunny room in South London. Not for the first time in my life I found myself condensing everything I owned. As I packed I wondered what to keep, what I really needed and what it was time to let go of. I don’t know about you, but I find the more space I have the … Continued

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Surviving the void

  The void was vast. A space that stealthily crept in and compressed me with it’s weight. Heavy and bleak like the Winter around me, I felt empty and lost. What should I do? My inner compass spun around furiously with no north to anchor it. My normal reference points had vanished, there was nothing but space. As my mind mind raced with ways to fill the void, I heard … Continued

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