Monthly Archives December 2016

The contentment of 2016

Would you say 2016 was a good year or a bad year? And on what basis do you judge it to be so? I’m noticing a lot of posts reinforcing the headlines of all the ‘bad’ news stories of 2016. Yes many famous people died (more than usual I don’t know) and many of those did touch me deeply, seeing as many seemed to be defining film or music makers of my youthful years and the relationship between their time lines for life and my own are not lost on me. And yes of course there are all the seemingly
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You are not a problem to be solve…

…I heard myself say to a prospective client just over a week ago. “You are NOT a problem to be solved”.  There’s a kind of comfort in thinking you are a problem to be solved. That you can’t achieve what you want to achieve until you have first fixed all the reasons/problems that you believe are holding your back. That you have to stop or get rid of the patterns, habits, beliefs that – in your mind – shape you and how you respond to the world around you. In many of my coaching conversations recently, I’ve come to see
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Letting go to let come…

I’ve never been a planner. My favourite quote is the following: I would like to live as the river flows. Opening to the surprise of it’s own unfolding. – John O’Donohue (Conamara Blues) It is only as this year comes to a close, and I find myself in the pause created by the few days of Christmas, that I realisz how truly I’ve lived this river-like philosophy this year. On first January 2016, I did not anticipate that I would give up my car – simplifying my travel by utilising our newly launched public transit and thinking more carefully about
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Questions for your New Year

As you know, my superpower is asking questions that make you stretch, squirm and salivate with challenge and possibility. So here’s a set of questions that came to me for a client group stepping into an exciting new year with their business. I’ve already shared them with some other people and posted them on Facebook and they seem to be getting quite the response. It’s true that there’s power in asking the questions you don’t want to ask yourself. It’s these questions that make the difference between what master coach, Rich Litvin, calls living a default future (just jogging along
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Starting Over (or not stopping in the first place)

I’m starting over with my blogging practice. Yes, it’s been some time since I’ve written (eight months!) And the longer I waited, the harder it became to start over. The interference got louder and louder. The Resistance (as Stephen Pressfield calls it in his book The War of Art) was fully in charge. I had let it take hold. I’m pondering that sometimes the secret to success is not in starting something — rather it lies in not stopping something once you have got it underway in the first place. I didn’t even realise I had stopped blogging. I certainly
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