Recently I finally completed my ‘hard thing’ focus of the past few years, my MSc in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology. While I love reading all things people, well-being and business related it had been too long since I had picked up a book of poetry, a guilty pleasure of mine. Even though I … More Life doesn’t frighten me at all
In an earlier post I referred to your inner critic and how there are ways to manage it and dissuade it from overpowering your awesome ideas, actions and dreams. What do I mean by your inner critic? I describe it as the doubt that arises when you have the opportunity to put yourself out there. It may be a … More Want to be more awesome? Ditch your inner critic.
Whether you’re curious, cynical or a convert it would be rather difficult to ignore Mindfulness with all the attention (pun intended) it’s getting at the moment. So, partly because Mindfulness is best experienced and partly because I’ve been around the concept and practice of meditation for so long* it’s second nature to me, I decided to test out … More Mindfulness stressing you out? Don’t worry, be Appy!
The first draft of anything is shit. – Ernest Hemingway This is one of my favourite quotes (excuse the profanity). At first it doesn’t really appear inspiring or motivational. You may even take offence as you think to yourself ‘hey I write pretty good first drafts thank you very much’. Maybe you do (well done)… Maybe they’d be even … More The first draft of anything is shit…
A few years ago I came across a FANTASTIC term: the Squiggly Line. It made so much sense to me. I often return to this video explanation by Claudia Batten and have shared it so many times I’ve lost count. If you want to make a change, are disenchanted with the reality of working life, or just in … More The Squiggly Line
In November 2015 Brené Brown (yes, that Brené Brown) gave a talk in London* on courage. It was one of those nights when the feeling in the audience was palpable. An auditorium full of people sitting thinking ‘how do you know that about me?’ That’s the thing with Brené. Her research is interesting. Her storytelling … More Mindfulness not your bag? Try paying attention.
Watch out #FOMO, there’s a new phrase in town! This morning I was experiencing #FOMO. You see, an #awesome bunch of people have descended on Bournemouth for the 2nd All About People Conference (#aapconf) and I’m not there. The topics and experiences they will discover, hack, reshape, create etc etc are, like, my jam! I mean, it’s ALL … More From #FOMO to #JOMO
Last week, thanks to The School of Life (TSOL) I was lucky enough to be in the same room as one of my (#nerdalert) academic idols. Amassing degrees from Harvard, Oxford and UPenn, Angela Duckworth completed her PhD under the tutelage of Marty Seligman, and is well on the way to cementing her place as Psychology royalty. Her … More Grit – the Hard Thing Rule
On a recent trip to Stockholm, one of our tourist stops was the Vasa Museet – a museum dedicated to the Vasa, a ship from 1628 that sunk 1,000m in to her maiden voyage. At the time, her sinking was thought to the result of her heavy artillery tipping the ship over. Today it is understood that the … More The ship Vasa – Celebrating Failure
No. No, no, no, no no. Nope. Nah. Definitely not. When was the last time you had this reaction? When was the last time you had this reaction and actually voiced it? A challenge I set for myself this year is to say No with more conviction. Not necessarily more often and not only to … More The Power of a positive No