Best Learning So Far from The Five-Minute Journal

I bought myself a little prezzie a while back, the Five-Minute Journal. I got mine from Amazon UK at a cost of £18 but you can buy it too direct from the Five-Minute people’s own website. When I read out the five daily questions you are encouraged to answer to Nicola on last week’s podcast, she asked “do you really need to buy a special book to do that with?” No, you don’t. But I did, because I wanted to and because I’m not doing any paper and pen journalling anywhere else in 2016 and because I was ready for […]

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Pick One Thing to Make a Difference Today

One of my clients brings something very useful to our calls, from her own training. And it is this. She takes a little time at the beginning of the call to work out what it is she wants to take away from the call today. And on our most recent call she picked “One thing I can do to move forward”. It occurs to me that whether or not you are working with a coach you might often find yourself in that place too, where to find the one thing you can do to move forward would be very useful. […]

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Podcast Ep 90: Eliminate Delay

In today’s podcast ep 90, we focus on another of Thomas Leonard’s 28 Surefire Strategies for Personal and Business Success in #12 – Eliminate Delay. Respond immediately to your every task or concern, take pride in doing it. Set up a system and make sure anyone who deals with you never experiences delay. Exert extra effort to learn quickly and immediately integrate whatever changes are necessary. Here are some tips to guide you: When faced with a difficult decision, rather than trying to process the pros and cons, figure out how to reduce risk and consequences of both options instead. […]

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Podcast Ep 87: Becoming Irresistibly Attractive (to Yourself!)

It’s been a while, but this week in ep 87 of the podcast we return again to Thomas Leonard’s 28 Surefire Strategies for Business and Personal Success, specifically #8 which is all about Becoming Irresistibly Attractive to Yourself. Do things that make you feel good and proud of yourself. Ask yourself “What am I doing in my life that’s unattractive to me? Are those things benefiting me in ways I could eliminate? Is there anything that used to be OK but is bad for me now?” Stop trying to meet other people’s expectations. Start meeting your own. Be yourself. Do […]

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Podcast Ep 82: Unhook Yourself from the Future

In episode 82 of Own It! The Podcast Nicola and I continue our journey through the 28 Strategies for Business and Personal Success, taken from the book by Thomas J. Leonard, a mentor to us both, called The Portable Coach. This week is all about how to Unhook Yourself from the Future and live in the now. Here’s the skinny: Focus on the “now”. Free yourself of the worries of tomorrow and yesterday. Always affirm “I’ll focus completely on my family while I’m with them and totally on work while I’m there”. A smooth and secure present-time orientation is the […]

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Podcast Ep 81: Become Incredibly Selfish

Inspired by Thomas J. Leonard’s The Portable Coach, today’s podcast tackles the first of TJL’s 28 Strategies for Business and Personal Success – Become Incredibly Selfish. “Put yourself first. Be more independent and less “pulled” by your roles. Always remember that if it’s good for you, it’s probably good for others. Clearly communicate to others what you want and who you are. This way, people can relax and will expect less of you, thus reducing possible interpersonal conflicts. Here are some things you can try doing: Say no when you can just as easily say yes; build that muscle if […]

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Podcast Ep 80: Busting Tolerations

In episode 80 of the podcast, which airs today, we discuss busting tolerations. These are the things which have been on your to do list for ages but you never quite get around to doing. In my own case it’s the spaghetti of plugs and cables under my desk which need tidying up. In Nicola’s case it was organising herself so that she could work outdoors in the sunshine. But you know the sort of thing – you have to step around it or step under it and you keen meaning to tidy it all away. Or you just need […]

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Podcast Ep 73: Worrier to Warrior

Together with my former business partner from The Money Gym, Nicola Cairncross, we’ve created a regular weekly podcast which is called Own It! Your Business and Your Life. If you enjoy audio, give us a listen. New episodes are published every Friday. You might also join our Facebook Group where we debate matters arising from each episode, and/or Like our Facebook Page where we publish each episode as it goes live each week. You can also subscribe at iTunes. *** In episode 73 we discuss the negative emotions and fears which go with self-employment and with life. Are you running a constant low-level […]

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Podcast Ep 71: Never Good Enough

Together with my former business partner from The Money Gym, Nicola Cairncross, we’ve created a regular weekly podcast which is called Own It! Your Business and Your Life. If you enjoy audio, give us a listen. New episodes are published every Friday. You might also join our Facebook Group where we debate matters arising from each episode, and/or Like our Facebook Page where we publish each episode as it goes live each week. You can also subscribe at iTunes. *** In episode 71 we talk about never feeling good enough, whatever you do. I have two different sorts of client – those who […]

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BIG TALK Launches Today!

If you are the sort of person who feels better for a good talk, join the club. Me too! As a woman who’s been helping her clients enjoy happier lives for nearly 40 years, I’ve enjoyed thousands and thousands of conversations with people just like you. And I know it makes a big difference to have someone with whom to share things you might not have told another living soul, perhaps not even admitted to yourself. A confidante An ally A secret weapon Someone who helps you excavate your best you I’ve discovered that lots of us get clear about […]

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