March 15th, 2017
700 words on a computer screen.
Getting someone to open the document is the first challenge, but once they have shown that initial interest, what story will those 700 words tell? Will the person change their mind after the first paragraph? Will they first skim read the job titles and work dates? Does the structure allow them to perceive your worth at a glance, whilst letting them delve deeper should they wish? Will they come away with a sense that they don’t quite know you? Read the rest of this article »
August 29th, 2017
Working in most corporate settings involves subscribing to a set of written and unwritten boundaries. The better organizations give you the flexibility to create your own boundaries within given parameters, but there are too many where the externally imposed boundaries are too rigid and seek to stifle the individual.
These are the so-called “toxic” cultures. When something is so rigid, it is likely to break.
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July 3rd, 2017
As we approach the 4th of July, independence of thought, speech and action is something that I always aspire to as the foundation of how I want to live in this world. The external forces of life don’t always make it easy, conspiring to pull me in various directions, but I do try to live on my own terms as much as possible. If I am going to behave in a certain way or adopt a certain mindset, I aim to explore whether I am ready to give it my personal seal of approval first.
Independence is born in the act of deciding how to live my life, owning it and making it uniquely mine.
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June 12th, 2017
Life can be unpredictable, but habits give us the structure we need to offset that chaos, enabling us to thrive and grow. When we create a regular “space” in our day for a habit, it opens up an opportunity to tweak our lives for the better.
Even the smallest habits give us a dependable starting point for those all-important tweaks, and from that sure footing, we gain the confidence to tackle the challenges that await. Read the rest of this article »
May 26th, 2017
For many of us, life is about a search for clarity. We ask questions of ourselves and others, but it is rare that answers are immediately found. The resultant uncertainty is a constant companion for most of us in our daily lives, and we have a choice to ignore it or embrace it. In my view, while it might not feel great, exploring our uncertainties is exactly what the doctor ordered to give birth to true clarity in our lives. Read the rest of this article »
February 15th, 2017
We can become more than the sum of our parts.
When we choose to play the part of the person that we wish to be, letting go of our limiting beliefs, we give ourselves room to grow. When we suspend the mental obstacles that have held us back, all sorts of surprising things can happen. Read the rest of this article »
January 15th, 2017
Like a spring that has lost its shape, life can overstretch us sometimes.
Past memories and decisions define future actions, preconceived ideas warp our thoughts, and the opinions of others can cloud our knowledge of who we are. We don’t feel like ourselves anymore. Read the rest of this article »
December 15th, 2016
Cultivating the seed of intention means trusting your inner voice.
You wake up one morning and decide to make a change. You set yourself a goal that feels true to who you are, and you feel inspired as you think about it. Thinking about change is deliciously enjoyable as you haven’t yet come up against the reality of making it happen. However, when that day comes, unless you keep that little part of “you” in your heart, it is all too easy to lose your way. If you act on your terms, in your own time, following your inspiration, you will give your life the best possible chance of flourishing. Read the rest of this article »
May 15th, 2015
Are you aware of exactly HOW you TALK to people? Do you speak to the highest in everyone you meet or does that change from person to person? Do you listen to what they mean instead of what they are saying? If your answer is anything less than a firm “Yes”, then like many of us, you could use some improvement in this area that takes up a big portion of how we communicate (since we communicate non-verbally too of course). Get ready to slice through some self-defeating traits that make you a watered down version of who you really are, and in the process discover your own personal ‘humble greatness’: something we all have I believe, and it’s attainable right now. Read the rest of this article »