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October 21, 2019

Do it perfectly – first time

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We learn as we go, especially when doing something new. Yet how many times do we stop, hesitate, procrastinate because we are worried that something we want to do might turn out poorly, or even fail? "Nothing would be done at all, if a man waited till he could do it so well, that

August 5, 2019

What are your dreams?

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Many people take holidays in the summer, and it is often a time of reflection away from the busyness of work. It is a time to get back in touch with your dreams. What are you pursuing? What is the juice that makes life worth the squeeze? "Pursue the thing inside us and others

February 3, 2019

Who wants to be a millionaire?

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We all want something. We have our ideas and dreams. We wish that the world would be different for us, and for others. So often this thinking just stays in our head - an itch we never really scratch. And if it stays in our head, it remains a figment of our imagination. Stop

January 13, 2019

Well… is your New Year resolution still alive?

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So many people make New Year resolutions. So many fail to carry them out.Why?Think of a goal you have. Maybe a New Year resolution, or it may be a target you need to meet at work, or any other goal you are setting out to achieve.As you think of the goal, notice how you feel.

September 9, 2018

Why wait?

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I was talking with a friend about his plans to get fit, lose weight, run a marathon and lots of other laudable stuff. It sounded good until I asked... "What are you doing today to make a change to achieve your goals?" Nothing. He was all talk and not yet committed. In your working

August 15, 2018

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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What do you want to be when you grow up? You're already grown up? Really? There's nothing more for you to grow into? Many of us get to a place where we abandon our dreams. We push on, spinning our treadmill and being busy, but it isn't taking us anywhere new. In a sense

December 17, 2017

A fairground ride into the future

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How has 2017 been for you? A roller coaster ride, or a more predictable ride on the carousel? When you started the year, which did you want? It's worth starting to think about 2018 and what you want from it. Even though you can't see what's coming, you CAN influence what turns up. One thing

November 12, 2017

Do you lead your life, or accept it?

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We talk about people 'leading their lives'. Do they? I think more often people 'accept' their lives rather than 'lead' them. Do you get up in the morning and say, "I wonder what today will bring?" Or do you get up and say, "Today I will..." Put a sticky note by your bed so when

October 16, 2017

Do you want to make an impact?

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"If your presence doesn't make an impact, your absence won't make a difference" Trey Smith Now, you may go through life uncaring as to whether you are making a difference, making an impact, and that's OK. But most people who imagine themselves looking back from their future would wish to be known for something. Indeed,

January 15, 2017

The painting on the wall – so true

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I am lucky enough to be on holiday in a small B&B, and the picture on the wall says... "Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you, where there were only walls". Joseph Campbell Now that really got me thinking at the start of a New Year. What is my bliss? What

September 11, 2016

What if you get punched in the face?

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Life can be tough sometimes. Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face". What can you rely on when life punches you in the face? What do you know is absolutely true about yourself, or people close to you? What is your purpose, or your mission in life?

April 27, 2016

Creative Goal Setting by Helen Jeffery

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Creative Goal Setting Have you ever stared at a blank piece of paper trying to set some goals? The harder you tried, the less inspiration you felt? SMART is an acronym commonly used to help set goals. It helps someone to look at their goals within a framework of them being Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic

June 4, 2014

TrainingZone article: Tasking for Learning

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Setting tasks in the learning process is fundamental to any coaching or mentoring process, says Paul Matthews.  I have seen people get into long and protracted arguments over the difference between coaching and mentoring. What I find even more surprising, is that some people seem to take this so seriously, almost like arguing over which

March 12, 2014

What are your Big Rocks for 2014?

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What is the Big Rock Theory of Time Management? There are lots of tales as to who created the Big Rock Theory of Time Management (or BRTOTM for short!!) and I have mentioned it in previous Inspires but not written a whole edition on the topic. The story I heard about the origins of the