Category Archives: Personal development

How to find the courage to step out of your comfort zone

The start of a new year is often a good time to reflect on the year just gone, and to plan for the year ahead.

What did you accomplish in 2014?
What do you wish you had accomplished?
What do you hope to accomplish in 2015?

It’s useful to analyse why you were able to achieve some things, and what stopped you from achieving others. Maybe things happened that were out of your control. But many people find they are blocked by fear, procrastination or lack of self belief.

This newsletter focuses on the internal blocks that prevent you from achieving what you want. By identifying and working through them, you can gain the courage to step outside your comfort zone, and set yourself up for a successful and fulfilling 2015.

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Tapping into social intelligence at work

According to psychologist Howard Gardner, there are eight “signs” of intelligence: spatial; bodily-kinaesthetic; musical, linguistic, logical-mathematical; inter-personal (sometimes called social intelligence); intra-personal (sometimes called self intelligence); and naturalistic.  Of course, I know you are brilliant at all of these but maybe there are one or two that sound more like you?!!

In this article, we look at social intelligence and how to apply it in the world of work. I found several, natural links with some of my previous articles, so these are shown too.

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Mindfulness and what it means for you

Sickness absence now costs UK businesses £26bn per year. Mental illness is the biggest determinant of misery and the main reason for absenteeism. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental illnesses, and they are on the increase – for example, prescriptions for anti-depressants in the UK rose from 33.8m in 2007 to 50.2m in 2012.

This article focuses on mindfulness as a form of meditation that helps deal with stress, improve happiness and boost productivity. Practicing mindfulness will help you deal with the complexities and pace of life today – many senior executives use meditation to take care of their mind and enable a state of wellbeing, so you’ll be in familiar company!

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