Personal Impact

InflTake a moment to think about the person who has had the greatest positive impact on your life. I’m sure someone is coming to your mind right now – maybe it is a teacher, a coach, a team member, someone from your family, or a friend.… Read the rest

Leadership

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There is a lot of talk today about leadership and management. Both are important but what is the difference?

There is a story I heard many years ago that really helped me:

There are this group of people cutting through a jungle.… Read the rest

Excellence

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Have you ever seen someone who is really good at what they do? We’re talking about excellence. It can be quite inspiring, even breath-taking.

Of course, when we see someone who excels at what they do, we don’t see the process or the journey over time that they took to get there.… Read the rest

Vocation

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Some of life’s BIG questions include: “Who am I?” “What is the meaning of life?” “Where am I going?” and “What am I here for?”

That last question is an important one. It taps into our purpose, our calling, our life contribution, our vocation.… Read the rest

Empathy

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One of the most powerful things you can give another person is the gift of empathy.

I remember hearing a story about a man sitting on a train, reading his newspaper when another man came on to the train and sat right next to him.… Read the rest

Vulnerability

VulnerabilityI’ll never forget having lunch with a friend a few years back. As we sat down, I asked him how he was going. “Awesome” was his answer and he went on to tell me about a bunch of good things happening in his life at that time.… Read the rest

Selfie

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Each year a new word is added to the English dictionary. A few years back, in 2013, it was the word ‘selfie’. Yes, there is nothing like a good ‘selfie’ taken with your mobile phone and maybe even with a selfie extension.… Read the rest

Shame

Wall-of-ShameHave you ever fallen flat on your face? Have you ever disappointed yourself, others or God? Maybe it was a sin, a mistake or a personal failure. For some reason, you didn't live up to your own expectations or promises.

We have all experienced this, at one time or another.… Read the rest

Guilt

Have you ever thought about your conscience?

I once heard a story of an American Indian who gave a great definition of what a conscience is. He said our conscience is like a small wooden triangle on the inside of us.… Read the rest

Attitude

I think we all understand the importance of our attitude. After all, life isn’t so much what happens to us as much as how we respond to it. Our attitude determines so much of who we become and what we are able to achieve in our lives.… Read the rest

Externalisation

Have you noticed the increase in demand for fields such as counselling, coaching and mentoring over the last few decades? There is something highly beneficial about talking with someone else about what is going on in your life, especially what is happening on the inside of you.… Read the rest

Self Care

MaskHave you been on an aeroplane lately? Before the plane takes off there is always a safety spiel – which we all pay close attention to. Right? Right.

The instructions always include something like this:

“In case of an emergency, an oxygen mask will fall down from above you.… Read the rest

Influencer

Think for a moment about ‘atmosphere’. Every room has an atmosphere – it could be bright or dark, hot or cold, pleasant or smelly. So does every family, every team, every school, and every workplace. That atmosphere is usually the composite result of the people in that group or of its strongest influencers.… Read the rest

Optimism

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Generally speaking, there are two types of people in the world – pessimists and optimists.

Pessimists:

  • believe that bad events will last a long time,
  • imagine the worst,
  • tend to see themselves and situations as ‘helpless’ give up more easily,
  • tend to ‘awfulise’ and ‘catastrophize’, turning mere setbacks in disasters, and
  • are more stressed than the average person,

Optimists:

  • see bad events as temporary and surmountable,
  • are happier,
  • and more content then other people,
  • have greater coping skills,
  • achieve better than pessimistic people, 
  • their health is unusually good, and 
  • they age well and live longer.
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Your Story

Your-life-storyEvery one of us has a story to tell. 

Your life is your story. Your story is your life. 

Like a story, your life has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. There is a theme, characters, subplots (work, family, health, happiness, friendship), trajectory, and tone.… Read the rest