When We Can We Will

We all have things we want to do, things we want to achieve. Changing career, learning a language, clearing out the spare room. Some of them are big, some of them are small. Some are dreams, some are goals, some are just “stuff”. We all also have reasons we don’t get round to doing some,…

Does Selling Exist Anymore?

I’ve been in sales for a long time, so much so that I believe we are all in sales; I’ve written a previous blog about that. I love sales probably because as a consumer I love buying! I love a great sale, when the salesperson really listens to what you want and wows you with their…

Quick Wins

I’ve heard the phrase “quick wins” used for many years, usually in a business setting, when people refer to the actions that can be done easily and quickly to deliver the biggest results. Is there anything wrong with that desire? I mean, why not get the results you want in the shortest possible amount of time? That’s…

Who Are You Beholden To?

Whatever it is you’re doing right now, ask yourself this question: who are you doing it for? Who are you accountable to? Who is your boss? Who appraises you? Who determines your worth? Often, it can be easy to complain about “the boss”, but let’s face it, work has a massive impact on how you…

The Jumping Off Point

Consider the Olympic diver.  They spend years of their lives in training, in practice, to be ultimately assessed on what amounts to a few, tiny moments of activity. All that time and hard work invested,  and then it’s over in a matter of seconds. It’s difficult to imagine what it must feel like, after all…

You Don’t See The Re-Writes

I want you to think of your favourite film. Now think of your favourite scene in that film. The dialogue, the imagery, the performance. Think about how much you love it; how much it means to you. Think about how much you consider it to be perfectly brilliant. Chances are it didn’t start out that…

The Ground Beneath Your Feet

Consider the ground beneath your feet – is it supporting you, or holding you down? When you think about it, it’s really doing both. You are supported by the ground beneath you, the Earth.  But it’s also holding you down through the force of gravity. Jobs can be like that too. They can support you…

10 + 10 = ?

I’m sure that even those of you who profess to be terrible at maths came to a pretty quick answer to the above equation, right? I mean, 10 + 10, you can’t get much simpler than that. You have an answer.  And when we have an answer our minds stop. Answers represent endings, they represent winning,…

Out Of The Fire

Fire is an amazing resource. I find it amazing that the contradictory potential to provide necessary, life-giving heat and the capacity for raging destruction, are bound up within the same element. It can both support and destroy life. One place you don’t want a fire is in a forest. Unless you happen to be a…

Happy ‘Now’, Not Happy ‘When’

It’s that time of year again, that ‘back to reality’ moment after the Christmas and New Year holiday break. Many people around the world are making resolutions for the new year, and a great many of them will be about getting healthier, losing weight, finding a new job… A lot of the time we make…