“Spend more time doing things that make you forget about the time.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
Ever been so absorbed in a particular task that you didn’t notice the phone ringing, the emails piling up or the dog whining for dinner? Or been so immersed in reading a great book that, despite being ravenous, you totally forgot to eat for 8 hours?
What activities suck you into this state of complete involvement and concentration that you lose contact with space and time?
The Concept of Flow
Flow was discovered by a Hungarian psychologist with an unpronounceable name who studied[...]
We all know the scientific benefits of setting objectives. (If not - I’ve written before about the profound benefits of setting objectives here.) And most of us have come a long way in using goal setting in our personal or professional lives to significantly improve our productivity and performance. Yet how often do I hear from my clients that their goal has failed or their New Year’s Resolution isn’t going to plan?
The reason why our goals and resolutions almost always fail isn’t because we lack commitment or motivation.
Quite the opposite! We’re often super [...]
As Lao Tzu famously claimed: ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’
A great place to start any element of change is by clearly setting objectives. Prioritising our well-being and keeping on top of our stress levels are essential to any goal setting process.
Goals and objectives provide a sense of meaning and purpose. They point us in the direction we want to go and keep us on track. It’s a very strong, grounding exercise simply to ask:
‘where do I want to be in one month, one year, ten years? What are the steps I can take to make my dreams [...]
While COVID-19 has shut down a substantial amount of economic activity in 2020, it has done wonders for our planet. Our reduced movements have caused the biggest carbon crash ever recorded. Emissions this year will fall by four to eight percent to about two to three billion tonnes of carbon.
Lockdowns have also reduced the global electricity demand by about twenty percent according to the International Energy Agency which is predicted to have an overall six percent reduction this year compared to last year. This difference is equivalent to losing the entire energy demand of India!
People are [...]
Bhutan is a small and mostly Buddhist nation tucked between China and India with a population of about 800,000. It spreads across the Himalayas with 70 percent of its land coated in forests. To deter low cost tourism, Bhutan requires visitors to spend upwards of $250 USD per day per person making it a highly regarded destination among discerning travelers. A huge attraction of Bhutan is its perceived focus on peacefulness which is reflected in its laws.In 1972 the king of Bhutan introduced the concept of “gross national happiness” (GNH) as an attempt to live in a way that’s [...]
One of my first happy moments in my memory was as a child around 6 years old, walking down to the beach through a very steep path towards Porthmore Beach in Cornwall. It was an arduous journey in English weather but extremely fun times with friends at the beach as a young boy.
It’s these memories of joy that inspire me to teach well-being. Well that’s part of the truth and perhaps the other part I share another time!I graduated from Cambridge in 1995 and it was difficult to get a job. Barings Bank had just collapsed with it's rogue trader but I was very fortunate to find employment[...]
Some 2,000 years ago the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle famously stated that “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”. It’s one of favourite quotes of all time!We might all agree that our purpose of life is not just to live, but to live well. So, if there is a desire to be happy and an ability to be happy how can we pursue happiness, our well-being for ourselves and others? Since the dawn of time philosophers have been pondering just that - what it means to be happy and how we can experience this sometimes elusive yet [...]
For whatever reason, you decide to use the support of a coach. It doesn’t matter if it’s for achieving more assertiveness in the office, avoiding toxic relationships, or becoming more productive, efficient and growing your business.
Whether you’re looking for a life coach or an executive coach, the first rule is time. Give yourself the time to understand your needs and explore your possibilities. Don’t rush it: because finding both a good coach and finding the right coach, like many other things in life, will most likely take a little bit of time. When I look at the [...]
Approaching Coaching can be confusing. At times there may appear to be as many types of Coaching as there are Coaches themselves! So aside from deciding what the topic or outcome of coaching is most relevant to you or your organisation, here are a few of the most important modalities that coaching takes in our 21st century!
But first let’s distinguish Coaching from certain other interventions:Coaching has many similarities with therapy. They both address difficulties at home or in the office. They both focus on behavioural change. And they both explore our subjective experience. A good [...]