New year, new you?

Is it new year new you or have your New Year’s Resolutions fallen by the wayside already? 

As I’m more of a reflector than someone who sets New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve taken the opportunity to think about the last 12 months and understand what I’ve learnt so that I can continue to build upon those points in the months ahead.  Flicking through my journals, I see that I’ve written a lot about being brave, having courage, showing vulnerability and managing my fear.  That might be something to do with Continue reading

L is for listening

As we’re on L in our alphabet series, I was spoilt for choice with the number of quotes that flashed through my mind about listening.  Stephen Covey’s ‘seek first to understand and then be understood’ or Winnie the Pooh telling us to be patient when someone isn’t listening because that person may have some fluff in their ear.  However, it was this quote by the Dalai Lama, that I settled on.

How many times do we hog a conversation because we want to get our thoughts and ideas, knowledge and skills across to others to show a different perspective on a particular subject?  Could it even be that we want to prove that they are wrong and we are right?!  Yet when we stop being on transmit Continue reading

F is for Failure

In my continuing alphabet I’ve chosen F for failure because so many people let the fear of failure get in the way of them even starting to work towards their dreams and goals never mind achieve them. Yet, when I ask people if they walked as soon as they found their feet or were able to ride a bicycle the first time they got in the saddle, some look at me as if I’m from a different planet.

When things go wrong we often experience some of greatest learning points. From this, we are able to dust ourselves off and start again tweaking our style or technique to make sure we’re better next time. Think of Dyson and his vacuum cleaner or Edison with the lightbulb, they weren’t overnight successes. When it didn’t work first time, it was the learning that motivated both inventors to overcome these challenges and go on to achieve greater things.

So, don’t let the fear of failure get in the way of your success. Think about the challenges you have had in the past and what you have learnt from them that have made you more resilient today and then put them to work to help you move forward tomorrow.