Authentic Change Blog

Morning Rituals…

Do you have a regular routine at the start of your day? There is a lot of advice out there on how important morning rituals are, and I must say I have to agree with most of it. They are a great way to get a consistent and positive start to your day. I start mine early...

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Best laid plans….

How was your weekend? Did you manage to get everything you planned to do, whether it was to relax or prepare for Christmas? It is interesting that at a time when I am developing a new planning system to turn dreams into reality, the plans I had laid out for the...

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Glass half full…

It was a beautiful weekend here, sunny days with blue skies, no wind, and a real chill in the air. I took the opportunity to visit the nearby wind farm for a winter walk. The views were magnificent, the panoramic vista including Ben Lomond and surrounding hills as...

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Wheels of Life

I am already preparing for next year. A little early but perhaps it will be useful to get a head start for a change and more importantly, doing something that is likely to be more sustainable. I have started the process by reviewing my Wheels of Life. The wheel of...

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Habit maintenance…

Forming new habits is all very well and, as I mentioned last week, I am certainly motivated as things have been going so well. I have gone onto the next stage of the exercise programme, which has ramped up the level of intensity. The routines are a little strange but...

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Habit Forming…

Habits… You all know how it works. If you want to form a new habit, take out your calendar and do what you want to do for 30 days and hey presto, you have a habit. I’ve tried it many times and it works. There is a lot of research on this out there, James Clear is one...

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Tribute to Chester Bennington

I was totally shocked when back in July my son texted me to say Chester had died. As the news rolled out to say it was suicide I was surprised, but maybe not unexpected given what he had gone through in his life. Despite all that, he was an inspiration to me, singing...

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Coming back…

It has been some time since I last posted. The time felt right to re-connect. Last week I get an email out of the blue asking for a reference from someone I last worked with over 15 years ago. It brought back those memories of a life that almost feels like it was...

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Values…

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. They are Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit, and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But...

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Preparation

Yesterday I eventually got the bathroom ready for painting. Stripping the walls and ceiling of the original wood chip wallpaper and the many coats of paint on top seems to have taken an age. A lot more time than I originally planned. Up and down that ladder,...

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Scones…

I love scones. Must be a sign of my age. Relishing the idea of tea or coffee and a scone as an afternoon treat. Know what I mean? Yet it was one of those things that I have never got around to making at home. I have made my own bread, baked an assortment of cakes, but...

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Choice…

I am developing an article on 'Values'. I wonder if you can help me. Understanding your values is important in so many ways, so knowing what they are is useful. I'll be writing a fuller article on this soon. When working with people I like to ask about values, but...

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Curiosity

I had the pleasure of travelling to Switzerland last week to witness a machine being tested. The clients were from Turkey and it was the first time they had seen such technology. I was there as the ‘expert’, having had experience of operating and maintaining a similar...

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Careers advice for school leavers

I believe that supporting young people of today holds the key to the future. In recent years I have worked extensively with the unemployed, training, coaching and mentoring young people to realise their potential and motivate them to not be part of the media’s ‘Lost...

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Connection

I am a great fan of Ken Robinson. He simply talks sense, and is thought provoking. This latest talk is about connection. How well we connect with ourselves and how well we connect with others. Picking up the latter thread, I have the privilege of coaching leaders in...

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It’s just a ride…

I came across this today after watching Chris Bliss on TED, when he mentioned Bill Hicks. So, with a few spare minutes to hand, I googled him and watched this video (transcript below). See what messages you get from it: The World is like a ride in an amusement park,...

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ICF 2012 Survey

2012 ICF Coaching Survey (pdf document, 934KB) The International Coach Federation (ICF) asked me to get involved in their annual survey, and today I got the 2012 Executive Summary. The key points are: Coaching continues to grow, especially in Western economies, though...

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Will to live, will to die?

We hear of many brave stories of those who demonstrate a strong will to live. What about having the will to die? My mum passed away last week. She was an extraordinary woman. One of her many qualities was her strong determination. Be it her desire to get something...

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