When feeling blue is more than just a 'bad day'

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Bad moods, thought storms, down in the dumps.  They all point to the same thing - not feeling great. 

When we're in this state of mind, have you noticed that EVERYTHING seems to look annoying/frustrating/generally rubbish?

At this point, I could say something along the lines of the fact that thoughts do change moment to moment, so if you don't like how you feel, it's OK because another one will be along in just a moment.

But what if it really seems like one bad mood thought is being...

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Superstitions, Insights, and Playing Better Tennis!

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Don't walk under ladders. Always maintain eye contact when you 'cheers' someone. See a magpie, salute it. 

Wikipedia describes superstitious thinking as "any belief or practice that is considered irrational: for example, if it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality."

So what helps us to 'see through' superstitious thinking? The answer is - insights. 

In the coaching work that I do, I often ask people about insights; what insights have you had since...

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Tired Of Trying To 'Think Positive' All The Time?

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Tired of trying to 'think positive' all the time? 
 
That's understandable. Trying to think positive all the time or change your negative thoughts into positive ones is a losing game. 
 
The reality is we don't get to choose what thoughts pop into our head. They just do. That's the nature of thought. If you are a living and breathing human, you will experience thousands of thoughts each and every day (it's been estimated up to 70,000-80,000 thoughts a day), of which some...

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What To Do About The Fear of 'What If' Coming True

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It's often been said that as humans, we are born with two fears only - the fear of heights and the fear of loud noises, which if that's true then everything else is a learned behaviour, which is good to know, right?
 
Worry in its simplest sense is a misuse of the imagination. As humans, we developed imagination as a resource to provide practical solutions to our problems.
 
So in other words, imagination is a very valuable tool to help us creatively navigate our way...

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What Becomes Possible When We Throw Away The Rule Book?

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When it comes to creating content, I love writing, I enjoy speaking, and I love creating videos.

Yet I don’t have time to write a blog, record a podcast, and create a video each and every week, when would I have time for coaching clients, running my group programmes, and working on new ideas?

So...

Instead of forcing myself to choose one and stick to that, I thought 'how can I get around this?'

Then the idea came to me - 'why do you even need to choose?'

Who says you can't record a...

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The One Thing You Can Count On In Life

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Earlier this week, I went for a routine check-up appointment with my dentist. As I was sitting in the waiting room, the radio was playing and I heard a really old, but familiar song, which made me think 'I wonder what age I was when I first heard this song?' I came to the conclusion it was probably eight or nine, and my mind naturally wandered to what I was up to, in life, around that time.

Then the song finished, and another one came on, and again I wondered 'what age?' - probably late...

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That pressure you feel before a prospective client meeting...it doesn't have to be like that.

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You've got a meeting or a call lined up with a potential client to discuss the idea of working together.  On one hand, it feels great, but there's also a part of you that feels nervous, apprehensive, and underprepared. 

Maybe you even have the thought I hope they cancel even though you don't really mean it, but it doesn't stop you having the thought anyway!

The meeting feels important. You feel like you need to be at your best. You want them to say yes to working with...

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Want A Strategy To Stop Procrastinating? (Don't ask Google for the answer!)

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You're sitting at your desk with a list of stuff to get through. At some point, you notice you've gone off track and spent the morning busy doing 'stuff' but the real stuff (the stuff you really wanted to get done) remains largely untouched. 

And now frustration kicks in because that means you'll have to make up the time later when you'd much rather be sitting in the garden with a glass of something nice, or watching Netflix, or actually, just getting to bed on time! 

So, what to do...

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Why You Don't Have To Feel Great To Do Great Stuff

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This week, I thought it might be useful to say a few words about sleep or lack of sleep! 

Here in the UK, it's almost got the point where we wake up each morning expecting it to be fine sunshine and warm weather during the daytime; but with that, of course, comes warm, muggy nights which can really play havoc with getting a good restful nights sleep. Whether you're on holiday or are working, it doesn't feel ideal if you've spent most of the night tossing and turning and...

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How To Spot Entrepreneur Isolation (and why your bank balance needs you to!)

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Entrepreneur isolation.

It’s a topic that needs to be talked about regularly because all of us are susceptible to it, and of course, the repercussions of it if left to go on too long, is very real.

It can lead to feelings of demotivation, despondency, and eventually, can contribute to depression. 

But it's not just your emotional health that suffers, it's your bank balance too. And here's why. 

When we talk about entrepreneur isolation, what we’re really talking about is...

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