Pausing to Reflect

Could we have ever imagined things would be as they are and will be for the short, medium and perhaps long-term. Given all the changes that have taken place over the last three months or so have caused us all to reflect on our situations, what has happened and what might happen. What I’ve heard from some clients is that they haven’t felt as productive as they normally are, feeling more emotional and tired. For other clients, what would have seemed totally impossible or unworkable i.e. working from home, and been a struggle to start with, oddly has started to become more manageable and felt to be better than before, with some really enjoying less travel for example. We’ve moved from a solid platform to shifting sands which has caused us all, I’m sure, to reflect on ourselves, our relationships, highlight our weaknesses and strengths which have come to the

Actions and Intentions

There’s a great proverb that reads “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” which means that it is not enough to simply mean to do well, one must take action to do well. Easier said than done isn’t it? What do intentions and actions mean? Actions are activities we do or the acts we carry out that are measured by their completionIntentions are goals or plans to be carried out with a purpose and a reason or objectives Most of us are the same, in that we can have great intentions of what we want to do often procrastinating and not carrying out what we intended. Here are SIX steps to use to help you fulfil your goals and be accountable. Write down your intentions – If you just think about your intentions without writing them down, you’re less likely to action them. Writing them down documents are

Just Imagine…

Your business with extra professional attentionSupport so you can strategically grow your businessHaving help building a vision for how your business can look now and after the pandemic Imagine having a qualified and experienced coach and mentor acting as an accountability buddy Imagine having a support person to help you reassess your situation to create new opportunities Imagine having someone providing you with the confidence to face new challenges ahead Imagine having someone to help you find solutions to problems to focus on the best way forward. It’s so hard to imagine the future of your business during these uncertain times, but we need to, don’t we? Doing nothing isn’t an option, but it’s hard to do something when we don’t know what the ‘something’ is that we should or need to do. There are a few ways in which we can imagine our business: Consider possibilities – what’s plausible

Perseverance and Persistence!

How persistent are you with perseverance?How purposefully do you persevere? Did you know that with determined perseverance you will succeed?Did you know that if you persevere you will win in the end? Persistence is about doing something, anything, despite difficulty or complexity of the situation to achieve success or to achieve a goal. Perseverance means continually being determined and commitment to dedicate time and focus to finish the task. It’s a great way to get things done and done right! However, HOW can we persevere and be persistent when we aren’t fully energised or motivated, particularly now when things ‘out there’ are so unknown? Here’s some steps you might want to consider: Be clear about what you want and why - if you are clear where you are going you won’t stray off onto another track which becomes a dead-endHave a positive mindset - this is where spending time developing

Being Creative and Doing it Different!

We know the most constant thing is change, and never more so than now during COVID-19! It seems that everything is different and may not ever be the same. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming and stressful, however, change whilst partly is unnerving, it can also be exciting and invigorating, almost enticing us to think differently and inviting us to be creative and consider doing things different and maybe better than we did before. Each business, industry and service and has, is and will be affected in some way or another. Everyone of us, and not just in business needs to change the way we do things. Having to do things differently impacts us on every level, emotionally, physically, mentally, practically, personally and professionally. The benefit we’ve also had and have, is that we’ve had and have time to execute that change and the change process of thinking different, providing our

Landing Place after COVID-19 TSUNAMI

It sometimes seems hard to remember ‘life before COVID-19’. A time when we’d never heard of it; it wasn’t a frequent daily reminder on radio, TV and internet. We can’t escape it even in our bubble haven. These constant reminders can be draining. I see COVID-19 being like a Tsunami. A huge wave has crashed upon us, our lives, our family, our work, our business. It’s size is immeasurable. We have been picked up and carried against our will and without any control to a place unknown. Not knowing where we might land or what the world will look like when we do. When we do land, and we will, we have to make the best of our new circumstances, our world, our views and current practices. We have to consider how our work routine or business services will change as a result to fit in and suit the new


COVID-19 has caused us to rethink everything. Our plans, our goals, mission, vision and purpose. It’s as if they were all a pack of playing cards which have been thrown up in the air lying randomly on the floor, scattered. This can cause us to feel overwhelmed, anxious and concerned about where to start and how to wade through a sea of uncertainty with what type of future lays ahead. However, we must start somewhere and now is the time to start! Step 1: We need to think about what our first goal is for right now. By right now I mean for the next one or two weeks. Focus on how you might action that goal, what you need to do and who might be able to help you. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, support or advice, whether this is a friend, family, colleague or business

Managing Challenges Whilst Working Remotely

Are you feeling demotivated due to reduced income and lack of work? Are you feeling like a rudderless ship riding a stormy sea? Are you feeling disconnected from others during lockdown? These are some of many remote working challenges that face all of us during these unprecedented times. Creating a clear vision – becoming an optimist: Trying to build in a structure into your days to help you rebuild a new or revised vision of where you see you or your business being in the longer-term. This is a challenge as we are working from a blank canvas with an unknown future, but hanging onto the knowledge that we are all going to require services from each other, and whilst at the moment during lockdown it feels like everything will remain as it is right now, logically we know that things will get better, it will just take time, we

Old Life – New Life

COVID-19 has changed our ‘norm’ as we know it. We feel like we’re living in a ‘limbo’ state, not knowing what the future holds and trying to exist and function in isolation as we keep our social distancing. This can make us feel we have lost our bearings, our compass and our direction. We are steering a rudderless ship in stormy waters not knowing what’s over the crest of the next huge wave coming towards us. How might we try and keep grounded, focused and find some sort of direction and motivate ourselves to creating a new footing in our ‘soon to be’ new world? Find Direction – we need to be clear where we are going; this is hard when we might be struggling to focus and to concentrate, we may feel lost and unable to achieve. Taking small steps considering what are the first actions we might be

Home is where the heart is…

Would you agree that our home isn’t’ just a space or a place, it’s more of a feeling? It’s a feeling of being safe, feeling secure, our sanctuary, a place where we feel we can be comfortable. Normally our home is the first that we see in the morning and the last thing we see at night and is often the centre of our busy lives and always the place we come back to. If we go on holiday, work away or spend long days in work, whether we move to a new house or live with different people, our home is where the heart is. We need to remember this when we are starting to have ‘cabin fever’ or feeling ‘stir crazy’ in that being home, and staying home is our place of safety especially right now. We may feel isolated, emotional, tearful, frustrated or even angry and fearful,