Tag Archives: motivation

Job crafting: finding meaning in our work

An old story goes like this: Once a traveller came across three stonemasons, all chipping away at huge blocks of stone. He asks the first one what he is doing. ‘It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? I’m cutting stone. And to … Continue reading

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Is ‘why’ a dangerous word or a useful tool?

I’m delighted that readership of this blog has grown lately and I hope that you are all finding the content here to be thought-provoking, useful and inspiring. There are almost 300 posts on the blog now and it occurs to me … Continue reading

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From August 2011: What makes you come alive?

I’m taking a screen break for a couple of weeks so am bringing you a couple of August archive posts – this week, it’s the turn of What makes you come alive? There’s no denying the fact that we are … Continue reading

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Cues, routines and rewards: use the habit loop to help you succeed

‘There’s one other thing I’d like to talk about,’ said Peter (not his real name) towards the end of his coaching session. ‘It sounds daft really but I feel like I’m drinking too much coffee.’ ‘Okay, what’s making that an … Continue reading

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Want to improve your life? Try some conscious endeavour

‘I go through life on automatic,’ explained Carrie. ‘I always hold my toothbrush in my left hand; I choose the same cereal each morning; I park in the same parking space; I have my coffee in a red mug at … Continue reading

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One month in – sticking to resolutions

We are four weeks into January: Christmas seems a long time ago, the time for wishing each other ‘Happy New Year’ has passed and most of the time we’re writing ‘2016’ instead of ‘2015’. From a couple of conversations I’ve … Continue reading

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Self-sufficiency and gratitude – are they mutually exclusive?

‘Self-sufficiency kills gratitude’ said a coaching client – let’s call him John – to me the other day. ‘That’s quite a statement – can you tell me some more about that?’ I asked. John replied: ‘All my life, I’ve felt … Continue reading

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