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In me I trust?

One beautiful morning late last week I was in the company of six courageous leaders on a journey into the unknown. It was the culmination of a 4-day “bucket project”, created by Steve Stark and Jack Hubbardand supported by mountain guide Arno de Jong. I...

Think like a startup

Contemplating the glistening mountain waterfalls where I live, I breathe a deep breath of gratitude. I remind myself how lucky I am to be here, now. And how I never want to get used to this… I’ve done this every morning since the remarkable week I spent...

The Pause Tool

Do you ever feel you’ve got so much to do you don’t know where to begin? Have you ever thrown yourself into something important only to get stuck? Have you ever been frozen by fear of failure? All these scenarios, and many more, can occur when we lose our...

Resolving to Change

If you’ve wavered on your new year resolutions, you’re not alone. A Guardian article highlights the fact that 63% of the people surveyed in a Bupa opinion poll last year failed to keep their new year resolution and 43% of them had abandoned theirs within a...

Breathing for energy and calm

Executive coach, speaker, teacher and facilitator The words “vegan mindfulness retreat” sent a chill through my heart: summoning images of cold, Spartan cells, raw tofu and severe gurus. I owned up to this to my host and guide, Sally-Anne Airey of Alps...

Too busy to meditate? Try this…

Stop. Take a breath. Notice how it feels in your body. This is your first step to meditating. In doing this you’re creating a new mini habit. Mini habits start small – even ‘stupid small’. But what matters is they start. Once you’ve taken one breath, it’s...

Don’t just do something, sit there!

A journey from the outside in Funny how you can happily build a successful career over 20+ years in a top class organisation and then, when you stop doing doing doing, you come unstuck. Joining the Royal Navy straight from university seemed like an obvious...

Still too busy to meditate? Try this while you eat..

Eating in calm silence; slowly; seeing, smelling and tasting your food as if for the first time; reflecting on its origin; appreciating all the effort that’s gone into producing and preparing it; and paying attention to your breathing. One of the joys of this glorious...

Disappointment to joy in 3 simple steps

It was a horrible Christmas. It was a great Christmas. I’d been looking forward to it for weeks. My young adult twin sons were coming home on Christmas Eve. And some old friends of ours were coming to stay with their 3 younger children. Our preparation was...

Finding the purpose you’ve already got

Funny how you can happily build a successful career over 20+ years in a top class organisation and then, when you stop doing doing doing, you come unstuck. Joining the Royal Navy straight from university seemed like an obvious step. As a linguist with a thirst for...