20 Seconds of Insane Courage

20 Seconds of Insane Courage

In 2011 a film was released called “We Bought a Zoo”.  It was a lovely film but not one that stands out in the memory against some of the bigger blockbusters that followed it.

What does stand out though is a single line of dialogue.  A line that has become famous in its own right.

“You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just literally 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

20 seconds of insane courage.  It doesn’t sound like much does it?  And when you think about it, how much more courage do we honestly need when it comes to the big stuff? Continue reading “20 Seconds of Insane Courage”

The Power of Doing Nothing – Why being still is so good for your health

power of doing nothingI have noticed something rather disturbing about myself recently.  I have become a person who cannot just sit and be still.  No longer am I able to settle into doing nothing.

If I sit down, then I reach for a device – a phone, my iPad – whatever is nearest to me.  Then I surf, check social media, play a few games of mahjong…..and there goes an hour of my life I’ll never get back!

I tell myself that as an online coach, I have good reason to be no further than six inches from the internet at any given moment of my life.  But in all honesty, is that good for me?  Nope.

And now I notice that my 15 year old son is unable to be anywhere without his earbuds in.  Constantly streaming music or chatting to his friends on Skype, FaceTime or whatever the latest and greatest app is.

So my question is, when did we lose the ability to just be still and comfortable doing nothing?  Continue reading “The Power of Doing Nothing – Why being still is so good for your health”

Coaching online – What it is and why it can work for you

Coaching online - What it is and why it can work for youWhat do you imagine a meeting with a counsellor or life coach looks like?  Perhaps you would call to mind an image of two people, sat in a very smart office.  There you would find two chairs, maybe a desk, a box of tissues and maybe a bunch of flowers or a bowl of sweets.  That is the traditional image.

But in an age where technology is advancing and time is ever more stretched for most people (which baffles me by the way…surely if technology is making life easier, we should be getting less busy…anyway…sorry….) the need to find a convenient way in which to deliver therapy and coaching becomes more pressing. Continue reading “Coaching online – What it is and why it can work for you”

Using a Journal – How a notebook can help to change your life

Using a Journal - How a notebook can help to change your lifeIn my last post talked about ten ways that you can boost your self esteem.  The post closed with the suggestion that it would be beneficial to get a journal to record your journey.  But how would a journal help you?

Using a journal allows you to capture how you are feeling on a regular basis.  You can note down as much or as little information as you wish on a frequency that suits you.  You can use it to simply record your day or you can make specific notes about feelings or activities etc, depending on what you are hoping to achieve.

I would always aim for daily notes as this provides you with focus.  It also offers a clear path as you move the the process of improving your self esteem.

Suggestions for  daily content include: Continue reading “Using a Journal – How a notebook can help to change your life”