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Personal Development

Don’t Let Guilt Stop You

Many times recently I’ve sat down to write to you, but nothing showed up! I had so much I wanted to write but with the keyboard in front of me, my mind went blank. It felt quite strange and it’s left me feeling a bit inadequate, useless even and quite sad that something that brings me such joy, communicating with you, has withered away somehow. One of the parts of my work that I love…

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We don’t need to do this journey on our own

One of the first lessons I learned when I was promoted to a manager was that I could no longer do all the work that needed to get done by myself. I was no longer ‘doing the tasks’, I had taken on the responsibility of ‘making them happen’, which was a very difficult transition for me. The transition from worker to manager was made all the more harder because I moved from a department where…

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What Does Success Look Like For you; will your business get you there?

I’ve always found one of the hardest things to deal with is a blank piece of paper. I’ll sit looking at it with the intention of creating something: a picture of my dream, my future, my vision. My head fills with excitement as so many different options, choices and possibilities flood into my mind. And then more and more come flying in, I get more and more excited and then realise I’m getting a bit…

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Humbled by Hospitality

I never cease to be amazed how cultures differ, and how something quite normal in one is completely alien in another. Or maybe it’s not the cultures that differ, but more the thoughts of the people based on their life experiences in their part of the world. On a recent holiday in Sri Lanka we were honoured to be invited to the home of a Hindu family for dinner and we brought some small gifts…

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Happy New Year from The Newly Confident Me!

Here we are in 2018, looking forward to a bright exciting year ahead, aren’t we? Or maybe you’re still reflecting on 2017, on what you were grateful for, what you may have missed out on, the risks not taken, the chances that slipped past. Some people say, “Don’t dwell on the past, don’t spend too much time there” and I understand some of their reasons, after all we can’t change what happened, and opportunities are…

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Are you braver than you think?

I was inspired to discover this was “Winnie the Pooh” week, just after watching the film, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” on a recent plane journey. It’s story of the real Christopher, the son of A.A.Milne and was I saddened to discover that the success of the hundred acre wood adventures didn’t bring as much excitement to the family as the stories themselves. Many kids, like myself enjoyed these stories at the heart of their childhood and…

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Is it really all over?

As we awaken following the aftermath of the Christmas festivities, I find it the perfect time for reflection, don’t you, a time for appreciating the good times with family and friends, whilst also sparing a thought for the ones that could not be at home for Christmas this year, who were working or even working away. I popped into Tesco for petrol late on the night before Christmas Eve and said to the cashier, almost…

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What’s Your Annual Read?

“Jane, I’m off on holiday, can you recommend a good book?” “Of course, what do you like to read?” And there it begins, I love reading and learning from it, I love personal development books, business books, nature books but recognise that our tastes are all different so it’s not that easy to recommend one single book. I was surprised when the conversation turned to, “Why on earth do you read so much?” I was…

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Did You Hear The One About The Ice Cream Van?

I woke up on Saturday morning; the sun streaming in through the window and impulsively decided today was going to be a beach day. Sun, sea sand, we have to grab every opportunity to enjoy good weather here in Edinburgh. Not long after, I’m paddling in the sea, gentle breeze on my face, loving the cool water lapping at my feet. When my thoughts were interrupted with that familiar sound of tinny bells from an…

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What Do You DO When It Doesn’t Go According To Plan?

You’re making your plan because you are thinking what you want and what you need to do to get it and you want real clarity in your head before you get started. Maybe it’s personal, like dropping some excess weight so you consider what changes you need to make in terms of your food intake and your exercise regime, or perhaps it’s professional, you want to grow your business and take on your first employee….

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