8 Powerful Words

For so many people, the mere thought of talking to a stranger can be more than just scary, it can be downright terrifying. It can lead to panic, heart racing, breaking out into a cold sweat, and more. Fortunately, there are ways in which this can be completely turned around, and …

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Back To YOUR Future…

So today is the day to which Marty and The Doc traveled in Back To The Future 2, all those years ago (when the film came out, 2015 was so far in the future as to be effectively another world). Naturally the film was filled with what the writers thought would make for good and…

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Giving Up Being A People Pleaser

You can please some of the people all of the time, and maybe all of the people some of the time, but you can not please all of the people all of the time.   People pleasing. It is such an easy trap for us to enter, such an insidious one that we often don’t…

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Giving Up Grudges

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha Grudges. So many people can spend a disproportionate amount of their life holding a grudge. It can feel so logical, so important. After all, if we have…

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Giving Up Self-Criticism

“You’ve been criticising yourself for years and it hasn’t worked; try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise Hay By now you are already getting good at avoiding criticism of others. I don’t know whether you have started to notice a difference in how people are responding yet, or whether you will notice…

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Giving Up Criticism of Others

“One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself” – Mark Twain   Second week of Lent, second week of Giving Up. This time, we are going to explore giving up Criticism of Others. We are not just talking about major or deliberate criticism here, but about all forms of criticism…

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Giving Up The Need For Perfection.

“I’m giving up chocolate for Lent”. “I’m giving up wine for Lent”. Chances are, you’ve heard this or similar from some friends round about now. For many people, whether religious or otherwise, Lent is seen as a time for abstinence. Traditionally people talk of giving up some material pleasure for Lent, usually with the implication…

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Lessons from an Unlikely Source

They say we can learn from anything and everything. So what was there to learn from a brush with death courtesy of Starburst sweets? That sounds a little dramatic, so let me set the scene. We are going back to October 2014, where I was in New York with Christopher Howard, supporting Chris as he…

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Meditation

Giving Meditation a Go

Many have heard of meditation, fewer have done it, but what is it all about and why would anyone want to spend so much time seemingly doing nothing? Can it offer any help at all?

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