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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The 3 keys to being confident

Confidence is the opposite of the lack of confidence. So, how do we eliminate the lack of confidence? What actions do we need to take to be confident?

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Terrible Misfortunes

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” – Montaigne. How often have we spent a significant portion of our lives worrying about what will happen, what could happen, what might happen?  Devoting all our efforts to worrying about all manner of terrible misfortunes which could befall us, rather than concentrating…

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What Are You Carrying?

Have you found this useful? Do you have any questions? Thoughts? Opinions? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment and share your views!“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you are still re-reading the previous chapter” A long time ago there was an order of monks who were forbidden from having…

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Why Homer was right and Yoda was wrong!

try |trʌɪ| verb 1 [ no obj. ] make an attempt or effort to do something. Whether you are a fan or not of the Star Wars series of films, you have probably hear some of the famous quotes from it, and I don’t just mean “May the Force be with you”. In particular there…

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Cautionary Tale of Nellie the Elephant…

Once upon a time there was a baby elephant. Let’s call her Nellie, for that was her name. Now, Nellie’s owner didn’t want her running away, so he drove a big stake in the ground and took a pink rope. He tied one end of the rope to the stake, and the other end to…

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A Good Butt Kicking

You know the feeling. There you are, happily making your merry way through life, having chosen a path or activity at which you want to improve.
Things are going OK, and then…

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Introvert, extrovert, shy, confident?

If someone is shy are they automatically introvert? And if they are extrovert is that mean they are automatically confident? What exactly is the relationship between introversion extraversion shyness confidence etc? As regular readers will no doubt recall, I used to be shy, painfully shy even, for the majority of my early life. I remember…

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The Biggest Lie.

So what to you think? Leave a comment and let me know!“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed” – Lenin There is a lie. It seems like such a small thing; it’s only 2 words. But it is often a lie. Perhaps the most common lie…

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Conquering Depression

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my experiences with depression and shared them with you all on this website. Very shortly afterwards, someone got in touch with me having read the article. Like me, they had suffered from bouts of depression for many years and they wanted to know if I could help them…

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