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The power of habits and how they shape your life.

Have you ever stopped and thought about your morning routine and asked yourself why you do things in the same sequence every day? Get out of bed, shower, make a coffee, read the paper over breakfast, brush your teeth, rush out the door and begin the commute to work. You might think that it's just common hygiene to have a shower and brush your teeth each morning (which it is, by the way!) but the order in which you do things, not just before work,...

The question of money: Planning financially for a change in career.

If there's one thing I know, it's that everyone needs money. Of course, you can always sell up and move to an island Castaway-style and barter the rest of your life away. I'm not saying it's IMPOSSIBLE to live without money, just that it probably isn't everyone's reality. ‘Money' is the first and most common reason I hear that stops people who are unhappy in their careers from making a change. When they think about moving forward, ‘current salary' is a popular benchmark that people...

Six signs you’re ready to start a new venture

There's a big difference between wanting to quit your job and start a new venture, and actually being ready to do it. For some people, the process of deciding to make a move can take years. For others, as long as it takes to find a job and sign your resignation letter is all you need. Everyone's different in this area with your momentum shaped by personality type, previous experiences, and your current situation. There's no right or wrong way to do things but making...

The 5 common barriers to making a change

It's one thing to want to make a change in your life. You're bored at work, you know you're not fulfilled, and you're stuck in a rut. The thought of change excites and invigorates you, and takes you away from the stress or boredom of your current reality. In my years of experience, though, it's entirely another to go ahead and make that change. How many times do you talk about changing jobs, moving location, or selling up in favour of living an alternate...

5 reasons we believe we can’t leave our jobs

Five reasons we tell ourselves we can't walk out on our jobs we rely on, and the reasons we should ignore ourselves. I was brought up to work hard, study hard, or parent hard. I could do all three if I wanted, but in my home, there was no in-between. There was no timeout after a couple of hard years climbing the corporate ladder. There was no getting away from it all for a few months after studying for years to get a degree, and...

Six things you need to start your own business.

If you've read my most recent blog post , you'll already know that I believe starting a business is one of the best things you'll ever do. OK, let me re-phrase that. Starting your own business MIGHT be one of the best things you'll ever do, but it'll DEFINITELY be one of the most stressful, challenging, yet rewarding things you'll ever do! If you're currently at a crossroads in your career, read my blog on why I think starting your own business could be a...

The qualities of a successful business owner

Do you ever find yourself looking at your self-employed friends and family members with envy? Admiring the freedom they have to come and go as they please, the control they have of their self-made empire, and watching them implement policies and procedures without having to answer to anyone? Yet, all the time thinking that business ownership could never be for you because as much as you wouldn't mind living a life filled with those positives; the downside of the self-employed life is far too much...

If you can’t find your perfect job, create it! Five benefits of starting your own business.

I'm not going to lie to you, starting a business was one of the hardest leaps I've ever taken! After escaping from a corporate career which had spanned more years than I care to mention, I was at a crossroads. I wasn’t really sure how I could achieve the dreams that had been bubbling under the surface of me for quite some time. I knew WHAT I wanted to do, but HOW I was going to get there was another story entirely! Once I realised that...

Six reasons identifying your personal values will change your life for the better.

I talk a lot about values. And, when I do, I don't mean the amount of money that you and your time are worth to somebody. Your values extend a lot deeper than that. Your personal values define what you care about in life. They make up part of your identity. And when you're truly in touch with your personal values, they form the basis for the way you live your life. Knowing how important a person's values are to their overall quality of life,...

Three ways to identify your passion

There are a lot of people out there selling ‘live your passion' as a goal. "Work in an area you're passionate about, and you'll never work another day in your life'" "Passion equals purpose." "Passion makes the world go around." You hear it a lot in my industry. Those phrases, and many very similar, can be the holy grail for a lot of coaches. Now, I'll be honest with you. Those coaches really grind my gears. Not because there's anything wrong with what they're saying. Passion is...