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How to make good decisions

Decision making can be stressful. After all, good decisions can make your life so much happier, whilst poor ones can bring disaster. As I look back over my life, I can see I made some good decisions and some less so ones. It was a good decision to relocate our family to Brisbane all those years ago. Despite the challenges …

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Do you have digital dumbness?

I’d like to ask you a rather personal question. How reliant are you on your devices? I don’t just mean do you pull out your phone whenever you’re standing in a line somewhere to check your social media accounts. It’s more about how much you need it to help you function in other ways. Can you still do basic maths, …

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Your mid-year goal check in

Last week we passed the half way point of 2018. It’s the middle of the year already, and I keep seeing ads for Christmas in July! I’ve also noted more than one site revving people up about their New Year Resolutions. I thought a mid-year ‘how’re you going?’ goal check a worthy option too. Do you set goals – and …

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What should we do with labels?

A little while back I found myself in conversation with a Mum I don’t ordinarily chat with. The context meant we had a bit of time, and she ended up mentioning her son had just been diagnosed with ADHD. This was on top of her daughter already having labels of her own. Despite claiming she’d really always known the truth, she …

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Don’t give me negative feedback!

Why focusing on the black almost never works… My netball girls were driving me crazy last Saturday. They played so poorly and with such little passion for most of the game that I wanted to yell at them. Especially as they kept fumbling basics like catching and passing! It was all quite disheartening. Of course, it was raining (a little), …

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Learn anything you want… fast!

Would you like to be able to learn anything you want quickly? I’ve been interested in learning for a very long time – how to do it, what motivates us – and what works. In my training and coaching I’ve tried to find the best research and methods to help people get ideas and skills on board fast. A popular …

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Volunteer to improve lives

I’ve just spent the past week as a volunteer in Alice Springs and the Northern Territory. I went because I was invited to, but also because I’m committed to improving other people’s lives whenever given the chance. Do you volunteer your help in any way? If so, we want to celebrate you. May 21-27 is National Volunteers week in Australia – …

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Dangerous comfort zones

(And how to avoid them) Comfort zones. The places we relax and feel safe. Where life’s easy. Where it’s not necessary to think or work too hard…and where everything happens by habit. They’re the psychological equivalent of your mind’s favourite old couch – the place where you curl up and retire to when life’s just a bit too challenging. Comfort …

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Are you standing for something?

Or are you falling for anything? Thinking’s out of favour these days. Popular opinion’s that it makes one boring. “Just live for experience,” whispers our culture seductively in invitation. “Let life happen, and grab every moment. Why burden yourself with things that don’t matter?” Unfortunately, anybody who gets somewhere in life can’t do so without a larger perspective. Living without consideration …

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You and your brain

Most of us don’t think about our brains much beyond school. I get it. School having overlays of ‘less than happy’ experiences for many, we readily leave unpleasant learning associations behind. We get on with our lives, giving attention only to the things which attract our attention. It’s good for us to look up and round beyond our self-chosen thinking …

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How to help someone debrief

Do you know how to help someone debrief well? Last season the netball team I coached had an extremely unpleasant game. Despite winning – or perhaps because of it – the girls were subjected to physical, mental and verbal intimidation as they competed. The opposition spectators, as well as the team itself, heckled and insulted both players and umpires. Welcome …

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Why soft skills have solid implications

Just this morning I was chatting with a friend. We were discussing some stresses in her workplace brought on by her colleagues. One was a micro-manager. Another was always looking at things from a negative angle. Whilst we brainstormed some ways she could handle this, I thought how both our own and other people’s soft skills have a big impact …

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How to help your kids ace school

The extra traffic gridlock’s probably reminded you – even if you don’t have your own children – that school’s underway for the year again. And whilst some parents celebrate and many kids weep, relatively few of us are thinking about how to help our kids ace school as we sit in the car, crawling through the drop off zone. That’s …

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Have you learnt from your life?

January’s over and the lazy holiday season’s quickly fading from our corporate memory. For those of us with kids, school’s just gone back… Yay! They’re more out of our hair now they’ve begun their learning work for the year. We’ve sent them off to soak up more knowledge, in order for them to be better prepared for life. What about …

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How to change for the better

I was in a conversation with someone recently, and I asked them if they’d made any plans to change for the better this year. After a puzzled stare, they replied “Oh, you mean New Years resolutions? No, I don’t believe in making them, they never work. And I don’t have any time for them anyway, my life’s too crazy!” Actually, …