Reserve Your Judgement

I love starting work with a new company. One of the things I enjoy most about a new job is meeting and getting to know new people. It’s very much in my character to thrive in these types of situations.

One of the things that never ceases to intrigue me is that sooner or later, some people take it upon themselves to give me additional background information on their colleagues I’ve met, or am about to meet. They have a feeling that I need to have my expectations set about certain people. Sadly, for the most part, this tends to be a negative opinion. So I listen to their opinions about their workmates’ work ethics, or social capability, and try to understand how they came to this impression.

Then I do my very best to forget everything they have just told me. When I do meet or work with the person in question, Continue reading

There must be something good about Halifax?

The High Street in Halifax at 7pm

This was the question posed to me recently on Twitter. You see, I’ve been spending a LOT of time in Halifax recently. It’s a relatively small town in West Yorkshire, in the north of England. It’s situated in a valley with three main roads in and out of the town. Most of the roads are one-way and traffic can be snarled up for quite some time during rush hour. There are a couple of very large companies based there which means a lot of people commute. This, in my humble opinion, is the root of the problem. Continue reading

Beliefs: Positive, Negative or Both?

Clip Art Shower image
I tend to do a lot of deep thinking in the shower, and yesterday I found myself mulling over the way our beliefs can shape not just our decisions and behaviours, but who we are as individuals too.

As we grow up, we pick up certain beliefs or ideas about the world that stick with us into adult life – and even if we are aware of them, we rarely question them, simply taking them at face value. Continue reading


At first it can seem like a bit of harmless banter, but soon you realise that partaking in negativity can really drain you. Gina and Paul talk about dealing with negativity in groups and how to conquer your own.

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Self Talk

What is your self talk telling you? Is it positive or negative, is it being supportive and motivational just like you would be when speaking to a 5 year old, or is it telling you what failure you are before you’ve even tried?