Do Your Beliefs Hold You Back at Work?

Our beliefs are assumptions that we make – with conviction – about how things are and how they should be.

We develop our beliefs from what we experience, see, read, feel and think about, and they are formed both by the objective facts and subjective stories we create to make sense of what we observe.

This applies not only how we see ourselves but also how we see other people.

So what do you believe about…

  • What it takes to get the next promotion?
  •  What really impresses your boss?
  •  What the people you manage most value from you?
  • Why your clients are ‘so demanding’?
  • Managing your emails versus investing time in more high value, strategic initiatives?

We tend not to question our beliefs because we are so certain about them and many of them stem from years of real-world experience.  But sometimes we cling to an old belief that no longer serves us, that prevents us from taking the necessary action to resolve a situation or to fully capitalise on a new opportunity.Continue reading

Still Struggling With Motivation?

During a recent podcast with Gina, we talked about getting back into an exercise routine and going back to the gym. It was something that I’m very familiar with, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to give you a quick progress update.

I’ve now been going back to the gym for 3 weeks, 4-5 times a week. I’ve discovered that if I just go to the gym 2-3 times a week my days off become too tempting for me to have “just another” day off. Always promising myself “I’ll go tomorrow!”, which of course I ended up repeating the next day, until every shred of motivation had been stripped away.

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David Cameron, Nick Clegg and I

Chris’ recent blog post struck a chord with me, as a reminder that ‘Spring has sprung’ and that it is the season we associate with fresh air, new beginnings, and time for change. So whilst the Scottish weather may not be quite in agreement on this yet, there is certainly a fitting sense of rebirth within British politics right now.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg will likely face as much criticism as support over the “difficult times” and difficult decisions ahead. They have united in a spring clean not just of the electoral system, but also of the status quo and party relationships within all levels of government.

Who would have thought – Tories & Lib Dems?! Continue reading