Being a Summer baby, this is one of my favourite seasons. But how can we avoid Summer burnout?
You see, I’m also one of those people who gets ill on holiday. Was the same when I was at school too. Fine all year, then as soon as I have time off, it hits me.
Summer months tend to be busier, as we enjoy getting out and about more, and want to make the most of our downtime.
But it can mean working extra hard in the run up to those precious weeks of annual leave, so how can we avoid…
If you feel that doing a mid year review is too much and you’ve already got enough to do, then it’s probably a good sign that you need to do one!
And it doesn’t need to be a big ordeal like a performance review. It can simply be taking a few minutes with a cuppa, to ask yourself some questions.
To review what the last six months have been like. What’s worked, what hasn’t, what’s missing. And what do you want the next six months to look like.
Here’s some ideas for questions to ponder on.
Where are you now…
How long do you spend thinking about a problem? And how long do you spend thinking about the solution? There are some questions we can ask ourselves when it’s difficult to focus.
When we have a problem or issue that we need to resolve, it’s so easy to get caught up in a spiral of negative thinking. We go round and round, stewing on what’s gone wrong, and we become focussed on what we’re not happy about.
Solutions focussed therapy approaches problems by looking at the desired end result, and works backwards. …
The search for purpose is something that has been around for a very long time, and it exists in all cultures.
The Japanese have a practice known as ‘ikigai’, which roughly translates as ‘waking up to joy’.
The French call it ‘raison d’etre’, or reason for being.
The Ancient Greeks called it eudaimonia — the condition of “human flourishing”, or a life well lived.
These ideas suggest that to live a full and happy life, we must intentionally look for practices that create purpose.
Purpose, and the attainment of it, remains a central theme of positive psychology, because of how…
Do you need to consider what it’s costing you to remain where you are?
I’ve been looking at the theme of living with purpose, and for my newsletter and this month I’ve created a mini guide with hints and tips of how you can live life with more purpose (click on the link here if you haven’t signed up yet!)
This week, I’m looking at what it is costing us to remain where we are.
It’s very easy to get lost in the ‘day to day’, especially with everything that’s been going on during the past year, and we can…
Often we float throughout days without ever asking ourselves this question — do you live life on purpose?
To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I asked myself that question. I have certain goals and ambitions that I’m working towards, which gives me a framework of activity and tasks that I choose to do.
And then there’s the day to day mundane stuff that we ‘have to do’.
But what if we actively chose to live more purposefully. Said yes to more of the things that we truly desire. …
Feeling stuck and unmotivated can be the worst, right? Why does it happen, and what can we do about it? Here are some tips on how you can get unstuck.
Find your focus.
Often, the most difficult part of taking action is knowing where to start — if you recognise this, get clear on the end result that you’re seeking.
When we dream of winning the lottery, we don’t dream about piles of bank notes. …
Getting started and keeping going are often the hardest things to master when we’re trying to achieve something. Here are 5 ways to help you take action towards your goals.
Be realistic about how far away you are now, from where you want to be. If you need a lot of work, it’s going to take a while to get there and it won’t happen overnight. And you may well encounter problems or disappointment on the way. Prepare yourself that this will take effort but recognise that it’s worth it.
Write a short, achievable to do list and work through…
Last time, we looked at the ways in which having a fixed mindset can affect us. So, what does a growth mindset look like? And, how do I build a growth mindset?
Having a growth mindset means that we believe that progress and success comes from learning and developing ourselves. Alongside building strengths such as resilience and confidence, having a positive mindset helps us to grow. Not just that, but it also helps us manage the inevitable disappointments and failures that come with new challenges.
The more we seek out opportunities to grow, the more we reinforce the positive feelings…
So, I started off in my last post looking at different forms of mindset, and how the most common that we hear about are the ‘growth’ or ‘fixed’ mindsets. These terms would seem to suggest that we are either one or the other, and don’t take into account how we change and develop through our experiences. But why does it even matter?
Because the way we approach things is hugely affected by our mindset, and therefore our life experiences will be affected by our mindset. And if we have a fixed mindset, we will tend to think in two ways:
Gillian is founder of the “Start A Little Fire” blog and “Sunday Night Motivation” podcast, and is a passionate advocate for personal growth and development.