Self-Awareness
What’s your happiness score?

What’s your happiness score?

Yesterday I watched the TED talk by Dominic Price about happiness and how to score it. His presentation is empassioned and heartfelt. It really struck a chord. It’s only 15 minutes. Definitely worth a watch. Dominic suggests that happiness can be measured across 4...

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Mindful Stories

Thoughts for the day… * Take the opportunities as they arise. Follow the interesting path. Regret that which you do, not that which you don’t do! * We are little in a vast world. Spread your wings and explore. Ride the crest of the wave and see where it takes you. *...

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Paralysis to Action

Paralysis to Action

Today I had to muster all my energy to prevent a minor tech trauma paralysing my ability to think, concentrate and function. I felt lucky to have been able to draw on my knowledge of self awareness to help me move from the paralysis to action. I’ve been reflecting on...

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We can’t like all of the people all of the time!

We can’t like all of the people all of the time!

We don’t all like all of the people all of the time. And this is difficult, because I really want to like everybody! I’ve come across people that no matter how hard I’ve tried, I’ve just not liked. Some people I’ve had to accept it was a battle not worth fighting....

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Civility, Respect and Self Awareness

Today I joined a webinar discussing Civility and Respect in the NHS. It both saddened and inspired me. Saddened by the statistics shared by Duncan Lewis evidencing the impact work place incivility and disrespect has on individuals, their colleagues and ultimately...

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Feedback: invite it or ignore it?

The thing about self awareness is that you have two choices. You can invite it in or ignore it. Either way, it’ll find its way to you in the end. When you invite it in, you prepare yourself to hear positive and negative things about yourself. You set yourself up to be...

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Adjust your mirrors!

Adjust your mirrors!

Yesterday, Julian Stodd shared the idea of cultural strength being like fabric which is used and mended. This made me think about how I might describe self-awareness. It’s a bit like a scooter, with rear view mirrors. We’ve all heard that reflection is a good way to...

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Take Back Control

Take Back Control

Sometimes you have to take back control. When things don’t go as planned and you’re buffeted off course, you have to take control. In my 20 years in the public sector, too often I’ve heard stories of colleague that were promised project opportunities, jobs and pay...

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Reflecting on Emotions

Reflecting on Emotions

It’s quite incredible how emotions can change within the space of a day. It isn’t something I noticed pre-lockdown, so I assume that both the feeling of different emotions and the noticing of them has been impacted and heightened by lockdown, social distancing and...

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Know Thyself – Part 6: Exercise for Mind Maintenance

Know Thyself – Part 6: Exercise for Mind Maintenance

MONDAY I’ve really lapsed with exercising. The dark and the cold and the winteryness of morning has really put me off getting up, and I wasn’t much good before that!! Early after the first lockdown I bought a spin bike and for many months it was my friend. Then...

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