Personal Growth

Note to Mr. Cleese: How I Forgave My Mother

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

John Cleese has been in the news lately for his autobiography which has the critics in agreement on one thing: how can a 74 year old man still harbour such bitter resentment towards his own mother? Answer: very easy, really.

Seven Things Successful People Do Differently

Annie Ashdown | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

How do you explain when others are able to achieve great things that seem to defy all the assumptions? Some people are better placed, much smarter, more academic, wittier, more connected, yet don't succeed...

How to Create Your Self-Care Manifesto

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

If you're not taking care of yourself, it affects your energy levels and most importantly your happiness in life. Yet most of us feel very guilty when it comes to spending time and money on ourselves.

Goodbye Life, Hello Child: Why It Took Me Time to Love My Son

Caroline Keetch | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

This loss of everything I took for granted in my adult life was much more overwhelming to me than the love I felt for my baby. I know, I said it, shoot me world - and what a world we live in when it comes to 'views' on mothers. How we should feel, how we should look, how we should react... the expectations are real and they are fired at a new mother like arrows from a bow.

Real Fear vs. That B#tch: What's Really Stopping You?

Rosanna Savone | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosanna Savone

I've heard the story countless times in countless ways. I didn't take the gig because I was afraid of singing in front of a crowd. I'm staying at this job because I'm afraid there isn't anything better out there. I'm alone because I'm afraid if I let someone in, they may reject me.

The Three Best Pieces Of Advice I've Ever Received

James Caan | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
James Caan

Whether it's in business or life in general, good quality relationships are crucial... if you're following the herd then you're too late... learn from your mistakes and go again.

Finding Bugs In The Garden Is Better Than Homework

Saskia Lee Stewart | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Saskia Lee Stewart

Do we want our young ones to grow up with strong and independent minds... or do we want them to be brainwashed by 'The Regime', ending up lacking control of who they are?

Ten Things Highly Confident People Don't Do

Annie Ashdown | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Highly confident people are their own master and are best friends with their inner voice. They are comfortable being in charge of what they think, do and say, as they trust themselves. They ask for guidance, support and often flesh things out with advisers, coaches, and mentors but at the end of the day they trust their intuition as they know it will never let them down.

Spring Fever: Five Ways to Open Up and Find New Love

Julie-Anne Shapiro | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julie-Anne Shapiro

Spring is here and love is in the air! Flowers are blooming, trees are turning green again, birds are building their nests and we all naturally become more interested in love, sex and romance. With longer, lighter and brighter days, you have a spring in your step as you start to think about new beginnings.

Top Tips on How to Deal Effectively With Criticism

Annie Ashdown | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Many people cant find it within themselves to say anything positive and take pleasure from flagging up someone's shortcomings. Don't make it about you, as these people need to feel superior because they are so insecure and the only way they can do so is project their own flaws onto another person. They do it with everyone.

10 Things Highly Successful People Don't Do

Annie Ashdown | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Over the years I have done extensive research, read endless authorised biographies, studied body language and carefully observed the communications skills of highly successful people. I learnt it wasn't about luck but about choosing the right attitude, taking action, changing behaviour, taking one step at a time, one goal, one priority at a time, a day at a time.

Man Up

Olivia Lee | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Olivia Lee

What I thought was going to be a light hearted entertainment show turned into a much deeper exploration of the role of men within society. Due to the rise of feminism, women are more successful than ever and it does leave you wondering if this shift in the sexes has turned some men (not ALL - but certainly the ones on the show) into boys?

Do You Want to Increase Personal Effectiveness to Reach Your Goals?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Annie Ashdown

Do you set goals and feel frustrated when you don't reach them? That's what I used to do. I was never smart with my time and never resourceful. I di...

How to Move From Survival and Struggle to Growth and Contribution in Less Than Two Minutes a Day

David Mochel | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

A friend of mine once said to me, "I don't know what God is, but when I look at a butterfly or a flower, I know that I can't do that." It is possible to view the world this way -- with the acceptance of uncertainty and appreciative curiosity for the mundane -- because of a set of networks in the nervous system that I refer to as the "growth function."

The Truth About Lying

Sacha Knop | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Knop

A lie, however, will always linger. It travels with you and the person you lied to. A lie comes back to stare you in the face at unexpected moments, creating another lie and another lie...

Creating an Organisational Culture of Positive Growth Through Purposeful Practice

David Mochel | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

As a coach and facilitator, I help individuals and organizations realize peak performance and wellbeing. This work centers on the application of an idea known as neuroplasticity. That is, how you respond to your circumstances not only shapes your experience in the present moment, it also builds pathways in the brain that facilitate that response in the future.

Fighting for Our Freedom to Be Healthy

Tony Lobl | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

What might be the basis for not accepting second class health? Perhaps because its as innate to our spiritual sense to feel health is natural as it is politically to demand equal rights. "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties," mused Swiss poet and philosopher Henri Frédéric Amiele.

Fine Tune Your Assertiveness Skills

Annie Ashdown | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

I was so afraid of conflict and when I did try to be assertive, I came across as being aggressive. However that's a long time ago before I mastered my communication skills and fine tuned my assertiveness skills.

Twenty-Five Ways to Find Self-Acceptance

Annie Ashdown | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

OK, so be honest, do you accept yourself exactly as you are right now? Did you parents convey to you constantly that you were acceptable just as you were and that it was okay to make mistakes and get things wrong?

(Obvious) Life Lessons from 2013

Adele Barlow | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

So whenever this time of year rolls around and I'm getting reflective on what this year taught me, or what I can attempt to do better next year (as always: more exercise, less worry, more comfort-zone-exiting, less overanalysing) - I notice the random highlights that stick with me, the moments which remind me of the obvious 'lessons' I want to hold onto going forwards.

Mandela's Magic Was His Practice

David Mochel | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
David Mochel

What did Mandela practice? Among other things, it seems to me that he practiced courage, patience, forgiveness, and compassion. However, even these are still concepts. What exactly did he do?

Why Growth Trumps Happiness

David Mochel | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Grow. Grow until you are dead. After years of combing through thousands of studies and speaking to countless individuals, I see the practice of continual growth as being much more fruitful than the pursuit of happiness.

Five Reasons I am Grateful for My Anxiety

David Mochel | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Anxiety serves as a cue to reconnect with the miracle of existence. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am genuinely grateful for the role anxiety now plays in my life.

How to Get Back Up When Life Knocks You Flat, Again

Liberty Forrest | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

Whining about how miserable it is might feel good for a while, and that's okay. Go for it! Find a few people who will commiserate with you. But then you've got to take that big breath and dive in again, knowing that every time you do this, you are learning more about your strength.

Discover The 50 Top Secrets of High Achievers

Annie Ashdown | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK
Annie Ashdown

Have you ever wondered what separates the high achievers from the mediocre? Let me tell you they are regular people who have flaws and shortcomings a...