Self Awareness

Do You Always Need to Be Right?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Acts of kindness are only kind when you feel good about ourselves. Caretaking is the neighbour of martyrdom. Many who lack confidence have a compulsion to be perfect. I found being a control freak exhausting.

Top Tips on How to Deal Effectively With Criticism

Annie Ashdown | Posted 01.04.2014 | 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 30.03.2014 | 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.

So What If Your Child May Be Gay? Get Over It

Daniel Warner | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

If I was to go and try and get my 'gayness' reversed it would probably open up a plethora of Pandora's boxes. There would be demons, there would be horror, there would be sin, lustfulness and an absolute shed load of glitter, feathers, fun and debauchery.

Why We Need to Appreciate Our Own Aloneness

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

Try out this experiment. Sit in your room for an hour and turn your phone/laptop off. Dispel any distractions, don't do anything, at all. Just sit there. What do you feel at the end of the hour? Aloneness? Sorrow? Or do you feel at peace, content and fulfilled by an hour of your own company?

15 Signs He Might Be a Player - Do Not Call That Guy

Annie Ashdown | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

t's amazing how many female clients and colleagues I encounter who are highly intelligent, beautiful, kind, smart, witty and bright yet they get so easily duped by players. Players know how to say the right things, how to hook you by telling you want they think you want to hear.

Being Your Best Self - It Begins With Self Awareness

Malcolm Levene | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm Levene

n many ways, this is how previously closed doors to your self-development, will begin to open. You could start by asking those near to you, how their lives are. This one action, will enable you to understand how life is for others. And by so doing, you will start to see the impact stuff has on them, therefore, focusing less on you.

The World Is Bigger Than Us, Things I Saw in the Woods Today, on Biodynamic Farming

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Samantha van Dalen

There is a saying in Latin- a language I continue to vainly attempt to learn. Utendum est aetate; cito pede labitur aetas. We should make use of time for time slips quickly by. - Ovid.

The Problem of Long Term Singledom and Self-Reliance

Greg Stevenson | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Greg Stevenson

Long-term singledom breeds self-reliance, for better and for worse. Too many see a relationship as a cure-all, and that if they can just find someone to fix them everything will be fine - the reality is that these problems are likely to be exacerbated in the long run by ignoring them.

Neknoms and Death Stars: A Lethal Cocktail

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

I was recently neknominated by a friend. For those of you who have been living on a desert island (that has no internet access) for the past couple of months, Neknominate is an internet-spread drinking game whereby the nominated drinks a pint of alcohol (often beer) and then passes on the nomination to someone else via social media...

Experiential Learning: Six Key Questions to Test for Authenticity and Impact

Nigel Rayment | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK
Nigel Rayment

When the great Pete Seeger died last month the world lost a truly authentic individual. Seeger combined music and activism in a way that never comprom...

Walking Tall

Adrian Kirk | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Kirk

'Walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye.' Recognise the lyrics made famous by Val Doonican? Many of us know them, we may even hum the tune, but how many of us do as the words suggest?

Seven Steps to an Unstoppable You

Annie Ashdown | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

When we feel unimportant and apologize for taking up space in the world, everyone else becomes more important, more worthy and more valuable than us and, of course, that means their needs instantly take priority.

How Can My Negative Emotions Help Me Find My Dream Job?

Adele Barlow | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Depression or anxiety is an alarm clock designed to protect you long-term (even when it seems to be hurting you in the present moment): when you've woken up, and made the necessary changes in your life, it will have served its purpose.

How Maternal Narcissism Grinds Self-Confidence into Dust

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

For someone adopted who has already been abandoned, the fear of abandonment is a real and present danger. With a narcissistic mother, the abandonment actually occurs, again and again and again, reinforcing the truth that you are unloveable unless you meet the standards set out for you. And even then...

The Simple Secret to Optimal Performance and Wellbeing

David Mochel | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Optimal wellbeing - a combination of physical health, peak performance, peace of mind, and meaningful relationships - hinges on the consistent application of one principle: You get what you practice.

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?

Five Steps to Communicate With Confidence and Ease

Annie Ashdown | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Do you feel needy for approval and want to be liked by everyone? Do you sometimes find you automatically say yes without considering the consequences?

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.

There Is a Wolf in My House

Josefa Pete | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Josefa Pete

Being home with my son was a battle. A battle against the wolf. That wolf lurked and lingered. It undermined me and my choices. I watched it circle the house as it watched me feed the baby. "You don't know what you're doing". "You call yourself a mother." The taunts were piercing. I was shattering a little more each time.

Five Reasons You Are Still Single

Annie Ashdown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

You never step back and take a look inside yourself and ponder your shortcomings, instead you minimise, alter or deny them. You are not vigorously honest with yourself. You never pause and observe your behaviour without judgement. You are too busy taking everyone else's inventory, yet not willing to take your own.

The Need for Growth: Why Change Matters Now More Than Ever

Anna Nathanson | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK
Anna Nathanson

A year ago I went along to a three day re-educational seminar called Turning Point, delivered by best selling author and international speaker Dr Rohan Weerasinghe. I was blissfully unaware at the time that my life was about to change for good.

In Order to Complete This Personality Test, Please Leave Your Personality at The Door

Daniel Warner | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

Personality tests are used to filter the serial killer from the shopgirl, the transparent from the transvestite and the popstar from the pervert. I still get that incredible feeling of excitement if I go for a job interview and they ask me to fill out a multiple choice questionnaire to deem if I'm worthy of working for them.

The Fallen Man - A Lesson in Perseverance and Determination

Jamie Flexman | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Flexman

Sometimes we need a little reminder that we all have a ticking clock inside of us that counts down, every second of every day and if we're not careful it reach zero before we even know what's happened.

Overcoming the Overachiever's Quarter-Life Crisis

Adele Barlow | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

What makes the quarter-life crisis of the overachiever different is the extent to which they deeply struggle with embracing their own individuality, particularly when it comes to separating themselves from their parents.