Self Improvement

Wave Goodbye To Self-Criticism And Say Hello To Compassion

Dr Jessamy Hibberd | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jessamy Hibberd

There's a deeply entrenched belief that you need to be self-critical if you want to work hard or do well. That you have to suffer to succeed and without self-criticism you might become complacent or put in less effort.

Why I Have No Life

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Farida Ahmed

This is the story behind the teller. I work 7 days a week. I have four (and a half) jobs. I am an academic mentor at a Sixth Form College, a Private Tutor, a Nanny, a Blogger and a Postgrad Student all in one. Honestly, sometimes it feels like I literally have no life.

Five Ways To Overcome Life's Challenges

Miranda Adams | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Miranda Adams

Have you ever been in such a difficult situation that you've not known what to do or where to turn? Sometimes life can present us with these situations that really test us on every level, causing us to find within ourselves everything we have in order to overcome them.

10 Ways To Bring A Piece Of Peace To Your Life

Becky Stafferton | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Stafferton

Do you ever get a moment of peace? Or is your head constantly swimming with to do lists, appointments, deadlines and data? I've put together my top ten tips to help bring a bit of peace back into your life and to basically help you to just chill the heck out!

10 Easy Ways To Get More Confidence Right Now

Lisa Johnson | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Johnson

Fake it until you make it - you might feel like you're going to throw up but think like an actress who is playing a part and go for it. Faking confidence actually makes you feel more confident and the more you do something, the less scary it seems. It also has the added benefit of meaning you'll get the job done!

The Art Of Remembering Everything You Read - How I Encode Over 200 Books A Year

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

For practical books, I try to set a plan for how I can implement it in my life. Charlie Munger also described the necessity of using what you read: 'I don't know anyone who's wise who doesn't read a lot. But that's not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don't grab the right ideas or don't know what to do with them.'

Seven Reasons You Need A Little Sisu In Your Life

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

Sisu is a Finnish term that can't be readily translated into English, but is a derivative of the word Sisus which quite literally means the internal organs (or guts), of either an animal or a person.

How To Fail At Living A Minimalist Lifestyle

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

I spend quite a bit of time in online minimalist communities and reading blogs on the topic. As a result, I have seen many people adopt and then give up on this lifestyle. Over time, I have identified a few main reasons why this tends to happen.

Your Self-Confidence Affects Your Child

Cai Graham | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents
Cai Graham

Building self-esteem doesn't always come naturally - which is OK. But I believe that just like learning a new language - it can be taught. This does not happen overnight - we just have to start and take it one day at a time.

How I Cope With Digital Procrastination

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Completing this one important thing in the morning gave me an incredible energy boost to do other things, and a deep satisfaction by myself even before lunch. On the other hand, if I tried tackling small things like sorting out emails first "for the peace of mind", I ended up frustrated and not really having enough concentration to do the big thing afterwards.

Why I'm Grateful I Was A Loser At School

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Being unpopular made me tough as hell. I got used to incessant criticism, of myself and everything I did. It stopped bothering me to the same degree. When you are the class whipping girl, every aspect of your existence is a problem to someone. It taught me to pay attention to the misfits, the people on the fringe, the purple cows. After all, I was one of them. I still am.

The Secrets To Reading More - How I Read 200+ Books Per Year

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

I read a lot. Three weeks into 2017 and I have read 14 books so far. There was a point in my life where I read 25 books per week. And no, I do not spe...

Change The Way You See Yourself, To Beat Creative Block

Leila Johnston | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

The best thing when you're feeling creatively blocked, in my experience, is anything. Leave your immediate surroundings and make yourself act on an id...

Why You Are Your Biggest Saboteur!

Becky Stafferton | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Stafferton

Statistics show that 43% of people in the UK break their resolutions within the first month and by the end of March that figure has risen to a whopping 80%. In fact we are so good at giving up, that there is now an official day dedicated to our downfall - 17th January is 'Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day'.

How To Shield Your Work From Doubt Damage

Leila Johnston | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

Belief gets a bad rap. It's a very unpopular concept in these secular times, but the (obvious) thing is: we believe things whether we want want to or not. If we can at least accept that's true, we can start to take control of our beliefs, and make them work for us. But accepting they exist is the big first step.

A New Year!

Natalie Savvides | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Savvides

Crikey - it's so easy to feel a failure isn't it - so easy to look at everyone else with their acts together (or so it appears)... in the gym, glowing faces, bouncing around all over the place - but really is that what's actually going on behind closed doors? Who really knows!?

New Year, New You Pt. 2: Exploring Innovation With Mayur Ramgir

Claire Meadows | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Meadows

For the last of my two-part series on the importance of taking positive action in the new year, I speak with, perhaps, one of the most inspiring peopl...

Unresolved: Why We Need New Year's Experiments Not New Year's Resolutions

Anna Beecher | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Beecher

I think these hurdles were harder to face because I have swallowed the notion at the core of resolution making; that I am project and life, with a few tweaks, should run increasingly smoothly.

New Year New You - Sainthood Or Selfhood?

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

Sixteen hundred years ago, Augustine left behind Selfhood for Sainthood. Mindfulness of course isn't a short-cut to Sainthood, but starting this year it might just help you to find your Best Self!

How To Keep Up momentum On Your Projects

Leila Johnston | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

Experiencing explosive creativity in every direction is one of the great things about living in these connected times. But just because we can, doesn't mean we should. Indeed, the trend with some creative projects now seems to be heading towards 'anthologies', and there's a 'quality over quantity' vibe starting to emerge.

Dealing with Advice Overwhelm at New Year

Laurie McAllister | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laurie McAllister

You can choose to implement two tips, or all 17. You can choose five New Year's Resolution's, just one or none at all. No doubt you'll be able to find an article somewhere or a friend that agrees with your decision regardless.

Is It A Weakness To Show Vulnerability?

Alison Ward | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Ward

I know there are coaches and mentors out there who would not dare to admit this to themselves let alone their clients who invest in their services, but two of my core values is truth and integrity. I simply cannot and will not lie.

How To Assess The Value Of Your Creative Work

Leila Johnston | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

We'd all like to get paid more for what we do. But we have a habit of feeling our stuff is impossible to value because we develop an emotional, personal relationship with it. Doing business with our creative outputs can feel like selling off a section of our very soul.

How Can I Increase My Confidence?

Sian Morgan-Crossley | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Morgan-Crossley

This is one of the questions I'm most frequently asked as a coach and therapist. Self-confidence can be a difficult concept to pin down, yet we always know when we don't have enough of it. When we lose (or never develop) belief in ourselves, it can seem impossible to improve. But, as ever, it's wise to not believe everything you think!

Men: It's Time to Take Off The Armour

Steve Errey | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Errey

bmm banner.jpg Brené tells this story to highlight the expectation that us men can never fall off our white horses, for fear of appearing to be weak. That the experience of shame--that feeling in the pit of your stomach that you're not good enough, bad or broken--is felt viscerally by all of us, and that for men, it's the appearance of weakness that is the biggest cause.