A Whole New Way of Thinking About Mindfulness

A Whole New Way of Thinking About Mindfulness

Mindfulness, as defined by Wikipedia, is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”. But for me, mindfulness can be understood at a couple of different levels. At...

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Owning Your Self

Owning Your Self

Normally, I write these weekly missives from a place of already knowing what I have to say without necessarily knowing how I'm going to say it. At some point during the week I have an insight; in the tip I share the insight and point as best I can to the place where...

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Where Confidence Comes From

Where Confidence Comes From

This weekend, I gave a talk on bringing out the best in yourself and others at The Best You exhibition in London. After the talk, one of the participants asked me if I had always been a confident speaker or if it was something which had developed over time. In...

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The Secret of What Matters Most

The Secret of What Matters Most

Back in my early personal development days, I spent many hours with pen and journal in hand trying to create ‘values hierarchies’ – lists of things that mattered to me in the order that they mattered. My lists would vary from year to year, but would inevitably look...

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Living an Invisible Life

Living an Invisible Life

Twenty years ago, I appeared on a television show in the UK called “The Big Breakfast”. My job was to hypnotize the host, Zoe Ball, into overcoming her fear of flying so that she could get into a small airplane with a 75 year old nun who was doing her first ever...

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The Nothing at the Heart of Everything

The Nothing at the Heart of Everything

I’m at that wonderfully strange stage of releasing a new book where I send it out to people the world and I admire and ask them to read it with an eye towards offering up a nice quote if they like what they’ve read. Here’s an excerpt from what Gay Hendricks, co-author...

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The Art of Creating, Part One – The Big Nothing

The Art of Creating, Part One – The Big Nothing

One of the things I love about writing relatively short blog posts on a relatively regular basis is that I get to experience the whole of the creative process from start to finish. I begin each week with some kind of nothing (more on this in a bit), and by the time...

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Who are You, Really?

Who are You, Really?

Over twenty years ago, I was living in London and reading an exceptional amount of Eastern spiritual writings when I stumbled across a book called “The Teachings of Ramana Maharishi“. There was a simple practice outlined in the book where the reader was encouraged to...

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How to Love the Year Ahead

How to Love the Year Ahead

Since 1994, I have begun each year by going through a wonderful process developed by Jinny Ditzler called Your Best Year Yet. I would review my achievements and failures from the year before, look for any limiting beliefs that might be holding me back, check in...

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“I Know it’s Just my Thinking, but…”

“I Know it’s Just my Thinking, but…”

In 2012, three years after having successfully launched an international training school for coaches called Supercoach Academy, I put the school on hold for a year because I noticed something was “off” in the way people were hearing the principles

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What’s the Difference Between a Goal and a Miracle? (part one)

What’s the Difference Between a Goal and a Miracle? (part one)

I’ve been thinking a lot about miracles this week – what they are, where they might come from, and whether or not they have any relevance in our modern world. It occurs to me that there are a couple of distinctions which mark out what we might call a “miracle” from stuff that just happens or goals we work hard to achieve…

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