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45 weeks ago, by James
New Year Resolutions
It's that time again. Are NY resolutions a good idea or more likely to fail than other plans?
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57 weeks ago, by James
Find time for boredom
I was reading an article about mindfulness recently and it suggested that we find time for boredom, as this is a state that encourages a mindful state.

This seems controversial. Boredom is a word that has gained a bad reputation. What do you think? Is boredom a good state to get into?
52 weeks ago, by Wendy
Boredom can be a good state to get into. It can be the start of something new, a change in the status quo, a wake up call that it is time to move on. Boredom is only bad if it does not lead to change.
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79 weeks ago, by James
Stress
According to research by health insurer Aviva 55% of people suffering with severe stress do not seek professional help (source The Evening Standard 12/5/2016).
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84 weeks ago, by James
Social Anxiety
Here's a very good piece on the BBC: 'A Self-Help Guide to Social Anxiety.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06fkd1y
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94 weeks ago, by James
Coaching income
An organisation called The International Coach Federation reports that the average life coach charges $214 per session and makes $47,900 a year. At today's rates that equates to £146 and £32,680.

It also equates to 224 sessions a year. There are approximately 250 working days in a year, so if you take out a couple of weeks for holiday this equates to one session per day.

How do you feel about these stats?
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116 weeks ago, by James
Karen - The smartphone life coach app
A group of developers, backed by a Kickstarter campaign, have developed a smartphone app which they claim is part game, part drama and part self-help quiz. An article in The Guardian calls this a life coaching app and gives an example of one of the questions it asks as; 'Sex with a stranger is more exciting, right?'

It doesn't seem to have much to do with life coaching in the real world, not least given the extremely leading way that the question is asked.

More here: http://bit.ly/1N2SMnN
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131 weeks ago, by James
Everything happens for a reason
I can't think of a saying that grates on me more. This could be a controversial post to make in this forum.

If the cards are broadly in your favour and live in the first world you may be lucky enough to be able to believe it, but for a significant proportion of humanity the deal is unfair and has no upside now or in the future.

Or am I missing something?
130 weeks ago, by Pj
Coaching is often about imagining the possible, creating the perfect vision, empowering change, or 'be the change you want to see in the world' as Ghandi might say. On the whole I believe that. But there are times it is bloody hard work to keep trying, and for some, perhaps it's impossible. Life is unfair, and harsh and real. And we can be unlucky.... But why can some people, even from the unluckiest situations rise above it all? Why.....how..... So what can we learn or model? #change
129 weeks ago, by Aboodi
You're not missing anything, James.

For me one of the big shadows of the coaching profession is its attachment to this kind of statement, and its relentless focus on positivity - what Barbara Ehrenreich calls the cult of mandatory optimism.
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136 weeks ago, by James
The Marshmallow Test - Mastering Self Control
I'm currently reading this book. It set off my synchronicity alarm by being mentioned three times within a short period:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Marshmallow-Test-Mastering-Self-Control/dp/0316230871

One of the mentions suggested that a current equivalent was social media. How good are you at restricting the number of times you check Twitter or FB when you should be doing other things?

I'm enjoying the book so far. Very thought provoking.
135 weeks ago, by Aboodi
Ironically, I came here to distract myself from a piece I am supposed to be writing.
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