Keeping motivated

Some people tend to struggle with keeping motivated more than others. Nonetheless, it is an issue that all of us have to confront at some point in our lives.

I remember being asked once what ‘filters’ New Insights applies to screen people who enrol to train as life coaches. The lady who asked me the question seemed genuinely surprised by my answer: “None”.

“But what about the bad eggs – those people who really aren’t cut out to do such important work,” she continued.

I explained to her that the comprehensive and rigorous nature of our home study training programme renders it ‘self selecting’.

You see, apart from being thoroughly ethical and passionate about working with people to empower them, trainee life coaches need to learn a lot about themselves and the various techniques of human motivation that they will ultimately apply in their coaching.

It’s impossible to graduate to a life of motivating others if you do not make the necessary leap in self-awareness and self motivation required to complete the programme.

And quite a few don’t!


“When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.”

– Arsene Wenger

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Change is as Good as a Holiday

My thanks go to everyone who commented on the ‘Dream Big’ post written while on holiday in China – and to those trainees and coaches who put up with slight delays in support over the past two weeks or so.

Now it’s back to business as usual again … except that, after recuperating from a very long and eventful return journey, I feel a sense of renewal!

In life coaching we advocate frequent change as a means to ensure personal growth and development. I realise now after foregoing a proper holiday for far too long, that I needed some of my own medicine more than I cared to admit.

China is so different, culturally and historically, from what I am used to that it represented a substantial change to the status quo and with that has come a great deal of refreshing reflection.

As a result, I thought I would use this post to commend to you the value of making a change in your own life, whether that be an extended holiday, a week-end break away, a career change or simply a change in your daily routine.

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

– Lao Tzu

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Break the Cycle

As the year slowly draws to a close, I appreciate that reading personal development style blogs starts to slip down the priority listing for many people.

And yet, as we prepare for a temporary interruption in our day-to-day routines, this is without doubt the very best time to sow the seeds for positive, meaningful change in our lives.

For many, the end of the year brings with it an almost obsessive focus on trying to complete unfinished tasks and a sudden rush to put right the effects of procrastination earlier in the year.

It’s also a time when many, particularly those in the southern hemisphere where the summer holidays beckon, start their preparations for taking some time out from work and their normal obligations.

For those who desire more than just temporary relief from the ‘rat race’ this time of enforced change is the perfect time to plan to break the cycle!

“All things are difficult before they are easy.”

– Thomas Fuller


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Handling Procrastination

I remember well the sleepless nights of a student desperately trying to complete a major assignment due in  a few days time, silently cursing that I hadn’t started on the project many months ago when it had first been issued.

Procrastination is deliberately delaying taking action, even though you fully expect such delay to hold negative consequences for you.

How strange that we would even consider it! And yet almost all of us indulge in procrastination at some time or other.

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”

― Charles Dickens (David Copperfield)

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Solving personal dilemmas

How often have you struggled with a personal dilemma between taking action to bring about needed change in your life and resisting that action to prevent possible negative consequences?

In Make This a Better Year – Part 1 I explained why people find it so difficult to embrace change.

A tussle rages between the ego – that desperately wants to protect one’s identity from change – and the inner being that passionately encourages change in the direction of one’s life purpose.

For many of us, in this image conscious world, the ego wins the battle and we resign ourselves to hold our course or keep on plugging away at whatever we’re doing, in the tenuous hope that fate, something or someone might intervene to change things for the better.

“The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively,  while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.”

– Michael E. Gerber

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