It’s not personal

How many times have you been told: “Don’t take it personal”? Myself, too many to count. And how often your immediate response is to go on defence mode and say “Of course it’s personal, it’s MY life! or “it’s MY career!” or “it’s MY [insert whatever comes to mind]” That is the ego speaking. OurContinue reading “It’s not personal”

What do you think?

I want to start this post with some questions: – What is already working well in your life (personal and/or professional)? – What is causing it to work well? – What can you do to make things be even better? I have been asking myself these questions for almost 10 years now to find answersContinue reading “What do you think?”

What are you doing it for?

There was an illusion that our lives were slowly going back to normal. Then the second lockdown arrived, and we had to put our plans and our lives on hold again. This uncertainty, not knowing what to expect is taking a toll on our mental health, making it challenging to plan for the future, toContinue reading “What are you doing it for?”

Book Review: The Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice – Why More Is Less was published by American psychologist Barry Schwartz in 2004. In this book, Schwartz states that choice is crucial for our freedom and happiness, but at the same too much choice can also have have a negative impact in our well being. So… what is “too much” choice?Continue reading “Book Review: The Paradox of Choice”

What are your values?

What are your values in life? If you can list them, you are an exception not the rule. Most people blank when they are asked this question. They don’t know what their values are and I believe this is a fundamental problem of modern society. Values are what drives us forward. They guide our beliefs,Continue reading “What are your values?”

Series Review: When They See Us

When They See Us is an American miniseries of Netflix released in 2019. In just 4 episodes, it narrates the story of the Central Park Five from 1990: the quintet of teenagers that were wrongly incarcerated, wrongly charged with the crime of assaulting and raping a white jogger. Just because they were in the wrongContinue reading “Series Review: When They See Us”

Mind the gap

At some point we allowed the busyness of life to take over, we put the autopilot on to make life less stressful, to escape. At some point we forgot how important it is to be present in the moment, here and now. Mindfulness is a practice used to focus our minds on the beauty ofContinue reading “Mind the gap”

Time management

Looking at your past week, how much time have you spent reacting to what others needed and how much time have you spent doing what you had planned for the week? Is it 60:40? 50:50? Maybe 80:20? Nowadays it’s SO EASY to get distracted. There are so many things that require our attention that aContinue reading “Time management”

What makes you take action?

Motivation. Your “motive” to take “action”. What motivates people? Why do we feel motivated? How do we keep our motivation going? These and many other questions have been the subject of research for decades. There are thousands of articles about motivation techniques (26,000 in Google Scholar since 2020 alone), numerous theories and methods (Hierarchy ofContinue reading “What makes you take action?”

Learnings on the proactivity challenge

This has been a very insightful challenge. And I will admit I have not managed to conquer it as well as I would have liked because there is so much more to it! Having clarity on what is important in our lives, who we want to be and what we need to achieve our goalsContinue reading “Learnings on the proactivity challenge”

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