Motivation

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It doesn’t have to be this way

While most of us prefer to stick to what we know, even if we are not satisfied with it, there are a few that tell themselves ‘it doesn’t have to be this way’.  More usually, however it is an external observer that makes this claim. And while I have spent much of my working life, trying to invent new ways to tackle recurrent issues, I have come to the conclusion that the most important first step, even before the ‘why’ question, is to believe that an improvement that can be made. This week, I was presented with a number of [...]

2018-11-03T09:05:40+00:000 Comments

Reasons to be cheerful 1 – 2 – 3

The late Ian Dury gave us his reasons to be cheerful and, in a week, when it is increasingly hard to have a light attitude to world news, I thought I would force myself into thinking about some positive things: The weather in Belgium has been great! – Lovely sunny days with a delicately pleasant breeze The delegates on my Managing Change course were fun and inspirational I got the grass cut and the garden furniture put away into the shed I am re-motivated to get started on the follow up to ‘Transition’ I have started planning next summer’s big [...]

2018-10-22T20:19:10+00:000 Comments

Selfless acts

I suppose that most psychologists would argue that there is no such thing as true ‘selfless giving’ but I can think of one or two people I know that are extremely generous in mind and deed and who I would be inclined to call them ‘selfless’. To be clear, my definition of a ‘selfless giver’ is one who gives (or does) for others without any expectation of something in return.  To test the psychologists line of argument, let’s imagine a situation where you did a good deed for someone, without them even knowing it was you. What could the possible [...]

2018-10-18T07:41:56+00:000 Comments

Sorry to let you down

I hate letting people down, I guess we all do?  But if you are like me, someone who takes on too many activities and always broadens the scope of things to deliver better results, then it will be of no surprise that from time to time I have to let someone down. A forgotten meeting, a double booking in my agenda, the need to cancel a lunch that sits awkwardly in my planning, these are just the easy ones. When I had a PA, I never really saw the full consequences as it was her sent the ‘sorry’ emails or [...]

2018-09-14T17:45:05+00:000 Comments

What would you give up to reach your goals?

As I sit here, listening to a CD of young musicians playing Mozart, my mind turns to tomorrow and the day I will spend with eight other professionals, assessing who of the 16 young hopeful musicians will go through to the finals of The Young Belgian Talent, classical music competition. Then my mind turns to a recent conversation about goals, dedication and sacrifice to achieve one’s dream. There can be no doubt of the number of hours a classical musician must invest learning their craft and then the even greater amount, as their future unfolds. Hundreds of days a year [...]

2018-08-31T14:48:27+00:000 Comments