Thinking Differently – Paint & Prattle

Often we can get stuck in a cycle of repetitive thinking. We have a problem that we are trying to solve and we just keep trying to do the same thing over and over again. Does that sound familiar? We are probably all aware of the famous quotation “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. Until I researched this blog (yes I do research them!) I thought that was written by Einstein – apparently it wasn’t and first appeared in a 1983 novel but regardless of where it came […] Read more

Begin with the end in mind

Anyone familiar with Stephen Covey’s seminal book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will know that Habit #2 is Start with the End in Mind. I’m not going to attempt to paraphrase his work but there are a few key points I want to highlight: Beginning with the end in mind means being clear about who you want to be and where you want to go. You need to set goals that are aligned with your values and life purpose You need to complete your mental creation before you focus on your physical creation So often in life we set […] Read more

Why fat shaming never works

The topic of fat shaming is a difficult one and one that unfortunately I have a lot of experience of and one that sadly I see and hear a lot about. I am not talking about people who shout out nasty insults in the street or write abusive comments hiding behind their keyboard online. Those people don’t deserve any of your, or my, time and the only answer to them is to ignore them. We sadly can’t change the people who behave like this but we can change how we choose to react to them. This article is in response […] Read more

Surviving Crab Mentality

It’s a strange but true fact that if you put one crab in a bucket it can claw its way up the side and escape. However, if you have a number of crabs in the bucket they will work together to stop any crabs escaping by pulling them back down. We see this behaviour in humans too which can manifest itself as “if I can’t have it then you can’t either”. It can be hard to deal with when it comes from strangers and colleagues and it can be really difficult to deal with when it comes from friends and […] Read more

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