Tag: Balance

Good Enough

Sometimes, only our best is good enough … but the idea we can [or should] always be at our best is not only impossible, it’s unhealthy. We’re humans. We have good days and bad days. Sometimes we’re on top form … and at other times – not so much. Now, if we’re having a stinker, that doesn’t mean we inflict our bad day on everyone around us, but pretending we’re always at our best is

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Beach Soccer Stories

The Beginnning I think he was a bit drunk when he called. We’d worked together on a few things by then, so I was used to his enormous ideas. But what he said next threw me. “I’ve just been watching beach soccer on the telly.”“Right. And…?”“I think we should run an event.”“…” Four months later, we did. In just a few weeks, we became the UK’s leading beach soccer experts. [It’s probably more accurate to

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Effective Optimism

Pessimists just aren’t nice to be around. All that doom and gloom drags you down. The attitude of helplessness is draining. On the other hand, excessive optimism can be just as frustrating – particularly when it ignores the fact that there’s work to be done. Where’s the balance? It’s not about thinking everything will work out, but we do need to continually believe in the possibility of finding a solution. What we need is persistent,

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Balancing Commitment

When we commit to something – whether that is an activity, a principle, or a person – does that make us more, or less? Do we gain, or do we lose? It’s easy to see how making a commitment to improving our physical health is a good idea – it makes us a better person. If we commit to reducing the amount of sugar we eat or increasing the amount of running we do, our

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When Compromise Becomes Surrender

COMPROMISE : A settlement reached by mutual consent through concession on both sides. In principle, compromise sounds sensible – the idea that we are open enough to listen to other views, and incorporate them into our thinking in order to arrive at a solution that works for all parties sounds great. But when does it go too far? True compromise involves having the courage to stand up for what you believe in – it’s not

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What I Am Afraid Of

I listened to Chase Jarvis interview Lewis Howes this week, where he recommends writing a list of your fears as a way to analyse – and potentially overcome – them. I decided to give it a go … My list included everything from my fears of drowning and dancing in public (in private is a different matter…), through to how I feel about ‘success’ and ‘failure’, and appearing ‘weak’ in front of other people. (To

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