Perfectionism is usually described as an irrational desire to be flawless accompanied by self-criticism and a concern about how other people will evaluate you if you fail. Brené Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection, suggests that it’s a trait we adopt to protect against…

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When Ana Nicols from Martha Jean first came to see me for business coaching, we were living a few minutes apart from one another in Melbourne. As it turned out, we both made the move to the Mornington Peninsula around the same time. Not long…

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Last week a friend of mine called to express her growing sense of overwhelm. She’s overloaded at work, she’s had a couple of unexpected financial pressures and her ageing mum is not well. She feels that her time is constantly stretched and she’s having difficulty…

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While I was away in Byron Bay on retreat recently, I revisited my personal values. If you’ve never worked on your values, a great way to start is by creating a mind map. Grab a large sheet of paper and lots of coloured textas or…

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How often in life, in the big moments, do we encourage our loved ones (both children and adults) with the words, “Just be yourself”? We know exactly what that advice means yet in our everyday lives, seeking ‘to belong’ in every situation means this simple…

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Often when we’re presented with an opportunity we’re not ready for or invited to take on a project that feels daunting, our initial response is to stay hidden, to sit back and let the opportunity pass. If you sometimes find yourself paralysed by self-doubt, here…

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Sarah Fisher first came to see me back in 2007 when she was trying to decide what to do next with her career. It wasn’t long before we both realised that working for herself was really her ultimate goal – and something she’d be brilliant at….

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Not many of us know how to have a difficult conversation and in my experience, there are many people who avoid them altogether. If you’re someone who cares about creating and maintaining healthy and happy relationships, you know that sometimes an uncomfortable conversation is necessary….

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