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Personal Development Archives - Page 11 of 12 - Jo Emerson Personal Development Archives - Page 11 of 12 - Jo Emerson

Does that frame need changing…? August 26, 2014 – Posted in: Confidence, Personal Development

Hamlet said, “for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” As we say goodbye to the summer and anticipate the onset of autumn we have a choice; we can either dread the colder, wetter weather or we can look forward to the leaves changing colour and the excitement of the build up to Christmas. It’s up to you – the end of summer can be a good thing or a…

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The impermanence of our feelings… August 7, 2014 – Posted in: Confidence, Personal Development, Spirituality

As part of a recent Confidence Building Workshop, the delegates and I were discussing what confidence is and also what it isn’t. When I wrote the following statement on the board, “Confidence isn’t permanent,” there was a collective sharp intake of breath as light-bulb moments fired off across the room. This statement proved to be very powerful as it freed the people on my course from thinking that in order to be a confident person…

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The 7 [thinking] habits of really unhappy people July 29, 2014 – Posted in: Confidence, Personal Development

In tribute to the late Stephen R Covey and his brilliant book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (which, if you haven’t read I’d really recommend you do), I thought it would be interesting to look at the opposite. So here, from my own (and my clients’ experiences) is my list of the 7 Beliefs (“Thinking Habits”) sure to keep you unfulfilled, unhappy and unsuccessful…

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Your best is enough July 15, 2014 – Posted in: Confidence, Personal Development

Your best is enough… The more clients I see, the more I become convinced that we live in a culture where perfectionism is rife and I believe it’s sucking the life out of us. We try to sculpt our bodies into perfectly lean model sizes (unable to enjoy our normal bodies because they’re not “perfect”), we boast on Facebook about our perfect lives on our perfectly groomed summer lawns or in front of our perfectly…

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Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy July 10, 2014 – Posted in: Confidence, Personal Development

Karen* came to me last year as she was at a crossroads in her life. She’d fallen into an unfulfilling career after university, and then had her children who were now all at school. Quite tearfully, she explained to me that the thought of returning to her former career filled her with dread but she had no idea what else she could do. She wanted to find her passion in life but didn’t know where…

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Doing the next right thing… June 11, 2014 – Posted in: Confidence, Personal Development

Are you someone who worries about the future and spends time fretting about the past? Most of us can relate to this state of mind and we all know it gets us nowhere. For some of us, this way of thinking becomes entrenched and consumes the majority of our thought-life, meaning we can never enjoy the moment. I know because I used to live this way myself.

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What you resist persists February 25, 2014 – Posted in: Confidence, Personal Development

If there’s one thing unhappy people have in common it’s their resistance to life, as it is, right now.  Those who are unhappy usually idolise the past, bemoan the present and fear the future.   In fact, one of the greatest forms of personal pain is a lack of acceptance because it actually keeps us locked into the very thing that’s hurting us.  Resisting something just makes it bigger and more powerful.  Ask any surfer who…

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Nothing stays the same (something else is also true…) January 15, 2014 – Posted in: Confidence, Personal Development

Recently, I met a woman with a story that’s remarkable both for its sorrow and its joy.  She and I were chatting as we helped our little daughters change for their swimming lessons, and she mentioned that she’d previously had another daughter who’d died as an infant.  If that wasn’t enough, her marriage then floundered leaving her both childless and single.  I remarked that she must have been devastated when this had happened to which…

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10 quotes that could change your life December 16, 2013 – Posted in: Confidence, Personal Development

I’m a massive fan of the work of the late American coach, Stephen R Covey. His book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has literally changed the lives of millions and his legacy is being felt in organisations and families across the world. I use much of his philosophy in my own coaching practice because his simple, principle-centred approach works. He died just over a year ago and to honour his enormous contribution, I thought…

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