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Your kids’ education won’t teach them this!

career mindset young people Sep 23, 2019

If you’ve come across to this blog from The Monday Munch you’ll already know the answer to this.

It’s that the education system doesn’t teach your children how to manage their career effectively – to get jobs they love that support a lifestyle they’ve chosen. 

This short video (it really is worth just under 2 minutes of your time) outlines the key things that your kids will need in their career toolkit to thrive when they leave education. If they don’t have them, they are likely to experience the anxiety and stress during the  (statistically likely) career changes and redundancies they’ll face. Or you could share the skills with them so they are able to turn them into exciting opportunities. 

If you want to help your kids by setting them on the road to getting these skills, sign up to my Free (yes it really is!) “9 Days to Career Success” course and then share what you learn with them.

Click here to sign up


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How do I get motivated at work?


If you’re struggling to get motivated again after the summer (or maybe you’ve been feeling de-motivated for a while), I’ve recorded a short video to help you get re-motivated.

Three key things to remember to underline the points in the video:

  1. Don’t wait for someone else to motivate you. Make it happen yourself.
  2. Getting motivated will give you more energy and make you feel happier.
  3. When you’re motivated, you’re likely to be in control of your career (rather than letting other people direct you).
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How do you maintain income when transitioning to self-employment?


If you’ve been working in an organisation all of your life transitioning to self-employment can be a challenging and perhaps stressful time. One of the biggest fears is about whether you’ll make enough money to live on.

Here are three tips to make the transition to self-employment easier.


Get your mindset right for self-employment

This is some advice that I really could have done with when I became self-employed in 2001. I’d been working in organisations (public and private sector) all of my life and was used to getting a paycheque at the end of every month.

When you’re self-employed, particularly at the start, you’re likely to have months that are fairly low income which are balanced by those that are very financially rewarding. Getting in the habit of looking at your income over a year, rather than each month, helps ease the pressure. As long as you’re doing all the other essential activities to run a successful business, you’ll...

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Three actions to help you create a success mindset

business career mindset Aug 26, 2019

As we come to the end of this four week mini-series reducing stress and increasing calm, our focus turns to gratitude.

The Gratitude Attitude

There’s a lot around about the power of gratitude. You may have come across it. It links to one of the key mindsets for success:

What you focus on consistently you tend to get more of in your life.

There’s no magic to this. Your unconscious mind filters information based on what you’ve told it is important to you. By focussing on what you want and like, your unconscious mind will filter so that you notice more of those things.

Gratitude helps you to make sure that you focus on the good things – from the big fabulous achievements, to the smaller things like that nice cup of tea you made this morning, the smile you exchanged with someone in the street, or that you just caught the train this morning.

I’ve got three actions for you below which will help you get into the habit really easily.


  1. Every morning when...
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Where is your calm place?

business career mindset Aug 19, 2019

Here in the UK August is traditionally holiday season and holidays are a great way to switch off from work and recharge our batteries.

But what about the rest of the time! It’s just as important to be able to stay calm and manage any stresses right through the year. If you’ve read the last couple of Monday Munch’s you’ll already have some strategies that will help.

This week I’m going to share a couple more.


Where is your calm place?

Think about a time when you felt really relaxed and calm and happy. Make it a specific time. Take a moment to go back there in your mind and re-live the moment, remember it clearly. What could you see, what could you hear, taste, smell, feel?  As you recall that memory and all the details of it, you’ll start to feel that lovely relaxed, calm and happy feeling that you had back then; and the great thing is that now you’ve got it right here and right now.

Mine is on a hillside above Ullswater in the...

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Border control for your career

business career mindset Aug 12, 2019

Do you ever feel like you’ve got so much on, and there are still people asking you for more things, whether it be bits of work or meetings or problems to solve?

It’s not something you have to put up with. You can choose to do something about it.

Setting Your Boundaries

When I talk about setting your boundaries, I’m talking in terms both of your time and the things that you do. It’s very easy to get into a situation where you feel like you just haven’t got time to do everything. 

 So, take a few minutes to step back and take a new look.

  • What are you doing that you don’t have to do?
  • What are you doing that someone else could (or perhaps should) be doing?
  • Are you taking work home at night, or answering emails at all hours?
  • Are you working way more hours that you’re contracted for?
  • Do you have so much work that you can’t possibly do it in the hours available?

 If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, isn’t...

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Taking control of your emotions

business career mindset Aug 05, 2019

As we move into August, many people are on holiday, the rush hour roads and trains are quieter and it’s perhaps a chance to reflect and get some strategies in place to reduce stress and increase your levels of calm and peace.

August is a 4 Monday month this year, so look out here and in my Monday Munch email, for some top tips to help you move into the autumn in a positive and stress-free state.

Emotions: reflex or choice?

Have you ever had any of these reactions (either yourself or you’ve heard someone else say it), or something similar:

  • You make me so mad!
  • He really knows how to push my buttons!
  • She makes me feel stupid

The common factor in these examples is that “you”, “he”, or “she” (i.e. someone else) is doing something, and you are reporting an emotional response. That response (reaction) is probably in the way that you always react, and you probably do it almost instantly.

It has become an almost instinctive response and you...

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Who’s in charge of your mind?

career mindset Jun 17, 2019

I’ve got a short video for you this week, and although the answer to this question might seem obvious, very often the true answer is somewhat different.

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Preparing to blow your own trumpet!

career mindset Jun 10, 2019

Who’s Blowing Yours?

Why, in a career blog would I be talking about trumpets? I don’t play one and probably never will, but there is a trumpet we all need to learn to play, and that’s our own.

I know, right, we’ve been told since we were really small, things like “don’t blow your own trumpet”, “it’s bad to brag”, and so on.

But seriously, if you don’t blow your own trumpet, it’s likely that nobody ever will.

In last week’s blog and Monday Munch (sign up at the bottom of this blog post if you’re not already getting it) I gave you a framework to talk about yourself competently, confidently and, probably most importantly, comfortably.

Listen to the good stuff

One thing that really helps in preparation for that is getting used to taking compliments about yourself. In other words, listening when people say nice things about you and deliberately focussing on your own good points.

Imagine this!


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Always know the outcome before you start

mindset May 27, 2019

One of the simplest ways you can reduce stress, get more done and get more of what you want is by remembering, before you start anything, to take a few moments to decide what the outcome is that you want.

It doesn’t matter how big or small that something is.

It could be your major life, career or business goals (in which case you’ll take a bit longer), or it could be the telephone call you’re about to make to a key client or customer, or the meeting you’re walking into to try to land that next job.

So, for example, my objectives for The Monday Munch email are:

Something that will only take a minute or two to read (so you’ll have time for a quick sneaky peak.)

Something that gives you something you can use practically (so you’ll want to have a look.)

Something you’ll want to share with friends and colleagues (because they will thank you.)

Here’s an example: if it was a telephone call that was a bit nervous about making, I might just say...

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