Growth Mindset: Why Praising Effort Isn’t Enough

“Becoming is better than being.” Carol Dweck In 2007, psychologist Carol Dweck published ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’ after decades of research on the topic. Through her findings, the terms ‘fixed’ and ‘growth’ mindset came into popular use, and the benefits of adopting a growth mindset over a fixed mindset became evident across all […]

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The Inner Game

“Inner game is what enables you to act. Nothing less, nothing more.” – Tim Gallwey Back in the 1970s, tennis coach Tim Gallwey published his first book, The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance. He coined the term “inner game” in response to his belief that every […]

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The Power of NLP

“As long as you believe it is impossible, you will actually never find out if it is possible or not.” – John Seymour Imagine being the person you want to be, not the person you believe yourself to be right now. You might think this is just the stuff of dreams, and a million miles […]

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Try, Try Again

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” – Robert the Bruce Legend has it that Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, rallied his troops to fight again in 1314 with cries of, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” How much truth is in the legend perhaps depends on how much […]

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Half Full or Half Empty?

“The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist sees the hole.” – Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde’s quip about doughnuts and holes is just one of many relating to optimism and pessimism. Seeing a glass half full or half empty is another, and Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist […]

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Follow Your Own Path

“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson There’s a great quote by essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey […]

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Opportunity Knocks

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison It’s often said that opportunity knocks only once. If this really is the case, then you’d better be ready to answer the door when it does, right? But, what if you’re not ready; what if you […]

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Making Plans

  “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon Do you like to plan? Are you someone who crafts carefully thought out ‘to do’ lists or spends days, weeks, months making meticulous plans that ensure every detail is tweaked to perfection? If so, answer the next question honestly: do you […]

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Bad Hair Days

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle The inner environment you create inside your head with your thoughts is responsible for the outer environment you experience as your reality. In other words, if you think you’re having a bad day, you are having a bad day – but only because […]

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Living the Dream

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” – George Lucas What does “living the dream” mean to you? It’s a commonly used phrase, but can you instantly answer the question of what it means to you? Probably not, unless you’re focusing on what living the dream isn’t. You see, “living […]

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