Thursday, May 27, 2010


Many of us, I'm sure, have attended courses and training that required us to brainstorm a solution or exercise.  Brainstorming also plays a large part in achieving success in coaching as well.  If you are looking for a fresh idea or approach, grab a pen and paper and set a timer for 5 or 8 minutes. Write down every idea or thought that comes to your mind about that particular issue.  There is no dumb or silly idea, write them all down.
At the end of the time, you may find some of these ideas are impractical however you may find that perfect solution as well.  Whilst you are motivated and energised from your brainstorming session, write yourself a little action plan about how you will go about implementing that solution.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Some inspiration

I found this great inspiration on my Facebook page.  Have a read and let me know what you think

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Poets know how constraints can be used to their advantage(rhymes, etc.).  What things do you see as constraints that you could turn into an advantage?  Perhaps you live on the outskirts of a big city and spend many hours travelling either on public transport or buy yourself.  What could you do with that time?  Read an audio book (or a real book), learn a language, use a voice recorder to record jobs you need to do, meditate(if you are a passenger, of course!).  Do you have to get up early for work?  What's the most beautiful sunrise you can capture on your camera? 
What are your constraints and how can they be of benefit to your life?  How can those restraints help you create or achieve?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mix It Up

Did you know that after 6-8 weeks our bodies and our minds can become bored if we maintain the same exercise routine? In February I joined a ladies only gym where they have machines and cardio pads set up around in a circle. When I went there to sign up, I was concerned that my body and I were going to get bored with that and wouldn't want to do it after a while. I haven't been for a few weeks (been taking walks with my boy) and when I went last week, I see they have changed the exercises on the cardio pads. At first I thought, 'I'm not going to do them, they are a little more complicated than what I'm used to and I might look silly.' Then one of the fitness trainers there came over to me while I was on one of the cardio pads and 'made' me do the exercise for that pad. It really was funny. It was a bit difficult at the start (I'm a little challenged, co-ordination wise when it comes to moving my arms and my legs in different directions at the same time). It was so much fun and got my heart rate going that's for sure. It also got the other ladies there talking and laughing and they started trying the new exercises as well.

So when it comes to your exercise routine, how can you change it up a bit? Maybe look for a new place to walk or jog. Maybe reduce walk/jog time and incorporate some 'weights' or core strengthening type of exercises. Maybe you can jog for some time and walk for some time(depending on your fitness levels and ability of course). If you have had the same gym program for a while now, ask for a new routine or go to a different class. Your body and mind will thank you. Remember to check with your doctor prior to exercising to make sure medically it's ok to do so.

April done!

Well the creative bug bit very hard in the last couple of days.  Things are looking up long term for my son and it has opened up a whole creative mental space.  Have a look at April's photos.  It also helped this month for me to take away some restrictions which actually opened up the possibilities of working towards my goals each day.