Don’t listen to your Negative Self-Talk

One of the most debilitating, confidence-sapping things we can do is to listen to our own Negative Self-Talk.  It's a key theme that I use in my work with clients.

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Lucky Pants – does your underwear give you confidence?

I recently attended a workshop with the irrepressible Steve Thompson at Teesside University (www.steve-thompson.org.uk).  We were discussing confidence and how, if you employ a "fake it till you make it" approach, you will constantly nudge at the edges of your comfort zone before finally realising that you do have confidence in a particular field.  

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Big Sky Thinking

I'm just back from the new Mackenzie Thorpe exhibition of Station Posters in Middlesbrough.  I love Mackenzie Thorpe's work, and find I am always drawn to his paintings with really beautiful big skylines with puffy clouds - although the ones with shepherds and sheep come a close second (and when he paints both together, I'm in heaven! :-D).  I once spoke to him about how much I loved the cloud filled scenes he painted and he told me he got the best results when he turned the painting upside down so he could gain a different perspective on the work.  Reflecting on that on the way home, I started to think of this as being "Big Sky Thinking" (rather than Blue Sky Thinking) and how that would be a pretty good way to help you achieve the best results too. 

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Free Guide – 7 Steps to a Stress-Free Wardrobe

Stop the stress of standing in front of your bulging wardrobe and saying:

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Replay: Inspiring Change – International Women’s Day 2014

Yesterday was International Women's Day and I wrote a blog post inspired by the theme: #MakeItHappen.  Today I'm going to replay a post I wrote last year for the same event: Inspiring Change - International Women's Day 2014.

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Belt up – why wearing a belt doesn’t create a waist

It was the Oscars last night, and today the Internet is awash with photographs of actresses in their red carpet outfits.  Of course, there is commentary about the best and worst dressed - and I even saw one actress appearing on both lists so clearly there's a question of personal taste coming into it, but the one that stood out to me (for the wrong reasons) was Nicole Kidman's dress which was a shimmering pale gold on ivory which she was wearing a belt with.  

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Change your Perception

Have you ever had an impression set from meeting or knowing about somebody and then you've been able to change your perception by finding out a bit more about them or by looking at the situation with an external perspective?

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Keeping up appearances – do you?

I’ve just read an article in the Metro that reports on a survey carried out. The survey identified the lengths to which some women are keeping up appearances. Apparently one in twenty of the 2000 surveyed will not allow themselves to be seen without a full face of makeup by their husbands or boyfriends! [Read more…]

Former Fat Person

Does anybody ever get over their body image when they lose a significant amount of weight?  It was Kelly Osbourne who first coined the phrase "Former Fat Person" when she was talking about how she viewed herself after losing 70lbs.

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Kim Kardashian’s Bottom

The only way you will have failed to have an awareness of Kim Kardashian's bottom over the last week is if you've been cut off from the Internet, radio and any TV news. I don't think she managed to #breaktheinternet but she has generated a huge amount of discussion (and an equal or greater amount of parody) as a result. Everybody has an opinion!

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