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Tips for Overcoming Loneliness

It’s World Mental Health Day today. I’m so pleased that, this year, the focus is on mental health in adolescence and young adulthood. It’s great that mental health is being talked about more and more, and that people are starting to feel more comfortable opening up about how they’re feeling.

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Five Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism

Perfectionism, defined as “a refusal to accept any standard short of perfection”, is always something I’ve struggled with. Here are my top tips on how to overcome perfectionism and move forward with your goals.

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My 5 Tips to Success

I was interviewed for the Coventry Radio Plus 'Talk Business' show on what factors I felt contributed to my success. Being interviewed for this radio show helped me reflect on how successful I actually am if I measure myself against what's important to me. Here are the factors I mentioned.

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Having the Confidence to Pursue Your Dreams

This month we have a guest post from Reader's Digest, designed to help you follow through on all those great ideas you have. It can be frustrating when you have all these ideas and you just can't seem to make them happen. Here's a few tips to help you through that and make those dreams a reality.

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How To Tackle Remote Job Interviews

Telephone and Skype job interviews are used by employers more and more to shorten the recruitment process, overcome location barriers and bring down costs. In this post, guest authors The Carling Partnership have prepared tips for you to successfully tackle both types of remote job interviews.

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Turning 30: How it Feels & How to Cope

I'd say about 90% of clients come to coaching when they're in their late 20s, regularly commenting that it was their looming 30th birthday that had triggered their anxiety about where their life was heading. There's something about turning 30 that shakes us awake and gets us questioning ourselves.

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How to Present Yourself Better

I work with quite a few clients who would like to feel more confident presenting and speaking up in meetings. I went to a talk recently by Robin Kermode, one of Europe’s leading coaches to CEOs, boards, and senior professionals, who spoke about bringing authority and personality to your work, and the best way to maximise the effect of personal communication and the secrets to confident speaking. A few of his tips are worth sharing if you’d like to feel more confident speaking up.

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Overcoming Barriers to Decision Making

When we’re contemplating change, there are always decisions to be made. We can stay in decision making mode for a long time, going backwards and forwards as we think about all the pros and cons of the options we have before us. It can feel quite paralysing, so much so that sometimes we opt to just do nothing.

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Are Your Thoughts Holding You Back?

Being creatures of habit, our minds want us to stay in our warm, safe comfort zone. To stay put saves us energy and we know what to expect. We think we have things figured out and that helps us feel in control. That’s great unless we want things to change.

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Life Lessons From Cycling

Bear with me here, I do have a point! Having got in to road cycling about a year ago, my passion for the sport has had its ups and downs. At first, I just wanted to give up. It was so hard (because I was unfit and didn’t know how to cycle efficiently) and everyone was so much faster than me. I couldn’t keep up and felt like a failure.

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Dreading Going Back to Work? Here’s How to Look Forward to it.

Let’s face it, even if we love our job, the thought of the first day/week back at work after the Christmas and New Year break can feel pretty crappy. I’ve been doing one or two things, which I feel are making that first week back seem bearable and I’m actually starting to look forward to it. I’ve listed these things below to help you look forward to going back to work too.

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Review your 2013 & Preview your 2014

In my role as a coach over at Mind The Gap, we’ve been working on putting together an exercise to encourage those in their 20s and 30s to review what 2013 meant to them, whilst also getting them to think about what they want out of 2014. The questions are great so I thought I’d share them with you.

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Home Alone

If you will be spending Christmas or New Year’s Eve on your tod this year, then no worries, try out the following...

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Friends

Throughout my career as a coach for young professionals, clients have often commented on the changing dynamics of their friendships throughout their 20s. It can be a confusing time. I think this little poem can help you understand why some friendships might begin to change as we grow older.

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Vision Boards & Future Goals

Vision Boards are great for starting to visualise your future goals. You might have a clear idea of what you want or you might not, it doesn’t matter. It is a process and it helps formalise your thinking into a kind of creative, visual action plan to refer to now and again.

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Understanding Depression

Last night I attended an event at The School of Life called ‘Understanding Depression’. Although the majority of my clients do not have depression, one or two do so I wanted to learn more about the causes, symptoms and effective interventions.

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What do I Want? How Will I Know When I Have Found It?

This week, dating coach Liz Robson from Glow Coaching has kindly written a blog post on personal values. I invited her to write a post on relationships as a number of clients often come to coaching with questions around this part of their life.

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That to-do list...

We all love a good list, however before you know it, the list is as long as your arm and becomes overwhelming. Here’s a hint from expert Jeff Herring, courtesy of Stylist, on how to tackle that to-do list and make it manageable.

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The Fairy of Appreciation

An excerise to develop positive thinking and appreciation. Have a read and give it a go yourself. It’s a little odd but the principle of it works wonders for positive thinking and learning to appreciate your life.

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The Wheel of Life

When we know we aren’t at our happiest, it can be hard work trying to figure out which bit of our lives to focus on first. We end up losing sight of the bigger picture because we spend all our time worrying about and focusing on all the different thoughts racing around in our heads.

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Benefits of Mindfulness

A few days ago, I attended a talk held at The School of Life in association with Psychologies Magazine (both are great resources for those interested in self-development by the way).

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Coaching with Alice has been enormously helpful. I’ve gone from being very negative and unhappy with a lot of things, to less negative and more motivated. She’s given me the push I needed to progress with things I felt would never happen. She’s genuinely caring and I’d recommend her to anyone.

A much more positive and happier client
Alice Stapleton

About Alice

Alice coaches those who want to change career but don’t know what they want to do instead. She offers Career Coaching designed to help graduates, early career-changers, and parents returning to work gain a clear vision of what career is right for them, and how to achieve it.