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Xmas!

Xmas blog on Catching Fireworks website

Yep - when I put together an A to Z of coaching blog topics for the year, I didn’t really think it through!  However, when you least expect it, something turns up which makes it all work.  Instead of having to rack my brains for a blog on xylophones, x-ray or xenophobia, I had a conversation with a freelance colleague just yesterday about Xmas* and the lessons we can learn from it.

As a freelancer, with a freelancer husband, she was talking about the dilemma of having to work for some of the time during the Xmas/New Year period, whilst also wanting to give their young children a great Xmas break.

Thinking

Thinking, a blog by Deborah Henry-Pollard of Catching Fireworks

Thinking.

We do it all the time.  That little voice is always chattering on in our heads: remember to buy milk; I need to phone that person back; I haven’t checked my Facebook for 20 minutes; I must get this done by the end of the day; yadda, yadda, yadda.

But how often do we give ourselves the chance to think, really think?  Thinking as in giving yourself time to really develop a thought.  I don’t know about you, but when I was working in a corporate environment, I felt I always had to be seen to be working, tapping away at a keyboard, reading articles, on the phone, doing, doing, doing, when what I really needed was to just stare into space and let my mind wander around a topic.

Quiet


Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

Peter Drucker


When was the last time you were truly quiet?

Most of us will probably not remember the last time we were 'actively' quiet.  By that, I don't mean the time just before we go to sleep when we are still thinking about the last email we looked at 2 seconds ago on our phone, or worrying about waking up in time for a breakfast meeting tomorrow.

We are in the constant hullabaloo of actual and virtual noise, being pulled by other people's agendas or impossible to complete to do lists.

Enjoy the Journey

Catching Fireworks coaching and mentoring blog on vision and taking time to enjoy the journey

"What a wonderful life I've had!  I only wish I'd realized it sooner."
Colette    


I am always talking about having a vision and looking forward to new challenges and ideas.  I am a very firm believer that if you have something to move towards, it can inspire you and make you accomplish more than you had thought possible.  (Take a look at thisarticleif you don't believe me!)  

However, I would put in a word of caution. 

Sometimes we can be so intent on getting to the goal ahead of us that we miss out on the wonderful things along the way.

Keep Yourself Interested in You



"Somebody's boring me...I think it's me."
Dylan Thomas


Routines and habits can be very powerful and helpful.  They can support you by providing a foundation, giving you the comfort of the known, signalling the start of the next piece of work, or creating a state of mind.  In her excellent book, The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp talks of how she goes to the gym every morning.  However, the process begins not when she arrives at the gym or changes into her kit, but when she hails the cab to get her there.