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Creating a Confidence List

We can all have moments when the Inner Critic is being particularly noisy or Imposter Syndrome rears its’ ugly head.

To help counter this, one technique is to create a list of 10 things which make you feel confident. Then when you feel the doubts hit, you can check through your list and pick one thing to do to get back on track. (Or if it is a really shaky day, make your way through all 10!)

Because this list would be very personal to you and what motivates you, it is difficult to prescribe what “should” be on it.

Visualisation for Well Being

I have written before about creating avisionfor your future and how it can motivate you.

Visualisation is also a terrific tool to use in other circumstances. I have mentioned about havingpanic attacksin the past and a tool I used to manage them has been a visualisation process learnt from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  It is a displacement activity, taking you out of the immediate panic and giving you space to calm down.

You begin the process when you are unstressed. The idea is that you spend time (maybe a few sessions of 5 or 10 minutes) building up a strong picture of your ‘safe place’ so that if/when a stressful situation occurs, you can immediately switch into your fully imagined place.

Too Many Ideas?

Have you got lots of ideas, are equally enthusiastic about them all and don't know how to keep track of them, or how to prioritise them?

There is one quick method which I sometimes recommend to clients. This is a tool to get the ideas out of your head and onto paper, and begin to get some clarity on which to follow up and when. Like many of my favourite tools, it involves a large sheet of paper and post-it notes.

Spread the paper on a table or pin it to a wall.
On a post-it note, write down in a couple of words or a short sentence the essence of your first idea and then stick it anywhere on the paper.

Use Those Post Holiday Blues

The main holiday season is just beginning in the UK, so some of you will be soon be off on your breaks.

But whenever your last vacation was, just think back to it.

Maybe you went away somewhere exciting and had a really great break, doing lots of things you loved, trying out new foods, meeting new people, having exciting experiences, maybe even being as radical as ditching the smartphone for a couple of weeks …

Then came the day you were coming back to so called 'normal', everyday life.

As you were sitting in the airport waiting for your homeward flight to be called, or standing at the train station waiting for your train to arrive, or driving along the motorway, was there a little moment when you thought, 

Take Five with Edmund Palao

Edmund Palao studied art at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design and the University of Westminster. His work embodies a fascination for hidden and unassuming locations such as night time street views, backlands, dual carriageways and so on.  Although he does use photographic images, a lot of his work is done en plein air. He says, "London has so many viewpoints and locations that I can discover and it is not difficult to find the familiar and the unfamiliar juxtaposed together e.