Putting self criticism in its place.

I’m tutoring at a University at the moment and enjoying every minute of working with young aspiring teachers setting out on their journey. Yesterday, I shared this metaphor/ with them, about building resilience and dealing with self doubt and self criticism...

Who we are, where we come from, influences our choices.

As I wait impatiently  for Cyclone Oma to bring some much needed rain, I am struck by how embedded this need is in me. From a very young age, I would watch my father stand on the verandah and survey the horizon, looking for distant signs of a  thunderstorm. The ABC...

Who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be?

Setting out on a new path? Need a road map? Then these three questions may help you along the way. Who are you? The simple things in life can help you work this out. Oddly, many of us need time to identify the simplest things like favourite colour, music, food....

How important is it to have a mission?

When I began Open to Success, my motivation stemmed simply from one thing – to help others. I felt that if I could save some-one the angst that I have been through, in making career choices, then I would be fulfilled. There is certainly merit in that. Having a...

Are You a List Maker?

It’s been a few weeks since I posted because I took time out to visit the coast and catch up with some friends visiting from out west. It’s not as if I was going to be frantically busy anyway but I was nervous about taking time off. It was as if I had to...

Don’t be Afraid to Start Again.

It takes courage to walk away. Resilience is often talked about as if it is a wall we build to deal with the stresses of life and attacks on our  personal safety and integrity.  However, it is is in fact much more than this. It may well be helpful to build a wall and...

Transformation takes patience and trust in the process.

Recently, I was scrolling through documents on my IPad and came across some old study  notes from when I was studying for a Master in Leadership and Management. Among the screeds of notes and assignments on leadership, I came across one page that took my attention. It...

Do your research, know your level, listen to your heart.

One of the biggest mistakes students make when choosing a career path or degree programme  to undertake at University level is that they do not thoroughly research the core courses, prerequisites and unit outlines. I wanted to be a vet – but besides the fact that...

Know Yourself to Lead Others

There is currently a massive self help industry thriving on our intense need to know how to lead. Authentic, ethical, transactional, charismatic, transformational, democratic, distributed – which one are you or do you aspire to be? There is also an equally huge ‘self...

For Year 12 Students -Some tips for choosing your pathway

If only everything we ever undertook was easy. Of course, if that was the case, we’d never feel challenged to learn anything new BUT everyone finds something easy. For me it’s writing rhyming poetry – quite a useful skill if I had wanted a career in card writing. I...