When is self promotion OK?

Recently, I received some positive feedback from a client. I was very pleased, as I had put in additional time to do some extra research, so it was very gratifying to hear that both he and his parent were happy. However, I have a dilemma. I was raised in a strong...

Turning Criticisms into Positive Attributes

From a very young age,I remembered the criticisms I received. “Too sensitive.” my mother said, and perhaps that’s true. But I am not alone in taking criticisms to heart and letting praise go through to the keeper. Negative comments can sit with us...

Careers Post Pandemic – What will change, what will stay?

My work, coaching 17/18 years olds who are leaving school, and planning to attend University, stems from the fact that they really don’t know what their options are. Their catch cry response when asked by well-meaning adults what they want to do is almost...

Choosing a career pathway during COVID

START WITH WHAT COMES EASILY If only everything we ever undertook was easy. Of course, if that were the case, we’d never feel challenged to learn anything new BUT everyone finds something easy.   Some have been given a gift of athleticism and sport comes easily to...

Making the right decision about your University course in 2021

Two years ago I began Open to Success because I had witnessed, first hand, the disillusion of  students as they found themselves on a tertiary pathway that did not meet their expectations. I was committed then, to developing a simple, coaching strategy to assist...

5 questions you should answer before opting out

Do you feel engaged i.e. energetic and interested in at least two of the courses you are currently enrolled in ? Sometimes it takes time to develop an understanding of Uni and lectures and not all content is going to jump out and grab you. Learning is about being...

Are you running on empty?

A few weeks ago, I decided to have elective foot surgery, an operation that was essential to getting me mobile again after a gradual increase in pain every time I put my foot to the ground. It meant that I was immobile for some weeks and relied on my husband and sons...

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Ever wanted to do something and deferred it for some reason? Too expensive, not enough time, too much commitment, not enough energy, too late! All are valid reasons at some time or other. However, if that ‘something’ eats away at you, a constant nagging at...

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...