Why Thomas Edison as a Role Model for Personal Development is Only Half the Picture

You may have seen or heard the motivational quote to encourage persistence that cites the example of  inventor Thomas Edison. It’s doubtful that the encounter ever happened and the numbers of attempts reported by self hep gurus certainly vary. The … Continue reading

Yet More Personal Development Quotations

More of my favourite motivational / inspirational quotes: A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions – as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all. – Friedrich Nietzche Human beings, by … Continue reading

More Personal Development Quotations

More of my favourite motivational quotations: The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust In the field of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind – Louis Pasteur In … Continue reading

Personal Development Quotations

Here are a few of my favourite quotations: Ah! One’s reach should exceed one’s grasp or what’s a heaven for? – Robert Browning How is it that we journey to wonder at the might of the mountains, the surge of … Continue reading

Experiments in Personal Development: Feedback Not Failure!

All too often we don’t chase our goals through fear of failure. Sometimes we feel its easier to spare the disappointment by not trying at all. However this approach is based on a faulty assumption that when things don’t work … Continue reading

A Short Course in Personal Development: Psychological Skills for Elite Performance

The four basic psychological skills for elite performance are:  relaxation; goal-setting; self-talk; and creative visualization. Here are three exercises utilizing these skills. Practised regularly they will support and enhance personal development and elite performance: (i) Relaxation: Our ability to control … Continue reading

3 Questions to Help You Set Deadlines for Your Personal Goals (and how to remain accountable to them)

Many clients tell me that they find it easier to work to an externally set deadline. Personal projects seem to drift along without end, especially when life gets in the way. So what can be done about it? The short … Continue reading

Self-Help, Personal Growth and the Reluctance to Take Action

You can have a bookcase full of self-help books and attend all the top personal development courses but if you don’t put them into practice then what is the point? My approach to personal and professional development is solution focused … Continue reading

Why Other People Matter and How Building Social Networks Supports Personal Growth, Confidence and Self-Esteem

The hierarchy of needs proposed by Abraham Maslow has transformed our understanding of motivation. It is so ubiquitous in training courses that I, jokingly apologize for including it in my confidence and esteem building workshops. When my book Unlock Your … Continue reading