#7 equilibrium – a daily practice

Equilibrium The illustrations come from a corporate talk I present on personal branding. I call it the blah of balance. I love children's playgrounds (and no, I'm not one of those), so the see saw is a familiar analogy to show how we love the adrenaline rush of going to extremes but not staying there for too long. Mostly we want to tip 30 degrees either side with the occasional full tilt. People love this talk and the room rings with questions afterwards. It's based on...

#6 identity – a daily practice

[caption id="attachment_14074" align="alignleft" width="4500"] me-myself-i[/caption] We often confuse what we do with our identity. We forget it's who you are being in the doing that makes it magic or miserable. Who are you? We try to be unique through differentiating ourselves from others - what we wear, think, behave, say. There is no place this is more evident in the work place. Everyone wants to stand out but no one wants to take a stand and be held accountable. Do you...

#5 desire – a daily practice

[caption id="attachment_14070" align="alignleft" width="2250"] via unsplash photographer Kristina Flour[/caption] Say it out loud. Desire. Just saying it sounds sensuous and a little forbidden. Desire. Fancy pondering your desires today. The real question is. Can you allow yourself to have what you say you really want? And do you even know what that is? If so, have you spoken it out loud? Have you written it down? Have you told your partner, your friends, your boss, your clients? And . . . Who would you have to be? What...

#4 gifts – a daily practice

[caption id="attachment_14050" align="alignleft" width="2250"] via iStock.com[/caption]         Happy El Dia de Los Reyes Magos The magic kings or the 3 Wise Men is a bigger celebration than Christmas Day in Spain & Latin America. It's a lovely tradition visiting the numerous Belens (cribs) when in Spain during Christmas. We used to do this in Ireland too (but we have way less churches). In Spain children get most of their Christmas presents today and there are particular sweets, marrones, which of course, are...

#1 Stickability – a daily practice

[caption id="attachment_14036" align="alignleft" width="2250"] images @unsplash @michaelpodger thank you[/caption]         I asked and you answered. Many of you said you like the idea of a daily note. I am going to try note the word try. We are all just trying. Sometimes we succeed. Other times we try again with more wisdom. This is our stickability that we keep trying. Treat everything as an experiment It sounds so easy to do. Something as simple as write a note...

PatChats Brian McGeough on Relevance

This is Bill's illustration from Brian's talk

What to say to ‘What do you do?’

In Australian this question is followed immediately by your name. In Europe,you could know someone for months before this questions comes up, (possibly because of higher unemployment) or could it be as civilisations mature their questions do too. Either way, we’ve been trained to label ourselves. 'I’m a designer, an architect, an accountant, a rocket scientist, a teacher, a philosopher, a COO. I used to be a project manager, now I’m a stay at home Mum.' Roddy Doyle of the Commitments...

Spiritual stuff vs Material stuff

Is spiritual just fluff and is material all there is? The dictionary defines spiritual as relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. The antonyms are physical, material, corporeal, mundane Personally I need both and I would suggest we all do in these times of information overload, fundamentalist terrorism, quickening change, leaders who are self obsessed, economies that seem to be serving their administrators and businesses that serve their shareholders rather than...

Half Year Check in

Can you believe it's July already? Rumour has it time is speeding up. The physicist Brian Greene might say time is different for all of us but it sure feels it's on crack from where I am. Only minutes ago (or it felt that way) it was Summer with daily swims, New Year's Eve fireworks with friends and fizz. Vision boarding and focus planning and now it's July already. We're in Cancer Moon and just beyond the end of the financial year (if you're...