Food for Thought

Stories of Insight and Inspiration to support you through your career transition

The Upside of Stress – Tap Your Personal Power

Kelly McGonigal, a neuropsychologist at Stanford has written one of the most interesting books I have come across in many years, “The Upside of Stress”. In her book the author makes the case for stress being a potentially positive force in our life’s …

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The Parable of the Boiled Frog

The Parable of the Boiled frog explains how change takes place over time and how we tend to get ourselves stuck in situations that are not good for us.

The story goes something like this: If you put a frog in cold water on a pot on the stove and slowly warm up the water…

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Learning to Surf

In Jon Kabat-Zinn’s best-selling book, “Wherever You Go, There You Are”, he writes about mindfulness and the need to attend to the present moment. Attending to the present moment requires us to deal with what is happening right now, regardless of whether we like it or not. That last part, “regardless of whether we like it or not” is the tricky part. We love to pay attention to those moments that feel good, but we quickly want to jump past those moments that don’t. An analogy that I have found is helpful in getting this point across is that of waves on the ocean.

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Pain is a Part of Life

I will never forget the first time I came across the saying that “Pain is a part of life, suffering is optional”. I was reading Jon Kabatt-Zinn’s book entitled, “Full Catastrophe Living” and at first I was confused by the statement because I had always tended to think of pain and suffering as the same thing, and as such I thought is was preposterous to suggest that life did not include any pain

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The Concept of the Energy Meter

I was talking with one of my dream job clients the other day and it was clear that he was struggling. We were in the midst of Module 4 and he was coming to grips with the fact that he was not living his values as he had identified them during the values exercise. We were meeting before he had to head into the office and step into the same environment that had caused him to seek me out in the first place. He asked what he should do next because he felt confused and unsure of which way to turn.

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Depression, Anxiety and Addiction

In today’s society depression, anxiety and addiction are often treated as “the problem” or the cause, rather than the symptom of something else. I want to be crystal clear here, I am not talking about clinically diagnosed mental illness or addiction. I am talking about the garden variety depression, anxiety and addictions that everyone struggles with at some point in their lives.

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