Can we really be whatever we want to be?

I was reading an inspirational post on Facebook today, like many I have shared in the past. It got me thinking can we really be whatever we want to be? When I was young I wanted to be a Soldier, Rugby Player, Rock Star and an Actor (not all at the same time). I endedContinue reading “Can we really be whatever we want to be?”

Story of Me

I was 46 this week. Which is no special landmark, in fact it is something or nothing. A non-entity of a birthday I suppose. Throughout the week building up to my birthday I had been asking myself what has brought me to this point in my life. It certainly doesn’t feel it has been partContinue reading “Story of Me”

How do you empty your bucket?

On Wednesday I was presenting Mental Health Awareness to a Group of Childrens’ Nurses. Part of the day is taken up with raising awareness of our own mental health and how we manage the stressors in our own lives.  Yerkes-Dodson back in 1909 suggested that stress or pressure is vital for us to perform, butContinue reading “How do you empty your bucket?”

How to be Happy

Monday saw me teaching 2nd year Child Branch Student Nurses about the signs and management of dehydration, followed by causes and management of fever in children. Talking about dehydration does not always fill people with enthusiasm on a Monday afternoon, so I thought I would add an anecdote to lighten the mood and grab theirContinue reading “How to be Happy”

Pay Attention to Your Mental Health

It is scientifically proven that if you are stressed, distressed or depressed your productivity and creativity decreases and can even stop. We all have those times when our workload outstrips our resources, when this happens our stress levels rise and our productivity grinds to a halt. Despite this we feel we have no choice butContinue reading “Pay Attention to Your Mental Health”

Never Give Up

Hull FC proved the point yesterday. Never accept that you cannot succeed until the game or the project is over. They showed steely determination right to the end to ensure their victory¬† in an incredibly high pressure atmosphere (I doubt there is a less high pressure game in Rugby League). They played to their strengthsContinue reading “Never Give Up”

We Can All Experience Our Own Gold Medal Moment

Along with millions of other viewers last night I was glued to the TV cheering on Team GB in the Hockey final.  It was clear that both teams were at the peak of fitness and skill.  The momentum of the match swung between GB and the Netherlands, and to be honest for much of theContinue reading “We Can All Experience Our Own Gold Medal Moment”

Believe in Yourself

Believing in your own ability is an attribute common in all successful people. Self belief comes from being adequately prepared for what is ahead of you. Extensive planning is therefore key to sustained success. How do you know if you have prepared enough? Having someone to challenge your planning, to ask the obvious question andContinue reading “Believe in Yourself”