It was a bright, sunny day at my girls’ grammar school in 1983. I was 13 and proud to have been chosen to throw the javelin for my house team. It was a rare moment of confidence: I was bullied at school, had few friends, and home was a tough place. My mum and sister were loving, but I didn’t get on with my stepdad, who made me feel worthless.
On 13th July I will fulfil a lifetime goal of delivering a TEDx talk! This talk comes just 3 weeks after my self-help memoir will be published ‘THIS IS ME: One hell of a path to happiness’. My intention through the book and talk are to raise awareness around mental health issues, give hope to those who are suffering and inspire people to reach their highest potential
Great interview with Susan Heaton-Wright discussing my top tips around communication in business and exploring Connected Communication and how it can transform relationships.
I love this quote from Brene Brown from her fantastic new book “Dare to lead”.
Vulnerability is often misunderstood. From a young age we are taught that vulnerability is a weakness. We believe that we have to hide away any sign of weakness in order to fit in and to feel that we belong. This can lead to the suppression of emotions that need to be expressed, resulting in a deeper feeling of anxiety, depression or other mental health related issues later on in life.
Self confidence and self esteem are words that are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing. In reality, although they are connected to each other, they have completely different meanings.
So what does each mean then?
“We are more in need of a vision or destination and a compass (a set of principles or directions) and less in need of a road map.” – Steven Covey
In his fantastic book ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ Stephen Covey talks about the importance of starting a project/role or even your life with the end in mind as Habit #2