Tim Ferris, author of The Four Hour Work Week, stated that “People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty”. That’s right – people would rather stay as they are, even if they are unhappy, than put themselves to the effort of improving their lives. Maybe it is the fear of the unknown, maybe they worry that if they take action they would be worse off? But would you rather be unhappy, or do something about that?

In order to have a better life, if you are unhappy with your current situation, then you need to take a good look at where you currently are. You need to empower yourself to make the changes necessary that will lead to a happier, more satisfying life.Continue reading


Remember the saying from the poem Solitude, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. The lines are, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone”. The same can be said for complaining. If you are a chronic complainer, you may want to rethink that attribute.

The problem with complaining too much of it becomes less effective over time. Are you really unhappy with every situation you are presented with? It could be a sign that you have other negative situations going on with your life.  

I am sure you can think of someone who fits this bill. I know i can – an ex-colleague who complained about everything. It was ok when she was complaining to companies on the phone as they had only been on the end of it once, but for the rest of us around her we found ourselves rolling our eyes as we thought “here we go again”.Continue reading

Continuing our journey into coping with change, here’s a great video from Jim Hemerling, Managing Director of the San Francisco office of The Boston Consulting Group.

He explains how self transformation is positive, energising, and exciting. However, when organisational transformation is mentioned, you immediately think of redundancies.

As we have seen change is hard, especially when not of your making, but imposed on you. Often business leaders will leave it too late to make changes, and dive straight into emergency mode. And we all know how emergencies can be draining.

So what can we do to make organisational change better? Jim comes up with 5 strategic imperatives that put people first and at the heart of any organisational change.

I hope you enjoy. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment after watching.

As we have seen already, change is inevitable. It comes along in many guises, and can cause stress and anxiety. So as well as accepting that it is a part of life, you need to establish ways to cope with change and the effects it has on you. One way of doing this is through regular exercise.

Most people are aware of the many physical benefits of exercise, but don’t realise that it is great at helping with mental health. Exercise is an effective stress reliever that can help you deal with changes that are affecting your life. Cast your mind back to when you last did some regular exercise – do you remember that good feeling you had?Continue reading

Are you someone who sticks to a routine most days? Or do you just wing it, and see how the day pans out? If you do have one, how do you deal with disruptions to your routine?

I know when I am working I have some of the same tasks every day, as well as others that change. I don’t always stick to a routine, I may mix up the order of my work, but I know when I need to achieve a lot then it is best if I schedule a routine the day before.

In the modern world, most of us have some sort of set routine that helps us get through the day. Some people are very laid back when it comes to scheduling their tasks, whereas for others, it can be very frustrating to have to deal with disruptions to their plans.Continue reading