How to get your mojo back

Lost your mojo? You’ve been feeling lousy at work – grumpy, irritable and distracted. People are pissing you off. The boss is overlooking you for all the juicy work, because your performance is flat. There’s never enough time to get everything done, yet you’re wasting time on things that don’t matter. You feel guilty and […]

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Does overwork cause heart attacks?

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.Bertrand Russell The other day a client asked if I thought overwork caused heart attacks. But what is overwork? Let’s define overwork as mental rather than physical, since most of us here work with our heads. Overwork is

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emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

People with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than people with low EQs. Ninety percent of top performers have high EQs, and a single-point increase in your EQ adds $1,300 to your salary. I could go on and on.1 I read an article this week1 saying EQ (Emotional Intelligence) was all very well, but to

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Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome

OK, confession… I once quit a pivotal role in a startup because of imposter syndrome, only to hear later that my boss thought the exact opposite of me, and was gutted when I left. Most of my clients actually come to me with so little energy, enjoyment and reward at work that they are considering

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Burnout and PTSD

I am writing this week about PTSD, after attending the inaugural PTSD national conversation (conference) in Australia last week. I went along because of the incidence of trauma history among my clients and my own personal experience. I felt that a deeper understanding of PTSD would help both me and others. In the event, I

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Life Coaching

Life Coaching is SH*T

There are a lot of people out there suffering work stress in silence. Sometimes I hear from them, and they say something like, yeah, wow, I’ve really got a lot of stress in my job and they roll their eyes, implying that it’s bad, but not so bad that they’re going to do anything about

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food addiction

Why you are addicted to food

I’ve called this post ‘Why you are addicted to food’ because a very high percentage of my clients and readership tell me they are. Stress, Anxiety, Overwork, Exhaustion, Loss of Reward, Perfectionism and People-Pleasing combine to provide fertile ground for the development of addiction. Food addiction is widespread because: we must eat to live; food

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Got debt?

Debt causing stress? Do you have an uncomfortable amount of personal debt? Has your debt-to-earnings ratio increased in recent years? Are you in debt stress? Does debt prey on your mind all the time? I read an article in the Sydney Morning Herald this week about the influence of household debt on the effectiveness of

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