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The spark is the start

Every Wednesday I take an hour or so to write this newsletter. I love it. It’s never a chore. And writing it makes me better. Finding a subject isn’t a challenge. I can always think of ideas – because I have a secret tool… It’s books. But not necessarily reading them. Being inspired by being […]

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Are you a Time Lord

Every day you’re busy. Doing stuff. It should be easier…  but it’s not. Working from home, home schooling, new pressures in life… the truth is, it’s harder than ever to manage your time. What now feels like 600 years ago (but was actually about 12) I recorded an audio programme called Time for Time. It was a CD production (remember them?). Last week, I received a message from a […]

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We Are One

This week, I was thrilled to share the news that our How to Be Brilliant Facebook Group is one year old. I created some graphics with the words ‘We Are One’ What started as a phrase to celebrate our birthday quickly became so much more. We Are One says everything about the people who receive this newsletter and the people who belong to […]

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Jeff’s Shirts

Jeff Caplan is posting a picture-a-day throughout February wearing a different, brightly-coloured shirt. The days are still short and the weather gloomy. But Jeff’s shirts are something else. Bold. Bright. Bursting with colour. Each one a statement. Each one bringing joy. Jeff is posting on LinkedIn And from today on my How to Be Brilliant Facebook group. Next week, the How to Be Brilliant Facebook group is one year old… and […]

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5 Instant Destressors and No Mention of Meditation

Count to 17: Counting to ten was the old way to calm. These days it can take a little longer and a few more fingers. Feel better? If not… count again. Remove decisions: Decisions cause micro stressors – see last week’s newsletter and the brilliant comments from readers. Scrunch your hands as tightly as you can… then […]

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Why Routine Rocks

Every time you need to make a decision, you are adding some stress to your life. Even the smallest decisions create micro stressors. The more decisions you have to make, the more micro stressors you put on yourself. They build and build and then… The solution? Routine. And it’s not just me who thinks this. […]

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Im Late

I’m late And that’s ok. I’m letting myself get away with a little more at the moment. Are you? In the first lockdown, there was a bit of Dunkirk spirit. I’m going to get fit! I’m taking up conversational Spanish. Yes, NOW is the time for me to learn how to play the lute. And don’t […]

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A Year In Numbers

Here’s my year as a list in numbers. Minutes spent LIVE broadcasting – 5,400 Zoom Coaching Sessions delivered – 349 People joining our How to Be Brilliant Facebook Group – 2,874 Books published by members of Write That Book Masterclass – 8 The Bumps Ahead Nick Finney Welcome to Hilltop Shelia Starr Scared To Be […]

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Laurie and the Lorry

A truck made a detour through our garden wall. I was remarkably relaxed about it, mainly because I knew Laurie Lambeth could repair it. Laurie is more than a dry stone waller. He’s a craftsman, an artist and a really nice bloke, too. I watched him working, mesmerised by how he magically seemed to know the perfect stone to fit in the right place. A huge random […]

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Fit Your Own Mask First

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of presenting a new workshop with my amazing wife and partner Christine. We make a great double act. It’s called ‘Fit Your Own Mask First’. As the title would suggest, it’s a one-hour webinar where Christine and I share loads of great tools to help people to look […]

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