People who set goals experience higher self esteem and as Bill Copeland says, when you don’t set goals, you can spend your whole life running up and down and not achieve anything. The reality is you’re fulfilling goals of others, not yours.
For anyone starting out on their mindfulness journey, I encourage you to stick at it for at least a couple of months to start realizing some of the many benefits. For some it may not take so long. To start practicing mindfulness, all you need is yourself and your breath.
Unfortunately in modern life there are times when we have to do something whether we want to or not. For example providing feedback to a colleague who continually interrupts you while you are working, or listening to unsolicited feedback that is corrective in nature. Both situations challenge our resilience i.e. our capacity to bounce forward from setbacks, adapt to change and continuing our tasks in the face of adversity.
Nomophobia is the fear of being without a mobile phone and it affects 40% of the population. It is often underpinned by internet overuse as it is rare that it is the phone itself that creates the compulsion, but rather the games, apps, and online worlds it connects us to. Staying connected has never been so important to so many of us. In some ways we may feel more connected to others, while at the same time more lonely and disconnected from others and ourselves.
Martine Barclay is the founder of Interconnected Development, a specialised coaching and mindfulness training practice, that supports working professionals throughout the career lifecycle. With deep professional services experience and over twenty years in talent development, particularly with lawyers, Martine adopts a development approach to her coaching.
Clients work with Martine on a range of career related issues. They include increasing leadership capacity, managing time and stress, positioning themselves for promotion, and, when they are in career crisis looking for direction.
Martine specialises in stress reduction as it is always a factor when things aren’t working as well as they could. It affects how you intepret situations, respond to them and manage your energy amongst other things. Martine's gentle, direct approach coupled with her curious nature has earned her a reputation of truly getting to know what matters most to her coaching clients and how to skillfully move them forward.
Martine has worked in a number of leading professional services firms like Goldman Sachs JBWere, King & Wood Mallesons, Norton Rose, KPMG and Credit Suisse and developed their practitioners and future leaders. Her coaching clients come from a range of professional services and have gone on to run successful practices. Some now hold leadership positions in their firm.
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