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How to redefine failure (and success)

How to redefine failure (and success)

If you look up failure in the dictionary, it’s defined as ‘the fact of someone or something not succeeding’. When you think about it, what does that even mean? How do we define success? Is it about what other people say about what happened? How we feel about it? Whether we made money from it?

Does comparison-itis get in your way?

Does comparison-itis get in your way?

The ability to see at any one time what hundreds or even thousands of our friends and colleagues are up to on social media is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, how amazing is it that we can all be connected in this way? Imagine navigating lockdown without being able...

The tyranny of the ‘should’

The tyranny of the ‘should’

If there’s one word that should come with a big flashing neon light around it, it’s ‘should’. The German psychoanalyst Karen Horney perceptively talked about “the tyranny of the should.”   What does it mean if we say that we should do something? It...

Some ways to cope with an uncertain future.

Some ways to cope with an uncertain future.

As it becomes more and more obvious that things are not ‘going back to normal’ any time soon, all of us find ourselves facing an uncertain future. Perhaps the first thing is to recognise that none of us ever have the kind of certainty or control over our lives that we...

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