Over the last several years I have been on a mission to increase my confidence. I am better than I used to be but still have some bad habits. Until recently I was blissfully unaware until I got some feedback from my last job interview
“you know your stuff but you need to show more confidence in yourself”
This was pretty surprising as I thought I was coming across confident. Upon reflection I realise that there are areas that I can focus on to make myself appear more confident.
Continue reading “On confidence”
Writing this blog gives me a lot of opportunity to reflect on my life – I have referred to it many times as “free therapy” because just by writing through my problems, reflecting and explaining what I intended to do has helped me get through some tough times.
I sometimes come across unwanted reflection as I start to dig deeper and I get that horrible twitch in my head of when I have been truly wronged. Continue reading “The Best Revenge”
My mum always said you knew you were getting older when you started to see policemen that were younger than you; so I don’t know what Tracey thought when I walked in and said:
“Hi, I’m James, your new manager.”
Continue reading “Managing someone with more experience: The Baby Manager”
Is there any benefit to setting goals or should I just stop talking and do it?
This is a question I have been pondering a lot recently. If you have read my blog for a while you will probably be aware that I use it as a format to log and keep track of my goals.
But as I look through my old posts and see goals that I didn’t achieve (or maybe never even started) I began questioning whether I should just save the time of even putting any thought into the process and focus energy onto action. Continue reading “Goals vs Actions”
I was talking with my future wife about our wedding.
“It will be here before we know it…” she said
She was right, it was nearly the end of May. When we started making those plans it seemed like such a long wait.
And that got me thinking – I am 33 years old, how quick did those years go by? Continue reading “The Worst mistake you can make in life…”
I used to be angry
But then I thought “What do I have to be angry about?”
I live in one of the most privileged countries in the world.
My home is safe from natural disaster and hostile people.
I have an education that was free till I was 18, then I had the choice to go learn more or get a job – of which there are plenty. Continue reading “I used to be angry”
As I get older I realise how much my priorities in life have been all out of whack.
I have done a lot of reading about successful people and I notice a general trend of how they prioritise their own lives. Continue reading “The Priority Levels”
Of all the past mistakes I have made in my life, I don’t regret a single one because if I hadn’t made them I wouldn’t be who I am today.
Don’t live life with regrets, dwelling on mistakes or failures. The past is the past – so learn from mistakes and move on. The only second chance we get is each new day. Make the most of each one!
I thought I would take 5 to reflect on the process of blog writing. Since I have started in the WordPress community, I have seen a number of blogs that begun come and go.
And to be honest I don’t always know why they stopped – because some were seriously good!
Maybe they didn’t enjoy writing that much, they got writers block, or the disappointment of only having a small audience that didn’t provide instant validation they wanted made them quit. Or perhaps life just got in the way. Continue reading “Don’t quit (blogger edition)”
I had finished University and I thought “What do I want to do with my life?”
I decided that I wanted to help people and took on a voluntary job for an environmental charity. It was interesting to see how unorganised the voluntary sector was. My job title where I ‘worked’ was called ‘Campaign Officer’ and even in reflection I still have no idea what the job role was. Continue reading “My own world”