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RAISE YOUR STANDARDS AND INCREASE YOUR ENERGY
  Here’s a question: when did you last challenge yourself on your expectations?  August is a great month for looking back and checking in on how the year is going. …
THE SURPRISING POWER OF ‘HELMET TIME’
  Harley-Davidson, the oldest (and some might say the best) motorcycle manufacturer in the USA, started their business in a shed – similar to many businesses nowadays. And, from such…
TODAY IS THE DAY THAT COUNTS
  Happy New Year! Are you excited about 2022? Have you, or are you going to, set goals for the coming year? Or are you going to wait and see…
All limitations are self-imposed
CHALLENGE YOUR THINKING AND INCREASE YOUR SELF-WORTH
Dubbed The Great Resignation or Great Reshuffle, life re-evaluations following the pandemic could create an influx of people changing careers (Kaplan, 2021). Over 40% of respondents in a 30,000 global…
consistency attracts succcess
IS YOUR CONSISTENCY CONSISTENT?
12 weeks, 84 days, Q4. Whichever term you prefer (or prefer not to think about!), the 2021 finish line is now in sight. With this clear deadline that the brain…
half time team motivation
THE HALF-TIME WHISTLE: here’s your pep talk
The elite athlete that can access their decision-making capabilities and make split-second decisions under pressure will outperform those who rely on others to constantly instruct them during the match –…
HOW A FOX AND ROUTE REVERSAL CREATE NEW AWARENESS
Suddenly noticing strange, new shapes through the stark winter branches of the trees and metal fence, I stopped, confused. Had I been so unconscious of my walk that I’d taken…
7 BRAIN-BASED STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN 2021
Happy New Year! Whilst 2021 may not have begun with the social freedom that we were hoping for, I hope that despite the ongoing challenges, you are optimistic for the…
THE ULTIMATE MOTIVATIONAL TOOL: and it is FREE!
Your body never lies; however, this is not always true. There are instances where it does give erroneous messages to the brain, which consequently cause you to stop an activity,…
COMPARISONS ARE FUTILE: chart your own course
I have not learnt a new language. I have not read the complete works of Shakespeare either.  Nor have I taken the Lockdown opportunity to master baking sourdough bread.*  However,…
BREAK FOR YOUR BRAIN: avoid Lockdown burnout
“I’m working even longer hours than before” is what many of my executive coaching clients are lamenting right now. The switch from office to home has created even less of…
Team happy at work
FOR BRAIN-FRIENDLY PEAK PERFORMANCE: create this first
When desiring to enhance their success and happiness, plus achieve the covetable skills of brain-friendly peak performance, numerous people (and organisations) make the mistake of initially attempting to fix the…
WORDS ON THE BRAIN: which Q&A are more motivating?
“The meaning of my communication is the response that I get” is a core principle of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) which I first learnt, sixteen years ago. Neuroscience has since re-confirmed…
MAKE ACHIEVING PEAK PERFORMANCE more pleasurable
The denial of pleasure is unfortunately a consistent trend that Brighter Thinking clients from all cultures discuss during their coaching sessions with me. There is an erroneous belief in the…
DO NOTHING MORE: 5 benefits for your success
Two years ago, I shocked the conference audience in Germany encouraging them to not always be focusing the mind, but also to let it wander and daydream. This was during…
ARE YOU DOING IT? Actions speak louder than words
“You don’t know it, until you do it” is frequently featured in my opening statement when presenting on stage. As you are an intelligent human being (and Brighter Thinker!), you…
CONTROL OR BE STRESSED: your choice
“Accept what you cannot change, change what you cannot accept” is taken from Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer, words frequently cited in addiction recovery programmes. Apparently, this week is International Stress…
MAKE THE NEXT 4 MONTHS MATTER: more or less?
As we speed towards the final quarter of 2017, and as September is frequently considered optimal for a “new start” (or new term / academic year!) it is a good…
Why creativity & confidence are connected
Not allowing yourself the freedom to pursue or express your creative talents is a HUGE depressor of mojo and confidence.  I use the word “depressor” deliberately.  Many clients come to…
[VIDEO] WHAT IS YOURS?
Shot on location in one of my other offices, this 1 min 50 secs video reveals what 1 small change I have implemented this month and the simple thing that you can…
BRING ON NOVEMBER: listen to your body
I am writing this standing up.  No, I have not got one of those standing-up desks (yet).  Unfortunately, it is because I put my back out last week.  One hour…
WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES? Refill your life
If you don’t do anything else in 2016 with regards to ensuring that you are on track to enjoy a really happy, fulfilled and successful year, then the exercise in…
NEW YEAR: where are you starting from?
NEW YEAR: where are you starting from? Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed a lovely break over Christmas and that you now feel raring to go in 2016:…
24th December: Stars
24 DECEMBER 2015 STARS It is the final day of Advent and therefore the last in this series of Daily Gratitudes. Today, I am extremely thankful for stars. The artist…
23rd December: London
23 DECEMBER 2015 LONDON Today, I am thankful for London, United Kingdom. Here are 10 things that you will never hear a Londoner say: 1. Hold on guys, I just…
22nd December: Humour
22 DECEMBER 2015 HUMOUR What’s a sleeping brain’s favourite pop band? REM. What do you call an elf who sings? A wrapper. Why did no one bid for Rudolph and…
21st December: Sex
21 DECEMBER 2015 SEX Due to advances in technology, it may not be too long before humans start to have relationships with specially designed robots. Indeed, you may think that…
20th December: My Red Briefcase
20 DECEMBER 2015 MY RED BRIEFCASE Thank you to my red retro briefcase. It has become part of my Brighter Thinking brand and a bit of a trademark. My clients…
19th December: Sunshine
19 DECEMBER 2015 SUNSHINE Today, I am extremely grateful for sunshine. Not least because if it wasn’t for the sun, none of us would exist. A lack of sunlight is…
18th December: Sport
18 DECEMBER 2015 SPORT Today, I am very thankful for sport. Not to be confused with what I experienced at school, which generally classifies as physical and mental torture. The…
17th December: Travel
17 DECEMBER 2015 TRAVEL The brain pays more attention to novel stimuli (especially if it is moving) and as well as good for the heart and soul, exploring new places…
16th December: Exercise
16 DECEMBER 2015 EXERCISE Today, I am exceedingly grateful for the ability to move. I am thankful that I can move my body in all sorts of ways and for…
15th December: Contact Lenses
15 DECEMBER 2015 CONTACT LENSES “I can see, I can see!” was my enthusiastic reaction when first wearing contact lenses out to a student club. Having to wear glasses since…
14th December: Men
14 DECEMBER 2015 MEN Today, I am thankful for men. Despite neuroscience finding that there is no significant physical variation, I love how their brain sometimes operates in a very…
13th December: Technology
13 DECEMBER 2015 TECHNOLOGY Life is one endless round of washing up and if it wasn’t for the invention of the dishwasher, I would still be doing the dishes with…
12th December: Creative Arts
12 DECEMBER 2015 CREATIVE ARTS As a ballet-dancing bumble bee, I made my stage debut at three years old and can still vividly recall running (sorry, gracefully moving) onto the…
11th December: Stationery
11 DECEMBER 2015 STATIONERY Computers were said to terminate the need for paper, however unlike the predictions from various strange cults around the world, the global stationery market decided that…
10th December: My Team
10 DECEMBER 2015 MY TEAM Today, I am very thankful for my wonderful team. Knowing that hours wasted perfecting the formatting of documents or learning how to use complicated online…
9th December: Books (& Libraries)
You can get lost in a book, especially if it is one of those that you feel that you are not supposed to be reading aged thirteen years old. Never…
8th December: Tea
Today, I am extremely thankful for tea. That is “normal tea”. English Breakfast tea. With cold skimmed (0% fat) milk and made with boiling water at 100 degrees centigrade, served…
7th December: My Clients
07 DECEMBER 2015 MY CLIENTS Today, I am extremely grateful for all my brilliant clients, past and present. You are the reason that I do what I do. I am…
6th December: Nature
Today, I am thankful for nature and for David Attenborough because he invented it. I love being outside in the elements and experiencing the peace, awe and wonder that the…
5th December: My Home
They say that home is where the heart is, however, mine is where I get to kick back, relax and indulge in passions including design and organisation, reading, cooking and…
4th December: My Friends
Social isolation is more harmful to our health than cigarettes; alcohol, obesity etc combined which is one of the reasons why today, I am thankful for all my friends. The…
3rd December: My Family
03 DECEMBER 2015 MY FAMILY I am very thankful for my family today. I was born into a small family on both patriarchal and matriarchal sides, which depending on your…
2nd December: My Body
02 DECEMBER 2015 MY BODY Today, I am extremely thankful for my body. I am grateful that it provides me with the ability to move around and do so many of…
1st December: Daily Gratitude
When I was a child, I remember wanting the chocolate filled advent calendars that my friends had, because they seemed far more exciting than my family’s picture-behind-the-door-and-nothing-more version each year.…
WHO ARE YOU HELPING? WHO ARE YOU ASKING?
Earlier this year, Tony, a colleague in Texas emailed me an unusual request. He invited me to contribute to his neighbour’s son’s 6th grade World Geography class goal – to…
EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP: COURAGE TO TAKE TIME OUT
This week, a coaching client said that during our session, he felt like he achieved the same mental state that he does in meditation – clarity and relaxed. Wow! Whilst…
END OF Q1 IN 2013: HOW ARE YOU DOING?
As the first quarter of 2013 ends, I have caught myself feeling a sense of panic at the fact that three months of the year have passed and not thinking…
SHAKE IT UP BABY! Have fun flexing
Albert Einstein famously said that insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Our brain is hardwired to automate and habituate thinking and action…
ENJOY THE PARTY: mindfully focus on others
Despite the persistent rain in the UK, I am revelling in the current party atmosphere in London, which I know that Brighter Thinking Tips readers across the globe are also…
ATTENTION! YOURS IS SERIOUSLY LIMITED…
After decades of arguing, it seems that humans have a smaller capacity for attention than first thought. In this Information Age, your brain literally gets bombarded by millions of calls…
NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 2009
Rachel has assessed the new coaching skills of professionals in UK, Italy & Spain for RCS Coach Connection on Mon 07 December had the most attendees this year… maybe it…
NEWS UPDATE FOR JULY 2009
COACHING SKILLS TRAINING Rachel is currently training professionals from Deloitte, secondary education, the military and business owners in brain-based coaching skills for RCS ASSESSING NEW COACHES Rachel is formally assessing…
STAR CLIENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT*
In 2007, Helen (aged 30) came to me feeling a “loss of control, confidence and self-belief”. Through having a series of 12 coaching sessions with me, she gained a promotion…
NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 2009
ASSESSING NEW COACHES Rachel is currently formally assessing professionally trained coaches and helping them to get Certified for Results Coaching Systems COACH CONNECTION LAUNCH Rachel’s new monthly meet up and…
NEWS UPDATE FOR APRIL 2009
RACHEL PRESENTING FUTURE LEADERSHIP AWARDS Rachel is delighted to be motivating students at Oxford Brookes University and presenting their Brookes Future Leaders Awards on 28 April. BE-FABULOUS Rachel will be…
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LET GO OF?
Easter Weekend is a traditionally a time of home improvement here in the UK as Spring naturally sees the time for renewal and ‘nesting’. With the forecast of rain, it…
NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 2009
RACHEL IS NOW OFFICIALLY A RISING STAR! Nominated for the GLE Rising Star Awards in business, Rachel was shortlisted from 500 companies and received her Award at the ceremony on…
NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 2009
Meet Rachel at The Hot Date organised by moretolifethanshoes.com – chosen as one of the Courvoisier Future 500 – stars of the future! New date to be announced due to…
CHOOSE HAPPINESS NOW: Be present every day
Happiness often seems to be something that we are continually striving for, as if it is something elusive, only available in the future.  I hear people actually say phrases such…