Why we need to understand mental toughness and stress

woman - mental toughness

Mental toughness and stress Stress is our response to circumstances that we perceive as threats. Usually this means that we don’t feel as if we have the resources to cope. For entrepreneurs or business people, these circumstances might be external, such as financial pressures or problems with clients or suppliers, but they can also, and … Read more

Coping with loss of confidence and other struggles

This is the first of a regular series of curated content pieces on Selfdeterminedlife.com. This week, the focus is on confidence. The articles I’ve chosen cover a whole range of aspects of the topic: losing confidence, standing up to others, managing our self-talk, dealing with fear and facing the anxiety of competition. We’ll kick off … Read more

Confidence building activities that really work

confidence building activities: presenting

I’m often asked about to suggest some effective confidence building activities for readers or clients to try. The first point I always make is that the clue here is in the third word: activities. Confidence building is largely about the actions you take. It is important to remember this because when considering how to increase … Read more

William Bridges transition model of change: the change process of over time


In this post I look at William Bridges’ ‘Transition Model of Change’, which reflects this idea of change over time. Bridges’ ideas are really useful in helping you understand the process of change and the way that it can affect you differently as you progress through the various stages of change. Sometimes change just happens … Read more

Understanding the challenge of change


Here is a story about the challenge of change. On 8 January 2008, in my 40s, I left my home in London with my pregnant wife to move to her home in Sydney, Australia. I left behind my city, my close family and my life long friends. I left behind pretty much everything I’d ever … Read more