The Most Important Currency

Have you ever wondered about the different types of currency? No, I don't mean the financial currencies of which they are 180 currencies as recognised by the UN in the world right now. The thing is; there is often a debate about the value of old currencies and new ones like the cryptocurrency bitcoin. But what we are not doing is having a real discussion on what currency is.

That one intrigues me because it allows an opportunity for different types of currency and that is what we are here to look at, and I should point out that currency here is not the same as intelligence. I’ll write about different types of intelligence in another post.   Let's also look at another definition – currency is ‘the quality or state of being used or accepted by many people’

What are the things you can exchange for something else? What are the things  or services that are being used by others, that you can exchange your services or things for? What tends to be the...

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I Need A Coach

The coaching market is becoming more and more complicated with increasing numbers and types of coaches. The offer, skills and experience varies incredibly and can be very disorientating for someone new to the world of coaching. The key question here is how do you increase your chances of hiring the right coach to meet your needs. As someone who has extensive coaching experience and training, I believe that coaching can have a significant impact in the life of an individual in the area of professional and personal growth.

There are many reasons why someone hires a coach and many reasons why we do not. A coach is not for everyone. But, if you are ready for it, a good coach can really help you by assessing your abilities and limiters from the outside and make suggestions on how you can improve. As there are so many unqualified coaches out there it can take time to find the right coach - someone you respect and has the knowledge necessary to assist you. A coach that works for your best...

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The Ultimate Guide To Mentoring

Mentoring is a system of semi-structured guidance whereby one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their own lives and careers.”  (University of Cambridge)

There are many different definitions of mentoring, which will vary depending on the context, as mentoring can occur in, for example, an education, industry or third sector environment.

Mentoring is not simply advising or passing on experience, it is also about motivating and empowering the person to identify their own issues and goals and work towards resolving and reaching them. Mentoring “tends to focus on the future, and broader skills for personal or career development,” (Skills You Need) (as opposed to coaching, which focuses on current problems). Mentoring is different from coaching if you want to know what coaching is then please read this Liberation Club post.

As a mentee, you are able to achieve and work towards realistic goals in a more...

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Happy Partner, Happy Me

Almost 15 years on from getting married, this morning as I was out running and I bumped into my husband who was also running. He looked so happy, and that made me happy. It made me think about the whole idea that a happy man is someone who has a happy wife, right? Well, what about the other way around? (NB - In case you are wondering we run separately in the same area - my husband is a lot taller and faster than me so I don't want to hold him back, and he doesn't want me to run so fast that I trip over myself so we go at our own paces.)

My husband and I had an 'arranged marriage.' What this means in real terms is that we were introduced through friends! The nature of the Muslim pre-marriage requirements means no meeting (in person or electronically!) without a third person present and no physical contact. That means that as someone who was 28 when I decided to take the idea of getting married seriously I kind of knew what I didn’t want as much as I knew what I wanted. More...

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Morning Routines

We have all heard reasons and stories why a morning routine is important. The thing is that sometimes morning and motivation don't always go together. In this post, I am going to look at different morning routines that I have tried and tested and will let you know what worked best for me. The aim is not to tell you how to do it, rather it's to offer you options so that you can select something that works best for you.

But, before we look at anything to do with routines I want to share some information that I gathered about why waking up at the crack of dawn or before sunrise is helpful to your productivity, health and vitality. This applies regardless of what life stage you are in!

There is something special about the early hours of the morning, before dawn, which is timeless and unifies all beliefs of how important it is. I was recently told by a mentor of mine that the first rays of the sun are the most important ones when it comes to physical and psychological growth. Now, if that...

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Quality Of Life

We spend a lot of time reflecting on life and where we are at right? For the last few weeks I have been thinking a lot about Quality of Life. That is a phrase that is used a lot by the National Health Service in the UK, and when I was working with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence on its Gestational Diabetes Guide I learned a lot about QUALY's (quality of life indicators). But all of that was from a medical perspective. As a Muslim woman I realised that what I need to focus on right now is my quality of life. What are the big issues, how can I improve my quality of life and how can I help others to improve their quality of life? Let me just say that this is a really big deal because we have no control over how long we live but I really do believe we have control over the quality of our lives.

Let me explain...

In positive psychology there is a concept called the happiness set point developed by Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky. It states that our happiness is determined by...

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Living The Hygge Way

I recently learnt about the Danish concept of 'hygge'. In fact, as I was researching to write this post I saw that The Independent even wrote about hygge recently!

I haven’t made it to Denmark or Norway yet but I went to Sweden last year and loved it – there was so much to reflect on, and I feel as if I saw a lot of hygge in Sweden! I had no idea that there is a debate about whether the origins of hygge are Norwegian or Danish. Let’s say it's Scandanavian and hopefully, everyone is happy . There is even a debate about how the word is pronounced - some say hue-gah, others who-guh or heurgha. Like with a lot of things it all depends on the expert you talk to. When I explain what it is you’ll understand why I’d like to think of it as you giving yourself a big hug too and is pronounced hug-gi!


If the Norwegian origin is correct then hygge means wellbeing, if it's the Danish one then the best way to describe it is that it's a feeling or a mood which comes from...

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Success Or Progress

If you have goals or aspirations that you are struggling to achieve then you are in the right place. Today I'm going to share with you my thoughts on success or progress and set out what small shifts can help you to make progress on these goals that you are struggling with. First lets look at the definitions of these words...

Success:
Meaning: the accomplishment of an aim or purpose; a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity; the outcome of an undertaking, specified as achieving or failing to achieve its aims.
Origin: mid 16th century: from Latin successus, from the verb succedere ‘come close after’; from succeed: late Middle English: from Old French succeder or Latin succedere ‘come close after,’ from sub- ‘close to’ + cedere ‘go.’

Progress:
Meaning: forward or onward movement toward a destination; advance or development toward a better,...

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How To Find A Coach

There are many methods of finding a coach, for example, coach matching services, online directories etc. However, the key here is you. It is important you get along with your coach, feel that your personalities are complimentary, that they can provide you with what you need and balance supporting you and challenging you.

Before judging whether your coach is a good fit for you, we must find one first! Below are a few recommended ways you can go about finding a coach:

  • Use a matching service: This makes it likely you will get a coach whose methods align with your needs and with a personality complimentary to yours. The focus on matching services should be on YOU: your preferences, personality, etc.
  • Search a coaching directory: You can also try using an online coaching directories, which have many coaches. This is also a less popular route as although it offers many different types of coaches, it is often time consuming to find a suitable coach as there are hundreds/thousands of...
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Ways To Beat The Autumn/Winter Blues

Autumn is here! What’s not to love pumpkin spice lattes, big cosy jumpers and nights toasting marshmallows around the bonfire? The answer to that would be the autumn blues, or as most refer to it, the winter blues. Often also referred to as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the change in season brings with it long hours of darkness and cold, which can cause in some people sadness, depression, irritability, lethargy and more. Here, we discuss methods you can attempt in your battle against the blues:

  •  Make your environment brighter

 A decrease in sunlight can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythms and cause a drop in your serotonin and Vitamin D levels. Sitting next to artificial light/ a light box when your body craves daylight can be as effective as antidepressant medication. Keep your blinds open always, trim back those branches covering your window and sit closer to it in order to get some extra sunshine. A light box gives out bright light around 10 times...

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