Of Masters and Slaves

“At the slightest hint of difficulty and pain, the body wants to give up and so it communicates to the mind that it can do no more, and indeed gives up. Once the mind decides the body is unwilling to do something, a tug-of-war starts. It is in such conflict that the body must be disciplined to succumb to the mind.” (This Way To Joy) This is a familiar paradigm – mind as master, body as unwilling and lazy slave; one, incidentally, that encourages us not to listen to our bodies, but to drive onwards regardless.

Say No, Survive, and Thrive

“You will work every hour that you’re not sleeping from now until the end of the project!” Silence. Eyes shifted uneasily around the table. No-one spoke up. Finally, after seeming aeons, me: “No. I won’t be working this Saturday.” “Well, then, you’ll have to make the time up.”

Resurrecting The Titanic

Iceberg dead ahead! I was alone in front of 28 potentially hostile members of my audience, having already dried up once and wanting oh-so-much for them to like me and get on-side. And what happened next?

Forward Without Fear? I don't think so!

I’ve had a low-lying feeling of discomfort over the last few weeks, just niggling away in the background, like riding a bike with the handlebars and front wheel slightly misaligned. Nothing troubling enough to require fixing here and now, but noticeable in the quieter moments of the day. Not rocket science, this one: I have been anticipating the end of a comfortable contract that kept money coming into our home for over two years. As of last Friday, the contract finished and the money stopped. This is something I’ve been looking forward to, as it frees up a lot of time to focus on my coaching/training business. And, consequently, I’ve noticed an upsurge in excitement and energy to get things done – my sense of impending freedom carrying me through the last few weeks of the contract.

Moving into the Conflict Zone

The most important thing I’ve learned about conflict is that it’s much safer to more toward it than away ~ @mikhaill. I’m very skilled at dealing with conflict, I’ll admit it. I freeze perfectly. Then I shuttle back and forth stepping away from the conflict, spinning round and heading back in.

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