Slaying the Procrastination Beast – The War of Art

I would call this a book review, but I haven’t actually finished the book yet.  I’m too excited by the concepts in the book to wait until I finish to write about it.  The book is The War of Art and among a number of mind-blowing gems is the importance of showing up, each and …

A room of one’s own

It’s been two weekends since Melbourne, and I have had a few wistful moments thinking about the East Melbourne hotel room I stayed in, and worked my way through an impressive list of projects that had stalled just due to lack of time.  Not just a room of one’s own, but a serviced room, where …

Am I being clear?

I would answer that yes, I am usually very clear.  It is sad and rather humbling to realise that we treasure these illusions about ourselves until compelling evidence to the contrary comes our way.  I will admit, I am somewhat over-confident in my writing and communicating skills.  Sure, I do have these but – clarity …

Last night in Melbourne…

I want to be alone!  I have been largely holed up in a hotel, Greta Garbo style, working on my projects since my arrival on Monday. I spent some time today listing what I had done in this time. I needed to, as the alone-ness had teetered into loneliness, and it was hard not to …

Running the gauntlet of the Tall Poppy Syndrome

Comfort zone is a very nice place to be. It is also usually populated with friends and loved ones too. Moving beyond the comforts of internal ease and social connectedness is not something we do lightly. Or perhaps not at all. My strategy in moving beyond the tall poppy syndrome was to move to Europe …

Sprouting wings…

That’s how my mother used to describe that sensation, of a mother suddenly relieved from her duties, able to walk out the house, up the street, on her own.  Sprouting wings.  Of course, she had six children in eight years and clearly had few opportunities to sprout wings and remembers them vividly five decades later. …

Some morning inspiration

I am having the most beautiful, indulgent weekend at a retreat “The Courage to Lead” in Bindoon.  I went in fairly blind, on the recommendation of a colleague I trusted and her gentle prompting that the retreat would be “ideal” for someone going through transition. That would be me!  Just weeks now separate my old …

It is actually addictive…

My name is Pip Brennan and I am a trainaholic.  I think I realised this week that my case had become quite serious. I went to my inbox, absolutely determined to resist all siren calls of small businesses with just the right solution for getting started as an entrepreneur, sorting your website, selling and marketing …

Lighthouse beaming to all and sundry

To make progress in life, one needs a coach. I have heard this so often in the last few years and eventually this year I finally heeded this advice. The energy changes immediately – you know that you are going to be held responsible at the end of each week  for those things you said …