The Bruce Springsteen Approach to Success

[Photo: BBC Glastonbury 2009] I was updating my website this week and I added this quote from Bruce Springsteen to one of the pages. You might, or might not, know that I'm a big fan, and these words sum up why I think Bruce's approach to success (and life!) is spot...

read more

Focus on the Person, Not the Label

This week I seem to be confronted with evidence of how often we put people into boxes. In business, we talk about niching; in politics, we make assumptions about a person based on their affiliation to a party or candidate; in my Facebook feed, people were dissecting...

read more

Your emotions are information… but about what?

I was talking to a client last week who was feeling a lot of anxiety and stress around the notion of being successful. We both knew that it was nothing to do with her external circumstances. She told me she'd been round the block enough times to know that reaching a...

read more

It’s OK If You Don’t Know All the Details

I was at a pitch event for social entrepreneurs earlier this week, and I connected with someone whose project really resonated with me. We had an email exchange the next day and it raised something that is oh-so-common in many people who want to create change in the...

read more

What would a quantum leap look like?

I was talking to a prospective client last week, this question came up. When I'm coaching I don't have a 'process' or a fixed set of questions -- we go where we need to go. I don't think I've ever asked this question before; it's just what came up in the moment! ...

read more

What if you ditched your safety net?

I've been reflecting on how much we plan out our lives -- whether that's the form of goals, or new year's resolution, or just vague plans we make. I didn't make any resolutions this year (I make fewer and fewer as the years go by). I set very few goals in my business....

read more

The Secret to a Happy and Fulfilled Life

I first posted this at the turn of the year, and I think it's so important it's worth posting again. It's a question that could change your life! Here's the deal... Sam replied to one of the emails I sent, "Hi Cathy, I want to ask, with so much uncertainty in the...

read more