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    In my many years of counselling I’ve often used the phrase “you teach people how to treat you”. What this means is that we set people’s expectations around what is appropriate behaviour, what is not ok and what is ok, by the way we communicate, express ourselves and behave around them.

    This is no less relevant in the interaction between the client or patient and the health care practitioner. We influence the role the client takes, their expectations of how to behave in the healthcare setting, and how engaged they become in managing their own health by the way we communicate with them. Our communication with clients is both overt, through our words and actions, and subtle, such as the messages we convey through our attire or expression or even the setup of the room.

    Last week I had the awesome experience of attending the two day Women in Leadership Summit in Perth. There were some great insights into the value of women in leadership roles within major corporations and discussion of strategies to overcome the gender divide and facilitate greater equality in the workplace. However, I felt the most valuable lessons came from hearing the inspiring personal journeys of the acclaimed speakers detailing their rise into leadership.

    Pushing through challenges makes us stronger, smarter, more evolved individuals. But only real barriers to change are those we hold in our head: our Mind Monkeys. Learn the simple strategic plan to get those monkeys out of your head, so you can overcome any challenge that life throws you.


    One in four teens have anxiety and depression and worry about the future all the time. One in five teens aged 16-17 have depression and 135,000 engaged in self-harm last year. Kids as young as 12 report a feeling of responsibility to fix a broken world.

    Wow. These are just some of the sobering facts brought to light in the recent 4 Corners story ‘Our kids - Why are they so stressed?’ that aired on Monday 16th of November. I interviewed renowned teen advocate and founder of Standing Strong Total Wellness Club for Girls founder Kim Smith on what we need to do to unburden our teens.



    We all know we should set goals if we want to break out of the binds of comfortable mediocrity and launch ourselves toward greatness. Unfortunately, the fact is that many people set goals that set them up to fail. So in this article I’m going to debunk one of life’s great mysteries. “Why is it so hard to stay on track once I’ve set my goals??”

    Setting a good goal, that is one that increases your chance of success, isn’t as easy as it sounds. There is quite a bit of finesse in a well written goal. There is magic in it, as renowned personal development coach and business entrepreneur John Grant says. Or at least, there can be. However, a person needs to consider many properties and elements in creating their goal statement. And in my view the way we have traditionally learned to formulate goals has led us astray.

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