Author: Leila Johnston

Passion isn’t everything

Does it matter if you don’t have a passion? What does it even mean to have one? Is passion one of those ‘if you have to ask…’ things? I know quite a few successful artists. The definition of a successful artist, I think, isn’t a rich and famous one, but one who really enjoys what […]

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Cures for self-interrupting

Those of us with a fitness YouTube habit know the fundamental truth of getting painful stuff over with: it goes quicker if you don’t pause it. Self-interrupting is an enormous issue for me — and therefore, I can only assume, for others. The only way I can get through anything without opening a different device, […]

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Do One More

Three days left of January, and some UK places (not Sheffield) have got a lot of snow today. Annual motivation levels, I’m willing to bet, are probably as low as they’re ever going to get. The Frozen movies contain much wisdom, and if you’ve seen the latest one, or have attended a children’s party recently, […]

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Lean Out

When I saw this tweet yesterday, I immediately knew what I was going to write about today: Click on it and read the thread underneath. It’s not really about perfectionism, it’s about power. Here’s one that struck a particular chord with me: It’s a kind of genius, isn’t it? All this time we spend trying […]

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Making habits count

Look, it’s still January. We’re still only a few weeks into 2020, really. There’s loads of time to build healthier habits – but you will need to try to do something every day. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be something big. Actually, some think it shouldn’t be, to start with. There’s even a book about improving […]

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Getting real about the future

Yesterday I talked about how you know what you want, and lo and behold! Today we have a story in the news about how young people are wanting the wrong things. Apparently, most young people want to work in art, culture, entertainment and sport, and there are nowhere near enough jobs in these fields to support them. […]

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How do you know what you want?

Self development always seems to start with a hefty presumption. It’s taken for granted that, deep down, everyone knows what they want (what they really, really want) and a bit of psychological archaeology can uncover this crucial piece of the puzzle and set us on the path to eternal happiness. In my experience, that’s just […]

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Stop starting things

OK, it’s January, the month of beginnings. The month for beginning your health kick, your new notebook, your new era of personal growth, your… tax return. But isn’t January, in fact, named after the two-faced god? Janus is the beginning and the end (and the doorway ‘twixt the two!) Janus has insight in both directions, and, at this time of […]

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New Year Motivation

I know, I know, we’re past halfway through January now, but it’s still a fresh year in my book. In fact the average day for giving up New Year’s resolutions is the 19th of January, so if you make it past the weekend you’re ahead of most.  I have terrible problems with motivation. It’s one of the […]

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The power of uncool

Life is a balance of the cool and the uncool. Glamour and excitement and dreary reality. Cocktails and hangovers. Magical Christmas Days and overflowing bins on Boxing Day. Mark Cleaver and Mr Darcy. From what I’ve observed, and the people I’ve met: Embracing the uncool stuff is one of the biggest indicators of success. I […]

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