Elaine’s Blog

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What Chess Teaches Me About Life

What Chess Teaches Me About Life

A few years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to learn how to play chess. My partner and I enjoy playing backgammon, cards and board games with friends, and I thought this would be a great addition. But when I lost the 99th game in a row, I threw in the towel. I...

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When is it a Good Idea to Have a Good Idea?

When is it a Good Idea to Have a Good Idea?

When is your best time to have a good idea? Maybe you’ve taken a quiz to determine if you’re a morning person or a night owl? Although why you’d have to take a quiz to find out something that you probably already know, I have no idea? I used to think I was a night...

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Why We’re Myth-Making Machines

Why We’re Myth-Making Machines

Sometimes, if I’m walking along the beach on a windy day and see the wind driving the sand into the sea, I imagine souls rushing back into the water in the pattern of the sand. Crazy eh? Why do I feel the need to create a story about what I see? Is it because there...

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What’s Stopping You from Starting Again?

What’s Stopping You from Starting Again?

After I had cancer in 2008, it felt like starting again. I didn’t have any earth-shattering revelations or any urgency to change much at all, but things changed. I changed my diet, and I changed my focus work-wise and spent the next year spending all my free time...

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Five Ways to Tell if You’re an Emotional Spender

Five Ways to Tell if You’re an Emotional Spender

Are you an emotional spender? You might have regularly have more month than money, but the temptation to buy something outside your budget still pulls you. We all know about emotional eating, and just like emotional eating, emotional spending is when you look for...

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Why Pressure Isn’t A Problem

Why Pressure Isn’t A Problem

Snooker was on the television when I walked into the room (not my thing but I wasn’t watching it) and heard the presenter talk about how you could feel the pressure in the room. How? Where from? Everyone talks about pressure, don’t they? Being under pressure or...

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The Consequences of Consequences

The Consequences of Consequences

Do you live in a world of consequences? Yes, I know that there are always consequences, you were probably told that by your parents, I certainly was, but do you spend your life thinking about consequences? There are consequences to living in consequences. If you’re...

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I’m a Coach and this is Why You Don’t Need Me

I’m a Coach and this is Why You Don’t Need Me

I’m a coach, so telling someone that they may not need me might not be considered a very good business model, you might think? Why would I tell potential clients that they don’t need a coach when I do this for a living? Because it’s true. You don’t need a coach even...

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Advice My Mother Gave Me

This title is a little misleading because I can’t remember my mum giving me much advice. But, as she died young, maybe she died before I was ready to listen? One bit of advice I do remember is, ‘never dust your mirrors and you’ll always look good’ and I’ve followed...

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