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"Readers are leaders"

I'm delighted. We are of the same mindset. You want to be a coach and you'd like to see how others are doing it. Welcome to my site. Please check my about page for more info on my background. After that, I think it's a good idea to see the reading list of someone who's doing what you'd like to do. One quote that I remember vividly from Tony Robbins' book AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN is:

Readers are leaders
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Fixed Mindset versus Growth Mindset

Can you improve? Can you become more intelligent? Both of the those questions will most likely be answered by your belief system. Therefore, you may have answered either ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘maybe’. However, they should be only answered with the facts - and the answer would be ‘yes’. The problem is that many of us have a belief about the way our intelligence is or the way it will always be. 

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Plato's Allegory and WYSIATI

Plato was a clever guy, a philosopher and mathematician in Classical Greece, and the founder of the first academy in Athens, the first centre of higher education in the West. His teacher was Socrates and his most famous student was Aristotle. Although Plato is long gone, and despite science having progressed so much since his lifetime, some of his lessons are still unavoidably true and relevant to modern life. 

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Principals of Behaviour

Would you steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family? You probably would. Why? People often break their values to meet their needs. But what are these needs? The following paradigm is very useful for identifying what motivates us to do what we do. We are motivated to meet one or more of our 6 human needs at any one time. So what are they?

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Newstalk, RTE and Interviews

I’ve been on radio 4 times now, which is a lot for me as I had never done anything like that before. Initially I thought it was going to be a nerve-wrecking experience, but it was absolutely fine. And I believe the reason for that comes down to my preparation. There are a couple I things that I try to do before radio interviews that are relevant for any type of interview or important meeting. Here they are:

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Beliefs and Spirituality

In order to bring our society closer together, I feel that we must emphasise, through this education, the vast commonalities in beliefs, values and ethics that these religions share, as too much time and energy has been spent identifying differences, which we now know, often only lead to unnecessary conflict between neighbours. If you want to create ill-feelings, emphasise differences. If you want to create fondness, emphasise similarities.

“Familiarity breeds liking”
- Robert Zajonc, Social Psychologist

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Active Recovery

Some people don’t like their jobs and want to change careers. Others don’t like their jobs because there’s too much stress at work. If you’re in the second category, then making sure that you have active recovery periods every week is key. It can be a waste of time and energy changing jobs to avoid something like stress - because you could just walk into the next job and have even more stress there. In that case, you haven’t really solved the problem, you’ve just changed the location of where it happens. 

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How to avoid making bad decisions

In 2011, Nobel Prize Winner Daniel Kahneman released his book "Thinking Fast and Slow" which summarises research that he conducted over decades, often in collaboration with his colleague Amos Tversky.  The book was an absolute game-changer as far as I am concerned. Kahneman successfully outlined and defined many common thinking errors which we all make from time to time. Being able to successful identify and avoid these errors will help us we make better choices in our personal and professional lives. That is the aim of this blog post. 

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Create Your Environment

It can be difficult to stay motivated all of the time, particularly if you’re not getting enough support. With that in mind, this week’s blog post is about keeping your enthusiasm up by surrounding yourself with inspiring people who are also striving to achieve a goal. This doesn’t mean that you can’t see certain people if they don’t have any goals, it’s just that you decide not to spend the majority of your time with them. 

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6 Crucial Tips for Reaching Your Goals

We can have exciting goals written down on paper or in our heads, but either way we have to be careful of making the same mistakes repeatedly and never achieving anything. Here are six crucial tips for achieving your objectives.  

  1. Remember that persistence is crucial because many goals include a period of lag time. Lag time is the time difference between when you set the goal and when you start seeing results. So, if you’re not seeing results yet, that’s because you’re in lag time. You need to keep going and updating your strategy as you go. If you find that you’re struggling for any reason, try looking to your support network for help or guidance. 
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Dealing with Self-Doubt

Firstly, please be aware that a lot of people are struggling with the same problem on a daily basis. They may have very good reasons for lacking confidence or they may just have very strong habitual thinking patterns. In any case, changing these is the key - but only if you want to. Some people feel comfortable in their old patterns and prefer not to change them because they don’t like change, that’s fine. But...

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Free Life Coaching Resources

Reading the documents and resources below will not be enough to help you, you need to also write the answers in. Why? Because it means that you have to go deeper and really verbalise your thoughts. It's a process of discovering your passion and purpose - it's not a process of learning more information

I hope these help - enjoy! Thanks, Ronan :-)

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Finding Your Purpose in 2015

Finding purpose is as relevant now as it ever was, but it’s not getting any easier. Sometimes I wonder if marketing and advertising have us finding meaning in the pursuit of a goal - the next best product. Then when we get it, we’re still not satisfied or we’re even less satisfied because now we need to find another goal to chase. Most people will acknowledge that goal-setting is important, but it’s not just that. Setting the right goal is crucial so that we are pursuing what we are genuinely interested in achieving. For many people, they feel that their happiness is correlated with money - (I discussed this argument thoroughly in a previous blog post here), but that doesn’t seem to be the case. So if it’s not money we’re after, what is it?

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Self-Driven Education

I spoke to a group of 5th a 6th year students in Glasnevin recently about finding work that they love. It was a 40 minute interactive talk so I won’t go into all of the details here. However, one of the things that I wanted to pass on to them was with regard to the relevance of their current subjects. I gave them the example of Conor McGregor because I thought that prove to be an interesting example of someone with an eclectic set of skills. Prompting the students with questions, I asked:

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