Julia Pitt, MA is a trained Personal Development Coach, certified NLP Practitioner, writer and public speaker. Qualifying through the Coaching Academy in London, England, Julia uses coaching methodology and tools to help her clients achieve their true potential, break through barriers to success and fulfillment and attain the goals they set for themselves. Dedicated to Bermuda's success and putting her passion into action, Julia writes her column in the Royal Gazette offering the fundamentals of coaching in weekly installments. Her hope is to provide an opportunity for readers to increase self-awareness and insight into human behaviour and by achieving individual goals, so collectively improve ourselves, our relationships, how we relate to our surroundings and ultimately, have a positive effect on the community. Julia also volunteers with the 'Coaching for Success' sidearm of the Mirrors Program, which brings coaching to Bermuda's youth.
Nov 26, 2013 8:00 am
I recently had an interaction that took me right back to high-school. Not discussing mixed tapes and bubble writing, but under attack from an internal voice, like a horse racing commentator, giving me a play by play critique of everything I was saying, doing and appearing wrong, and what a doofus I was making of myself.
I know better. I’ve worked on this for twenty years, but every now and then it still gets the better of me. A rabbit...
Nov 19, 2013 8:00 am
Steps to Success
Question: What do you call the Med Student that graduates at the bottom of the class?
Sorting through some papers on my perpetually untidy desk recently, I unearthed something written almost a year ago. It was my list of aims and intentions for 2013. It seems that time has flown extraordinarily quickly since penning it and I can hardly believe it is almost time to repeat the exercise for next...
Oct 16, 2013 8:00 am
I’m often asked where I get my ideas of what to write about each week … They just seem to present themselves. There will be a recurring thought or subject that keeps cropping up, among various clients, and in my own life and even things I read or catch on television will have some relevance. It’s all very synchronistic, almost like magic.
Sep 24, 2013 8:00 am
Fed up with living in a dark cave, I finally decided to exercise my biceps and unroll all the hurricane shutters that have been down since Gabrielle’s visit and the ‘will he or won’t he’ of Humberto. I had long since crossed that line from precaution to laziness yet as I moaned about the effort I realized, that wet week had been a good dry run for any future blows headed our way this season.
Sep 17, 2013 8:00 am
Have you ever gotten stuck behind one of those classic ole-time Bermudians on the roads. Identifiable as they are driving a car as old as me, that looks in better shape, and they are pootling along at a couple of miles below the speed limit — the actual speed limit.
Jul 16, 2013 8:00 am
Steps to Success
Back from my week of sharpening the saw and survived surprisingly well without phone, internet or virtually any technology beyond a tea kettle and a magic machine that projects stars onto the ceiling (dont ask!).
Jul 2, 2013 8:00 am
Steps to success
Are you familiar with this story about the woodcutter, trying to cut down a tree?
Hes sawing away, sweat pouring off him.
An onlooker asks, What are you doing?
Cant you see, Im sawing down this tree, he replies.
You look exhausted, says the bystander.
Ive been at it for hours, complains the woodcutter, still sawing away.
Jun 25, 2013 8:00 am
Anyone who knows me will be aware of my love/hate relationship with running - one thing that challenges all my motivational skills. Saying that, it may surprise you, almost as much as it did me, to find that I recently signed up for a running race: the You Go Girl charity relay in aid of the Womens Resource Centre. Its a great cause and as participant number 3, I would only have to run the last 2km, with two teammates...
Jun 18, 2013 8:00 am
Making the leaders of tomorrow!
Slogans like this are often bandied by schools, clubs, activities, camps etc and as a parent, it certainly sounds appealing. But Im curious what that actually entails?
Looking back, Im sure my parents signed me up for things claiming the same, but I dont recall much discussion of what leadership is or how to do it.
Jun 11, 2013 8:00 am
I was having a lovely lunch with a friend the other day. She waved enthusiastically at a gent on another table. Theyd been introduced at an exhibition a few years ago and had got talking. Not long after, at a sporting event with a friend from her Book Club, shed run into him again. She made introductions and they got talking. They discovered that he had a product to sell and she had a retail space available — a new...
May 28, 2013 1:06 pm
I am still reveling in my enjoyment of this past weekend. The Bermuda Day Parade was a treat for the senses and I tip my hat to all those whose effort and passion made it such a marvelous spectacle. This includes the spectators. I felt decidedly underdressed and had to stop a few people just to tell them how fabulous they looked in their outfits.
May 14, 2013 8:00 am
How do we speak so that someone hears us? And I don't just mean how loudly.
I'm referring to the ability to connect with others, and truly communicate our message.
I have previously written about ways to enhance rapport and tune-in to another person's world.
But once you're there, if you're speaking Danish and the other person's speaking Japanese, you may not recognise what each other are saying.
May 7, 2013 8:00 am
Steps to Success: The Value of Appreciation
Being a mum can be a pretty thankless job. Rewarding beyond measure, but one rarely hears a thank you for the years of wearing baby sick, the sleepless nights and the grey hair from a lifetime of concern for our childrens safety and well-being. And even with my best efforts, my son will probably do what I did: grow up and blame all his shortcomings on his parents!
Apr 30, 2013 8:00 am
Last week I suggested that one way to turn disappointment into a learning opportunity is to ask for feedback. I suspect, however, the prospect of doing so makes many a toe curl, for both the person asking and the one having to give it.
Apr 23, 2013 8:00 am
Steps to Success
Apr 16, 2013 8:00 am
It was so embarrassing! a friend confided. She had a hard time fighting back her tears at the launch event for a project shed been working on for several years. Other people shuffled and looked away awkwardly. Afterwards they said they understood she must have been sad to say goodbye to it. But she told me she wasnt sad nostalgic perhaps, but more relieved. Shes since returned to her work with renewed vigour,...
Apr 2, 2013 8:00 am
I write this from the UK where I face the daunting task of emptying a storage unit full of possessions leftover from my former life here before I moved back to Bermuda. Just get rid of the lot, was the advice from friends, which makes sense as I already have everything I need at home. But it does not feel that simple. The truth is, Im a bit of a hoarder. Not enough to make a TV show about, but I tend to cling to things. So in...
Mar 19, 2013 8:00 am
Spot the difference:
1. Are you having a good day so far?
2. Tell me, whats gone well in your day so far?
In both I am asking about your day, but which is going to garner the greatest response?
Questions are at the core of my job as a coach: to ask the best question to help the client draw out their options, their truths and choose their best way forward.
Mar 5, 2013 8:00 am
My five-year-old son has a rather painful habit that makes me cringe whenever I see it. If someone (usually his cousin) is doing something special, singing or telling a story, he starts to cough loudly or talk over her or he sings his own song (deliberately off-key). And when she gets praised hell try to belittle her efforts or out-do her with his own heroics. Its as if he thinks that attention and praise are limited and if...
Feb 19, 2013 8:00 am
Steps to Success:
Laeula in Hawaiian, being laeula (lie oolah) is to live brilliantly. To experience extraordinary success. To master your craft at least, according to a leaflet about sunglasses which I picked up.
It sounds like a great state to aspire to. Following on from the theme last week of living with passion, Im drawn to the notion of living brilliantly, yet often I find myself on autopilot.
Feb 12, 2013 8:00 am
Live With Passion.
This is the printed slogan on the refillable water bottle I carry round with me a freebie from a conference I attended. I like it. I certainly like the idea at least. It seems like everyone who is quotable, from Harriet Tubman to Charlie Sheen, has made some reference to passion and its importance for success, fulfillment or self-expression.
But what does it really mean to live with passion?
Feb 5, 2013 8:46 am
In pursuit of my personal goals for 2013, I am very excited to be attending the current Nutrifit Program, run by highly recommended nutritional therapist (and Royal Gazette columnist) Catherine Burns.
Jan 29, 2013 8:00 am
Last week, picking up my five-year-old from school, he said: My dream is that all people stop throwing trash in the ocean and use a trash can instead.
It was Martin Luther King Day and they had heard the famous I have a dream speech (which stirs my heart no matter how many times I hear it and can be found on YouTube if you need some inspiration).
Jan 8, 2013 8:00 am
The other day I happened upon a gardening blog that started something like this: As we enter the shortest days of the cold, wet season, its a good time not to garden.
Take a break to rest and reflect Clean up the weeds, rake the dead leaves and branches, and mulch Reap any late harvest Then start making plans of what to put in place for the approaching spring and the year ahead.
Dec 11, 2012 8:00 am
I got home the other night after a frenzied bout of late-night shopping. Id cursed over passing up the only available parking spot in hopes of getting closer, then forgot to eat as I rushed about, frantically grabbing more thisll do items to make the best of the sales on offer. I walked through my door exhausted, famished and downright miserable, not to mention in a flutter of panic about the tab Id just run up on...
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