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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.

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  • The Fonz’s secret to ‘new cool’
    Apr 19, 2017 8:00 am

    The Fonz’s secret to ‘new cool’

    Growing up in the 1980s, ‘cool’ was the thing I most wanted to be. Cool like the Fonz, in his signature leather jacket and pompadour… but in a 1980s way – fingerless gloves and legwarmers.

    Cool was as much an attitude as an outfit.

  • Courage and loving in the City of Lights
    Apr 12, 2017 8:00 am

    Courage and loving in the City of Lights

    The Las Vegas Strip — not the first place one would expect to have a spiritual awakening. It wasn’t chance however, a win at a blackjack table or a line of cherries setting the sirens off, but I feel I’ve hit a jackpot all the same.

    I went...

  • Could procrastination be hurting your health?
    Mar 22, 2017 8:00 am

    Could procrastination be hurting your health?

    Julia Pitt

    It’s that time of year again, when I get to sit on the United World College’s Bermuda National Committee scholarship selection team.

    UWC is a non-profit organisation with the aim of uniting people, nations and cultures for...

  • Shedding my self-image of a Negative Nancy
    Mar 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Shedding my self-image of a Negative Nancy

    I struggle with criticism. Actually, that’s a lie. I struggle more with praise — accepting it that is and, perhaps, also giving it … which feels hard to admit.

    I recently attended a Bermuda Festival event. It was amazing, beautiful, moving...

  • How meeting your needs can meet the needs of others
    Mar 1, 2017 8:00 am

    How meeting your needs can meet the needs of others

    Are you considering participating in this year’s XL Catlin End-To-End?

    Here’s something that might get you going: human needs psychology.

    The theory behind Chloe Madanes’ work suggests that in all our choices and decisions we are...

  • How to choose your top model
    Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am

    How to choose your top model

    A useful step along the path to personal success is finding a role model to emulate. If there is someone doing what we want to do or living life how we would like to live it, it can be immeasurably helpful to find out how they got to where they...

  • Don’t hold back, jump in and make a mess
    Feb 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Don’t hold back, jump in and make a mess

    I went to see La La Land at the cinema last week and it struck a chord — well, several, it being a musical and all.

    Nostalgia, firstly. That was my LA experience — when I went out there at 21 and worked in the film industry for two years.

  • Steps to Success: How to make it really dirty
    Feb 1, 2017 8:00 am

    Steps to Success: How to make it really dirty

    I’m talking about a secret. What were you thinking? This is The Royal Gazette, not Cosmo!

    Last week, I revealed a dirty, little secret of mine that (due to some early-formed limiting beliefs) I’m rather frightened by...

  • Recognising our limiting beliefs
    Jan 25, 2017 8:00 am

    Recognising our limiting beliefs

    This weekend I played my first game of Monopoly. I realise this may be met with the same incredulity as when I admitted I only recently learnt how to ride a bike!

    I did not have a deprived childhood, just poor co-ordination. My aversion to...

  • Learn how to motivate yourself
    Jan 18, 2017 8:00 am

    Learn how to motivate yourself

    So how’s it going? All the positive life changes you set out to make on January 1 … still at it?

    It feels like way more than just three weeks into the new year if you ask me. I’m ready for another holiday! But the new year resolutions are...

  • Well, imagine that!
    Jan 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Well, imagine that!

    You’ve heard of the British nation and the French nation? Well, this is the Imagination and, once you get there, you can do almost anything you want,” wrote Valentine Davies in Miracle On 34th Street.

    Imagination is something we praise or...

  • Free yourself from fear
    Jan 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Free yourself from fear

    I’m writing this from the Eurostar heading from a brief sojourn in Paris at the end of my holidays. As the frosty French countryside hurtles by my window I’m thinking about time and how quickly it too often passes. We’re already four days into...

  • Just what is a perfect Christmas?
    Dec 21, 2016 8:00 am

    Just what is a perfect Christmas?

    I need to listen to my own advice!

    Three weeks ago I offered a list of pointers for slicing through the stress that the holidays often muster. If you are feeling the weight of overwhelm, search the archive for ‘Christmas Chopping’. I just...

  • It’s the thought that counts!
    Dec 14, 2016 8:00 am

    It’s the thought that counts!

    Yeah, right! Try telling that to my little one when Santa hasn’t delivered: “But he was thinking about you …”

    It just won’t fly.

    When it comes to our own successes however, it is often our thoughts that can make or break our...

  • Master the art of Christmas chopping
    Nov 30, 2016 8:00 am

    Master the art of Christmas chopping

    Off with their heads!” This is how we can end up feeling towards everyone and everything when we’re stressed up to our necks in all the end-of-year preparations. Not very festive, I dare say.

    And while December is yet to begin, the frenzy...

  • Communication traffic jams
    Nov 16, 2016 8:00 am

    Communication traffic jams

    Is it my imagination, or has traffic been particularly terrible as of late?

    I don’t just mean the number of cars on the road, no doubt swelled by the recent string of cold, wet mornings, I’m referring to the awful driving I’ve witnessed:...

  • The winds of change
    Nov 9, 2016 8:00 am

    The winds of change

    Leaves, weather and now clocks changing: a luxurious extra hour in bed — as long as your kids can tell time!

    It’s the season for it. I’ve got friends transitioning jobs, others getting married, some starting new projects. It seems the hot,...

  •  In search of a happy finish
    Nov 2, 2016 8:00 am

    In search of a happy finish

    It had survived the hurricane but no one suspected a power flicker the following week would have been a problem. Nobody checked and it wasn’t until she got back from vacation, opened the door and the smell hit her did anyone realise my mum’s...

  • Live your values
    Oct 26, 2016 8:00 am

    Live your values

    Down at the airport on Saturday night, my mother had just flown in on the BA flight.

    We piled all the suitcases in the car, turned the key to drive home and … nothing.

    Not even an attempt by my car to start.

    We looked around...

  • Tales from a weekend time machine
    Oct 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Tales from a weekend time machine

    Julia Pitt

    Big hair, boyfriends who look like they’re in rock bands, Saturday nights out dancing with no curfew — this is how I imagined my grown-up life as a starry-eyed ten-year-old.

    At the time I was watching Desperately...

  • Remember, perfection sadly isn’t even possible
    Oct 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Remember, perfection sadly isn’t even possible

    Last week I was part of an improv show that almost didn’t happen because we got caught up in overthinking and fear of getting it wrong. (Sometimes it pays to listen to our own advice: like last Wednesday’s article on the value in fearlessness of...

  • Holding on to our creative freedom
    Sep 28, 2016 8:00 am

    Holding on to our creative freedom

    “How was art?” My eight-year-old’s favourite subject. “OK,” came the response, sounding less than OK. “We were learning to draw faces. We had to do them correctly.”

    Sounds great to me. Why wouldn’t he be happy about getting it right?...

  • The love that is in listening
    Sep 21, 2016 8:00 am

    The love that is in listening

    “It’s taken me 11 years to teach my husband to listen to me without trying to fix everything,” came one comment in response to last week’s post.

    “I finally said, ‘just LISTEN! Don’t do anything. I just need to feel understood.

  • Why fixing it isn’t always the answer
    Sep 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Why fixing it isn’t always the answer

    I’m a talker. I like to talk things through. Sometimes I can only get clarity on what I’m thinking by first verbalising it to see if it sounds right to me and makes sense. As a talker, I therefore truly appreciate a good listener.

    Despite...

  • It’s time to get back to the books
    Sep 7, 2016 8:00 am

    It’s time to get back to the books

    The first day of school … and all the preparation in the world hasn’t managed to ready our household for the accompanying chaos of trying to get out the door, fed, with all the necessary named items, in the correct uniform, washed and brushed to...

  • Repeating the same old mistakes
    Aug 31, 2016 8:00 am

    Repeating the same old mistakes

    Life is full of lessons. There is something to learn from all of life’s ups and downs.

    We often have to take a step back or put a little distance between us and events to recognise the lesson; to notice where we have grown or to see the...

  • Couldn’t we all use more fun at work?
    Aug 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Couldn’t we all use more fun at work?

    It’s always interesting getting to know what I didn’t know that I didn’t know. The conference I was raving about last week was organised by the Applied Improvisation Network.

    What is applied improvisation? I wasn’t sure myself when I...

  • Feeding your mind is essential for beating boredom
    Aug 17, 2016 8:00 am

    Feeding your mind is essential for beating boredom

    “You are what we eat, from your head down to your feet.”

    So sang the public service announcement during the ABC after-school specials I used to love watching as a kid.

    This week, I’ve been reconfirming my theory...

  • Where is our purpose and how do we find it?
    Aug 10, 2016 8:00 am

    Where is our purpose and how do we find it?

    Organisations often have mission statements declaring their reason for existing, what they stand for and the overall goals that guide their strategies and actions.

    Sounds like something we could all do with, right?

    What is your...

  • Dustbusting our carpet ghosts
    Aug 3, 2016 8:00 am

    Dustbusting our carpet ghosts

    A client was asked recently.: “Why are you going to see a life coach?” They told me their response was: “Because there’s no more room under the carpet!”

    We all know that carpet. It’s where we sweep those thoughts and feelings we don’t want...

  • Take a deep breath, go with Cup Match flow
    Jul 27, 2016 8:00 am

    Take a deep breath, go with Cup Match flow

    I find there’s nothing like travel to test your mettle and flexibility. Trips and holidays can be wonderfully relaxing but the getting there and back can undo all their benefits with a single word: delayed, cancelled, full, lost, sorry … We can...

  • Making sense of the tragedy
    Jul 20, 2016 8:00 am

    Making sense of the tragedy

    I rarely watch the news. I skim the periphery of current events because I find the details and images too disturbing.

    They leave me grappling with how to stay positive in a world seemingly filled with grief and aggression. So why CNN was...

  • Follow Madonna’s advice and take a holiday
    Jul 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Follow Madonna’s advice and take a holiday

    Holiday!” The words of Madonna’s 1983 classic keep running through my head.

    I write this from the Azores on a deck chair looking back across the Atlantic, a belly full of lapas and fresh cheese, surrounded by post-Euro victory buzz. A week...

  • Don’t put off living until you retire
    Jul 6, 2016 8:00 am

    Don’t put off living until you retire

    School’s out for summer! Do you remember that feeling of having, what seemed like, endless weeks of vacation stretching out ahead?

    Even with a summer job it felt so good just not to be in school. Can anything match that sense of...

  • Remember to make every day count
    Jun 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Remember to make every day count

    Depending on how you view your glass, you may consider that it’s half over or that half is yet to come. Either way, tomorrow marks the midway point of 2016. Six months since last New Year’s Eve, six months until the next one. Somehow I find both...

  • Learning not to be a loser
    Jun 22, 2016 8:00 am

    Learning not to be a loser

    “Shame you’re not the best columnist in Bermuda …” someone informed me recently.

    That stung. I didn’t know what they were talking about. It hadn’t occurred to me I was in competition for the Best of Bermuda awards. I love Catherine Burns’s...

  • Profound impact of a father’s legacy
    Jun 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Profound impact of a father’s legacy

    This Father’s Day will be 21 years since my dad’s death. I’ve now lived longer without him than I did with. Every day, I wake up grateful for what he worked so hard to provide for me: a good education, financial security and back-up. I know I’m...

  • Why we can’t always get what we want
    Jun 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Why we can’t always get what we want

    Subtly and signals rarely work. Once, flashing a boyfriend my sexiest, come hither smile, he responded with, “What’s wrong, you look alarmed?”

    Neither are hints the way to go. I’ve often tried to hint my way out of some uncomfortable...

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want
    Jun 1, 2016 8:00 am

    Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want

    Have you seen the movie When Harry Met Sally? I’m an “on-the-side” girl, too: a high-maintenance orderer, usually requesting something special from a menu to get it just the way I want it.

    Yet, as happy as I am...

  • Steps to Success: Going For goal
    May 25, 2016 8:00 am

    Steps to Success: Going For goal

    Catching a radio interview last week, I heard one of Bermuda’s star, young athletes discussing the fraction of a second needed and how she expects, in her very next meet, to qualify for the Olympics!

    There was so much hope and determination...

  • Criticism: bitter pill or learning tool?
    May 11, 2016 8:00 am

    Criticism: bitter pill or learning tool?

    Last week I received some feedback. Timely for this past weekend, it was about the way I speak to my son.

    I find there are few things more emotive than commenting on people’s parenting. It’s a subject loaded with feelings, fears;...

  • Motherhood: a thankless yet fulfilling job
    May 4, 2016 8:00 am

    Motherhood: a thankless yet fulfilling job

    Flying kites on Good Friday, I received a lovely compliment: “I always enjoy your column,” I was told. “Particularly the most recent. What was the title again?”

    I was drawing a blank. My mother chimed in: “This week’s was spontaneity, last...

  • Are manners too often overstated?
    Apr 27, 2016 8:00 am

    Are manners too often overstated?

    Elbows off the table. Mouth closed when you’re chewing, please. Your fork is not a shovel. What’s the magic word? Elbows OFF the table!’

    The soundtrack to many mealtimes with my eight-year-old: an endless, nagging stream of dos and don’ts.

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