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.
Aug 9, 2017 8:00 am
Every so often I’ll hear something that completely changes the way I think. Or poses a question I’d never stopped to ask. Or offers an insight I didn’t realise was missing.
Of course, this happens way more frequently when I go on one of my...
Jul 19, 2017 8:00 am
How important is our past? Does it define us? Are we who we are because of it? Despite it? Or is our past just history — what’s done is done, cannot be changed and today is a new day to choose what we will do with?
Imagine for a moment that...
Jul 11, 2017 8:00 am
For a moment last week, much to my surprise, I thought I’d be taking home two stray kittens. Returning to my car in an empty lot I spotted said young cats rubbing heads together and looking utterly adorable. What were they doing there, far from...
Jul 4, 2017 8:00 am
On Friday, my nine-year-old asked: “Where are you going mummy?”
“To work,” I said.
“But why? It’s the summer holidays!”
When I explained that once you finish school most people no longer get two months off every summer, not to...
Jun 7, 2017 8:00 am
It is undeniable that there is a buzz in the air, the sort of electricity that comes with action and momentum and a large scope of possibility.
Driving down Harbour Road, I saw a handwritten sign posted: Crew Wanted, with a telephone...
May 31, 2017 8:00 am
“You’ll do big things,” my father used to say to me, “…in your britches!”
I’m an ideas person, always have been. There are always at least two or three ideas on the go — ideas for inventions, ideas for movie scripts, ideas for social...
May 10, 2017 8:00 am
Walking the last part of the End-to- End this past weekend, I was inspired and motivated by the supporters lining the pavements, encouraging everyone to the finish. Positive energy directed towards someone invariably adds a spring to their step,...
Apr 26, 2017 8:00 am
This weekend, I won a gold medal.
Yes, you read that right, a GOLD medal in the Bermuda Open Karate Championships. The astonishment and delight here is that the only other sporting award I’ve ever won was an ‘I Participated’ ribbon for a 5K...
Apr 12, 2017 8:00 am
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.
Mar 22, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Mar 15, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Mar 1, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Feb 15, 2017 8:00 am
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.
Jan 25, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jan 18, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Jan 4, 2017 8:00 am
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...
Dec 21, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 30, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Nov 16, 2016 8:00 am
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:...
Nov 2, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Oct 5, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Sep 28, 2016 8:00 am
“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?...
Sep 14, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Sep 7, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Aug 31, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Aug 24, 2016 8:00 am
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...
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