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.
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...
Aug 17, 2016 8:00 am
“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...
Aug 10, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Aug 3, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jul 27, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jul 20, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jul 13, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jul 6, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jun 29, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jun 22, 2016 8:00 am
“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...
Jun 15, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jun 8, 2016 8:00 am
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...
May 25, 2016 8:00 am
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...
May 11, 2016 8:00 am
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;...
May 4, 2016 8:00 am
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...
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