This is part 1 of a series about confidence. In Part 2 of this series, I talk about security. Part 3 is about support. The introductory section is repeated so you don't have to read them in any particular order. External validation is not a reliable antidote to self-doubt. It can help, but only … [Read more...] about Where does confidence come from? Part 1: meaningfulness
Developing a Practice: Self-Confidence
Posts in this category discuss confidence and the practices that build and maintain your confidence.
As I write this, there has been an escalation of white supremacist activity in the US, and the generally difficult political climate in both the US and the UK has not really become less difficult than when I wrote Part 1. Part 1 is still relevant and deals with how to make decisions and make time … [Read more...] about Juggling in dystopian times, Part 2
I was talking with a client about writing and motivation recently. We started with “It’s really hard to write with a gun to your head.” which strikes me as a pretty widespread problem. Whether that metaphorical gun is the REF, the tenure process, or something else, external pressure often triggers … [Read more...] about Reconnecting with the desire to write
I have written before about “best” being a distraction and encouraged you to focus on doing good work. In this post, I want to extend that argument using a recently published scholarly article as a jumping off point. (you can go read it and come back) “Excellence R Us”: university research and the … [Read more...] about Do you need to be excellent?
Your to do list is long. It never seems to get any shorter does it? And many of the things on your list are long term projects with lots of sub-projects and tasks and whatnot. It seems like some of those things have been on your to do list forever. Some people will tell you to make sure you … [Read more...] about You get a lot done