Positive thoughts from Lockdown #7

In this week's positive thoughts:

馃専 advice on how to create a habit;

馃専 what we can learn about living in the present from a WW2 veteran;

馃専 how to make the most of the remaining weeks in Lockdown;

馃専 plus a good news story from a former client!

I hope you find these inspiring and motivating 馃挅

As ever, I'd love to hear your thoughts - email me on


You know WHAT you want to do.

But it can be so hard to actually DO it...

If this is the case, you might be an Obliger.

Gretchen Rubin, a habits researcher, has defined 4 ways people respond to obligations.

"OBLIGERS" are good at meeting obligations set by others (eg work deadlines).

But they're NOT so good at at meeting obligations set by themselves (eg meditating 3 times a week).

This is the most common Tendency, and often appears in those with jobs that involve "service".

The solution?


1锔忊儯 Make your habit goal public

I gave up smoking successfully on the first try because I told all my friends and family I'd stop when I left university. This taps into that sense of external duty.

2锔忊儯 Find a habit goal buddy

Involve someone else in your goal, eg a running buddy. You will not want to let them down, so you will go. (During lockdown this obviously has to be virtual!)

3锔忊儯 "Future You"

Think about the person you are letting down if you don't stick to this goal: "Future You". This can be a powerful motivator.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit" (Aristotle)

Good luck! 馃挭

馃敟 Are you good at sticking to new habits?

2. 鉁达笍 WHO INSPIRES YOU? 鉁达笍

I cried last night.

Watching a programme on WW2, I learned about Fergus Anckorn, who was a prisoner of war on the infamous 鈥淒eath Railway鈥.

He worked as slave labour 18+ hours a day on 60g of rice.

At one point he refused to do what a guard told him, and had creosote thrown over him.

He blistered all over - but being sent back from that camp to hospital saved his life.

All his friends were dead 3 weeks later.

He said,

鈥淚 used to tell myself, 鈥榳hatever happens, get through today鈥. That's what I did for the best part of four years.鈥

He was eventually freed after the war ended in the Far East.

He weighed 5 stone...

When he got home, Fergus' perspective on life had been influenced by his experiences:

鈥淟ook at the grass, how green it is. Look at the trees, the way the leaves are waving. So lovely to see. Listen to that bird.

People don't realise what a wonder it is to see life going on all round you, and you're part of it."

馃専 On the eve of VE Day, thank god for the people that sacrificed so much so that we have our freedom today.

馃専 And thank you Fergus for the reminder that we can CHOOSE how we respond to anything 馃挅

馃敟 Who's inspired you recently?


On 13th April, I could do 10 press-ups in 30 mins.

On 4th May, I did 20 馃挭

Thank you Joe Wicks! An expected benefit of lockdown...

We'll soon be hearing about how these restrictions may be lifted.

My life won't change significantly until my daughter's back at school - which is AT LEAST another 3 weeks away.

So I've decided to reframe.

Rather than seeing these remaining weeks as time imprisoned at home that I need to survive.

I'm choosing to see this as the last few weeks of a unique, probably never-to-be-repeated opportunity.

馃挅 What do I want to achieve with my last few weeks of lockdown?

馃専 For my daughter, it's continue to have as much fun as possible...

...including with the new imaginary friend I've created using my hand and a funny voice, Freddy the Dolphin 馃惉

Plus (sorry J) really embed those Times Tables 馃敘

馃専 For my clients, it's continue to build our amazing supportive community from my new free weekly group coaching calls.

馃専 And for me, it's to continue with my daily loving kindness meditation practice.

Plus make it to 30 press-ups in a minute... 馃挭

馃敟 What will you do with your last few weeks of lockdown?


Have you been questioning your career during lockdown?

This time of enforced change can lead to realisations... 馃挕

I've realised:

馃専 feeling like I'm helping people helps keep ME motivated and positive (it's a win/win!)

馃専 I LOVE group coaching (and will be doing more of it post-lockdown)

馃専 my ideal work/life balance is not just about TIME, but also about ENERGY - I don't want to be so shattered when my daughter gets home from school...

鉁 If you're questioning your career, let me help! Like I helped my client Ben:

鉁 I've reduced my Power Hours to 拢97 (during lockdown), so that I can help as many people as possible. Email me to book:

馃敟 What have you realised about your career during lockdown? (Good/bad!)

And that's it for this week 馃槂

I hope you had a wonderful Happy VE Day and are enjoying a peaceful and positive bank holiday weekend! 馃挅

Stay well, take care

Kirsten xx

p.s. don't forget I've got lots of free resources on my website to help at this difficult time - including my free loving kindness guided meditation audio.