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Julia Pitt

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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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  • Softening the blow of bad news
    Sep 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Softening the blow of bad news

    The term ‘bad news’ denotes that it’s not likely to be met with jubilation, but if we’re the ones giving it we can learn to navigate those difficult conversations with respect and understanding, and hopefully minimise the fallout.

    In this...

  • Assertiveness takes some practice
    Aug 30, 2017 8:09 am

    Assertiveness takes some practice

    Sweet talk. When we want something, it’s easy to reach for the butter and spread it on thick.

    Often, we don’t actually ask for what we want. Instead, we pussyfoot around it, leaving hints and clues to what we’re after, hoping the other...

  • My quest to be the most authentic me
    Aug 9, 2017 8:00 am

    My quest to be the most authentic me

    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...

  • Confessions of a time traveller
    Jul 19, 2017 8:00 am

    Confessions of a time traveller

    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...

  • Always assume the best but beware of cats
    Jul 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Always assume the best but beware of cats

    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...

  • Let’s relax now school is out for summer!
    Jul 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Let’s relax now school is out for summer!

    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...

  • We’ve truly risen to the occasion
    Jun 7, 2017 8:00 am

    We’ve truly risen to the occasion

    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...

  • Embrace your good ideas and make them a reality
    May 31, 2017 8:00 am

    Embrace your good ideas and make them a reality

    “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...

  • Wisdom from a wedding DJ’s playlist
    May 17, 2017 8:00 am

    Wisdom from a wedding DJ’s playlist

    “Celebrate good times, come on! Let’s celebrate …”

    The lyrics seem etched into my brain from the daily playing on the background FM station my mum listened to while I was growing up; now revisited at every wedding...

  • Hooray for the cheerleaders
    May 10, 2017 8:00 am

    Hooray for the cheerleaders

    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,...

  • Never too old to learn new tricks
    Apr 26, 2017 8:00 am

    Never too old to learn new tricks

    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...

  • 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?...

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