Why Perfectionism Hinders Your Capability as a Fashion Professional

career performance Aug 30, 2018

I was once a perfectionist! There you go. My full confession.

I've learned enough to justify sharing my experience and advice with other fashion professionals that suffer from the same affliction.

Perfectionism is not a healthy condition to live with.

As I've grown older my need to drive myself to be perfect in all areas of my life has significantly mellowed. I'm now far less driven to push myself. A combination of hard knocks, setbacks and a developed attitude of "life's too short" has meant that I'm far more considered about the need to get it all "just right".

My family still laughs now at how I used to brush the fringed edges of a Persian rug so that all the tassles were aligned! The room didn't look perfect unless the 2 metres of fringe was perfectly presented.

And my husband still can not understand why I would put mats over the top of mats in my car so that the original mats would stay protected! Only the next owner benefited from this step toward having a perfectly...

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Learn to Use Journaling to Improve Your Fashion Career

coaching performance skills Aug 01, 2018

If you're a creative then you'll understand the importance of visualisation and the power of imagery in helping you create new ideas for your designs. These techniques are fundamental to our being.

Every designer will be very familiar with mood boards and the important role they play in the design process.

Imagery can often be therapeutic too, helping us to release deeper feelings and emotions, worries and concerns. 

Words have a similar effect.

Journaling is a technique that can be used for boosting creativity, gaining clarity around difficulties and setting goals, using just words only.

In this post you'll learn about the benefits of journaling, how to get started, useful journal prompts and how to use journaling to change your beliefs and improve your fashion career.

 

Six Benefits of Journaling if You Work in Fashion

First though let's look at what's in it for you. Afterall if there's no benefit, there's no point. Here are six key benefits of...

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The Burnout Factor of the Fashion Business

coaching performance Mar 15, 2018

According to recent studies, one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. If you’re working in a creative job such as fashion then you’re 25% more likely to suffer. 

Anyone unfamiliar with the industry is going to see it as super glamorous. All that travel, extravagance, lavish sexy parties, colorful and eccentric creative characters Oh and the drama of it all.

Stop.

It's not like that is it

For those really working in it at tailors dummy and pattern blocks the experience is something very different leading many to experience serious damage to mental health. 

Let's face it the heavy workloads and hectic schedules are part of the daily experience forced by cycles for “ready to wear” collections and ever faster fashion meaning turnaround times of 21 days.

Then there's the heavy diary commitments for fashion weeks and one-off PR events that require round-the-clock availability and commitment. Be there or...

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Fashion Is a Stressful Business. How Is It Affecting You?

coaching performance Mar 15, 2018

This is my first post for 2018  and the year has started off gray and somewhat miserable as far as the weather is concerned. I'm looking for the spring sunshine to start soon and to brighten things up all around.

My partner suffers a little from seasonal affective disorder, that condition of feeling blue and down due to the lack of sunlight and bright days. He finds it takes the edge off the normally happy disposition and air of positivity that he generally has.

He's not alone in this either. According to psychiatrist Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz:

"It's been shown pretty clearly that as daylight decreases, starting in the fall, people will have more feelings of depression and anxiety. If they are feeling depression and anxiety they will report stress." 

I'm lucky. I work doing what I love and have the added benefit of being my own boss, running my own business and managing my own diary to fit in with the needs of my family and how I want to balance my life.

But it...

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What to do When Receiving A Negative Performance Review

performance Mar 07, 2018

If your boss has just given you a negative performance review, you may feel shocked, hurt, angry or confused. Ouch, these can be crushing and leave you feeling deflated and questioning what did you do wrong or what more could you have done?

Often times we may not agree with them and wonder how they came to conclude that our performance warranted such a harsh review.

In fact, you may even question whether or not the review is even about you!

“No one bats a thousand,” says Mitchell Marks, professor of management at San Francisco State University and president of the consultancy JoiningForces.org. “We’re human beings. And sometimes a reality check is quite valuable.” Without feedback, after all, there wouldn’t be any possibility for growth. “Always getting a glowing review means that you’re not challenging yourself,” says Sheila Heen, author of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well....

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