Episode #77: Doing Hard Things

What do you do when you’re finding things hard?

It happens to us all. You’ll have heard me say that life is an arena. That’s because sooner or later (and perhaps more often than we’d like) we come across something we think we cannot do, or we simply don’t enjoy or want to do. I’ll bet you’ve felt that way at work a few times already this year, to say nothing of this seemingly endless lockdown.

On the podcast this week I want to share with you the tool I use to help me do hard things. What I love about this tool is that it’s ludicrously simple, and surprisingly effective. It’s a mantra I say to myself when things feel hard and I don’t want to do them: “I know how to do hard things”.

It’s a bit like resilience, only it’s better, because it’s a tool you can actually use. Say it to get you through a difficult day, a challenging task or an overwhelming project. Or say it to give yourself the push you may need to step out of your comfort zone and do something bold that will progress your career this year. It’s been my go to tool lately as I prepare for the launch date of my new book, Be The First, on 26th February. Trust me, it works.


Caroline, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me while starting to think of family planning. Your level-headed approach to some of the things I was panicking about has put everything into perspective. Not to mention that talking through and planning how to run my company single-handedly with a child was invaluable. I really appreciate having the after-session documents to work through in my own time and have been referring to them frequently. I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough when starting to think about children – everyone should do this! Many thanks again.

Client T, UK, Babyproof Client

When I came into the office the following Monday, I could see the effect that you’d had. People were visibly changed as a result of your talk.

Oli Holmes, Accenture

Caroline did a fantastic job as the guest speaker at our latest Women with Ambition networking event: 'How to ensure kids don’t derail your career'. Caroline’s talk was engaging and insightful and feedback from our clients that attended was overwhelmingly positive. All of the delegates mentioned they had gained some sound advice from Caroline’s presentation, regardless of whether they were thinking about having children, were already parents or were managing individuals with family commitments. Caroline has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to develop our working relationship in the future. I would highly recommend working with her.

Sally Clare, Head of Diversity, Ambition UK

I am more than happy to share wonderful feedback about you. Working with you has been life changing and continues to inspire me and help me grow.

Coaching client, Director, PwC Legal

Caroline came to speak to our Balance Employee Network about “How to babyproof your career so you can balance your life”. I really enjoyed preparing this event together. Caroline took great care in understanding the needs of the audience to make her message even more powerful. The whole process from preparing the event invitation to getting feedback was very professional with a wonderful personal touch.

Louise Walewska, Presentation Client, HSBC Asset Management

I wanted to let you know that I have been promoted to counsel. Thanks very much to your coaching I have managed to get through one of the most challenging years of my career and managed to achieve what I had hoped to! I might not have made it were it not for your advice and guidance.

Client C, Solicitor