Making the Right Decision

What to do when you don't know what to do

This module is for those on the cusp of making a big decision but who are still unsure.

Move to clarity by considering what's important to you, the key factors to consider and the ones that matter long term.

Your Instructor

James Parnell (Returned Emigrant)
James Parnell (Returned Emigrant)

In 2016, James returned to Dublin after 16 years in Sydney.

He published several articles in the Irish Times about his experience, appeared on RTE, TodayFM and Newstalk and participated in Irish Government forums helping emigrants return to Ireland.

James is an entrepreneur, coach and design thinker. He founded to help people achieve personal wellbeing and peak performance. The Wellbeing Gym provides online, offline and blended life design, self-leadership, performance and productivity training programmes to individuals and businesses.

An Irish and Australian citizen, James blends 20+ years of international experience in software and banking, managing large teams in high pressure environments.

He is the creator of the MAP model for life design, a core element of The Wellbeing Gym’s value proposition. He holds an ICF-accredited Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching.

James combines these skills to create unique step-by-step pragmatic courses for people to take life-changing action. He has a keen interest in self-development. He uses mental, physical and emotionally healthy practises to enable wellbeing, creativity, sustained performance improvements and better decision-making.

Mostly though, James is a fellow emigrant navigating through his new life and wanting to share the journey with fellow returnees.

"This is a completely random email. But, I happened upon your Irish Times piece about moving home to Ireland from Australia after 16 years. I found it on a day I was debating a big move, and wished to find something that gave me insight. It's funny when you ask for something how the universe delivers it. I had googled many times about living far versus near family, searching for an answer or some insight and most of what came up was rubbish. Somehow on the day I needed it most, the search terms I entered gave me just what I needed - your article. Thank you!"

- Jill, US.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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Hi there,

I’m James Parnell, the Founder of The Wellbeing Gym.

I am so grateful to create this micro-course for you as part of The Wellbeing Academy.

Our mission is to firstly inspire, then guide and enable people to lead, not just healthy, but fulfilling lives.

The funny thing about wellbeing is that, deep down, we all know what’s good for us. All of us have a built-in common (intuitive) sense. But it’s not always common action as we’ve built ingrained habits that may no longer serve us.

I have personally tested and used everything in this guide - as well as with hundreds of coaching clients. But that doesn’t automatically mean it will work for you. Everyone is different. So I encourage you to embrace your natural style and take what appeals to you. Because, this course is not about taking on more. It's about simplifying, ‘unlearning’ old habits, discarding distractions and noise that no longer serves us.

That is, returning to our true nature in order that we are happier.

My ask of you (and what you should ask of yourself) is simple - to put your own well-being first. It may seem selfish but if you do, trust me that everybody around you wins.

So let this moment be your line in the sand, one you look back on in years to come and say “that's the moment I started to prioritise my well-being and everyone around me benefitted".

Good luck, and remember...

Well-being is a practice, not an end state.

Have a lovely day,


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