Monthly Archives: November 2019

What Does Success Mean to You?

“Almost every successful person begins with 2 beliefs: the future can be better than the present, & I have the power to make it so.”   Anon

So working on the assumption that this is true, do you think you are heading for success? Maybe you already are successful but hadn’t identified these beliefs as being part of the reason why. However what I term successful may be completely different from your definition. Earl Nightingale once said that: “Success is really nothing more than the progressive realization of a worthy goal” So if you have some goals and you are working towards them, then you would be considered successful. Most of us however are striving for more than that. Maybe that’s why we’re not as happy as we would like. But that is another topic.

With 2020 just around the corner have you even started writing out your goals or dreams for the new decade? Research shows that just the act of writing them down makes it more likely for them to manifest. For some, the visualisation process is the boost they need to keep moving forward towards their desires. For others, using a vision board is very powerful in a metaphysical sense. Whatever we choose, engaging the senses and emotions is helping us to “advance confidently in the direction of our dreams. And if we endeavour to live the life which we have imagined,” as Henry David Thoreau adds in his quote, “we will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Enjoy planning your success for 2020!

Would You Consider Business to be an Art?

“Business is an art, which you can master if you work from the heart and work with love.”  Venus

Back in the ‘80s the mind was recognised as having a huge part to play in our physical and emotional lives.  The connection between body, mind and spirit became the catch word.  The conscious mind is what we need on a daily basis to make decisions and work us through the reasoning process.  However the more subconscious part is operating on automatic in the background, having remembered everything you have done or had done to you.  When these messages have been repeated enough times we become conditioned to believing the ‘lies’ we have been told over the years and we often operate from its instructions.

The heart is a powerful connection between our physical bodies and the universal mind or spirit with a much bigger body of knowledge to operate from.  If we listen to its directions, we may make different decisions than those based on what has happened in the past.  It is important for us, in both our personal lives and our careers, to let the heart lead the way.  If we are truly loving what we do, and follow our hearts, we will find that we don’t have to push so hard for things to happen.  Just like an artist or a musician, who is working at their passion ‘in the zone,’ life will flow in a direction that our conditioned minds may have never thought of.

Enjoy getting out of your heads and into your hearts!

What Would the Wise Owl Think or Say?

“The art of being wise, is knowing what to overlook.”   William James

At the end of the day the question we have to ask ourselves is, “Will this matter in a year or even 6 months from now?”  The art of overlooking is never tested as sorely as when we have children.  Tidy bedrooms, beds made, dyed hair, studs in the tongue.  Our beliefs can affect these thought processes. At the end of the day we have to make a judgement call.   Aah the word judgement.  I was having a conversation with a friend recently because judgement has been tied to criticism and we were discussing how we still need judgement. Some may call it discernment, but being able to discern or judge with a clear mind can keep us safe, can help us to keep our relationships intact or feel comfortable with the decisions we have made.

Recently I was reading a series of blogs and one was about judgement.  Rachael Jayne Groover was saying that judgement can help us choose, even down to which groceries we want; it can help us let go of situations that are causing anxiety, when we judge what is real or imagined; judgement helps us see red flags to sense what situation is or isn’t right for you.  Understanding what is going on in the brain when we immediately react or jump to conclusions can help us to learn that we can do it differently if we choose to. At the start it may seem impossible to change our reactions. Being aware of your automatic brain reaction after it has happened is the first step, then noticing when you are in the midst of it, then finally bringing it back to priming yourself to be prepared and choose how you want to behave BEFORE an event. It is then so much easier to stay calm under apparent attack. That other person may be triggered by something very innocent and is smarting from their own judgements. Connecting regularly with that part of you that is wise, will help you judge and know what to overlook.

Enjoy overlooking minor things!

Do You Know What Your Competition is?

“Your competition isn’t other people. Your competition is your procrastination. Your ego. The unhealthy food you’re consuming. The knowledge you neglect. The negative behaviour you’re nurturing and your lack of creativity. Compete against that.” – Jade Jackson.

Have you thought of what is going on in your life in this way? Our inner being, our inner critic, can really put the brakes on, when we put out some goals that we want to achieve. I’m in an exercise group at the moment that has a very strong face book group who all support one another. This is so good when people fall off their eating plan, or they don’t exercise every day as they had planned. I haven’t seen any judgement, which I think is fantastic, as we can do a lot of that judging & criticising of ourselves which doesn’t get us anywhere. I have been in trainings where they suggest we have an accountability buddy who not only helps to keep us from procrastinating or neglecting the actions we said we planned to do, but also props us up as the inner critic tries to do a hatchet job.

When the ego decides to let us know we’re not achieving as we should, or we’ve had a bad day eating food we know really should be off limit, the brain creates the stress response by pumping out chemicals or hormones that shut down the part of the brain that is able to think clearly and help us to think positively again. This is an inbuilt reaction, a stress reaction exactly the same as when we are faced with a physical stress. If you don’t have an accountability buddy or a group of people who are cheering you on, it can be easy to let the negative voices in the head take over. The voices that tell you you’re not good enough, that you can’t achieve what you have said you want to do, or that, “other people can do that, but I can’t.” As this quote says, this is what we are all competing against. Recognising that is a start. Then setting up systems or better conversations in our head will help you work with those voices rather than against them, because those voices won’t stop.

Enjoy taking on this competition from a new perspective!