Monthly Archives: August 2014

Escape the noise!

The highly stimulated state we exist in is causing increased stress – no arguments there! Constant noise is not good for our well-being. What percentage of your day is in silence? There are therapeutic benefits and solutions in being still and quiet. The World Health Organization reports that workers who are stressed are also more likely to be unhealthy, poorly motivated, less productive, less safe at work and less likely to be successful in a competitive market. Stress is costly! Meditation is often recommended as both a prevention and treatment for stress. While few would dispute the benefits, meditation is not widely practiced in the Western World. Slowing down and sitting in silence can be challenging. I’m no guru, however, the more we practice the better we get. In Ian Gawler’s book Meditation he lists the benefits: • A deep physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing • Being calmer, more peaceful and less stressed • Cortisol hormone goes down and immunity improves • To perform better at work • To become more loving • To be less fearful, defensive and resentful • To lighten up and drop some seriousness • To stop struggling with self, others and life • To become a better person. Meditation may…

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Fulfilment Made Easy!

If getting the things done that matter is the easy road to fulfilment, getting stuck in other people’s business (DRAMA with a capital D!) is the road to a dead end. We can waste a lot of time and energy being in DRAMA and it is one of the biggest productivity killers. There is no doubt that those who focus on what matters achieve the greatest fulfilment. It takes a few simple steps…    1. Mind your own business Getting involved in other people’s business is not helpful. Mind your own business, look ahead and just get on with what is in front. It’s the best view for success.  2. Stay out of drama Whether we realise it or not we can go in and out of DRAMA all day – with our thoughts or verbally we can be a persecutor, victim or rescuer. Be aware of when you are in DRAMA and quickly shift your focus to move on.     3. Do what matters Many will admit that life is busy and there is not enough time. The key to more time is not wasting time on the things that don’t matter. Rework your time by saying no to low value tasks and…

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YOU decide!

Life is full of decisions – hundreds every day. And although many are simple, we waste precious minutes by taking more time than necessary to make a decision, which equates to hours of procrastination each year. This self-inflicted delay slows our progress and hinders our fulfilment. The gap between a decision required and a decision made can be costly with many opportunities lost in the indecision zone! Making a decision can sometimes be tricky. We wonder…is it the right thing? Is it the best time? What will others think? Do I need to do this? But there is a more helpful question to ask…will making this decision move me in a direction aligned with my values? If the answer is yes then decide without delay! In retrospect every decision won’t always end up being the right one. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt in any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. These four Ds make sure we don’t settle: 1. DECISION – be active and not passive 2. DIRECTION – move forward in a direction aligned with your values 3. DISCILPINE –…

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Mindset Matters!

We can’t stop thoughts entering our mind but it’s what we do with our thoughts that matters. By listening to negative self-talk we can sabotage our success, health and relationships. It’s particularly damaging when our thoughts are not in line with reality and we buy into irrational feelings that don’t serve us. You need to know what’s real and when it’s all in your mind! When my kids were young and I was working hard to get great results and financial rewards, there were many times that I felt guilty for not being at home more often. After several years of playing victim in my own mind, I asked my then 14 year old son, “Tell me what you felt when I was at work and what you missed out on?” I wanted to explore how I may have affected him and how I could repair any damage done. He looked at me, clearly puzzled and said, “What do you mean?” I pushed further, searching for his emotion, to find nothing. This was not his reality. The reality was he was ok and it was all in my mind. As a mentor for many Leading Women I know the challenges working parents face….

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