So why a survey?
Before I get ahead of myself, I thought it would be a good idea to ask your opinion.
If you’ve been following my blog, then you will know that I recently launched a coaching service to help people in transition or recovery from any one of life’s challenges (e.g. burnout, illness, grief, depression, anxiety….)
What you may not know is that I also intend to deliver resources online. This will include courses, ebooks, webinars and maybe a membership site.
So what do you think?
Please complete this 2 minute survey. You can access it here.
What’s in it for me?
- information that will be used to refine my products and services
- the opportunity to help more people live with grace, strength and understanding
What’s in it for you?
- the chance to win chocolate
- the satisfaction of doing a good deed
Thanks, in anticipation.
Here’s the link again.
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It started with a guided meditation.
Even now I get some odd responses when I tell people that I resigned from the company I founded in 2005.
So how did this come about? In 2014, each of The Johnson Group team went through the Heart Strategy visioning exercise. This involved a guided meditation during which it became blindingly obvious that my future did not involve me working in the business day-to-day.
For the past 2 years I’d been working part-time as a way of maintaining my mental well-being. But why would I want to stop being involved in my own business on a daily basis?
Firstly, my anxiety levels had been high for months. Prolonged anxiety is detrimental both mentally and physically and I knew I needed to get the stress hormones under control if I didn’t want to end up with lasting consequences.
Secondly, I do my best work when I am generating and testing new ideas. As an entrepreneur, that’s about finding a place where my creativity and ingenuity can flourish.
But it was months later before I plucked up the courage to talk to anyone about making the change. Even then I don’t think any of us really believed that it would happen.
The Day My Chickens Came Home to Roost
The final decision was practically taken out of my hands. On a sunny day while walking across town I had a massive anxiety attack unlike any other I had experienced previously.
As I walked through town, a wave of destructive energy surged through my body. How can I describe it? It was like being wired on 100 espresso while riding a roller-coaster through my worst nightmare. It really scared me.
So that was the day I finally gave myself permission to act on my lingering decision. If I was going to get back my old energy and drive, then I needed to make significant changes to my life.
And if I was to practice my values of integrity and authenticity, I could no longer turn up to the office every day and pretend I was okay.
So what had been stopping me? I thought there would be significant impact on the team; people would need to assume greater responsibility and then there was the potential impact on our brand.
But as they say – no one is indispensable and today the business is thriving.
Making the decision was hard enough. Acting on it was excruciating. But it’s been amazingly worthwhile. I am healthier, happier and more energized. I am meeting new people, learning new skills, being challenged and testing new ideas everyday.
Lean On Others
You can’t lead a successful life when your internal road map is a mashup of bottlenecks and dead ends.
From my experience, removing blockages and forging a new pathway is much easier with support from others.
My latest inspiration comes from Danielle Laporte, who unlike many other self-help celebrities; laughs at herself, packs a punch and says it like it is. Danielle’s advice is simple.
Work out what you desire and how you want to feel. Then give yourself permission to do the things that elicit those feelings, every day!
(You can check out her full library of free articles, audios, downloads, and multimedia encouragement on www.daniellelaporte.com.)
So how do you want to feel?
If there are things in your life that you really don’t enjoy, or your work is harming your health, then you owe it to yourself to make the decisions that will create a life that inspires – you!
Don’t wait until it’s too late! You are doing no-one a favour.
I’d love to know what you’re doing today to create the feelings that will bring you closer to your desires. Please drop me a comment below.
And if you’re a woman over 50 – ready to swap your setbacks for success – then SheLovesLifeOver50.com is perfect for you.
How’s your memory when it comes to your achievements?
I don’t know about you but I’ve just realized how much I take my talents and achievements for granted.
In 2005, I birthed a business, nurtured it through the highs and lows of childhood and adolescence until it is now an independent adult.
And how can I ever forget that? Why do I play down what I have achieved?
My parents were high achievers who gave me a secure, happy childhood. They expected me to do well, but this was backed by unconditional support in every aspect of my life.
Despite the achievements and unconditional love, somehow I still don’t believe I’ve done enough. I seem to still have a need to prove myself– mostly to myself!
My Breakthrough – Britain’s Got Talent!
But I’ve just had a breakthrough and if you think watching BGT is only for entertainment, then think again.
In this talent show we see people with big, crazy dreams put their reputations on the line to millions of viewers. Why?
Regardless of the risk, they put themselves through the arduous, audition process because they believe that they have talents – that need our recognition.
Don’t we all do it?
We may think that it’s bizarre to risk huge public humiliation. But we all do similar things, in our own small way, every day, in order to prove our worth.
Sometimes our audience may be just one person, ourselves! And even then we are our hardest critic.
And this is what I’ve forgotten. In the past I have put myself out there and because of my self-belief, hard work and support from lots of people, The Johnson Group is alive and kicking 11 years on. It’s not the only thing I can be proud of, but it’s a massive marker in my life.
Or is it just me?
Am I the only one who dismisses the past, who loses track of achievements and always looks forward for the next big thing to prove my worth? I doubt it! If I have taken what I have achieved for granted, then I know that you probably have too.
In our rush to prove ourselves, we repeatedly lose sight of what we’ve already achieved. And we forget that we already have all the approval we need.
We are already good enough. Better than that, we are already amazing!