Creating a balanced life

I’ve got no interest in building a hugely successful career/business at the detriment of the rest of my life.

I LOVE my work AND I love my family, my friends and having fun too , and see no reason why I can’t enjoy ALL of this. So I do.

I make conscious choices every day to create the balance in my life and work that works for me and the people I love.

I’m fortunate that running a business means I get to call the shots although that doesn’t mean it’s easy….for example without careful planning and executing on those plans I could easily end up with little income down the line!

I say that because there are pros and cons to ALL of our life choices….whether you’re in business, have a job or are caring for your loved ones, it’s important not to get distracted by other people’s circumstances.

And we’ve ALL had the grass is greener and it’s easier for them moments!

‘They have more time.’

‘They have more money.’

‘They have a better job.’

‘They have a better boss.’

‘They have children.’

‘They don’t have children’.

‘They don’t have MY children.’

‘They have more support.’

‘They have a partner.’

‘They don’t have MY partner.’

‘They don’t have the health difficulties I do.’

‘They have more confidence.’

And on the comparisons go to convince yourself it’s easier for ‘them’ than it is you to experience a balanced and fulfilling life.

But THEY ARE NOT YOU so stop giving your power away!!

No matter how you are spending your time right now, YOU are the centre of YOUR life & YOU are the driving force behind your experience. We ALL have priorities to juggle to experience the life and work we REALLY want.

It’s about feeling in the driving seat of your life, that it’s YOUR choice to be doing what you’re doing and you’re not constantly dropping balls as a result and then beating yourself up at your crap juggling skills!

It’s about becoming aware of what you want and figuring out how you can make that happen.

Because you can!

#beworklifehappy

The value of emotional intelligence

The value of emotional intelligence

It’s our emotional intelligence is often the difference that makes the difference.

Of course you need hard tangible doing skills to practically DO the thing you want to….but to do it well and to contribute effectively to the team and world around you, that’s all about softer skills…the HOW you do things.

Whether you’re the leader of your own business, an organisation, department or whatever it is you ‘do’, the know, like, trust factor matters. While it’s more commonly known in business, it’s vital for every aspect of your life and work.

You need to know, like and trust YOURSELF first and foremost (EQ Self Perception)

Other people need to KNOW who you are…so you need to be ok other people being aware of you because if they don’t know that you even exist, how can they consider you for opportunities? (EQ: Self Expression, Interpersonal Relationships, Decision Making)

Are you LIKEABLE…by the people that matter to you? Likeability isn’t about being all rainbows and unicorns…it’s about being aware that people gravitate to people who are like them. Are you attracting the people you want? (EQ: Self Perception, Self Expression, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress Management)

Are you TRUSTED? This involves all of the categories on this EQ wheel as when you are showing up as the natural (and as such best) version of you, it’s easy for you to do what you say you will. More than that, you’ll have a consistency of character that will help people know what to expect from you without you even saying!

And that combined with them knowing who who are, what you do AND liking you is a powerful mix.

Which is one of the MANY reasons emotional
intelligence has been shown to be the juice to our success.

And the great thing is it’s pretty easy to develop!!

I wonder which aspect of your EQ would make the biggest difference to you if you were to develop it?

 

Life is a live action event!

If you’ve been into personal development for a while and STILL feel you need to know more for your mojo to come back…pause.

Take a step back and simply START applying everything you’ve learned.

You’ll never find your passion or purpose by standing about thinking about it.

Life is a live action event….it’s time to get stuck in! Xx

When was the last time you booked time just for you?

When was the last time you booked time just for you?

I know it’s easy to prioritise every else’s needs first but it’s vital you refuel so you can keep giving and support others in the way you want. Actively create and book time out in your schedule just for you…and stick with it!

You want the people you love to take care of themselves, don’t you?  Well they are looking to you and being influenced by your example…so if you’re running ragged, they are learning that that is an acceptable and normal thing to do.

Stop it! It’s not serving anyone.

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If you’re wobbling check in with the 2 questions to lead your life with love.

Does this resonate? Let me know in the comments xx

 

Lead with love

Lead with love

It’s all REALLY freaking simple, just lead with love.

There are 2 questions to pause and ask yourself before you take action (read action as an ongoing pattern of thinking as well as physical practical doing:

1. Does this action/thought show love and respect for myself?

2. Does this action/thought show love and respect for other people?

If it doesn’t support both then tweak what you’re doing until it does.

Whatever the size of the action and potential consequence the principal is the same…leading with love preserves and protects our wellbeing and humanity.

You in?

 

 

 

 

Escaping overwhelm

Escaping overwhelm

It’s easy to over analyse and get caught up in the emotion of this which can end in overwhelm and analysis paralysis. An amazing recipe to NOT get stuff done!

Next time this happens, take a deep breath, change what you’re doing with your body (stand up, sit down, stretch, go for a walk) and remind yourself you are not your thoughts….as you refresh your energy you’ll find the quality of your thoughts improve.

Notice the thoughts that come into your radar, hear them and let them float on past.

Fresh start!

#beworklifehappy