gratitude

Here’s what unfolded for me

Here's what unfolded for me

 

After my beautiful breathe out of 2015 into the ocean that divine Sunday in mid-December, something intriguing bubbled up…    

I remembered a trip I took to Burleigh Heads last year. There was a split intent for that week – on one hand I needed time and space to complete a brand new webinar that I was excited to be putting together. 

On the other hand I was going through a period of deep internal healing and needed to honour that with space and support for my body and spirit (because this internal healing work is such an integral part of my business growth).

A week in Burleigh at a luxury oceanfront apartment seemed to tick both boxes.

And while I got almost the whole webinar project finished - ready to hit send to the world - the truth was that my body wanted more time and space to complete the healing process first.

There was more than one time that week that I caught myself almost scolding my body “What bad timing, this work can’t wait…”

I stopped myself there.

OMG – who’s deadline was I playing to?

I have no boss!

I create my own rules!

I run my business how I feel….

And the truth was – I wasn’t feeling it!

Call it a ‘gut feel’, call it ‘intuition’ or simply call it ‘putting my body first’.

Either way – I had the choice!

I had the CHOICE and the power to create life, based on the needs of my body. How super awesome is that?!

I sent my team an email telling them that things were going on hold, shut my 20 browser tabs down one by one and did absolutely nothing for the next 4 days! (and not a lot the week after either to be honest)

BLISS!!

FREEDOM!!

It is all too common in today’s ‘new age’ way of running a business to talk about ‘following your truth’ or ‘working with ease’, but learning to truly live from that place is a journey.  

Because I decided to hold off on launching my new project for a few more weeks, it created space for me to birth the idea of documenting the journey of the ladies in my UPswing Mastermind program, which led to the ‘Behind the Scenes’ series I have now filmed. 

 

 

Through my own business journey I have learnt to put me and my health first (even if sometimes it takes me a few days to catch myself when I forget) and as with everything else I have learnt along my path so far, I love nothing more than passing my lessons on to others.

The ‘Behind the Scenes of UPswing Mastermind’ series is HERE. There are 14 ladies who took part in these interviews - they all have such different stories - so do browse through to find the journey that most speaks to you. 

I invite you to grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy!

 
 
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My big breathe out process

My big breathe out process

 

Just before I wrapped up for the year I spent a divine Sunday with one of my mentors, Rebecca Campbell, at her Spirited Urban Retreat. 

Perched right on the beach, there was really nothing Urban about it, but it symbolized leaving our lives behind us to experience a BIG breathe out of a day to release 2015 straight into the waves ahead of us. 

For many of us, 2015 was not an ‘easy’ year, but one of immense growth (it certainly was for me), and I knew it was important to take space to release that. 

While I did this process mid-December (on the new moon) and then prepared to take some quality time off, I know that many of you will choose the start of 2016 to release and ‘complete’ 2015.

I wanted to pass on my version of the process, so that you too can bring closure and gratitude to 2015, then have a big breathe out and a pause before welcoming 2016.

 

 

You’ll want to grab a journal and a candle.

You’ll also need about 30 minutes to take time to get into your heart – ask your body what it needs and be led intuitively – dance, meditate, stretch…

Light your candle and ask to be connected to your heart (not your head) and start answering the following questions in your journal:

Let your pen guide you and don’t judge the answers, just let it all out onto the page.

Q1. What am I most grateful for from 2015?

Q2. What has expired in my life now?

Q3. What’s no longer in alignment in my life?

Q4. What’s rising in me now?

Wrap this up with another mini-meditation and release the process for a few days.

Please be kind to yourself as you allow 2015 to fall off you in the coming days (there’s no rush here. We’re not ‘cutting off’ 2015. We’re releasing it gently. It served us well). 

During this time you might take some time to connect with family and friends; to really prioritise joy, fun and self-care. 

When you’re ready, I’d love to share what came after my big breathe out.

 

 

7 Tips to Get Your Business Mojo Back

7 tips to get your business mojo back

 

When building a business, tasks and work can pile up and make you feel overwhelmed. It can also be hard to say no to more work, and the cycle continues. 

All of a sudden you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired, bored or lethargic - you have lost your spark and we don't want that!! Once you lose your mojo, it can be challenging to find the motivation to reclaim it and a downward cycle can creep in. 

Stories of stress and overwhelm tend to be sneaky little ego tricks to keep us playing small. "Who are you to be a great success, doing what you love?"

Well I argue "Who are you not to?"

The truth is you are meant to succeed, you are meant to serve others with your awesome business - so it's time to step out of struggle and into success.

I work with my private clients on stepping into 'being a $5k woman'. To be a $5k woman (or a million dollar woman...) you simply cannot allow yourself to linger into this negative state for too long.

Business Blues are part and parcel of being an entrepreneur - no avoiding that - but the measure of success is how quickly you can catch yourself and bounce back.

Making small life adjustments can make you once again feel more energy and enthusiasm for your business and start sending out high-mojo vibrations to attract those clients waiting to work with you!

 

 

Here are a few ways to get back on track:

1. Create a schedule

Keep a master schedule of all of your final deadlines by setting up a calendar. Seeing everything in one place can help you prioritize your time because you’ll know exactly what’s coming up, days and weeks in advance.

The trick to organising your time is to break your projects up into mini-goals that will be easier to achieve. Small, attainable goals will help you bust through tough projects and stay on track.

2. Stay aware

Setting up your schedule is only half the battle - the other half is actually using it. If you’re not in the habit of checking your calendar daily, you might need a little push in the right direction, so after you’ve set deadlines for yourself, also set some alerts. A pop-up on your computer or phone can be a quick reminder of what’s coming up!

3. Hang out with inspiration

Surround yourself with people who motivate, inspire and make you better. Energy is contagious, so spend time around those you admire and adopt their success habits as your own. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, see the best in you and can help dig your best efforts out of you.

You don’t need to be associating with Debbie-downers, lazy complainers, the gossips and trouble makers. These negative energy of these people have the power to deter you from your own goals and aspirations.  

4. Be organised

When you’re working on several projects at the same time, your inbox can quickly explode into an overwhelming mess of information. And while you can’t stop the flow of emails coming in, you can at least keep emails organised and separated.

Try adding folders and color-coding to your inbox to help you find important information when you need it. For example, create a separate folder for each specific assignment you’re working on, which will let you easily scan for conversations or files that you need.

To go a step further, you can even set up a rule in Outlook to send email from certain addresses or with certain phrases in the subject line to the specified folders you’ve created. Gmail does the same thing if you set up a filter. 

5. Create information shortcuts

Do you constantly receive emails asking similar questions? Create a Q&A response email or keep a Word doc on your desktop with answers for common issues. Having something you can easily cut and paste from will make answering routine email less time-consuming.

Doing the small stuff early and making it as streamlined as possible gives you more space to work on complex projects.

6. Think positive.

Fear and negativity are the thieves of your inner spark. Accept that fearful and negative thoughts are a part of life and an essential part of success. Redirect your thoughts to positive and live your business as if you have nothing to lose.  

7. Put compassion into action.

There is nothing that can make any of us feel better than to positively contribute to the lives of others. In whatever way you can, helping others is a great reminder of the good person you are.

When you have time to give, and you share it with others, your own happiness and fulfilment increase. It makes you feel good about who you are as a person, and seeing the impacts your giving has on the quality of the lives of others, reminds you that we are all human.

 

I'd love to hear in the comments below what you do to get your mojo back when Business Blues creep in. How do you re-inspire yourself and get back in the game?

 
 
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A Hidden Habit that Could be Sabotaging Your Success

A hidden habit that could be sabotaging your business


I can honestly say I love my relationship with my clients and almost every part of my job. My work with them brings me deep gratification and the inspiration that in turn feeds my own creativity.

I often reflect on how far my clients have come in their quest for entrepreneurship and business ventures, and have a sense of gratitude towards what they bring to my own goals, as well as guiding them on their way to success.

Sometimes I witness clients so eager to build their coaching businesses that they can be so focused on where they want to be and not so grateful for how far they have already come.

 

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This journey is not one of overnight success, and it can be so easy to be swayed from our own path when we fall into the 'not enough' trap of comparison.

When I talk to clients about it this 'say' they are grateful for how far they have come, but I can hear in their language and voice that it is still not 'enough' - and this one little details can be the exact thing holding their bigger success back.

We all want to make more, serve more people and build our businesses more - but too much focus on 'more' leads to a feeling of 'lack' instead of one of 'gratitude' - and this is one of my biggest secrets behind the creation of wealth.

Gratitude has a 'high-frequency vibration' in our bodies, and from a Universal perspective, like-attracts-like.

The greater you feel, the greater opportunities flow your way with ease (not force) and gratitude is the quickest shortcut to lifting your own vibration.

This was even documented in some of the greatest Wealth Consciousness and business books ever written - right back in the 1800s - so it's not just modern day 'woo woo' talk!

Grateful people are also typically happier people as it makes us more optimistic and reduces negativity, particularly when creative entrepreneurs express that gratitude genuinely and authentically.

Business leaders often recommend making gratitude part of company ethos as it cultivates appreciation in the workplace and allows staff to re-focus on what matters within the company.

I believe that consistent gratitude really boosts my business and brand focus. It connects me to other people and inspires me to build an even better service for my tribe. In turn, this simple act can build your wealth as a cherry-on-the-top.

Try to think about what you’re thankful for at least once a day - I do this every single night. If you prioritize and recognize the things you appreciate most, eventually it will become second nature.

Other ways you can celebrate small successes and simple acts of kindness by showing gratitude every day include:

 1. Keep an abundance journal.

Keep a small notebook handy and take a few minutes each day to jot down one or two positive experiences, and what you’re grateful for. This is also beneficial at the end of the week to remind yourself of the wins you’ve had throughout the week.

Having a note of small moments of happiness also provides an opportunity to look back and remember how much you have to be thankful for during the times when life doesn't seem to be going your way.

This applies to business too. Remember to focus on how wonderful it is to now have 100 awesome people following you on facebook - they could have put their 'like' anywhere, but they appreciated you. Do you appreciate them back? Or are you focusing on 100 not being 1000? 

2. Say thank you, and mean it

When a friend, family member or client goes above and beyond, be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them. Maybe treat them to lunch or a cup of coffee.

Things can get fast-paced at times when we are building a business, but stopping to say thank you to those you deal with will keep things real, human and heart-centred. You will be remembered and really stand out from the crowd for the littlest thing as taking time to say 'thank you' to someone who has helped you on your journey or in your job.

And same goes for those who have joined your email list or become a client. What can you do today to say 'thank you' to those who are making your dreams possible?

3. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Remember what your mum advised? Treat others with the same level of courtesy you expect to be treated. Smile, show kindness, patience and actively listen. This can be done in small, easy ways including picking up after yourself, hold the lift door open, help someone struggling with heavy groceries – the Universe has a strange way of repaying tenfold for small random acts of kindness.

4. Shout out

Feeling the love? Post on social media and mention who has made you feel so grateful. Did a friend pick you up in the rain and drop you at work? Did your neighbour pick the kids up from school for you? Did someone share your latest blog post? Thank them in a public way and in turn, you’ll make them feel special and appreciated.

5. Spare some of your time

An act of kindness does more good for you than those you’re serving. Volunteer your time to help others and reap the social benefits of caring. It could be as simple as reading in your child’s class once a week, or offering to help out at a charity fundraiser – people remember those who are happy to help. It will give you something positive to focus on and is a great way to give back to the community at large. It's also important to always give more than you receive - so again, nurture your own online communities, clients and colleagues with random little gifts and you will build true rapport and trust as a bonus.

I'd love to hear in the comments below how you integrate gratitude and kindness into your own life. Can you relate to being so eager to reach a future goal that sometimes it can be hard to be grateful for what you have already created?

 
 
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