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Success is about feeling fulfilled

successI do what I do because I love seeing people fulfill their potential but I was fed up of seeing programs and books that claimed to give the steps to success but failed to address the fact that we are all unique, we learn differently, we have different values, different beliefs and want different things from life.

Success isn’t a destination, it isn’t how much you earn, where you go on holiday, what you do for a living. In my opinion you’re not a success just because you’re earning six or seven figures if the stress is actually killing you.

To me success is about feeling fulfilled in every area of life, it’s about making a difference to other people’s lives, it’s about being authentic to yourself. Success looks different for everybody but inside it feels the same.

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  • If you don’t feel like a success inside it doesn’t matter what others think of you and your achievements you won’t feel fulfilled
  • If the negative voices inside your head are telling you that you’re a failure or a fraud it doesn’t matter than other people tell you how fantastic you are, you will still feel like a fraud
  • If you see every minor mistake you make it doesn’t matter if other people see how great the bigger picture is
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Feeling like a success inside as well as looking like success on the outside starts with you. And if you think there’s nothing you can do about your situation you’re wrong…

Who said “it’s not that easy?”

You’re right it’s not easy!

Staying trapped and stuck in a rut is much easier, believing you don’t have a choice is easier, thinking “one day…” is much, much easier!

But I guarantee if you make the decision to do the work to find out what true success looks, feels and sounds like to you then you will never look back.

In my next post I’m going to share one of the most important personal development exercises anybody can do. Most people who read the post will not do the exercise. They may think it’s a bit woo woo or they will think they already know the answer or maybe they even truly believe that their life is beyond their control and that I’m talking rubbish.

The other 2% or so will learn something about them self that is one of the biggest keys to feeling fulfilled.

4 Simple Steps To Move Forward When You Are Feeling Stuck

How to start focusing on a solution

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Please notice that the title is “How to start focusing on A solution, rather than THE solution. That is because there is very rarely one right solution.  We are all unique, what is a potential solution for you could be a “no go” for someone else which is why advice from others often sucks!  And we all change, develop, grow so what may have been a “no go” for you last year could become a “maybe I could” this year, as long as you don’t limit your thinking.

Prefer to watch rather than read? Click here for the video version

 

“Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions”

I posted this Anthony Robbins quote on Facebook recently.  You have probably come across Anthony Robbins before, if you haven’t he is an American coach, self-help author and motivational speaker.

 

I love Anthony Robbins, if I’m feeling sorry for myself then I always listen to “Lessons in Mastery” on my iPhone while I go for a long walk.  It’s guaranteed to start to make me feel much more positive very quickly (yes, coaches feel sorry for themselves too sometimes, everyone does, the important thing is to have strategies to change that feeling)

 

I truly believe that it is important to focus on the solution or the way forward rather than dwelling on the problem or the past. But I know it’s not always that easy, sometimes you are just plain stuck, too close to the problem and can’t see a solution. What then? Well you can’t always control or even influence a situation but you can control your feelings, actions and behaviours. The following steps will help you to get back into the driving seat of your own life:

 

Step 1 Name the situation

 

The best way to get unstuck is to get all of those thoughts out of your head and onto paper so that you can step back and look at the problem. Take a sheet of paper or blank word document and title it SITUATION. Simply writing things down helps you look more objectively at the situation. It doesn’t matter whether you write a 10 page essay, a page of bullet points or even do a mind map, whatever works for you but just get the problem / issue / challenge down on to paper.

 

Step 2 Identify your thoughts, feelings and beliefs

 

Take a second piece of paper titled THOUGHTS, FEELINGS & BELIEFS and answer the following:

 

  • What have I tried to do so far to improve this situation?
  • What is within my control regarding this situation?
  • What is not within my control regarding this situation?

Then write down all of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs regarding the situation. Spend plenty of time on this step; make sure you get ALL of your thoughts, feeling and beliefs because these are the things that are keeping you stuck.

Keep asking yourself “what else?” Eg:

  • I can’t A…
  • I don’t know how to B…
  • I have to C…
  • I feel D…
  • What else?

Often the thing that stops us taking action is that we are looking at the big picture, the end result. But the dream or outcome can seem so big and scary than we don’t take the first steps. Or we can’t see the end picture or don’t know what the dream or outcome is, we just know that we desperately want things to be different. Both scenarios stop us taking those small steps, but those small steps are vital.

 

If you don’t know where you are heading that’s OK, it doesn’t matter. Those small steps will either tell you that you are going in the right direction or you will learn that a different path is better suited to you. Either way you will learn from the experience and be a step closer to living a life you have chosen rather than drifted into.

 

 

Step 3 Brainstorm your options

 

Take a third piece of paper and title it OPTIONS. Make a list of everything that you COULD do to take a step forward. Be creative, this isn’t what you are going to do this is just to get your mind to stop being stuck and open up to new ideas. Ask yourself:

 

  • What’s the easiest thing I could do?
  • What’s the bravest thing I could do?
  • What’s the stupidest thing I could do?
  • What would my best friend tell me to do?

Now challenge the things you wrote down in the last step by asking:

 

  • What could I do if I didn’t believe that I couldn’t A?
  • What could I do if I did know how to B?
  • What if I didn’t have to C?
  • What would I do if it didn’t feel D?
  • What else could I do?

Put 3 more things on the list, remember be creative, don’t censor any ideas at this stage.

 

Step 4 Work out your first step

 

If you spent enough time on step 3 you will have generated some options that you hadn’t previously considered, so now it’s time to commit to what you WILL do next. Take a look at the OPTIONS you wrote down in step 3 and ask yourself which one (or more) of those options would take you just one step closer to improving the situation you documented in step 1. Depending on your circumstances or the situation it could be a big step or a very small step, but you know Rome wasn’t built in a day and taking some sort of proactive action WILL make you feel better and more in control of the situation

 

So…..

  • What will you do?
  • When will you do it?
  • What have you learned by working through these steps?

If you need some accountability leave a comment or join my private Facebook group for likeminded working mums and share your first steps in a safe and supportive environment. I’d love to hear from you and how you get on and I always reply.

TIME TO TAKE ACTION

What are you waiting for, go and find a pen and paper

What Are You Tolerating?

Imagine having more energy or more time to focus on the things you really want. Imagine being able to move forward in your life without some of your current stress. Doesn’t that sound good?

We all have things in our life that we just put up with or tolerate, for example, a cluttered desk, a squeaky door, a sloppy significant other or child, even STRESS. While the tolerations may not seem to be a big deal on the surface…don’t be fooled, they all mount up!!

Tolerations drain us of valuable energy. They prevent us from moving forward. They are a distraction and they waste time, time that could be spent on something proactive and productive. Continue reading

Do You Want To Know The Biggest Secret In Time Management?

You can’t manage time…. It’s that simple!

There is no such thing as managing time. Time is a limited resource.

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What you can do is find out where you are allowing time drainers and wasters to use up this limited resource in an unproductive manner. This is more self-management than time-management. I bet right now you can write down at least five activities that you do each day that are unproductive and can be classed as Time Wasters. How about?:

• Unfocused Internet Surfing
• Personal Phone Calls
• Personal Online Chatting
• Playing Online Games
• Dealing with Spam emails Continue reading

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