Thrilled to see ‘Changemaker’ Ciara Jean Roberts in Top Sante Magazine!

It’s not easy to get into a top magazine, particularly for solo-preneurs and I’m thrilled that one of my ‘Changemaker’ clients Ciara Jean Roberts from Wholly Aligned is featured in the November issue of Top Santé magazine.

As a key influencer, I have lots of contacts to open doors for experts, authors and changemakers. I know a thing or two about what journalists are looking for, and it’s not just PR that we need, it’s often that we need to find the clarity and vision that we know is within us!

If you want to have a bigger influence and be a trailblazer, then you need the critical role of media exposure, people need to know what you are doing and have to offer. That’s where I can help you.

Work with me as a ‘Changemaker’ and let me help you focus your vision, package it, and send it out into the world in a way that will be noticed! I’ve got just two spots remaining so you need to move on this quickly. This is what you will get when you join me:

  • A Media Relations Consultation – we’ll discuss and refine your USP and PR Strategy to showcase your business to its best.
  • A video promotion – personally presented by me.
  • Press Release
  • A linked competition
  • Inclusion on our Social Media Sites
  • Press coverage
  • An Interview on UK Health Radio Show
  • ‘Changemaker Spotlight’ feature article
  • Personal Feature Blog

You’ll also get exclusive access to my private Facebook Group and be the first to know about media opportunities.

PR is an essential step in being seen and a having your own publicist will usually cost in the region of 2-3k per month, at least. This is a 3 month collaboration and a special opportunity to work with me as a key industry ‘Person of Influence’  for just £1,697 +VAT.

Read all details here>>

If you are interested in this opportunity to work with me please send an email to janey@imperfectlynatural.com tell me a bit about your work, your website and contact details, and the difference you’re making, and why you would like this opportunity to work with me.

 

 

 

You Are The Brand

YOU ARE THE BRAND

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About the Book…

YOU ARE THE BRAND

Raise your profile and become the Go-to expert in your field

Are you an Expert, Author, Coach, Practitioner, Entrepreneur, or would you like to write a book or develop a business? Would you like to grow your business or attract more visibility for the work that you do? If you have a passion and a purpose, a product or service that you believe in, a message that you want to share, then this book is for you.

In this book, No 1 Best-selling Author, Broadcaster, and Business Coach Janey Lee Grace, who has worked in the media for twenty-five years as well as running her own successful business, reveals how you can achieve the visibility you need to succeed in the modern marketplace by putting YOURSELF at the top of your brand.

Get clarity on your USP, recognise the importance of creating compelling content, be confident and authentic, and get the inside track on making the right connections with both clients and your community and also producers and journalists. Turn your passion to profits, sky-rocket your visibility, and be inspired by the success stories of others.

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Great PR for Katherine from OMGTea – in November Issue of Prima!

I’m always thrilled when I see my clients appear in top magazines. Here’s a great interview with Katherine Swift, founder of OMGTea in the November issue of Prima magazine!

 

Thanks so much Janey. So happy with this and this is down to you!

Katherine Swift – Founder of OMGTea

If you want to have a bigger influence, then I have the opportunity to work with me as a ‘Changemaker’ and let me help you focus your vision, package it, and send it out into the world in a way that will be noticed, like Katherine! As a key influencer, I have lots of contacts to open doors and I know a thing or two about what journalists are looking for.

 

PR is an essential step in being seen and a having your own publicist can cost in the region of 2-3k per month, at least. You have a special opportunity to work with me as a key industry ‘Person of Influence’ on a 3-month collaboration for just £1,697 +VAT.

Read all details here>>

If you are interested in this opportunity to work with me please send an email to janey@imperfectlynatural.com tell me a bit about your work, your website and contact details, and the difference you’re making, and why you would like this opportunity to work with me.

 

 

 

Your life purpose according to Kyle Gray (It might surprise you…)

You may have seen the fabulous Kyle Gray on ITV’s Loose Women recently; Kyle is an angel expert with a difference. There’s nothing ‘pink’ fluffy’ or golden about Kyle, he is covered in tattoos, has a sharp wit, a taste for coffee and an alcoholic beverage on a weekend and he is incredibly successful as the ‘real deal’ for spirituality.

Kyle recognizes the need for truth and a desire to shed light upon some of the more complex spiritual subjects and with his internationally best-selling books and oracle card decks, he has become one of the most sought-after experts within his field.

The new book is called Light Warrior. Many people have used the term Light Worker and while the word ‘warrior’ might suggest a ‘fierce-ness’ and be aligned with ‘fighting’ what Kyle refers to is the power of spirit to overcome darkness, challenge and fear.

The book offers meditations, how to let your ‘shields’ down, how to protect yourself and having the courage to face fear.

One of the most fascinating bits of our interview was discussing life purpose. In the PR / media relations work that I do, I meet lots of people, often working part time as therapists and healers who really want to step into their ‘purpose’ and follow their dreams.  Many people feel they need clarity on what they really want, what they are good at and how they will spend the rest of their lives. I love reminding people of Wayne Dyer’s quote – “Don’t die with the music still in you

Kyle puts a different spin on this, and says our career is not our life purpose, it can contribute to it but according to A Course in Miracles, our life purpose is salvation, forgiveness and happiness.  Kyle points out that you don’t need to find your dream job to fulfill your life purpose, he reminds us that sometimes we have spent so much time stressing over the ‘divine’ life purpose that we have forgotten to be happy along the way.

Is that you? Are you forgetting to have fun? Guilty as charged your honour! …(sometimes)  I fess up, I am constantly striving to ensure my kids are thriving, my income is increasing, my clients are satisfied and my family are supported…the list goes on…There are times when I forget about self-care. 

I’m going to take a leaf out of Kyle’s book, he turns down more TV and press opportunities than he accepts, (much to the annoyance of his publicist I’m sure) and he values highly his relationships with his friends and family.  I’m not about to stop o helping people shine a spotlight on their unique brilliance, but I can remember to be happy.

Here’s Kyle’s Happiness Prayer…

Thank you universe and angels, for removing the pressure I have allowed to stand between me and happiness. Today I choose to take the weight of the world off my shoulders so I can unite with my greatness. 

And so it is.

Light Warrior  – Connecting with the Spiritual Power of Fierce Love by Kyle Gray is published by Hay House

Live and Die by Your Values

I’ve been to two thought provoking workshops around this, first as an attendee and then another as a keynote speaker, the topics couldn’t have been more different – and yet this definite theme ran through them both.

The first was called ‘Life doesn’t stop after 50’, how to enjoy a fulfilling third act, this was led by the inspirational couple Adrian and Judy Reith who are life coaches who have coined the phrase ‘Act 3’ to describe those years after the kids have left home, or retirement looms, those years when we can sometimes find ourselves searching for purpose and meaning, and a desire to ensure that we have left the legacy we had hoped we would. The second workshop was called ‘Business Breakthrough’ event for Wellness practitioners, I was speaking on the importance of recognising ‘You Are the Brand’ and encouraging therapists and coaches to get clarity on their message in order to attract more media attention and clients. There were other speakers too on ‘money mind-set’ and how to build your niche.

So, what did the talks have in common? Well, Judy and Adrian began by reminding us that we are all going to die, a cheery start, but an important one and they read the ‘Top 5 Regrets of The Dying’, as documented by a nurse working with terminally ill patients. The top regret was “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”.

It seems many people felt their dreams had been unfulfilled, they hadn’t honoured even half of their dreams, and they died accepting that responsibility, knowing it was down to the choices they made.

In my presentation at the business event, I was speaking about the importance of getting clarity in your business, absolute clarity on what your USP is (I sometimes call this your YOU-nique brilliance), clarity on the ideal clients you want to work with, and clarity on the kind of business you want (no point in having a full client list and working 24/7 if that’s going to mean you don’t see your family).

How are these concepts linked? Well, Judy and Adrian spoke about the importance of identifying your values, they reminded us of the concept of a hot air balloon deflating, if you needed to throw out your values, what will be the last one you can let go of? If your life was in peril, what’s the one value you will cling to? They reminded us that goals not consistent with your values won’t bring happiness, we all know the old adage of the guy who strives all his life to ‘reach the top of the ladder’ only to find it had been against the wrong wall all along.

In my talk and in some of the other sessions at the business breakthrough event,  I also spoke about the importance of getting clarity on your values, on how you want your brand to be perceived, the kind of business you want, and who are the clients you want to work with?

If you have a partner or family it’s important to discuss your values with them, and find a way to accommodate theirs, if you have a business, make sure that you are attracting the kind of clients and community who would respect your values, if not necessarily share them.

Start with one of the many lists of values, (a few ideas below to get you started) add to the list if words are missing, circle the 20 most important ones for you, then reduce the list to 10, then to 5, mark them in priority order A-E – tricky, isn’t it?  But it’s critically important, if you discover that you aren’t living your life, (whether before or after 50) or running your business according to those values then you may need a re-think, if your number one value is ‘family’ and you haven’t been home in weeks, take a long hard look at that, if you are in a job you hate and are ‘putting off’ starting your business, or writing your book, ask yourself what you are waiting for? None of us know how long our ‘Act 3’ will last – you may not even make it to your ‘Act 3’! But if you are lucky enough to know your purpose, to have a desire to make a difference and know you need to share your work and your message with a wider audience, then there’s never a better time to start than right now…Remember one of my favourite phrases…” You don’t have to get it right, you DO have to get it going.”

 

Judy and Adrian are working with Inbound to fund and publish their book, you can get involved by pledging an amount (there are different levels and opportunities for coaching et al) and being part of this exciting project from the off, check out the video HERE>>

Janey Lee Grace offers coaching and workshops and is the author of ‘You Are the Brand’ (Filament Publishing) – available here>>

The Legacy of Louise Hay and A Reminder to Look In The Mirror

So sad to hear of the passing of the incredible Louise Hay the founder of Hay House. I had been aware of her amazing work for many years and when I became part of the ‘family’ as a Hay House author I felt privileged to be part of such an inspirational movement. I met Louise several times and of course heard her speak and read her books, when I do my talks / workshops on building confidence for your work and getting your message out there, I always cite Louise and how she insists on the importance of self-love and ‘mirror work’.

She had a great sense of humour and always carried a tiny mirror in her bra so that she could whip it out, look into it and say “looking good kid!”

There’s no doubt that despite not starting her company till she was almost 60, she leaves an incredible legacy, I love being a Hay House author, being a presenter on hayhouseradio.com and I’m also a customer of course, voraciously reading many of the books published by this wonderful company, and savouring her desk diary with wonderful little words of wisdom. R.I.P amazing Louise. Here’s an extract from a statement from Hay House:

Our beloved friend and founder Louise Hay transitioned this morning, August 30, 2017 of natural causes at age 90. She passed peacefully in her sleep.

Louise was an incredible visionary and advocate. Everyone who had the privilege to meet her, either in person or through her words, felt her passion for serving others.

Considered a founder of the self-help movement, Louise was dubbed ‘the closest thing to a living saint.’ She published her first book ‘Heal Your Body’ in 1976 (at age 50) long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body. In 1984, her second book, ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ was published. In it, Louise explained how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical maladies and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and our lives for the better.

You Can Heal Your Life’ became a New York Times bestseller and spent 16 weeks on the list. More than 50 million copies have been sold throughout the world.

You can read the full legacy here http://www.hayhouse.com/louise-hay-legacy

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Here’s another chance to read an article I wrote after meeting Louise a few years ago, when she was sharing the stage with the late Wayne Dyer, thinking about it, that will be an awesome reunion in heaven!

Mirror, Mirror, on The Wall  

(First published in the Church Newspaper 2014)

You may have seen the rather odd phenomenon across blogs and documented in the women’s pages of daily newspapers about ‘Mirror Fasting’. It’s a new craze started by a blogger who was concerned she was obsessed with her own appearance. According to the journal of behaviour research and therapy, women look in the mirror 38 times a day, so to counteract this we’re being encouraged to try to resist the urge and not look in the mirror at all.

I’d like to encourage everyone to look in the mirror more oftenbut not in the name of vanity to worry about your wrinkles, commiserate about greying hairs, or pull faces to tighten your jaw. Indeed, I think we should be looking in the mirror in order to be appreciative, to show to love to ourselves as we really are.  

Recently I had the opportunity to hear Louise Hay speak, she has been in the UK for the ‘I Can Do It’ conference in Glasgow and London, with many other bestselling authors including the hugely successful Dr Wayne Dyer. Louise was once dubbed ‘The Queen of New Age’ by the New York times, after writing ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ in 1984, which has sold over 35 million copies.

Louise owns the extremely successful international publishing company, Hay House (I’m proud to be one of their authors) and she believes in affirmations, indeed she is a great advocate of what she calls ‘Mirror Work’ – looking in the mirror several times a day and saying “I love you“ (and add your name).  Just try it a few times (in private is fine) and you’ll realise how tricky it can feel. Most of us are so conditioned from an early age to be self critical, and have low self-esteem because we feel we don’t look ‘attractive’ enough or we’re not in some way ‘good’ enough. Louise by the way is not the flaky type you may expect, she is an extremely energetic 85-year-old who travels all over the world, is bright as a button and has just started taking piano lessons (“there’s many years in me yet” she says).

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If you’re thinking I really have gone all cosmic and new age now, I’d urge you to ask yourself how intact is your self-esteem?  Our children are constantly bombarded with messages of needing to look more ‘cool’ and looking up to size zero models. When there’s an increase of self-harming in teenagers, surely our self loathing has gone too far? I’m not suggesting that we all become vain and arrogant and ‘worship’ ourselves, but we could practice gratitude, a spirit of thankfulness that God has created us just as we are. The next time you look in the mirror and think anything other than “I love you”, remember that as you were made in God’s image you are technically criticising God too!

Genesis 1:27  – ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them’.

Janey Lee Grace is the author of ‘Look Great Naturally Without Ditching the Lipstick’ (Hay House) and regularly presents the spotlight series of radio shows for Hay House Radio.

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Speed Relaxation

How stressed are you? As a nation, we are debilitated by stress and anxiety – from teenagers to elderly people, it’s a problem of epidemic proportions. Most of us are aware of the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome, it’s meant to be a safety mechanism – so that if we are threatened by a tiger or similar we are alerted and can take flight until the danger has passed. Today of course there are usually no tigers coming after us, but we are kept continually in this heightened state of being – on alert, and so the chemicals that flood our body to help us run fast, are being stimulated constantly. This leads to an almost continual state of stress, which makes us unbalanced, anxious, and can result in numerous physical symptoms too. Stress can make you ‘wired and tired’ as well as fat.

There are many ways to alleviate the symptoms of stress including exercise, good sleep, good nutrition and some form of meditation, guided visualisation or mindfulness, as well as of course therapeutic treatments. Breathing properly is important, we are often told to take deep breaths and imagine the words ‘peace’ or ‘relax’ as we exhale. Since most of us are super busy, and often too ‘stressed’ to diarise those important massages and treatments, here’s a few tips from experts in the know for ‘speed relaxation’.

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Cai Graham is a parenting coach and therapist and recommends ‘box breathing’ which really helps quieten the mind down and restore calm:

Imagine a box, trace the top of the box in your mind and breathe in slowly through your nose for a count of 4, trace the side of the box and breathe out slowly through your mouth for a count of 4, trace the bottom of the box breathing in slowly for 4, and then the other side of the box breathing out for 4. Repeat as many times as you need until you notice you are feeling less anxious.  www.caigraham.com

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Ciara Jean Roberts is a yoga teacher and naturopathic nutritionist, she suggests standing bare foot on the grass or sandy beach, this is commonly known as ‘grounding’ or ‘earthing’, and is a simple technique that helps you to draw in essentially an energy infusion from the earth. There is increasing research around this area including how it can help to relieve chronic pain and reduce blood pressure. www.whollyaligned.com

Beverley Densham is The Angel Coach and the founder of Angelic Lifestyle, she says:

Wherever you are, shut your eyes & simply take 10 breaths in & out. Breathe in through your nose & exhale through your mouth & relax. Repeat 10 times. This can be whilst sitting, standing or lying down. This quick 10 breaths pick me up is one of the best daily relaxations you’ll ever do. You do have time! www.angeliclifestyle.com

Marian Bourne, creator ofGoodbye Stress and Burn Out: 90 Days to Reclaim Your Health and Energy’ agrees that just 5 minutes a day of breath work (alternate nostril breathing) can lower your stress levels, clear your mind and help you relax. And what if you knew that this would help you sleep better and improve your sex life? www.thebournepractice.com

Colette Bardell is a restorative yoga teacher who suggests another simple breathing technique…

Lie on the floor with your legs up the wall and focus on taking long exhales. This type of breathing triggers the rest and digest nervous system, lowering your heart rate and cholesterol. www.satisfythehunger.com

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Mindfulness is important too, being fully aware of what you are doing at any given time, Irene Brankin asks her clients to focus on something –  it can be anything, even a cup – simply observe it and see what you see and keep bringing your attention back to it (you can hold it in your hands). www.thevisiblewoman.com

I remember doing this kind of exercise while eating an apple, really savoring every mouthful and noticing the texture, it definitely seemed to calm me down.

So however stressed you are, take a few moments for some self-care – repeat after me…Relax

The Business Breakthrough Event for Wellness Practitioners

Join me at this great event where I join a group of business speakers including Sarah Holland, Fertility Coach and founder of Fertile Mindset, Liz Hancock, #1 Best Selling Author and creator of The Wealthy Entrepreneur, Ruth Randall, of Ruth Randall Coaching, Jo Soley of Your Brilliant Business Angel and Sarah Stiffin, organiser, Virtual Assistant, qualified Holistic Therapist and founder of The Wellness Workspace.

For less than the price of a client session, learn a wealth of information in just one day that can take your business to the next level. I will personally help you lay the foundations for your marketing plan so you can get the right message across at the right time, in the right way!

Friday 22nd September 2017
9.30am – 4.00pm
The University of Hertfordshire, Sports Village – Hatfield

A range of ticket options are available including lunch and a Q&A session with me.

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Do Less Be More

How busy are you? If you are anything like me the answer is probably ‘manically’. We live in a time where we are constantly ‘on’ always busy and usually stressed into the bargain. Even the most enlightened individuals can find that they are on the go 24/7 not even getting restorative sleep in their quest for ‘bigger, better, faster, more’ – or possibly just to meet the demands of a career, a business, family et al.

Martina Sheehan is a Hay House author who has just released her third book, ‘Do Less Be More.’ As with her previous books, this one is co-authored with her long-time business partner Susan Pearse. Martina and Susan have spent the past two decades understanding the brain and the impacts of modern society on our success, happiness, health and wellbeing. They are leadership mentors, and in 2009 they founded Mind Gardener, a platform dedicated to translating science into practical methods to help people think differently about their life and business. I interviewed Martina recently for Hay House radio and love the fact that she and Susan take a scientific rather than merely emotive approach to this tricky subject.

Their special passion is showing people how to conquer the busy-ness that can so easily overtake our lives, and honing what they believe is the most important skill in today’s modern world – the skill of being in the present moment.

Their previous book, ‘One Moment Please; It’s Time to Pay Attention’ (2015), was a real wake-up call warning us that attention spans are getting shorter, distractions are ever-present, and that unless we take control of our precious attention, we risk missing the most important moments in our lives.

This new book focuses on a very important and often over-looked aspect of the brain: when you pause activity and step away from the hurly-burly of life, you literally open the door to intuitive insights, novel ideas, a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, and a clearer path through life. So, could it be that slowing down and allowing yourself to do less, might just be the secret to achieving a lot more?

In my interview, we talk about those light bulb moments that we can have when we are not engaged in ‘thinking’, sometimes just going for a walk can be beneficial. Most of us need to slow down, and Martina goes as far as to say boredom is beautiful, I can’t remember the last time I was ‘bored’ it has a negative connotation, we equate it with being lazy, but when my children tell me they’re bored I now say…embrace it!  Invariably if I suggest they enjoy ‘doing nothing’ they find an activity – often something quite creative such as building a den or baking, but if I try and fill every moment for them, they’re back on that treadmill.

Martina suggests that we ban the word ‘busy’ from our vocabulary.

Start a ‘not to do’ list – we are all fans of the ‘to do’ list, but she says to find the silence between the noise. Make a list of what you are not going to do, either because you have delegated it to someone else (a great idea) or because you have realized it isn’t a priority.

She suggests we reclaim idle moments throughout our day, and embrace them and remember it’s OK to say ‘no’, this is something I struggle with, but Martina says a ‘no’ to something is a ‘yes’ to yourself.

‘Do Less Be More’ by Martina Sheehan and Susan Pearse is published by Hay House, you can find more info about their retreats at www.mindgardener.com

What Are You Thinking?

Our thoughts create our reality, we know that – what we pay attention to tends to manifest, yet our words are also critical. Of course, they are intertwined and the combination of words and thoughts can be powerful.

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I’m sure you’ve heard of Dr Emoto who did the ‘rice experiment’ (following on from his much-documented water experiment). He put rice into three glasses and ‘spoke’ to each, to the first he states, ‘Thank You’, to the second ‘You’re an idiot’, and he ignored the third.

You can guess the results of course, the first one fermented and gave a pleasant smell, the one that had been told it was an ‘idiot’ turned black, and the third that had been ignored began to rot.

They videoed the experiment and Dr Emoto used the example to explain how important our words are, especially in how we treat children. He suggests that indifference does the most harm, even more than negative words, and of course positive words create the most abundance. Literally the power of positivity at work.

“If you have a peaceful mind and peaceful thoughts, water becomes more peaceful.” – Dr. Emoto

 

None of this is news to you I’m sure, we know about mindset, we know about the power of our words and our thoughts, and I have many times sung the praises of the excellent book by Andrea Gardner ‘Change Your Words Change Your World’.

Also, I saw recently that there is a new edition of ‘Yes! 50 Secrets from The Science of Persuasion’ It’s all about how the right ‘language’ can influence us. The promotion for the book says:

Most of us are only too aware that, whatever roles we have in today’s fast-moving world, much of our success lies in getting others to say ‘Yes’ to our requests. What many people might not be aware of, though, is the vast amount of research that has been conducted on the influence process. What factors cause one person to say ‘Yes’ to the request of another? Yes! is full of practical tips based on recent academic research that shows how the psychology of persuasion can provide valuable insights for anyone interested in improving their ability to persuade others – whether in the workplace, at home or even on the internet.

There are some great examples that make this point, one of the authors Steve Martin studied the way most people think, and looked at how the findings could result in effective business strategy. He found that a compelling human motivation is to ‘fall in with the crowd’ to do as others do, and when he advised companies to use this type of persuasion they saw great results.

I read that HMRC used to send letters to tax payers warning of fines and the dire consequences of late payment. When they tweaked their message to include a phrase along the lines of ’nine out of ten people in the UK are honest and pay their taxes on time’ they saw an immediate increase in taxes paid on time!

I’m sure you have seen an asterix by a dessert on a restaurant menu, saying ‘*this is our most popular dessert’ and if you are sourcing a hotel you may see ’90 per cent of visitors say they would recommend this hotel to a friend…or similar – it’s persuasive language.

We like positive messages, and we like to be just like everyone else!

Anyone who has studied NLP will know about persuasive language, how we shape the way we phrase our questions, requests, statements will have a direct impact on how ‘successful’ we are.

We all know about powerful selling tactics, and how pitching up to someone saying – ‘Why don’t you buy my programme it’s great’, is unlikely to work.  More and more in this ‘content led’ culture we need to make connections, and engage and communicate with people before we try and persuade them to work with us and buy our products et al. Remember…people do business with those they like know and trust.

Put some thought and effort into how you communicate, what words you use to convey your key messages. What are the words that define your message… your work…your brand?  What words are you using in your relationships that might be passing on exactly the wrong message?

So, here’s a few sayings, well-chosen words, clichés perhaps …but worth remembering:

You are the brand

Your thoughts create your reality

You can use persuasive language to achieve your desired outcome

Changing your words can change your world

Positive words will generate the most abundance

Feel free to add to the list any of your own (positive) words…

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Are you a peaceful warrior?

Are you peaceful? Are you also a warrior?  Apparantly the two words can sit together despite seeming contradictory. Dan Millman is a former world champion gymnast, coach, martial arts teacher and college professor, and he is author of 17 books published in 29 languages and shared across generations to millions of readers. His classic work, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, was adapted to film in 2006. its been a bestseller for over 36 years, sold more than 3 million copies. Dan speaks worldwide to people from all walks of life.  I was lucky enough to interview Dan for Hay House Radio and was struck by his down to earth approach and ‘easy to implement’suggestions  He is passionate about helping people move towards accelerating change, transcending the daily news, feeling less anxious and re-aligning through the ever constant present.  Dan believes we are all peaceful warriors – striving to live with a peaceful heart.  He believes we should look to peace, but we also need a warriors spirit to live as our wisest selves.

Dan’s book isn’t a memoir, he rather uniquely blends fiction and autobiography.

Dan’s new book The Hidden School reveals a book within a book, a quest within a quest and a bridge between worlds. Dan Millman takes readers on an epic spiritual quest across the world as he searches for the link between everyday life and transcendent possibility.

Continuing his journey from Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan moves from Honolulu to the Mojave Desert, and from a bustling Asian city to a secluded forest, until he uncovers the mystery of The Hidden School.  While traversing continents, he uncovers lessons of life hidden in plain sight – insights pointing the way to an inspired life in the eternal present.

Along the way, you encounter remarkable characters and brushes with mortality as you explore the nature of reality, the self, death and finally, a secret as ancient as the roots of this world.  Awaken to the hidden powers of paradox, humour and change.  You may discover a vision that may forever change your perspectives about life’s promise and potential.  Dan is very realistic, he makes a rather controversial statement saying that he doesn’t believe we should be grateful, courageous, happy…  he believes that we should just ‘behave’ that way, he points out that its not possible to determine if we have courage unless we have to face fear, it’s not so much about ‘trying’ to be grateful et al, it’s just getting on with it.  I shared with him my fave phrase ‘You don’t have to get it right, you DO have to get it going and he loved that.

I asked Dan about his relationship with meditation, it can feel so difficult in our busy lives.to find time for stillness, to properly still the mind.  Dan made me howl with laughter when he said, ‘People ask me about my meditation practice and I tell them, I absolutely meditate every day….for at least 4 seconds!   What he means is its not essential to sit cross-legged for thirty minutes, those moments of ‘thinking nothing’ can be valuable,

With The Hidden School you can go on a spiritual quest, along with Dan, and look at how we can live our most rewarding enriching life.

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