Back To Work, But Are We Happy?

A New Survey Measures the Nation’s State Of Mind

A new survey on workplace attitudes reveals that many Britons are genuinely happy in the workplace – but there is still room for improvement.

The Best You magazine’s Life Meaning Survey asked 2000 people in work across the ages, genders and regions about their experience at work. One question, ‘When it comes to your job/career right now, would you say that you love what you do?’…and it gave surprising answers.

While a relatively small percentage (15.4%) gave an unequivocal ‘Yes’, a mass 47% (or 941 people) replied ‘Mostly’. Roughly a quarter responded, ‘Not really’ and 11% said not at all.

The figures were fairly even across genders and ages, with a variation of only one per cent of women feeling more well-disposed to their jobs than their male counterparts, and people between 25-34 being around a percentage point happier than the other groups between 18 and 55+.

Northern Ireland, topped the poll of job satisfaction with 18% giving a joyous ‘Yes’, closely followed by the South West (18%), London (18%) and Scotland (17%). At the other end of the spectrum, only 9% of respondents in Wales were willing to say they love their job.

Asked what would add more happiness to the workplace, 52% said regular salary increases were the key to happiness, while just below came ‘Flexi-time for everyone’. Other high scorers were ‘offices with natural light’ and ‘more emphasis on work-life balance’.

A common theme among those volunteering ideas on how to create more happiness was a change in management, with answers such as ‘a good boss’, ‘good leadership’, ‘less aggressive management’ and ‘bosses that aren’t bullies’ this was representative of many people’s experiences.

Of the 38% dissatisfied with work, over a third were seeking opportunities in a different industry – but just under a third were taking no steps to change their situation, while 3% were seeking life coaching to help them make their choices.

Interestingly, nearly 29% of women and 25% of men admitted to suffering from depression, with 10% more women than men seeking therapy, and five per cent more women consulting their GP. Men also failed to talk to family and friends on the matter, and a higher percentage chose to ‘do nothing’.

THE BEST YOU’S SURVEY FINDINGS

Age counts…

  • More than 53% of 55+ have been redundant at least once, while only 13% of 18-24-year-olds have experienced redundancy.
  • Employers could be failing to realise an opportunity to develop their staff. Across the ages, fewer than 20% of respondents receive personal development training from their employer, but are more likely to receive sick pay and a pension.
  • Most age groups value the same things in the workplace such as flexi-time and sabbaticals, regular salary reviews, continuous professional development and social events. However in-work counselling and therapy was more valued by 18-24-year-olds (21%), while work-life balance was more important to the 45-55+ age group (58%).
  • Job satisfaction was least felt by 25-34-year-olds (12%) and most felt by 45-54-year-olds (16%), although all ages described themselves as ‘mostly’ happy.
  • Changing job or industry was most seen as a way to improve happiness by 18-34-year-olds (70%).
  • Wanting to leave a legacy in the world was most wished for by 18-24-year-olds, while more than 51% of 55+ respondents thought they probably wouldn’t.
  • Almost 83% of 55+ respondents believe in personal development, although this was consistently high across the age groups with 80% of 18-24-year-olds also working on their goals to be happy.
  • Looking at the media usage of different age groups, 73% of 55+ respondents read personal development books, while 61% of 18-24-year-olds find inspiration online.
  • Although similar across the age groups, 35-44-year-olds were most likely to have suffered from depression (30%), and of these 64% sought help from a GP or talked to family and friends (30%).

Postcode happiness…

  • In the East Midlands, 27% of people said neither they nor anyone they know are depressed.
  • A whopping 87% of people surveyed in Scotland believe personal development is the way to work on their goals to be happy.
  • 70% of South West respondents use books as a source of personal development, while 51% of those in the North West prefer blogs online.
  • Most hopeful about leaving a legacy are respondents in the South West (20%) while the least hopeful are those in Northern Ireland (18%).

Men vs. Women…

  • Flexi-time is more important to women (55% of female respondents) than men (47% of male respondents).
    Almost equally across the sexes men and women enjoy their job.
  • Women are more optimistic about leaving a life legacy (18% of female respondents) than men (14% of male respondents).
  • Women who have suffered depression were more likely to have seen a therapist (40% of female respondents) or talked to family or friends (35%) than men (30% of male respondents, and 23% respectively).

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Janey Lee Grace speaks alongside Sir Clive Woodward, Jason Vale, Barbara De Angelis, Gill Fielding and Robert Holden appearing at ‘The Best You’ personal development Exhibition at ExCel London on 27 and 28 February 2016.

 

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What’s Holding You Back?

Is your confidence holding you back from achieving what you want to in your business?

Often we need some help with empowerment even if we know deep down that we’re capable it’s such a smoother path when we have others to support, nurture and empower us. Often it’s enough to be in a community of like-minded people to feel motivated with moving forward. There can be many influences in our life that don’t always want us to surge ahead.

It can be really frustrating when you feel paralysed to move forwards in both your business and your personal life, when you know deep down that you have so many ideas and that you could carry them through… if only you had a bit more confidence. Self-belief can be the killer of many dreams!

Change is always scary whether it’s moving to a new home, a new job, leaving a situation to be on your own or putting your creativity out into the world, it’s a risk and it needs a big leap of faith. Have you been close enough to take that leap and felt the discomfort? Have you felt it would be easier to stay exactly where you are?

Mahatma Ghandi says:

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

 

Oftentimes it helps to ‘fake it before we make it’ and to me this translates as your belief being more than half of the challenge. There is plenty of practical help available to us to learn about creating our niche, creating our website, marketing our business etc. These are all things we can learn and confidence and self- belief is part of the equation.

Think about what’s really holding you back today? Is your inner critic a little guilty of keeping you stuck?

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Cut and Paste a Fabulous Year

I’ve been suggesting for a good while now that standard new year resolutions don’t really work, if you’ve already written your list and promised yourself you will lose weight, go to the gym, give up chocolate and alcohol and learn a new skill I wish you well but I’d love to recommend you take time out to visualise what you really want this year.

I was thrilled to see the article in You magazine by Lydia Slater. She says ‘Forget new years resolutions and to-do lists, the smart way to realise your dreams in 2016 is with a vision board. And if its good enough for Oprah..

A vision board (or it can be a scrapbook) is a combination of a mind-map and a collage, the idea is that you focus on what you want and allow your creative sub conscious mind to wander through images and phrases in magazines and newspapers, you can add your own photographs, postcards, drawings, anything that visually represents what you want to attract into your life.

Alongside business leaders, celebs love vision boards it seems, Lydia writes…’when Jim Carrey was at his lowest professional ebb, he reportedly used a vision board to jump-start his acting career, attaching to it a cheque made out to himself for $10 million for ‘acting services’.   Oprah Winfrey made a vision board showing a picture of Barack Obama as president’  

What’s fascinating is how we seem to attract what we focus on, often we don’t really know what we want till we see a visual representation of it, our subconscious mind draws our attention to an image which makes us realise that is our deepest desire and by taking the action of cutting that picture out and sticking it onto a board we are setting the intention. It’s as if we are allowing an image of what we hope for to come to the forefront of our mind and then it’s much easier to attract that to us. It gives us clarity of what our goals and dreams are, the images, and words that we are attracted too are usually already somewhere deep down in our thoughts.

Don’t make the mistake of spending ten minutes on this though, my suggestion is that you switch off your phone, put on some relaxing music and give yourself at least 90 minutes uninterrupted time, gather all your bits and bobs before you start, a large piece of paper of card, lots of mags, newspapers, photos, plus scissors, glue, photos, pens and crayons, even glitter and fabric if you want to get really creative. Don’t think for too long about each image, pick out what you are attracted too, you can then position the pictures however feels right, it may be totally random or ordered and colour coded. You can of course create a vision board (sometimes called a moodboard) on the computer too, but I think there’s something quite cathartic about cutting out images.

It can be quite magical what happens next. I have a colleague who wanted a complete change of direction, living in another country and working with her passion which was being a Tarot card reader.   She had no idea how she would get her dream but she started creating a vision book and literally stuck any images that appealed. One image was of a coastline, it was beautiful and an unusual shape, she had no idea where in the world it was, another image was a photograph of her with her cards. Months later she got a call from an acquaintance suggesting she offer her services as a PA to a businesswoman in London, the entrepreneur wanted someone to live and work with her temporarily, she was then offered the position of moving to Spain to run the retreats the entrepreneur hosted, she jumped at the chance and arrived at her new home only to see her room overlooked the exact coastline she had ‘visioned’ It was in Deia Majorca. Some time later the entrepreneur decided to add Tarot readings to the list of extras for guests and my colleague was called upon to do her dream job!

My own experience was not quite so dramatic but highly amusing, I did a general vision board (I often recommend that my clients do one specifically for a business project) and amongst the usual offerings, pictures of our family on holiday, lovely beaches, some fabulous glittery images that represented success. I found myself unconsciously cutting out and sticking a picture of a scruffy black dog.   When I showed the vision board to my kids they said ‘finally!!!) They had wanted a dog for a long time but we have said no, it just doesn’t fit with our lives.   Don’t get excited I told them, I don’t know why I was attracted to that image, we are NOT getting a dog, I found myself in the bizarre situation of wishing that what I had wished for wouldn’t materialise!

A few weeks later a neighbour appeared at the door with a dog on a lead, yes you’ve guessed it, the exact dog in the pic, meet my puppy she said, just wondered if the kids would like to take him for walks sometimes?   Result! All the benefits of a pet with none of the responsibility.

They do say be careful what you wish for because your dreams just may come true!  Take some time and map out your dreams – I wish you a magical 2016

If you want help getting clarity on your USP for your brand or work get in touch with me janey@imperfectlynatural.com

 

 

 

How Wishes Come True…

It’s great to be doing a short run in panto. I almost said no till a wise friend said ‘do it’ – it’s like being a kid again, I am the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella making wishes come true!

I wish you a magical holiday period and hope 2016 is the year where your wishes come true.

I don’t mean that flippantly – what’s interesting is that many people who are passionate about their work are so preoccupied with how they can help others and grow their brand that they haven’t stopped to ask what it is they really want for their business. That’s not the same as a business plan or a projected growth, I’m talking about the bigger picture. In my new book ‘You Are The Brand’ I talk about the importance of defining your one big dream and being really specific, saying I want to make loads of money won’t cut it, (you may get a windfall or a massive order only to then see it disappear again.)

Leaving yourself out of your dream is common too amongst heart centred business owners. One client who is a very successful expert in weight management said her dream was that the NHS recognised the link – fast forward to utopia for them (tricky to imagine I know) but assume the dream delivered and the NHS got it and offered NLP techniques to all – and she didn’t feature! She had left herself out of her dream and her brand!

Own your own USP and your own unique brilliance and decide upon your one big dream for your business. Be very clear on all the details, base them in reality while still dreaming big (it probably won’t work to dream of being an Olympic swimmer if you don’t like getting your ears wet).

Then get set to be amazed what could happen next – something will – once you set your intentions and have real clarity on what you want magic happens! You notice things you haven’t noticed before, someone comes into your life…

You believe in magic don’t you?

 

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Am I Good Enough To Compete?

Theodore Roosevelt once said “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Since I started coaching clients the question I hear over and over again is ‘Am I good enough?’ People who want to write a book or get their book out there to a wider audience often tell me they are fearful that the market for what they write about is already overcrowded – ‘there are already so many books on my subject’…they lament…’ Will anyone be interested in mine?’

Of course my answer is always the same, there may be many books on your topic but there’s only one YOU’ – That’s why it’s critical to really know your YOU-sp (USP) – what it is that makes you YOU-niquely different.

Having said that I’m not immune either to the odd ‘wobble’ about my credentials. Recently I was thinking about planning an event around helping people with their public speaking skills, helping experts and entrepreneurs become the Go-To expert in their field and how to attract opportunities and maximise them.

Just as I was about to start looking at venues I saw some advertising for an event not dissimilar to the one I was planning – except that this entrepreneur had hired a huge venue and seemed to be totally rocking and at the top of her game in that arena. What did I do? Panic! – I went through all those same concerns and fears, am I really good enough, could I ever fill out a big conference venue?

I must admit I really did feel as though the wind had been taken out of my sails, it took a session with a great inspirational coach (we all need someone a few steps ahead of us) to make me realise that my experience and message is not the same as my ‘competitor’ and what I share with my audience is different and just as I remind my clients, I too have my own skills, talents and specific USP – for starters I’ve had twenty five years in the media and been on both sides of the microphone!

So I calmed down and recognised that by simply comparing myself unfavourably to someone else who seemed to be ahead of me, I was procrastinating, holding myself back from just getting on with sharing my YOU-nique brilliance, I was allowing all the negative inner talk to take over.

Sometimes of course it’s good to check out the competition, absolutely google around and see what others are doing in your field, it also doesn’t make much sense to host your event the same weekend as a competitor if the target audience may be similar, but don’t get obsessed by what others are doing, there will always be people ahead of us (thank goodness – they can pave the way and help us) and there will always be those coming up behind. And perhaps with our unique skills talents and clear definable ‘USP’ we can assist some of those newbies – the ones who are our ideal clients.

That’s the key really, there’s only one YOU and you are the right person for the right ‘tribe’ or ‘community’. Other experts, brand owners and teachers will be the right person for another community. Ultimately it’s a big old ocean and there’s room for lots of ripples, so go ahead and make your waves!

One tip – before you start your speech, or make the important phone call to get you noticed, or even sit down to craft your course or write your book, try the Dr David Hamilton approach to feeling confident:

It’s scientifically proven that good posture helps with self-esteem, so regularly practice (and definitely before any kind of performance), stand with your feet about hip width apart, as if rooted into the ground, shoulders back, head up, look straight ahead, take a deep breath and say out loud ‘I am enough’ – Yes you really are!

Biting Fit’s Whole Life Detox Retreat Weekend 2016

Biting Fit’s Whole Life

Detox Retreat Weekend 2016

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January 2016 at Buckden Towers, Buckden, St Neots,  PE19 5TA

Indulge in a whole-life rejuvenating experience hosted by Gwen Warren, Founder of Biting Fit Whole Life Detox Retreats and world-class, international coaches, authors and speakers including Janey Lee Grace, Alice Barnes, founder of ABC Image, Anna Clifford, founder of Barefoot Therapies, Karen Knowler, The Raw Food Coach and Elaine Hilides, International Speaker, Coach and Hypnotherapist. This holistic experience will offer you the attention and time you need in a relaxing, interactive and stunning environment where you can expect to make some long-lasting connections with like-minded people.

  • Imagine a place where you can come and feel like YOU again. The real YOU.
  • Imagine having the tools, inspiration and knowledge to turn your life and your SELF around for good.
  • Imagine feeling at Peace, overflowing with contentment regardless of life’s circumstances
  • Imagine saying goodbye  to that feeling of OVERWHELM

The Whole Life Detox Retreat includes:

  • The whole of the beautiful beautiful Retreat Centre, secret garden, and surroundings at 15th Century Buckden Towers
  • Refreshments all weekend
  • Wonderful, Biting Fit- designed, professionally created Detox Lunches (x 2), Dinner and Breakfast menu prepared by our Chef
  • SIX International guest coaches, best-selling authors and speakers
  • Gentle Yoga, guided meditation and relaxation sessions
  • Reiki, Hot Stone Massage, Kinesiology and Reflexology Taster treatments (of your choice – with advanced booking)
  • A Wellbeing Goodie Bag

This is the first Retreat at Buckden Towers, they would love feedback and so are offering this Retreat with a one time only 45% discount. This will not be available again.

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Get It Going…

You will have seen the story across social media recently about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan who wrote an open letter to their new-born daughter saying they want her to ‘grow up in a world better than ours’.

They have committed to giving away 99 per cent of their Facebook shares (that’s estimated at around 45 billion dollars right now) to charitable causes. They will still be exceedingly rich but there’s no doubt that their philanthropic statement brought them even more notoriety and their fair share of controversy too.

Mark Zuckerberg

‘If I had only one dollar left I’d spend it on marketing’ is one of Bill Gates favourite sayings and he certainly got some column inches in the UK recently too (and probably got paid for his time!) about his financial giving. There was a heart-warming interview in the Daily Mail ‘You’ magazine – Meet the everyday billionaires, Judith Woods spoke to Bill and Melinda Gates and found a grounded lovely family with strong values.

‘Bill loves doing the washing up and I like to slip into my yoga pants and eat popcorn’: At home with the world’s richest couple’ was one of the boxed out headlines and of course the angle of the piece was not to promote themselves and their corporation (let’s face it their net worth is £53 billion – more than the wealth of some small countries!) however they were clearly willing to put themselves in the frame – to stand in the spotlight – in order to get even more awareness for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which doesn’t fund its own projects but channels funds into existing organisations such as the World Health Organisation and Unicef.

The couple have poured over 19 billion of their own money into it and the investor Warren Buffet has also donated billions. They are very ‘hands on’ though and shared their vision of large scale philanthropy with the interviewer.

For me as the reader looking at this three page article with images of Bill and Melinda with their children and on a visit to one of their charitable projects in Haiti it made me totally warm to them, it gave me an insight into what makes them tick, and if it’s still important to Bill (and I’m guessing it will be!) he should pat himself on the back that he has reassured yet another customer that he (and his wife) are people that we can do business with – because we feel we can Like, Know and Trust them.

Like me, you are probably not at the stage where you will be asked to appear in a three page spread about your life and work in a national Sunday supplement, you almost certainly won’t have a cool 45 billion dollars to donate to good causes, you may not yet be in a position to leave your day job in order to follow your passion but remember the saying…’You don’t have to get it right, you do have to get it going’ and if you are going to succeed in a heart centred business you must remember that people do business with those they like, know and trust. Be prepared to be visible within your business.

Oh and according to Melinda you should be willing to take some risks, Warren Buffet gave them this advice when establishing the foundation… ’Don’t just go for the safe projects, take on the really tough problems’. If you have got an idea brewing that seems just too scary…ask yourself – should I feel the fear and do it anyway?

If you have a book to write, a business to launch or grow, an idea to nurture, a programme to promote, take a risk and get it going. Be willing to put yourself in the spotlight and don’t forget to attract some attention….your marketing may cost a little more than a dollar but without todays social networking opportunities maybe not much more!

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Please complete your entries and fill in the form asap!
Products must arrive with us before January 10th 2016.

We look forward to receiving your entries soon!

The Heart of The Matter

In my work helping experts, coaches and authors to get clarity on their uniqueness and their key message I realised that I need to offer clarity on my own USP which is that I work with heart centred businesses or entrepreneurs.

A very practical colleague who prides himself on not having any of that hippy dippy woo woo stuff asked me – what’s a heart centred business? Don’t you just mean someone who enjoys running their business, doesn’t everyone, especially if it’s successful and they earn money?

I had to think about it, I realised I couldn’t help anyone who didn’t love their work, I wouldn’t be able to help anyone to stand in the spotlight and share their key messages if they weren’t passionate about it, I asked myself If someone enjoyed earning a good pay packet from running online gambling websites would that tick the heart centred businesses box?

Not for me, unless time stood still for them when they were absorbed in their work and they felt called to do it on some level, (and it was genuinely for the greater good), I’d question whether they had found their purpose, whether they were doing the work they were really born to do.

For me being heart centred when it links to your work means being connected to who you are and why you are here to share your message, whether that’s by way of your product, service or talent.

I attended a wonderful matrix re-imprinting course – yes the room was full of heart centred practitioners – and the founder of the work Karl Dawson told us about the importance of the heart, not just our emotions, the physical organ. He pointed us to extensive research on its powers reminding us that scientists say it picks up on thoughts, events, actions, even before they happen, it operates in quantum time.

To begin with this can seem far-fetched, surely when we think of a heart we just see lovely cute Valentine’s day images, it signifies romantic love or love for a child or an animal, but there are negative images attached too, we also know that a high proportion of people have heart disease, heart failure, heart attacks, we worry about cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and stress and when its linked to our emotional state, we talk of a broken heart, we recognise that our heart can expand to an even great capacity than we thought possible (enough to love subsequent children as much as the firstborn)

Heart Moniter

Most of us acknowledge the importance of our brain but sometimes don’t recognise that the heart is Emperor within the mind / body system, it’s the first port if call to receive the ‘energy’ of anything, it communicates this to the brain, the brain signals to the body to tell it what to do, and then we have a conscious realisation – oh I’m feeling scared…need to run, I’m feeling upset, my ears will fill with tears, I will cry.

Of course all of this all happens automatically but as we all well know it’s going on constantly and the more negative the emotions the more stressed we become. Many people live in a constant state of stress, the adrenaline is high, they are ready to fight or flee – but there isn’t really a tiger there – it’s just that the bus is late, or the delivery hasn’t been despatched, or we didn’t get chosen to participate in something we had worked hard for, but we don’t fight, and we don’t run either (interestingly that’s why if we do physical exercise it can be brilliant for relieving stress) usually the stress is internalised.

Karl also made us aware of the work of the US Heartmath organisation. HeartMath was founded by Doc Childre in 1991 to help individuals, organizations and the global community incorporate the heart’s intelligence into their day-to-day experience of life. They connect heart and science in ways that empower people to greatly reduce stress, build resilience, and unlock their natural intuitive guidance for making better choices.

Surgeons have reported that they have given heart transplants to patients who when recovered, take on the characteristics of the donor.

 

The film Heartless portrays Angus Deayton as a straight laced divorce lawyer who has a heart transplant after a sudden heart attack, acting on a new impulse he gets an urge to buy a leather jacket and motorbike and takes off to the wilds of Scotland, there he decides to stay in a B&B, sees a photo on the mantelpiece of a guy on a motorbike, it transpires it’s the owners husband who died in an accident and donated his heart – to Angus’ character – its fictitious – yet according to some surgeons plausible.

What can we do with this kind of information? Well quite a lot it seems, Heartmath have made popular a simple breathing technique that could transform our lives, from the school room to the workplace to our personal relationships and could probably massively reduce the burden on the NHS with anxiety and stress related illnesses.

We watched Karl via the internet link up his heartrate to a monitor on the Heartmath site, we saw his starting heart rate graph, fluctuating between 90 and 50 bpm, the graph showed a chaotic jagged line, then he did the simple Heartmath exercise, with his hand on his heart he took 6 slow breaths in and out, then he consciously thought of something positive, a time when he felt great, a place where he wanted to be, someone he loved deeply, within seconds his heart rate had stabilised and the graph become a gently flowing wave – no more jagged rises or dips – it was extraordinary.

This is what athletes call being ‘in the zone’ – others call this state being in flow…it’s a state of high coherence bringing the brain in sync with the heart. In Ireland it’s used widely in schools, some forward thinking teachers are using it in UK schools too, can you begin to imagine how different everyone’s day might look if it became standardised?

Ask yourself – are you heart centred? You may decide to spin the word around and feel centred at your heart space, try the simple Heartmath technique before the next potentially stressful thing you know you need to do…and check in with it to ensure that you are on course with the decisions you make for your work and your business …..Let me know how you get on.

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Your life in 7 days

I’ve written lots of articles and blogs around procrastination and recently I’ve had to take note of my own issues around stopping short of doing something just because I know I can’t make it as perfect as I’d like, sometimes good enough really is good enough!

I’ve also written recently about the death of Wayne Dyer and how that amazing man with his legacy has inspired so many people to follow their dreams – his phrase ‘Don’t die with the music still in you’ is something I trot out regularly especially to clients who tell me they know they want to write  a book, start their business, become the founder of a charity…

Nothing brings this home more than the analogy of ‘Your Life in 7 days’  Years ago a normal lifespan would be seen as ‘3 score years and 10 – meaning we will hopefully make it till the age of 70 – (of course most of us hope to live a lot longer but bear with me!)

So if each decade represents a day, and we are born on a Monday, most people reading this will be over twenty so onto Wednesday already, some of us are into Thursday or even (ahem) Friday or into the weekend ….

It really focuses your mind as to how you are spending your time, if there’s something you know you want to do, when will you start it ?  If not now – when ?  Having explained this to my hubby he sometimes says to me (especially if I’m asking him to do something for me rather than himself)…’.darling I’m on the Friday of my life, I need to do XXX’    Of course he is right, we all must prioritize what it is we are really here to do, define your purpose and get cracking.

By the way if you are on ‘Sunday’ I wouldn’t worry about that one bit, the great Louise Hay is 89 (way past the sell-by 70) and she is rocking (and recently learnt a new skill of playing the piano)    Heres hoping we will all make it to that ripe age and beyond, still feeling young, still feeling energized by living our purpose and passion, but why wait to see what age you make it to ?  If you know what you are meant to do, start right away.  remember you don’t have to get it right, you DO have to get it going.

If you want help getting clarity on your passion purpose, and USP (unique selling point) and your YOU-nique brilliance get in touch I offer a one hour clarity call.