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Don’t Let the Clock Stop Before You’re Done!

The Bournville Carillon - clock - Capre Diem

As I was having my cappuccino this morning the expression ‘Carpe Diem’ (Seize the Day) came to mind. The first time I came across this expression was at a particularly sad time for many people where I live. It was a few years ago, there was an earthquake which unfortunately took the lives of 28 people almost all children. There was a clock tower in the village where the tragedy happened. The clock had stopped at the exact time of the earthquake, at the bottom of the tower was a flower shop, the sign above the flower shop read ‘Carpe Diem.’

It seemed a rather solemn reminder of how suddenly life can change, how each moment is important because life on earth can end in the blink of an eye. We don’t often think about this but live as if we’ll live forever and have all the time in the world to fulfil our dreams. We do in fact have all the time in the world in a certain sense. I personally believe in reincarnation, my spiritual experiences have led me to the concept that we come back. So if we don’t get it right we can return and have another go, but there is a catch. We will not be the same person as we are now, our whole life experience and circumstances will be different.

This is why it is important to give it our best shot in the here and now, to be true to ourselves. It may be more difficult to truly live, it requires more energy and at times a little risk. Risk does not necessarily mean financial risk, but also the risk of standing out, of being criticised and even being laughed at. Truly living requires us to be us, intead of living behind a mask. Most of the time we are pleasantly surprised at the ease of which change happens once we are focused on who we are. Those things which we were nervous about just didn’t happen. It is also true that once we reach that place of truly being who we are we just aren’t concerned about what people may think anymore.

Enjoying life, enjoying what we do is a sign that we are truly living, by ‘enjoying’ I don’t mean a fleeting sense of enjoyment that disappears as quickly as it came. By ‘enjoying’ I mean a consistent feeling of joy in all we do. This is not always an easy place to reach with life being life and the difficulties and problems many of us have to face.

We can start to take small steps towards ‘living’ by doing something that uplifts us every day. Step back a minute out of your life and think about what uplifts you. It could be reading a book, writing a poem, going out for a coffee, a walk, a session at the gym or a swim. Take the time during your day to feel good.

Life is not too short, we are Life and we live in Eternity but our individual physical lives have a certain duration, our physical bodies, at the present time, don’t do Eternity. Honour who you are, take the time to be who you are now before this particular physical clock stops….. Carpe Diem.

How to Find and Pursue Your Passion

Find Your Passion – Sam Crowley Podcast

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Find Your Passion – Sam Crowley

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There Is Time for You to Pursue Your Dreams and Goals!

There Is Time for You to Pursue Your Dreams and Goals!
By Lori D Battle

Getting from watching the dream to living it.

Do you often see a wonderful idea or product and think “I had a similar idea or I can make that exact thing but even better?” So, instead of taking action and putting things into motion you retreat to your safe zone that tells you “it’s probably too late for me to start working on that dream.” Or better yet, do you hear a voice telling you that “there’s probably too much competition doing the same thing and my idea probably won’t take off anyway.” All these voices in your head discouraging you and holding you hostage from your dreams. You ask yourself “why is it that you just can’t shake the idleness and get busy making it happen?”

It’s definitely a choice and nothing will happen unless you first decide to make a move! Like choosing which outfit you’ll wear every morning before you head off to work or choosing which meal you want to eat off of the menu at your favorite restaurant. Choosing is so much more complicated than we want to admit. We want to presume it’s just a decision, and we like to feel like we’re pro’s at deciding this and deciding that. But, the truth is we sometimes fear what our choices might bring us. Fearing what seems as a simple black & white choice might bring some of us anxious feelings or even knots in our stomach.

So, how do you break this anxiety and undo this fear and get to where you want to? First, you really do have to be ready. What good is it to want something really bad and not be fully prepared for it when it does come? This is where the real work comes in, getting ready. Yes, getting ready for that thing, that idea, that venture that you really want. Just like an athlete that has dreamt of running in the Olympics her entire life. Does she just show up at the 2012 Olympics and tell the Olympics Committee that I want to run in this years Olympic because I’ve always dreamt of running in the relays since I was a young girl and all I can see is myself running through that ribbon at the finish line and being handed that gold medal. Pretty bizarre right? Great intentions, awesome courage, but not really a good idea.

So why do so many people with great talents, great ideas, and brilliant skills who truly know they have something special to offer to the world not prepare for the things they really desire to obtain? There’s no way around it folks-you gotta start preparing, so why not start today!

Let’s say you have a dream of opening up a southern bakery, you’ve wanted this for a long time and you can even see yourself behind the counter serving up delicious sweet potato pie and a cup of hot coffee. You can even picture the customers as they walk into your establishment inhaling in the smell of freshly cooked pastries and hurrying to the counter to place an order. It’s a beautiful thing to dream, but it’s more rewarding to execute. How about doing something in the meantime to help manifest your dream of owning your own business. Begin right where you’re at. If you’re that baker, then start baking right out of your own kitchen as If you were baking in your 2,000 square foot business space. Anything you can imagine, can be done.

Next, what about all of this fear you’re experiencing? Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, fear of fear. Fear is the largest killer of dreams. You probably already know that, but are too fearful to admit it. Close your eyes and imagine all the things you would have, could have accomplished If you had not let fear get in your way. Would you have already gone back to school? Finished working on a business proposal? How about ask your boss for a raise?

We would like to always blame fear as the culprit, the bad guy, the enemy. But, sometimes it’s just simply us that gets in our own way. Fear is treatable, but are you? You have to be willing to move beyond your past perception of fear and the perceived power it has over you. You cannot negotiate with fear; you have to make a firm decision to rescind it. After you do, then get ready to accept that you are now giving yourself permission to face any and all challenges that come your way without feeling that you’re not heading in the right direction!

If you want it bad enough, then you can get it! Remember, there is plenty of room and still enough time for you to pursue your dreams. So, keep planning, stay ready, and kill the fear before it kills your dreams.

Coaching Designed by Lori

Wouldn’t it be nice If we could just throw the ball back when life throws us a curve ball? That’s what makes life so interesting is that no matter how many curve balls are thrown at us, we have a choice to get back into the game and play. Some find it simple to get back in, while others find it tougher and sometimes opt to play it safe and wait till the game is over(not a good move). The fear of losing frightens many to the core and paralyzes them from executing any action towards reaching their dreams and goals.

Ask yourself, who’s taking score of the number of bumps you hit? If you have a list, then that’s a problem. You don’t get a score at the end of life that tallies up your final score – so, stop counting and start living.

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Find Your Passion and Purpose! Uh, Excuse Me, But How?

Find Your Passion and Purpose! Uh, Excuse Me, But How?
By Mike W. Warren

It’s common advice to people who may be starting their life journey, who are at a crossroads in their life or are looking to take their lives to the next level, to:

  • Follow your passion!
  • Do what you love!
  • Find your true, authentic purpose in life!

We’d be hard pressed to find anyone who disagrees with these ideas. But it fails to answer the next question, which is: How do I know what my passion is?

Some people know what their purpose in life is. They were meant to sing, or become a doctor, or have a family and raise great kids. What about the rest of us? What’s the best way to find your life’s passion or purpose?

Testing to get the best answer

There’s really only one way that we ever solve these kinds of problems, but we may not realize we’re doing it. We try something, see how it goes, then try something else and decide which we like best. This allows us to compare A to B, and select the best fit.

In marketing, they find the message that best resonates with customers by presenting them with an offer. Then get a similar size and demographic group and make a 2nd offer which is similar to the first, but with some clear, easily defined difference. It’s called a “split test”.

The results of the 2 offers or ads are then evaluated (by survey, purchase or other feedback) and a winner is determined. Now they take the winner, create a new offer, submit that to customers and measure the results again.

Each time the process is executed, the result is one ad or offer which yields better results than the alternative. Repeated over time, this is a process that leads to steady improvement, improves results and ultimately gets closer and closer to what customers or consumers want.

Applied To Life

It’s not always easy to decide what we want, whether it’s career choices, potential mates or fitness regimens, from the comfort of our couch.

Our best decisions come from trying something, determining how we felt about it, and moving forward with the new information and perspective gained from the experience. It’s why we should date different people before getting married, take a variety of courses in college before deciding on a major, or try working in different departments in our company to assess where we find the most satisfaction. It’s what internships are for.

Fail Forward Fast

I heard a speaker once promote the idea to “fail forward fast”. As a determined perfectionist I found that advice lame, but now I understand what he was trying to say. If I try different alternatives over a period of 6 weeks, I’ll be much be better off than if I took 6 months to get the same information. Rarely are perfect decisions made the first time, regardless how much analysis we do before hand. Steady, consistent improvement is a much more effective approach, and the quicker you get those experiences under your belt, the better the decisions you can make.

What does this look like when applied to goals?

First, we set our sight on a target (goal). Then we just try whatever seems like the best way to reach that goal, paying close attention to our results. When we’re done or if we decide it’s not working like we had hoped, try something else. See how that worked, pick the winner and try again.

What’s the ‘Catch’?

The flaw in this plan for many of us is that we try something, it doesn’t work, we get frustrated and quit. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Believe me, I know. I’m the first one to hear “well, that was a waste of time” when I try something and don’t get the results I had hoped for. But on my better days, when I’m thinking a little more clearly, I realize that this is part of any process and the right thing to do is get back up and go again.

It Takes Effort

If you’re thinking this sounds like a lot of work, I would say…. “yeah?”. If you’re looking for the “big success, low effort” plan in life, think again. The rewards generally go to those who (a) work hard, and (b) work smart. This is a way to accomplish both.

In fact I think this is good news, because no matter how much or little talent, or what advantages, disadvantages or handicaps we may start with, this method can lead each of us to a better place. I find that empowering.

Consider the Wisdom of These Leaders

See if you can tell how the continuous improvement approach is incorporated into the following ideas:

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. Colin Powell

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford

The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion…. It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider-and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation-persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree. – Alexander Graham Bell

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Alva Edison

Get started trying things. Move forward. Fail, as quickly as you can. For more information on this and other goal setting topics, check me out at Achieving Personal Goals.

You can read more at my Achieving Personal Goals site here.

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Finding Your Passion

A really good friend of mine is always saying “when you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life”. It’s a mantra and quote that has stuck with me for many years now and words of wisdom I live by and have imparted to my kids and clients alike. The way I see it is you have at least two choices. You find your bliss or passion in a career or hobby and you go for it or you find a way to be passionate about your current career.

Here are some strategies to help you find your passion:

1. Satisfaction Check – Look at each area of your life and determine your level of satisfaction with each area. You should consider your career, finances, health and wellness, relationship with your significant other, family and friends, personal growth and development, physical surroundings, fun and recreation and anything else that is important to you. I like to rate each area on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest level of satisfaction (your bliss) and 1 being a low or no level of satisfaction. Then I suggest taking a good hard look at each area to analyze the gap. Determine what would have to happen or change for the gap to be reduced or eliminated. For example: If you rated your career a 7 out of 10. What would make your satisfaction level with your career a 10? Perhaps more clients, less travel time to work, a better relationship with your boss, etc. Once you’ve identified all the items that could make a difference in your level of satisfaction you need to commit to action. Taking even one action will move you one step closer to a higher level of satisfaction in that area of your life.

2. Values Check – Know what’s important to you. Being really clear about your values and what’s most important to you helps you make better decisions more often. Make a list of what’s most important to you in your life right now. Then rank everything on the list from highest priority to lowest priority. Take a really close look at your top 5 values. These are your most important values. How closely aligned are these top 5 values to how you spend your time day to day? What have you been neglecting that’s really important to you? Many successful people put as much time and thought into what they do in their time away from the office as they do in the office. Can you make connections between what you do for a living and what’s important to you? For example: perhaps you have an expensive hobby you are passionate about i.e. race car driving or flying planes. You are in a high paying career that you perhaps don’t love but it provides you with the time and money to race cars or fly planes. Find ways to love your work or at least be grateful for your career as it is providing you with the means to follow your passion of racing cars or flying planes-there is a connection to your values, there is a sense of purpose.

3. Competencies Check – Before leaving my corporate career of 26 years to start my own business, I did some planning and strategizing to determine the type of business I wanted to be in. In the business world it is common to conduct a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). Applying this same management tool can be very effective when applied personally. Start with an assessment of your personal strengths and weaknesses. What are you really good at? What aren’t you so good at? Engage others to provide you with feedback in these areas as well. You may be surprised by hidden talents you have taken for granted or haven’t been using. Consider opportunities available to you today to utilize and optimize your strengths. For example: There are careers and businesses in existence today that weren’t around 26 years ago when I first started my professional career. The world is constantly changing and evolving and so are the opportunities. Look for the opportunities or create some new ones. As for threats, it’s important to recognize that they do exist and to plan to minimize or mitigate any risks.

4. Mindset Check – Lastly, it’s important to recognize that no one or one thing can make you happy. Only you can make yourself happy!

Based on my experience as a career coach I have found that many people find it easier to be accountable to someone else than it is to be accountable to oneself. A coach can support you by working with you to help you find your passion, determine your career and life goals and then hold you accountable every step of the way.

Linda Cattelan is a Professional & Life Coach, Certified Trainer & Master Practitioner of NLP and a Contributing Author of The Power of Women United an inspirational book on networking. If you are interested in learning more about closing the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in any area of your life, join our mailing list athttp://www.resultscatalyst.ca/?page=newsletter Receive valuable information on these topics and regular updates about upcoming events and workshops.

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