According to an article in The Guardian, one of the top five regrets of the dying is
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Jane McGonigal, a professional Game Designer, suggests that when we adopt an avatar (or character in a game) and we talk about ourselves in third person with a focus on our strengths, it’s an incredible brain hack. It greatly reduces anxiety and depression.
Have you ever watched a young child scribble with profound determination, their face almost touching the paper (or wall) they are drawing on?
When was the last time you can remember that sense of joy and happiness?
When was the last time you fully engaged in play?
ENGAGING IN PLAY AT A MANIFESTING WELLNESS & DIRECTION RETREAT
Loosen up; lighten up!
In her book Paint Mojo, Tracey Verdugo questions whether we are wound so tightly in our collective striving for acceptance, belonging, attainment and recognition that we have almost forgotten how to relax, how to play, how to laugh, how to be silly.
At work, and in business, it seems we have forgotten how to have fun, to enjoy arriving at work and making a meaningful contribution to our organisation.
Being so focused on improving productivity and forcing innovative solutions, we’ve forgotten how to intuitively be innovative.
In his book ‘Outliers’ Malcolm Galdwell wrote “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.”
Obviously time is not the only factor in success. But the point remains, that some things simply take time.
As with seeds you plant in the ground, so too with business ideas, product development or business growth, you need to nurture those seeds. Then you simply give them time to germinate, grow and bloom into something magnificent.
Local businesswoman Jennine Hubber from Mystical Avalon has just launched a new product range InLaKesh.
“InLaKesh was born from a desire to create and provide Australian made, aromatherapy natural skincare that everyone can afford and would want to use,” says Jennine.
“You can’t continually run an engine in the red zone, at max output, or it will burn out. All high-performance machines need a rest cycle. Physical trainers advise us that a recovery cycle is necessary to get maximum efficiency from a muscle.”
Just like a high performance car or an elite athlete, you need to plan specific periods of rest, relaxation and recovery into your life in order to perform at your best.
In this day and age with social media everywhere and smart phones at our fingertips it is even harder to disconnect. To put the phone down. Take some real time out to switch off from it all and instead reconnect with what is really important.
Hands up who looks their phone, not just for the time, but for a message or social media alert as soon as they wake up? Me! Although I’m consciously trying not to these days.
In July I presented a business workshop at the Karratha Business Expo titled “Unlock Your Potential for Success”. Those of you who attended the workshop will no doubt remember the powerful quote my Matthew Michaelwicz that I opened with:
“If our planet was exactly one year old, then modern humans would have only been around for the last 23 minutes. Measured on the same time scale, if our planet was a year old, then your entire life would amount to half a second.”
I devoured his book when we were doing a trip on the Gibb River Rd in June this year. And I was stoked to see he would be the keynote speaker opening Day Two of the annual Problogger Training Event I attended a couple of weeks ago on the Gold Coast.
The action items from the first video of the Life in Half a Second Challenge are to:
Kylah provided a very inspiring presentation to the Leadership WA Signature Program participants, sharing her business journey. She impressed the group with her clear articulation of her ideas, her passion and sheer tenacity to make things happen.
She inspired the group to have the courage of their convictions and to not be afraid to dream.
Kylah stepped in to present to the group at short notice, but her presentation was so professional, you would never have suspected it was at short notice.
Kylah is a highly professional and engaging speaker. She is able to relay her personal story, drawing out key insights and practises that serve to inspire and encourage others to have the courage to dream and to act.
“Kylah helped me focus on my business strategies and rituals in a way I could never have done by myself.
The questions Kylah asked showed that she had an understanding of what my business is all about, but more importantly, who I am and what is important to me.
I now have a much clearer vision for the next 12 months. Kylah’s practical suggestions will definitely help me achieve my goals. I shall be recommending Kylah to as many people as will listen as I think everyone needs a coach like her!”
“Zest e-Biz has been a fabulous resource for my business.
With Kylah at the helm I have been coached with great affect. Kylah provides consistent advice and is a delight to work with. The penultimate result [for me] was winning the ‘Best New Business’ award at the local Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in 2012.
Highly recommended to anyone who wants their business to shine and have that ‘point of difference’ essential to success.”