So I was chatting with my dear friend Patricia, who has many talents, which include being an amazing hairdresser. As I was under the hairdryer, I was focused on her incredible red boots. She kindly let me take a picture, which I have attached below. I was so attracted to these boots, but not necessarily for the boots in particular, but because of the symbolism and what they represented to me. I thought it interesting that the shiny bold attractive redness, mirrored my dear friend Patricia’s personality – or perhaps my perception of her personality. Vibrant, joyful, happy, strong, carefree and eclectic. But I was left with the words ‘strong bold courage’. I realised that these were personality traits and emotions that I recognised in myself.
However, I will be the first to admit that I do not feel strong, bold and courageous everyday! Far from it! However I can possess the spirit of boldness, and the spirit of courage, everyday, which in turn makes me feel strong. It feels great – well of course, why wouldn’t it? It would make anyone feel great! So why do we not do more to cultivate boldness and courage each day?
Well, you don’t have to contemplate dyeing your hair red (like me!), but you can strengthen your belief in yourself, your self-worth and your self-esteem. How do we speak to ourselves – in the quiet of our minds, as well as out loud? What company do we keep – negative friends or family members who, though they love you, have a lifelong habit of placing you in a box of limitations and speaking to you in a negative way? How do you encourage yourself to be your best self everyday? Well, these are all little daily steps we can learn to take, and create new habits, slowly, but steadily. I hear 21 days is the average time it takes to cultivate a new habit. That’s good enough for me.
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So, I found myself face down on my yoga mat breathing deeply in a softly lit studio as the early morning sunlight started to stream through the glass and shine on my face. It was a beautiful moment of bliss, and everything within my line of sight looked almost magical. Sparkling light, revealing a multitude of tiny little particles in the air. It made me think about all the wonderful opportunities that life has to offer, that we may miss or not see or not be open to, because we don’t have the time, or the inclination to look a little closer, a little deeper or to pause and think of what could be different in our lives. What missed opportunities have you had in your life? Perhaps something was offered to you, but it sounded too good to be true? Or you thought it was ‘beneath’ you and so you dismissed it before taking a closer, more considered look? Or it sounded too ‘different’ or unusual for you to take seriously?
I feel that way about my business and my life now. How different my life was only 5 years ago. 3 years ago! It’s almost as though I have new and improved vision! Or, if you like films, perhaps it feels a bit like the movie ‘The Matrix’, where Neo, the character played by Keanu Reeves, discovers that all is not as it seems. The ‘normal’ world he is used to, is in fact, not real at all , but a computer programme. The real world looks feels and smells incredibly different, but it becomes far more attractive because you are seeing your life for what it really is.
I am excited by my ‘new’ life which looks, feels and smells incredibly different, but life is far more attractive as I am starting to see great things.To see life more clearly and live my life more deeply. For that I will be eternally grateful.
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Can you feel the newness in the air? A great time to form new habits!
So it’s the beginning of a new month, but not just any month. It’s the beginning of April. It’s almost as if there is something new and special in the air. The birds are singing and the buds on the trees are more prominent. There are tulips and daffodils making their presence felt. The sun seems brighter and the warmth on your face feels like a promise of great things to come.
Surely this is a great time to form new habits? Or break old habits? The excitement of nature’s renewal and the vibrancy of life is contagious. Even the Artist has been revisiting his love of headstands as part of his yoga-lates exercise. His rather straight, yet inverted posture looked vulnerable but surprisingly strong. Something to which I can aspire! I am continuing to form new habits with exercise, primarily by short daily sessions on my Pilates machine or stretches on the yoga mat. Exercise is a big topic for most of us, so I’m sure I’m not alone here!
So what about forming new habits in your business?
Aristotle said, ‘ We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit’.
So if you are striving for excellence and success, what daily consistent and repeated actions can you take to help form a new habit? Something I have learnt recently is about working in blocks of time to increase your efficiency and time management. So I take my week-to-view planner, and colour code it with highlighter pens, to ‘block’ out the chunks of time that I have available for my business building activities, my family time and my training and development time. I am excited about implementing this each day in order to create a solid success habit. As I write this, perhaps I should also include a colour for my Pilates time?
What new habits will you form during April?