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Leverage Your Special Talents

 

  • Looking back at your career, what has been most responsible for your success in life and work to date?

Do What You Love To DO

You are designed in such a way that you will most enjoy doing the very things that you have the ability to be the very best at:

What is it you enjoy most about your current work or work you could do?

  • The very fact that you enjoy this particular work means that you have the capability to be excellent in this area?
  • One of your great responsibilities in life is for you to decide for yourself what it is that you really love to do and then to throw your whole heart into doing that special thing/activity very well.
  • Look at that many tasks and responsibilities you have had in the past.  What is it that gets you the most compliments from other people or past employers?
  • What do you do that positively affects the work and performance of other people more than anyone else?

Successful, happy people are invariably those who have taken the time to identify what they do well and most enjoy.  They know what they do that really makes a difference in their work and they then concentrate on the task or area of activity exclusively.

You should always focus your best energies and abilities on starting and completing those key tasks where your unique talents and abilities enable you to do it well and make a significant contribution

You cannot do everything but you can do those things in which you excel and will make a big difference.  This is the key to unlocking your personal potential.

Positivity in the Face of Adversity

For so long things had been “booming” economically.  There was cheap credit, high property prices and tremendous jobs growth.  We have gone from “boom to burst” and it looks like certain areas are heading for “boom” again!.   It’s like we were sold a false vision of what’s important, and in the process, we became “blinded” to what really counts.  We now have a chance to look with “new eyes” at our lives and what we’re about.

We must bear in mind though, that all this negative news can get over-emphasised by the media. Fear can act as a means of persuasion. Are you allowing the media persuade you into “a doom and gloom mindset”?  Why not consider taking the next month and actively decide to avoid the negative news on T.V and in the newspapers.  It is often the negative input you “feed” into your mind that consumes your thoughts and prevents you from viewing the positives in your life.  It’s all about “filling your mind “with positive input.  This can come from what you read, what you listen to and the people you spend your time with.  With that positive attitude you will find yourself with more motivation each day to take the necessary actions towards a positive life.

We can indeed feel helpless, negative and lethargic, sometimes, even frustrated and resentful by the situations we find ourselves in.  We can live in fear which is determined by circumstances we perceive as beyond our controlThe opposite of powerlessness however, is being in control.  An ability to tackle the situation head-on, identify the stressor and then take a problem-solving approach to deal with it.  It is a calm conviction about who we are, and our ability to deal positively with our current situation and with success.

Begin today, the first day of a new week  by focusing on what is right in your life, rather than what’s wrong.  Since we are so conditioned into noticing the negatives we often overlook the good in our lives.  We should celebrate the good which are very often the simple things

If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up first” – Boker T. Washington

Socio economic shifts have been known to affect our health so therefore, it is imperative on each one of us to look after our thought processes.   Try and do not allow outside circumstances determine how you feel.  It is how you react to, and deal with those circumstances that matters.

Life coaching will assist you in becoming more mindful of all the positives you are surrounded by and I will support you in becoming the person you would like to be.  Learn to create a trail of happiness as you go forward in your life.  Not many people achieve all they want in life by themselves.  Without support, it is all too easy to feel overwhelmed about what to do first.  Somebody “walking” alongside you makes life infinitely easier.

“Take that first step in faith.  You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just that first step” – Martin Luthur King

Consider today taking that first step with me towards a more fulfilled life.

Top Tips Towards Your Better Life as You Approach the Later Phase!

 1.     Concept of Slash Careers, i. e. the career of necessity all your working years followed by choosing the career you love for the later part of your life.

2.     Physical Activity – Critical for over 55’s health and well-being.  Physical Activity connects with cognition skills, the better our thinking will be. The myth says that as we grow older our cells continue to die, but in fact our cells also keep growing.  Exercise enhances our cells to grow.  Evidence shows that with regular exercise our thinking improves with age.

3.     Generativity stage  – late 40’s/50s.  That stage is about giving back .  Volunteering enhances our well-being.  Evidence proves this.  What group or arena of life do you feel you would like to give of your service to?  Is there any sphere or organization who you feel strongly towards giving of your services to?

  4.     Pastimes/Playtimes.  Research has discovered that angry people often times did not have sufficient play time in their younger years.  Past Time is regretfully regarded as a “non-purpose” activity.  It enhances our cognitive ability .   It boosts our living significantly to loose yourself in your pastime., E.gs Reading, cooking T.V

5.     New Learning, e.g. to play an instrument, computer studies, i.e. Kendal.  Expanding your knowledge.

6.       Creativity Process – Creating something out of nothing.  We can have creativity scars from perhaps school time not acknowledging our great abilities,  We can get stuck in this age when we were critized  instead of accentuating all our positives.  We need to work on changing the chemistry of our brains to positive emotions, e. G. Art, developing a talent.  Composing a piece of music.

7.     How To Create a New Structure in your Day

8.     Values – re-assess your life –  your values and try living according to same.

 9.     Friends – friendships past 55 are of vital importance.

10.    Home Environment to change environment around you in which you thrive.

When you are going through change on the inside what changes do you need to work on in order to create an environment which enhances your living?.

Positive Ageing Coaching

Positive Ageing coaching encourages the positive aspects of ageing and celebrates the contribution older people have made and continue to make in their communities.

 

Here are some of the benefits that you will experience when you work with a Positive Ageing/Retirement Coach. You will:

  • Create your own definition of retirement as a new phase of your career.
  • Explore a new freedom related to how you will use your time in retirement.
  • Discover personal interests, hobbies, career, new activities, travel, and leisure time.
  • Develop a healthier attitude about your identity as you re-define yourself separately from the work you have always done.
  • Become more aware of, and be sensitive to your own needs.
  • Find your life path/purpose, life direction and meaning.
  • Nurture your relationships with family and friends.
  • Be more proactive about taking care of and respecting your physical and emotional health.

Can You Do with Guidance in your Current Situation?

As we approach another month end of the 3rd. month of 2015, what better time to take stock of where we are at, and more importantly where we want to be by December, 2015.  We all have regrets because of the things we failed to accomplish.  However, the past is behind us and NOW is the time to plan for the future.  .

 I support you

  • When you are feeling generally dissatisfied with work or personal life?
  • If you have previously regarded the idea of starting a small enterprise an impossibility.  Help is at hand.  It is possible to develop a small business from those great talents/strengths of yours.
  • If you are facing imminent redundancy and see no hope for your future.    There can always be an opportunity within the “scariest dilemma”.  You will see that the job was not your identity after all.
  • If you are recently or soon to be retired.  There is a whole new exciting world out there to “explore” in more ways than travel.

Coaching is a professional service providing you with the necessary guidance, insight, and feedback from an outside vantage point. The profession of coaching can be described as an on-going professional partnership built on taking action.  In this powerful alliance, you will find yourself able:-

  • To do more than you would do on your own.
  • To take more effective and focused actions and
  • Become more balanced and fulfilled.

I use my skills and experience to move you from where you are at to where you want to reach, implementing powerful tools to effect change.

Top Tips for Positive Motivation

We’re all great at being motivated to do what we like, but for us to truly get things done, we need to do what’s necessary as well.  The discipline to do what’s necessary is very much powered by the “why” behind what you want.  , keep in mind some of the ideas below.

  1. Whatever you have to do write it out. People carry far too much around in their heads. This causes undue stress and burnout because we are desperately trying not to forget anything.  Writing it out allows you to get it out of your head so you free up thinking space inside your head.   It also makes things clearer and easier to prioritise as they are recorded in front of you.
  2. Write how long it takes you to do everyday tasks. We often misjudge how long it takes us to do the jobs we do every day. This leads to poor planning and organisational problems. Become more aware of how long the everyday jobs take and you will find yourself able to arrange your day more productively.
  3. Control your addiction to technology. Make sure you limit your time on texting/I.phones, Blackberry’s, Laptops and the Internet. One of the biggest problems people have is that they find themselves addicted to checking their emails. This wastes a massive amount of time as it distracts us from the more important tasks. The key is to decide on a specific time per day to check your emails and do it all in one go rather than continuously checking in. This will make sure you work smarter and more productively.
  4. Watch less T.V.! Interesting Statistic – If you watch T.V for three hours a day from the age of five years old, by the time you are fifty you will have watched the equivalent of 24 hours a day for six years! If you cut this down by even one hour a day you will have gained back over two years worth of time!

So here’s the bottom line.  The future is coming, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it!   You can either take action now, towards accomplishing those goals and enjoy the rewards, or, you can still be putting them off five years from now.

Without support, it’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed about what to do first and how to fit it into your already packed schedule, let alone getting it done.

Motivation for Employees in The Workplace

Motivation within the workplace has been a centuries-old puzzle tackled by history’s greatest minds from Aristotle to Abraham Maslow.

When the sources of employee motivation were researched during the 1950s and 1960s, a discovery was made that still intrigues managers: The aspects of a job that make people satisfied and motivated on the job differ in kind from those aspects which make them dissatisfied. Ask workers what makes them unhappy at work, and you’ll very often hear about an annoying boss, a low salary, an uncomfortable work space, or stupid rules an regulations. Managed badly, environmental factors make people miserable, and they can certainly be demotivating. But even if managed brilliantly, they do not motivate individuals to work much harder or smarter. People are motivated, instead, by interesting work, challenges, and increasing responsibility. These intrinsic factors answer people’s deep-seated need for growth and achievement.

How many articles, books, speeches, and workshops have pleaded plaintively, How do I get an employee to do what I want?

Why do we need motivated employees? The answer is survival. Motivated employees are needed in our rapidly-changing workplaces. And to be effective, managers need to understand what motivates employees within the context of the roles they perform.

A review of research literature at Ohio State University concluded that employee motivation was more driven by factors such as interesting work than financial compensation.

Some best practice companies who addressed the issues of low motivation by instituting a job design system whereby tasks are designed for specific roles, and where those jobs are meaningful and foster a sense of contribution to the organization. Other progressive companies have initiated reward systems based on performance.

And finally many companies in their quest to address the issue of low motivation and drive view their leadership approaches towards increasing their transparency of all processes, ensuring fairness throughout the organization, and in the process building trust and openness within their organisation.

Top Tips on PROGRESS and CHANGE

  • Don’t compare your progress to that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself any time you don’t seem to make any progress. The greatest leaps forwards are made in times of stagnation.
  • Change is an ongoing process with no clear ending. Don’t wait out until you’ve reached the big finish. Celebrate your small accomplishments.
  • Don’t only have eye for how fast you are going, but also consider how far you can go.
  • The way back up is a period of ups and downs. Don’t let a temporary set-back drag you back under.
  • By fixating on too big a step we often prevent ourselves from taking the small steps needed to actually get there.
  • Becoming aware of your mistakes feels like a step back, but is actually a step forward.
  • Acknowledge yourself. As long as you belittle your accomplishments you will not make any real progress.
  • Understanding what to do does not automatically mean that you can instantly do it. Be patient with yourself while you practice that new habit.
  • Let me “walk the route” of change/progress with you and your “journey” will be an easier one.

Spring into Hope

We cannot deny that it’s been a long winter, and not merely in terms of the weather.  The sun always rises following the darkest hour just before the dawn.  With the month of March just arrived, the traditional turning of the year from darkness to light we will become accustomed once again to waking to bright mornings and long bright evenings….Even the swallows will be returning to their nests following their magnificent journey from Africa.

During the month of March nature makes it’s presence felt with the first sight of the magnificent daffodils, crocus and tulips. Spring is a beautiful time as we watch the bare branches of shrubs and trees transformed into green shoots.  Spring is also a time to look forward with eagerness as there is something new happening every day.  Spring proves that hope “springs eternal”.

Research indicates lottery winners are no happier than people who do not win, and in many cases, winners have been know to become depressed in the years following their win.

We all have a basic level of happiness, a range of joy we’ll stay within regardless of our external circumstances. The greatest factor in determining our level of this joy is our mental attitude.  Instead of feeling we must change our circumstances, we should try changing the way we interpret those circumstances.  It sounds easier said than done because if we’ve always seen the glass half-empty, we most likely will not transform into a positive thinker overnight.   We cannot always control what happens to us but we do have the power to control how we respond, which ultimately indicates how we feel.

Many of us spend half our time wishing for things that we could have

 if we did’nt spend half our time wishing” – Alexander Woolcott.

Do not hesitate to call me for assistance in changing that mindset from the negative to the positive.

Top Tips for Good Time Management

We’re all great at being motivated to do what we like, but for us to truly get things done, we need to do what’s necessary as well.  The discipline to do what’s necessary is very much powered by the “why” behind what you want.  The only way to create a different future for yourself is to take action now, today.  By focusing on getting the most out of each and every day, keep in mind some of the ideas below.

  1. Whatever you have to do write it out. People carry far too much around in their heads. This causes undue stress and burnout because we are desperately trying not to forget anything.  Writing it out allows you to get it out of your head so you free up thinking space inside your head.   It also makes things clearer and easier to prioritise as they are recorded in front of you.
  2. Write how long it takes you to do everyday tasks. We often misjudge how long it takes us to do the jobs we do every day. This leads to poor planning and organisational problems. Become more aware of how long the everyday jobs take and you will find yourself able to arrange your day more productively.
  3. Control your addiction to technology. Make sure you limit your time on texting/I.phones, Blackberry’s, Laptops and the Internet. One of the biggest problems people have is that they find themselves addicted to checking their emails. This wastes a massive amount of time as it distracts us from the more important tasks. The key is to decide on a specific time per day to check your emails and do it all in one go rather than continuously checking in. This will make sure you work smarter and more productively.
  4. Watch less T.V.! Interesting Statistic – If you watch T.V for three hours a day from the age of five years old, by the time you are fifty you will have watched the equivalent of 24 hours a day for six years! If you cut this down by even one hour a day you will have gained back over two years worth of time!

So here’s the bottom line.  The future is coming, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it!   You can either take action now, towards accomplishing those goals and enjoy the rewards, or, you can still be putting them off five years from now.