Speed Bumps

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So happy to be back here!!!  There have been a few bumps in the road on my missiontogreatness lately.  A dose of ill health, one of our kids having employment issues, a broken laptop, all of which contributed to a lack of output on my part.  Not for a want of trying mind you, but in the end I had to step back, relax and go with the flow and know that once things had resolved themselves I could get back to work.  So here I am.  Back at it.  All of my plans for my next post have managed to dissolve themselves and all I feel compelled to write about is the best way I found to manage this mini crisis.

Firstly it helped to just relax.  For my goal oriented driven personality this is easier said than done, and I suspect a life lesson that I badly need to learn.  That brick wall must surely have a dent in it by now from my head banging against it!

In fact, framing the problem as a minor setback rather than a complete roadblock helped also.

Trusting  myself (that I would have the patience and resolution to keep going once the situation had settled down) also helped.  Here’s why having a powerful Why and a bunch of Goals that you’d get up at 5am for really works.

And finally this little meditation that came to me recently has been a powerful help.

Sit calmly.  Breathe deeply.  Feel the power running up and down your spine.  Feel it glowing inside of you, warming you, and giving you strength,  Feel that glow inside of you gradually building until it shines out to illuminate the world around you.  Listen carefully to the quiet spark of your inner knowledge.  Feel it slowly, steadily, expanding until it too glows around you and gently touches all those you meet today.  Breathe.  Now, gently, quietly rise to meet the world and inspire it with your beauty.

 

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Finally! A 5am routine that works

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Ever since my kids were small I’ve been attempting to get out of bed earlier, get myself organised, have the house tidy,  the meals planned, meditate, write in my journal, revisit my goals, exercise ……and the list goes on,  yada yada yada – you get it.  With varying degrees of success I might add.  Generally it took superhuman effort on my part to haul myself out of bed to face the debris of the previous day scattered about the house.  A pile of dirty dishes on the kitchen bench is not a welcoming prospect at 5am.  Nor is a freezing cold winter morning in the South Island of New Zealand.

After banging my head against a metaphorical brick wall for years I finally woke up (ouch! apologies for the bad pun) to the fact that this approach WASN’T WORKING.

Finally, this year I’ve cobbled together a methoId that works really well for me.  I have tried many routines suggested by success gurus but none of them worked for me.  In the end I had to develop my own. It stemmed from the idea of surrounding myself with greatness – I needed to create an environment that supported me and my goals rather than trying to squeeze myself into an “ideal routine” created by someone else.  So here’s the lessons I’ve learned:

2.  Start the night before.  I revisit the day I’ve just had, assess how it’s gone and plan for the next day.  Currently I’m working hard on producing content and promoting this blog and I have a series of goals and a plan around that, so I figure out what I want to achieve the next day.  I also set up my breakfast stuff and clothes for the next day.  The more I set up the night before the less I have to think about at 5am the next morning when I’m stumbling around half asleep.

2.  Have prompts that work for YOU. I use my alarm clock.  I have a wake up alarm, a get out of bed alarm, a make breakfast alarm, a time to go exercise alarm etc..  That way I don’t have to think too hard in the morning – are you noticing a theme here???  Just do what works for you so that you get done the things you need to each morning.

3. Adapt your routine to circumstances.  Feeling unwell?  Stay in bed and do as much of your routine from there. Pushed for time?  Pick a section of your routine and skip that part instead of abandoning the whole thing.  When its really cold I crawl back into bed with my laptop and write posts from there.  This is your routine – make sure that it works for YOU.

4.  Divide your morning into sections covering Spiritual, Mental and Physical so that you’ve got all areas covered before you walk out the door.

So here’s what I do:

5.00 am  – Wake up alarm.  Open eyes and contemplate getting up

5.15 am – Get up alarm.  Get out of bed. Drink water with lemon and make coffee.  Drink coffee!  Watch inspirational and educational  videos.  Meditate.   Visualize goals.

6.00 am – Make breakfast.  Eat it.

6.30 am – Work on blog and business

7.30am – Exercise alarm….

8.00 am   Shower and get ready for work at paid job.  Make lunch etc

8.30 am  Leave home

When I leave home now I know that I have all MY priorities covered and I can then focus on my paid job.  What I believe is that I need to give the best of myself to ME not to my employer.  I always make sure that me and my goals come first now. Don’r get me wrong I still work hard at my paid job, but the very best of me is reserved just for me and building my business.  To do anything else would be selling myself short. And I have a bunch of stuff I want to achieve in the rest of my life and I’m already half way through.  Gotta hustle NOW.

This is what works for me – I’d love to know what your routine is if you have one that works for you.  Please comment!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s my Why???

question-mark-1019993_1280 To quote Eric Thomas  what’s my why?   Why the hell am I writing this blog, baring a whole bunch of stuff and making myself vulnerable in front of a bunch of people I don’t know and probably never will.

To answer that I’m going to have to take a step back in time and explain that just over three years ago I was made redundant. Two weeks beforehand I had graduated with a Masters of Information Studies (librarianship) which had taken four years of blood sweat and toil to achieve, whilst working forty plus hours a week at a demanding job.  Despite all this I loved  what I was doing, and as manager and software administrator for a community library I believed I was making a positive difference in that community.  To say that I was brokenhearted at losing my job  would be an understatement.  I’ve spent the intervening three years wandering the world, amongst other things, and trying to gain some perspective on what happened to me and what on earth do I do next?

Three years of breathing space has given me perspective and the energy to begin again.  Starting from scratch  isn’t something I expected to do in my fifties and I’m figuring things out as I go along. Much of the inspirational-transform-your-career advice I’ve seen lately is aimed at 20 -30 year olds and doesn’t seem to apply to me. So I’m having to rethink everything I took for granted about life, careers and all that. I call this new life my #missiontogreatness because I’m rebuilding it bigger and better and stronger than before.

What I do know for sure is that its time to explore, time to push the boundaries and find out what I’m capable of and do it for ME. I know that I no longer want my livelihood, and my self esteem to rest in the hands of others. I know that it’s not time to rest on my laurels, wait for retirement (whatever that is) and “settle down.” I know that I want to take this blog and my Facebook page just as far as I possibly can in terms of readership and influence. I know that I want to write from the heart and touch others in the process.  I know that I want to be as fit and as strong as I possibly can be so that I’m ready for any adventure that life cares to throw at me.  How’s that for a start?

So here’s my why – sharing my journey with others is cathartic, exhilarating and scary all at once.  If  I can help someone else it would make the scary bits worthwhile, and in the meantime I’m enjoying the process, I’m enjoying writing and sharing my insights and learning so much. And right down at the very guts of it all I want to leave a legacy for my kids, one that they will be proud of.  So what’s your why?  Leave a comment, I’d love to know.