If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go with others ~ African Proverb
Setting out towards our goals can be a lonely road. Or it can be a path lined with supporters cheering us on.
Whether it is family, friends, colleagues, mentors, coaches or our professional network, there are many benefits to bringing others on our quest towards our goals.
Here are 7 reasons why we should assemble a cheer squad to help us reach our goals:
When we share our goals with others they can help keep us accountable. This is particularly…
Who am I?
How do I know myself better?
These are questions many of us face at some point in our lives. I know I face these questions every few years. Each time I pay attention to discovering more about who I am and what drives me, I am better equipped to propel myself to my desired future.
Knowing who we are has the been the focal point of a three-part series. We have explored our values — why and how values can be a guiding force in our life. …
All to often in life we are encouraged to work on our weaknesses and close our gaps. What if we looked at our natural abilities instead and focused on turning our talents into strengths?
When we focus on our strengths we can lead more satisfying and fulfilled lives.
Strengths are a combination of our natural talents, knowledge and skills, applied over time.
A strength isn’t simply a talent alone. If we do not nurture and practice our talent, then we cannot realize our true strength. …
Why do I feel out of alignment? Why am I frustrated all the time? Why do I never seem to get time to do the things that matter most?
If you’ve ever asked yourself a question like this, then learning about your values and how to apply them will be a useful activity for you.
The more we know about ourselves, the more we can live satisfying and fulfilling lives.
Our values are more than our thoughts and behaviors. Our values are our inner-most truth of what is important to us.
Personal values are held deep within. …
Do you pay attention to those small coincidences in life? You know, the ones where you see something out of the ordinary and it doesn’t mean much to you. But then you see the same thing again a short while later, and all of a sudden it seems much more significant.
This is what happened to me with the Japanese word ikigai.
I first heard the term from my academic coordinator. She explained the concept in class one day. I was mildly interested in the concept. But promptly forgot about it and went on with my week.
The next week…
Do you ever squander away minutes, or even hours of your night? Spending precious time on activities that aren’t all that fulfilling, only to glance at the clock and see all of a sudden it is much later than you thought.
You immediately regret your time-wasting ways as you turn off the light or put down your phone. You hope you nod off quickly to maximize the possible time remaining for sleep before your alarm goes off in a few short hours.
I do this. More often than I care to admit.
Recently though, I have been getting better at…
This week I was involved in an event at work that really threw me.
I stewed on the issue, worrying about the people involved, analysing my involvement, had it been helpful or harmful, searching for lessons to take away.
It caused me a sleepless night and some tears. I wrestled with the issues for a few days.
Until I ran
Running gave me the reset button I needed.
Our health is our first wealth — Ralph Waldo Emerson
As someone who is actively trying to live my life confidently, I am aware that my health is the foundation to a full life.
Think about it — when we do not experience full health our options are reduced. In poor health we face our limits rather than our potential.
Health is always a focus for me. However, I will admit I am not perfect. But I am consciously working on improving my health and wellbeing.
People who live in the world’s blue zones enjoy a longer than average life…
Did you know that that 85% of people’s goals are never achieved?
Did you know I completely made up that statistic?
Ok, yes, I did make it up. But I know from my own experiences, and those of my family, friends and colleagues, that so many of our goals are never realised.
The thing is, we can’t put a figure on how many of our goals are achieved or not achieved unless we check-in and review our goals.
We are just past the half-way mark of the year. …
For so many years I was a perfectionist. I was also a judgemental perfectionist.
Perhaps the two go hand in hand. When you want things to be just right, you’re going to assess the level of ‘right-ness’ in every person, thing or event.
I judged none more harshly than myself. I wish I could go back to my younger self and wrap her in a big, warm hug. This person needs some kindness, care and reassurance that they are ok as they are.
Years on and I still judge myself, but I have lost the need to be perfect at…
Dreamer, thinker, recovering perfectionist