Time Is Flying By…Time to Take BOLD Steps

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Are you amazed at how quickly time seems to be passing? Worried that December will be here again and you won’t have taken action towards making those longed-for changes in your life? Perhaps it’s time to ditch the baby steps and push yourself out of your comfort zone!

Chris and Gina discuss ways you can begin to take big, bold steps – and calculated risks – towards creating the life you’d love. If you wanted to increase your happiness quotient by 10x – what could you do TODAY to get the ball rolling?

How First Impressions Affect You Every Day

We all know how important first impressions are when meeting someone or in a job interview.

But have you every realised how much first impressions affect you each and every day. What is your first impression of the day ahead?

What do you normally feel the first thing in the morning in a typical week?

Do you just go through the motions with no thoughts in particular? Or do you tend to get quickly drawn into thoughts of stress, worry or discontent?

There’s no doubt that our thoughts shape our emotions and feelings so if you want to feel differently in the morning – and about the mornings – then you need to change your thoughts.

In this podcast Gina and Chris discuss practical tips and strategies for setting your day up for success by choose to create healthy, happy and positive first impressions to make you more resourceful and resilient for whatever the day throws at you.

Let us know what you do to start the day and how you create your own first impressions.

 

Viral Happiness: new YouTube video

What if happiness was contagious? A viral kind of thing.

Where performing a small act of kindness or compassion can not only make us happy, but that kindness can make someone else feel happy too…

Latest research shows that happiness IS contagious. And that one small act of kindness can not only spread happiness to those 2 people, but to the friends of friends of both those people. How cool is that?!

Creating happiness is also a skill that can be learnt, despite being hard to define – as we’ll each have our own unique definitions.

One thing it is not, is a final destination to be arrived at. It is something we all seek continuously, yet we don’t always achieve; and there are times when we can feel decidedly unhappy.

Are we looking in the wrong places? Or maybe focusing on the wrong things?Continue reading

Summer Book Series #9: How To Measure Your Life, Find Happiness In Your Career

Clayton Christensen's book - How Will You Measure Your Life?How do you measure your life? And how can you be sure you’ll find happiness in your career?

The definition of a career (as a job for life) has well and truly changed over the last decade or so. Sometimes 7 years on one track can feel like a lifetime!

We are now faced with an abundance of choice for the directions we can take. And for a while now we’ve started realising (and research has proven) that financial or positional success in our careers doesn’t necessarily makes us happy. As we evolve, what we want and what makes us happy in our career can change too.

How to measure your life & find happiness in your career?

To understand happiness, we first need to understand what makes us tick as individuals. What motivates us?

In this podcast Chris & Sam discuss the fundamental motivators in our work – including those ‘baseline’ factors that are necessary and those that really enhance our motivation and sense of fulfillment in our careers – and then outline some poignant questions you can ask yourself as you take a moment to reflect on where you are at and how you can measure the happiness you find in your current role.

Whether you’re considering taking a leap of faith into a new role, company or career, or whether you’re only just starting to evaluate how happy you currently are – Clayton Christensen’s book – [amazon ASIN=”0007449151″]How Will You Measure Your Life?[/amazon] – will help inspire you to ask some of the questions that really matter, and find meaningful clarity in your life and career.

How do you measure your life? Have you found happiness in your career? We’d love to hear how these questions have inspired you, or whether you have different ways of evaluating your happiness in your life and work.

Choose happiness…

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MOST OF US know that happiness really does come from within – not without.
Our acquisitive culture has made us only too aware of the transient nature of short-term, external fixes. Like a Chinese meal, we’re all too often left hungry after feasting at the table of consumerism!

And certainly no one else can make us happy. What a massive and unrealistic responsibility to place upon another human being. Not to mention totally unrealistic. Nope, we have to get the happiness pill all by ourselves…

And the secret of happiness? Change your thoughts. Nothing outside of you has the power to make you intrinsically happy. You can choose happiness, or you can choose to dwell on people and situations that bring you down. Ditto gratitude. When life takes you down, have a look around and acknowledge all the truly wonderful things you have to be thankful for. Roll around and luxuriate on the grass you’re on now. It’s not always greener the other side!

I’m quoting Dale Carnegie here as he sums up the whole happiness issue perfectly, with a gentle nod to the Bard and one very popular former US president:

Everybody in the world is seeking happiness – and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. ‘There is nothing either good or bad,’ said Shakespeare, ‘but thinking makes it so.’
Abe Lincoln once remarked that ‘most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.’

DALE CARNEGIE

Summer Book Series #1: The Happiness Project

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s book [amazon ASIN=”006158326X”]The Happiness Project[/amazon], this is the first of our Summer Book Series podcasts, and this is one book that is packed with action tips and ideas!

Happiness is not necessarily easy to define, and it isn’t a destination we arrive at for a “been there, done that” t-shirt. It is a state that we can choose to experience every day, but what helps us to feel happy varies from person to person and moment to moment – so it can be worth considering whether we’re waiting for happiness or are creating happiness for ourselves.

The Happiness Project book encourages you to create a Happiness Project of your own – and whether you’re feeling in need of a lift or are already basking in joy – a personal Happiness Project challenge for a month (or even just a week) will give you a valuable daily boost!

Your Personal Happiness Project

Whether you are guided by one of the monthly themes from the book, decide to try a range of different things, or create a theme of your own – this is a challenge that will help you become more aware of what allows you to achieve a state of happiness in your daily life, and to prioritise small consistent steps of action to shine rays of happiness into your summer days regardless of the weather!

Join Chris & Sam as they explore what can trip us up, and how you can make a happiness project challenge work best for you.

Decide to create your own guide on how to be happy, and help spread that happiness to the people around you!

We’d love to hear what you’ve chosen to focus your Happiness Project challenge on, and what you learn about your own happiness during the month or whether you’ve also been inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s book – please share below.

Have You Ever Tried a NOT To Do List?

Sometimes getting more done needs a good ol’ fashioned To Do List. A clear list of priorities to give us focus, purpose and clarity on where our attention and energy should go.

What’s more rare – yet equally as powerful – is getting clear, acknowledging and facing up to the things you know you shouldn’t do.

We all do it: defaulting to checking and continuously refreshing our emails, going to Facebook, or putting our energy in smaller, easier tasks than the more important items that will really give us the results we want.

In this podcast, Sam and Chris discuss the simple power of creating a daily “NOT To Do” list to accompany your regular action items. A clear reminder to yourself of the things you shouldn’t do since they take away your success, happiness or productivity.

Have you tried using a Not To Do List before? If so, let us know how it’s worked for you. If not, join Sam and Chris in this week’s ActionChallenge and share on our Facebook page what you’re NOT going to do each day this week.

Is Happiness contagious?

What if performing a small act of kindness or compassion could make us feel happy?

What if that kindness made someone else happy too?

And what if that happiness was contagious – so that one small act of kindness could spread happiness not just to 2 people, but to the friends of friends of both those people? How cool would that be?!

Research shows that happiness IS contagious. It is also a skill that can be learnt, and is not set in stone by genetics or upbringing.Continue reading

Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance. Such a well-worn phrase it’s almost become a cliché. But what does it mean, exactly? And is it actually achievable? In our world of human doings who’ve (either by design or necessity) forgotten they are human beings, it’s a serious question.

Signs your life is out of balance
I always know my life is out of whack when I start to feel any – or all – of the following:
1. overwhelmed.
2. irritable and short-tempered.
3.  overly emotional.Continue reading

The Key to a Rapid Boost in Your Performance

How often do you start your day by getting all the little things ‘out of the way’ first – clearing email, cleaning your desk, catching up on niggly out-of-date to do’s that are stressing you out since they still haven’t been done?

All done in an attempt to get the smaller, mundane (or urgent) things off your plate so you can settle down into your day and finally get to the important stuff.

It’s a strategy most of us use on a regular basis – but for most of us, it’s flawed. And usually painfully so.

While this approach often feels like the best thing to do, how often do you actually get to the most important items? Chances are, it’s rare and often at a cost. Continue reading