What would you do if you had one year to live?

It may be a tad morbid talking about death, but it is a reality that we cannot escape. There is so much unease talking about it. And it has become one of the last social taboos – certainly not a topic to discuss in social settings, you may think. So it can sometimes become easy to forget that one day we will not be here. That we are not immortal and one day our time will be up.

 

Time is such a valuable commodity

Time is one of the most valuable commodities. One that we may not appreciate. So we go along with our day, minute-to-minute and hour-to-hour. Like the egg timer, the grains of time continue to flow. We may lose track of what we are doing with our time. And it is usually when a major event occurs, such as hearing the news of a death, that we get jolted into the actual reality that we are gradually dying. So we really need to make each moment count. Assess where we are and question if there is another we would like to be. The destination could be how we want to be feeling, or even what we want to experience now.

 

One technique that we can use, even as a life motto, is the question, “If I had one year to live, what would I do?” This can also be used as a benchmark.

Why should we act like we have one year to live?

It can help us to get clear on what it is that we want to do, instead of overthinking and getting into the dangerous territory of what we think we should be doing. So often we can be influenced by our outside world. This may be picking up on the latest fads – what is being advertised of we are lacking in. Then there are the people around us who may have limiting beliefs picked up from bad experiences or from their fears. Talking about the “F” word, “fear” is one of the most common ailments that stops people from pursuing their goals.

 

What was the inspirer of death

Death is part of the duality of life. It just is. As time goes by, we will be saying a temporary goodbye to a close one in this plane.

 

Interlude – My story – first person

My very first experience with death was when I was at primary school, in between the ages of 5 and 7, when I saw that my father was sad. He had been informed of his beloved mother’s death [my grandmother], who I did not know too well since she lived in the Caribbean and I saw her mostly when I was a baby. Although I did not fully appreciate the concept of death, I knew it left people with sadness. Feeling that they were alone, as I could recall the very words to my day, which were, “Don’t be sad Daddy. I will look after you.” Instinctively, I knew how people needed support, knowing that they were not alone. Fast forward to adulthood. In my early twenties, I experienced how it was to lose a parent. It was my father who had passed. I did get the prior warning that this was to come. In the lucid conversations, as my dad was resting, he would tell me that “I had a good life,” an important message that will keep me focused.

 

Reality jolts

Death can be expressed in a news headline and on a social media platform. We will usually remember the time and the place when we hear the news. At that moment, after getting over the initial shock, the usual suspect questions will pop up. “What am I really doing with my life now?” “Am I happy?” “What is it that I really want?” And there is really no point on blasting out just visions, goals, and dreams, as they too will soon fade away with time. It is at this time that we need to make a commitment to ourselves, one that you vow to make reality.

 

Interlude – My vow to myself – first person

It was last year around my birthday that I had a reality jolt. That on my next birthday I would reach a milestone, and I could no longer put things off. I was reminded of this two weeks later, whilst walking in my great City London. It was a sunny and beautiful day. We were still in midst of heat wave. Despite this, I was not truly happy with where I was. I had a year where my once-booming business had gone downhill. Although I had made a big effort to secure a large project that would allow me to relocate back to my former home, it was just not happening. In the midst of this, I was trying to support another person with their woes. To that extent, I stopped prioritising myself. I later described 2018 as the year I put my life on pause. I knew in that place whilst walking along London’s Regent Street, that I did not want to continue on this path. Screw being in a rut! I was going to live a juicy and rich life. Have the “good life” as my late father wanted me to have.

Do not be too surprised that three weeks later after making that vow, I went from not having a car to having my own convertible sports car. It is amazing what a shift in thinking can do.

The day I got my convertible

It was not all about driving a race car, but a way of life. This year’s vow was to live this year, as if I only had one year to live.

 

How to live this year as you had one year to live, in 10 steps

Before we begin this journey, it is not about taking unjustified risks. You should always practise some form of risk assessment. So please do not go climbing mountains without assessing risks, or factoring the tools and resources you need, in order to enjoy your journey and be safe.

 

  1. Mindset matters – You may have heard this record being played, about how it is the 20% of action that makes things into reality. If you believe this rule of thought, then you should concur that it is easy to make things reality. Secondly, you need to be working on the 80% – the mental element.
  2. Screw the scientific/business approach – Pardon my crudeness here. I do like reading the science behind things and the recommended practices, having been a scholar and teacher. But the reality is that we are beings with feelings. Far more complex than a statistic, or a finding in a book. So we need to approach our goals factoring in our individuality.
  3. Be Honest – This is accepting who we are. Not trying to find who we are from looking on the outside – accepting that “I am.” You are not broken but perfect in your It is only from this place that we can address what it is that we want.
  4. Core Values – One tool to help you understand yourself better is to look at what your core values are. You can start by writing a list of words that encompass who you are. Start with 20 and then reduce it to three. You can do this by a process of ranking the words. [Please see the video link that gives a clear demonstration of this] My core values are connection, adventure, autonomy, play and flow.
  5. What’s stopping you? – The answer is “you.” We need to look at what prevents us from following through on making goals a reality. The two popular theme words beginning with the letter “F” are FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real] and failure. Fear and failure can be influenced not only by your experience but other people’s. Sometimes you may need to play the game of “Whose story is this?” followed by the game “Is this story true?” Once you get to the root of the myths that are blocking you, then you can take action in turning your ideas into reality. Get into the GoGetter
  6. Do what makes you happy – Construct a list of what you want to do in a year, and focus on things that will make you happy.
  7. Create another list – write about experiences. We remember more how things make us feel. Write a list of up to 40 things that you like to experience. You will find as you do this, more ideas will start to flow. Then go back to step 4, your core values, and whittle down the list to 10, and then finally down to four goals. The other remaining six goals, will be extra bonuses to achieve during the year.
  8. Get a good support structure – This will consist of people who will be honest with you and cheer you on. Perhaps join a FaceBook group linked to an interest that you would like to pursue. Make use of the resources that you have out there. Again this will involve asking people for help, asking people who are experts in a field to answer questions. For example, ask someone how they raised enough money to travel around the world.
  9. Ease into starting something new – One of the reasons people may fail at going for things, despite starting off with good intentions, is the way in which they orchestrate their plan. This is taking off big chunks at a time, or not being realistic or kind to themselves. We always need to take care of our wellbeing, both our body and emotional wellbeing.
  10. Believe in You. Believe that you can do it. Anything you dream can become a reality.

 

My parting bonus tip goes back to what my father shared with me whilst he was dying: A reminder than you should enjoy your life. So go live life. Make it a juicy and rich one.

 

Skipping Christmas

What do you think about Christmas?

 

 

There is one annual anniversary each year, celebrated in hundreds of countries that for some evokes excitement; whilst for others it evokes dread. There is one anniversary, celebrated each year that will evoke excitement for some, like young children; and for others, dread. Can you guess what anniversary it is, although the title of this piece may have given it away: Christmas. So question: when you think about Christmas, how does it make you feel?

 

The 4 caricatures

 

In answer to the previous question, you may fall into the following categories. Please meet the 4 caricatures:

 

 

Mr Panic

Mr Panic each year promises himself that Christmas will go very well, full of ease and it will be effortless. But somehow this does not occur. They, despite their best intentions, get overwhelmed and end up almost enjoying the day.

 

Miss Takeabreak

Miss Takeabreak does not panic about the holiday, as it is simply a time when she takes a break. She is very clear with how she will work around family and friends during the holiday, and there is acceptance from all parties.

Mr Broke

Mr Broke, says that he will keep to the budget each year; but somehow overspends. He likes to please everyone with his or her gifts. He sees Christmas as the time to create a big production. One with not just gifts, but all the displays and work. He kinds of have a good Christmas, but not a healthy financial start to the New Year.

 

Miss Family

Miss Family loves Christmas, as it is the time of the year where she gets to see all of her family. That is what makes it her day.

 

So Christmas, may mean different things to you…

 

Could you relate to one of the four caricatures? You may have related to more than one of the characters. The thing about Christmas is that it is a holiday that some celebrate.

Question: Is a holiday something that you are meant to enjoy? Second question: Is a holiday a time when you usually take a break? Your answer to the questions may have been a resounding yes. So much so that the person next to you may have turned around. Next question, if you answered yes to both of these questions and presently do not enjoy Christmas, then the follow-up question is: how do you want to be feeling about Christmas?

 

 

Christmas is about making it yours

 

Have you not noticed that when you think about Christmas, it evokes feelings? This is because Christmas is about feelings and importantly, how you want to be feeling? Again, “how you want to be feeling?” So the first step in designing the Christmas that you want is to define what is the feeling that you want to evoke. You can make Christmas how you want it to be.

Would you rather win the lottery or be financially free?

 

It’s a first for me to write an article on money. Maybe this has been because it is usually classified as one of the taboo topics to openly talk about in the social sphere. But then again, I am the person who most recently birthed a movement called ‘The Age of Honesty’. And, isn’t the point to be open and honest about topics that I choose to speak about? I now feel ready to talk about it. I want to talk about money.

Photo Credit: Belish via shutterstock.com

 

“My knowledge was my Asset”.

I was brought up in what some may call poor, or lower middle-class household. My parents were professionals and eventually managed to save enough to put a deposit on a house. So then they were homeowners with the liability of a mortgage.  The equity in the house grew and then at long last they had no more liability on the house. This was an achievement, as they had migrated to the UK from the Caribbean and built a life here. My siblings and I were fed and clothed, and provided with a good foundation. The importance of education was instilled in us from an early age. It was actually an asset that could not be taken away. So even if we lost our job, money, or other worldly goods, we would always still have a proper education.

 

“I wanted to be a millionaire… But wasn’t too convinced by the lottery”

Here are some of the thoughts that I had about the idea of having lots of money:

  • It would bring freedom. I would not feel limited or deprived.
  • It would make life much easier and give me access to more opportunities.
  • It could boost happiness.
  • It would give power and status.
  • It could bring fame.

 

I also had a list of ideas of how one could make lots of money and what type of people make lots of money. Some of these people may have a less than palatable way of doing it – e.g. getting rich from criminal activities. One idea floating around a lot was winning the national lottery, especially when it arrived in the UK in the 90’s. I even had a classmate who actually had a windfall. Not exactly millionaire status but still, a windfall.  So the question arose: “What would you do if you won the lottery?”

 

I must confess, that the idea of winning the lottery was certainly a nice one, but I was not too convinced that should be the only way I should focus on to become rich. I also suspected it would come from another source. It is interesting that I, without realizing it, had limiting beliefs on generating wealth. One of my beliefs was that I had to make it big. This could either be by becoming a well-known and rich singer or having my own business.

 

“I thought I had to be the cash cow”

In a time not too long ago, I was an employee. I had a steady job and was guaranteed a fixed monthly income. This would all be allocated towards the bills. My bank balance would go up and down. When I was younger, I had no concerns about rainy days. I didn’t think about putting aside savings or generating asset pots. Later I would be affected when me, being the “cash cow”, was not producing milk – meaning income! When this happened I felt the worries of there more money going out than coming in. The change in lifestyle that ensued. The acquaintance that always had enjoyed my company but suddenly rejected me from their circle. A depression followed along with what I often describe as my “Black Spiderman” period. I went into victim mode – The “I feel sorry for myself” state.

 

The Clouds cleared: Money flowed back

The good news is as you probably have guessed, my fortune has changed. I got a new job. I had an opportunity to retrain and add to my existing skill set. I met new and inspiring people. Some of them wealthy.  My money stream, I mean my income, started to flow again. On certain projects, I made a multitude of what I earned before the “Black Spiderman” period. You may think that I had turned things around, but no, not just yet…

 

I got sick and tired: Feast vs. Famine

I realized a few years after coming back, that I was fortunate not to be literally on the breadline. But there was always that element of stress. What would happen if it took longer for me to win a new consultancy project?  It did not really matter that I had become great at managing my money to a certain extent. I did not like being in a cycle. The Feast-Famine cycle. I started to hate living like this. I became Sick and Tired of it. Then I remembered an awesome lady I met in my network. A lady who I had interviewed for my Podcast show.  I remembered her story.  How she had gotten overwhelmed by consumer debt at one time, but somehow managed to turn this around. Even if it was by making compromises, like sleeping on one of her friend’s couch to pay off debts and build up savings. And her story did not stop there. She went on to attain an optimal goal. The same goal I had always been striving for without really knowing it. This was to be financially free.

 

I  had the epiphany… I realized I wanted financial freedom too

Photo Credit: By ESB Professional via shutterstock.com

As I write this article, I am on my way to creating a financially free life. I mentioned the date stamp, as I know this will become a reality. To digress, keeping with the theme of The Age of Honesty, I do not feel the need to post ‘untrue’ depictions over social media, including painting a picture of me sunning it up somewhere exotic with my laptop, talking about being location independent and driving in the fast lane with my posh car. Although my Mini Cooper Sport is not that bad looking. But I learned it is not about the accessories and material things, it is a way of life that I am striving for.   Importantly, winning the lottery would not be helpful if I don’t know how to keep my fortune and be financially free, instead of being that former lottery winner who went broke.

For people who know me really well, they know that I love travelling and having the freedom to be even more spontaneous. Living a juicy rich life is also a state of mind. Let’s face it. It is so much easier to get to that state of mind when you know your money is working for you. And that it is properly managed. And even better, not having to trade your time for money.  

“This was an important lesson for me, to understand how with money it is not about only generating an income. It is about having a system that manages it. Not having money work against you”

I am not going to go too much into technicality here.  That previously mentioned awesome lady name is Ann Wilson. She is also known as the Wealth Chef. I included a picture of us below after I had a fun and spontaneous afternoon learning how to play African drums. 

I am adding a little bit more about Ann below this article.

Ann Wilson and I, after a day full of learning and FUN with an African drum beat

Question: Do you want to win the lottery or be financially free?

 

A little bit more about Ann Wilson:

Ann Wilson – AKA The Wealth Chef

If you know who Ann Wilson is, you know she is THE expert on creating real, sustainable wealth that gives you the ultimate freedom – Freedom of Choice.

If you don’t know Ann yet, you’re in for a treat. She has helped thousands of everyday people create their own financial freedom, where they no longer need to work for money because they have assets doing the earning for them. Yep. It’s powerful stuff.

Ann will teach you all the things you should have been taught about money but weren’t…

And here is the great thing about Ann:

Every year or so, she releases a Freedom Workshop (complete with training videos, PDF downloads and a live chat and Q&A… and it’s always a complete financial education all by itself.

It’s a really good idea to register for her training — because it’s just that good and that life transforming.

And all it will cost you is leaving your email address!

The first training video alone will already completely change the way you go about managing your money and investments. Check it out!

P.S. The first video and workbook is all about how to create the ultimate freedom, Freedom of Choice, why having assets that earn income for you is the only way to have it and how to get those assets into your life. Go here to get it now<<<

The 10 Steps to Help You Stop Feeling Sick and Tired of Your Life

I don’t know about you, but one phrase that I am not too fond of in everyday language is “sick and tired of being sick and tired”. Yes, it can be stating a feeling – perhaps you are feeling tired and needing to recuperate, or it may be used as an effective marketing tool that pops up in literature – an advertiser trying to convince people they need to buy into the product or service.

Who wants to be sick and tired?

Image by Rommel Canlas

Image by Rommel Canlas

Let’s face it, we are going to be alive and here for a shorter period than when we are no longer in this earthy realm. So we will hopefully be getting plenty of rest in the end. This is why one might say that we should jump at opportunities and make the best of our time. To not waste it. Assuming that no-one will invent a way to get time back, the amount we are given is all that we have. Although, in the beauty industry we do see attempts of stretching time in terms of products promising that ageing can be reversed, or even better prevented. But overall we want to spend the days we do have here, feeling energetic and alive, rather than sick and tired of living!

The story – a narrative that you have become used to

Are we really tired? Or is it a phrase we use to emphasis the dislike of a current situation? If the latter is true, why are we not changing it? I have a theory, that we are getting too comfortable with the narrative. Sometimes we start to like repeating that same story we have been telling ourselves and others about the scenario. We may even like being in that same miserable club. For example, “I am skint. Living hand to mouth. As soon as cash comes in, it is out again without me having anything to show for it. So how am I going to balance the bills?” Yes, we are often stuck within a cycle such as this one. Unless we change how we approach something, it will stay the same unless someone or something externally intervenes and can transform it. Question: “Do you believe that you have a fairy Godmother who will just wave a wand to change the situation?” If so, how has this been working out for you? Honestly, this may be a good piece to write about in another article. Watch this space.

What we tell ourselves, the inner dialogue that we may not even realise that we are having, does become our reality. It is the seed we plant sometimes every second of every day without noticing it. I started to understand that I myself had been doing this for longer than I can remember without realising it. I began to see this and became more aware of this pattern, especially when I ventured into self-exploration. You may be familiar with other branches of this, namely self awareness, self development, new age thinking and so forth.So you can change the narrative by starting to explore why you are feeling sick and tired. But before you begin you have to ask yourself that big question,

“Do I want to change this story? Or do I want this to be my life?”

 

Here is the pill to stop feeling sick and tired:

Image by puhhha

The 10 steps to not wanting to stop feeling tired of being sick and tired:

1. How much do you want to change the current narrative that you are sick and tired of, on a scale between 1-10? Tip: If this is below 8 then do not proceed to the next steps.

2. Identify what it is that you are currently not happy with? After writing up this list, identify the ones where you are sick and tired of the situation. Tip: Take one point at a time and work through this process. Remember to not tackle all different areas at once. Although you may notice patterns or see links between the different areas.

3. Once you have identified the area you want to work on, examine your feelings and thoughts surrounding it. Start jotting down these feelings. Tip: You need to get the narrative behind these. The beliefs and thoughts. It is the beliefs and thoughts that will help you to unlock the root cause. For example, you may be fed up with being broke. Why is it that you believe that you are broke? Are you covering all your expenses and maybe finding that you are not able to invest in your own well-being? This may be not being able to afford to go on holidays or treat yourself. Tip: Here you are identifying certain behaviours and beliefs. Unraveling these will aid you in starting to create a new narrative where you will be able to change from that ‘sick and tired dialogue’

4. Is this belief really true? Tip: In this step you will realise that you have been creating a barrier or blocking yourself from changing the situation. Following from the illustration. “I work just to pay the bills”. This narrative is about to change.

5. Are you ready to write a new narrative? If yes, please continue with the next steps.

6. What do you want your new narrative to be. “I work to also experience joy and other pleasures in my life”.

7. This leads to the question: How have you been supporting yourself emotionally? Have you been taking care of your needs? You may find that you find it easier to look after the needs of the people around you. But as they say on the airplane emergency plan, “please put your own oxygen mask on first, before helping the other person.” So come up with a plan and start creating occasions where you are looking after yourself first.

8. How will you be getting the necessary support? From here these steps will lead to you coming up with solutions; and then choosing to actually use those solutions and take action. And that’s when you need to break it down. Ask the questions that will help you with a solution to changing the narrative from ‘being sick and tired”. First question: “What questions do you need to ask?” Using our example, “How can I get more joy and enjoy more pleasures?” This may not be directly related to money as you first thought. More questions to ask: “Whom do you need to speak to? Who do you want to ask for help in supporting you? How are you going to track your steps?” Remember to take it one step at a time.

9. So what do you want your new narrative to be? Have you set yourself a SMART goal? (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). Tip: It is good to have a plan, even when after you have done specific actions, you may just need to wait and allow things to unravel.

10. Do not forget to treat yourself as you continue to design the life that you want.

Final point

Are you sick of tired of being sick and tired? What are you going to do to cut that feeling out?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is that Life Coach Shouting at Me?

I got officially into the world of self-development back in 2012. Two years prior to that, I started my own journey into getting to know myself again. Skip forward three years, and I was learning to love myself, again. So my five year anniversary is fast approaching, to celebrate when I started to share with and inspire people on the world wide web. Perhaps I will be gifting myself with something wooden!

the gift

 

 

 

 

Going back to self-development, or, as I prefer to categorise it, self-exploration. I was always excited to share the tools that not only helped me approach this life, but I was sure would help others. Was that not amazing? Yes, I was full of enthusiasm!

I can also recall during those early days the excitement every time I discovered a new approach to deal with an everyday matter. I wanted to share it. Sometimes I discovered new ways and at other times things that weren’t so unique – just new spins on old theories. I would write about them in my blog posts or guest articles.

guess what

Then there was social media, which was meant to be a platform to not only engage socially, but also a tool to market expertise. So a share would appear on my timeline or Facebook business page. Was it not loving to share?

Fast forward to the present day, where I have started to notice a trend on Facebook timeline: the rise of the shouting life coaches, or titled self-help gurus. Here are some examples of the tone they take: “Why do you think you’re not over there?” “You are not over there because you’re not following these prescribed steps!” “Come on, what’s stopping you?”

Did you not notice in the previous statements how it felt to read that exclamation mark, as the speaker came across as direct, perhaps even pushy? Yes, we may need a nudge at times, as we are creatures of comfort. But come on. Do you like people to shout at you? Trying to tell you what YOU should be doing? Personally, I don’t like the shouting-fest. There are always better ways of expressing oneself.

 

     What is the best way of approaching self-help?

     “Be ready”

We all have different ways of learning, picking up stuff, and applying it to our everyday lives. But before we go there, the first step is that we need to be ready to hear a message or reminder.

Like my mother always say, “nothing happens before its time.” The solution is always there, waiting for us. Before that moment, we will experience cycles where we seem to arrive at a point of frustration, time and again.

Tell me! Has this happened to you in relationships, where you have told yourself “never again”? Then you may have had a change of heart and forgotten about that promise to not overdo it. Alcohol is a good example.

 

     Learn from example.

We live what we learn. For example, we really do connect to real-life stories. It makes it much easier to relate with human feelings – the “feel good.”

My theory is that some of those people who are “shouting” about how you should be living are in fact feeling the need to talk to themselves. The tools that they are pushing on you about how you should feel and how you should be more of your awesome self are ideas they need to share.

These “shouting coaches” want to work stuff out. The need that they feel to shout and push their theories out there is more related to them playing the Archetype of the Fixer. They want to help people, when first they need to help themselves. Maybe they have the belief that this concept is selfish – that is often misconstrued – to take care of themselves first.

Of course, that is wrong, but you can feel free to not resonate with the former.

 

     “Remember that a teacher is a guide”

We have options when deciding whether we want to listen to some discovery or lesson, or if we are going to apply it. Ultimately, it is not to the responsibility of the coach to push this choice on another person. The teacher’s job is to point and show a way, not say, “that is the only way for you.” This was so eloquently described by the late Bruce Lee:

 

“A teacher is never a giver of “truth”; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth.”

     Freedom to feel and resonate.

The fact is we have free will to choose what we believe in and what resonates with us. Our feelings and emotions are valid. Our intuition is a good guide, a compass. This also includes our inner child, who may at times seem naïve. But this part of ourselves is always honest, and quite articulate at expressing its wants. So be aware of any teacher who is telling you, to suppress the inner child.

 

Overall, social media, like the other parts of the internet, gives us access to great resources and people who can support us. We do need to pay attention to the delivery, and the person’s intentions. Look at the place they’re coming from, as in the illustration where we looked at the “Fixer” Archetype. And, of course, when you hear a loud noise, you can mute it.

 

What are you going to do when you next hear the shouting life coach?

 

 

 

Know thyself – Part 1

In order to know where it is that you want to go, you first have to understand who you are.

 

So who am I?

Image from BigStock

You are a person who plays different roles in your everyday life. With each of these roles also come responsibilities. This may be in your personal relationships –family and friends; but also in your work life. And then there is a third key element, one that you may bypass, forget or ignore at times. This is the relationship that you have with your different “selves”. These are all parts of you, both the core ones that get highlighted and sometimes focused on when summing up you; as well as the ones that may not come to light – your shadow selves. Both of these aspects make up who you are. There is no need to suppress either of them, as doing so can lead to feelings of imbalance or even unhappiness.

 

So how do I get to understand myself?

 

You may already have a pretty good idea of who you are, based upon your relationships with others and your responsibilities. But how about your inner core? The part of you that wants to have a purpose in what you put out into the world. What lights you up? What gets you excited about life? You may feel a bit unsure about these questions at first, especially if you currently come from a thought process that life is about survival and you just plod on with the day-to-day stuff. Thinking that this is not being real; and that being happy and fulfilled is a dream. This is B.S. – pardon my French! We are in now in the era where emotional wellbeing is becoming the forefront in social responsibility and even corporate responsibility. People are realizing the importance of looking after themselves. Not curing disease but trying to prevent serious health issues. This is looking at both body ánd wellbeing.

 

“Whose thought/belief is that?”

 

One of the first things needed in getting to understand who you are, is to listen and pay intention to your internal dialogue. This is what you say to people and think about yourself. Do you have thoughts of doubt or fear? If so, where does this come from? Is this from your past experiences? And what about your different roles? Are you a leader or follower? Do you like to “fix” people, as I had a tendency to do previously in relationships? If so, where does this role originate from? That last question is a good question to ask when looking at your beliefs. You may find as you delve deeper, that some of the beliefs that you have may need to be altered or even removed. As a starting point to understand yourself and your internal dialogue, is to ask yourself questions and just writing down what thoughts come to you. It may not make sense, but it will have a reason. I like to call it “having a conversation with myself”. There is a picture of my journal. This journal can also be in an App that you use. For example Evernote.

My conversations with myself journal

First Task: So start listening and acknowledging all of you. Buy your “Conversations with yourself”- journal or use an app like Evernote. I look forward to hearing about your experience below. I’ll see you in part 2!

“J’apprends” or “I learn”

It is never too late to learn. It is never too late to look at something from a different perspective. It is never too late to learn a new insight, which may even be about you, as life is a continuous learning journey. I am a fan of that Shakespeare line “All the world is a stage”. Life is a series of Acts where there is a beginning, middle and end. At the beginning is where you start something new, be it a new job or a new relationship; and the middle part is where all the action takes place. You may also refer to this latter stage as the ‘to play’ or “jouer”, which is actually my favourite word in French. And, it is at the conclusion where you get the discovery or découverte, as they would say in Français. Talking about Français, I recently started to take French lessons as it has been on my list of things that I have wanted to do for some time – revisit learning French. Has this been you, where you have wanted to try something new or to return back to a place?

The return: “But I have been here before!”

A return can occur frequently in our lives. It may be returning to a physical location, as in your travels, or even to an experience.  Some people sometimes say that once they visit a place then they will not return. This may be because they believe that they got what they needed from the experience – it being a lesson – or that they did not have a good experience. The latter is understandable as often when we fear a reality, it may become difficult to see a truth or alternative possibilities.-Does (2) difficult to see a truth or alternative possibilities.

[Tweet “#sophiaworldwisdom[Note to reader: Talking about reality, beware of what appears to be real. Is it really there?]”]

 

 

Sometimes, it is hard to see a truth. This may be due to feeling a range of emotions, which may be negative. I will now share my own personal story.  I was once recounting an experience of when I went to a location. This was when I decided to go on a new adventure with hope and joy. It was going to be life changing, as I was moving away from friends and family, to a life unknown. At the time things started off well, and due to certain circumstances I had to change my plan. I had a partner, who turned around and said to me, “You should not have gone. It was a mistake” Although things did not go according to plan, I can remember having some good experiences. I even thought that by having that experience, it prepared me to go on bigger adventures. But those words, which included ‘mistake’ did stick with me, although I did not realise. I shared this with another person. They reminded me that failures do not exist, as they are simply how you relate to an event.

[Tweet “#sophiaworldwisdom: “was it a failure, or did you imagine it to be?””]

 Tips for learning

J’apprends le français (1)

 

As discussed a return can be a good thing as it is a new opportunity to learn.  Here are some tips to learning from a past location or something new.

  1. Make it fun. If you are not finding ‘joy’ or able to play in your learning journey then you are doing something wrong. When approaching something new, think of it as a new adventure where you get to learn new things.
  2. Be open. It can be easily to fixate in beliefs and thoughts. It is nice to see things from a new or different perspective. In my experience of learning French there are some French and English words that have similar meanings; and others that have different nuances or meanings, sometimes referred to as ‘faux amis’ or ‘false friends’. It is interesting to learn the differences.
  3. See and feel the end destination.  It may be a principle that you may have come across when studying the rules of the ‘law of attraction’, but it is always relevant when setting new life goals, visions or intentions. You need to feel and know how it is like to be at the destination. This for me will be enjoying French Art movie, and having more opportunities to talk about my work in France.
  4. Don’t worry about not being perfect, making mistakes. It’s from these experiences that you can improve. This is similar to taking singing lessons where you sing in different keys, and then you master what may at first seem to be a difficult ‘high’ note – but then it comes with ease.
  5. Get a buddy. It is good to have someone who is going through a similar experience to you, or has already been there as they can be a motivator.
  6. Give yourself rewards. It is nice to treat yourself, and acknowledge certain ‘milestones’ in your learning journey.
  7. Think of the process as an opportunity to grow and expand.

[Tweet “#sophiaworldwisdom: There is always something to be gained. You are from a seed, that will keep blossoming and growing”]

 

If you are to revisit a place again, think of yourself as someone who has blossomed and has a lot to give and gain. Question: How do you find the learning journey?