Thursday, January 28th, 2016

If you had a magic wand – tips from a former ordained Buddhist Monk re right livelihood and finding your heart’s work

magic wandWhile in London back in 2009 I met with the super inspiring UK author of  “The Work You Were Born to Do’  Nick Williams. I was fortunate to meet with him and interview him for an article which appeared in the New Zealand Herald.

Nick has gone on to write many more books,  but it was his first one that was  a lifesaver when I was stressed out and unhappy in my job. Do the work you were born to do he challenged. The wisdom he shared on the page showed me how.

Several years later he posted a very inspiring video. Click here to watch and listen to him talk with a former ordained Buddhist monk re how you can find your dream job and live and work with inspiration.

Listening to this talk reminded me of the things I have always done to feed my passion and nurture the seeds of change in my own career. And they’re strategies that I shared with my coaching clients, and which inspire my own writing too:

  • Give yourself permission to sit down and be really honest about what you would love to do – avoid editing with negative comments like “I don’ t have enough money’; “my partner would never let me”; “I don’t have any time” etc. They may be true, but (if you want to work some magic) now’s not the time to give them too much energy
  • Let your imagination go – write about your dreams in the present tense as though it has already happened. “I am (insert dream career, add a feeling comment to add further power). “I am a successful published author, it feels amazing to receive so many emails from readers around the world telling me they loved my stories,” for example.
  • Visualise your preferred future
  • Create a dream/vision board (this is where the passion journals I suggest you create are pure alchemy!
  • Protect your dreams from the vision bashers. Stay away from critics.
  • Seek positive support – ask people who are living your dream how they achieved success; ; network etc
  • Get practical experience – seek  a mentor or coach with a holistic approach
  • Take action – take your big vision and work out your  baby steps  and tangible actions. Be gentle, but realistic. Set weekly goals and celebrate your achievements
  • Foster and nurture your confidence
  • Be of service
  • Teach what you know. I would add, also teach what you most need to learn!
  • Don’t settle for less – have faith that you deserve better and that there is a better future for  you
  • Be authentic – be yourself and share your most inspired and inspiring talents
  • Do something everyday that nurtures the seeds of your inspiration
Nick wrote the foreword to my recently released Amazon # bestseller, Mid-Life Career Rescue: (The Call For Change): How to confidently leave a job you hate, and start living a life you love, before it’s too late.
Available in paper back and eBook here http://amzn.to/1OhuGsx

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

How to keep your dreams alive

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On a roll for sure – ever since I dreamed of moving to a warmer climate, and created a manifestation fridge with the caption, “Thriving Up North.” I just uploaded the FIRST book I ever wrote and self-published – the one rejected by a big name publisher because they felt the world wasn’t ready for passion!
 
I originally created Happy at Work for Mid-lifers, which includes the most beautiful images and typography, in 2008. Like Joanna Penn has shared with her similar experience of publishing back then, I paid for cartons of the books to be printed. Happily, unlike Joanna, I sold them all. So no tip to the dump!
 
And libraries throughout New Zealand ordered them too – which makes me happy to think people in need can access for free. But there was zero profit for moi- the author, graphic designer, photographer and all the hats I wore. A labour of true love.
 
Anyhows, thanks to print-on-demand I have just uploaded an updated version to Create Space. It may take a few days for the link – which I’ll share for those curious.
 
Meanwhiles I’m creating a little FREE tip sheet for anyone wanting to publish their book to Create Space. I’ll let you know when it’s available.
 
And I’m sharing this story to remind you not to give up on ideas collecting dust or dreams banished to the archives.
Unless we try to do something beyond what we have not mastered we cannot grow.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

How to be a published author

Do you have a book in you? Would you love to be a published author but don’t know how? Is the whole prospect overwhelming? I felt that way once, but not anymore. In the last three months I’ve written and published three bestselling books.

Would you like an inside view of the process and to learn alongside me as I journey from book concept to completion?

If you would, you’ve come to the right place.

I’m heading toward a launch date of 9 February 2016. Call me superstitious, but I love launching on a new moon.

So let’s get started. Here’s an insiders look at my journey to releasing Mid-Life Career Rescue: (Employ Yourself) How to confidently leave a job you hate, and start living a life you  love, before it’s too late

 

20 Jan 2016 – The view from the office today while working on my Feb release in the Mid-Life Career Rescue series – Employ Yourself. My view used to look like the second shot! Would you love the freedom of working for yourself? If you click this link it will take you to my pre-release page.

https://worklifesolutions.leadpages.co/employ-yourself-pre-release/

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Here are a few of my fellow co-workers – Venus Morning Star and Sienna Brown.

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My view used to look like this

 

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Would you love the freedom of working for yourself? If you click this link it will take you to my pre-release page.

https://worklifesolutions.leadpages.co/employ-yourself-pre-release/


Sunday, January 17th, 2016

To fulfil your potential you have to step out of the comfort zone

shoot for the stars by Kimberly Gordon ReelandWhilst it’s commonly stated that we should do what comes naturally, this may not be the best advice!

To fulfil your potential you have to step out of the comfort zone of doing what you do well and embrace the uncertain world of trying something new.

In doing this you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing whether you swim on a new current of fulfilment and success – something others refer to as ‘flow”.

Just as Jilly did, the wonderful lady in her 70’s who has become a photographer, and whose story I shared in Mid-Life Career Rescue: (What Make You Happy).

Listening to Jilly’s stories of reinvention, it’s clear to me that variety, learning and new challenges are some of her most important values. “‘I’ve always followed my dream – I wasn’t a mid-lifer who found what I wanted to do. I always took chances and jumped in with both feet!” She said. 

Read her inspiring story in Mid-Life Career Rescue: (What Make You Happy), or check out her website – her work is really, really special. Her natural affinity for dogs, and the skills she’s developed with the camera, creates something truly magical. She has now had several exhibitions with two more coming up next year. Also she has been invited to join Getty Images.

 

 

But what if you  don’t swim? What if you sink? At least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you tried, and the great fortune of implementing your lessons learned in your next attempt!

 

Refresh Your Life With Change

Sticking with what you do well can be the worst thing to do if you want to live a meaningful life. To develop new skills, new ways of being to become someone other than who you believe yourself to be takes a willingness to change.

As astrologer Sarah Varcas shares, “It takes courage and fortitude, a willingness to be a new-born again, discovering life from scratch, adopting a new perspective and fresh guidelines. Of course we can take our strengths and abilities with us on the journey. They’ll come in more than handy! But to see them as the be-all and end-all, the extent of our ‘tool kit’, is to live a half-baked life in the shadow of who we could actually be if we allowed ourselves to grow.”

Here’s a few questions to ponder, the answers may prove liberating:

  • What would you be willing to try if you were 10 times bolder?
  • What would you try if you knew success was guaranteed?
  • How could trying out new ways of being or working enrich your life?

 

Finding My Passion and Purpose

I put into motion my own advice late last year and published my first two books in the Mid-Life Career Rescue series on Amazon. What fun! I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.

Since embarking on change I’ve published a book a month and recently penned my third book: How To Find Your Passion And Purpose: Four Easy Steps to Discover A Job You Want and Live The Life You Love, is more of guide, than a book – a nice short, easy to implement tool kit to help you live and work with passion and purpose.

The Amazon details and link are here: http://amzn.to/1W0IreR

A new thing I did for the first time was creating my own cover – using my own art work too. The feedback I’ve received about both the book and the cover has enriched my life in ways I couldn’t have perceived. I gain from the satisfaction and fulfilment of being fully autonomous in all aspects of publishing and gaining from the immediacy and intimacy of the feedback from readers.

“Simply delightful, witty quick read, packed with excellent information. I’m actually believing now, I could change my career after 18 years!” Wrote one Amazon reviewer.

“I feel I want to read this book now! The red energy swirl suggests an invitation to enter a journey of discovering ones passion,” shared another person when she first saw the cover.

Of course, sometimes when you try new things, even successful new things you can attract criticism. I did when I wrote my second book. A reviewer said,  “I loved the inspiration, content, and message. There book rambles a lot though.”

Ok, I thought. I won’t ramble in my next book – I’ll be more concise!

How To Find Your Passion And Purpose: Four Easy Steps to Discover A Job You Want and Live The Life You Love is available through Amazon at the special introductory price of $.99 for a limited time. http://amzn.to/1W0IreR

 

P.S. Sometimes losing is actually winning. As Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D wrote in the Biology Of Belief, “I sincerely want to thank the New York publishers who turned down the book proposal. Without you, I was able to create my own book – just as I wanted to do.”

 

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Thursday, January 7th, 2016

How To Find Your Passion and Purpose

Find Your Passion and Purpose ebook coverv3The Passion Pack was where my latest book, How to Find Your Passion and Purpose, all started. A simple idea with a powerful message – follow your passion!

How to Find Your Passion and Purpose, a concise guide to making the most of your life, began its journey as a set of 40 cards created to help people live and work with passion.

The vision was simple: a few short, easy to digest tips for time-challenged people who were looking for inspiration and practical strategies to encourage positive change.

From my own experience, I knew that people didn’t need a large wad of words to feel inspired, gain clarity and be stimulated to take action.

In coaching and counselling sessions I’d encourage my clients to ask a question they would like answered. The questions could be specific, such as, ‘How can I make a living from my passion?’ Or vague, for example,  ‘What do I most need to know?’

Then I’d ask them to pick a card at random. Without fail, they were astounded by the card’s potent relevance. Disbelieving eyes widened in astonishment as they read either the quote or the main message they received. Many would say, “These cards are magic.”

Orders flooded in from global recruitment consultancies, primary schools, colleges, universities, not-for-profit organisations, financial institutions and other multi-national commercial entities. I was asked to speak at conferences around the world about the power of passion. It was amazing to see how popular and successful The Passion Pack became, transcending age, gender, and socio-economic differences.

In this era of information obesity the need for simple, life-affirming messages is even more important. Which is why I’ve resurrected The Passion Pack, and transformed the tips and tools from the wisdom of words on cards to those on pages – both digital and paperback.

 If you are looking for inspiration and practical tips, in short, sweet sound bites, this guide is for you.

Similarly, if you are a grazer, or someone more methodical, this guide will also work for you. Pick a page at random, or work through the steps sequentially. I encourage you to experiment, be open-minded and try new things. I promise you will achieve outstanding results.

Clive, a 62-year-old man who had suffered work-related burnout, did! He thought that creating a passion journal, Tip 10 in this guide, was childish – something other stressed executives in his men’s support group would balk at. But once he’d taken up the challenge he told me enthusiastically,

“They loved it!” They are using their passion journals to visualise, gain clarity, and create their preferred futures. Clive is using it to help manifest his new purpose-driven coaching business.

Let experience be your guide. Give your brain a well-needed break. Let go of ‘why’, and embrace how you feel, or how you want to feel. Honour the messages from your intuition and follow your path with heart.

Laura, who at one stage seemed rudderless career-wise, did just that. She was guided to Tip 14: Who Inspires You? Following that, her motivation to live and work like those she looked up to sparked a determination to start her own business.  It was that simple.

 

Following your passion is the key to success

The feedback I’ve received has been validation of my deepest belief that following your passion is the key to success. This combined with strengthening your creativity and imagineering skills is one of the most magical, empowering and practical things you can do to manifest your deepest desires.

As I did recently – pursuing a dream to publish my books on Amazon. Within days of its release, my first book in the Mid-Life Career Rescue series: ‘The Call For Change’  became a #1 bestseller on Amazon in the category of Work-Related Health.  The link to the paperback and eBook is here >> 

Book two, Mid-Life Career Rescue series: ‘What Makes You Happy’  was met with similar success. In less than 24 hours of release it also became a #1 bestseller. The link to the paperback and eBook is here >>

It’s  also confirmation of the benefits of working with purpose and the importance I place on helping people feel happy. Your health is everything! Be sure to value it. Now.

 

Finding joy – the path to success

“Aren’t you setting people up for failure?” a disillusioned career coach once challenged me when I told her my focus was not on helping people find any job, but finding one that gave them joy. I couldn’t help but wonder if she needed a career change.

Twenty-five years of cumulative professional experience as a career coach and counsellor, helping people work with passion and still pay the bills, answers that question. I’m setting people up for success. I’m not saying it will happen instantly, but if you follow the advice in my books, it will happen. I promise.

I’ve proven repeatedly with the successes I’ve gained for clients that thinking differently and creatively, rationally and practically, while also harnessing the power of intuition, and applying the principles of manifestation, really works. In this book I’ll show you why and how.

A large part of my philosophy, and the reason behind my success with clients, is my fervent belief that to achieve anything worthy in life you need to follow your passion. And I’m in good company.

As media giant Oprah Winfrey once said, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Passion’s pay cheque

By discovering your passion you will tap into a huge source of potential energy. Pursuing your passion can be profitable on many levels:

  • When you do what you love, your true talent will reveal itself; passion can’t be faked
  • You’ll be more enthusiastic about your pursuits
  • You’ll have more energy to overcome obstacles.
  • You will be more determined to make things happen
  • You will enjoy your work
  • Your work will become a vehicle for self-expression
  • Passion will give you a competitive edge
  • You’ll enjoy your life

“New Zealander’s aren’t ready for passion,” an international publishing company told me when I first approached them with my book idea. Incredible! Without passion, you don’t have energy, and without energy you have nothing.

I was told a similar thing when I was accepted to speak at an international careers conference in San Francisco. “Selling passion to Americans is like selling coal to people in Newcastle,”  I was warned. Yet I spoke to a full capacity crowd.

Let my experience guide you – other people aren’t experts in your life. Act on your own conviction. Let love, desire, and passion, not fear or ambivalence or apathy, or other peoples projections, propel you forward.

Yet worryingly, research suggests that less than 10% of people are following their passion. Perhaps that’s why there is so much unhappiness in the world.

Again this is why I wrote my latest book, How to Find Your Passion and Purpose.

And it’s why passion and purpose are core themes in all my books. And in my life. And why I’m dedicated to helping those who want more passion and purpose too.

An inside look at the cover

Small enso for interiorThe emphasis on energy is so vital that I decided to create my cover using a Sumi ink painting I created in Maui.I had won the Supreme Art Award for another painting and spent the money to study Sumi ink painting with Zen Buddhist artist Max Gimblett http://www.maxgimblett.com/

The 2000 year-old art form of Japanese brush painting is spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism. Sumi-e’s earliest practitioners were highly disciplined monks.

I can still recall the energy and power of loading the brush with rich red ink and with ‘all mind, no mind,’ breathing deep from my core, and meeting the page.

It’s been great to receive feedback about the cover from readers. “It’s fabulous. Eye-catching and inspirational’, wrote one person.

“I feel I want to read this book now! The red energy swirl suggests an invitation to enter a journey of discovering ones passion.”

Of course, not everyone loves the cover. But that is my point. Not everyone will endorse what you feel passionately driven to be or do. Do it anyway. As I did, when I  first created The Passion Pack.

 

Fear Of Success31: Fear Of Success. It’s a timely reminder of just how far following my passion has taken me – the shy girl who was once afraid of being seen. The quote is as apt for me as I feel it may be for you:

“Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”

Don’t waste another day feeling trapped. Don’t be the person who spends a life of regret, or waits until they retire before they follow their passions. Don’t be the person too afraid to make a change for the better, or who wishes they could lead a significant life. Make the change now. Before it’s too late.

Here’s to living with passion and purpose!

How To Find Your Passion And Purpose: Four Easy Steps to Discover A Job You Want and Live The Life You Love, is available from Amazon in paperback and eBook.

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Friday, January 1st, 2016

How to create a new life – harness the power of one and achieve your goals

one thought,
one feeling,
one intention,
one desire,
one challenge

A very warm greeting to you on this most auspicious day  the first day of the first month – the beginning of a wonderful new year.

One has become my favourite number. I love its simplicity. In an era where overwhelm threatens the peace and equilibrium of so many, ‘one’ makes things easy.

My one goal last year was to overcome my own self-doubt and follow my passion for writing. I love writing. It’s what I was born to do. If I don’t have a pen in my hand, a notebook at the ready, I feel lost, anxious, irritable, Writing soothes my soul. Writing allows me to connect with others and to express the things I care deeply about.

And so with this in mind, I made one promise to myself in 2015 – to publish one book. And then another in my Mid-Life Career Rescue series. Books which would share my own mid-life journey to career nirvana, and the journey of other seekers too.

And in turn, my hope was that sharing these stories would inspire you.

So it’s been exciting to read the reviews and hear from people who have read my first books in the Mid-Life Career Rescue series. People like Hillary who said, “This is the perfect gentle nudge needed to move me forward and make those scary life changes.

I was scared last year too. I wondered how my books would be received. I wondered if anyone would like them. I feared public rejection, bad reviews, losing the time and money I had invested – all those things. But my desire was stronger. I didn’t want to wonder, ‘what if.” What if I had taken a risk and published my book. I took the risk, and it’s been worth it. I chose to change my focus  – to create in my minds eye everything I that dreamed of and saw in my mind’s eye, that I wanted to become ‘true.’

Going to bed last night on New Year’s Eve after celebrating the last day of 2015, to find Mid-Life Career Rescue: (What Make You Happy) twas #1 on the best-seller list on Amazon was amazing. And waking up today on the first day of 2016 and finding it was still #1 was fun!

So if there’s one thing I would encourage you to do this year it would be this – feel the fear and follow your passion anyway. Be curious, be playful, be adventurous and see where these feelings take you.

If you know anyone who needs a gentle nudge this year to make a change for the better the link is here http://amzn.to/1JmGq5C

What’s one intention you could make this year that, when followed through, would make a tremendous difference to your life? Please let me know on in the comments section of this blog

In the meantime I leave with you with this inspirational sculpture created by renown New Zealand Sculptor Chris Booth. My partner commissioned it for my 50th birthday last year. Together the three of us named it Viewfinder, which I love given my passion for photography. Of course, a viewfinder is the tool that enables you to find your point of focus. The viewfinder is the single most important user interface on any camera. And your viewfinder – your point of focus, the thing that captures your interest, your attention, your passion, is the most important tool in creating your best life in 2016. Set your focus, capture your desires and allow them to motivate and guide you throughout the hours, weeks, and months which follow.

 

Viewfinder Chris Booth web

I wish you a very happy new year. May 2016 bring you continued happiness and joy.

 

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