This blog post for a previous event I held in November 2011, when I was running my Inspirations Cafes, has just been resent out of the blue to my subscribers. So even though it has been and gone the theme is very relevant to my new program, called 7 Steps to Transform your Life, that starts on Monday 20th May 2013

 

I am still really curious about different ways of approaching how we live our lives on a day to day basis. There are many different ways which can be adapted depending on what you truly want to achieve from your life. The approach we choose will also change depending on what stage of life we find ourselves in – whether we are single, in a relationship, have a young family,  a grown up and independent family, or whether we are retired. There are many variables and many options.

 

And the bottom line still is that our life is a reflection of what we choose to do with each new day we are given, and the choices we make around what we do with our time.

 

So to all those amazing people out there who are ready to transform their lives by marching to their own internal drum beat come and join me for some extra support and inspiration on the next 7 Steps to Transform your Life course…

 

Call me on 0212 4063 535 or email me – heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz to confirm your place now.

          May 7, 2013 · Change · (No comments)

          Last night I held a Free Introductory session to share some insights that I found useful for making changes in our lives be as easy and painless as possible. This session covered some of the obstacles and blocks and the key approaches that are covered further in the 7 Steps to Transform your Life that we can implement to overcome them. I have made a 16 min recording  that captures the main points of the presentation for those who were unable to attend. You can listen to here.

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          Check out the 7 Steps and directions to register for the 7 week Course in Petone, Lower Hutt on the Inspirations Event page. I look forward to seeing you there!

          October 5, 2012 · Keeping it Simple · (No comments)
          • Discover your passion and follow it
          • Assume you have a purpose in life, even though you may have no idea what it is!
          • Simplify your life
          • Create environments that support you
          • Practice extreme self care
          • Read inspirational books and listen to inspirational recordings or music
          • Hang out with people who inspire and uplift you
          October 1, 2012 · Change · (No comments)

          Well, I’ve finally done it. I’ve created the course that has been brewing for the last year. It’s on how to manage the process of change and is called 7 Steps to Transform you Life. I’m feeling very excited about it as I have been learning how to let go and trust the process of creativity with this one. I needed to create the space in my head and in my life for the seeds of this course to develop and Wow has it developed! I been involved in the world of personal development and coaching now for many years and have gathered together many tools and resources that I can share. In this course I have chosen the ones that have had the biggest impact in my life and have been the simplest and easiest ones to implement. So why not join me at the next FREE INTROUCTION session where I will share some new ideas and thoughts on change and why we can find it so hard to create the life we dream of.

          January 7, 2012 · Keeping it Simple · (No comments)

          What quality would you most like to develop this year?

          The key take away from this call on Fri 2ndDec was that there is more than one way to approach life – it is more important that we all find a way to live our lives that feels authentic for us rather than trying to fit into someone else’s formula. Only then can we experience the peace and contentment that we desire. Here are some of the learning’s from the call…

          • I am a huge fan of journaling as a tool to clear my head; however a verbal process may work better for others, so become aware of the “shoulds” you experience even around this topic of taking time for reflection and choose to do it in a way that works for you!
          • The process of reflection for the year reminds me of how far I have come, of all that I have learned and accomplished. This can be particularly inspiring, generating energy and excitement to propel us into a wonderful new year.
          • Remember to celebrate your achievements. Create simple rituals with a partner or loved ones to acknowledge and share all that has been meaningful in your life each year. It is these special moments that will be remembered by all in years to come. Also remember that you don’t have to wait until the end of each year to do this – schedule a weekly celebration to remind you of how good life can be!
          • As I have continued to simplify my life I no longer work with elaborate lists of goals for all areas of my life. The most useful technique I find is to choose a theme – a one line statement that encompasses all that I hope for in the coming year. So what would your theme be for 2012?

          If you desire a more peaceful and contented life and need some support with implementing any of these ideas please email heather@inspirationscoach.co.nz  to set up a time for a chat. The next community call is scheduled for Friday 3rd February 2012 at 9.30 am NZ time. I look forward to connecting with you then, if not before.

          December 2, 2011 · Keeping it Simple · (No comments)

          As you reflect on this year,
          what would be useful to know, to give you a sense of completion and freedom to move confidently into 2012?

          November 30, 2011 · Keeping it Simple · (No comments)

          A key question is a really useful tool that we can use to focus our minds on discovering potential solutions to a current challenge that we are facing. A good question will allow our unconscious mind to start working through our stored files and experiences to come up with an action step or resource that can help us achieve the outcome that we desire. Regular repetition of the question opens us up to unknown possibilities. Generally they are a “how” or “what” question… e.g. “What is the most important thing for me to do today?” or “How can I allow this project to become easy and enjoyable?” The first step to forming a good key question is to clearly identify what your desired outcome or intention is. Once we are clear on what it is we want, and can ask a great key question, it is amazing the answers that we discover. Check out some of my Questions for Reflection in this blog for ideas, give it a try and see how you get on. I’d love to hear what you learn.

          November 11, 2011 · Time management · (No comments)

          Diary and pen
          This was the theme for the community call last week. I was curious as to what made some days really great, when we feel energized and excited about our lives, while others can feel totally overwhelming and non productive. So the question to be answered was “what makes the difference?” So these are the key points that came from the call…

          • Start your day with some activities that are nourishing to your body, mind and soul. E.g. waking up slowly, reading something inspirational, meditating, taking your time to prepare and eat a healthy breakfast.
          • Finish your day with time for reflection – acknowledge all that you have achieved that felt great and gave you a high level of satisfaction. If things didn’t go so well, take some time to identify why, and what you could do differently the next time. Keep a gratitude journal to list 10 things that you appreciated looking for something different each day.
          • Find a way of working with lists that suit you and allows you to feel good about yourself. Getting all your tasks out of your head and onto paper is a great way to achieve clarity, however from there it is important to then choose what is necessary, and to fit everything else into your day around those tasks. It is also a good idea to throw all your lists out sometimes and to start again, especially if your list keeping starts to feel overwhelming.
          • Become more conscious of the time you devote to relationships. Choose to spend your time with people that energize and inspire you, minimizing time with people that don’t. Practice setting strong boundaries to protect your time and energy with these people.
          • Get real about how long tasks really take. We often believe things will take less time than they really do – monitor these tasks closely so you allow the appropriate amount of time – remember to include travel time for meetings away from home or the office as well.
          • Make sure you have time in your day to allow yourself to just be – space with no agenda, no plans and no goals. Allow the space to follow your intuition and connect with new people along the way. This is when the magic can really happen and life can become a real pleasure and joy.

           

          I hope you find these tips useful. Feel free to leave a comment or some more suggestions below. The next community call is scheduled for Friday 2nd December 2011 at 9.30 am NZ time. I look forward to connecting with you then,

          1. Not enough information or lack of clarity to make a good decision.

          • What is the decision that needs to be made here?
          • Focus on the Intention – what is the purpose to be achieved from this decision?
          • Identify possible options from there.
          • Am I the right person to make this decision?
          • What information do I need? Is there more information I require before I am in a position to make a decision. Does someone else need to decide something else first?
          • Practice trust in your intuition, your gut feeling with smaller decisions so that you can then become more comfortable with using your intuition with larger decisions.
          • Practice trust in the process of life. Be willing to acknowledge there will be decisions that can’t be made now – there will be steps that you need to take which you are unaware of right now, yet also know that these will reveal themselves as you move further along your journey. Hold the intention of the final result in your mind, keep asking “What decisions do I need to make today?”  and step by step you will find yourself becoming less fearful with the decision making process as you get closer to the result you are working towards.

          2. Limiting beliefs and negative self talk. Become aware of the story you tell yourself about making decisions e.g. I always get them wrong; I’m hopeless at making decisions.  Create an affirmation to counteract the negative self talk – I’m a great decision maker. I can make decisions confidently and with ease. I love to make decisions! Become curious with a key question… How can I allow this to become easier? How can I enjoy making decisions on this project? Then create some space to listen for the answers …

          3. Feeling rushed or pressured. Create some space when you feel the pressure to make a decision – go for a quick walk round the block to clear your head and get fresh air, or postpone the decision until the next morning. I have a personal rule if the decision is not 100% clear for me immediately to wait 24 hours. After putting the decision on the back burner and having a good nights sleep I often know exactly what it is I need to do.

          4. Fear of success, failure, rejection. It is hard to make a decision when we worry about what other people think.

          • Accept it is OK to make mistakes – that is how we learn.
          • You can also give yourself permission to change your mind if it is possible  – sometimes we need to try something out before we can confidently know if it was the right decision or not.
          • Learn to trust that the decision you make, even thought it may appear wrong, may in fact lead to the perfect solution further on. New and innovative ideas often come from mistakes!
          • Sometimes we may know what we want to do; we have made the decision in our heads however our fear of saying it can make us feel indecisive. Practice asserting your thoughts and opinions in relation to decisions, be prepared to say NO and learn how to handle others response when they are upset with what you have decided!