Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Plenty of time to make it big

Many people in their mid-years worry they’ve left it too late to make a move to a more fulfilling career.

The good news, according to some experts, is that life begins at 40 and that many people don’t reach their potential until well into their 50s and 60s. American father of motivational books, Napoleon Hill, whose best-selling book, Think and Grow Rich, was published for the first time in 1937, discovered from an analysis of more than 25,000 people that those who succeed seldom do before the age of 40, and usually do not strike their real pace till they are well beyond 50.

This data should be encouraging for those who ‘fail to arrive’ before 40 and offers compelling evidence that people should approach the mid-years with hope and anticipation!

It’s Never Too Late

Here are just a few people who have achieved success in their later years:

1) Author Helen Hoover Santmyer was 88 years old when her book And Ladies of the Club was published. It stayed on the New York Best-sellers list for eight months. It was her first novel in 50 years.

2) A failure at 65, Colonel Sanders was world-famous and wealthy at 80. His father was a miner and his mother worked in a shirt factory. Harland Sanders had to give up school in the sixth grade because he was so poor. He eventually opened a small home-town restaurant in the Kentucky hills. All looked well until the highway was rerouted and he lost everything. He was 65 at the time and faced with a future barely surviving on social security, his motivation to try again kicked in. “My government is going to give me a hundred and five dollars so I can eke out an existence. Surely there is something I can do for myself and other people.” Tapping into powerfully creative questions like this unlocked the key to what would be his major success – his mother’s secret chicken recipe. Turned down by numerous restaurants at the time he turned potential failure into another inspired idea – franchises. It was an instantaneous hit, and the rest is history!

3) Fifty-five-year-old Rhonda Byrne’s life was at an all-time low. Twice divorced, her father had just died and her career was in crisis. That was until, acting on an inspired thought, she created the DVD The Secret and later produced a book, both of which went on to becoming some of the biggest-selling self-help resources of all time.

At the heart of Rhonda’s inspirational series of products and resources is the law of attraction.

“Everything in your life is attracted to you by what you are thinking,” Rhonda says. “You are like a human transmission tower, transmitting a frequency with your thoughts. If you want to change anything in your life, change the frequency by changing your thoughts.”

So what are you waiting for? Start thinking big!

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Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Shape-shifting for career and life renewal

Chameleons are nature’s greatest shape-shifters. Have you ever wondered that they can teach we mere mortals about making positive changes in our lives and careers?

Most chameleons change from brown to green and back, but some can turn almost any colour. A change can be complete in as few as 20 seconds. Imagine if we could change that quickly! Many people think chameleons change colour to blend in with their surroundings. Scientists disagree. Their studies show that light, temperature and mood cause chameleons to change colour. Sometimes changing colour can make the chameleon more comfortable.

If you’re struggling with how you feel or where you’re at, take a cue from the chameleon and change colour – what you wear, and what you see around you, as well as aromatherapy (nature’s alchemy) are some simple ways to make positive changes.

One of my client’s kept saying she felt really ‘blah.’ I asked her, ‘why do you wear so much black?’  When she said she never really thought about it, I asked her ‘how does it make you feel?’  The connection was made instantly. As a result she started wearing more colour. Just a little splash and first and then a bit more.

People commented on how great she looked in her greens and yellows. Soon she started to feel better and better too. As a result she has more energy and confidence to plough into making some positive changes in her career.

She also started surrounding herself with nature’s alchemy – aromatherapy. The healing green energy of Rosemary, Lime and Peppermint helped boost her mood and ground some of her anxieties. While the yellow energies of Lemon and Grapefruit helped nourish her depleted confidence.

Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of holistic approaches to support change. Rational, logical approaches to working out next steps are as important as intuitive, creative and feeling based tools.

Every year I choose a colour as my central theme for the year. Next year is green. I already have a new green dress, green bag and shoes. I’ve also purchased a green passion journal to start gathering images and quotes and other sources of inspiration for the career and life changes I want to manifest.

What could a change of colour do for you?

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