Friday, July 8th, 2016

I need your help

It has been a marathon of learning and a sprint to the finish, but I’m almost ready to launch, my next non-fiction book, The Art of Success. But I need your help.

I’ve been writing for the majority of my career, I’ve been on television, interviewed on the radio, and spoken at overseas conferences. But this isn’t what I’m most proud of.

What I am most proud of is helping other people succeed. From helping people leave toxic jobs, and stand up to tyrannical bosses, to helping people accomplish their dreams and even showing a single mum (as I once was)  how she can make money working from home and support her family—helping others is my greatest accomplishment.

Now I’d love your help. It would be great to get a fresh perspective before I finish my latest book.

Would you enjoy being an advance reader for The Art of Success? You don’t need to worry about any of the small detail. I’m only looking for your “big picture” responses to the book itself, as they are what will help me edit effectively. I’m looking for a few early readers to complete by July 20 so I can get some feedback and also some reviews in advance of the launch.
If you’re keen, please email me direct: cassandra@cassandragaisford.com with whether you want Kindle or ePub.
Thanks 🙂

Cassandra

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

how do you define success?

“Imagine how our culture, how our lives, will change when we begin valuing go-givers as much as we value go-getters.” (1)Many people have asked me how to I define success?

The important question is, ‘How do you define success?’

Below is a range of responses from my The Art of Success Questionnaire.

Do you notice any key themes? Are any success triggers for you?

  • Fulfilment from my own endeavours
  • You can be “in the moment” all the time
  • Living creatively, i.e. making a living off of my creativity, always learning and growing, new experiences and opportunities. Love of family and friends.
  • Validation, self worth
  • Free-will
  • Self contentment
  • Continuous learning
  • Pure happiness and contentment
  • Doing what you love and being good at it
  • Happiness, freedom, security
  • Contentment, respect, lasting, responsibility, ingenuity, purposeful
  • Happiness, joy, flow, money and fire
  • Freedom to live as I please
  • Everything in my life is balanced work, self, mind
  • Freedom
  • It means being happy in what I’m doing, fulfilling my life’s purpose, and being financially stable
  • Happy and fulfilled
  • Doing what you want, when you want with who you want
  • Living a heart centred life, doing what you love, being content
  • A feeling of fulfilment and contentment in all areas of my life
  • Realisation of a worthwhile goal
  • Being happy and living the life you’ve dreamed to live while helping others
  • Success means living a lifestyle that aligns with my values and being true to myself
  • Achieving even my smallest dreams
  • Success is finding your joy in life
  • Being true to myself, happy with where I’m at
  • Continuous growth and making a significant positive impact on people’s lives
  • Being happy to go to work and financially independent
  • Having done pretty much everything I wanted to do by the time I die

How do I define success? Success is finished books! Living a creative, soulful life with the freedom to live my life as I choose, doing something that inspires myself and others. And success is also living a life of no regrets.

“I thought I was learning to live: I was only learning to die,” Leonardo da Vinci once said. He valued wisdom, understanding and freedom of thought, through the pursuit of knowledge gained from his own experience.

Leonardo worked and lived with passion and purpose—following his own curiosities to serving and benefit humanity and to share his knowledge with others. And to live, and die, knowing he had lead a significant life.

“I want to create miracles,” he once wrote. And what a miraculous life of significance he led. Leonardo pursued his visionary principles unto his death, documenting all that he learned to benefit the lives of others. In the process he failed, and failed again. He faced the wrath, scorn and jealously of others. He faced poverty, grief and loss. And at times suffered extreme self-doubt and despair. But he never departed from his course.

Be inspired by Leonardo. Challenge conventional definitions of success and live a life on your own terms. Take the Art of Success Questionnaire here >>

I’ve found the insights people have shared super helpful as I wrote my book The Art of Success. It’s nearly ready to send out to my advance readers, before going to the editor and then to print.


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Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

How to handle setbacks: three ways to self-sooth your way back to happiness

The art of success? Self-soothing!

“You cannot help being good, because your hand and your mind, being accustomed to gather flowers

would ill know how to pluck thorns.”

~ Leonardo da Vinci

self-soothing Linus-300x295-300x295One of the most common questions I get asked—and questions people who answered The Art of Success questionnaire, said they would ask Leonardo da Vinci too—is how do we keep going in the face of obstacles? What gives us persistence? One of the essential things is that believe your goal or dream is worth fighting for. Do you want it bad enough? Does it fill your soul with fire? Without passion in your heart you won’t have energy,making it hard to get started—let along to keep going.

But even with a fire in your belly, you need to fan the flames of desire with a healthy dose of optimism and lavish doses of self-soothing in the face of setbacks.

I’m just like you. I feel defeated sometimes. Worn out. Frustrated. And sometimes I wonder if it’s all just too hard.

To succeed you have to cultivate and nurture optimism

Yesterday my website crashed and the software I’ve been using to write my book, The Art of Success, due for release this month (July 2016), froze preventing me from doing any further writing or editing.

I had no idea how to fix these problems. But instead of becoming despondent—or rather, after allowing myself a natural period of despondency, frustration, and despair, I set about working out how I was going to fix the problems.

One of my clients had taken her first step into running her own business and experienced a similar issue recently, writing to me:

I have had issues with the website yesterday, what i thought was me doing something horrid and wrecking the whole site turned out to be a membership of hosting for some other (2nd to the one I paid for a few weeks ago) hosting site which expired 4 days ago and finally stopped working yesterday. So after a seriously awful few hours of feeling so stupid and alone I contacted the former owner for help. She found out the hosting issue and now we are waiting. And it all takes time. So this weeks challenge for me is to remain optimistic, and right now that is taking effort.

After waking in the night, and liaising with a support group on Facebook until 5am, at the time of writing my software problem is fixed. But my website www.cassandragaisford.com was thwarted by the weekend, and will take longer to fix.

Rather than drown in negativity, here’s a few strategies which worked for my client and for me and may work for you next time you experience a setback:

1.) ask for help from your intuitive guidance
One of the best ways you can begin to generate solutions is to ask for help from your intuitive guidance. Your intuition responds to open-ended, generative questions—questions which can’t be answered with a yes or no.

How can I fix…
How can I solve…
How can I overcome…
Who can I ask for help…

2.)  affirm that everything will work out

My self imposed deadline of four July was only days away. I told myself,

“You can do this.”

“You will find a way. If not then another day.”

“What’s the worst that can happen if I have to extend my deadline? Is that so bad?

“Everything is working out for my highest good.”

3.) reframe

Reframing is a strategy that comes from counselling and psychotherapy techniques. By taking negative statements, referred to in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as ‘distorted cognitions’, and reframing them in a positive light you feel stronger, more resourceful, hopeful, and empowered.

Instead of thinking, “This is a disaster. I’ll never finish this book in time” I self soothed by saying to myself, “This is an opportunity to read through my draft without being tempted or distracted by editing or adding new copy.”

Remind yourself of what really matters.  And express gratitude for the things that are going well.

Right now I’m blessed to be in a loving relationship and helping my partner in his business. I am supported emotionally, physically and spiritually.  And I am fortunate to be able to generate additional income. This takes the pressure off relying purely on my new career as an author.

Cultivate a success mindset

If you actively cultivate a success mindset you will not be able to help being good, because your mind, focused on the fruits of your positive intention and effort will act as a barrier, keeping away the thorns of self-doubt, procrastination, fear or any of the other things toxic to your success.

Attitude is everything.  thisHow can you cultivate a success mindset?

“Today we often use deadlines—real and imaginary—to imprison ourselves.”

~ Arianna Huffington,

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

 

 

3D_bookCassandra is a #1 Amazon best selling author of How to Find Your Passion and Purpose, and  the Mid-Life Career Rescue series which includes:

Her new book,The Art of Success will be available on Amazon in July 2016