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Adapt change grow

In the years and centuries to come, they will speak about this virus. How we individually and collectively dealt with the threat, the fear, the panic, the loss, the adjustment. We are all making history.

In the past week our brain was looking for a pattern match to what is happening currently. It couldn’t find one. Most of us have never experienced anything like this before. So you felt under threat, panic and fear. That is the most normal reaction to a threat to your survival and those you love.

One week on, and we already have established new patterns in our minds. We know the shops will not run out of food. We know we must keep 2 meters of a distance (about six and a half foot for those of you my age – I had to look it up – new learning there). We know we have a government who are working hard to help us. We know we are all in this together. There is connectedness. We know both in business and personally we must adapt, change and grow. We can get through this together. We are creating new ways of coping. We are establishing new patterns in our mind.

You can help by staying calm. You cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time. It is not possible. If you are stressed and wired up, your immune system is compromised. Your job is to STAY CALM, STAY SAFE, STAY CONNECTED. Our brains will do everything they can to keep us alive. Our survival instincts switch on in the most amazing ways.

You can focus on tummy breathing. You can limit your listening to news once a day. You can have your shopping delivered. You can use the phone to stay connected. You can use your laptop for video calls some other type of media to keep in touch with love ones. You can practice social distance (no matter how hard it is approximately 6 and a half foot!). You can use this time to think creatively about how you can change your business model and/or your life.

We have seen so many acts of kindness in the past week. You are more resilient than you think you are. You have an amazing powerful sub conscious mind that can be used to help you right now. I am reminded of that quote “this too shall pass”. Perhaps even reciting that to yourself is setting up a pattern in your mind of focusing on what is positive even in these challenging times.

What have you done in the past week to stay safe? How have you helped others stay safe? How can you ramp that up this week?

We have all experienced our safety and connection being threatened, but, we can stay safe, practice staying safe, we can stay connected and our brain will build new patterns of coping, new strategies to rebuild our business and personal lives in a new way. We can adapt, change and grow.


New Year – New Vision Required

With the new year upon us, of course I was tackling the goals that I want to put in motion.  So I got them all done New Year’s Eve.  I was determined to get them on paper before the New Year arrived.  I will tell you about all that later.

Here’s what I didn’t do. I didn’t take the time to sit down and actually put on paper the goals I achieved last year.  It didn’t even come onto my horizon. We are so quick to lash into the New Year with this plan and that plan. Yet, we rarely take the time to realize what we achieved last year. This is something Richard Branson does each year.  He lists all his achievements. It doesn’t have to be typed up or written in gold pen. Simply writing out your achievements last year will make you realize that you do have the ability to do what you want to do. So I am doing this to-day.  I may not have bought any aero planes, yet I know I have achieved good stuff

This Year

I am going to share with you the areas I have made sure to cover in my goals for this year.


As far as I am concerned, it doesn’t matter a jot how much money anyone has, because if you don’t have your health, you have nothing. Health is a priority.  With this in mind I am eating healthy (no more chocolate heaven like the last few weeks). Planning is important and most of the time it’s as easy as making lunches the night before and remembering to leave meat/fish out of the freezer so you have something to cook (always handy that!).

When you have fat around your tummy, it’s bad news from a health perspective.  So fitness goes hand in hand with healthy eating. I’m looking at walking, swimming and zumba to keep the fitness levels high.  You don’t have to go and buy expensive equipment to get fit.  You just need to motivate yourself for 20-30 mins each day and put one foot in front of the other!  And stop making excuses. Check the weather forecast and get moving.

I am making a goal of reading more of writers I like in this area like Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra.  Sometimes you can be inspired by a sentence, or just a couple of words. Most people need to find their own way whether it is through religion or spirituality or whatever their own belief system is.

Career & Finance.

I have clear written goals established for my career and business.  I may not make a million dollars, yet if I have my health and I am happy, then I reckon I am fairly sorted.

Family & Social:

Regardless of what happens around us, our families are important.  Taking the time to spend with your family is just as important as your job. It’s easy to get into a rut, so setting a specific day/night you can do something fun together is important.

This time of year, its also good to review all domestic bills.  Are there any you could change to save money?  Is your insurance up to date on cars, house etc.?   If you need help, research where is the best place to get this.

Fun & Creativity
Fun is one of my top values.  We need fun more than ever.  I know when we were growing up, we didn’t have much money at all.  Somehow we made fun from nothing.  When you have nothing you have two choices, sink or swim. We laughed our way out of having no money. It may have taken years. But we made it!

I am convinced that the creative mind is what will turn things around for us. Creative thinkers think outside the box.  They use their imagination more. Most of the time they have lots of fun doing this.  Think of Steve Jobs. We are a creative nation; lets use it more often, more of the time.

Mental & Emotional:
If you do not look after your mental and emotional wellbeing, you will feel drained.  You need to become your own best friend, and look after yourself.

Personal Development:
What could you do to develop personally?  Maybe it’s a course you have always wanted to do. I hope the above headings will help you to plan to achieve goals in these areas. Write out your goals because research has shown that people who write out their goals tend to realize them.  So even if it’s the back of a cornflakes box – go for it.  Keep focusing on the outcome – what you want and how you will feel when you have realized your goals.

I will re-post a blog I wrote a while ago on setting realistic goals.  Might be helpful to you.

I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy, Healthy, Fun and Prosperous New Year.

With every best wish for a wonderful year.  And one more thing, Keep Hope Alive!


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