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When was the last time you were really rested and relaxed?

After this blog, I will be taking July and August off and I really am looking forward to having some time to rest and relaxed. So with this in mind I ask you –

When was the last time you were really rested and relaxed?

Was it at the end of a holiday or maybe when you had something cancelled at the last moment and had some unexpected time for yourself?

How did you feel – more confident, less stressed, clear-headed, even creative and more energised? You will need to feel all these things if you are going to set out the life you want to live, and then have the courage and determination to make the changes needed to see it happen.
Will you please take some time to answer the following questions?

  • What stops you from taking time out to rest, relax and get creative?
  • Is it that you would feel guilty because you have so much to do and it wouldn’t be getting done?
  • Or do you not feel worthy of taking time out for yourself as you have to keep going to meet the demands being placed on you by everyone around you?
  • Could it be that if you took some time out, you might just really get to see how your life is and that’s not a nice thought for you?

So, go on and answer the question – what is really stopping you from taking time out to rest, relax and get creative?
We can’t change something unless we know what that something is. You need to first identify it. Only then can living these traits help you overcome what is holding you back.

What would help you now to take some quality time out, giving yourself the space to reflect on and set in motion ways of becoming a self-leader in your own life and working towards the life you want to live?

Might it be getting up a few minutes earlier in the morning or just switching off the television a little earlier in the evening to give you some quiet time to answer the questions and do the exercises in this book? Would buying a writing pad or a Dictaphone (if you prefer not to write) to record your thoughts and ideas help you? If so, just go and do it.

We all have our own strategies for how best to do this – see what works best for you. Moreover, I truly do hope you do over the summer months. So, until I am back with my next blog in September, you take good care of yourself and really do hope you get to have a great summer.
If you do want to follow up on what has been written here and living a life of true and real success for you, please check out my books – available from Amazon.

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Letting Easter be a time of rest and renewal for you.

If you want to have good health and the energy to live a life of success and happiness. Then start now by letting Easter be a time of rest and renewal for you.

The following energy exercise is a great tool to help you identify the activities that not only drain your energy but more importantly give you energy. The energy you will need to draw on as a Self-leader in your own life and work so as to stay the course in pursuit of the life you want to be living, both personally and professionally. Complete the following exercise – and then work at incorporating the activities from Column 2 into your daily life. Those who are more rested, relaxed, focused and continually allow themselves to be renewed and creative will perform better than those who are not.

Exercise
List all the activities that drain energy from you and then list all of the activities that give you energy.

1. What drains my energy*
(These are some examples of what takes my energy.)

  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Driving
  • Cleaning the house
  • Gardening

2. What gives me energy*
(These are some examples of what gives me energy.)

  • Listening to music
  • Sailing
  • Going to the cinema
  • Reading
  • Good company
  • Travelling
  • Writing
  • Meditating

*In times of stress, fatigue and tiredness, you will discover that most of your time and energy is spent doing activities that drain your energy (Column 1), rather than doing those that give you energy (Column 2). When you find yourself in this situation, you need to shift from doing what is in Column 1 to doing more of what is in Column 2.
Now, remember what takes my energy (such as cooking) might give you energy; and what gives me energy (for instance, travelling) might just drain your energy, so this exercise is unique to each of us.

There is a real need to be relaxed and rested if you are to be at your best and allow yourself to achieve all that you now want to achieve in your life and work. Doing the activities, you listed in Column 2 will enable you as a Self-leader to have the energy to keep going and never give up in pursuit of the life you truly want to be living.

 

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