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25Sep/140

How Do You Get more Excitement in Your Life? 60 Seconds to Confidence Tip #85

Building Self Confidence Life Coaching CambridgeHere’s your 60 Second Success Tip for this week.
The other day, I was sent a link to these photos. By the time I’d scrolled through them my heart was racing.

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The experience got me thinking. I remember when someone asked me, ‘What do you fear most in life?I said, ‘Getting bored.’ Maybe that fear drove me to seek a lot of the exciting experiences I’ve had in my life: SCUBA diving on the Great Barrier Reef, parachuting above the Cambridgeshire fields, paragliding in Malaysia, working abroad and flying over the Grand Canyon, to name a few.

Lots of my clients say they want to travel more but do you have to keep feeding your inner adrenalin junky with amazing experiences and daredevil feats to get enough excitement in life?

Or could there be a simpler recipe for an exciting life that doesn’t take a massive budget and nerves of steel?

Here are 7 Actions You Can Take This Week to Create a More Exciting Life:

  • Make room in your life for more exciting things – eliminate boring tasks and chores as much as possible. If you can’t delegate them and you can’t afford to have others do them for you, find ways to make them more fun, easier and simpler.
  • Shake up your routines. For instance, find a different way to travel to work. Try a new recipe or restaurant. Get a makeover. Try on clothes or colours you don’t usually wear. Weed out negative patterns of thinking and reacting.
  • Do things with a new and more curious attitude. Instead of thinking ‘same old same old’ or ‘I know what they are going to say/do’, go into your work or your business or family situations curious and enthusiastic about finding ways to innovate, add value and change things for the better. Act rather than complain. Lead rather than follow.
  • Weed out the people in your life who bring you the same old problems. If you’re stuck with them, find new ways to get the best out of them. Get to know people who think differently from you and who can challenge your ideas and stimulate your imagination.
  • I get a thrill when someone I’ve coached achieves something or feels more confident. If helping people excites you, volunteer, commit acts of random kindness or mentor someone if they’re willing. If it doesn’t, discover what your thrilling purpose in life is and do that.
  • Become more visible so that clients, managers and others can see what you’re good at and offer you more exciting opportunities.
  • Try the attached Life Wheel exercise– it’s a great way to reflect on the level of boredom, fear and excitement in your life. Take advantage of the free ‘Your Exciting Life’ Coaching Discovery Session that’s in the Life Wheel document – just 1 place left this month so be quick!

Madeleine Morgan Life Coach and Confidence Coach Cambridge

 

Warm wishes

Madeleine

 

P.S. Check out the Quote of the Week, ‘Useful Links’ to life changing free ‘stuff’ below.

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Quote of the Week

Do you know what one of the most exciting things happening in time and space is right now? 

Your life. 

Whooooooohooooooooooo!” TUT

Testimonial

“I attended a Discovery Session with Madeleine as I had various aspects of my life to balance and I wanted another person’s perspective on how best to do that. Having heard of Madeleine’s vast experience in Life Coaching, I decided it was time to act! This kind of session was a first for me so I was a bit wary. I would like to point out that Madeleine is extremely easy to speak to and open up to. From the initial sit down at the session, I found her a great listener and genuinely interested in helping. She gave suggestions as to how I can change things which could make a huge impact for me. I would happily recommend Madeleine to anyone who may need direction, guidance or advice in any aspect of life whether work, social or personal.” Ollie Hine, Cambridge

19Sep/140

Have You Got that ‘Back to School’ Feeling? Confidence Tip #84

Here’s your Confidence Tip for this week.

Success Tips for ManagersAt the beginning of the year, I was asked by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to take part in a discussion about New Year Resolutions. The host of the programme asked us, ‘Why New Year and not other times?’

I said that it didn't have to be just New Year. There are lots of other milestones and rhythms to the year that provided opportunities for reflection and new starts, such as:

  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Quarterly reporting in business
  • Beginning of Spring, Summer and Autumn
  • Religious festivals e.g. Lent, Diwali, Hanukah, Ramadan
  • Beginnings such as the start of a new relationship, term or job, marriage, becoming a parent, getting a promotion
  • Endings such as the end of a project, relationship, job, the old year

It seems to me that the more often we reflect and review, the more likely we are to stay on track with creating the personal, career and business life we really want.

I encourage my clients to keep a daily success diary and to write down what they want to achieve the next day.

What would it do for your personal relationships, your sense of fulfillment and your confidence if you created a time at the end of the week when you get together with friends or family and share and celebrate each other’s successes that week and anything you want to publicly commit to changing or achieving for the following week? This is something I build into my client sessions too. It helps to create more motivation and momentum.

There’s power in keeping track of how far you’ve come…and to publicly committing your direction.

Your Actions This Week

  • Try the Life Wheel exercise – you can download and print it here It’s a great way to reflect on how far you've come and what you want to be, do and have in the future.
  • Create regular slots in your day, week, year to reflect, plan and commit to your goals
  • We’ve been programmed through our academic life to go back to learning in September – so this a great time to commit to a course of training or coaching. Take advantage of the free Coaching Discovery Session that’s in the Life Wheel document – just 2 places left this month so be quick!

Madeleine Morgan Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor, Cambridge UKWarm wishes

Madeleine

 

P.S. Check out the Quote of the Week, ‘Useful Links’ to life changing free ‘stuff’ below.

Useful Links

Quote of the Week

“Do you know what one of the most exciting things happening in time and space is right now? 

Your life. 

Whooooooohooooooooooo!” TUT

Testimonial

“I attended a Discovery Session with Madeleine as I had various aspects of my life to balance and I wanted another person’s perspective on how best to do that. Having heard of Madeleine’s vast experience in Life Coaching, I decided it was time to act! This kind of session was a first for me so I was a bit wary. I would like to point out that Madeleine is extremely easy to speak to and open up to. From the initial sit down at the session, I found her a great listener and genuinely interested in helping. She gave suggestions as to how I can change things which could make a huge impact for me. I would happily recommend Madeleine to anyone who may need direction, guidance or advice in any aspect of life whether work, social or personal.” Ollie Hine, Cambridge

11Sep/140

Are You False Accounting in Your Life? Confidence Tip #83

Here’s your Confidence Tip for this week.

Building Self Confidence Life Coaching CambridgeThe other day I was reading the financial papers and I came across a thought provoking editorial in Money Week. Before you yawn and click away, hear me out. This is important…

The author was commenting that people were celebrating the fact that the UK’s GDP had hit pre-crisis levels. She then went on to debunk the notion of GDP as an accurate measure of the nation’s prosperity.

One example she gave is that if you knock down a city and rebuild it to the same specifications, you’d see no rise in real wealth but you would see a rise in GDP.

Another was that in a GDP figure, there is no distinction between ‘good growth’ (such as companies creating better products and exporting more) and ‘bad growth’ (such as the extra bomb-making that comes with war). GDP doesn’t take into account how much growth is debt-fuelled and could lead to a crash.

The article got me thinking: could there be other ways we might be deluding ourselves with false accounting? For instance:

  • As a business owner, are you dazzled by your high turnover figure and ignoring that fact that you’re really making a loss or that your poor cashflow could mean you go bankrupt before you get paid?
  • Or is your successful career or business actually costing you in stress and lost quality time with friends and family?
  • Has ‘winning’ an argument actually lost you a great relationship?
  • Do you think the ‘comfort zone’ is less scary when actually by staying inside it you’re losing lots of opportunities and making things worse?
  • Do you believe that trying and failing is worse than not trying?
  • Or…?

Your Actions This Week

  • Click here to access a Life Wheel exercise  – it’s a great way to do some realistic accounting of your business, career and/or personal life and regain some focus on what’s really working and what is not.
  • Rinse and repeat that exercise every 3-6 months
  • Take advantage of the free Coaching Discovery Session that’s in the Life Wheel document.

“I attended a Discovery Session with Madeleine as I had various aspects of my life to balance and I wanted another person’s perspective on how best to do that. Having heard of Madeleine’s vast experience in Life Coaching, I decided it was time to act! This kind of session was a first for me so I was a bit wary. I would like to point out that Madeleine is extremely easy to speak to and open up to. From the initial sit down at the session, I found her a great listener and genuinely interested in helping. She gave suggestions as to how I can change things which could make a huge impact for me. I would happily recommend Madeleine to anyone who may need direction, guidance or advice in any aspect of life whether work, social or personal.” Ollie Hine, Cambridge

Madeleine Morgan Life Coach and Confidence Coach CambridgeWarm wishes

Madeleine

 

P.S. Check out the Quote of the Week, ‘Useful Links’ to life changing free ‘stuff’ below.

 

Useful Links

Quote of the Week

“Happiness begins with you. Not with your relationship, your friends, or your job, but with you.” Mandy Hale

   
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