Five ways to embrace Valentine's Day solo.

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Five ways to embrace Valentine's Day solo.

Another Valentines Day is looming, are you planning on faking an illness and taking a duvet day to hibernate in your house with Bridget Jones, a large bottle of gin, a TV dinner and the biggest cheese cake you can find? Stop right there! 

Yes! Yes! I was there too once and it was horrible! However, I have learnt that being a strong, independent person on Valentines Day can be very liberating! 

Embrace this day and start to love yourself, here are five ways to enjoy Valentines Day solo:

1, Regardless of your gender pamper yourself, a new hair do, manicure and pedicure or visiting the barbers for a proper grooming will make you look and feel a million dollars. 

2, Accomplish a bucket list activity. This may be a little last minute but I am sure there is something on all of our bucket lists that can be done spontaneously. Feel the thrill and excitement whether it's taking a kick boxing class or running through a field naked... DO IT! 

3, Fight your fear of being alone and go and enjoy a meal out, yes on your own! Enjoying your own company on Valentines Day is very brave and you never know who you may meet!

4, Check out your local singles clubs or meet up groups. After all, everyone's in the same boat, keep an open mind and remember you'll be there to keep someone else company too! 

5, Laugh! Yes, 'Laugh Out Loud' even if you're on your own. Laugher is free therapy, it boosts your mood and instantly makes you feel better. An evening of funny movies, stand up comedy, in your PJs, snuggled up on the couch is the ultimate night in. Don't forget the chocolate, it pairs perfectly with laughter! 

Happy Valentines Day! Remember you are as alone as you make yourself feel. Flying solo is not so bad after all! ❤

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Did you know that January 10th is the day that most people break their resolutions?

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Did you know that January 10th is the day that most people break their resolutions?

Researcher say that some 40% of American's make New Year's resolutions whilst only 8% follow through with reaching them. It’s January 7th already and we have three days left to keep strong and focused and not quit! Depending on how many goals you made, some may have fallen off the wayside already never to be picked up again, at least until it’s time to make 2018’s resolutions.

If your willpower is fading here are five steps to help you stay strong and moving forward:

1.   Losing the motivation to reach a goal? Think about why you decided to make it in the first place. Ask yourself if it’s still important for you to reach that goal. If the answer is no, leave it alone and move on.

If the answer is YES, close your eyes and visualize reaching that goal, feel the emotion of happiness, joy and success that you will gain. Open your eyes, with that visualization in mind, do one small thing to get you closer to reaching that goal.

2.   Have you overloaded yourself with too many resolutions? Revisit and Review your goals. Make a list of each one and then grade them. The ones which are most important should be the ones you need to focus on first.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, reaching one goal at a time is a huge achievement and will give you the motivation to start focusing on the next goal.

3.   Like me, maybe the weather is effecting your mood and you feel more lethargy then motivation to do anything let alone reach goals. Take time out and do something that will make you feel good. Take a hot bath with some aromatherapy oils, treat yourself to a message or a pedicure or even if it’s just spending a couple of hours on the couch reading a good book. Our bodies and minds need to be revitalized, once you have had some ‘you’ time and feel rejuvenated, refocusing on those goals will be easier.

4.   Don’t let the daily grind get you down. If your day starts off not as positively as you expected it to, remember it’s just a moment. Stop, breath and start again. Keep your mind empty of negativity, look ahead and smile.

5.   Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do it. You can do anything if you set your mind to it. Other peoples goals and capabilities are different to yours. Drown out the negative chatter, stay focused and the results will appear.

I would like to leave you with a delightful success story. The first time the young comedian Jerry Seinfeld walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience and froze, he was jeered and booed off the stage. Seinfeld knew he could do it, so he went back the next night, completed his set to laughter and applause, and the rest is history.

If you have broken a resolution, glue it back together and start again… because YOU can.

Need help reaching your goals, visit www.inspire2.consulting.

 

 

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My 14-Step Guide to Making 2017 the best Year Yet.

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My 14-Step Guide to Making 2017 the best Year Yet.

2017 Bring it on!

 

At the end of any year it’s human nature to focus on resolutions or as us Coaches call them ‘goals.’

I have a list of challenging goals that I intend to accomplish to live a happier, more successful, healthier life in 2017 and beyond.

As I think about what I want to achieve this coming year, I also reflect on why I haven’t accomplished certain goals so far and what I will do differently to make sure I do accomplish my goals in 2017.

Here is my 14-step guide to making 2017 the best yet:

1.     The Goal. When you sit back tomorrow with your favorite beverage to toast in the new year, verbally reeling off a random list of what you want to achieve, seriously think about what you truly do want to achieve. Think about how important achieving those goals are to you.

2.     Whilst those goals are fresh in your mind, write them down. Seeing your goals written down makes them real.

3.     Break them down in to more specific, manageable goals. Ask yourself how realistic achieving those goals are. After all, trying to reach unachievable goals will just make one feel inadequate and dare I say the word, a ’failure’.

4.     Think about what options you have of reaching those goals. What can you do to get one step closer to your goals?

5.     Timeframes. When do you want to reach your goals by? Make that timeframe realistic. It is impossible to lose 14lbs of weight in 7 days, believe me I have tried it!

6.     Who can help you? Who can you tell about your goals and when you are going to reach them by? Who can keep you accountable to reach YOUR goals? If you want to keep your goals to yourself, ask yourself why? Will this stop you from reaching your goals? Is it because you really don’t want to commit to reaching those goals?

7.     Make YOUR goals, YOUR goals! Trying to reach a goal to make someone else happy will not make YOU happy.

8.     Review your goals regularly. The most successful people review their goals daily and reevaluate.

9.     Don’t be afraid to change your goals. Circumstances in our lives change daily, it is normal to change our goals as we travel through the twists and turns of the journey that is our life.

10. Stay focused! Do one thing every day to get you one step closer to reaching your goals.

11. Reward yourself! Every small step is a big step to successful achievements.

12. Don’t give up! The beginning is always the hardest, great things take time and the most successful achievements occur after the most challenging times. The moment you are about to quit is about the time that miracle is about to happen. Don’t give up!

13. Start now! YES RIGHT NOW!

14. Laugh! Yes laugh! Laughing makes anything easier to achievable. Try it and see.

Wishing you the best year yet! 2017 bring it on!

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Step out of your comfort zone, the magic awaits!

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Step out of your comfort zone, the magic awaits!

On June 1st I was asked by the Bay Weekly editor if I would be interested in writing this week's article dedicated to Father's Day. My initial reaction was excitement followed by dread! I have never written an article before forget about getting it published 'and' it came with a very short time frame to complete and submit! For those of you who know me well you will know that I rarely refuse a challenge! And so I got to work, I focused on the task in hand and with the help of Sandra the Bay Weekly's amazingly talented editor and all the great fathers and children I got to interview, my first Bay Weekly article was published today. I want to thank Sandra for being patient and not giving up on me and thanks to all the families for their inspiration.

Stepping out of ones comfort zone is a really daunting thing for most people and as the article focuses on fathers including my own father and how they inspired and continue to inspire us to embrace change in modern society. So I encourage all of you to seek inspiration from, whoever your role model may be and to at least take a tiny step out of your comfort zone, I promise the magic and all the opportunities you need to accomplish your goals are out there. If I can do it so can you!

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The 'Happiness' Hour

The Pursuit of Happiness

What is happiness? Happiness is defined as a mental or even emotional state of well-being in one’s mind. Derived by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to sheer intense joy. Happiness can be sourced from a variety of factors ranging from, financial, personal, economical, psychological, physical and religious. Whatever your happiness or even ‘happyness’ may derive from most if not all of the world’s population seek it. To some it comes easily and to others it’s a challenge. What is it that makes some people happier than others? Is happiness the root to success? Why are some people more content then others with just the ‘small’ things in life whilst others fight to conquer the world in order to fulfill lifelong ambitions and dreams? If some or all of these questions have crossed your mind and you are seeking some answers than you need to attend The ‘Happiness’ Hour. If you can’t make this event but would like to pursuit a happier life then please call or email me for 1-2-1, or group sessions.

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Learn to laugh like Candace and ten more reasons to attend my Laughter “Happy” Hour!

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Learn to laugh like Candace and ten more reasons to attend my Laughter “Happy” Hour!

Over the past 48hrs Candace Payne became just “a little bit” famous by videoing herself experiencing pure joy and happiness with a simple Chewbacca Star Wars mask bought from Kohl’s for a mere $17.99. Sharing her happiness and infectious laughter with the world Candace has become a social media icon and reached stardom, even the actor who played Chewbacca called the video “Absolutely Wonderful!” With over 81 million views Candace has touched people’s hearts just by sharing something that made her happy.

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First Post! Welcome to the Inspire2 Blog

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First Post! Welcome to the Inspire2 Blog

When I first came to America I thought being a Personal Performance Coach would be a well know concept but I was proven wrong. Here in the USA a Coach is primarily thought of as someone who supports sports people to become the best in their field or a Health and Fitness Coach who focuses on the physical and health challenges that one may want to concentrate on. However, the idea of having a Coach to better oneself not just physically but mentally is certainly seen to be a unique concept. This is surprising considering the coaching model actually originates from the USA. Famous influencers such as Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar originated from America and their coaching capabilities continue to inspire people every day.

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