What Matters

I've been reflecting on what matters, lessons learned, practices to experiment with and ideas worth exploring.

How we think about things is a choice, a decision

We know HOW we respond is a choice.

HOW we think about things is also a choice, a decision.

Whether you call it mindset or attitude, or something else... Where we let our mind go to, how long we let it stay there.. our thoughts, our thinking is within our control.

We’ve known this since the ancient Greeks and Romans.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts ~ Marcus Aurelius

I find solace and inspiration in these words from thousands of years ago. It reminds me to fill my mind with goodness, to read, to learn, to think.

Easy to forget or not make...

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Do you start your day by consuming social media?

Do you start your day by consuming social media?  This may feel like connecting but delivers little value and ensures your day is shaped by other people's lives.  

Create before you consume. 

Whether it is:

  • writing down 3 things you are grateful for
  • sending a text to a friend or family member
  • thinking through your day

Start your day creating.

Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

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How did it come to this?

"How did it come to this?", she asked.  She sounded helpless and defeated. This smart, successful woman was juggling motherhood with her demanding role while in COVID lockdown in Melbourne. When we caught up, she was bouncing her two year old on her lap with her six year old “schooling” beside her, tugging on her every 10 minutes. That day she’d had meetings presenting to the leadership team, delivered a town hall briefing to hundreds and pumped out a couple of board papers. She’d provided emotional support for her team who were struggling under similar...

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Putting yourself out there

Sometimes you need to just put yourself out there.  I know this.  I coach others on this very topic.

However, I admit to a Knowing / Doing gap.  A strong perfectionist streak can hold me back from sharing my thinking before I have had time to fully develop it.  Sitting on my ideas though means that an opportunity can pass by while I am still working out the tentacles.

My challenge for this month is to "publish" my thinking while still draft, and invite others to toss the concept around.

#courage #perfectionism #brave #transparent #publish #draft #collaborate...

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Start dreaming again

Malcolm Forbes said "When you cease to dream you cease to live" and yet as a working mum, who has time to DREAM?!

So many of my girlfriends are so busy juggling children, their jobs, their partners that they barely have time for their day to day let alone personal goals and dreams beyond just surviving whatever is coming down the pipe next!

I'm not sure if it was too much economics influence at school but I've always used 5-year plans to guide my life choices...  I'm not one for a detailed 12-month plan but a 5-year plan works well.. and I've had a 5-year plan in place since I was...
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Passion & Purpose

Passion in your life brings a sense of purpose and meaning to your everyday.

Whatever you're passionate about helps you to understand your values in life, and that's a wonderful thing.  If you know what brings you excitement and meaning, you can choose to experience more of it.  Understanding your passions and the things that give you a sense of purpose will help when setting goals, dreaming and more importantly, determining how to best spend your time and energy.

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How to tell if you are burned out and what to do about it

Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed? Feeling detached from your work? Know you aren't performing like you could?

There is a difference between feeling tired and being burned out. Burnout was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2019 as an occupational phenomenon.

Burnout stems from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. 

The three main signs of burnout are: 

1. Feeling exhausted or lack of energy

More than feeling physically tired, you may feel completely drained of energy. Despite feeling exhausted, you may experience trouble sleeping...

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Six steps to unlocking the Power of Sleep

Are you getting enough Sleep? Are you waking feeling Restored?

For many years I didn't get enough sleep - despite going to bed sometimes at Nanna o'clock! I often share about sleep and rest because I struggled with this for so long.  The quality of my sleep was so poor that the wearables tracking my sleep pattern looked like a barcode on a soft drink can.
There are enough things in this world we can't control or influence but we can impact how we feel each day by getting enough sleep. With the right mindset, tools and techniques, you can improve the quality of your sleep and allow...
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