Was it really a bad year?

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At the end of the year, the famous writer sat down at his desk and wrote:

Last year I had a gallbladder removal surgery and had be on bed rest for months.  I also reached the age of 60 and had to leave my job at the major publishing house that I have worked for for 30 years.  My father passsed away, and my son failed his medical school exams because he couldn’t study for months due to the car accident he had. Oh what a bad year it was!!

His wife walked into the office and noticed how upset he was, she came close to him and read what he wrote and left quietly.

Few minutes later she came back with a piece of paper and gently placed it next to the one he wrote…

The writer started reading:

Last year you finally got rid of your gallbladder pains that kept torturing you for years. You turned 60 in full health and will now have the time to be a free lance writer especially that you have signed two book deals.  Your father lived a happy 85 years and passed away peacefully, and your son survived a fatal car accident. Oh what a good year it was!

Let’s all take a moment and reflect on how good our lives are. Look at the bright side of your life and be grateful.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

Detox your life!

Screenshot_2013-04-03-17-43-50-1Why is it that when we gain a few pounds and feel all bloated and heavy we consider detoxifying diets, or when our office or closet are terribly messy and terrifying to look at we consider uncluttering them, yet we hardly consider detoxifying our life from the PEOPLE filling it with negativity?

Who are those people anyway? And how can we cut them out of our lives?

Those people can be friends, lovers, work colleagues, or even family members. They tend to:

- Belittle your ambitions

- Slow you down from achieving your goals

- Always dump their problems on you

- Bring your energy level down

You just always feel worse after being around them!

So how can you kick them out of your life?

It’s simple! You first need to be determined to do so, you need to believe that you don’t deserve to be surrounded by such people. Once you take the decision, you need to start acting upon it.. Do it gradually. Start by seeing them less, and watch how great you’ll start to feel. You don’t need to explain yourself to them as explaining will bring in more negativity and more nagging. Do it with love though, for it really is an act of love to you and to them. It is much better to stay away from negative people and have a distant relationship rather than have a destructive one with them. Hence, you should NOT feel ANY GUILT towards letting some people go from your life. If you don’t take control of your life and your well being, no one else will!

Once you do that then be sure to start surrounding yourself with positive people. Those people will:

- Believe in you
- Support your ambitions
- Make you feel good about yourself

Surround yourself with positivity and go pursue your dreams!

Work Life Balance: 7 helpful tips

In the era of smart phones and being accessible 24/7, juggling a career and a family life can be tough.  Let me share with you some tips to help you reclaim control over your life:

1. Plan your week ahead

Book time in your calendar for fun life activities such as spending time with family or lunch with friends or a date with your spouse.  This will give you something to look forward to at work and encourage you to finish off your work more efficiently.

2.  Learn how to delegate

Think of all the tasks that you can -fairly- delegate to your secretary or co-workers and you’ll realise that not all of your tasks HAVE TO be done by you.

3. Get rid of your time wasting work activities

Think of all your distracting activities at work such as socializing sessions with chatty friends, or checking your social media, or even checking your bank account online, once you drop such activities you”ll be able to finish off work earlier and might never have to stay in extra hours.

4. Work should stay at work

Work should not be brought in home. Don’t check work emails while you’re spending time with family. Given how glued we are to our phones, it might seem difficult to do so, but it just takes practice and a strong will.

5. Move, move, move

Nothing relieves stress like a good session of exercise, whether it’s a sport that you adore or a session with a trainer, make sure it is booked in your schedule. Exercise will also give you more energy to do your other tasks.

6. Pamper yourself

It’s your life, you deserve some well earned pampering, whether it’s a spa treatment, a time out for reading a good book, taking on a cooking class, or a hobby you’re fond of.

7. Seek professional help if you need to

From time to time, we all feel like we need help. A professional can help us prioritize our tasks and give us an unbiased look into our lives.

Wishing you healthy balanced lives!

5 simple ways to show your love

Love can only bring in more love.  If you want people to care for you, you have to show them that you care first.  Give love and watch your life being overwhelmed with love.

Let me share with you 5 simple yet touching ways to show your loved ones that you care:

1. Unexpected thoughtful -not necessarily expensive – gifts

Oh the magical powers a tiny gift might have! People generally expect gifts on certain occasions, but gifts that are given for absolutely no reason make the heart skip a beat! Getting someone their favorite chocolate bar, or a hand written love note, or just running an errand that you know they hate on their behalf will show that you really care.

2. The gift of time

What your loved ones really need is your time, whether you go out with them, or you stay home, give them your full attention, listen, sympathize and then watch their hearts melt!

3. Compliments!

Compliments show appreciation, complimenting someone on something that not everyone notices means the world to people. Make your compliments genuine and people will appreciate them more.

4. Forgiveness

We all do mistakes, and your loved ones wouldn’t hurt you intentionally. So forgive and forget for everyone deserves a second chance.

5. Hugs, hugs, and more hugs!

Because what the world really needs is just more hugs!

 

 

Why do you need a life coach?

CEOs, celebrities, and average Joes are all reaching out to their life coaches for a more fulfilling balanced life.  So why is all the rage about life coaching?

First of all, what is a life coach?

The International Coach Federation (ICF) the leading coaching organisation defines life coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”

So how can you tell if you need a life coach? Ask yourself the following questions:

* Do you keep setting the same goals for yourself and not manage to achieve them?
* Do you feel stuck in a dead end job or a bad relationship or have family issues and need unbiased advice?
* Do you feel a lack of balance between work and life?
* Do you face difficulty when dealing with stressful situations?
* Do you need help prioritising projects and timelines?
* Do you need to reassess your life goals and develop action plans?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then a life coach can offer you the support and encouragement needed to overcome those obstacles. Everyone at some point in their life needs someone to guide them through the ups and downs of life. In a world full of uncertainty, it’s comforting to know that there is someone out there who can give a helping hand…