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Food for Thought

Recently I’ve found myself thinking more about the people I’m hanging out with, the WhattsApp groups I’m part of and the media I’m consuming.

I’ve become more aware of the where I’m spending my time and what’s impacting my energy and how I’m feeling.

I’ve pulled back from a few groups and conversations that drained me.

The result?

I’m having better conversations. I’m working with people who I genuinely want to work with and who inspire me.

It starts by noticing.

The seemingly opposite feelings that can co-exist

When I check-in and notice what I’m feeling, I seem to be drawn towards an underlying sense of anxiety. It often feels like a baseline that’s there for me.

I then notice that I’m genuinely excited about things that might be happening in my business or other areas of my life.

The rational part of my brain then seems to interject – “how can you feel anxious and excited at the same time?”.

You can, and its perfectly normal.

That’s why we use the language of “notice, without judging”.

It’s ok.

It’s all ok.

Yep, this is me. Is This you?

Is it a ritual, a habit or am I just kidding myself?

Like many people this is how I start my day. I’ve somehow conditioned myself into believing that I think so much clearly after a coffee.

With my day becoming filled with zoom calls, I now find myself making a coffee just prior to every zoom call. I hate to think of how many coffees I consume in a day.

What works for you? Coffee or something else?

I seriously need some alternatives. Would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

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There’s no secret sauce

I did an Ironman triathlon a number of years ago.

In the months that followed I’d get asked to meet up with people for a coffee. Everyone would ask “What was the key session you did? What was the secret?”

I gave everyone the same reply – “there was no secret”.

The alarm clock goes off at 4.45am. You have a choice. Do I stay in bed, or do I get out of bed? If you get out of bed more days that you stay in bed, you do the training and the race looks after itself.

We each face these choices on a daily basis.

We often think “I’ll do this big thing or achieve this big goal and then everything will be good”.

What if we just focused on doing the small things, every day.

Credit: R. Collier

Every day is a chance to reset

We all have our good days and bad days.

We all have those days when we never quite achieve what we intended to. We start our days with great intention but things get in the way.

It’s ok.

The great thing about life is that it offers us a chance for a fresh start every day.

Try not to be too hard on yourself.

Hit the giant “Reset” button and start again today. Just do one small thing to get going again.