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What Are You Saying This Year?

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In light of yesterday’s message about discovering and using your own voice I wanted to share with you a little exercise to help you get clear on what you’re saying this year

Last year I started the year off with lots of reflection on the previous year (it’s something I do every year to be honest) and one of the most important things I did was to create a set of statements that captured my intentions, my beliefs, my passions, my creativity and my own limitlessness.  I stuck them on the wall next to my desk in my office and I glance at them every day

When it came to doing this year’s reflection this little image with all of it’s statements really stuck out to me as one of the most profound tools I used during Creative Possibility Year Intention Statmentsthe previous year.  I love the messages as much today as when I created them and while I’ll create new ones for this year that’s not to replace those of 2012 but to add to them!  As an added bonus it was fun and simple to create and probably most importantly it was creative so I got to have some right brain fun (you can see my statements for 2012 to the right)

Why not create some empowering statements of intention for yourself, decorate them and place them somewhere they can nurture your year

Until next time I wish you a limitless life filled with succulent, effortless success

Shannon

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Creating Your Best Self In Times Of Adversity

I don’t know about you but this has been a very challenging year for me on many levels.  My recent time away gave me the opportunity to recognise the many Personal Leadership practices – that I call rituals – that I have embraced that I know have helped me to continue to move forward with a significant dose of optimism and to also continue to work towards one of my great passions, creating my best self

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Sure there have been times when it’s all felt too hard and I wanted to give up (on relationships, business, commitments, all sorts of random stuff to be honest!) but then I took stock of what I really felt, wanted, trusted and believed in and put that little foot of mine that wanted to turn and run away forward in front of the other one and kept the momentum moving in what some would say is the ‘right direction’.  I know this movement had a sense of being a forward direction

Only time will tell if it was right or not

What I do know for certain though is that I’ve had some amazing opportunities come my way during this time (like speaking at the Every Woman Business Events You As A Leader Seminar in June – image courtesy New Work Photography) and each and every one has been a reminder that taking one step at a time whichever way you move is better than staying still and waiting for life to come to you

What did I do to keep moving forward?  Today I share 3 of my favourite mindset attributes that feed into my Personal Leadership Rituals

1. Self- Reflection

When things are challenging do you look outwards and wonder what’s happening to everyone else or do you look within to see if there is something in yourself you can reflect on with the intention of doing things differently? Reflection provides a powerful opportunity for change and when something’s not working out like you want or need it to then it’s time to make some changes.  I’m sure you’ve heard this before – the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  So how do you prevent yourself from feeling like you are going mad?  Self-reflect.  Look in the mirror and be honest about what you see and then take action to make things different

2. Self- Flexibility

It’s so common to want to take control when life deals you less than fantastic experiences.  In fact in my experience I’ve noticed that the bigger the issue or challenge the more likely that we want to take control.  I know this all too well as it’s been one of my default behaviours for a long time.  Guess what?  Rigidity and control won’t really get you very far.  Instead work towards adopting self-flexibiity.  I see this as filled with resilience and big picture perspective.  When you can be flexible you are more readily able to go with the flow and respond optimistically to experiences, including thoughts and feelings, that might otherwise knock you off course

3.  Self-Trust

Ok this is one I know I’ve gone on about a lot.  In fact self-trust features as a common opportunity for learning in many of the archetypes that feature as unique leadership styles in my Personal Leadership model.  Self-trust is one of the key corner stones when it comes to creating your best self.  How can you expect to be the best version of you if you don’t trust who you are and what you are doing.  A good way to get acquainted with what it means to trust yourself is to define the term trust.  For me it’s closely linked to self belief, belief and trust go hand in hand.  It also means listening to and following my intuition and taking full responsibility for my part in my experiences

I’d love to know what you rely on or turn to when things are challenging in your world.  Please share your comments below

Until next time, I wish you succulent, effortless success

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Releasing Perfectionism

 

Over the past few weeks I’ve met a lot of new women at the Effortless Success Seminar’s I’ve been hostingRelease Perfectionism + Creative Possibility and I’ve found that one big challenge faced by many of them is that of perfectionism.  It led me to think that if probably 3 out of every 4 women I’ve met recently are tied up with the challenge to get things perfect then it’s possibly a bit of an epidemic and therefore affecting many many more people (women and men) out there

Perfectionism in my experience is the opposite to Effortless Success as it leads to stagnation.  Perfectionism can create a sense of pushing and urgency in us that can lead to all sorts of controlling type behaviours which contradict the notion of flow which is in itself essential to things being easier in life.  I used to think that perfectionism only affected a certain type of person and having been a bit of perfectionist myself (it’s tied closely to the Visionary Creator and Mentor Teacher in my Personal Leadership Profile) I know what it feels like to be attached to something being just ‘perfect’

I love the quote in the image at right from Anna Quindlen.  It’s really freeing and wonderfully empowering.  What sort of support messages do you use to remind yourself that you are wonderful just as you are and in this case to release perfectionism?  I’d love for you to share some of your resources so feel free to add a comment below and let us know what you think!

 

Will You Seal Your Success in 2012? (9 Power Questions to Help You Determine Y or N!)

SealOver the past few months I’ve written a lot about effortless success. It’s a great vision of mine, to see others experience their version of success with great ease and joy and to see that success become something significant, sustained and effortless. I feel great sadness when I see and hear others struggling and I am committed to doing what I can, by sharing my knowledge, experience and wisdom as far and wide as possible to teach others the tools and strategies I’ve learned and developed over a significant period of time so that effortless success can be something real for more and more people every day

At this time of year there are so many things happening around us, in our external world. We have lots of social events to attend, friends and family to see, shopping to do, things to prepare, activity all around us. There is also a lot happening for us internally, whether you realize it it not. Quite often we are not consciously aware of how much time we invest in reflecting, looking inward, wondering how things could be different, better, easier, free-er….

This is therefore a powerful time to deeply reflect inward on the year that’s been. Within that reflection space is an opportunity to review your goals and intentions for the past year and to evaluate how well you succeeded in achieving them. Whether this is something you do formally or something informal, it’s not uncommon to be left feeling less than satisfied about your achievements
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A Leader? Who Me? Yes YOU!

You may have gathered that leadership is one of my great passions.  Really, personal leadership is, in my opinion and from my observation, the ultimate in empowerment.  Being a leader or taking on a leadership role is not out of your reach.  To be a leader doesn’t mean you have to be getting up in front of large groups of people sharing your message, being the front person in an organisation or taking the reigns of some important, very visible project.  It starts with you being you.  It means that you get to call the shots, stand tall, stride forward with purpose and live your life on your terms.  Now tell me, who doesn’t want to experience that?

Over the past couple of years I have to say that I have developed a very intimate relationship with my inner leader, the best friend to my inner Creative Goddess and I have to say that together they head up my cheer squad, encouraging me, nurturing me, guiding me and inspiring me to live my best life every day

Today I share with you my top 3 tips for getting to know your inner leader;

1. Own Your Leadership Potential
So often I meet women who just don’t see themselves as leaders.  We all have leadership potential.  We all have the potential to be truly, authentically empowered.  Look around and see who you inspire.  To those people you are a leader so start seeing yourself as one and own your leadership potential

2. Boldly Express Who You Really Are
Whilst I have been hosting the Empower Hour Series one thing I have heard time and time again is that it is so important that we are not afraid of showing the world who we are.  Being a leader means daring to let everyone see the real you, all of the time if possible.  Don’t try to be someone else or something that you are not

3. Do 1 Thing Every Day To Connect With Your Inner Leader
Set an intention daily to do 1 thing each and every day to connect with your inner leader.  She really does want you to notice her!  (really she does…) It doesn’t have to be a big time consuming thing.  It could be something as simple as asking her what she’d do if you’re faced with a decision or challenge.  The just let yourself be still and quiet for a moment and see what she guidance she has to offer

Hope you’ve enjoyed this article a much as I did creating it for you!  please share your thoughts, questions and a-ha’s below

To find out how you can achieve Effortless Success by building a heartfelt powerful relationship with your inner leader join me at an upcoming Effortless Success Seminar – launching October 2011 in Perth and touring Australia and beyond from late 2012