I hope you have had a wonderful festive time with your family and friends. As we come to the end of 2017, I would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you!
As most of you know, I truly love my work and throughout this year I have had the pleasure of coaching some amazing women: those who have turned their lives around; those who no longer play small; those who now inspire others. I gain as much as I give and for that I am truly thankful.
You have all been generous with your positive feedback, new suggestions and unwavering support, all of which have helped me to develop my business and grow as an individual. Thank you!
How was 2017 for you? I would genuinely love to know, you can reply direct to me through the comments.
Have you ever noticed that when you ask people if they’ve had a good year, they begin to tell you about all the things they didn’t manage to achieve or complete?
Have you ever noticed that they view themselves and chunks of the past year as a failure? Have you ever noticed that they lose hope and determination and eventually give up trying?
Why do we humans do that?
Why do we tend to focus on the negative?
Well, you will be pleased to hear that there is a biological reason!
Our reptilian brain is wired to seek out danger and protect us, in other words, we are programmed to focus on the negative! This instinct was necessary for our survival in the bush, however, in our modern world we fret over things that are not a true danger to our life. Our world has developed and changed but our ‘fight or flight response’ has not.
For our inner peace and wellbeing in this modern world, we have to work extra hard to focus on the positives around us. With this in mind, let me encourage you to take a moment and create awareness around what you HAVE achieved this past year.
You might like to copy this habit that my daughter has developed…
During the year she writes mini notes to herself every time she has a great day, overcomes a challenge or experiences a positive outcome. On 31 December, she sets aside time to re-read these notelets, reminding herself of all the wins she has experienced and what a good year it really was. Yes, there were challenges and disappointments along the way but she realises that by focusing on the positives, the brain releases dopamine, the feel-good chemical, and this motivates her to have more positive thoughts and actions. Thus, an uplifting cycle prevails.
If you would like to learn some more mindset techniques, just let me know by replying to this email.
Wishing you and your family a happy new year!