Wheel Keeps Turning

Ever felt like a hamster on a wheel? You know you’re moving. Fast at times. But there’s a sense of not really getting anywhere. Or at least the scenery looks not dissimilar to when you looked previously.

I had a great conversation with a client about this very thing this week. She is in a high powered job as an area manager for a big company. She has worked for them for 14 years but isn’t enhanced by her job. As I pointed out she could easily be with the firm for another 30 years. Would she be thanked any more or less for staying with the company for all those years. I very much doubt it.

The same scenario can resonate whether we are working “for somebody else” or seemingly have all the autonomy in the world because we work for ourselves. As a great mentor of mine said once. “I gave up my job and then realised I was working for the biggest asshole I had ever come across” ” Me.”

If you step off the wheel. the wheel will still keep turning, if only for  a while. Before another hamster comes along to take your place.

This week I signed up to a writing course with Damn Fine Words.For those following the blog you’ll remember that I entered a competition to win a place back in January this year. Not a bad entry, unfortunately I missed the deadline due to mixing up the time zones when I was in Southern Thailand.

The course starts tomorrow. There is a ‘no editing challenge ‘ so just to publish warts and all. The perfectionists amongst us will realise how much of a challenge that is.

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Dare to step off the wheel? Do something different. Even if it means choosing a different wheel.

Let me know your thoughts on this one.

have a great week

Amanda

The Law of Attraction

“What goes around comes around.”

Does that mean anything to you?

You reap what you sow.

We are all creations of our own mind.

What strikes me though is that sometimes others’ perceptions of ‘us’ are often quite different to how ‘we’ view ‘us.’

So if we are all products of our own imagination and we are not happy with our perceived perception. Surely, it’s time to change one’s mindset.

How do you do that?

It could be
• through meditation
• life coaching
• walk in nature
• acupuncture – thought I’d better squeeze that one in there. Ha!
• hypnotherapy
• or something else

I love synchronicity. That really works for me. The beauty… is knowing when something synchronist is happening. If something like that happens – appreciate it. If you didn’t at the time – then go back ( in your mind ) and appreciate it anyway.

I have written about this before in my piece for Entrepreneur Soul.

Truthfully, for lots of reasons it’s been a tough Winter. Imagine my surprise, when my partner gets cold called & actually allows this guy to come show her, his product. Hmmmmm, I thought.

But, fortunately ” I zipped it!”

Say nothing! Often the best course of action!

And how glad am I that I did.

Synchronicity always amazes me.

The timing of this guy calling couldn’t have been more perfect. I appreciate him for that. And her for being creative and open to receiving in that way. It’s enabling us to embark on a venture and hopefully, some adventure.

Importantly, it gives us the opportunity to continue on the path of self development.

Happy Easter kids.

Or as someone nicely reminded me earlier – each day is an opportunity for celebration. Can you appreciate that?

Are you a leader or a follower?

I was interviewed by Judith Morgan from Entrepreneur Soul recently. It was an interesting experience for lots of reasons. In setting up the interview via email correspondence Judith and I had a bit of a mix-up in that I expected that she would send me the questions.

I waited. In that can you hurry up and send me the questions kind of a way. For those that know Judith, you’ll appreciate that she usually doesn’t take long to reply to you.

Then the mix-up became apparent. What you mean I get to choose the questions? Very good.

How we laughed.

It was quite a turn around in my thinking though. Recently, I have been reading Seth Godin’s book ‘Tribes’- We need you to lead us which essentially talks about becoming a leader in your field, an expert and innovation.

The sign of a true leader, for me is somebody that isn’t afraid to set themselves apart from the crowd – to be different.

More than that, someone who actually recognizes their difference and then here’s the nugget, the person that actually celebrates their difference.

We are all unique. Some people feel more comfortable following the crowd.

That’s ok.

Godin says we all have the power to start a movement. I guess you have to have something important to say, this can translate into an important product that people want to buy but not necessarily.

The innovators amongst us recognise what the market wants, create it and give the people what they want. Godin comments that a crowd of people actually want a leader.

Increasingly we have more power and connection through the use of the internet and ( dare I say it ) social networking. Love it or not – it can be an incredibly powerful tool.

For those that haven’t had the chance to read it elsewhere, you can read the interview by following this link

If you were going to lead a movement… What would it be? Do you agree with Seth Godin that people want a leader? Are you a leader or a follower? Welcome your comments on this one.

One of my favourite leaders at the moment…..

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