Being a workaholic

I love working from home ..but it really takes some discipline !

Not discipline to start work ..but to stop!  ..Welcome to the world of a workaholic!

workaholicI have been known to get up at 5am &  log the computer on, my mind whirring with my latest idea’s. ..to eat lunch at 3pm because I am so involved in what I am doing ! ..my family nag me to take a break and bring me endless cups of tea ..but don’t get me wrong …I love it !!

When I get enthused by something I find it really hard to leave it alone…I love learning ..so there are some many projects and endless tasks and systems that I learn on a daily basis ..fantastic!

Learning business, personal development and internet marketing is like a huge sweet shop for me ..so much fun to be had ..all with the title of “business” ..and the great thing is

..I try them all out, test them out; so I can see what I like, what works, what doesn’t, what is fun to do and what is monotonous ..and then I can delegate the needed tasks as I wish ..so cool!

As I have mentioned before, I use a little timer so that I do not spend too long on certain tasks ..and I have promised myself (and husband) that I will start using it to ensure that I take a break too.

We all need a break, in fact some of my best idea’s are when I take time out for me and focus on something else. Then the problem that I have been working on ..my subconscious seems to find a way to the solution ..and hey presto

..fun time means solution time.

To me ..knowledge, and learning are most important in my life ..having fun and quality time with friends and family IS the most important.

SO ..I am off this afternoon to the local Jazz festival for some fun, drinks and a wander around the colourful market 😉

My online community

You know when you look at something and you just get the feeling that something good is going to come from all of this …

Well yesterday I had one of those days 😉

I was reading a report that my friend had sent to me to include as part of my launch process for my Business Seminar in September (quick plug ..hehe!.. find out more..http://www.seminarboost.co.uk/hopkins.html)  And I realised that I am surrounded by some really amazing people who just want to help me and everyone else ..what a fantastic concept!

I left the UK 2 years ago, I fancied a change in my life and the gloom and aggression that was surrounding my work life (hey being an accountant can be tough you know!) and the media reporting doom and disaster everywhere, I fancied a step back in time ..so we ended up here in rural France, in the middle of nowhere, with snail’s pace Internet Connection and where shops shut for 2 hours at lunch time and not a DIY shop open on a Sunday!

The French here don’t seem to be as materialistic as we are in the UK, there are no pubs like in Britain and the way of life is based on family values and spending time together.

But ..a lot of the things that I disliked the UK for, are the exact things that I miss ..I miss 24 hour Tescos around the corner, I miss going to  the pub on a sunny evening with my friends, I miss having everything so instantly accessable.

In forging my new life here I have built my business mainly through social media.  I have surrounded myself with an online community who are interested in Personal Development.  They are supportive and caring, they want you to learn and grow, and most aren’t just trying to make a quick buck ..all the things that I wanted when living in the UK ..are right here online.

In building my business, I have asked my online community for support, for their input and advice..each time I have got this without question..from people I have never met or have only met because I spoke to them online first.

My community is fantastic, in the real world of commerce and enterprise, I found that this support only exists in rare situation but in the cyber world  (well my one anyway) it certainly does!

..people only achieve things when they help others – great things are coming 😉

Kid in a candy store!

Have you ever felt like you a kid in a candy store?

Most of my connections in social media are from the world of Personal Development (facebook etc) and there is always a good vibe going on as well as some amazing information being passed between each other. There is some incredible, mind blowing stuff out there and I sign up to many email and blog subscriptions

My only problem is that I constantly get distracted by new & exciting opportunities being given to me.
For Instance:
In the last few days I have been invited to 2 amazing Internet Marketing seminars, I can receive 3 great new DVDs for free and I can learn more about NLP
….I know that this information is all first class information, from people who I have researched and have respect for (not like recieving some out of the blue email offer, trying to flog me some dodgy traffic builder or article sumbit pogram or something)
..these are good, worth listening to people …so what do I do first ? How do I choose which one ?

With good quality questions:
Will this help me personally or with my business or both?
Is this the direction that I want my business to go?
How much free time have I got that I can commit to this subject?
Could I look at this subject at another time ?
If I miss out on this opportunity NOW how will it effect me or my business?
Am I ready to learn this yet?
If I get all that is promised in the sales pitch how will I use it ?

I could go on ..but I am sure you get my point ..by asking these questions, I feel that I am being responsible to myself and my business
…I can not do everything all at once & I don’t have time for distractions

..so I am eating just one chunk at a time ! (pineapple cubes if you want to know!!)

Seminars don’t work unless you take action

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So why create the seminarboost.co.uk website?
About 6 years ago I had no idea what personal development was –infact most of the seminars that I now share with you would have been a complete mystery to me.
Then one day I was doing my favourite thing…shopping –in fact TV home shopping, and I stopped on a channel that was showing this huge American guy bounding aound the screen being really excited and telling me that I could change my life and decide exactly who I want to be rather than just going with the flow. Now being the true shopperholic that I am – I of course, order the Anthony Robbins –Get The Edge and subscribed to the Power Talk cds each month….
WOW ..When I listened to them I was amazed.. I could actually design my own life? ..why didn’t everyone know about this ?..Unfortunately most of my friends thought I had lost my mind but my husband Ian, just supported me as usual and watched the explosion
So listening wasn’t enough ..You have to take action..(that’s the difficult part they didn’t tell you on the informacial!) One step at a time and hey you climb that mountain & that is what I did.
I went from being a person who thought that they were unmemorable to believing in myself and knowing that I am worthy of being remembered
I was a finance officer earning just enough to pay the mortgage; I re-evaluated what I wanted to do, re-trained and became an accountant.
I developed a fantastic, honest, loving, caring relationship with my husband
I learned, through seminars,DVD’s and books about the Law of Attraction, NLP,I trained as a life coach, I learned Stock Market Trading, Property investment and how to build a website.
Knowledge had become the oil in my engine but Action had become my wheels.
Last Year we moved to France. Giving up the day job & taking a deep breathe we took the plunge. Life is fantastic, we visit England once a month so that we can attend seminars and meetings ..which is actually how I came to write my website http://www.SeminarBoost.co.uk
I like to book our flights in advance and so that we get a good deal (see shopperholic still..love a bargin!) but I also want to make sure that I can get a seminar boost while I am in the UK..my problem was I had to look on about 10 different site to find what I wanted .. the result , I still go to those 10 different sites to find out what is on & where but now I record it for you as well!
I owe everything in my life to having learned so much from seminars and workshops that I just want to ensure that you get the same opportunities that I did.
So check out http://www.seminarBoost.co.uk and see what events are on near you
Its FREE to join and FREE to share events ..all I ask is that you tell a friend (or if you are a business owner, tell your client list)
Learn, take action & live your life to the full!

The 6 “human” needs – In a dog’s life!!!

We have recently got a dog, he was a stray and in desperate need of a home, he was living rough and eating out of peoples bins, so we found a place for him with us and WOW what an impact he has made on all of us!
He is very gentle but he is huge and very strong, but has the nicest temperament. He was obviously once trained but he is very mischievous and is still only a puppy.

Rusty is the first dog I have owned since being an adult, so this experience really is enlightening. Being a life coach, I have found that I have been noting his behaviour and what I have been amazed about, is how many “human” traits he has.

You may or not know about the 6 human needs that we all crave
Everything that we do in life meets one of the 6 human needs – whether we like it or not!
The needs are:
• Certainty
• Variety
• Love and Connection
• Significance
• Contribution
• Growth

What ever we do meets one of these needs. Even when it is something that we shouldn’t be doing.
For example: I know I should be exercising but I don’t! ..If I think about this, my need for not exercising is meeting Certainty. I am certain I won’t enjoy exercising, I am certain that I will get bored long before it has done me any good – so why start at all!

However by finding situations in your life that meet all your needs is fantastic and if you can find ways to have more of these the more success you will have.

A positive example:
I love writing and from it I get all 6 of my needs met :
Significance – I feel proud of what I have written, knowing that
Someone, Somewhere in the world will share my thoughts – how powerful is that!
Variety – I get variety from all the different topics that I write about and research
Love and Connection – connecting to people from all over the world! The written word is such a powerful, expressive tool
Certainty – Someone will read my words and I know deep down that this is what I should be doing
Contribution – If just one phrase or word helps someone then how amazing is that!
Growth – I learn so much about me and how I think from my writing and research I am a never-ending student of life!

Back to my Dog Rusty!

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He also seems to need to have these needs met – human or not!!!
Significance: He shows he is significant to us by guarding the door, running after the postman and has developed a great bark for people going past in their cars, (which he loves to chase)
Variety; Oh yes – socks, shoes, hankies – if Rusty is board then he gets destructive – he needs variety. He is also a little escape artist, all though we keep thinking we have Rusty proofed the garden he still manages to escape!
Love and Connection: As any dog owner will know, he lives to love us, always so pleased to see us and brightens up my day
Contribution: Not only does he brighten my day, he also calms me if I am feeling stressed. And he makes me walk him. Rusty is definitely contributing to my fitness regime!
Growth : whether it is learning to fetch a ball, rollover or just come on command – he is growing and learning constantly.
Certainty : He has to be included in what ever I am doing – he follows me around, whines if I go out and needs to have certainty that he is not going to be abandoned again! (never!!!)

So whether you are human or animal we all want or 6 “human” needs to be met.

Can you see something in your own life that you love to do and feel passionate about?
Write down a list of experiences that you have from this and see how many of these 6 human needs are being met – you will be amazed!

To find out more about how the brain works go to:
http://www.attractchangenow.com

Is failure the new success?

Yes it is a strange title but I have recently read a few article, books & blogs all shouting from the roof tops that to fail is a positive thing.
Let me explain:  it has been said that by failing you come one step nearer to getting the results that you want.  The guy who made post-its (sticky yellow notelets) was meant to be finding a “super” adhesive but actually made the opposite and took the opportunity to turn the idea around.  So moved from failure to success.

I have also read this week that it is not failure but feedback – which again I get, however you do need to be in the right mind set to deal with this and be ready to ask a whole new set of questions to yourself.

For instance by failing to get a date with that girl may well be a blow to your ego, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Visual:   How was my appearance?  Could I have looked better?

Sound:   How did I sound?  Was I abrupt?  Was I friendly?  Was I argumentative? – Could I have been friendlier/softer

Content:   Could I have asked her out in a different way ?

Timing:   Was the timing right? What had she/you both just been doing ?  Was she rushing off somewhere?

Preparation:  Was I truly prepared

The idea is not to beat yourself up about the failure, but to ask yourself some quality questions that could help you to learn from the experience & do better next time.

It is relevant to all issues, listen only to your own “helpful” criticism, do not let yourself talk negative talk to yourself ..remember this is learning ..remember learning is great..next you will do it better

Everything that you do in life can either be a success or a failure ..I know which one I prefer.

Praise where praise is due.. to you!

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I have just spent the weekend in the UK attending a great FREE seminar. There were 12 speakers, all multi-millionaire’s and obviously all promoting something..but WOW what gems they gave us, I learnt about Internet marketing,property, passive investments,tax avoidance (wow), business setups and stock market trading (already done that one but hey always a good reminder).

The whole experience was amazing.  Not only did I learn loads of hot tips, I also met loads of great people and hob-nobbing with successful people who walk their talk and actually started out from the same place as me is always completely inspiring.

This time last year I attended a Anthony Robbins UPW seminar which was brilliant,  I have just re-read my note that I took and I was a little ashamed to admit how little I have really done to get to my goal.  However after discussing with Ian (my husband) he pointed out that actually we have achieved quite alot;

  • We made a decision ..yes drums roll…In may 2009, I gave up my £40K+ job as an accountant and we moved to France from England
  • I have set up my website
  • We attended 2 major seminars
  • I studied NLP
  • I studied speed reading
  • I have directly helped  people to change their lives through my coaching this year
  • I have met some great people who will change my life in the future
  • I have made some  decisions regarding my health, my business and my relationships
  • We celebarated 10 years of marriage
  • I read at least 20 life changing/inspirational books

So I have acheived loads..unfortunatley we are not brought up to say “Well done me” to blow our own trumpet, to praise ourselves and celebrate when we are great…as Joseph McClendon tells to say…

You Freakin Rock!

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Empower yourself..believe in what you do and you can achieve what ever you desire

..with love

Karen Goddard

http://www.seminarboost.co.uk

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