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How grateful are you?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

 

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Langland Bay 2015

 

Yes, we know emotion sells. This view has that ‘wow’ factor to win the imagination of those who are lucky enough to capture the moment.

Have you ever asked yourself if you deserve to be happy?.

Dr. Robert Horden, Positive Psychology and Founder of The Happiness Project has written a book called Happiness Now!

Happiness is your true nature, It’s you minus your neurosis.

A standard happiness research model suggests

50% Genes – Personality
40% from choices
10% or less from life circumstances.

He adds “It’s no longer believed that our personality is wholly dictated by genetics. Instead we’ve found that the functioning of our genes changes according to nutrition and attitude, so choices play an even bigger part of our happiness than originally thought. Being grateful for what you have rather than complain about what you don’t. Choosing to believe that happiness is not something that only comes to those who deserve it”.

Social animals

Whether we like it or not we have an influence on the world due to the fact that our inner being radiates peace, energy, joy and gladness, we all possess it.  We need to think of a way that benefits those around us.  We need to do it because human beings are social animals and we all owe something to the world.  We are all connected somehow, so the way we feel influences others right?.

We can choose to select the positive interpretations which boost our well-being. Telling ourselves nice stories, enjoying the moment, as opposed to obsessing about the future.  True happiness comes from when it’s shared, as we see daily here on social media networks. It’s contagious, intoxicating and sparkling like champagne and like champagne it’s not meant to be drunk alone.

Be mindful of what you reach for and remember to celebrate that moment.

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you find ways to re-energise yourself for your business?

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

If you’re stuck in a rut and want to change your thinking pattern

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Several months ago I arranged a chat with a creative connection when I felt I was being swamped by a certain mind-set. Since then with a purpose, I look at new ways to be creative about networking and business. A café style conversation was one of them, leading to a series of more conversations. This month is already bubbling away.

Thanks to Marcus Cauchi, I was given an introduction plus an insightful call about a networking group in London, called The Liquid List, which led to an invite to give a talk to ex forces and forces. I follow this invite with my most memorable invite to date, the very private and humble man, our Wales rugby head coach Warren Gatland OBE.

 

Head coach of Wales Warren Gatland celebrates after beating Ireland in their Six Nations rugby match at Croke Park in Dublin

So here is my question to you:

How about adding your own tips to change your usual thinking pattern?

As a fitness professional, scientifically we know that walking improves our cardiovascular system, let alone improved levels of oxygen and the good endorphin chemicals that make us want to smile!

 

So I will kick-start the process by listing these helpful tips:

1. Take a walk and look for something interesting
2. Change one or two of your daily ritual habits.
3. Ask the most creative person you know to join you (I did)
4. Wear purple underwear for inspiration. (Okay, I borrowed that one!)
5. Create an idea that will get you really excited.
6. Key is in the human and nature’s environment Lisa
7. How about taking the time to stop? Robert

8. Do something nice for someone which is totally out of your character. Andrew Horder

9. I am a great fan of change/movement/action Robert Zarywacz  Editor of Business in Action
10. Walking is one of the simplest and effective ways of seeing the world (or a particular part of it) and benefiting from it. John Paul
11. A Brisk Walk – & Lots of Water ! always works for me – Hydration is vital for muscle power and brain function. Milton Rodrigues
12. I always put one evening aside just for family. Disney movies are best cos they give me a good laugh. Popcorn, Fire lit and Pjs. Samantha Kelly
13. Start doing some manual operation with your non-dominant hand. Massimo Luciani
14. AND try to find a meeting or event I’ve never been to and meet people I’ve never met, discussing something I never heard of. Susanne
15. Enjoying shuffling our feet through the fallen leaves in Autumn. Phillip Khan-Panni

Hope this gets you thinking differently? Maybe you can add your own?

 

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher” – Oprah Winfrey

 

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

http://www.scoop.it/t/breathing-for-business

Are you making a dent in the way people act and think?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Mark Schaefer wrote ‘as a rule of thumb that only about two percent of your blog readers leave comments’. That’s a generalization I have found that holds up across many types of blogs. Readers may be too busy, too shy, or just not interested enough to comment. So you need a LOT of readers before you start getting comments.

So how do you know if your blogs are making an impact?

Be the Spark!

With the recent trend of resurrecting old blogs, I felt the need to talk to people about the true impact of my blogs. Make an effort and get to know them better. I’ve started to call up my readers and favourite authors. After one invite, Lisa Bakker called me this morning. Hearing the response of readers gives you energy. Confirming comments when genuine, have a re-energizing impact.

Two thing, inside and outside resources. Outside resources for me have been weekly mastermind Skype’s with Marja Botha van Doorn . I have now linked her with Lisa and myself. Engaging with like-minded coaches (thanks Marja and Lisa.) Just knowing that I have people to turn to for intellectual stimulus and support, is invaluable for me, so that I gain a greater resolve. I’m taking risks and implementing things in my future business that are stretching me.

The internal resources are my skills, mind-set, a solid personal foundation. Most entrepreneurs get started with little clarity on their foundation and how important that is to leaping. I remember linking with Suzy Greaves who wrote Making the Big Leap and my son has certainly owned the phrase ‘A single leap of faith’ actively doing parachute jumps (including over Arnhem last year) across Europe. These jumps give a real meaning to that phrase. Having a strong foundation (roots ) to leap from, is crucial to success.

Shifting bad habits is needed to overcome that initial fear. The biggest habit change for me is about valuing (pricing) my service in this recession. Using a check list to measure and balance my income, meditation, physical activity, healthy eating and engaging with other successful business owners. Starting my day with this check list discipline, has been a significant driving force in my personal power, clarity and confidence.

Do you re-energise your clients?

 

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

http://www.scoop.it/t/breathing-for-business

Who actively inspires you to comment?

Monday, August 27th, 2012

***moving minds and people in business***

Andrew Field talking about his dipping social media ranking scores caught my attention, so I commented and read through the replies which may reflect the holiday period and lack of stimulating content? I’ve seen the word ‘old’ pop up a few times on the FP and that sends me scurrying off to look for inspiration.

Is it that we ourselves are taking a sabbatical or miss Penny and Thomas or simply don’t like change? Mike Morrison interestingly wrote “Its not going to happen here! – change management psychology”.

So I continue to search for inspiring authors and here is one, who actively engages her readers. The fact that Cornelis has written Marja a testimonial says it all. ***moving minds and people***

Do you enjoy, encourage, fuel an active online conversation?

On cue Fay is the exception, for stopping a conversation with mouth-watering Grand Marnier Soufflé because she can!.

Contact:  carolyn@cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

 

Carolyn Williams

Moving minds, helping you to focus for business

www.cardiffboardroom.co.uk

www.lifestyle-online.co.uk

 

You are ..

Monday, August 27th, 2012

You are the only person responsible for your success.

Taking ownership. Being responsible for your success lies with you. Here’s a paragraph from a Steve Job conversation “The best part of your life will start on the day you decide your life is your own – no one to lean on, rely on, or blame. You are in full control of your future. Believe with all your heart that you will do what you were made to do. It may be tough at times, but refuse to follow some preordained path. Make your own rules and have your own game plan. There is no happiness and success to be found by playing it safe and settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”.

A great corporate well-being strapline for me is “Positivity fuels productivity”.  We are responsible for that choice of good productive energy.  If we act on our game plan with dollops of self-belief, we will succeed. You can choose to get caught up in the negativity surrounding you, or you can decide to do something positive about your situation.

For us sole and small business owners, it’s about “the more I love and embrace change, the more my life unfolds easily and effortlessly in making the best of what I have.” I wrote We can all help each other grow richer’.  We are responsible online for our choices that can and does influence our network success. My whole business life has been focused on facilitating activities to re-energise employees and individual entrepreneurs.  I walk the strapline talk every single waking hour. I believe in my message, my service, do you?

Carolyn Williams

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners to help raise their profiles online..

Swansea · cardiffboardroom.co.uk

Contact Details:

Mobile +44 07968 567 558
e-mail: carolyn@cardiffboardroom.co.uk
Blog: http://www.cardiffboardroom.co.uk/?p=403

Skype:  wellbeingcoach1
Follow me on Twitter

 

Make It Happen….

Monday, August 27th, 2012

London Olympics 2012

Proof you can ‘Make It Happen’ when you attract the right team.

As a little Welsh motivator I’d say it takes excellence, energy, skill, poise, focus, intent, smiles….your turn??

Contact:  carolyn@cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

Do you re-energise your clients?

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

http://www.scoop.it/t/breathing-for-business

 

 

 

Do What Brings You Energy.

Monday, August 27th, 2012

 

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Self-compassion is keeping a caring, gentle eye on my most important needs and desires—big or small and inner or outer—and giving yourself permission to do more of what brings you ease and energy, and less of what drains you.

How you start your day and finding your flow influences how productive you are. Be present.

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs understand the benefits of having an early-morning routine.  These famous creative minds knew that getting the most out of their morning routine meant finishing their day the right way.

The way you start each day is incredibly important. What you do first thing in the morning matters whether you’re a trainer, a writer, a small business owner or a busy mum and dad.

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs understand the benefits of having an early-morning routine.  These famous creative minds knew that getting the most out of their morning routine meant finishing their day the right way.  But a morning routine is only half of a productive day; the other is the evening routine that precedes it

Reading a good book is known to quieten the mind, lessens stress.

Share events of the day when sitting around a table.

Doing something completely different to your daily tasks can be energising.

Meditation is action. Our mind is much harder to quieten than our body. Our lives are busy and fast paced, filled with external noise and distractions. Clarity comes from focus, from finding that quiet space within.  Meditation, even in small amounts will make room for abundance.  If you are looking for answers go within, meditate and then let go.

A meditation tip: Practice stillness; be aware of how you breathe.

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you find ways to re-energise yourself for your business?

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

 

Business Etiquette

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Manners were very much a focal part of our upbringing from the table, to the bathroom, in school, school playground and out to the world at large. Today, I hope my mum is smiling at this, a testimony for her great upbringing during a time when life was much tougher than it is now.

I wrote an article for Ford News and Between the Lines (Local Bridgend Engine Plant newsletter.) The topic was about the In Plant Gymnasium refurbishment. What caught the imagination of the journalist was my Gym Etiquette. He e-mailed to ask if he could circulate this out to other companies. Now copywriting sprang to mind and have followed through on this.

Yesterday, I visited a fabulous four star Welsh Health Club and was nicely surprised to read they too had circulated their brand of Gym Etiquette through their newsletter. The part I smiled at was ‘Treating the changing room like your own bathroom’ adding ‘follow these suggestions for changing room etiquette to maintain good relations with fellow gym mates.

To maintain good relations. Good relations with whom? Everyone is a potential customer, an engineer or team leader may become a Plant Manager one day. An office junior may build his dream business one day.

Potential customers online create an even bigger awareness of how our message is perceived. How often do members take offence by the written word posted as a reply online? Different cultures and languages are problems we all encounter when we write to our global family.

 

On Skype, do you invite to connect with someone for a 121 before hand? Do you write a welcome note to a new contact on ecademy or Linkedin? Do you smile to maintain good relations when you greet a business contact for the first time?

Beth Burgess, a lovely network connection made me smile yesterday when she sent a courteous e-mail asking for a 121 when we attend Friday’s Black Star Lunch in London adding: ” I’ll make sure I have an extra-big smile on”

We have a responsibility toward each other. Etiquette and respect for me is part of doing business. The saying ‘I like to treat others as I like to be treated myself’ is as valid in our personal life and creates an even bigger impact both online and offline in business.

It’s like the five a day, ten even, if you’re training 🙂 Good habits.

What effort do you put into maintaining good relations in business?

Contact:  carolyn@cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

Carolyn Williams

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners and entrepreneurs to help raise their profiles online.

Swansea · cardiffboardroom.co.uk

Contact Details:

Mobile +44 07968 567 558
e-mail: carolyn@cardiffboardroom.co.uk
Blog: http://www.cardiffboardroom.co.uk/?p=403

Skype:  wellbeingcoach1
Follow me on Twitter

 

 

Write your own story

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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I was reading ‘Ten Top Tips For Focusing Your Writing Creativity’ by Lisa Cherry, a social media connection and I particularly liked this tip:

‘Allow yourself to be risky with your writing. If you’ve got something to say, say it but say it well. People want to read something challenging, something different and something that speaks to them’.

Over the weekend, while catching up with my e-mails, work and reading a few of my favourite friends posts, I came across this beautiful illustration and quote on facebook:

‘Write your own story’ from Healing Light Online

“You are the designer of your destiny. You are the author. You write the story. The pen is in your hand, and the outcome is whatever you choose”.

This illustration (I am a visual learner) spurred me to read through some of my previous blog stories and I decided to re write one called ‘Serendipity alive and well in London’  This was a story about an offline networking event, I attended in London. I felt  this experience was challenging enough to write about.  The post had a reasonable response from my social media network, so that encouraged me to do some more searching online, using google. I then came across Everyday Learnings  and recognised a few faces and authors, who over the nurturing years have become my friends, through connecting on social media networks.

I agree with the authors mentioned above, I do find the whole process of writing posts and connecting with my network thoroughly rewarding. So here is my question to you readers ‘How many of your friends and social media connections do you know, have written their own story, book or e-books?’

 

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher” – Oprah Winfrey

 

Carolyn Williams

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates  and leads using social media.

 Swansea

 

 

Daring to be different

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Fraser asked us this question “What is the sum total value of each of the individual parts?” and concluded his post with “Regardless of star, status or bloodline, personally I think it’s a T.E.A.M. effort.”

Penny Power asked this question “So, think about this today, who’s parachute do you pack and who is packing yours?”  I re read my replies to her How can I find time to support other people   post.  I’ll add it here; “As you know my son is a paratrooper and I remember him coming home with three other fun loving Para’s, trying to complete their jumps to qualify for their British wings.  Now for me hearing how some of them ‘ in training’ get dragged and how the harnesses leave marks around their necks was scary but worse, was learning how they jumped out with their chutes for their compulsory night jump!.  That phrase ‘a single leap of faith’ takes on a whole new meaning in the dark I reckon.   According to my son, the best part was the “faces” they pull, as they leave the hatch. Yes, they have to rely on one another for survival, the discipline is immense and the camaraderie second to none.  As you aptly say, it only takes a moment to reach out to someone.

 

Sharing with you the Parachute Regiment Insignia.

“UTRINQUE  PARATUS” – READY FOR ANYTHING
THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT
I proudly carry my son’s (badge) wings with me, wherever I go.

How do you boost the support process in your network?

 

 

Carolyn Williams,  Moving minds helping you do business differently

 

 

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