Posts Tagged ‘Energy’

Breathing new life into business

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

 

Being mindful of our breathing through meditation is another way achieving calm and peace of mind. Many of us develop bad breathing habits which result in an overall reduction in health. Learning to slow your breathing down and to let go of thoughts that no longer work for you puts you in charge of yourself.

Incidentally, while you can very quickly change your state using breathing methods you also need to change you’re thinking patterns to ensure that the change of state continues. If you only alter your breathing but continue with the same old thoughts, the unwelcome moods will quickly return. Meditation helps you to widen the gaps between your thoughts which help you to feel calmer and more relaxed.

Try meditating earlier in the evening to empty your mind of that inner chatter. Learn how to enjoy the gap between your thoughts. Watch your incoming and outgoing breath get deeper the more you relax.

Relaxing Breath Exercise

If you want to get a feel for this serious challenge, try your hand at breath counting, a deceptively simple technique much used in Zen practice.

Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then let the breath come naturally without trying to influence it. Ideally it will be quiet and slow, but depth and rhythm may vary.

  • To begin the exercise, count “one” to yourself as you exhale.
  • The next time you exhale, count “two,” and so on up to “five.”
  • Then begin a new cycle, counting “one” on the next exhalation.

Never count higher than “five,” and count only when you exhale. You will know your attention has wandered when you find yourself up to eight and more.

Try to do 10 minutes of this form of meditation.

Yesterday, I lay still on a bench overlooking my favourite coastline bathing in the warm sunshine feeling at peace. I meditated and found to my surprise how much easier it was to relax in between thoughts. My relaxed feelings were helped by the quiet location, overlooking the tide and by the warmth of the sun.

For the best night’s sleep, wind down with a bubble bath, candlelight and music, yoga, or a good book. Learn to slow your breathing down and with each exhalation, practice letting go of anything that no longer works for you.  You’ll be surprised how quickly you drift off and sleep.

 

Carolyn Williams

Breathing for Business.
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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

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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

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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

 

 

 

Food is Medicine and Fuel (Gut Instinct Part Two)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
When we call food bad we make it even more exciting by excluding it from what we allow ourselves to eat. Or we attach conditions to when we can and can’t eat it. But these strategies don’t work. We feel so guilty that we don’t even enjoy this forbidden food when it is in our mouths’

 

Gut Instinct Part Two
How you can transform your attitude to food and restore nourishment and pleasure to your life. (continued)

Eat the food your body is hungry for.
It is easy to get stressed about the wholesomeness of our foods; so many foods today are made with excessive chemicals.

Distinguish between foods that can harm you because they are made up of chemicals and flavourings and aren’t really food, and foods you designate bad – such as ice cream, puddings, chips – because they are highly calorific or associated with treats. We can be tempted to call categories of foods bad as a way of putting them off limits, when what is really going on is that we don’t know how to handle them. When we call food bad we make it even more exciting by excluding it from what we allow ourselves to eat. Or we attach conditions to when we can and can’t eat it. But these strategies don’t work. We feel so guilty that we don’t even enjoy this forbidden food when it is in our mouths.Denying yourself particular foods is a recipe for bingeing.

To find out what you are hungry for, imagine yourself eating the food you want. It might be the food you don’t usually let yourself have. Take a minute to taste it, smell it, to imagine it in your mouth. If you’re still hungry for it, eat it. See how it tastes and whether you enjoy it as you hoped you would. If you find you no longer want that food, imagine tasting, smelling something else. If it is as wonderful as you imagine it to be treat it as such. Let it be worthy of your attention, not something to sneak in your mouth because you aren’t meant to be having it.

Find out why you eat when you aren’t hungry

Lonely
If you are lonely and you eat, you will have given yourself a reason why you are lonely – ‘I’m too fat and therefore I am lonely. You wont have addressed your loneliness; rather you will have taken a step away from solving it. You will have taken yourself a step a way from solving it. You will have given yourself without meaning to: a food problem.

Sad
If you eat when you need to cry, your tears will always be there, waiting to be shed.

Angry
If you eat when you’re angry, you’re swallowing a feeling that needs to come out. Food cannot satisfy other hungers. It can quieten them temporarily, but when you have finished eating they are still there.

So smell the red grapes, the organic honey. Look at the colour of foods and drinks Taste the medicine and nourish/fuel don’t fool your body

Recognise any of these addictive traits and habits?

Why not start to exercise?  

 

 

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

 

Join me for a conversation please?

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Making It Happen by just one CLICK!

 

 

Chit chatting ~ Engaging with friends on different social networks I have found that images work well to gain attention. Sometimes these images lead to a conversation. Depending on the platform and image, I frequently learn something quite extraordinary about them as individuals. Milton explained he loved Koh Samui in Thailand ~ Island Paradise.   This meant I wanted to learn more about Koh Samui, so did a little bit of homework and posted this image. What followed (this is only one example) was an interactive chit chat about travelling, countries, culture leading onto work projects.

 

Andrew wrote on Ty’s teeth whitening blog about African twig brushes offer all-day dental care.  These twigs help Africans naturally whiten their teeth and then Andrew kindly linked us up to the information about these plants.

Learning so much from connections who are living and working the other side of the globe or who travel extensively. I have another awesome male interest that travels the globe gathering more and mores skills, friends and conversations. These conversations no doubt, turn into more opportunities and more revenue back in this country. For my part, living in Swansea, providing a family base for my daughter and currently my son in Colchester, I like to think I attract people who have that ‘get up and go’. Connections and friends who love to travel, share their passions, whether it is about sport, food, family life or new opportunities.

Being a counselor is not unlike a pilot, you learn to pick up on good energy or bad energy and if your energy is strong and your confidence is good, you see clearly where it is you want to go.  I have made certain decisions about what I want and where I’d like to be in Life and written them down. I have come to accept that there are times when turbulence can throw me ‘off course’  but with determination and the help of friends and fellow professionals I can get quickly back ‘on course’.

I have been fortunate in making so many wonderful new connections through business memberships like ecademy and professional sport that I can tap into conversations that are on the move….

How about you?

 

Carolyn, moving minds, helping you to focus doing business.


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Help Me? What Really MATTERS To You Right Now?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

 

Thomas’s excellent blog about lurking versus active comments statistics provoked a great debate. Then Charlie blogged his Here’s to the lurkers….bless them all!

I particularly enjoyed this line from Charlie:

“Sometimes they just lack confidence and a period of time lurking could be followed by the odd comment, leading to a blog, leading to genuinely top class contributions”.

I would agree that lurking over a blog is great but acting on a thought, opinion or topic for me is DOING something for us all. The lurkers are sharing something valuable. When we do get the opportunity to be seen and then heard we allow ourselves to be validated. The important exchange in this transaction is trust. When you can trust your opinion does really MATTER and is not violated or trashed then we feel worthy.

For years we Fitness Professionals and Business Presenters hand out evaluation forms at the end of every session. Penny does this after her Digital workshops. Yes, I have attended one at Adam Street, contributed and filled one in for her as I value both her and Thomas’s contribution, namely bringing the Digital era into businesses.

My ‘now’ has been hectic for some months both at home and work and so I hope to re ignite energies that excite me and more importantly to have your comments roll in to add colour again. I have always loved adventure.

I joined Black Star to discover where that journey would actually take me, it’s certainly given me the opportunity to meet many of my ecademy connections. I started the Cardiff Boardroom in April.

I love conversations and debate and I make sure I follow up on your all important feedback on topics that MATTER. When you sit back to look at the bigger picture you realise we have been given the opportunity to voice our opinion on this Ecademy platform. It is for us to do something with that social media networth opportunity.

So my sparkle nudge to you all is .What excites you? What really matters to you right Now?
Already in from Geoffrey in reply to my question ~ What subject excites you? …

“Food, Drink, Family, Friends, virtually anything but at the appropriate moment..Christmas sounds exciting..pies..curries..pineapple jam tarts..single malts..good football…it goes on and on and on..why dont you surprise us”.

And another one in from Milton ~ “Cricket. Chelsea – Man City – Balotelli. £££$$$ !” – Milt.

 

I am really looking forward to your surprise replies.

 

Carolyn, moving monds, helping you focus on doing business

 


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A sense of adventure ~ wiggle your hips ~ Friendly Fires Sparkle Tip

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Ty ‘Mac Head’ Tyson gave this reply on his Apple Blog this morning. “Don’t feel particularly sparkly this morning – I need some SUN! ”

The sun has gone for now but if you want more energy here’s a suggestion …..

C’Mon give it up and wiggle your hips ~ Luved watching this colourful band at Glastonbury


Hawaiian Air

” Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities”..

 

 

Carolyn Williams. Breathing new life into business.  I drive new leads, followers and advocates online for small business owners & entrepreneurs to boost revenue.

@LifestyleOnline

Swansea

Breathing for Business
cardiffboardroom.co.uk

 

 

So how do you stay on the message?

Monday, June 6th, 2011

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Where do you get your energy and stamina to push through that new project of intention?  Every good coach will motivate their client to write down their hopes and dreams in black and white having focused on a chosen project.

Doing the research, then editing your dreams requires energy and stamina to bring about the completion of a dream project.

So how do you stay on the message?

Travelling on a train allows me time to read, draft before I conduct my research on foot. Acting on the intention to complete a project requires determination, a focus but above all a belief which is constantly energized.

An acceptance that nothing stays the same I believe helps us to marvel at new opportunities and connections yet to be made.

Transience Passing with time. Zen thinking says uncertainty and transience are at the heart of everything. The more you clutch onto things, ideas or people or material possessions,  the more you lose them. You can’t really know anything for sure.

Transience for me is very real, starting again, adjusting to both my grown up children starting careers and lives of their own.

Seeking inspiration and energy for that new start, that new project is on our doorstep.  We can focus on the big picture and change the lenses for the small print but we need to adjust our focus constantly to accept the changes. Being smart enough to grasp that opportunity, that changing gap in the market.

‘A year from now you will wish you had started today’ – Karen Lamb

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 for business.

Swansea
cardiffboardroom.co.uk