Simple Life Strategies https://simplelifestrategies.com Increase your wellbeing with smart strategies from Sydney Life Coach Zoe B Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:53:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Want to Find your Inner Genius? https://simplelifestrategies.com/want-to-find-your-inner-genius/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/want-to-find-your-inner-genius/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:06:08 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7761

einstein genius quote

One of the things I most passionately believe is this:

EVERYONE is a genius at something.

I strongly believe this to be true.

We all have special talents and skills that are unique to us – even if the skill doesn’t feel unique, the way that we do it will be.

And it’s only once you know what your zone of genius is, that you can then go about finding your dream career (and live happily ever after).

And I really want that for you 🙂

When I work with people (in my Find a new career in 30 days program), we devote a lot of time to discovering what your unique abilities are because a strange thing happens when we’re asked what is unique about us…

…more often than not, we draw a blank.

And I bet you’re thinking right now – “yeah but I don’t have any unique talents or skills…there’s nothing genius about me!”

It occurred to me the other day why it’s so hard to figure out your zone of genius – you see I’ve noticed a pattern with my students who have tried to answer this question and it’s this:

We often overlook our zone of genius, because it feels TOO obvious.

And so we assume that whatever comes naturally to us, must also come naturally to everyone else too.

Wah wah.

This is where we go wrong.

If something comes naturally to you, then this is an indicator – not that it’s an all-round easy thing for absolutely anyone to do, but that this could be one of your special talents!

Just yesterday one of my students wrote this post in our Facebook mastermind group and it sums up this point exactly: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whereas you and I are probably incredulous at the idea of even attempting to write an algorithm, for this student, it came perfectly naturally to her.

And because of the ease that she experienced, she assumed at first that it must be easy for everyone else!

Isn’t that interesting.

I guess today I really just wanted you to know that you DO have a zone of genius and talents and skills that are unique to YOU, and it could just be that you’re overlooking them.

And in-fact, just writing this blog post is making me feel like I want to do more, give you more help with this, because I really believe that discovering your zone of genius is one of the keys to a happy and fulfilling life.

If this post has resonated with you and you would like some help with finding your zone of genius, leave a comment below and if I get enough interest then I’ll pull together some free tips & strategies for you to help you find your genius.

I’ll only do it, if I get enough interest though! Do it now – and let me know if you want me to help you find your zone of genius?

With love

Zoe B

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How to Deal with Negative People when Following Your Dreams https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-deal-with-negative-people-when-following-your-dreams/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-deal-with-negative-people-when-following-your-dreams/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:13:14 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7747

Gandhi quote

Here’s the thing: if you decide to follow your dreams there will be people ready to tear you down.

It’s sad but true.

People tend to project their own insecurities onto others – and I think this is the main driving force behind the behaviour.

The problem is – it’s hard enough to keep the faith when you’re chasing your dreams as it is, without having to deal with naysayers who say things like:

“Oh you’ll never make any money doing that!” or “Best keep that as a hobby and get a real job that pays the bills” or “Shouldn’t you be a bit more realistic?”

What you need to understand about these people is this;

They are simply telling you what they believe about themselves. It’s all about THEM – not you.

So if they tell you they don’t believe that finding your dream career is possible – this is just what they believe for themselves, not you.

They’re projecting their own beliefs onto you.

And you kinda have nothing to do with it really.

I’ve experienced this first hand throughout my own journey.

As my business has grown, naturally I started to get the odd negative comment here and there.

And I noticed a real shift when I started to scale (I think when I had around 50,000 people join my newsletter I noticed it the most).

I’d get a few hater emails from people saying things like ‘Who are you to teach people to find their dream careers….is this all a scam…clearly you’re only in it for the money’ etc. things like that.

The first few emails hurt like hell and I took them personally.

But upon reflection I realized a couple of things…

1. You can’t please all the people all the time

When you start to reach a large amount of people, it’s only normal that a few people are going to be negative, naysayer types. It’s a numbers game. So you just have to not take it personally. And besides, I tend to find that most of the negative types are the ones who you can never really help anyway. They aren’t willing to do the work and like to blame others for things going wrong in their lives. No point trying to convince them of anything. Best to just let them get on with their lives.

2. If you know WHO YOU ARE then the comments won’t affect you

Here’s the thing. I know who I am. I know what my intentions are and I know that everything I do in my business comes from a good place. And when I KNOW that, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says to me. These people don’t know me – so who are they to judge? If I can be 100% grounded in who I am (and have the self awareness to do so), then it’s much easier to brush off any negative comments.

3. Be proud of your enemies

Winston Churchill once said: “You have enemies? Good, that means you have stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

It’s true right? If people disagree with what you’re doing then it just means that you have had the courage to do something that has real meaning in your life! And you can use the naysayers to drive you forwards. I always remember when I was just starting to build up my dream career, I could tell people didn’t think I was serious. They thought I was just tinkering away at my blog and it was some kind of nice little hobby that would never make any money or become a real business.

I always use to think to myself quietly ‘I’ll show them…they may think that now, but soon I’ll be the one laughing!” And I used their lack of belief to fuel my determination even more. I’ve never ever let anyone tell me I can’t do something – in-fact the second someone says that to me, it only makes me want to prove them wrong more than ever! And that’s why I love Mahatma Gandhi’s quote so much:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi

It’s so true.

And a lot of the people who kind of ignored what I was doing all those years back are now contacting me and asking for help…

So if you’re at the start of YOUR journey towards building the career of your dreams, I just want you to be ready for a few haters along the way.

It means you’re in the right place.

See them as a rights of passage almost – know that they are there to remind you that what you’re doing is admirable.

And more than anything, never lose sight of who you really are. Only YOU know that – never, NEVER let anyone else try to tell you who you are and what your intentions are.

Stay true to your dreams, keep on going one day at a time, and eventually you’ll cross over the line and suddenly people will be clambering all over you asking you how you did it.

Trust me, it’s the truth.

How do you deal with the naysayers? I’d love to hear in the comments below – just scroll down.

With love

Zoe B

P.S. Check out my recent Facebook Live streams over on the Facebook page! There’s almost 60,000 beautiful people there to join! Go >>here to watch.

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Revealed: How I designed my Dream Career (+ the Biggest News of my Life) https://simplelifestrategies.com/revealed-how-i-designed-my-dream-career-the-biggest-news-of-my-life/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/revealed-how-i-designed-my-dream-career-the-biggest-news-of-my-life/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:54:53 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7733

vision quote

So…I haven’t mentioned this yet…or made it official…but…I’m pregnant!

Yep almost 6 months now (scroll down to the bottom to see a wee pic).

It’s been an amazing ride, lots of ups and downs, but all round a magical experience.

Anyway, the reason I’m telling you this is because I was pondering why I’m so happy right now and I worked out that a huge amount of my happiness is coming from the WAY that I’m currently working.

It dawned on me the other day that I’ve created a stress-free career that I LOVE, that also fuels my perfect lifestyle and I want to share with you how this all came about…because I believe this is possible for you too.

I mean if I can do it, then so can you right?

Lets rewind a bit.

A few years back when I was designing my dream career, I wrote what’s called an ‘ideal lifestyle.’ This is something I teach in my Find a New Career in 30 Days program, and it’s a way of stepping into the future of your career dreams.

Your ideal lifestyle should in great detail, describe a vision of exactly how you want to be living & feeling and what you want to be doing in your dream career 3 years from now.

I’ve researched many of the happiest, most successful people on the planet, and they ALL had a crystal clear vision of what they wanted to create in their lives, before they went out and created it.

It’s almost like you need to create it first mentally, or on paper – and then you can go out and create it in reality.

Interestingly, one of the most important things for me was that my dream career would be flexible enough (and financially rewarding enough) to allow me to start a family and to bring a baby into the world.

I knew that I didn’t want to be working long hours or be too stressed out while I was pregnant – I wanted to be able to take it easy and rest when needed, while still growing my business at the same time.

So…this is the exact picture I painted.

In this ‘Ideal lifestyle’ I imagined switching my focus from 1:1 consultations to the development of an online business offering that would allow me to help more people all over the world, yet also free up my time so I could have my first baby without worrying about money, or stressing out over work.

I had no idea HOW I would make any of this happen, and yet I still put down this vision onto paper.

And you know, I actually dug out the piece of paper that I had scrawled my ideal lifestyle on all those years ago, and no word of a lie – pretty much EVERYTHING I wrote has since come true.

It actually brought tears to my eyes, because I could not believe just how much of what I wished for was now my reality.

In-fact I had vastly outdone everything that was written down – I had created an even better life than the one I wished for…I had achieved my dreams times ten!

Such an amazing feeling!

And I hadn’t even really noticed I’d done it.

Not until I went back and re-read what I’d written.

Isn’t that the best?

I guess you could say I’m living proof that you really can turn your wildest dreams into a reality!

Now, for the last 6 months in my pregnancy, I’ve been so blessed to have minimal work pressures (I actually could just do an hour of work a day – but to me, work is my passion so I actually prefer to work more because I love it so much!).

This has meant that in my first trimester – when I was horrendously sick and bed-bound for 6 weeks, I was fine to just take the time off.

NO big deal.

My business carried on growing…the wheels kept on turning….all because of the way I had consciously set it up as designed in my ideal lifestyle.

And now in my second trimester, I’m able to take naps when my body tells me to rest and I’m able to work as much or as little as I please.

And for me, it’s not about creating a magic solution so you don’t have to work.

I’ve found that this is a completely unfulfilled way of living because you ultimately lack purpose.

But what it has allowed me to do, is to work just enough (while respecting my body’s needs during pregnancy) so that I can continue to make a difference in the world.

All in all – it’s about creating a beautiful sense of balance in my life.

And this I believe is why I’m feeling so deliriously happy right now.

And the exciting thing is – that this is 100% possible for you too.

SO, if you’re wondering what the hell YOU want to do and what your dream career might be, then take a moment to consider how you want to be living in a few years time?

Get clear on the kind of lifestyle that will make YOU feel super happy and content.

Think about it…where do you want to be living? How do you want to be feeling? What hours do you want to be working and where from.

Get clear on what you really want to create.

Design your dream career on paper…

And then go do it.

It’s really that simple!

Our next step as a family is to take advantage of the location-independence we’ve created with our business.

This means, once the baby arrives, we can go to Italy for a month or the UK to see our families, all while growing the business and contributing to the world.

It means we have LOCATION – FREEDOM!

And to me that is so fricken exciting.

So that’s all really, I just want you to spend a moment to think about what is SUPER EXCITING for YOU.

To spend a moment creating your future.

We’re all different and what excites me might not be your cup of tea, so you need to work out what’s right for YOU.

What I do know though is this:

Only by getting that clarity first will you then be able to move forward and create a life and career that you LOVE.

And honestly, nothing in the world beats that.

Tell me in the comments below – what’s your ideal lifestyle? How would you like to be living in your dream career 3 years from now? I would love to know 🙂

With love

Zoe B

P.S. I’ve been experimenting with Facebook live, so if you’re not on my Facebook page then join the 50,000 other lovelies and see my first few (slightly awkward) Facebook live streams! I just did one about this topic 🙂 Check out Facebook >>here.

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Stop Earning Less than you’re Worth https://simplelifestrategies.com/stop-earning-less-than-youre-worth/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/stop-earning-less-than-youre-worth/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:51:36 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7721

you're worth it quote

Can I let you in on a secret?

My cat has a vomit problem. She’s been vomiting up hairballs for the last few weeks and my husband is about to flip his lid…

So today I went off to the vet to get a solution.

As I looked through the premium quality, science-based, fancy pants cat biscuits, my old self went into panic mode…I bet these won’t be cheap I thought…I wonder how much more? (turns out they were 4 times more!)

And when the vet also recommended an extra treatment for another $40, plus a special cat comb to help with the fur…I started thinking ‘can I afford all of this?’

You see, not too long ago, this moment would have been stressful.

This time however, I checked my bank account and realized that spending $100 today on well-needed treatments for my beautiful kitty Peaches, was not going to matter at all.

I could breathe out a sigh of relief.

And it made me stop and realize – this is the power of earning what you’re worth.

It’s not necessarily about the big things, being able to treat yourself to this and that, but about being able to provide for those you love, when the need comes.

And it was a great feeling to say yes to all 3 treatments at the vet today, knowing that I could afford it.

I want peaches the cat to get better. And this is a genuine need.

Have you ever noticed how money gets a bad wrap?

If you’re seen to want more money, then you must be greedy, lacking in integrity or money-hungry.

But the way I look at it – money is neutral (ie it depends what you spend it on) and also it’s your born right to have a life that you love and not to have to struggle!

And besides, the more money you have, the more you can give away to others in need.

People always say to me:

“But it’s just not possible to get paid well to follow my passion…it’s not realistic! I need to get a ‘real’ job!”.

What a load of nonsense!

This is such an out-dated belief (possibly passed down by older generations who had world wars to worry about and probably did struggle to find any job, let alone a job they love!)

But that’s just not the situation now.

The tides have changed.

We have more available to us now.

Honestly, hand on heart, it IS possible to do work that you LOVE AND still get paid well for it.

In-fact the two tend to go hand in hand…want to know why?

Because when you’re doing work that you LOVE, you generally do a damn good job – because it’s usually aligned with your natural skills and talents.

And people are happy to pay you for doing a good job for them.

It’s a simple exchange.

Someone once said to me “Money is nothing more than an expression of appreciation”.

It’s true isn’t it?

Money is like a way of saying thank you – it’s nothing more than an exchange!

So know now, that if you’re not earning what you need to provide for your family and live the life you ultimately want, then all of this awaits you!

Earning more money is not a selfish or greedy thing to want, it’s your right!

And the easiest way to be able to ask for more money and to get paid what you’re worth is to make sure you’re genuinely doing work that you LOVE.

Like I said, when you’re doing what you love, people are happy to pay you for your unique talents (and obviously I need to caveat here that whatever you choose does genuinely need to reflect a skill you have….clearly people aren’t going to pay you for sitting on the couch watching Oprah all day, no matter how much you love it!).

But really today I just wanted to challenge a few of your views around money because, they could be blocking you from moving forward and having the courage to find your dream career…so here’s a quick re-cap:

  1. It’s OK to want to earn more. It’s your right to be able to live a comfortable life and provide for those around you
  1. Money is not bad. It’s not necessarily good either. It’s 100% neutral (depending on how you decide to use it)
  1. The more money you have, the more you can give to others who need it
  1. Money is nothing more than an expression of appreciation: it’s an exchange
  1. People will happily pay you in return for a good job / product / service
  1. You earning more money depends on finding and doing work that you LOVE, work that draws on your natural skills and talents
  1. Things have changed. You have more opportunities than ever before to find and do work that you love!

So what you waiting for?

Get out there and figure out what YOUR zone of genius is! Here are a few resources that might help to inspire you:

>>Success, Inner Genius and the Movie Home Alone

>>Watch this 12 Year Old Girl in her Zone of Genius

Keep your eyes peeled on your inbox too as I have a very exciting free resource coming up that will show you in more detail exactly how to find YOUR zone of genius

Hey – let me know which of the above points resonated with you the most in the comments below? Which one gave you the biggest AHA moment?

With love

Zoe B

PS: Here’s little peaches the cat (incase you wondered what she looks like) J

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How to Find the Time & Energy for a New Career https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-find-the-time-energy-for-a-new-career/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/how-to-find-the-time-energy-for-a-new-career/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:38:58 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7715

Benjamin Franklin Quote

“My work is draining me and I don’t have time to find something new. I’m curious about what else I could do but just can’t find the time for it.”

Sound familiar?

One of my readers recently emailed me with this problem, and I thought WOW, I really need to address this because it’s something I hear ALL. THE. TIME.

It’s like, you know you need to get out of what you’re doing, but it’s just so hard to find the time!

I get it.

We’re all Soooo busy just surviving that it can be virtually impossible to carve out some time for the things that really matter (like changing careers).

Here’s the thing about time.

We all have the same amount of it.

Last time I checked there were still 24 hours in a day right?

So have you ever wondered how some people can seem to fit everything in and still be smiling by the end of the day, instead of a frazzled mess by bedtime?

Aha! They are the keepers of time secrets!

And I’m gong to share a few of these time secrets with you, my dear friends, so you can create some space for the things that really matter to YOU (like doing work you LOVE for example).

Time Secret #1: Be more decisive

Often when we’re short on time, it’s because we’re wasting a lot of time deliberating over things that don’t really matter.

The problem with this is, if you use all of your time up over-analysing unimportant things, then guess what

You don’t have any left for the things that matter.

Psychologists call this ‘Decision fatigue.’

The point is, it takes the same amount of energy to decide which doughnut to eat, as it does to decide which career path is right for you.

And guess which one will have a real impact on your life?

So, take stock of how much time you spend worrying about small everyday decisions…like what to eat for dinner, which restaurant to go to, what to wear today?

Know that really, these everyday decisions will have little impact on your quality of life, so best to just pick something and move on.

Did you know Steve Jobs & Barack Obama were masters at removing small decisions like this from their lives?

Jobs used to only wear one thing (the black turtleneck) and Obama only wears either blue or grey suits…as he said in his own words:

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.

A while back, I wrote a really long post about how to make faster decisions so be sure to check that out below to get better in general, at decision making.

It’s really an awesome resource, and I myself refer back to it at times when I’m feeling indecisive!

>>10 Secrets of Fast Decision Makers

Time Secret #2: Stop people pleasing

Now if you’re reading this, then I know one thing about you: you’re a genuine, nice, decent kind of person.

Because these are the type of people who tend to read my blogs and emails.

Mainly because these are the kind of people I like to hang out with (on and offline).

The thing with people like us is, we can often get taken advantage of.

Our good nature can at times, get somewhat trampled all over.

Sound familiar?

If you’re like me, at some point you have been a bit of a people pleaser, mainly because you just like to keep things peaceful and for everyone to get on….and you probably also like to help others.

The problem with this is that it can be to your own detriment.

If you’re helping everyone else all the time then guess who suffers? Little old you.

Know that it’s OK to say no to people and this doesn’t make you a bad person.

In-fact as Oprah once said “You can’t give what you don’t have.”

So in order for you to have enough energy to genuinely help and support others, you MUST first look after yourself.

And that means start saying NO.

Say no to that event that you know you’re too tired for, but feel like you should go to.

Say no to helping that person out when you know, it’s going to push you over the edge.

Just say no, more often.

And this will see you claiming back some more of your time.

Because you really do deserve to have some time each week just for you.

And this time should be reserved for important things like figuring out what to do with your life! (and finding your dream career!)

Time Secret #3: Get it in the diary! 

I have a saying that I share with all of my students (from my Find a New Career in 30 Days program) and it goes something like this:

“If it’s not in the diary, it doesn’t exist’.

And it’s so true.

If you want to find the time to focus on finding your dream career then you MUST schedule it into your weekly diary.

You need to think of it as a genuine meeting. Except instead of with someone else, it’s with, well, you.

Think about it. You wouldn’t stand up a friend who you arranged to go for a coffee with now would you?

That would be just plain rude.

So stop standing yourself up.

Put a note in your diary titled ‘career planning’ and then stick to it.

Even if it means this is you just spending 20 minutes thinking about what you might like to do in your next career.

The point is, it needs to be scheduled in, or otherwise it just ain’t gonna happen.

Because we tend to fill up all of our spare time, as soon as it’s available.

So give these three time secrets a go. See how you can stretch out your 24 hours a day to work for you instead of against you!

It’s really that easy 🙂

In the comments below, let me know which of the above 3 time secrets resonated the most with you?

I’d love to hear how you have seen these behaviours (like too much deliberating or people pleasing) play out in your own life?

To a time-rich future for us all!

And thank you for the privilege of your time and attention today on this important point.

With love

Zoe B

PS: Did you catch my interview with Stanford Professor Bob Sutton a while back? He describes how people like Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) and Larry Page (founder of Google) were able to save time with their decision-making strategies. Check out what they do differently here>>

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Want Help Career Planning for 2017? (free tips inside) https://simplelifestrategies.com/free-career-tips-2017/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/free-career-tips-2017/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:54:50 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7706

free career tips 2017

Wooohooo you made it! 2017 is officially HERE.

So, I’ve got a question for you.

How’s it going?

2017 I mean.

Did you skip into work this week feeling super excited to get stuck into things?

Or did you drag yourself in by the heels dreading the week ahead?

If it’s the latter, then what are you going to do about it?

I mean, let’s face it. Your dream job ain’t gonna just fall into your lap now is it?

It requires action. And tenacity and a certain amount of fearlessness.

Which is where I come in.

At the start of the year I promised to do all that I can to help YOU to find your dream career in 2017.

And I really mean that.

I have alot of amazing free things coming your way over the next few months, so be sure to stay tuned to your inbox.

Because that dream job is closer than you think.

But we need to work together to make it happen.

Want to know the easiest way to stop dreading your day job and feel excited about life again?

It’s simple.

Hatch a plan.

When you have a plan to get you OUT of your crappy job then things start to feel more bearable.

You start to experience hope again.

And when we have hopes and dreams, we can handle anything.

So…I thought it might be helpful to put together a few FUN tips for you to start planning a new career in 2017.

That’s right I said fun.

Because finding your dream career doesn’t have to be hard.

You are allowed to have fun you know.

And I find the lighter your attitude, the easier it is to get creative and find lots of ideas.

So let’s get started shall we?

We have alot to accomplish this year 🙂

5 Fun Tips to Plan a New Career for 2017

  1. Dare to DREAM. That’s right I said it. You’re allowed to daydream about what else you could do for a job. In-fact this is often how we get inspired to take action. So when you’re on your way into work instead of spending that time dreading what’s ahead of you, dream up what you wish you could be doing instead? I mean, what is your dream job? Do you even know? Allow yourself to ponder this thought and get excited about all of the possibilities out there. The point is – you need to switch your thoughts away from what’s NOT working n your career and towards what COULD be working…ie all of the infinite possibilities that exist for you.
  1. Consider your transferable skills. Pick a time to host your very own brainstorm! Spend just 30 minutes thinking about all of the skills you’ve learnt form your existing job and your career path before that and jot them all down on a piece of paper. You might be surprised about how much experience you actually have!
  1. Get a list of new industries or careers together. Once you have a list of transferrable skills, think about which other careers or industries you could apply those skills to? Create a short list of ideas…but don’t get too stuck on if you would definitely want to do any of these jobs, just get some ideas down. You can figure out later on if you really want to pursue any of these areas.
  1. Focus on your passions. We all have things that excite us, that light us up! Whether they are hobbies or just plain interests, when we’re immersed in these activities, we generally feel light, inspired and in the zone. Spend 20 minutes thinking about what these passions are for you? What do you love doing? What do you spend your spare time doing? And how could you turn any one of these passions into your dream career in 2017?
  1. Learn more about your favorite industries. If you have a feeling that you would like to work in a certain industry (ie fashion or film for example) then immerse yourself in the industry to see if you really like it! Start off by signing up to receive newsletters or read regular blog articles about that industry. This will help you to get an inside look at what the industry is all about, what types of people work in that industry and the work that’s involved. It will also highlight regular challenges of the industry as-well as the highlights. No idea where to find these newsletters? No problem. Either run a simple google search using any of the below the terms:
  • ‘Top 5 <insert your industry word here> newsletters” (ie Top 5 fashion PR newsletters)
  • “Top 10 <insert your industry word here> blogs you should be reading” (ie Top 10 science blogs you should be reading)
  • “5 Must Read < insert your industry word here> e-newsletters” (ie 5 Must Read business e-newsletters)

You can also browse SmartBrief to find a list of the top global e-newsletters across all types of industries.

So there you have it.

I really hope these 5 tips help to get you off on the right foot in 2017.

Because what I really want for you is to stop focusing on your dead-end job, and feeling drained by it – and instead to choose to focus on what else is out there for you.

I really want 2017 to be YOUR year.

So why not stop whatever you’re doing right now, and schedule some time in your diary to do all of the things listed above.

I always joke with my Find a New Career in 30 Days Program students – if it’s not in the diary, it doesn’t exist!

And it’s so true. The first step is to schedule these activities and then to simply show up and do them!

And if you can….also have a little fun in the process.

Tell me in the comments below the post, which of these 5 tips resonated with you the most? And which one will you do first? Or even better, share with me what career ideas you came up with after going through the activities? I’d love to know.

With love,

Your career cheerleader,

Zoe B x

PS – know someone who wants to change careers this year? Forward this blog post to them! You could even meet up and do the activities together to keep each other accountable.

 

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5 Tips to Enjoy Xmas without Losing It! https://simplelifestrategies.com/5-tips-to-enjoy-xmas-without-losing-it/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/5-tips-to-enjoy-xmas-without-losing-it/#respond Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:42:09 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7694

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It’s Chrissstttmmaaasss time! But along with the joy and merriment often comes a sense of chaos, a never-ending to-do list and an insane amount of shopping, cooking, present-wrapping and hosting!

I myself am already feeling somewhat frazzled and we still have a few days to go!

So what can you do to make things a little easier as you navigate your way through the Xmas holidays?

Here are 5 simple tips to help you keep your hair on over the festive period.

1. Be kind to yourself

Christmas can bring with it feelings of overwhelm and it’s also a really emotional time, so the first thing to do is – GO EASY ON YOURSELF.

The expectations are high over the festive period and often we try to do way too much and then wonder why the wheels fall off and we end up melting down into a gooey mess of emotions, tantrums and tears. So be sure to be kind to yourself over this high intensity time. Lower your expectations and instead of being a perfectionist, give yourself a break.

2. Make space for Xmas

The reason we often end up feeling overwhelmed at Xmas time is simple: we don’t create space for Christmas. We just pile on a whole bunch of extra things to do and then wonder why we struggle. So during the festive period, something usually has to give. This means – stop trying to do EVERYTHING. If you have a usual routine, cross a few of those things off the list to make room for all of the Xmas commitments you have to get through.

For example, if you usually hit the gym most days, allow yourself a few days off so you have more time to go to the shops. I’m a big fan of not-to-do lists, so think about what you can cross off your list to make your life a bit easier. You can always pick up the slack again in the new year 🙂

3. Stop the people pleasing

Another sure-fire tip is to stop trying to please all the people all the time. Often during the holidays you’ll find yourself hosting family and friends. Be wary of trying to make everything perfect for everyone. Those minute details that you focus on don’t usually make or break a family get-together. It’s more important to just spend time together and have a laugh – so focus on that, instead of nailing the Xmas buffet or creating too many courses and work for yourself.

4. Lighten up!

Next tip? Don’t take things too seriously. At Christmas when there is so much to do and so little time, we can slip into overwhelm and stress can take over. Suddenly what’s supposed to be a light, fun filled time, feels heavy with burden and stress.

It’s only Xmas people!

Try to keep things light and see the funny side. Humour is a wonderful diffuser of stress so be sure to schedule in lots of activities that you know will make you laugh. Think silly Xmas movies, cheesy Christmas songs and fun board games!

Every year in my house we pump the Xmas playlist and it completely lightens the mood! When I say ‘we’ I mean the royal we…it’s actually me who insists on the playlist much to everyone’s chagrin. And yet as much as people complain, you can see them getting into it when no one’s watching.

5. Shift your focus to others in need

And finally, stop making Xmas all about YOU. For many people Christmas is a really tough time so it can help to shift your perspective away from all of your hardships (too much shopping & cooking etc) and to consider others who are much worse off than you.

For many people in the world our stresses are simply first world problems not genuine issues like how to access clean water, escape a war-torn country or find a roof over your head.

Think about what you can do to help someone in need. This year we have put together Christmas presents for the homeless.

We’ve included food vouchers, mince pies, Christmas crackers, hand sanitiser, cleansing wipes and some fruit.

I’m also about to write a nice card to go with each pack today to spread the message that there is kindness in the world and hope does exist even when things may feel hopeless.

We’re going to hand these packs out tomorrow on Xmas eve to give back a little during what can easily turn into an overly commercialized time.

And if you’re short on time, then simply give what you can. Even a few dollars to someone on the street can make a difference to one person’s life.

So that’s it, a few simple ideas to help you make your Xmas the best yet!

If you have any tips of your own to make Xmas a little easier, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

I wish you nothing but LOVE, lightness and Xmas cheer! HO ho ho!

See ya next year! 🙂

Love

Zoe B

 

 

 

 

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Should I quit my job? 5 questions to ask https://simplelifestrategies.com/should-i-quit-my-job-5-questions-to-ask/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/should-i-quit-my-job-5-questions-to-ask/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:56:11 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7686

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So you’ve had enough of your job, but you’re still not 100% sure, if you should quit?

Here are 5 questions you can ask yourself to understand if quitting is the right option for you.

 1. Did you always hate your job?

If not, what has changed? Sometimes our role can evolve over time and we end up doing more things that we don’t love. Is this the case for you? Or has it been a change in culture or even a change in management? Make a list of what you liked about your job before, and what has changed and this may shine a light on what the real issue is.

 

2. What percentage of your job do you really hate?

Sometimes we can exaggerate about how much we dislike our job. In-fact, it’s a real Western thing to moan and complain about your work, even when often, there are quite a few things you enjoy about your job. Think about how much of your job you really dislike? Or are there just a few things that you really dislike doing, that cloud the overall picture for you?

 3. Do you lean on your natural strengths alot in your job?

If your job feels like you’re constantly struggling to keep up and get things done, then this is usually an indicator that you’re not aligned with your natural strengths. What are you good at? And do you get to utilize those strengths in this job? If not, then it’s definitely time to consider a career change. In my experience it’s impossible to enjoy your job unless you’re using your natural talents and skills. It’s only when we’re in our zone of genius that we really get to shine in our career.

 

 4. Do you feel drained by your job at the end of the day or week?

Your work is not supposed to drain you of all of your energy. In-fact, it’s supposed to uplift you and make you come alive! Yes there may be times where you need to work hard to meet a challenge or deadline, but this should leave you feeling happily tired out and fulfilled that you achieved something great. Your day-to-day work should never make you feel consistently drained, frustrated or sap your energy. If it does, then this is definitely a sign you’re in the wrong field. As Honor de Balzac once said: “An unfulfilled vocation will drain the colour from your entire existence.” Harsh but true.

 

5. Does your job allow you to do those things that are most important to you?

Every job comes with different working hours, conditions, perks and benefits. But what’s most important, is that your job comes with the hours and benefits that are really important to YOU.

While a fancy company car may be just the ticket for someone else, it might be that you would prefer to have flexible working hours to pick up your kids from school, or attend that yoga class. Consider if your career allows you to live your life the way you really want to, or are you constantly missing out on things that are important to you? If so, you know what to do! Quit that job!

Now, while I’m totally ALL FOR quitting your job if it’s making you seriously unhappy, I would never advise just quitting on a whim. Instead, make sure you have a career transition plan at the ready, as you’ll need to ensure your existing financial obligations are met before you ditch your main source of income.

So there you have it! 5 simple questions to ask yourself to see if quitting your job is the right move for you. And now is a great time to re-evaluate in time for the new-year so you can put some watertight career goals in place.

I want you to be doing work you LOVE in 2017, so make this a priority! It’s your life after-all!

Let me know in the comments below if you think it’s time to quit your job…or if after reading this you just need to make a few tweaks?

With love,

Zoe B

PS: Ho ho ho! Christmas is almost here!

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Is Starting a Business the Right Career Move for You? https://simplelifestrategies.com/is-starting-a-business-is-the-right-career-move-for-you/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/is-starting-a-business-is-the-right-career-move-for-you/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:56:18 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7671

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So you’ve thought about starting your own business, but you’re not quite sure if it’s the right path for you?

Today I’m going to share some questions that you can ask yourself to help you get clear if you’re a career-path kinda person or if running your own gig is more up your ally.

When I talk about starting your own business, I‘m referring to a small start up kind of business rather than a large venture capital style of business.

Do you like to be given instructions on how to do something, or do you prefer to work it out on your own?

If you’re the kind of person who gets frustrated when you have to work things out on your own, starting a business may not be the right move for you. When you start your own gig there is often a period at the beginning where you have to just figure stuff out on the fly.

If the idea of this makes you feel excited, then you may be quite aligned to starting your own biz, if however, the idea of working it all out for yourself makes you feel under pressure or stressed then you may be better suited in a career where someone else is in charge of working things out.

Do you thrive in a flexible working environment?

When you start your own business there are rarely rules or guidelines to follow at the beginning. A large part of your role will involve being flexible enough to wear lots of different hats.

For example, before you hire staff, it’s likely you who will be in charge of marketing, sales, PR, Finances, customer service, branding, advertising, product creation /design just to begin with.

Of course, some things you may need to outsource, but more often than not entrepreneurs end up doing a lot of everything when they first start out so you need to be OK with this.

Are you good at making fast decisions?

A while ago I interviewed Stanford Professor Bob Sutton and the number 1 trait he noticed (having interviewed the world’s top entrepreneurs including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook & Larry Page from Google), was that entrepreneurs excel at fast decision making. If you missed it, you can watch our video interview >>here.

Interestingly Professor Sutton said that entrepreneurs didn’t always make the right decision, but they didn’t waste a whole load of time deliberating. And if they made the wrong decision they would just course correct as they went.

The reality is, that starting your own business means ALOT of decision-making. In-fact you’ll be making decisions every day, from the colour of your website design through to the pricing of your product or service.

Fear not, decision making is a skill that you can learn, so if you feel like you need to brush up on your skills then be sure to check out my recent article: 10 Secrets of Fast Decision Makers.

Are you naturally self-motivated or do you need others to inspire you into action?

Are you the kind of person who can easily stick to deadlines and complete projects on time, or do you need someone else to manage you and your time?

As a business founder, there is no one above you to check in on you and make sure you’ve done what you said you will.

You have to be able to manage yourself, otherwise your business will suffer or not get off the ground at all.

As the captain of your business, you also need to have a natural drive and motivation to constantly move forward in your business so that it’s continuously growing.

Now for many of us, we may lack drive or motivation because we haven’t yet found something that we’re passionate enough about, to start a business.

So don’t be dismayed if you feel like you’re not the motivated kind of person right now. First find something you’re passionate about, and then check in on your level of drive.

Not sure what you’re passionate about? Here’s a few resources to help you:

>>Got Lots of Passions But No Idea Which One to Focus On?

>>3 Myths About Following You Passion

>>What No One Tells You About Finding Your Passion and Purpose in Life?

 

Are you good at taking responsibility?

When you start your own business, the buck stops at you.

That means when the going is good, you get to reap the rewards and the accolades.

It also means when the going gets tough, you have to own up to your mistakes, misgivings and failures.

As a business founder, you are 100% responsible for the success of your company.

This means you can’t be blaming other people or external circumstances if things go a little awry because it’s ultimately your job to make things happen.

This means you have to cultivate a great level of resilience and be OK with fixing things when they go wrong and working things out when there’s a knowledge gap in your business.

Are you good at delegating?

While in the beginning you’ll likely need to do everything yourself, at some point if you want your business to grow, you’ll need to start building a team to help you take over the day-to-day running of the business so you can focus on growth strategies.

This means being OK with handing over the reigns of your precious business baby to someone else.

This is often a scary thought for many entrepreneurs and can keep many of them stuck at the solopreneur stage.

The truth is – you have to get good at delegating tasks to other people if you ever want your business to grow, so this is something to think about and practice earlier rather than later.

Do you like working flexible hours?

While you can ultimately set up your business so that you work whatever hours you want, usually during the first few years you need to be pretty flexible.

This means that rather than working rigid 9 – 5 style hours, you’re more likely to be working some evenings or weekends and having other mornings or days off, depending on what your business needs from you.

This can be positive as it means you have the flexibility to work your business around your life and is often one of the main reasons why people like to start their own business.

However, be warned to research the business model you choose very carefully. The first business I set up was an agency model where I was required to work from an office in a 9 – 5 capacity (well more like 8 – 7pm!).

Where I assumed that I’d have more freedom and flexibility with my working hours because I was the boss, I in-fact had less flexibility because of the model I had chosen.

So don’t assume that ALL businesses give you freedom and flexibility and do your due diligence in research first 🙂

Do you like to have access to lots of resources or are you happy to research things yourself?

If you’ve come from a corporate background or worked for a large company then you may have taken the large amount of resources you have at your fingertips for granted.

Whereas these type of businesses have many departments and free resources and tools, you won’t get any of this when you start your own gig.

Need something to go off to the post office? Guess who’s going? Yep you. Need IT assistance? Guess who that is? Yep you again.

Often a lot of these things will boil down to you jumping on google and finding the answer for yourself, so you really need to be resourceful to make a business happen.

Do you want to start a business to make money?

If your number one reason for starting a business is to make money then quit now.

I’m not gonna lie to you. Starting your own business is tough. You’ve gotta be in it for the long haul. And in my experience, the ONLY way you can remain motivated over a long period of time is to truly believe in your business.

Have you ever had someone try and sell you something that you just knew they didn’t really believe in? Maybe they were just after a quick buck? Yep, Me too. It’s icky isn’t it? You come away feeling like you’ve been sold a lie.

The reality is, if your main driver for starting your business is money then you will have a tough slog ahead of you. Because when the money doesn’t come in, what will keep you going?

Now to be clear, I’m not saying money can’t be one of the reasons why you start a business, I’m just saying it can’t be the only reason.

Because, honestly, the most successful businesses are not those started for financial gain, but those started because people genuinely wanted to make a difference in the world…which leads me to my final question…

Do you have a burning desire to make positive changes in the world?

Now this one isn’t tied to only running your own business, but I do tend to see a pattern between those who have a deep-rooted passion to do something, change something, make the world better in some way and those who end up starting their own business.

Often people will start a business simply because something annoyed them so much that they just had to do something about it. So ask yourself this question:

What pisses you off about the world that you could change?

Do you have a better way of doing something, an idea for a product or service that solves this problem?

If you do, then maybe you have no choice BUT to start your own business 🙂

For me, the most exciting thing about starting your own business is that you have a unique opportunity to live out your life purpose, to make a difference by harnessing your special talents to somehow make the world a better place.

And you get to do it on your terms.

I’d love to hear from you. What pisses you off about the world that you could change? Maybe just maybe this is the seed of a new entrepreneurial business idea.

With love

Zoe B

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My 5 Favorite Inspiring Videos of All Time https://simplelifestrategies.com/my-5-favorite-inspiring-videos-of-all-time/ https://simplelifestrategies.com/my-5-favorite-inspiring-videos-of-all-time/#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:36:47 +0000 https://simplelifestrategies.com/?p=7653

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Hello dear friends!

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet.

Surprising fact you may not know about me: I’m constantly scouring the interwebs for inspiring interviews.

I just love to hear from people who have really made something of their lives.

I find it inspires me, lifts me up when I’m feeling flat and re-motivates me to build my own success story.

So today I want to share with you five of my all time favorite videos.

Honestly, I’ve watched hundreds if not thousands of interviews and talks from inspiring people, but these five I’m sharing today are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, guaranteed to leave you tingling with excitement about what’s possible in your own life.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired to take one small step towards your own success in life, as a result of these incredible stories.

1. Oprah Winfrey on career, life and leadership

Oprah shares her career secrets including how she dealt with being a double minority (black woman) on her rise to success. She shares her tips on leadership, connecting to your intuition and following your ultimate calling in life. I have actually watched this entire 1 hour interview at least three times. That’s how good it is.

Duration: 1 hour 4 mins

2. Liz Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

 

Liz tackles the subject of how she dealt with the huge success of her book: Eat, Prey, Love and how she copes with the sobering thought that her biggest success is more than likely behind her. She shares candidly how it is possible to stay inspired by your vocation regardless of the amount of failure you encounter and her true definition of the word success.

Duration: 7 mins

3. Ariana Huffington: Thrive talk at google

 

A fascinating look at how the founder of the Huffington Post has managed to balance her hugely successful business with the rest of her life. Arianna shares how to avoid burn out, sleep deprivation and exhaustion while still achieving real success in your life and work.

Duration: 54 mins

4. Sara Blakely: SPANX CEO on writing your billion dollar story

 

Sara shares her super inspiring SPANX story including how she went from a fax machine sales person to a billion dollar businesswoman with no financial backing, or business experience. Learn this incredible woman’s secrets behind success including her very unusual upbringing on the topic of failure.

Duration: 59 mins

5. Michelle Obama interviewed by Oprah

The first lady shares the secrets behind her own inner confidence and how she deals with online haters. Regardless of your political views, this is a rare opportunity to be mentored by the woman ho coined the phrase “when they go low, we go high.”

Duration: 43 mins

More than anything, I really hope you get just a slither of inspiration from any one of these videos and this motivates you to pursue a life less ordinary, to go after the life of your dreams! If these five women can do it, then so can you!

I would LOVE to hear which of these videos you liked the most and just one nugget of wisdom you gleaned from these? Tell me in the comments below the post 🙂

Happy Wednesday y’all!

With love

Zoe B

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