1. The days are long but the years are short - Many people in business fall into the trap of feeling overwhelmed and focus in on the daily tasks at hand. The trouble is, the years pass by regardless of where you focus, so taking time to make a master plan helps you to see the bigger picture and work towards it.
Nothing would give me more pleasure than telling you that after 11 years as a coach, and studying the ins and outs of happiness, that there’s a golden light at the end of the tunnel where you live happily ever after and life is a long string of joy, love bubbles and blissful moments. However, I don’t deal in bull... dust, I deal in positivity, and quite frankly, there is no pot of gold to find. (Sorry.)
What I have discovered, is that regardless of how positive you are, life still throws you challenges. No matter how mindful, engaged or compassionate you are, bad stuff still happens and weather you’re generally more optimistic or more pessimistic, when disaster strikes, it still sucks! The pain feels the same regardless of your disposition, it’s what comes next that separates us. I think most people believe that the optimist is like an endangered species on a protected list that is simply immune to disaster or negativity, not so my friends. The optimist is the guy working overtime to make sure that when disaster strikes it doesn’t’ take him (or those around him,) down with it.
I get a lot done. I manage to enjoy large parts of each day. I make time for my kids, husband, family and friends and I exercise religiously and take time to meditate each day. I’m not some sort of super hero or energiser bunny, and I’m certainly not perfect, I simply have really good habits that work.
Habits are essential to success. People with positive habits will consistently move towards their goals, while others with weak and inconsistent habits will progress much more slowly, if at all. Taking time to set up good habits will make life monumentally easier and help you become more resilient when things go pear shaped. Today I want to share with you some of my habits and hopefully inspire you to develop some of your own.
My husband was recently accused of bullying…. By our six-year-old daughter. Laura came home from school telling me how she learned all about bullying at School. Later that evening when my husband, very respectfully I might add, asked her to put her pyjamas on for bed, she turned around, put her hands on her hips (with all the theatrics of an indignant six-year-old) and said “Stop bullying me Dad!” You can see by the picture how strained their relationship is. LOL.
Generally, in our society, we focus on the problem not the solution. Teaching children about bullying gives them a vocabulary that expands their thoughts in that direction. Every three hours, one person in Australia chooses to end their own life, that’s approximately 8 people a day and is greater than our National road toll, tragically, in 2015 our suicide rate was close to three times that of our road toll.
Well, It’s been over three weeks of Skateboarding every day and I’m happy to report that I’m definitely getting better. I can slow down, (which is pretty important) I can turn in figure 8’s and I’m starting to really enjoy cruising around the streets with the kids. In fact, today I’m grateful for the rain as my left calf is killing and it really needs a few days off!
There are a few things that I think are really cool about skateboarding and I wanted to share them with you because they are pretty applicable to business in general.
Over the last 10 years as a coach, I constantly think about how I can make the world at large a more positive place, but it has to be free, easy and accessible to everyone.
So... I've developed the kindness calendar as a simple way to promote kindness in schools, homes and workplaces. Stephanie Meades and myself formed the Kindness Crew and are on a mission to make kindness a priority in the lead up to Christmas.
Most businesses are primarily driven by their bottom line; That is, how much profit was realised and what return will the shareholders receive. Business is changing, and to create a sustainable business model I believe that the bottom line has changed most of all.
The triple bottom line replaces traditional fiscal profitability and embraces three positive outcomes that all businesses should be aiming for; People, Planet and Profit. When a business shifts focus to embrace the triple bottom line the integrity of the organisation shifts up a gear and it becomes valuable in its own right.
What lies at the root of Southwest Airlines Culture is the strong focus on relationships. The Southwest framework of positive relationships is; Shared goals, Shared knowledge and Mutual respect. This is named ‘relational coordination’ and is found to enhance both quality and efficiency in equal measures. In a hospital studied, relational coordination created: 31% reduction hospital stays, 22% higher patient quality of care, improved clinical outcomes.
Southwest has 10 practices for building high performance relationships:
Date: Thursday, 16 July – Shellharbour
Topic: Increase Profits through a Positive Culture
Presenter: Jodie Cooper
Jodie Cooper specialises in developing positive mindsets and in this workshop will focus on how positivity contributes to building happier and more productive workplaces.
Jodie will demonstrate why positivity is essential to both creating a successful and productive team and to assist people to reach their full potential. When people are fully engaged and using their strengths at work, motivation and consistency become part of the team dynamic!
By drawing on research from the field of positive psychology, Jodie will also identify the key elements of a positive work culture and show you how to bring these elements together within your team.
By implementing some simple changes, you’ll foster a more positive attitude among those you work with and also see a positive impact on the bottom line.
At the end of the workshop you'll have the tools to:
- Regain personal positivity, productivity and focus
- Recognise and tap into your strengths
- Develop a plan to help yourself and your team thrive at work
- Get clarity on what’s really important in your business and take action on it
Tamara Campbell is a wonderful local woman who performs internationally as a physical comedian, with her character Kiki Bittovabitsch. Recently, Tamara presented this speach at a local arts festival and when she sent it to me I really wanted to share it with you. .....
I feel that life has a small frivolity window for adults, a time when you can, if you really want to, play again, risk, like a 20 something with the knowledge of an adult, a real adult - and I believe that as an artist this time can be extraordinary.
There is nothing new about Women in leadership roles, what is new is that we're banding together to support each other like never before! I had the privilege to go to a conference on Women in Leadership recently and I wanted to share a few of the pearls of wisdom I took away from the four exceptional speakers.
Given that the average employee is unproductive for around 25% of their working day (and often stressed for the other 75%) there’s a lot of room for improvement in the average business and much of it is to do with their mindset!
Positive Psychology is a science! It’s not a management fad, or part of the self help movement, it’s the study of what’s right with human beings and applies that knowledge to our lives, communities and organisations. In business we aim to increase personal productivity and efficiency while building resilience to stress and burnout, oh.... and we have a whole lot of fun doing it!
Public speaking is one of the most terrifying experiences in life for most people. Jodie has been speaking publicly for 8 years and has done extensive training in the field. Jodie offers three exceptional Public Speaking Courses in Wollongong, all designed to help you step up and be heard, to speak with confidence and charisma and essentially connect with any audience.
Many people in today’s society are living with unhealthy levels of stress. The follow activities are things that will help to alleviate and manage those stress levels. Don’t try them all at once, rather try something new each time you notice your stress levels elevating to the red zone.
1) Block time out to relax – Choose a time and an activity that you enjoy, perhaps yoga, sitting in a garden, or even listening to calming music. Book it into your diary in advance and then treat it like an appointment that must be kept. It takes no more than two minutes to schedule something into your diary, but once there it’s a date to look forward to and hopefully will become more regular.
I recently created a new workshop around personal efficiency and time management, and I'd like share the best of it with you. The team that went through this workshop a few weeks ago loved it, and really clicked with a new way they can work and get the most out of their day.
Traditionally we've focused heavily on time management and organisation skills to improve productivity. However it's time we focused on how we think and feel, you know yourself how quickly your productivity decreases when you're feeling down or thinking about the mountain of work you have to churn through this afternoon!
Business is fickle! There are always new trends, theories are constantly changing and the bottom line is often an elusive number managers hunt relentlessly. In the last eight years I've learned everything I can about happiness, and interestingly enough in the last few years it’s taken me back to my business roots. I've become incredibly excited about the research that’s linking positive emotions to profitability and today I’d like to share the best of it.
Here’s the simple premise. Our thoughts determine our emotions, and our emotions largely determine our actions, our actions certainly determine our results and in the case of our businesses, our profitability. Sounds simple hey! So why do so many businesses fail? Because fundamentally, our thoughts are negative and pushing our emotions and actions away from the results were trying most desperately to create.
"Having good friends is much more important than having good things!"
Here's what ive learnt in 2013.pdf. (Click to check it out!)
It's been a pretty amazing year! Laura is almost 3 and Dylan is almost 18 months. Life seems to be getting easier and we've found a lovely rhythm as a little family. This year I've learnt so much about what's important and hopefully, I'm a much better person for the challenges my two little munchkins have thrown at me.