ARE YOU READY TO RISE?

Well are you?

So, we have all done it. Had an amazing idea that at the time felt like you were going to conquer the world. It shone so bright in your vision that you wanted to scream it from the rooftops!!

What happened to that vision? Did you start climbing only to find yourself slowing down the more you tried to reach your goal?

The fact of the matter is you just weren’t ready. Not really.

Now, I am sure your business venture was a sound one but if you have not fully prepared to climb the mountain then you will never reach the top. A bit like our snail friend here. Now he will always struggle to reach great heights at some speed — that’s just his make up. But YOU can move faster if you settle whatever issues you are still hanging on to and make sure you have the right support and tools to take with you.

Today more than ever we are bombarded with ads from marketeers promising the 6 figure lifestyle — if only we will buy this package, and that package. They will provide the very same blueprint that made them filthy rich. Or so it seems.

Now, I am not putting these messages down because for some they work. However, there are many that sign up for these deals mentally unprepared for take-off. They may not even finish the course because the buzz was short lived due to overwhelm. One course leads to another and over time the feeling of inadequacy hits them like a ton of bricks. The ads (thanks to our little friend ‘algorithm’) follow them everywhere reminding them every day that they are not that squeaky clean image with the perfect lifestyle. They forget their own fabulousness as they compare themselves to others in the social media world.

It is time to stop comparing. It is time to stop believing that everyone you see in these fancy shmancy ads are living the life they portray. Trust me — the majority of them are just faking it till they make it. So, stop watching others and focus on what truly matters… ‘YOU’.

2019 is fast approaching and there is no time like the present to get ready to rise. Don’t make the same mistake as you did last year and wait for January to come to start the groundwork.

If you need someone to brainstorm your ideas with, map out a plan, be your compass to guide you along the way — then let’s get that ship ready to board so we can set sail together.

I am here whenever you are ready!

Sara

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Shake Your Tailfeathers!

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Today I want to talk about my obsession with peacock feathers 😍💜

I have used the peacock feather in my ‘Get Ready To Rise’ branding.  I have used it as part of a give-away at events coupled with a beautiful rose quartz for guests as a keep-sake.  I have one on my desk by my laptop so I can gaze at the glory of it’s colours whenever I need a minute to be still and reset.  I just love them.  Here are some interesting facts about my beloved peacock feather:

In Greco-Roman mythology the Peacock tail has the "eyes" of the stars. In Hinduism, the Peacock is associated with Lakshmi who represents patience, kindness and luck. In Persia the Peacock is seen as a guardian to royalty, and is often seen in engravings upon their thrones. In Christianity the Peacock represents the "all-seeing" church. The Peacock also represents resurrection, renewal and immortality within the spiritual teachings of Christianity. Themes of renewal are also linked to alchemical traditions too, as many schools of thought compare the resurrecting phoenix to the modern-day Peacock.

The Peacock has been linked to Kuan Yin and it is this deity that is supposedly the creator of the beautiful colors of the Peacock’s signature tail feathers. Legend tells us Kuan Yin could have been immortal but stayed because she wished to aid humanity in their spiritual evolution. Kuan Yin taught people, through her own compassionate spirit, to live together as friends. When she decided to go to the heavens she appointed a guardian to keep the earth peaceful. She called a bird, with dull brown feathers, to her. She rubbed her face and brushed her hands down the length of its feathers, which created a kaleidoscope of colors and beautiful eyes on the end of each long feather. The Peacock feathers remind us that Kuan Yin is compassionately watching over us.

It has also been said that the Peacock is the earthly manifestation of the phoenix. The feathers are talismans to protect the wearer from accidents, poisoning, diseases, and other disasters. For this reason the Peacock feather represents immortality, and can absorb negative energies, protecting those who wear them. Just like the phoenix those who wear the Peacock feather can rise from the ashes.

Peacock energy can help you on your spiritual path and breathe new life into your walk of faith. The Peacock is a symbol of the compassion of Kuan Yin and the integrity that is possible in all religions. It is the watcher of all. Remember, the cry of the Peacock is a call to Kuan Yin to help her people. The Peacock is a reminder to all of us to show our true colors.

Source: MindBodySpirit-online

 

Have a wonderful day! — Now go shake those tailfeathers! 💜✨

Has Your Ship Stopped Sailing?

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An entrepreneur starts their journey full of excitement. They have delved deep, addressed some of the issues that were holding them back and now they have embarked on their journey.  The ship has left the shore.  But suddenly the ship stops sailing and once again they are anchored, dazed and confused as to what is holding them back.

 Sound familiar?

Well if it does it is probably because you forgot to travel with your compass.  You could see the vision on the horizon, but alas you forgot that the ocean is vast and whilst you were focusing on your vision you forgot where you were going, how you were going to get there, which direction to go and what to take with you.

Whilst trying to deal with the million tasks of starting up or scaling up a business you became overwhelmed, scared, confused, worried and an all too familiar feeling is weighing you down.  It reminds you of how you used to feel in the past when faced with issues that were difficult to overcome.

And then it happens.  The past, the one which you thought you had left behind comes back and anchors the very ship you had set sail in.  You say to yourself you should not be feeling this way. 

“How can I? When I have invested so much in myself? Maybe I should sign up for another course?”

You may have spent thousands and will continue to spend thousands on courses and group coaching that results in you feeling temporarily motivated but will inevitably not fix the fact that you are struggling to get the ideas off the ground due to the lack of systems/processes and accountability partnership needed in order to move forward.

You don’t need another course. You need an accountability partner and someone who understands exactly what it felt like to overcome adversity to launch her own business. 

As your business mentor and someone who understands how you are feeling all too well I will help you reduce needless complexity, identify and remove distractions, troubleshoot any problems and keep you engaged and focused on your vision.  

The systems I will put in place are live where we both will have visibility of your progress.  I will hold you accountable to achieving your weekly goals and as your mentor offer you the support to keep you focused.

It is time to stop hiding and get ready to rise.

Sound good?

Let’s chat.  Join me on a discovery call and let’s find out how to get that ship sailing again

My mission is to empower women that  are willing to Get Ready To Rise so that together we can successfully Strategize Your Biz.

Love, Sara 💜✨✨

10 Ways to Create a Better 'You'

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Many of us today try to change the way we feel by using negative coping strategies. Whether it be alcohol, over spending, gambling, over eating, hibernation and much more.  The list goes on.  But how does this really make us feel?  In more ways than one it will make us feel worse about ourselves and effectively cause damage to our overall being.   So how do we change the way we feel in our mind, body and spirit?  We have to plan the way we treat ourselves as individuals the same way in which we plan our work, our homes and our families.  Here are 10 ways to get started….

1. Set Goals

 

 

Like Napoleon Hill said  “A goal is a dream with a deadline”  Be clear in what you want to achieve in life.  Imagine how you want to be feeling both physically and mentally with a specific deadline in mind.  Then write it down, break it down and track your progress daily, weekly and monthly.

2. Change your diet

Do not do anything drastic.  As we all know it never works.  Start small with your commitments and remember your end goal.  Our eating habits are one of the hardest things to change as we sometimes have an emotional dependency on certain foods.  Use a 12 step program to ease your way into your brand new you.

3. Exercise

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Oh boy here we go.. the ‘E’ word I hear you cry.  Well it is no secret that the addition of exercise in our lives creates more positives than negatives.  So why do we fear it?  It probably creates a sense of knowing that it means hard work ahead.  So why make it hard?  Exercise comes in many forms. The gym is not for everyone and nor does it have to be.  Think about what you enjoy most.  Do you like to walk? run? swim?  Whatever it is you enjoy make it fun.  Make it more regular and at first don’t take it too seriously.  The main thing is you make that first move and get those tired and redundant bodies moving again

4. Educate your mind

Did you know that the average adult in the UK watches over 30 hours of TV a week?  This is a shocking finding from the latest TV licensing viewing report.  Just imagine what can be achieved in those 30 hours.  I do wonder how many of the same people claim they are too busy to read.  Continuous learning is crucial to success in whichever part of your life you want to change.  If you do not warm to the idea of picking up a book pick up your laptop or phone and download an E-book.  Watch a motivational short video; TED Talks is a great site for short educational and informative clips from the best speakers in the world.  You could even cram one in the adverts if you are that reluctant to give up Goggle Box.

5. Volunteer

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Imagine being a part of a movement.  That your actions benefited your community locally or even on a global scale.  Volunteering not only benefits others but can also enhance your skill set, increase your confidence and provide new experiences that you do not acquire in your every day hobbies.  Maybe you are stuck in a crossroads in a career and need to work on new skills.  Maybe you have a charity close to your heart for personal reasons and want to give back.  Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. — Scott Adams.  Click here to find volunteer opportunities.

6. Get out of your comfort zone

I am a firm believer in what lies beyond fear is success. The biggest results come from facing your fear, shaking its hand and stepping through it.  Scared of heights?  Do a bungee jump. Scared of public speaking?  Get on a stage of any size and challenge yourself.

7. Change your career (if you need to)

How many people do you know who are unhappy with their current job situation but fail to change direction?    It goes back to fear.  Fear of the unknown.  Leaving friendships at work is hard for some because work life has become habitual and creates a better the devil you know syndrome.

8. Avoid negativity

When you want change you have to be able to silence the noise of negativity.  There will always be people in your life who do not want you to change because it may reflect the things they need to change in themselves.  Energy vampires want you to fail because they have insecurities of their own.  But do not pay them any mind.  Focus on yourself and surround yourself only in the company of like-minded positive people.

9. Meditation

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Deepak Chopra suggests meditating for at least 2 x 15-20 minute sessions per day.  So why meditate?  First and foremost is it is a stress reliever but it also decreases blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, allows oxygen to travel through the system with ease and increases production of the anti-ageing hormone DHEA. The best time to meditate is upon waking and after your working day and the idea is practise until it becomes second nature.  Although uncomfortable at first in time the benefits of eliminating the 38-40 thought per minute the average person has will outweigh the cons of dedicating only 40 minutes of the 1440 minutes available in any one day.

10. Commit

Last but not least is commit to all of the goals you have created.  Even better find an accountability partner who will ensure you keep on track of your action steps towards completing your goals.

Best of luck and I hope to hear about your steps to a better you.

Sara x

When Words Impact an Innocent Child

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Dear little me...

 

Don't worry, you are going to be just fine :)

I feel compelled to write this as I have been truly inspired by the bravery of my friends over at Mental Musings who have shared their stories this week, and also by the parents that I have met this weekend at Power To Achieve who brought their children to an event that is based around overcoming your fears in order to achieve your goals. I have watched children as young as 6 get up on a stage and talk to an auditorium of 1000 people, bend metal rods with their throats, and listen to every message patiently and with interest over 2x 12-hour days.

If you were not aware this week was #childrensmentalhealthweek It may be coming to a close, but the message needs to continue...

You never truly know the damage that is done until you reach your adult years. Words that were said into your younger ears come back loud and clear like a scene from a bad movie you stop, only to switch channels looking for a better movie to watch.

So this is little me, stood on a high street with the scariest Mickey Mouse I have ever seen 🤣He is frightening right? Are you frightened of him? Well, probably not as frightened as the girl stood next to him... Me. I spent my younger years constantly frightened. So in honour of every child that has ever been bullied or experienced some form of trauma I want to share one of my stories...

One of the scenes that used to replay in my innocent mind was a situation I found myself in with my grandparents. I can't remember my exact age, but I was very young. Young enough to be confused, and old enough to feel I needed to protect my grandparents by not crying out for help. Like many situations in my younger years this was one I kept to myself and like a toxic flame, it burnt my soul every day.

I stood at the end of the aisle instructed to help with bagging the items they were loading onto the conveyor belt. I didn't know what I was doing; I was more concerned about the speed in which I was doing it. I've never mastered the art of packing groceries. They are just thrown in higgledy-piggledy like a family of children trying to get into a car on a school run. My eyes flitting from bags to grandparents willing them to slow down in my mind before I royally messed the bagging up. No time to wipe my runny nose, no time to scratch my legs that were itching from my thick woolly tights. "Must concentrate. Keep going Sara". Then I feel something coming towards me from the side. I felt him before I saw him. A bad energy that caused me to look up. I don't know how many seconds our eyes connected for, but it felt like a million years. He had no hair and a sign on his head. Little Sara didn't know what it symbolised, but I found out when I was old enough to realise that it was a Swastika. He seemed angry, his mouth snarling like I was the one that stole his hair or printed the mark on his head with the ink stamps I loved to play with. I remember my belly flipping and felt instantly sick. Then I froze. Everything froze apart from my eyes which were now flitting back and forth from the man to my grandparents who were still caught up in loading. He reached into his pocket and took out a lighter and now my eyes were transfixed on this flame, and as he lowered his head to stare in my eyes through the flame the following words were about to shape my mind for many years to follow:

"I hear Nig%*!s burn faster in hell!" Then off he went. Just like that! Leaving a scar on an innocent little girl as permanent as the tattoo on his forehead.

So why am I sharing this with you? Maybe you are thinking this is too personal a story to share? Well, I am sharing this because I no longer feel that pain. This is not a sob story but an awareness story. Like many others who have inflicted pain on me, I chose to forgive in my heart. I am lucky that I built strength over the years to choose forgiveness so that I could lead a happy life. But many children do not find that strength and the pain manifests and they end up choosing negative coping mechanisms to numb the pain.

My plea to everyone reading this is to try and encourage our children to talk. When I say 'our' I am not only talking to parents. As adults, we should encourage every child even if they are not our own to speak up about their issues. I certainly wish I had spoken up as a child. Maybe I would have received the support I needed. There are millions of children out there that are also suffering in silence. It is #timetotalk

P.S The design of this Mickey Mouse costume still confuses me today. So, I also forgive the designer ;)

P.P.S To the man with the horrific tattoo imprinted on your head...you most likely will have passed now but I hope that you found peace and were able to control your projection for the pain you were clearly experiencing in your life x

Much Love & Light

Sara xxx