My perfect day begins with by woken up with a loving massage from my beautiful and skillful partner. She leads on into tantric sex which, if Sting is to be believed, pretty much takes us up to brunch. After brunch, we indulge in one of civilisations greatest inventions – a siesta. Next it’s action time with some afternoon delight, tantric-style. Finally it’s exercise time so off for a dip in the sea together, skinny of course and then sex on the beach (and I’m not talking cocktails). Finally it’s time for a romantic tête a tête dinner, and then off to bed and what Lionel Richie calls “All night long”
Top that for a perfect day!
Of course. those of you that are fans of the 4-hour work week and those who believe that success comes from having higher goals will know that there will be some days you have to work
So next-to-perfect day is up at 5am for a nice cold shower (thanks Kundalini Yoga and Wim Hof) followed by morning yoga and then quiet time for writing or other creative work. After that, my day is pretty much the same as Richard Branson’s, living the good life in a private luxury resort, spending half the day on sporting activities, writing the occasional facebook blog and keynoting at various entrepreneurial events in interesting parts of the world. Lots of smiling and shaking hands. I’m especially good at that.
Somewhere in there is running my Workplace Wellbeing business. That now operates centres and programs across the globe. Like Virgin, thanks to giving great care to hiring, culture and controls, this is a lot less hassle than it could be and it’s pretty much all delegated.
And that means that I have plenty of quality time to spend with my lovely partner which takes me back to…
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 3
For me, my desire for freedom goes back around 4 years to when I was working in corporate as an IT project manager on a troubled project with high visibility, high pressure and high stress. I used to emerge from the office block at lunchtime exhausted and feeling shell shocked (or at least those were the words that came to mind) and the tough thing was there did not seem to be anywhere to go to get a break, to fully let go and to recharge.
At that time, I conceived the initial version of my workplace wellbeing business and about a year later, got a proverbial kick in the pants and started to create it. That’s my external why – the chance to move on from corporate work to creating work that is more inspiring, more empowering, in a better work environment, that really helped people – and was sorely needed
But what I have since come to realise since is that I was brought up with a whole system of inner constraints. There are core beliefs, formed during early childhood to explain difficult episodes encountered at that time. Then, these served to keep me safe. Now, they are no longer needed but still wield an insidious unconscious power. There are social beliefs – get a good job, marry the right partner, have a good retirement fund, and so on. And finally there are beliefs garnered through just living – from kids, the ex, friends and so on. Many are totally ridiculous but still tried to rule me
And I’ve come to realise that freedom in the internal is just as important as the external world
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2
The three biggest challenges that have been sabotaging me over the past year or business are…
- First, I have lacked good practical appropriate marketing knowledge. I have an MBA but it predates the internet era – and the marketing subject was very theoretical. The plethora of possibilities available in the internet era and all the experts advertising their methods has confused and left me frozen, taking no action. I’ve finally found some help from the emerging startup ecosystem and it’s really moving me forward.
- Second, there’s the way that I am able to reach a peak state for short periods but I can’t maintain it. I know I come over as confident, knowledgeable and high-energy when I talk to prospective clients and they seem to like what I offer. In front of them, I come alive. The issue is that without a client in front of me, I can’t keep it up and my low-energy, confidence-lacking state resurfaces and undermines everything – from getting up in the morning to getting that marketing work done
- Finally there is subtle energy (which is often not-so-subtle as anyone who has experienced kundalini activation will tell you). As a yoga teacher, I’ve studied the concepts of past lives and karma. What has astonished me was the way that my life led me to a practitioner for a clearing. She explained behaviour patterns I have in this lifetime (that I hadn’t told her about) in terms of past lives, cleared it, and I left with my sky-high confidence. Jerry Hicks said that in his days teaching Think and Grow Rich, many people took the classes – multiple times – did the work and still didn’t get the results. That seems to be common to many other self help gurus. Perhaps subtle energy is the answer
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1