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Creating more in your life through Volunteering

When you think of volunteering a few common thoughts that may come to mind immediately are:

  • where will I find the time for it,
  • doing something for nothing,
  • having to do something that you may not necessarily be interested in, or even
  • having to share time with people whom you don’t know.

This could all be true; however what I would like to share with you is the endless opportunities that are possible being part of a volunteer program.

It has been proven through research and countless interviews with successful people that part of a flourishing, satisfying and happy life experience is the ability to give back to your community, meet new people, network and share your skills, knowledge and your resources.  As a result you learn new skills and become a part of creating something that makes a difference to others.  This can be especially true for business people; and all this can be achieved through choosing to volunteer your time regularly.

There are many different programs to participate in. For example:

  • helping at your children’s school,
  • planting tree projects,
  • pro bono organisations,
  • sporting programs,
  • clean up your neighbourhood groups,
  • helping in hospitals,
  • developing or assisting in self help or like interest groups.

If you Google ‘volunteering’ in your area you may find it amazing how much is out there and happening right now.

The benefits to you could be meeting:

  • new clients,
  • new friends,
  • developing and enhancing your own self worth,
  • spending more time with family who choose to participate as well,
  • setting great examples for your children and
  • learning new things about yourself, others and different ways of doing an activity.

People who volunteer their time, whether it be once a week or once a month, have been found to be happier, interesting, fulfilled and possibly most of all have a stronger connection to their community and sense of self and where they belong in the bigger picture.  These people also find their resources grow and their business shows positive signs of growth.

Volunteering allows you the opportunity to safely step out of your comfort zone and do something different which in turn encourages you to take action on things you may have previously thought impossible.  Try it and see.

The key is finding an organisation or group that interests you or you are passionate about.  If you decide to volunteer for something you don’t believe in or support, it will soon become a chore and you will not stay the distance.

A sense of community and contribution; where everyone helps everyone else to develop, is not lost. It may seem though, not to be as high a priority as years past.  Could this be why there are some of the issues in society today?  Could we overcome this by satisfying our need to encourage and develop our community?  What would we loose by making some time to help?  Or what could we gain?  The possibilities are endless; all you need to do is take the first step.

Kirsty 🙂

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The Most Important Relationship – The Relationship with Self

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUayt8lULMkBYG-OMyb9_PiA&v=xnC_TiZeZCQ&feature=player_detailpage

Carl Jung said “the most terrifying thing is accept oneself completely”. I also believe though once you overcome that terror, embrace all the perfect and imperfect things about you, the sense of freedom, peace, acceptance, drive, determination and certainty is priceless.

Knowing yourself is important in relationships because everything that happens to you, every one you attract, is a reflection of what you believe about yourself.

You cannot outperform your level of self-esteem. You cannot draw to yourselves more than you think you are worth. So take time to:-

  • Find out who you are.
  • See yourself and your place in your relationships as it is, not worse than it is.
  • Be aware of how you feel, think and act at all different times of the day.
  • Accept yourself completely the way you are, what you believe, what you love and like and don’t like.

The relationship you have with yourself is arguably the foundation on which your other relationships are built, and credible studies are now supporting this view.

High self-esteem predicts better relationship satisfaction and less mental, emotional and physical illness.

People with self-worth appear to respond more constructively and positively during conflict or when challenges or pressure appears in their lives.

When was the last time you checked in…

  • Are you your own best friend?
  • What is important to you?
  • What do you love doing?
  • What do you like?
  • What are you good at?
  • What are your habits, good and bad?
  • What emotional state do you allow yourself to be in most of the time?
  • What don’t you like?
  • What sort of people do you like being around?

When you can answer these, confidence will surely follow as you can be more mindful of your needs and what you would like to improve on in your life.

You will also become more trustworthy to others as they will feel and see that there is no ‘funny’ feeling about being around you as you are honest, genuine and self-assured.  You are being yourself, not someone you think others will approve of.  The only approval you need is your own.

Kirsty O’Callaghan

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Picking your state and intention for the day – YOU GET TO CHOOSE!

Do you just get up every morning, head hung low, would rather be back in bed? Do you just get up and start going through your morning routine, putting one foot in front of the other? Do you wonder where your motivation,let alone inspiration have gone?

I have realised that beginning the day with no clear direction, no high expectations and on automatic pilot does not get me the results I want or need. I am going to share with you a couple of tricks to get you feeling more energetic andinspired each day.

Know your overall picture/goals for the next couple of years. It always brings more meaning to your life when you know where you are headed. Where do you see yourself in 2 years’ time? What is happening? Who is with you? How are you feeling? What are you doing? Remember, it’s not what you don’t want, it is what you would like to work towards and where you want to be.

Once you know where it is and what you want, pick a state that suits this part of your life. Is it happy, healthy, open, engaging, pumped, peaceful, in control,respecting and respected, grateful, confident, valued, or the like? Once you know the state that feels right, get in that state from right now. Remind yourself constantly I am……. today.

Set your intention for each day. What do you intend to do, to be, to achieve,to overcome, to create? Know this, write it down and begin.

Try this for the next month. I will guarantee you will see your life become more enjoyable, you will get more meaningful things done and you will move away from what you don’t want because you are too busy getting what you do want and enjoying yourself!

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