LOVE

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Love makes the world go around and this is never more true than when we are going through change. When we are faced with change self love, the love of others and the love of what we do will go a long way to smoothing our path and keeping our happiness at an optimum level.

Love who you are.

Loving who you are and what you are about is a lifelong journey. Accepting and loving ourselves with our quirks, nuances and human fallibilities brings a certain inner confidence and inner strength. With self love comes a silent knowing that you are enough, you are perfect exactly the way you are and yes the path of change may not be easy but you are more than capable and with enough inner strength, absolutely unstoppable! Loving who you are will not only make life more enjoyable but will also make loving those around you possible and worthwhile.  

Love what you do.

Loving what we do makes life and change so much easier. Chances are you spend more time at work than at home and so being happy at work and with your work will go a long way in determining your happiness outside of work. A job that allows you to change, grow and develop is a job that you will be happy in and a job that you can bring your best self to.

I have huge admiration and respect for the late great Steve Jobs. Steve’s vision, simplistic thinking, tenacity and flair transformed how the world communicates and will continue to do so for many years to come. Steve is quoted as having wisely said

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle’

Don’t settle is simple yet deeply wise advice. If you are in a job/company you don’t like or if you are in a job/company that you feel doesn’t value you, you will not be giving your best and you will not be growing professionally or personally in that role. Life is way too short to allow a job/company to stunt your professional and personal growth.

The path to change is filled with love, sprinkle that love around like fairy dust!

This post is part of a 26 blog post blog series on the ‘A-Z Of Effective Change’. You can read all the published blog posts in the series here

‘The Complete A-Z Of Effective Change’

Keeping it Simple,

Siobhain

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KNOWLEDGE

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Change of almost any kind requires more skill than we currently have.

Learning and gathering knowledge on the path to change will ensure that when change happens we are more than ready for it.

There has never been an easier time to learn and build our portfolio of skills.

The internet has brought us a never ending stream of information and has allowed us to have access to mentors and coaches that before the internet we may never have known about. It has never been easier to become proficient in any area you are interested in.

There are so many avenues for learning these days. As well as online courses for absolutely everything, with the introduction of audiobooks we can now read/listen to books while we wait in the line at the supermarket or while we drive utilising time more efficiently in terms of learning. Podcasts by our favourite online mentors/coaches are available 24/7 on our smartphones. We have access to personal workouts in our home thanks to the fitness gurus on the countless social media sites available.

With all this access to information and knowledge it is never to late to make a change, whether you are learning a new skill or completely reinventing yourself or your career.

What skills are you learning to bring about positive change in your life?

This post is part of a 26 blog post blog series on the ‘A-Z Of Effective Change’. You can read all the published blog posts in the series here

‘The Complete A-Z Of Effective Change’

Keeping it Simple,

Siobhain

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ANNUAL REVIEW 2017

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It’s that time of year again, time to look back reflecting on what last year brought us and time to look forward and plan for the unknown future. Time to be grateful that we are still here to experience and enjoy life, time to carry out the Annual Review.

In the Lean/Continuous Improvement world we carry out ‘Hansei’ which is Japanese (反射) for ‘Self-Reflection’. Hansei allows us to review goals (personal and professional) and reflect on how they went to see what worked so we can build on the successes and see what didn’t work so we can adjust and change direction.

I have been carrying out a ‘Hansei’ or Annual Review for many years now and find it hard to believe this is the 5th year I have published this review online. Time really does go very fast! See Annual Reviews from past years below,

Annual Review 2013  Annual Review 2014  Annual Review 2015  Annual Review 2016

As always Mike, my family and my friends are my reason for everything. By far the most exciting thing that happened to my family this year was my younger brother Declan and his beautiful wife Aoife welcomed my gorgeous niece Ayla Danaher to the world, a wonderful addition to our ever-growing family.

Here goes, in no particular order, my Annual Review for 2017.

2017 was a big year for me in the world of Lean. I continue to work for and enjoy my role with daa. This year saw us implement Hoshin Kanri (Lean Strategy Deployment) for the first time which brought new learnings every day in terms of our Lean journey.

For my personal goals it was also the first year I used the principles and structures of Hoshin Kanri to set and monitor goals and objectives. In terms of planning, organising and changing direction when required this brought the process of goal setting to a whole new level.

One of my goals was to share information and learnings from the world of Lean. I did this by designing, creating and launching my new website ‘‘The Art Of Positive Change’ in March. This took way longer than I had anticipated but it was worth the wait as I now have somewhere dedicated to sharing information on Lean, Simplicity and Positive Change and the immense benefits they bring to our businesses and personal lives.

Another goal was to write and publish a blog post a week (52 in total). I didn’t reach this, completely underestimating how much time it takes to create blog posts and edit them. I did manage to publish 24 blog posts which is more than I have published in any previous year. So while I didn’t reach my goal I’m definitely improving in this space.

Also in March I started working with the brilliant cartoonist Andy Kefford creating a new character called Pinky, aptly named by my 7 year old niece Miah. Pinky is the star of my 26 part blog post series ‘The A-Z of Effective Change’. You can view all of the published blog posts here.

The Complete A-Z of Effective Change

This year I was reminded how much I love Travel Photography and so I will be working more on this in 2018. If you are new to my work you can view my Travel Photography images here on my website ‘www.siodanphoto.com’ and read my Travel Photography blog posts on my blog ‘The Photographer’s Guide To Travel’.

In terms of travel near and far, Mike and I enjoyed weekends away in Edinburgh, Killarney and Kilkenny, my parents and I spent a few days in London and later in the year my Mom and I spent 10 days in the amazing city of Dubai. Earlier in the year I dusted off my skiing skills and joined one of my best mates Karin Hennessy for a few days skiing in fabulous Pila in the Italian Alps.

Following a trip to Abu Dhabi with Mike in 2016 I created and published my 8th Travel Photography book ‘The Photographer’s Guide To Abu Dhabi’ in September complimenting the blog post I wrote on this beautiful city ‘The Top 5 things To Do in Abu Dhabi’.

I worked with some of my family and friends on photo shoots this year which I enjoyed immensely. It’s always a joy to shoot images of family and friends,

My Travel Photography Fine Art prints and my Fine Art Catalogue are now displayed at my friend Michelle Quilty’s newly opened business, The Tea Cosy in Ardpatrick. This makes me very proud and gives me itchy feet to do more Travel Photography exhibitions – watch this space!

Social media continues to provide a steep learning curve for me that twists and turns at an exponential rate.

I have been using social media for online marketing for many years, however 2017 was the first year I created a social media strategy as part of Hoshin Kanri (Lean Strategy Deployment). This allowed me to focus on clear goals and objectives and ensured I tracked the correct metrics and used these metrics to change direction when required.

Just like the world of Lean and Continuous Improvement, the only way to definitively know if you are improving is to have ‘fact based’ metrics. I currently track 13 metrics across 9 social media platforms. Each one of these metrics increased in 2017 which means I’m moving in the right direction!!! In saying that, growth is slow –  slow but steady!

Tracking and evaluating metrics may sound like a lot of work but just like metrics in business, when you get used to setting, tracking and using valuable information from the metrics, they can become quiet addictive and it really is the only way to measure improvement accurately!

If you’re not using metrics to measure performance in your business maybe 2018 is the year that you start, they really are a game changer!

Throughout most of 2017 I continued to post daily inspirational quotes to various social media platforms which helped me learn more about posting, scheduling and outsourcing on social media.

Like most things in life, the more I learn about social media and online marketing the more I realise I don’t know. Social media changes each and every day and so there is always much to learn.

In terms of health I welcomed 2017 with open arms as 2016 saw my Dad go through his second heart surgery. As I wrote in my annual review last year – there is no greater pain than watching someone you love and adore battling an illness. My Dad’s surgery and subsequent recovery has made me intensely aware of and grateful for every breath I take and every day my family and I spend illness free.

I take both my physical and mental health very seriously as I firmly believe the popular Irish saying ‘your health is your wealth’.

Knowing what nurtures my mental health and knowing what challenges it allows me to make decisions to protect it.

To keep my mind and spirit active and healthy I read as much as I can (see my Top 10 Books of 2017 here), meditate (not as much as I would like) and journal (again not as much as I would like).

I try to eat healthy but do have a rubber arm that can be twisted quiet easily when it comes to biscuits and savoury treats. Exercise has always been part of my life but I find I need to work much harder as the years go by. With this comes an immense respect for what the human body can achieve when we put the work in! This has always been a work in progress area for me and will continue to be a focus for 2018. 

Every year my goals include understanding more about personal finance.  In this quest, I re-read Tony Robbins book ‘Money Master the Game – 7 Simple Steps To Financial Freedom’. Tony is a master when it comes to finance and in this book he not only shares his own wisdom but also leverages the wisdom of many of the world’s finest financial advisors to share their advice, insights and experience. Tony’s book is written in an easy to understand format for all levels of wealth which is why I liked it so much.

I have always known this but 2016 made me more acutely aware that no matter how much you earn or how much is in your bank account it doesn’t make you happy, make you a good person or heal you when you are ill and I continued to be very aware of th throughout 2017.

Just like my social media stats I monitored income, spending and savings much more than I have done in any previous years. Like many people I am not what you would call ‘good with money’ and I need to work much harder on this than I had previously anticipated.

It’s nice to give back. I have been supporting various charities for many years and year on year I try to give more to each charity whether this is monetary support or volunteering my time. I continued to support these charities in 2017 and also found new charities to support. This is something I will continue with and build on in 2018.

That’s it, 2017 was like most years, full of ups and downs, twists and turns.

Thank you to everyone who shares this journey with me, each and every one of you have a made a positive impact on my life. A special and heartfelt thank you to my boyfriend Mike, my family and my friends for making each year better than the last, you are the reason for it all.

May 2018 bring you health, happiness and prosperity,

With love,

Siobhain

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Note: The system I use for my annual review is still a work in progress and evolves year on year as my own life evolves. When I first carried out my annual review I started with a template shared and used by Chris Guillebeau. If you are interested in starting your own annual review, here is Chris Guillebeau’s How To Conduct your own Annual Review. This is a great read and highlights how powerful planning and reviewing can be.

Chris’s updated annual review template can be found here – Annual Review Template, I used this initially then changed and modified it over the years.  Chris is a very inspirational guy which is why I follow him on social media and I travelled all the way to Oslo a few years ago to attend his celebration of visiting every country in the world.

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My Top 10 Books of 2017

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Reading is one of my favourite things to do and one of my goals for 2017 was to read/listen to a book every 2 weeks – 26 books in total for the year. I have set this same goal for the past few years and have yet to meet it!!!  With all great goals, it’s a matter of ploughing on and trying harder next year. In saying that I did manage to read/listen to 22 books and enjoyed each and every one immensely.

Extreme Ownership  (How U.S Navy SEALs Lead and Win) – Jocko Willink and Lieber Babin

This was by far my favourite book of 2017 and the best book on leadership I have read in a long time.

This is a story about how war can teach us the most valuable leadership lessons and how these leadership lessons can be used in all areas of our personal and professional lives.

Most of us don’t work in the extreme conditions of war in Iraq where this book is based and so we may think that what Jocko and Leif learned on the battlefield wouldn’t apply to our daily lives. This is so far from the truth.

What I loved most about this book is the fact that the leadership lessons that Jocko and Leif share through their incredible experiences are so simple. With all the complications, complexities and dangers of war, the lessons shared are ones we can all learn from and apply.

The leadership basics of solid, clear and consistent communication, keeping everything simple, effective teamwork, planning, planning and more planning, prioritisation, accountability and courage are woven into all of the fascinating true-life stories that Jocko and Leif tell.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough and if you’re a fan of audiobooks it’s narrated by the authors which is always a treat!

 

I Had To Survive (How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired My Calling to Save Lives) – Roberto Canessa

An incredible true story of survival, leadership, the strength of the human spirit and the will to live in the most difficult circumstances. A plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team with friends and family crashes in the Andes in 1972. After living for  two months in the wreckage of the plane the only hope of survival is to cross the Andes to find help. This story is told by Roberto Canessa, one of the rugby players who trekked for 10 days across the Andes to raise the alarm, saving himself, his trekking partner Nando Parrado and 14 of their friends. Roberto Canessa went on to become a paediatric cardiologist saving the lives of newborns with heart complications throughout his esteemed career. A true hero, an incredible story and a magnificent read.  

The film documenting this incredible story and book of the same name ‘Alive’ are equally as enjoyable as Roberto’s book. 

Start with Why (How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action) – Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is one of my favourite thought leaders. Simon’s Ted Talk is one of the most viewed videos on YouTube. This book is an excellent follow on from this video as it dives deeper into the necessity and benefits from knowing your ‘WHY’ and starting with your ‘WHY. You can watch the video here,

The Personal MBA (Master The Art Of Business) – Josh Kaufman

In his remarkable book, Josh outlines everything you need to know to succeed in life and business in an easy to understand, simplistic approach. Josh’s understanding of business, psychology and systems ensures you have a lot more than the basics required to succeed on completing this book. 

 If you’re looking for more books of a similar calibre, here is Josh’s personal recommendation of the best 99 business books.

The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List: The 99 Best Business Books

The Remedy (Bringing Lean Thinking Out of the Factory to Transform the Entire Organization) – Pascal Dennis

Pascal Dennis is one of my favourite Lean authors and Lean thought leaders.

Having read and loved the other 2 books in Pascal’s trilogy ‘Andy and Me’ and ‘Andy and me and the Hospital’ I knew I was in for a treat on reading ‘The Remedy’ and was not disappointed.

Keeping the two much loved characters of the other 2 books, Tom Pappas and Andy Saito and introducing us to Rachel Armstrong, this book tells an excellent story of how Lean can be implemented across an entire business and not just on the manufacturing floor.

A must read (as is ‘Andy and Me’ and ‘Andy and me and the Hospital’) for anyone in business and interested in Lean.

 

 Real Magic, The Power Of Intention, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life – Dr Wayne Dyer (RIP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know this is 3 books but I have counted them as one as they are all from the same author. I am a huge fan of the late great Wayne Dyer and every single one of his books are as enjoyable as they are unique.

The following books also made it to my Top 10 in previous years, I have a habit of reading some great books time and time again, each reading bringing a deeper understanding of what the author is teaching,

Platform (Get Noticed In A Noisy World) – Michael Hyatt

I read ‘Platform’ a few times this year as I created, launched and marketed this new website. Platform is an extremely well written book on building and sustaining an audience online and jam packed with excellent advice from a man who really knows what he is talking about. Michael Hyatt has spent most of his career in the publishing world and now runs his highly successful blog where he shares his knowledge and wisdom generously.

If you are a blogger, writer or any type of business owner and want to know more about growing your blog, readership and business through social media, I highly recommend this book. It’s easy to read and the wisdom shared is easy to implement.

Money Master the Game (7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom) – Tony Robbins

Tony is a master when it comes to finance and in this book he not only shares his own wisdom but also leverages the wisdom of many of the world’s finest financial advisors to share their advice, insights and experience. Tony’s book is written in an easy to understand format for all levels of wealth which is why I liked it so much.  The spectrum of financial guidance goes from the simple advice of ‘spend less, save more’ to investment advice in stocks and shares and hiring a fiduciary to help you with same.

For anyone like me who doesn’t know much about stocks and shares, the steps to assist with ‘spending less and saving more’ are reason enough to buy and read this book.

 

10% Happier (How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story) – Dan Harris  This is an insightful, uplifting and really funny book. In this book Dan Harris takes us through his journey to the top of his game in television and journalism which culminated in a nationally televised panic attack. The lifestyle changes Dan makes after this panic attack take him on a different journey, a more inward journey that leads him to a much happier place. Dan’s upbeat, honest and humorous personality is what makes this book such a pleasure to read.

 

 The Power of Now (A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment) – Eckhart Tolle

I have lost count of the number of times I have read ‘The Power Of Now’. The first time I read this book I didn’t really understand it, however what I did understand was that there was a very powerful message in the book. Each subsequent reading has brought a deeper understanding of the simple principle that Eckhart teaches. There is only the ‘Now’, there never was and never will be anything other than the ‘Now’. A deep and powerful book – if this book sounds interesting to you, be prepared to give it the time it deserves. One of the best and most powerful books I have ever read.

Other books I read/listened to and thoroughly enjoyed in 2017 are,

 Linchpin – Seth Godin

Tribes – Seth Godin

The Dip – Seth Godin

Purple Cow – Seth Godin

The Icarus Deception – Seth Godin

Life’s Golden Ticket – Brendon Burchard

7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey

The Third Alternative – Steven Covey

In Bound Marketing – Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting – Robert McKee

What were your favourite books of 2017?

What is on your reading list for 2018?

Keeping it Simple,

Siobhain

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My Top 5 Blog Posts of 2017

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It’s hard to be believe I have been blogging for over 5 years! My first blog ‘The Photographer’s Guide To Travel’ was born in August 2012 at the ‘Book Passage’ bookstore, Corte Madera (slightly north of San Francisco) at the Travel Writer’s and Photographer’s Conference.

Back then I wasn’t exactly sure what a blog was, the purpose of a blog or how to manage a blog. 5 years later and I’m not sure if I’m any the wiser! You would think I would know a good bit about blogging by now however every year I find blogging and writing in general a steeper learning curve than the year before. With everything I learn I find there is even more to learn just around the corner. Maybe this is what draws me to blogging/writing, the insatiable, ever steep and never ending learning that is an integral part of the writing and sharing process.

In 2017 I wrote and published 24 blog posts which is more posts than I have published in any previous year.  I am definitely getting more disciplined at writing, but still have a long way to go to my goal of writing and publishing a post every week!   

Here are my 5 most viewed blog posts of 2017.

14 Steps To Create A Website

Thanks to Michael Hyatt’s amazing book ‘Platform’, I learned more about growing a social media presence this year than I have learned in the previous 5 years since launching my first blog. If you are a blogger, writer or business owner of any type and want to know more about growing your blog, readership and business through social media, I highly recommend this book. It’s easy to read and the wisdom shared is really easy to implement.

It is thanks to ‘Platform’ and the huge amount of resources that Michael Hyatt shares on his blog that I was able to design and create my own new website ‘The Art Of Positive Change’ earlier this year.

This blog post takes you through the 14 step process I used to design and create my website.

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Meeting Art and Understanding Lean

In 2013 I was humbled and immensely grateful to meet Art Byrne. Art, author of ‘The Lean Turnaround’ is a living legend in the world of Lean and is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that he is more than happy to share.  Art gave the keynote speech at the 2103 Lean Enterprise Academy Summit  – the video is embedded in this post.

This video is a must see for anyone interested in or implementing Lean.

Art says it as it is and his no nonsense, deeply wise approach to Lean is what we need more of in the world.

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Awareness and Action

This was the first post in my 26 part blog series ‘The Art Of Positive Change’. This blog series introduces my audience to ‘Pinky’ the Positive Pig created by the brilliant cartoonist Andy Kefford and brought to life through my blog posts. The blog posts series features and A to Z of the elements required to bring change into your life and business and there is no better place to start than ‘Awareness’ that change is required and ‘Action’ to implement change.

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The Complete A-Z Of Effective Change

This is the Central Page for my 26 part blog series ‘The Art Of Positive Change’ containing links to all of the published posts in the series.

So far I have published posts on Awareness, Bravery, Confidence, Dedication, Energy, Faith, Gratitude, Honesty, Imagination and Journey – all of the blog posts can be read by clicking on the links/images on this Central Page.

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Gratitude

Another blog post in my 26 part blog series ‘The Art Of Positive Change’. This is my 3rd post on the subject of Gratitude and I’m sure this will not be the last. Gratitude is the single most effective way of bringing peace and acceptance to a situation. Gratitude when expressed is a very powerful force.

Continue reading….

To each and every one of my readers, thank you for being here.

Without you, it’s just words on a computer screen!

Keeping it simple,

Siobhain

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JOURNEY

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Thanks to the brilliant Andy Kefford for the above image

As a Lean practitioner I am always speaking with my colleagues about how Lean is a journey and that this journey with it’s highs and lows is never ending. We have our ‘True North’ which is what we are working towards but we do not have a concrete date or destination at which we need to be at or a timeframe to adhere to as the road is long and nobody knows what the future holds or what the Lean path will bring.

Treating every change we make in our personal and professional lives as a journey allows us to enjoy the process of change without the stress and anxiety of constantly thinking about the destination. Of course we need to know where we are going and more importantly why we are going in that direction, however the more we focus on the journey the less stressful change will be and the more we allow ourselves to enjoy the process of change.

I love this way of looking at change and use the analogy of a journey for all change in my professional and personal life.

There is a Chinese proverb that says ‘ The journey is the reward’ – this is something I keep in mind when I am enjoying the journey of change and even more so when I am finding the journey of change challenging.

Pinky in the image above is at the start of his journey of change, he feels a little nervous as he is unable to see the destination along his chosen path. The best thing he can do next is to take the first step and continue making progress step by step allowing himself time and space to enjoy the journey even though he can’t see his final destination.

Are you slowing down long enough to enjoy each step along the journey of change?

Where is your focus? On the destination or the journey?

This post is part of a 26 blog post blog series on the ‘A-Z Of Effective Change’. You can read all the published blog posts in the series here

The Complete A-Z Of Effective Change’

Keeping it Simple,

Siobhain

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IMAGINATION

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Thanks to the brilliant Andy Kefford for the above image

Walt Disney and the hugely successful brand he built is synonymous with the word imagination. It is in the imagination of Walt and those who followed in his footsteps that our favourite characters were dreamed of before they became a reality and burst onto our screens and into our lives.

Who ever thought a small mouse with a squeaky voice would be one of the most famous and most loved characters around the globe for decades? It truly is amazing what the imagination can bring to life when we focus on possibilities and not obstacles!!!

All change usually means doing something that hasn’t been done before and in order to bring about change we must first engage our most precious creativity tool – our imaginations.

Our imaginations are limitless, there is no end to what we can dream of or believe within our imaginations, just as there are no limits to what can be achieved in the real world where dreams become reality.  We can use our imaginations to dream of the change we wish to see, use our imaginations to feel how we want to feel when the change is implemented and to ponder on the thoughts of how we are going to achieve the change.

‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho, is one of the most widely read and successful books of all time. A parable about a young Andalusian shepherd, this remarkable book offers a wealth of wise lessons about life, the possibilities that lie within each of us and the importance of using our imaginations and following our dreams.

One of my favourite quotes  from ‘The Alchemist’ is the following

‘’When you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Can you imagine that when we decide we want something an entire Universe will conspire to help us achieve it? We may find this hard to believe but an unwavering belief is exactly what is required to guarantee the success of what it is we want to achieve.

We must first believe that what is in our imagination is capable of becoming a reality. As suggested by the above quote, the Universe will then look after the finer details!!

In the image above, Pinky dreams of being with his loved ones on a sunny day, a very simple dream filled with immense happiness. Our dreams don’t have to be grand visions but they do need to resonate totally with ourselves.

Are you using your imagination to it’s fullest potential to dream about the change you want to see in your life and business?

Are you allowing your imagination to run wild and dream bigger than you ever thought possible?

I hope so!

This post is part of a 26 blog post blog series on the ‘A-Z Of Effective Change’. You can read all the published blog posts in the series here

‘The Complete A-Z Of Effective Change’

Keeping it Simple,

Siobhain

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HONESTY

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Thanks to the brilliant Andy Kefford for the above image

If we want to implement and sustain change of any kind in our lives, we need to be honest with the world and our place in it.

In order to be honest with the world around us, we first need to be honest with ourselves.  

This honesty requires us to look deep into ourselves to figure out who we are, what our values are, what we want from our precious lives, what type of lives we want to live, what direction we are going in and where we ultimately want our destination to be.

Along the journey of effective change, there are decisions to be made, these decisions will determine how successful and sustainable the changes we make will be.

In order to make the right decisions we need to be honest about why we are changing and exactly where we want to be when these changes have been implemented

This level of self-honesty takes continuous bravery and for us mere mortals this bravery is a lifelong work in progress.

When we become completely honest with ourselves, we can become completely honest with the world. The path to effective change will then become enjoyable and peaceful and doors will begin to open for us to infinite possibilities.

This post is part of a 26 blog post blog series on the ‘A-Z Of Effective Change’. You can read all the published blog posts in the series here

‘The Complete A-Z Of Effective Change’

Keeping it Simple,

Siobhain

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GRATITUDE

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Thanks to the brilliant Andy Kefford for the above image

One of my favourite quotes is from the legendary entrepreneur Jim Rohn,

Enjoy all you have while pursuing all you want’

It’s natural for us all to have hopes and dreams and work hard towards these hopes and dreams. However, while pursuing all we want it is really important to be aware of and immensely grateful for all we have in this very present moment.

On working towards our hopes and dreams it is helpful to take stock of and be grateful for the blessings each and every one of us have in our lives, for everything we are, for those who share our lives, for where we are and where we are going.

When we are making changes to get to a better place in life, work, business or relationships, being grateful for where we are here and now will bring peace to any situation and will ensure our eye stays on the future goal but that we remain present and content in the current situation.

Tony Robbins, in his book ‘Master The Game’ , suggests that real wealth comes from gratitude. I totally agree with this concept – how can we be happy with more if we are not happy with what we already have?

In her hugely successful book ‘The Secret, Rhonda Byrne tells us that ‘feeling gratitude is the fastest way to change every single thing in your life.’ The concept of using the simplicity of gratitude to transform your entire life is what ‘The Secret’ is based on and is so true to it’s teachings.

The more grateful we are the more peaceful a situation becomes and the smoother the path of change will be.

This post is part of a 26 blog post blog series on the ‘A-Z Of Effective Change’. You can read all the published blog posts in the series here

‘The Complete A-Z Of Effective Change’

Keeping it Simple,

Siobhain

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THE A-Z OF EFFECTIVE CHANGE – FAITH

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Thanks to the brilliant Andy Kefford for the above image

Faith can have many different meanings.

To some people it can mean an inner faith, an unwavering belief in yourself, in your talents, in your ability to change, in your ability to support others through change, in your gifts, attributes and all round goodness.

To some people it can mean a belief in something bigger than yourself, a purpose, a grand vision, a dharma, a religion, the universe.

No matter what faith means to you, whether it be an inner or outer faith that guides you, along the path of change your faith will be tested and challenged.

Your faith will be tested and challenged by external factors of which are infinite, your faith will be tested by life itself, by those you surround yourself with and your faith will even be tested and challenged by yourself.

Will this work? Is this the right change for me? am I doing the right thing? What if I didn’t change? All the doubting questions we ask ourselves will test even the strongest of faiths.

So, how do we make it to the other side of change?

Ensure you keep the faith, whatever faith you believe in. Know that you are capable of change, have faith in yourself, your capabilities, your resilience, your tenacity, your reasons for change and the results you want to achieve.

It’s easy to keep faith through good times, it is through the difficult and rough times that your faith will really be tested and it is then that you must believe and have faith in yourself even when no-one else has that faith in you or what you are doing.

Keeping your faith alive and strong will ensure you stay true to yourself and the change you envision.

This post is part of a 26 blog post blog series on the ‘A-Z Of Effective Change’. You can read all the published blog posts in the series here

‘The Complete A-Z Of Effective Change’

Keeping it Simple,

Siobhain

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