A better, brighter you

My last post mentioned a book that started it all. I received a few comments from people interested to know more about it. The book was You inc. which claims to help you “attract amazing success into your life and business”  which I imagine every other self help book claims as well. Initially I was pretty reluctant to read it, I would never have read it if my boss (at the time) hadn’t suggested it or you know, bought it for me to read. He was investing time in me and the least I could do was invest some time in improving myself right? Right!

The book itself is separated into 4 parts: You+, You+Business, You+Leadership and You+Sales, I have to admit that I didn’t finish the Sales section or enjoy the Business section. That is  just me though, maybe you have aspirations of building your own business and selling the idea to anyone that will listen and it will give you that big idea. The part for me that was most useful was the “You+” section, eventually anyway. As I mentioned, I was reluctant to read it and wasn’t willing to put to much of myself into it until it came to a question, THE question as I think of it, the question that changed everything:

Are you living in the place where you belong, with the people you love, doing the right work, on purpose?

I thought about it and the answer scared me. I didn’t feel like where I was living was home, I wasn’t sure about the person I was with but I did enjoy my work. I hadn’t purposely chosen to be there though, I had sort of fallen into everything that had happened to me never really pushing myself to do anything. Which was pretty much the story of my life.

It is a pretty big day when you realise you’re not really living your life and making all your decisions from fear and mostly, that one line in a book can make you open your eyes and decide it’s time to change it all.

So that is what this book did for me, it made me think about what I wanted and what I didn’t have but it did it actually make me change anything? No it didn’t, I needed a bigger push for that but it did open my mind to a new way of thinking. That being said, I imagine if I never took the time to read it I would  probably still be where I was 12 months ago feeling helpless about what to do about anything and everything.

I’d recommend giving it a try though if you’re looking for a little, or maybe a big push into the right direction to making life better for yourself.

And out of the blue she returned

Yes, it’s me and not some spambot. Promise, or maybe I’m an especially good spambot… but probably not. What it actually seems like is that I decided on my return today after nearly 12 months without a peep.

It’s actually been a crazy 12 months, the most productive and life changing I may have ever had and it all started with a book. A leadership book to be precise that my boss (at the time) forced on me to build my leadership, communication skills and confidence. What it did was change the way I thought about life, work and people in general and made me see that I wasting away the life that I had.

So fast forward 12 months and I have a new partner, a new job and a new outlook on life. I used to be the person who could see they were going no where but never took any responsibility for it, none of it was my fault obviously. Now I’ve taken that responsibility and in doing it I’m a happier, better person and working towards a bunch of goals which is something I’ve never had before. I feel like I’ve put on a new pair of glasses and suddenly the world is clear again.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to do it alone and am glad, now, to have those persistent people who never gave up on me to help me along, that being new friends, Mum and the awesomeness that is Jarrod.

So now to the future, who knows what it will bring but here’s hoping that whatever it is, it’s amazing.