Creating success in 2016 – Part 1:

Hello from sunny South Africa. It’s been a great week of unplugging, relaxing and reflecting.

With 2016 on the horizon I’ll share some tips in the coming weeks on setting and achieving goals while keeping your eye on the prize in the new year.

We kick off the series with my 2 favorite exercises to hone in and ground your success of 2015. These two exercises will motivate you and are also great emergency energy boosters.

To be honest I completely burned myself out in 2015. It was a big exciting year redesigning and steering my business in a new direction by creating 3 new coaching programs: Soul Sister Success Mastermind, Maternity Coaching and the Ultimate Career Bootcamp. At times it was quite difficult to keep my Pilates ego in check so I could keep focussing on my intentions of growing my coaching practice. By the beginning of November I was ready for the year to be done. My creative energy dropped to a low that I had never experienced before and I could feel myself switching to autopilot.

There were 2 major problems with the timing of my burnout: when working for yourself, cruise control isn’t really an option. Knowing that I was going to be traveling in December meant I actually had to use November to give things a last big push. To top it off, I also had to move to a new house!

I had to delve into my emergency energy stash. I found two exercises that helped to lift my mood and gave me enough energy to keep going and get the necessary things done.

1) Writing down all your accomplishments of 2015:

Often when we’re feeling low or burnt out we’ll become very dramatic and make blanket statements like: “See I suck, I never accomplish anything good, ever”. These statements make us feel even worse about ourselves. Writing down all of your accomplishments over an extended period of time will help you realize all the amazing things you’ve done. The process will also give rise to all the wonderful fun feelings you had while achieving those accomplishments.

2) Writing down everything you’re grateful for in 2015 and fill an entire page in your diary:

When we’re in our low level thinking mode and we’re beating ourselves up, it’s easy to feel like you don’t have enough. This contracting mindset is a complete lie and a real energy sucker. Grab a pen and paper and start writing! It can be simple things like being grateful for food, electricity, a cute top you bought – anything. Taking a moment to reflect on all your blessings fills your soul with feelings of abundance. When you’re in this mindset you’ll feel energized, inspired and ready to samba!

These two exercises (and a ton of episodes of “Gilmore Girls”) were absolute life savers. What would have been even better however, was to not get burnt out in the first place! Stay tuned for my next blog to find out how I plan to eliminate burn out and be more productive in 2016.

Now tell us in the comments below: How do you guard yourself against burnout?

Are you ruining your festive season doing this?

It’s official – the festive season is in full swing and I hope you’re enjoying it!

This weekend we had some friends over for a drink and snacks to celebrate our new place. When we originally made the plans our friends could only stay for a little while as their social calendar was double booked with holiday parties.

As soon as they arrived however, they declared something that made my ears pop: “You know what, we’re not going to go to the other event anymore. We’ve decided there really is no need to overbook ourselves. It only turns to a mad rush and is no longer enjoyable.”

That’s right – they gave themselves permission to simply say no and rather enjoy fewer parties more thoroughly vs many parties all stressed out! Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Be honest – how many people, including yourself do you know who get completely stressed out this time of year? Wouldn’t it be nice to take things at a slower pace?

It sounded so amazing to me that I decided to kick it up, or shall we say down, even more. If you follow me on social media, prepare for some serious silence. I’ll be retreating to South Africa to visit my family and normally I’d stay quite connected and post a bunch, but this year I plan to only connect one day a week… That’s right I’m going cold turkey on the tech front starting Thursday.

Why? You see just like all of us – it’s been a crazy busy year for me and a while ago I realized I was feeling a little burnt out. I was craving time to reflect, plan and let my creativity flow. As a life coach I am constantly preaching that you must listen to your inner wisdom, so now I’m going to take my own advice!

I’m going to give in to this craving to, allow myself to slow down, disconnect and be present in my time with family and friends. Are you feeling the same? If you are, I challenge you to follow my lead – take some time for you, especially if you’re hoping to make 2016 a successful one! Do some reflecting on what was good this year and really get clear on what you want for the new year!

Have you already started to unplug and slow down? What’s your favorite way to unplug and be present during the Holidays?