Learning the unforced rhythms of grace

In this season of life as projects pump up, and I juggle the demands of managing my sphere of influence. I am learning to lean into what I know as the unforced rhythms of grace. I believe that is where we see the best fruit and progress grow.  Have you experienced this?

It’s the sweet spot between the ebbs and flow of life where action bubbles under the surface, habits are built, and efforts are focused and present on the now with the future in mind.

Whether you’re building a business, developing your skills for your next job to level up, or you’re moving from marriage into parenthood. Life is always moving, marketing trends are always changing and progressing. It’s not our job to control every factor and minute area of life. It’s our job to keep up with the rhythm of grace as that applies to our begin, our actions, and our responsibilities within this small blue planet.

How switched are we to the pace at which we are traveling? Too slow and you can miss out on an epic adventure beyond anything you could dream off. Yet too fast and you can burn out before you see the return on your investment. Knowing when to rest and when to push through is for most of us a learned behaviour, but that’s why taking a moment to consider the destination and steps required to take us it is so important.

It’s a new month, and we are halfway through the year already. Have you checked your rhythm lately? Are you heading in the direction of where you would like to be in 6 months time? Are you too caught up on the rhythm of your neighbour that you’ve fallen out of sync with your life? Well, today’s a good day to get back to where you need to be.

It doesn’t really matter about the speed, or whether you get there in 6 months or 12 months. What matters is we thrive and not strive.


What does your walk say about you?

Inspired on way to work this morning, I saw a guy with a black jacket and swagger like he was fresh out the hood that just happened to catch my attention. And that got me thinking…

What does our walk say about us? Not just your psychical walk, although that does share something about where you’ve been.

In psychology they say body language is 80% non verbal.

So what about your life, your business, your relationship?

How do these areas affect your walk in life? And how do you choose to walk?

Do you walk with confidence? Do you walk in faith believing that the best is yet to come and you have the power to change whatever needs changing, or the power to be thankful for what you’ve got on the way to where you’re going?

Not everything in life needs changed btw – which is Scottish for by the way.

Maybe you should stay and work at that marriage instead of chucking it in the bin at the first sign of work. It doesn’t have to be marriage either, it could be any relationship or business. Yet, for some chucking it may be the key adverb. Life is not a dress rehearsal. As Michael Jackson would have said; THIS IS IT.

The truth is, and this is a true reflection on my belief, and my thoughts today that in order to be who you want to be, you have to become who you want to be, before you see it.

So if you’re not quite there yet, then learn to walk the talk.

Don’t just talk the walk.

As they say, ‘action speaks louder than words.’

How is your walk today?

Have you had your health check?

Well, we are almost at the end of the first month of 2013. I just want to ask you today to take a quick stop, look around, and take stock of where you are in the area of concern for you.

Have you made it off the start pad? Have you stopped eating those doughnuts? Have you got yourself together and made some steps towards starting your own business? Have you taken the reigns of your team and decided to do something different this year to produce the results that you have been trying to achieve.

Some of you may think why would I want to take stock when we’re only half way through January?

Well, the truth is we have already lived 528 hours of 2013 so far, and currently have 8,232 hours left…

1. So what are you spending your time on?

2. Are you sticking to the steps you set yourself, to achieve your goals?

3. When do you expect to get there? Realistic and time bound goals are imperative to have, if you don’t know when you’ll get there, chances are you never will.

Sound like I’m being repetitive? I’m simply re-enforcing what I know to be true for myself. ‘We all need regular check up’s from the neck up,’ as my pastor often says.

Thank Crunchie It’s Friday

Well it’s the first day of my long weekend, and I am up early and ready to go. It may be Friday, I know it’s the end of the week, but it’s a fresh opportunity to move closer to what is in your heart and experience the life/business/relationship that you desire.

“The only difference between you and the person you admire is the perspective they have on life” T.D Jakes

I’m off to make the most of my holiday, put off procrastination and do what I know to do.

Have a great weekend folks! Don’t forget to have some fun! Check out the sleeping puppy below, dreaming.

Juggling the demands of time, in life.

Have you ever wished you had more hours in a day? Or looked at someone like Richard Branson, or your next door neighbour – who lives a completely different life to you, and wished… If only!

Well don’t! That comparison game is a web you do not want to get caught up in. And just because joe blogs esquire over there can juggle a million catrillion things in life, doesn’t mean you need to! Oh, and it’s not to say that you couldn’t do it. Who would I be to say that you couldn’t. However; the question I would suggest you ask is… Where does this fit into my purpose?

When we know, and at the very least, semi understand our purpose we will accomplish a satisfying result in whatever we put our hand too.

N.B. Providing that whatever we put our hand to, is in line with our purpose. Let me be clear on that as I know myself all too well, but to skip over that last section like a sweet row of teapots… ‘Aw that’s lovely. How nice’.

For what I can only put down to culture, or self. I have watched countless number of people spending so much time at work, all night online, and running on nothing, but coffee fuel for the first half of the day. All this has led me to wonder at some point, how do they do it? Is this something I really want to be getting into?

To be really honest, no. I didn’t. Shock horror, I can even feel the deep breathe drawing from within me.

What I failed to realise was that it’s OK to not want to be someone else, or to be doing what they are doing. It is completely OK to have to take a strange route in my career because for me, maybe it had to be that way. Let’s not short change our own individual unique experiences. Let’s not short change our businesses, or teams either.

The internet is a fast moving horse – one only needs to blink, and you could miss something, but why spend the rest of our lives glued to a screen, when you have an opportunity to work, and live.

The reality is, we all have twenty-four hours in a day, seven days a week. We’re not all Presidents, and pop stars, but we are just as valuable, and the one thing we all have in common, is time.

Culture has taught us so many screwed up theories that many of us end up wasting time, instead of enjoying it. To say that you are just ‘killing time’ is one of my pet hates.

And my point is… I’m getting there. Bare with me…

Whatever you find to be your purpose to be. Whether raising kids, building a business, studying at university, being a friend, a wife, a husband, a daughter, or son. Whatever the hats of life are for you, (and there can be multiple) we just need to make sure that we the take time to enjoy each, and every one of them. 

There will always be periods of complete craziness, (for some more than others). Still, instead of looking down on someone else, comparing or judging – We really ought to learn to appreciate the time we have, and gain some perspective. For instance; when we lose our job, we are actually gaining an opportunity to change gears, step it up a level, or move into another lane – formulating a new plan. Am I saying we don’t have bills to pay, of course not. I believe that to juggle the demands of time successfully, we must:

1. Make time, and gain perspective

2. Learn when, and where to share the load

3. Know your purpose, and list your non-negotiable’s


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