Concepts are far more powerful than facts or instructions. Whenever I want to make a change in my life, I look for flexible concepts which can be applied to a range of areas- the broader the better. Here are 5 which have had the biggest impact over the last year.
Ten emails filled with free next day deliveries and 10% off today only. Eight different social media sponsored posts with free trials, hot new trends and more. Two bus stop banners, one in store point of sale display and a mail-drop brochure through the door. Two magazine covers promising that if I wear 'x' I will get a promotion or feel more confident.
This Thursday our potential for change is greater than ever. Don't assume your vote doesn't count, the political upheaval around the globe is proof that it does. Make a stand, show up for yourself and for those who need your help. Make our democracy and our little place in the world mean something positive again - we're worth more than we've been used to, and the responsibility for making our future brighter is a privilege we shouldn't give up easily.
We are living in quite extraordinary times, with seismic shifts in the world's landscape. These changes are social, political and in terms of climate change quite literal. Technology connects us so that the reverberations of these changes are in a very real sense experienced in people's minds and hearts.
In darker times, it can be the simple, almost imperceptible moments that can change a life as well. That moment when you notice someone repeating themselves just once too often, saying something which seems at odds with what they think... the diagnosis may be the momentous thing, but somehow it was those days you just began to wonder when you knew by instinct things were going to change.
There was a panel of women were a business owner, an Instagram ledge, a Gold winning Olympian and a Charity organiser supporting women from Essex. It was amazingly inspirational night and a huge reminder of how much of a cock up the Oxford definition is and actually how damaging it can still be all these many (many, many) years on since I was that awkward teen.
If there's one thing about which we can be certain, it's that we will all face change - whether in our personal lives, in politics or at work. Change means different things to different people and affects us in ways we don't necessarily anticipate. To manage through and get the most out of change, we all need our own personal tool-kit to help us to not only cope, but to thrive.
As we run up to Christmas every man and his dog will be talking about what they're 'going to do' in 2017, so I've thrown together some of my favourite hacks for creating change but more importantly, for making it stick! Hopefully some of them will be new to you, and remember that although they're mainly focused on changing your health for the better, these can be applied to all areas of your life.
If we adopt a social model way of thinking, see our similarities rather than our differences, demand real change is required and that our voices are listened to then maybe we can start to rebuild a conscientious. Maybe we can stop the growing divides between us and come together to build a fairer, more inclusive world.
I began to recognise that in order for me to move through this stroke, I needed to let go the person I knew before it, and embrace whoever may follow. That doesn't mean there was necessarily to be drastic difference, but that I must be very wary of spending my recovery chasing someone who may not completely exist anymore.