Call Of The Wild

What does “the Wild” mean to you?

A lot of people actually have negative associations. Remember the movie “Wild at Heart”? Not a nice view on what “wild” means at all. I considered these things when I rebranded my business, but in the end I realised that if “wild” means something beautiful and empowering to me, it would be likely to attract clients who resonate with me.

I’ve been fascinated with the concept of the Wild for many years, which you’ll know if you’ve ever looked at the articles section of my personal website. I also asked many friends to give me their own definitions. In the following, I’ll give you a list of the most frequent associations, and how they can apply to you and your own life. As always, not all of it will be relevant to you so simply take what sings to you and leave the rest.

The terms in question are: Free, exuberant, whole, unashamed.

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Life Is Too Short For TV

It’s the 1st of August, and there are five months left to 2016. Have you reviewed your goals for the year lately? How are you faring?

I’ll start with a disclaimer: Yes, there are times when holding back and waiting are actually appropriate, for a time. If you are saving up for something, or anticipating a particular day when things will happen, it can be appropriate to hold back, rest, and conserve your energies.

At all other times, though, holding still and NOT living your passions and dreams, are a waste of precious, irretrievable life time. You may be telling yourself your “time has not there yet” and that you “need to get some money first” (or whatever else it is you perceive to be missing), but the truth is, time will continue to pass and unless you make changes, your financial situation is going to change as little as the rest of your life – or it’s going to change only by chance, by default, not by your doing.

 

The impulse to act

When I was stuck in inertia, uncertain of my own capability and unable to rely on my ailing body, I asked every inner and spiritual guide what to do. One day, the answer came clearly:

“Get up, get going, and get a life.”

That’s when I set things in motion. I know I needed the impulse to take action, so what I’m attempting to do here is give you that same impulse. Enough with the wait! The circumstances will never be just right, so now is as good a time as any to take steps.

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“Stop The Glorification Of Busy”

There’s a lot of meaningless, lightweight stuff going around on Facebook and other social media, but every now and then I come across a meme which bowls me over. This was one of them. It’s a quote by Guy Kawasaki and at first glance, it sounds innocent enough:

Stop the glorification of busy.

As soon as I started thinking about it, the sheer enormity of the suggestion began to dawn on me. There is hardly any phenomenon in our modern world which is as universal and widespread as being busy. It seems to have become the normal state for people to be rushed off their feet. This seems to happen right across all levels of society and includes more conventional people as well as free-thinkers, artists, and “alternative” folks.

I challenge you to pay attention to it: How many Facebook statuses are about how busy someone is? What do people say almost immediately when they bump into a friend in the street? What do you – or anyone else – say in reply when asked a question like: “How’s life?” or “What have you been up to, then?” Nine times out of ten, it will be about being busy with lots of different things.

The implications of changing this, are staggering.

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A Love Letter

I’m off work for a week, and I’m radically pursuing things I love – a new free training for Wild Spirits Coaching, meeting lovely friends, getting a tattoo, and going camping with my swordfighting club at the weekend (sooo looking forward to that! Expect videos!). Therefore, I’m not really sending out a newsletter this week. Instead, I have something else for you: a love letter.

You see, the problem with talking about love is that it almost inevitably sounds cheesy, whatever you say or write. Love is probably the most over-used word, the most clicheed, abused concept in the history of the world. I don’t know about you, but I almost cringe a little inside when I hear the word.

And yet… and yet.

The annoying thing about love is that its clichees are actually all true. Love really IS the answer to pretty much every issue. The problem isn’t fixed yet? Pour more love on it. Feeling off? Practise self-love and love others.

 

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What To Do When Things Suck

(Full article featured in Monday Sparkles week of 4th July 2016)

No matter how much you may focus on the positive, no matter how optimistic or happy you are, sometimes life happens and things go wrong. A relationship breaks up, a job or business goes pear-shaped, disaster happens.

On that note: I’m all for keeping a positive outlook, but there are some people who try to tell you that you should never, ever feel bad about anything or have a negative thought. This is unhealthy in the extreme! It is natural and beneficial to experience the entire range of human experiences and the associated emotions. What positivity means is to spend more time focusing on what works than on what doesn’t – what it doesn’t mean, is to ignore or deny anything negative.

 

Dealing with it?

With that out of the way, how do you deal with what a friend of mine calls “the suckies”? The sinking feeling, the tears, the inability to work up the energy to do anything productive?

I’ll give you some gentle and easy suggestions in the following, but I will also say that you shouldn’t pressurise yourself into DOING anything at all. We seem to have this expectation nowadays to handle absolutely everything, but in truth sometimes you can’t “handle” it at all and then you just need to endure. Things take their time. Cut yourself some slack! Perhaps that’s the main takeaway I’d like to you have from this article: be gentle and don’t expect to bounce back in x amount of time or come up with brilliant learnings and insights straightaway.

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