Book endorsement by Dr John Demartini

Book endorsement by Dr John Demartini

Two months ago, I had one of worst months of my life. I went into hospital for a routine surgery, which resulted in a life threatening complication. That same week, my son broke his arm. A week later I lost my cousin to cancer. A week after that my son went into hospital with a severe asthma attack and then shortly after that I found out a colleague had taken her life. It was intense. During this same period, I committed to writing my book. Have you ever had times, when something is just meant to happen and everything conspires to make it happen? Well that’s what happened. I found my editor, my writing flowed. I met every deadline. And after 8 weeks of intense writing, often through the night, this book came to form: Smart Parenting – How to Develop Your Child’s Mindset, Resilience and Courage for the Future of Work It didn’t stop there, the main cover was designed in one round, the printers were helpful, I learnt about barcodes and ISBNs and proofreaders all when I needed to. Then one day during the school holidays (yes, it was school holidays during this period too) my mastermind buddies mentioned Dr John Demartini. They said he often comes to town and to check him out. It just so happened he was in town a week later. I booked two tickets and together with my husband, we went to see him. For the whole session, it was like someone had crawled into my head and understood what I had been trying to say for years, but not been able...
Self-belief is a critical ingredient for the future of work

Self-belief is a critical ingredient for the future of work

For years, thirty-five years to be precise, I carried around beliefs about myself that simply weren’t true. I’m not intelligent enough, I’m not unique or different, I’m not special in any way. They weren’t true. We are all intelligent, we are all unique and different and we are all special in our own way. But in the word’s of Albert Einstein, ‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’ What does self-belief have to do with the future of work? The future of work holds many unknowns – how will Artificial Intelligence (AI) disrupt industries? What will the ‘gig economy’ do to employment? How will flash teams affect the way we work? One thing is certain, no amount of technology will replace who we are as humans. Our energy, our ability to connect, our ability to create and generate new ideas – technology can enhance each of these areas, however it cannot replace them. In a report by the Foundation for Young Australians, research indicated jobs of the future will demand 70% more enterprise skills than jobs of the past. Enterprise skills are transferable skills and include creativity, problem solving, communication, teamwork and critical thinking among others. The research looked at job advertisements between 2012 and 2015 and measured the growth in the proportion of jobs requiring these enterprise skills early on in a career. In particular, they found the demand for creativity increased by 65% over this time period. We all have a genius. An area of creativity....
The future of work for our children

The future of work for our children

There are three things deeply concerning me today. 1) The pressure on parents and children 2) The impact this pressure has on the mental thriving of both parent and child 3) The link between mental thriving and the future of work Everywhere we turn as parents, there is a demand on our time and energy. We are working really hard, ensuring every minute of every day is used efficiently and that somewhere in all the busyness of daily life there’s space for quality family time. Only the reality looks more like rushing to school, speeding up conversations with your child so you can get them in the car, remembering their drinks bottle left on the kitchen bench, whilst asking yourself if you’re going to make the morning stand-up meeting with your team at 9.30am. In the background, your mind is processing your daily activities continuously (mental load), usually with no breaks. And without deliberate action there’s really no stopping it. Research tells us we lose at least nine hours a week to family related mental load. That’s more than one working day a week. And it’s hurting us…. Imagine putting a load of ingredients into a blender and leaving it on all day, everyday. The motor would burn out pretty quickly and the lid would eventually fly off and contents explode. That’s what happening to us as a nation of parents. I speak to mum after mum, drowning under the constant never ending pressure. And it’s got to stop. Because it’s hampering our ability to be present with our child and our ability to be deliberate in the beliefs...
Darling, I can’t read to you tonight I have to work..

Darling, I can’t read to you tonight I have to work..

These are the words that stab the heart of a parent when they are saying them to their children. It’s fine when these are one-off situations. It’s when they become regular that they become harder to bear. Sharon, is a client and a mum to three children and in her leadership role, regularly has out of hours work to attend to. She does her best to minimise the impact of her work on her time with her children and lately it has been becoming more and more of a challenge. Sharon loves her work, she wouldn’t be who she is, if she didn’t do the work that she does. It’s a big part of her life, as are her children, and she loves that her children get to see her kicking goals and making a contribution. Despite knowing all of this, Sharon still feels guilty and conflicted and she’s not alone. Research into the attitudes of 1,000 working parents (or expectant parents) carried out on behalf of the Work and Family Show, found that 81 per cent of mothers returning to work after having a child said they felt guilty about doing so. Torn between two things that are important to her, what can Sharon do to resolve this conflict? Guilt is a result of holding a set of rules in your mind and one or more of the rules are being broken. Basically, you are not doing what you are “supposed to do”. Usually these rules are buried deep down (likely from a young age) and you operate from them without knowing. The real questions are “who says you...
Want to make the most of the holidays?

Want to make the most of the holidays?

It’s no secret that this time of year for most us is the busiest time of year. There are parties, end of year concerts, award ceremonies, planning for next year, dinners and the list goes on. Yet, for many it is also the most amount of consecutive days they have had off work this year. If you are one of the ones that can’t wait for the downtime these holidays (NB. not everyone does, I met a man at a party last night that loves being at work during the holidays because it’s quiet in the office and he can get more done), then read on to find out how you can make the holidays last a bit longer. So whether you have 2 days, 2 weeks or more, you can expand time by increasing your presence. Have you ever been in line at the post office (or anywhere) and you can feel the person in front of you is in a rush. They may be moving their body, their shoulders maybe up to their ears or they are flapping papers around in their hand. They give off a vibe they are in a hurry. Whatever is going on for them in their head is taking them away from feeling themselves standing on the floor, being around other people and taking in their surrounds – they are somewhere else in their heads. And there you are in queue behind them, calm, watching all of this go on and just experiencing it for what it is. Even though you are in the same queue, in the same environment, waiting for...
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