Simplify Your Life - Sarah O’Flaherty - ebook
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Do you wish life was a little easier? Discover the secrets to a simpler, more satisfying life. Is your life lacking purpose? Are you often stressed and overwhelmed? If so, then it's time for a crash course in the skills that will lead to a more meaningful life. Let successful businesswoman, coach, and author Sarah O'Flaherty be your guide.  Developed from the integration of hundreds of books, a multitude of personal development training formats, and a twenty-year career motivating people, Sarah has created a simple, yet effective, four-part process that will provide you with the skills and confidence you'll need for a happier life.  Each section is presented in a simple style, with tips and easy-to-adopt strategies that will teach you how to unlock your potential. And the best part is, you'll enjoy reading it!  Inside Simplify Your Life you'll discover: * How to identify your values, strengths, and passions for greater self-awareness and increased life satisfaction.  * How to develop strong healthy relationships so you can benefit from your interactions. * How to find your purpose or calling for a more meaningful life. * How to un-complicate your life with some essential tools such as mindfulness.  * And much, much more! Simplify Your Life is packed with straightforward, honest, and practical advice. If you enjoy easy reads that really add value to your life, then you'll love this book. Sarah takes you straight to the foundational aspects of life that, if you get right, will ensure a satisfying and meaningful life.  Unlock your true potential with Sarah's easy-to-follow guide today!

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Simplify Your Life

Tips for developing a purpose driven life and unlocking your potential

Sarah O’Flaherty

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Contents

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Preface

I. Let’s Talk About You

1. It’s All About You

2. Body

3. Mind

4. Emotions

5. Self-Awareness

6. Self-Acceptance

II. Let’s Talk About You And Me

7. The Importance Of Relationships

8. Tribe

9. Connection

10. Wise Friends

III. Let’s Talk About All The Good Things And The Bad Things

11. How Do You Relate To The World?

12. Environment

13. Creativity

14. Exploration

15. Purpose/Meaning

IV. Essentials

16. Important Extras

17. Being Present

18. Gratitude

19. Giving

20. Simplicity

V. A Little More Inspiration

21. Next Steps

22. Inspiration

23. 12 Steps To Self Care

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Preface

Frustrated with the old processes of goal setting and outmoded self-help techniques, I’ve developed a new, simplified approach to personal development. This new methodology is not about striving, it’s not about constant busyness, and it’s not about the typical win-at-all-costs attitude.

This new system has been built from the integration of hundreds of books, a multitude of personal development training formats, many years of meditation and spiritual development, and a career based on motivating people and developing inspiring workplaces. At it’s most basic, it has been built on a foundation of authenticity, simplicity, and genuine connection.

“I believe that each of us has our own path to follow. If we are walking this path, things flow, and we feel energized and happy.”

~ Sarah O’Flaherty

Unfortunately, sometimes things happen in our lives that push us off track. It may be that we spend time working in a toxic environment, and instead of taking the hint that life is giving us, and changing jobs or careers, we stay in the negative environment, persist with it, hoping that things will get better. While persistence is a good quality, putting up with too much toxicity or wandering off our life path is not good at all. When we walk away from our ‘yellow brick road’ it can cause us to get sick, to take on some of the toxicity that surrounds us, and to put up barriers or unconscious blocks that aren’t helpful for our future development.

Or maybe, you’ve spent years focusing on others; your children, your spouse, your friends, or your work colleagues. Again, this shows generosity of spirit, but if you’ve been so focused on others that you haven’t been paying attention to yourself you may feel lost, like you’re missing something, or maybe you just feel demotivated and lacking energy. You’ll know when you’re not acting in a way that’s in alignment with your values. Taking some time out for you, and getting back on track will do wonders for your health and well-being, and will ensure you’re more available for others in the longer term.

Here’s a list of questions to assist you in deciding if this process is right for you:

Are you comfortable saying no?

Do you feel financially secure?

Do you feel that you know your life’s purpose?

Are you living your values in all areas of your life?

Do you set healthy boundaries with others, especially those who are stressful to be around?

Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?

Are you in a positive relationship with a partner who allows you to be your true self?

Do you feel well supported by a loving community, good friends, or a caring family?

Do you practice gratitude?

Do you do things to help others?

Are you able to deal with your negative emotions? And that doesn’t mean suppressing them.

Do you utilise relaxation and well-being techniques, such as meditation, laughter, or mindfulness?

Do you express yourself creatively in ways you love?

This program is intended as a starting point to reignite your passion for life. You may take each section, and slowly work through it, moving on to the next one only once you feel comfortable with your progress at each stage. Or you can work through all the sections at once, and then go back and concentrate on areas you believe need more focus. You can also jump around a little, finding the chapters that most appeal and working on those to start with. Do whatever feels right for you. If you require additional assistance or would like to be coached through the process you can contact me at: sarah@sarahoflaherty.com.

To move through this process most effectively you need some undisturbed alone time. This is time for YOU that should be free of distractions. Why not go away for a weekend by yourself? Or, if you can’t do that, then at least lock yourself in a room for a few hours at a time and ask your friends and family not to disturb you.

And try to keep the process light and fun – enjoy it! Life is an adventure and working through this process is only one part of the journey. I hope that by starting this adventure you’ll discover new things about yourself. As you kick your creative brain into action, you may develop a new hobby or even become conscious of a passion that has been lying dormant within you.

By the end of this book, I hope you’ll feel empowered and energised. There is a special kind of vibrancy that only comes from finding your own unique way in the world. Believe me, it really is worth taking the time to find your own special path.

Part I

Let’s Talk About You

1

It’s All About You

You are the most important person in the room right now. Don’t believe it? Really, you are! A few of you might be thinking,“Cool, I hope so.” Yet, some of you will be thinking, “No way, not me!” It’s very easy to fall into the trap of believing, “I’m not good enough, I’m not special, I don’t know what my purpose is…” I know, I’ve been there myself. Even after a very successful career, and having lived a rather blessed life that has included living and working all around the world, I’ve often felt that I am somehow less than what I should be or could have been.

It took many years to change my own less than positive attitude, including a lot of meditation and mindfulness work, and reading a book that I highly recommend, called Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant. His inspiring story shows that in order to heal it is sometimes worthwhile to go to extremes. His recommendation to ask yourself, “If I loved myself truly and deeply, what would I do?” in any given situation, has been transformative for me.

Ultimately, you’ll never be in any position to help others or even connect healthily with others if you are not comfortable with yourself. So, the first area of focus must be you.

2

Body

“Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed. The mind and the body work together. Your body needs to be a good support system for the mind and the spirit. If you take good care of it, your body can take you wherever you want to go, with the power and strength and energy and vitality you will need to get there.”

~ Jim Rohn

I’m sure you know from your own experience that when your body is not functioning optimally it can impact your emotions and your thoughts. If you’re not feeling well, it’s very easy to feel grumpy and miserable. Of course, the other extreme is also true. When your body is in tip-top health, your emotions and thoughts seem to come along for the ride, and life is wonderful.

Your body is the foundation from which you operate, and treating your body like a temple means taking a holistic approach to your health. There is plenty of information around nowadays telling us to eat organic, cut out sugar, do this, don’t do that. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, especially when you’re already overloaded and overwhelmed with life. Where do you start?

To keep this fairly simple I’ve started with a quick health check and some suggestions on actions to take based on your result. Depending on your current level of health, your journey to optimal health may be a quick one, or it may require more time. If your health does need some work, then don’t panic, and don’t worry about how long it will take. Once your body starts healing it’s amazing how quickly it seems to regenerate on its own. It seems to become an exponential process.

Below are some basic tips to get you going:

Take in positive fuel. Ideally, eat organic, locally grown, good food. Eliminate, or at least reduce, processed foods. If you question why you need to go organic rather than stick with conventionally farmed produce, the answer is simple. Organic foods have been proven to have more antioxidants than conventional foods, have a higher nutritional value, and significantly lower levels of pesticides (Andrews et al., 2008).Listen to your body. Is that headache telling you to drink more coffee to perk you up, or is it saying slow down, drink some water, and take a rest. Take the time to listen to your body, don’t just react with medications or quick fixes. Eat mindfully; notice what food makes you feel more energised, and what makes you feel agitated, sluggish, or grumpy.Get plenty of sleep.