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8 life lessons from gooseberry picking!

8 lessons from gooseberry picking!

8 lessons from gooseberry picking! 

Before you begin, ask yourself if you LOVE gooseberries (or what you will do with them)  because if not, you may quit and feel a ‘failure’.
Lesson 1 –  There is NO substitute for loving what you do; the reward of purpose fulfilled is boundless and the possibility of ‘success’ far greater.

Background information: It is a small gooseberry bush, less than a meter (3 feet) round, yet it contained 71/2 pounds (3.5Kg) of gooseberries! Note – Size is not an indicator of productivity!

Next, it is very easy to be pricked! The thorns are very fine and sharp and hide under leaves.
Lesson 2 – There is often some form of pain involved in any endeavour and the greater the personal investment the sweeter the success tastes.

The gooseberries are masters of disguise, they hide under leaves.
Lesson 3 – Things are not always what they seem, keep your goal firmly in mind and do not be put off.

Gooseberry picking cannot be performed quickly. You will increase the likelihood of being pricked
Lesson 4 – Sometimes slower is faster! Definitely total concentration is a benefit. NO multi-tasking!!

When you think you are done, just take a different perspective and you will see lots more!
Lesson 5 – It is important to look at whatever you create from different angles both literally and figuratively.

It is amazing how quickly your bowl of picked gooseberries fills up!
Lesson 6 – Take a moment to see how far you have come, a balance of focus on the goal and appreciation of where you started.

Then the gooseberries need ‘topping and tailing’! (Removal of the stalk and flower)
Lesson 7 – ‘The devil lies in the details’ – this ‘small’ job makes all the difference to the finished product.

To cook or eat raw? This is your next big decision, or maybe do some of both.
Lesson 8 – You are close to your just rewards, Now it is most important to make the time to ENJOY all your hard work and what you have achieved.

These 8 Gooseberry Lessons are all enhanced by the daily routine of the 8 steps of the Mind Chi Basic routine, for Mind Chi sessions and mentoring to overcome the strain of stress and build your resilience, please contact Vanda@MindChi.com

Doomed by your goals?

Recently several people have told me they do not want to set goals. When I ask why, the response is either that if they set the goal too high they will be discouraged when they do not meet it and if they set the goal too low, it won’t feel like an achievement. And anyway, what if a GREAT opportunity comes along, they would be restricted. Doomed any way! So the easy solution is to just not set them…

Here is a slightly different way to look at goals and how they can serve you.
Directional goals:   For example, you have a goal to get to Albuquerque (or have a sales target etc.). The mode of transport; the length of time the trip takes; the route you take; who does/not travel with you  are all open to your choice – the only ‘must’ is that you will end up in Albuquerque!

Attitudinal goals:  Another aspect is to set attitudinal goals – how would you like to BE for this day / week / month / year? We are, after all, human BE-ings, not human DO-ings! This can be rather fun as you think about what the best BE-ing state is for the things you have to DO. Might it be best for you to be: appreciative; charming; hopeful; joyful or upbeat? For additional enjoyment, you can see if those closest to you can guess what emotion you are being!

Finally – get ADOCTA!  This will assist you with the terminal goal killer of thinking that being off course, or making changes means you have failed. IT DOESN’T –  it just means you are learning and adjusting is required for final success. The steps to ADOCTA are: Action – decide on an action to take: Do – one step / action which you think will move you towards your goal: Observe – what was the outcome from that action, what actually happened? Consider – did it take you closer to (or away from) your goal? Tweak – do you need to amend / repeat / reinforce before you… Action – take another action step. In this formula, there is NO failure – you are just discovering and learning how to achieve your goal.

Make a Mind Chi Maplan: Here is an example comparing a current non-goal setting situation and the effects of the desired goal setting life. Copy it, stick it up to remind you that goals can bring you much success and happiness.  Please tell us your goal stories!

Mind Chi Goals Maplan

Mind Chi Goals Maplan