It’s More Important Now Than Ever Before…

It’s More Important Now Than Ever Before…

With all of the problems and uncertainty in the world, effective communication is more critical now than ever.

So many disagreements and arguments stem from an inability to communicate properly.

If we could just learn to express ourselves more clearly and transparently and really listen to each other with open hearts and minds, just imagine what we could accomplish!

That’s why, this week I encourage you to be more mindful of the way you communicate with others, both online and in the real world. Here’s a video by Jack Canfield who explains five communications skills you could practice.

Remember to practice the five communication skills Jack taught you in the video above.

When you communicate with others, be sure to ask yourself:

… Are you being impeccable with your word?

… Are you taking their words or actions personally?

… Are you making assumptions?

… Are you being a good listener?

… Are they really saying what you think they’re saying? (If you’re not sure, ask them!)

By improving your communication skills, you will make it so much easier for yourself to cultivate the connections, respect, support and affection you need to thrive in your personal and professional life.

To your success.

It’s time to look forward

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It’s time to look forward.

If you’re like most people, you may feel like you’ve been in a “holding pattern” for the past few months, with no clear vision for the future. After all, it’s hard to focus on the future when you’re not even sure what the world is going to look like a week from now!

But here’s a little secret for you – You create your future. It’s not something that “just happens” to you… It’s a reality you design with your own thoughts and actions.

So now that 2020 is over, I encourage you pull your focus away from the endless news cycle and turn your attention toward the thing that matters most: your own life and future.

Now is the time to get clear on what you want your life to look like in the months to come.

It’s time to create a fresh vision for your life and start taking the steps you need to take to make that vision a reality.

Because when you spend all your time obsessing about the news and worrying about things you can’t change, you distract yourself from the things you CAN change – and the positive outcomes you can create in your own life and the world around you.

So, this week I encourage you to take some time to focus on yourself and what YOU really want to experience in your life.

It’s the first (and most important) step to making your dreams come true! Join me for my live training sessions starting soon. I want to see you there and work alongside you.

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Have you heard of the term, “doom scrolling”?

Have you heard of the term, “doom scrolling”? It’s when you scroll mindlessly through the posts on social media to see what negative stories are dominating the day’s news. A lot of us get stuck doing this… especially these days.

But constantly living in a state of high tension and dread isn’t good for you!

That’s why, I challenge you to turn off Facebook and Twitter and spend some time this week focusing on yourself, your needs, and what YOU want to experience in the weeks to come.

To help you do that, today I’d like to share some fun and helpful resources that will help you avoid common success pitfalls, connect with a positive and vibrant community, and get clear on what you would like your life to look like in the months ahead!

Grab your FREE worksheet called “What do you want?” from The Success Principles™ library here.

How to overcome stress and fear…

How to Overcome Fear and Stress…

What are you afraid of?

Do you have thoughts that twist your stomach into knots and keep you up at night, unable to sleep?

Whatever your answer is, I want you to know:

You don’t have to be afraid any longer.

Fear is a natural part of life, but it doesn’t have to be all-consuming.

Anxiety and fear are caused by imagining negative outcomes, so it’s up to you to redirect your mind to imagine and visualize the positive outcomes you want, and not the outcomes you don’t want.

Think about it…Focusing on negative thoughts isn’t making the situation better in any way is it? Those thoughts aren’t helping YOU at all. They aren’t equipping you with any resources or information you can use to deal with the situation.

All they are doing is robbing you of your peace of mind and depriving you of the determination and fortitude you need to successfully handle the challenges life throws onto your path.

And while we will all feel anxious or scared at times, the good news is we have the power to change these feelings. You absolutely do not have to stay stuck in fear!

So, this week Jack Canfield who is our CEO of The Jack Canfield Training Group where I am a Certified Trainer would like to share some of my favourite strategies for releasing fear and stress so you can shift your focus from the problem to the solution and do whatever you have to do to thrive.

Keep reading to discover what they are…

In this recorded Q&A, Patty Aubery and Jack Canfield share our strategies for managing negative emotions such as fear and stress – and how to make your life so much better by focusing on what you CAN change instead of worrying about the things that are beyond your control.

University is not for everyone

University is not for everyone.

In recent posts I’ve given away free worksheets to start the process of pupils taking 100% responsibility. In class I’ve found that teenagers respond really well to them. I’m giving them to you to help your teens get ahead. Download your copies here today.

In class we often talk about Grades and these are important BUT they don’t help teenagers focus on what they’re passionate about and they often choose subjects, courses and degrees they are simply not engaged with.

So, The Success Principles for Teens™ Programme takes a different approach discovering what teenagers are passionate about and then finding a road map for them to take forward.

Consider this – if more teens know who they are, and what they want from life and their career and were passionate about moving toward would that be better than demotivated and unengaged pupils I’ve taught at Universities across the UK. I hope your answer would be YES.

At a workshop with a group of teenagers at Havant and South Downs College I asked this question “What would be the job you’d love so much that you’d do it for free but that you’d actually get paid for?”

One young lady said she wanted to be a gardener and got clarity about the types of courses she would be passionate about pursuing. University is not for everyone!

Help your teens today using the worksheets in my book called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Now available on Amazon.


How Coaching Can Help You Get And Stay Motivated

Motivation can be hard to come by. Often, it only materialises when negative consequences lie just around the corner. For example, you may only return borrowed library books the day before they are due back, or you might put off getting your vehicle’s MOT done until just before it expires. In these cases, motivation to get things done comes from negative emotions of fear and anxiety, such as the fear of being hit with a fine, or being unable to get to work.

This article explains how coaching and the Jack Canfield Success Principles can help you to get – and stay – motivated.

A Fresh Start

Many people use New Years’ Day as a fresh start because of its convenient social significance as the beginning of a New Year. However, you can give yourself a fresh start at any time. The important thing here is to believe in your fresh start, and there are two ways in which you can help yourself do this.

Firstly, you may like to use an important life event, such as a change of job, moving house or getting married, as a marker. This will give you a fresh burst of energy to achieve your goals. You could also use negative life experiences, such as a relationship breakup or redundancy, to start afresh. This will help you to disconnect yourself from the bad experience, move on, and look forward to what your future has to offer. You could use the marker as a point at which to start a new exercise routine, sit a new qualification or start a new business.

Another way of making the fresh start believable is to write yourself a note, summarising why you want a fresh start and what you intend to do with it. For example, you may state that you have been wrapped up in moving house or planning a wedding, and now that it has passed you can study for a qualification to help you further your career.

Lesley Strachan, a certified Jack Canfield Trainer and Life Coach, can help you to make a fresh start. Together, you can establish at what point you want your marker to be as well as making the best of your fresh start.

Small, Measurable Goals

 You may have a major, long-term goal in mind, but this is most likely not achievable in a single step. According to Jack Canfield, one of the main reasons behind procrastination is a feeling of being overwhelmed. This is why it is vital to break the long-term goal into smaller, short-term goals.

For example, you may want to start a new business. The process of establishing a new business from scratch can take at least several months or even a few years, so it would be wise to break it down into smaller chunks. You could start by sitting an industry qualification, which would give you skills and credibility in the field in which your business will specialise.

The other important aspect to remember when setting goals is to make them measurable. Instead of just making a vague pledge to sit some sort of qualification, specify the level, exam board and name of the qualification and set a time limit. This will help you motivate yourself to achieve the goal by making it more realistic and making you more accountable for achieving it.

The same technique can be applied to mundane, everyday tasks. By making a list of all your tasks, particularly those you are less willing to do, you can tick each one off as you complete it. The feeling of being able to tick another task off of your list will motivate you to do the next task and prevent you from getting overwhelmed.

With Lesley Strachan’s help and expertise, you can set yourself small, measureable goals, fight procrastination and achieve your long-term ambitions. By applying Jack Canfield’s principles to her coaching, Lesley can help you to define your path to success.

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About Lesley Strachan – The Jack Canfield Certified Global Life Coach

Lesley Strachan is a Jack Canfield certified global life coach. She has coached and trained individuals and businesses across Europe, the USA and Australia. She holds an MBA, a postgraduate certificate in research methods and a Diploma in Management. Lesley is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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Financial And Career Goals

How You Can Achieve Your Financial And Career Goals Through Life Coaching

Many people have goals that they want to achieve; some people will have set their goals and will therefore be looking for strategies for achieving them. Others have not set financial and career goals, however, they seek to achieve more from their life. Whichever group you fall into, you have a great opportunity to take valuable steps towards achieving your financial and career goals.

If you have set financial and career goals, you need to identify strategies and an action plan that details how you intend to achieve them. However, if you have not set your financial and career goals, do not worry; take the opportunity to devise realistic and meaningful goals that will set you on the path to a fantastic financial future and a fulfilling career.

In this article, we will explain how coaching and the Jack Canfield Success Principles can help you to achieve your financial and career goals.

Financial Goals

Financial goals can vary in nature, from saving a fixed amount of money for a big purchase such as a new car or house to spending less on everyday expenses. Fortunately, the vast majority of financial can be achieved by either earning more or spending less.

In either case, it is important that you start with clear goals and a plan of how you are going to achieve them. This process starts with the acknowledgement of Jack Canfield’s first success principle – ‘Take 100% responsibility for your life and your results’. If you can come to accept this principle, you will be able to adopt a mind-set of taking action and making changes to achieve your financial goals.

Jack Canfield proposes that the greatest financial goal of all for many of us is to achieve financial freedom. Having the freedom to live our life without financial worry or consideration may seem like a dream. However, it is in fact very attainable. Jack believes that ‘most people are unconscious when it comes to their money’, so becoming conscious and mindful about what we are earning and indeed spending is an effective first step in your journey towards financial freedom.

In order to progress with your financial goals and pursue financial freedom, Jack advocates finding out precisely where you are in terms of your finances, where you want to go and what you need to do to get there.

Jack Canfield’s Tips To Financial Freedom

He also suggests four tips to financial freedom, which will help you to become more mindful about your money:

    1. Determine your net worth – This measurement of your financial health will help you understand your current financial position.


    1. Determine how much you need to retire – Where you are in your working life will determine the importance of this tip to you, however, regardless of where you are it is always beneficial to plan in advance.


    1. Become aware of what you are spending – Very few people can honestly say that they are aware of what they are spending. It is nevertheless critical, especially as spending money is becoming ever easier with online shopping and contactless payment technology. Start tracking your fixed monthly expenditures and keep track of your spending for a month. After doing this you will become consciously aware of your spending and able to take informed decisions about your future spending.


  1. Become financially literate – Becoming financially literature will empower you to take informed financial decisions. Start by learning about money and investing.

Enlisting the help of Lesley Strachan, a certified Jack Canfield Trainer and Life Coach is a great way to fast track your progress towards attaining your financial goals. Lesley will guide you through Jack Canfield’s success principles and help you to apply them to setting and working towards achieving your financial goals.

Career Goals

Careers are rarely straightforward for the majority of the working population with events such as career changes or redundancies being encountered by more people. A modern day career typically involves multiple employers and several career moves. It has, therefore, never been more important to set career goals to steer your professional progression.

Jack Canfield’s 7 Steps For Creating the Life You Want

    1. Take 100% responsibility – As in the previous case of financial goals, in order to set career goals you should start by accepting Jack’s first success principle of taking 100% responsibility for your life. In the context of career goal setting, it is a powerful principle, not least because it removes any sense of entitlement and banishes any tendency to start blaming or complaining. By taking 100% responsibility you acknowledge that the progression and success of your career is dependant on you alone. This acknowledgement is a critical first step.


    1. Be clear why you are here – Asking yourself such a fundamental and straightforward question may seem unusual, it is nevertheless very powerful. Jack believes that everyone has a life purpose and that this purpose defines what they are on the earth to do. This links directly to career goals as your goals should link to and support the fulfilment of your life purpose. Clearly, your career goals should help you to pursue and progress in a career that you are passionate about. If you are pursing a passionate career, you will be well placed to achieve your goals.


    1. Decide what you want – Setting career goals without knowing what you want is like trying to steer a ship to an unknown destination. There is little point in setting goals that are geared towards becoming a business leader if you do not have executive ambitions. Get started by mapping out specific goals, milestones and dreams. Do not forget to dream big about your career and its progression; it is surprising what can be achieved with a big dream and a corresponding set of goals and milestones.


    1. Believe it is possible – If you believe that something is possible you are far more likely to take the necessary steps to make it happen. This may be positioning yourself inline for the next big promotion at work or networking to expand your network and seek new career opportunities.


    1. Believe in yourself – Self-belief is a critical component for career progression, once you believe that you have what it takes you will able to make significant progress. Believing in yourself will also help you to maintain a positive mind-set so that you are primed to overcome the obstacles that you will encounter. Whether that is missing out on a promotion or being unsuccessful in a new job application.


    1. Become an inverse paranoid – Believing that the world is ready to support you and bring opportunities is a hallmark of successful people. Start believing that the next promotion or exciting job opportunity is just around the corner.


  1. Unleash the power of goal setting – Goal setting becomes a powerful driving force behind career progression when you have set measurable goals. Setting goals will also help you to get started and remain accountable for your career progress.

Getting started and taking the first step is often the greatest challenge. It is often beneficial to gain the help of a professional coach with experience in guiding people to career progression and success. Lesley Strachan, a certified Jack Canfield Trainer and Life Coach can help you clarify your goals and work with you to harness Jack Canfield’s success principles for career progression. Lesley will guide you through Jack Canfield’s success principles and help you to apply them to setting and working towards achieving your career goals. 

Take Action Towards Achieving Your Goals Today 

Sign Up For Lesley’s Free Informative Webinars

Sign up for Lesley’s free informative webinars to find out how Lesley can help you with financial progress and career progression. During the webinar you will have an opportunity to chat with other attendees and ask Lesley any questions that you may have.


Book A Free 30-Minute Initial Coaching Session With Lesley

For those that would prefer a more personal coaching proposition, book your free no-obligation 30-minute coaching session with Lesley today. 


About Lesley Strachan – The Jack Canfield Certified Global Life Coach

Lesley Strachan is a Jack Canfield certified global life coach. She has coached and trained individuals and businesses across Europe, The USA and Australia. She holds an MBA, a postgraduate certificate in research methods and a Diploma in Management. Lesley is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.