Looking for the best Christmas gifts? Find it here!

Christmas is approaching. It's a desperate time of huge efforts and struggles to find the best gifts for our loved ones. But actually, the most genuine gifts that we would love to give to them and to ourselves as well, can not be found in anywhere, even the most luxurious stores on the globe. These gifts are good health, internal peace, love, harmony, energy, security, success, and sometimes... just time. Especially time to take better care of ourselves.

I know so many people who would write the following as a wish-list for Santa now:

  • internal peace over the stress
  • executive strength over continuous efforts to influence
  • mindfulness over hurry
  • unconditional self-love and self-care over tearing yourself into pieces while playing different roles in life
  • joy of life over control
  • leadership wisdom over struggle to manage
  • ...

You can have it all - not only for Christmas, but all your life. First - give yourself a gift of time, second - give yourself a gift of your personal wisdom. Get your answers to the following questions:

What brings you energy? When you feel like you are on top of the world? What are your energy gainers: special people, events, activities, memories, things?
What and who steal your energy? What brings stress into your life? What blocks your life joy and self-esteem? What are your energy drainers: people, events, activities, memories, things?
- What will you do to bring more energy into your life?
- What will you do to avoid energy drainers in your life?

- Are you the owner of your time? Or is your time owned by others? When do you have a feeling that you waste your time? Who or what steals your time: people, habits, activities, personal attributes?
- What will you do to bring your time back, the time that you will dedicate to your dearest people and yourself? What will you stop doing?

- Who are your dearest people? How do you take care of them? Do you spend enough time with them? Do you have fun together? What else can you do to enhance your relationships?

- Imagine yourself in retirement. Someone has created a movie about you – from your birth until retirement, and now you are watching it. What have you accomplished? How have you lived? Did you have joy and fun? Were you surrounded by your dearest people? Did you matter? Did you live fully? What do you regret the most? What you wish you could do more and what less? What would you not do at all?

- Why don't to build a habit of joy in life into your daily routine? What has happened today that made you happy, inspired you, and energized you? You don't have to wait for significant achievements or big events to happen to have a joyful day – your life is full of small and lovely elements, you just have to notice them and enjoy.

- To whom and for what you are thankful in your life? Write your letter of Thank You to the world, people, God, destiny, the sun, nature and all other important elements in your meaningful life that bring you kindness, peace, joy, wellness and enthusiasm to move forward.

Give yourself a gift to live your life with passion and no regrets. A life that sounds like this:

  • I live my best life that I'm proud of.
  • I'm surrounded by people who love and support me.
  • I'm healthy and energetic.
  • I'm a magnet for love, success, health and money.
  • My talents bring well-being and prosperity to my life.
  • My dearest people are healthy, happy, safe and successful.
  • My life is full of joy, love, and harmony.
  • I spend lovely time with my family.
  • I love myself so much and have time to take care of my psychological, emotional, and physical well-being.
  • I travel the world and meet interesting people.
  • I've discovered my life passion and succeed in living it.
  • I'm so strong that nobody and nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
  • Money comes to my life easily and from different sources.

Have a Happy & Meaningful Christmas time!

Dear Business Strategist, Let's Talk About Your Own Life Strategy

We deserve to be at our top: both in the business and in our private life. At the top of our talent, our potential, our psychological, physical, emotional and social wellbeing. We do not want to be half happy, half successful or half loved, right?

Here is a quick quiz for you:
- Are you too busy, too rushed, too stressed?
- Have you lost a track of yourself in a today's woods of turbulence, speed and stress?
- Do you struggle to find time for self-care?
- Do you doubt if you have really chosen to live?

If you replied "yes" to any of these questions, then it might be that you have to stop running and invite yourself to a meeting with a very special person - YOU.

How many times you were involved in strategy discussions regarding your business? You dedicated time, energy and resources to identify vision, mission, values, opportunities and threats for the business. Together with your management team you have designed a number of action plans and allocated resources. But what about you? Do you have a strategy for your own life? Or your life is managed by the other people: your friends, parents, kids, employees, clients, colleagues?

How it would change if you would arrange a strategy meeting for your own life? To brainstorm and discover your personal values, life passion and purpose, your energy gainers and energy drainers, set your boundaries, open new opportunities and even more.

Imagine for a second that you are standing in a desert, the weather is extremely hot, the sun is shining so brightly, and you are so thirsty. You have only one small bottle of water and hold it in your hands. All of a sudden, a stranger comes to you and asks to give him a drink, because he has been travelling for a long time and is so thirsty. You give him your last and the only bottle and he drinks it all. How do you feel? Thirsty at least, but most probably also frustrated or even angry because you don't know when and where you'll get water for yourself. If you had known that he would drink it all, maybe you would have thought before giving it to a stranger. But imagine the other situation when you drink half a bottle yourself and then a stranger comes and you give the other half to him: you both are ok as you shared, and you took good care of yourself before helping the other person. This metaphor illustrates our life situations. Every day we give and share ourselves in the form of advice, help, energy, competence, and sometimes just by listening to other people – our friends, colleagues, clients, family, neighbours, or strangers. In order to refill our bottle, we have to look for some good sources of energy, inspiration and motivation – something to charge ourselves with. And then we try to find some time for dancing, exercising, reading, having fun with lovely people, or creating something. But so often we are stuck, as our daily agendas are fully booked with meetings, calls, communications, and emails. What would change if you planned some time for yourself first, like we plan our time for others?

Give yourself a gift – invite yourself to a Personal Strategy Session to discover your compass in today's woods of turbulence, speed and stress. To design a personal strategy map - for not being lost, but also for building internal strength, stress resistance, self-confidence and courage to make the right choices in life.

Plan your Personal Strategy Session in your calendar. Take a day-off. Find a quiet place that you could listen to yourself: your needs, values, passion. Do not postpone your life till tomorrow, next Monday, next year or when your children will grow up. Live it NOW, live it fully, truly fall in love with your life and shine your passion. Now and every day.