The Turnover Dilemma

Most executives are well aware of the fact that turnover is very costly, and that it at times can be as high as 150% of the replaced worker´s pay.

A small reduction in turnover can have a high impact on your organization´s bottom line. Not every organization however, have a strategic plan on ways to reduce that – sometimes unnecessary high – cost. In today´s article, Matthew Kelly, talks about how you can work with your employee strategy – and employee engagement – to reduce retention. Read it here, Turnover Dilemma

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1-Minute Playbook: Are You Happy With Your Life?

Happiness is one of life´s greatest pursuits. We all want to live a happy life.

We all want to feel joyful and live with a purpose. But how do we do that – how do we achieve happiness? Find out in today´s 1-Minute Playbook-audio.

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1-Minute Playbook: Face the Facts and Act

happy-man-692795_1280Many people put their dreams on ice and don’t move forward with fulfilling them because they are holding out for that “perfect” opportunity. However, deep down they know that that’s just an excuse for not acting on something that they are a bit fearful of doing.

To make matters worse, the anxiety that comes from not doing what you know needs to be done – and from managing the fallout from your poor decisions – drains the energy you could be spending on friends, family, and the outside interests that make life worth living.

It’s a common road taken to take the easy way out when something makes you uncomfortable. And it’s even easier to rationalize why you didn’t do what you really needed to do. It’s more comfortable to avoid taking action – at least in the short term-, but it’s also a sure path to mediocrity and stagnation.

Don’t let fear take control of your life. Have the courage to face the facts – whatever they might be – and act on your dreams. Live the life you’ve always wanted to live!

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The Road to Success: 10 Of My Favorite Quotes Of All Time

fitness-332278_1280All successful people get inspired and learn from others. Fuel your own creativity and be motivated to action by some of my own favorite quotes.

What you think, you become.”
– Buddha

The power of your thoughts is astonishing. Not only do your negative thoughts drain your energy but they also block your development. What you think about – where your focus is – is crucial to your success in life, and in business.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

It is so easy to take the people closest to us for granted, yet they are the ones that makes life extra meaningful. Tell the ones you love how much they mean to you – and then show it in your actions.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Many roads may go to Rome but there’s only one foolproof road to success – preparation. There are no shortcuts.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.”
– Harry S. Truman

If you want to be truly successful, drop your Ego and live from your heart. Be supportive and encouraging of other peoples achievements. What goes around comes around. Besides, do you want the acknowledgement of being successful or do you want to be (genuinely feel) successful?

“There’s no ‘ifs’ amongst believers. Anything can happen.”
– Jesus

Whatever you perceive you will achieve. There are no boundaries, no limits at all, to what you can create in your life. Anything is possible!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Gandhi

The way we treat other beings says a lot about our true essence – more so than any external showcases of practicing religion. What you sow, you shall reap – that’s just the way it works.

“When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.”
– Vietnamese proverb

Remember that everything that you have in your life – and I know that you have a lot – you have simply because of someone else’s efforts and hard work. Acknowledge and be grateful for what’s in your life, be it things or beings.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
– Aristotle

If you don’t know your true self, how can you genuinely know someone else? It’s first when you know your deepest desires and dreams, that you can take the next step in achieving them.

“When we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough.”
– Unknown

There are many people who at some point in their lives got themselves into a situation where they ended up with absolutely nothing. I am one of them. It was through that situation though, that I – by the grace of God – managed to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. And it was with the comfort, security and knowledge that God is always within me and God is enough, that I moved forward with such success that I created a life beyond what I thought was possible. With God, all things are possible.

“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”
– Neale Donald Walsch

Be grateful for what you have as opposed to focus on what you have not. Make a list of everything in your life that you are grateful for – don’t leave anything out. If you at any time still feel like you don’t have anything to be grateful for, take a look at that list. Show Gratitude for what you have, no matter how little, and God will provide you with more to be grateful for.

Do you have any favorite quote of your own? I’d love to know about them! Send me an email to gustolifegroup[at]gmail[dot]com and I might include them in a future post as your personal favorite quote (if you consent).

What good is gratitude?

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Accessing the Power of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of wellbeing, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difGratitudeficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: the ones in your life who really care about you and your wellbeing, the ones who don’t care about you and your well-being but through that gives you the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson, your unconditionally loving pet(s), a cozy warm jacket on a chilly winter day, your great computer, the ability to read, the free3b75c22 education in great schools and universities that you got – and that your children are getting, good health, free healthcare for the times you’re not feeling well, unlimited fresh spring water running through your kitchen tap, a hot bubblebath. What’s on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

  • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
  • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
  • Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.

What are your favourite ways of expressing gratitude? Share some inspiration with us – we’d love to hear about it!

It’s not personal

Each of us comes into this world with a particular mission, written within our souls. I have myimages own mission as you have yours. We might cross paths as our individual missions in one way or another may interact with eachother’s – however each and every single one of us will still be alone on our own spiritual journey in order to fulfill our own particular mission. And we all have our lessons to learn…our experiences and wisdom to gain. This means that we once or a couple of times in life say or do things that aren’t in the best of interest for our own spiritual growth nor for anyone else – it is however a step that needs to be taken on our journey as we mature and, like a baby taking it’s first steps, are navigating and trying to master something that is so much greater than ourselves. So don’t take anything anyone else’s doing personally as it is not you who are the Star of their show, it is themselves.

If you manage to master this blessing you’ll be able to share of your love imagesCAGT5V9Qbut still not be a target for someone elses harmful words or actions. You won’t need to put your trust in what other people do or say as you will not be affected by it – each and everyone must owe up to take responsibility for their own reality. You can choose to follow your heart always no matter what as no one will be able to harm you – enabling you to focus on how to share of your greatest gift, love.

If being faced with feelings of hurt, instead of choosing any of the “easier” options like feeling sorry for yourself, “paying back” or feeling resentment towards the one who “caused” you pain – in fact inflicted pain on him or herself – ask yourself “How am I going to grow from this? How can I use this to make me my most Divine self? What can I now contribute that I couldn’t have if I had never had this experience?” Embrace the experience – I know it ain’t easy every time but try –, vision the greater Divine picture and learn from it. Always remember, it really really isn’t personal!

 

Perfection

I am not perfect, on the contrary. Of course, considering the fact that we in our western world tend to crave perfection in all its natural and imagesunnatural forms you might think that my statement may not make sense. It is however a statement which is deeply true and for that I am very grateful. You see, my imperfections and perfections – the divine essence of whom I really am – are the results of a passionate fascinating interesting life lived. A life that has taught me so much and made me experience even more…but most of all it have made me grow as a person – and as a spiritual being. My journey has taught me who I am rather than the one I, or anyone else for that matter, thought I was. And the best part is that even after 18 years of “awareness” and “lessons learned” I am still learning wonderful things about myself and of what our spiritual paths has to offer. It’s fantastic and I am so very very thankful!♥

In her book “Radical Self-Acceptance” buddhist teacher and author Tara Brach talks about the importance of acceptance of who you are – who you truly are. A part of this is to recognize all our feelings, each and every one of our thoughts and analyze our actions – all in order to truthfully know ourselves. This means that those feelings of unworthiness, shame, feeling unloved…all of them can teach you something about yourself without victimizing you. If you are willing to pay attention to them – acknowledge them as being part of who you are – they can tell you about yourself and your spiritual lessons in a truthful divine manner.

For people of our times – individuals who are working on their self-improvement, in a spiritual sense – these feelings are signals of something that imagesCALSVBUUwe fear (although it may take some really honest inner dialogue to see what it is) and therefore need to work with. We are not to reject them or deny them but to embrace them as what they are. It is not until we do this as we truly can heal and become whole. It is everything about you – perfections and imperfections – that contribute to your uniqueness and it is all the events in your life – the good experiences and the ones that left a wound in your heart – that create the mix that defines the fascinating spiritual being that is YOU.

It is also by accepting our own imperfections just as much as our perfections that we can get to experience the love of others despite their “imperfections” – the experience of a true soulful spiritual loverelationship – as we recognize the reality of the spiritual being they are. Remember the greater picture – the Divine Purpose – “rather than a journey of perfection our journey is towards wholeness” as stated by Tara Brach. Spiritual worthiness. 🙂

“Until you see the necessity of owning all of who are, you can’t extract the jewels from every experience of your life and your story will continue to use you. It will continue to clobber you over the head and make you act as though you’re small. But the moment you see the value in the parts you hate as well as those you feel good about, the moment you recognize that painful event as the perfect ingredient to make your recipe complete, you will witness the magic of transformation. You will bless what you formerly saw as a curse. You will watch as the horrid becomes holy.” – Debbie Ford

Improve your life – and leadership – with gratitude

Philosophers have since ancient times taught that the key to experiencing deeper levelspower-gratitude of happiness, fulfilment and wellbeing is cultivating gratitude. One of the earliest advocates of a daily gratitude practise was well known dutch philosopher Rabbi Baruch Spinoza who suggested that as a way to find more meaning and joy in our lives, we should each day for a month ask ourselves the following three questions:

– Who or what inspires me today?
– What brought me happiness today?
– What brought me comfort and deep peace today?

According to Spinoza this daily practise would lead to profound inner transformation as, by focusing our attention on appreciation, we are moving our ego out of the way. So step out of your ego…and into the broader consciousness – connecting to your heart and soul – and express gratitude on a daily basis. It’ll improve your leadership and your life, on so many levels – this I can guarantee!

“If the only prayer you are saying in your life is `thank you` that would suffice” – Meister Eckhart

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