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New Season…Are you game?

Last month I wrote about the advent of the new season and encouraged you to think about following your passion and ensuring that you dance with the world whilst there is still some music in you.

I would like to take that challenge further in this month of love and ask you a specific question – what will it take for you to dance with your true soul’s desire?

I am indeed assuming that you know what is your true heart’s desire or am I assuming too much?  Is this a safe assumption?

Let me stop skirting around the issue and ask a few direct questions just to get you started:

What is your true heart’s desire? and Why?
What lights you up? and Why?
What makes you to wake up in the morning and go to work? and Why?
What makes you happy?
What fills up your soul?

These are deep reflective questions and often times when we draw up New Year resolutions we seldom pause and ask the big question WHY?

I like Simon Sinek’s work on beginning with the Why – as it is in understanding the Why that we can start looking at the what and the how?  He argues that many people and organisations know the what they do or sell and how we are they better or different?  What inspires people into action is in understanding why do you do what you do?  He takes it further and says that people do not buy what you do or your offering but why you do it in other words what do you believe in and what is your passion?

To take this further, in order to be inspiring and purposeful in life you need to understand the WHY of what you do and then you will attract people or clients who buy into what you believe in.

I am inviting you in this month of love,  as we are still enjoying the benefits of a new year and whilst we are still energized and enthusiastic about new beginnings let’s just pause and base our resolutions  and goals on a solid foundation which is premised on a deeper and soulful introspection.

Let us open ourselves up to more depth and authenticity. Let us look for strong substance in who we are and what we believe in,  infused with a quest for living a life with a deeper meaning as opposed to superficial and less rooted on our real essence but informed by what we do or what is expected of us.  Incidentally this is not merely a mind exercise; for it to have real results we must be holistic and do it with body; mind and heart.

Let me end by quoting from the Bible – Isaiah 50:11 – “Walk in the light of your own fire; and in the flame which you have kindled”

With Valentine’s Day upon us is it not prudent to understand your passion or what you love?

So…are you game? If yes… Let’s meet in the arena!!!

Pam Yako

Leadership Coach

‘Helping women leaders to be attuned and find their inner goddess’

http://www.zenandeleadership.com

pam@zenandeleadership.com

Skype: pam.the.coach

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New Season…What’s Up

Yesterday we marked the beginning of yet another year and I watched with a sense of joy and appreciation as many people celebrated and ushered in 2017. Gosh… the amount of love shared, enthusiasm and excitement brewing everywhere I went, with all forms of media especially social media abuzz with well wishes and just sheer love and happiness. A big part of me wanted to clone the moment or the day and make that every day’s living, which begs the question – does it only have to end around New Year’s Day.

We live in a tough world where everybody literally everyday is rushing somewhere or trying to do something in order to earn a living, serve their purpose or just get themselves busy in one way or the other. That is obviously the good part, the sad part is that whilst we pursue the good deed (s) we forget to live, share with another, love each other and simply have fun. We forget to play and be happy people and save it for the festive season or dare I say… New Years Day.

Have you ever imagined if the spirit of the festive season can be sustained throughout the year, or if we have everybody being enthusiastic at the beginning of the each day, week, month to a point of sharing their positive energy on social media (or anywhere else where they meet or engage with people) for all of us to receive and enjoy so that we can learn and emulate it. I think this spirit can multiply and impact a whole lot more people and create happy, enthusiastic and loving nations and the world.

So I guess my challenge to you today is “how can you consistently contribute to a happier you, family, institutions and world. How can you emulate the excitement and enthusiasm of the season to build a better world? I firmly believe that all of us have an innate ability to change our paradigm and ourselves in order to yield better results for the world we live in.

I came across a quote this morning on social media that got me thinking and propelled me to write this blog (which is my monthly commitment anyway to you) and it read “On your last day on earth, the person you become will meet the person you could have become” – Anon. This is line with the title of a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book – “Don’t die with your music still in you”

Does this resonate with you? It certainly inspired me to write this blog today and on that reflective note – “Happy New Year”

Believing in you

Pam Yako

Leadership Coach

‘Helping women leaders to be attuned and find their inner goddess’

http://www.zenandeleadership.com

+27 12 998 7337 or +27 82 550 5225

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Skype: pam.the.coach

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We are almost in holiday season and everyone is ready to let their guards down be in a festive mood.

2016 was a very good year for me as I go to travel and learn to invest in my business and myself and took the time to rekindle my passion and purpose in life.

If I were to ask you a reflective question……….how was 2016 for you?

Just a little bit about myself – my name is Pam Yako and I am a leadership coach for women leaders who are either in a professional/management role or running their own businesses. I journey with these women from a place of feeling overwhelmed to a happy place where feel they attune with who they are.

I do this, as I believe that women have a special role to play in society and the economy and this role needs to be recognised, supported and nurtured.

Talking about nurturing I would like to explore 5 ways we as women leaders can nurture ourselves. These are:

  • Have more me time – this means spending quality time with ourselves in order to recharge and rejuvenate ourselves. We need this energy in order to fulfill our role in society.
  • Taking care of our physical wellbeing – this means taking care of our bodies through massages, going on reflective walks, running, manicure,
  • Getting a connection with our souls – ensuring that we take care of our souls by engaging in spiritually uplifting activities like meditating, praying or just be in front of the Devine being;
  • Finding support for our leadership journey – this means finding your own support club or network (could be online as you can connect from anywhere in the world); finding a coach, mentor or anybody who can be your support base for your dreams and aspirations;
  • Keeping in touch with our emotions and being grateful – this means were need to journal the good days, the discoveries, the nice activities that you will be undertaking and writing how do these make you feel; the time spent with family, the new recipes you have tried and what response you go from these.

This is all meant to put you in good stead for 2017 so that you approach the New Year with the necessary vigour, excitement and energy befitting of a goddess.

Chat soon about planning for an awesome and attuned year.

Pam

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Last month I wrote about October; my birthday month being a time for new beginnings and it kinda like felt strange as often people talk about new beginnings as part of the new year resolutions.

I reflected on whether I should wait until the beginning of the year when everyone is adopting new year resolutions or should I go ahead. I came to the conclusion that whilst the temptation to wait till January was compelling  but sometimes the conventional route is not always the right way to go and you have to appreciate and embrace your own uniqueness. So I affirmed myself and resolved that there is no better time than NOW!

Whilst I was still pondering on these issues it dawned on me that maybe I am talking about a transition. I am in the process of rebirthing myself as a woman leader and as an entrepreneur so I am in transition…right!

Often times transitions are scary and challenging and that we are all better off with what we know and we often say – anyway it’s tried and tested it might not be perfect but it works so why bother! I believe transition is good and necessary as it gives you a time to reflect and ask yourself the big question ‘Why?‘.

Why do I coach? Why do I live in South Africa? Why do I live inland instead of the coast and why do I go to work everyday? Why do I believe in the special role that women play in the economy and society etc.

I might not be able to answer these questions in this piece however as I journey through transition and as I am traversing the new path these questions need to be answered as if I don’t, I run the risk of complacency and not achieving the one thing that is dear to me – serving my clients and living my purpose.

So no matter when you decide that it is time to reflect or it’s time for change … take a step back and ask the big question ‘why’? It is those answers that will keep you aligned with your values; live your purpose and also navigate through transition.

Have a great month!!!!

Pam Yako

Leadership Coach

‘Helping women leaders to be attuned and find their inner goddess’

http://www.zenandeleadership.com

+27 12 998 7337 or +27 82 550 5225

pam@zenandeleadership.com

Skype: pam.the.coach

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Birthday…new beginnings

October is my birthday month and I often use the time to reflect on my journey and what I had planned for the year and what I have accomplished. This year was a good year as most of the things I set for myself were done…yippee!!!! I also took the time to go to Tuscany in Italy where I attended a 7 day Eat Pray Learn Retreat (hosted by Carl Brooks – http://www.carlbrooks.com) and thereafter took four days just visiting and exploring Tuscany on my own.

There is nothing as liberating than going on your own to a foreign country where you do not really know anybody, don’t speak the language and you just leave your home and your comfort zone and explore the world and give yourself permission to go out there as a citizen of the world and have fun. Fun I had – I explored Tuscany, enjoyed the food (of course with the vino) and learnt a lot about myself on who I am and what I am about. Often times we are caught in the mode of doing things – chasing deadlines – playing our roles and we forget about spending time with ourselves and have deep conversations with oneself whilst ensuring that you take care of your body, mind and your soul.

On my birthday I woke up and did some morning stretches and a few yoga poses that I could remember and then took out my journal and just answered the following questions:

  • How do I feel about my life at the present moment?
  • What things I am proud of?
  • What are the things I will stop doing?
  • How do I fulfill my purpose in life?
  • How do I show up differently in the world?

I was quite amazed about what I have achieved to date and of course also recognising how much I was not spending time with myself and looking after the God given soul and in essence I took three main resolutions – I am going to love and nurture myself more, I will let go of my self doubt and fear and pursue my purpose in life and finally I will nurture and build all the personal relationships that matter to me and unashamedly do so.

Well that is my journey moving forward – and did I need to go to Italy to take these decisions maybe not however the trip gave me the impetus and in the sanctuary of nature and foreign land I could do this. Now I need to be true to myself and honour the promises I made to myself. I owe to me as more than anything I realise that “I matter”.

With regard to the retreat I learnt a lot about myself as an entrepreneur (yes I said it – up until this month I have not referred to myself as an entrepreneur despite the fact that I have been running my business for 6 years) and the limiting beliefs and how my past experiences have actually held me back – more about that in future blogs – for now I am happy and ready for the new beginnings and excited about taking the quantum leap to explore my dreams, love and honour myself and nurture relationships that matter.

Expect more from me as I share my journey and in the process pursue my passion.

Ciao!!!!

Pam Yako

Leadership Coach

‘Helping women leaders to be attuned and find their inner goddess’

http://www.zenandeleadership.com

+27 12 998 7337 or +27 82 550 5225

pam@zenandeleadership.com

Skype: pam.the.coach

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Spring Awakening

“Spring drew on . . . and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.” —Charlotte Bronte

As we begin this spring season I could not help but reflect on the words of this writer and the more deeply I pondered the more I realised that we have once again reached a beautiful season – a season of rebirth, hope and a season of change.

We have spent the winter months in hibernation and now it is time to unshackle the chains and release ourselves from all those things that held us back as we justifiably protected ourselves from the cold. It is time to blossom, be alive, dream again and work tirelessly towards the achievement of our goals.

A big question arises though – do we know what is it that we are striving for? Do we know what are dreams and goals are? Is it career progression? Is it improvement of our health or fitness levels? Is it saving money for that overseas trip? Is it landing the ideal job? Or is it starting that business and quit your current job? Do we even know?

For many people if a stranger were to stop them in the street and ask them a simple question of what their dream life or lifestyle would be, chances are that they would not be able to convincingly answer that question. Alternatively, the question would be – what are you most passionate about and to what extent are you spending your days pursuing your passion or dreams.

For some people the answer would be anything like As soon as…” or “I’d like to…” or “I used to dream…” while explaining a daily life tangled up in too many demands and never enough time or energy to get to the things that matter most.

How about using this new season to rekindle your passion and identify what you like and pursue the things you like doing and feel energized by.   My challenge to you this spring is – take it as a time to reconnect with your soul, your passion, find and pursue the things that make you feel happy as opposed to pleasing others or trying to belong or appear responsible.

Finally, use the time to do what you love, connect with the people that adore you or add value to your life, find those activities that energize you and more importantly reawaken the real you and love yourself for who you really are and continue to pursue your essence.

Happy Spring!!!! Loving you always

Pam

Working with leaders achieve personal effectiveness and organisational prosperity

www.zenandeleadership.com

info@zenandeleadership.com

+27 12 998 7337/ +27 82 550 5225

Skype: pam.the.coach

“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman” – Margaret Thatcher

The United Kingdom has been in the news lately around the ‘Brexit’ referendum and it is almost befitting to quote one of British’s strongest leaders as their vote sent shockwaves through most of the world’s markets. We will not delve on the political and economic issues posed by such a vote safe to say that we now need level heads and strong leaders to move us into a different trajectory.

We need visionary and resilient leaders; who can walk the talk; self manage, lead by example and make things happen. However; without the right level of emotional resilience things can go in the wrong direction and hence we need leaders who are able to manage the gap between the stimulus ( something happen to you or your world) and the resultant action or subsequent behavior.

Women leaders have over the years demonstrated these qualities although often not recognized. Women leaders possess incredible amounts of resilience and a ‘to do’ attitude. I know of many women who have against all odds and after a whole lot of things thrown at them, are still able to pull themselves together; find their inner resolve; recalibrate their journey and forge forward. They walk the path with indelible scars and still able to provide for the family; nurture the young ones and hold institutions together.

Strong emotional resilience is a rare skill in the world we live in. Jan Bruce in Forbes magazine writes – “a recent study on the correlation between resilience and key health and productivity measures found that resilience is the foundation of success and possibility; with high levels of resilience significantly correlating with a better health status, higher job satisfaction, morale; productivity and lower stress”

Is this an in born skill or is it learnt? I do not know but what I know for sure is that the world we live in and the organisations we work for desperately need resilient leaders and hence at the upcoming Zenande Women Leaders’ Retreat we will be spending a whole day on the topic of building resilience. We will explore this topic through a combination of theory; practical exercises and group activities; sharing and being coached through personal experiences and listening to an invited guest.

To find more information and sign up for the retreat visit – http://www.zenandeleadership.com/zenande-retreat.asp

Let’s all go out there and make it happen notwithstanding whether the tide is coming in or going out. Let me leave you with a quote from Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston from the book; how remarkable women lead – “Valleys are an inevitable part of life; and figuring out how to climb out is much more important than endless worrying about how you got there”. So let’s get out there and make it happen.

Have a great week

Pam
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