Jar of Blessings

30 December 2016

Hey! Wow! I cannot believe we only have 2 days left of 2016!

What a year it has been with its amazing highs, and challenging lows. A year of great personal gains, tinged with the deep sadness of the losses of great friends that have left scars on our hearts. For most we will be so glad to see the back of this year.

Pictured below is my “Gratitude Jar” or “Blessings Jar”, or “Love Jar” which is my favourite name. It is filled with notes of things I have loved experiencing or doing this year. These are also a reminder of life lived in 2016, so one wonders whether it should be renamed “My Living Jar”.

This is one of my favourite annual activities as each year closes it provides us with the opportunity to look back with gratitude at what we have achieved throughout that year. Yet it is all too easy to forget our successes and the intangible gifts and blessings we have received along the way and focus only on what we feel we failed to do. I for one love this activity because it encourages you to keep going, stay focussed and also fills you with the wonderful feelings of gratitude and hope for the forthcoming new year accepting the unlimited possibilities yet to come! On New Years Eve I will excitedly pop the Prosecco and as I sip the bubbles I will laugh, cry, smile and sigh as I look back on a year I will never experience again and say thank you for it all.

For this truth remains the same for us all. We will each leave this year not the same as it began. So who is doing the same as me looking back with gratitude and excitedly starting 2017 with an empty “Gratitude Jar” looking forward to another year of new blessings yet unseen?

I love you all and wish for you a ridiculously amazing 2017.

#iloveinspiring, #gratitude, #humbled, #inspired, #blessings, #breakthrough
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© Angela P Gordon – December 2016

Inspirational Message – 2015

Showing Up

More so nowadays it is easy to forget that we were born to be or do something amazing.  With so many distractions these days it is a challenge to show up for a very important person in our life. Our self! We so easily put everything and everybody else first and soon become invisible to our own dreams, desires and possibilities.

Woody Allen says “80% of success is showing up”.  Showing up means taking responsibility for saying “Yes” to living. Giving ourselves permission to not just survive, yet thrive in our relationships, health, wealth, career and happiness.  It is saying no matter what I am worth it, get out of my way I am ready.  It is committing to possibilities instead of just maybes.  It is turning up the gauge of our own worthiness in a greater direction.  Taking the time to talk lovingly to ourselves and stepping out of the boxing ring of cleverly crafted excuses and trading those punches for “Yes I can”, “Yes I am”, “Here I come”, “That’s for me!”, “Yes I did it!!!” It is daring to be different, exchanging carbon copy living for You someone who is unique, creative and wonderful.  Being willing to take a chance on you, “Yes” You and mapping your own exclusive destiny.

It is getting up each morning and saying thank you for life, thank you for another day.  Making room for opportunities and our highest potential. Surrendering fear, doubt and disbelief. Closing the door on our hesitating by joyfully opening our mouths and declaring out loud who we are and proceeding.

Marianne Williamson popular quote says “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be?

© Angela P Gordon – 2015

This inspirational message was written for BBC WM Radio 95.6 FM “Sunday Night Live with Joe and Nikki” and was recited live by the author Angela P Gordon as part of the show’s “Thought of the Day”

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Angela P Gordon is the owner, founder and director of I Love Inspiring Ltd and is a multi-award winning coach and mentor who specialises in life coaching and personal development training. Angela is lovingly nicknamed the “The Inspirational Goddess” by her clients and has won a community award as Inspirational Woman 2016 and Executive Business Award for Best Life Coaching Company and Most Influential Businesswoman in Life Coaching.

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With Confidence in Business

What has confidence and business got to do with each other I hear you say? In 2003 when Business Link approached me to facilitate personal development workshops to assist new business start-ups and entrepreneurs that very question crossed my mind too. Personal development can seem so fluffy or woo woo at times that we may wonder how is this going to help me grow my business?

In recent years there has been an exciting rise in the number of female business owners.  As women become more prominent in the marketplace this has naturally created gaps, not just in female leadership, yet, bringing along with it different challenges other than those of male business owners.  These issues and struggles can range from simply where to go to find the right support and information, as well as accessibility to successful female mentors and role models who are willing to share their own insights on running a successful business or their own journey to the top. When it comes to building confidence encouraging and supporting one another appears to be an indirect requisite for female professionals and here is where the gap is the largest.  The business world can be overwhelming and intimidating and it can be hard to find your own voice in a noisy world, or the motivation to swim through a sea of information overload and the ever increasing maze of social media marketing.  Over a short period of time confidence and enthusiasm begin to ebb away along with your self-belief, worth and value. 

Are you not the major asset in your business? Yes of course you are! The truth is that businesses are built on relationships.  People buy people.  When you have confidence you exude an aura which other people find attractive. Confident people encourage confidence in others, most of all they know what they have to offer and bring that this to every situation.

Personal development is foundational in the new world of the entrepreneur. Nowadays confidence in business is a necessary requirement to build vision and strategy. Do you believe in what you are building?  Action is confidence in motion.  Inaction breeds fear and doubt which are some of the basic interference blockers to our confidence.  Another key factor to confidence is having a positive mental attitude. Knowing our business inside and out also can give us natural confidence. 

Why not take the time to shape your own confidence with the right attitude, knowing your authentic self and having a strong self-belief in your business, abilities, products and services. 

What has confidence got to do with business? Everything!  

© Angela P Gordon – 2016

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“Get Your Shift On!” – Shift Tip #1 – Honesty

Happy New Year! Wow can you believe it is 2017 already!

My slogans for this year are “Get Your Shift On!” meaning all change begins with some kind of movement, whether it is a mental or physical shift. My other one is “It is Possible“. In 2016 I learnt so many valuable things mainly that you will never know until you try and in doing so the impossible becomes possible. So over the coming months I will be sharing my own journey or story, on how I created those essential shifts that changed my life to the happy, grateful and fulfilled life I am now enjoying. I truly do love my life.

So in good old fashioned words here is “Shift Tip #1 – Honesty!”

My beautiful friend Sharon posted on Facebook the quote you can see in the photo to your right, which was so synchronistic at the time as I was looking for quotes to cover this top hot tip.

This tip is very important for effective change and transformation. Put simply before we can create any kind of positive change we need to be honest with ourselves and to stop lying to ourselves. In other words we need to stop, check in and have a honest conversation with ourselves and speak the truth out loud. So many times we are held prisoners by our own fears, doubts and misperceptions. We unconsciously keep ourselves locked in a prison of lies and untruth and unwittingly pursue freedom outside of our circumstances and ourselves. Here’s another truth all deep and long lasting change firstly takes place from within.

This takes me back to February 2012, it was an exceptionally cold and frosty morning and I was functioning on auto-pilot. That morning as I was smoking my first cigarette of the day in my back yard, I noticed something unusual, my garden shed door was wide open. At first what had happened did not fully register as I tried to focus I knew something was wrong. Sadly, that day it took a while to hit home. In my usual “I can cope manner” I secured the shed as best I could, and went to work telling myself I will somehow deal with it later. It was on this day that things changed, yet, I did not know it at the time. As I dashed into work trying not to be late, I noticed that I was shaking ever so slightly, you know like a shiver but a little more visible. As I rushed round the corner to that dreaded office, I bumped into the Union guy. He asked me what was wrong, I said nothing, not surprisingly, he did not accept my automatic answer. Angela he said in a firm, stern tone, you are not coping, you look awful, what on earth is going on? I said matter of factly, nothing much, someone tried to break into my shed. As I spoke the shivering got worse. Concern covered his face as he took me by the arm into the privacy of the union office. After this, I did not really hear his words he spoke, I just recall being given the phone receiver as he politely demanded that I call my doctor. At first I could not say much as the tears started to fall and I sobbed like a angry, hungry baby. You see for the first time in 3 long years I confessed I could not cope anymore. I told this semi-stranger how I was really feeling. What I had been feeling for a while and that I was scared as I was drowning in sorrow, sadness and negativity. That I could see no end! In those moments of sharing I let my beautiful well rehearsed masks and facades slip and I somehow set myself free. I spoke out loud my truth through the sobs and anguish. I did not have to pretend anymore! The long and short of this part of my story was that I went to the doctors who diagnosed “Nervous Fatigue” a mild firm of nervous breakdown. It was just the wake up call I needed!

If you truly desire effective long lasting change, it first begins with an open, honest and loving conversation with yourself or a good supportive friend, where you can admit the truth of where you are and how you got there. It is as simple as that! You see awareness is the beginning to opening the door of your own healing and transformation and when we speak the truth to ourselves we become aware.

I hope Tip #1 has been helpful? In the next few days I will share Tip #2 and it may just take you by surprise!!!

Have a blessed week and stay blessed!!! Love always. “The Inspirational Goddess#getyourshifton, #iloveinspiring, #itispossible

© Angela P Gordon – 2017

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Editorial Extract

Personal Development ExpertBREAK THROUGH TO YOUR UNIQUE GREATNESS AND SHINE

(This article was featured in the Birmingham Phoenix Newspaper in July 2015)

It is quite clear when you meet Angela she oozes natural confidence with a vibrant, dynamic sparkle, which are contagious.

However, this has not always been the case; Angela herself has suffered from low self-esteem and lacked confidence in key areas of her own life.

Professional Life Coach Angela P Gordon has carved out a unique career by combining her own life experience and professional expertise to create a distinctive blend of her skills for the benefit of individuals and business. Angela has become a leader who inspires and communicates with great energy, passion, humour and grace. Teaching compassionately all she has learned, it is clear that she loves inspiring people to breakthrough to freedom.

All well as providing personal one to one coaching, she has run workshops for organisations such as, Business Link, International Women’s Day and has been a guest speaker at well-being seminars and coached in Florida, USA.

Angela says “Life is like the handbag we carry around on a daily basis, whatever is contained on the inside can either lift or weigh you down.” The truth is our confidence is not something that you can lose on the way home, confidence exists deep within us. However, life can wear down our confidence and daily stresses and strains can leave us with invisible layers, which become barriers to our inner confidence.Editorial2

Angela believes that to tackle life’s challenges, such as low self-esteem, confidence, finances or relationships, we need to delve deeper inside ourselves. Angela works with her clients assisting them to breakthrough their own self-imposed barriers and help create their own personal unique toolkit of resilience and awesome confidence. This is achieved using numerous techniques which include affirmations, visualisation, creative writing, NLP, forgiveness, releasing and many others even a few from Angela’s own personal experience and toolkit.

“I am not saying that I am going to solve all your problems in one session. It will be about learning how to solve problems, asking powerful questions and finding solutions”, says Angela.

“Wanting to change is the first step- knowing how to change is where I come in”

Angela specialises in Personal Development Coaching and is a certified Life Coach and holds Certificates in Counselling Skills and Sociology, and is an associate member of Association of Coaching.

© Angela P Gordon – 2015

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