Summer reflections – are you acknowledging your wins?

 If you follow my blog you may have noticed that I haven’t posted a new story since the end of July…. Why you may ask? Well to be honest it’s because I opted to take the month of August off.

As a business owner I’m responsible for my workload and how I manage my time so I decided why not take a break, after all August is my birthday month, it would be rude not to right?! It’s a weird one, as many business owners fret and worry about taking time off thinking everything will collapse. It won’t, but we will if we don’t look after ourselves. I’m so happy I did take the break, and it’s crucial that we do this for our sanity and health.

Prior to my break I had been busy juggling a number of projects as well as working on my voluntary projects and I can admit that it can feel overwhelming at times. I’m one of those people that tend to keep going, but during my summer break I made a point of reflecting. It’s so important to stop, take a breather and reflect. We are always focused on what’s missing and where we want to be, that we don’t always enjoy the here and now or take a moment to acknowledge our wins. As it was my birthday I was already in reflective mode, but had to switch channels, I was going down the what is missing from my life list and then turned it on its head to what have I achieved and what am I grateful for.

I actually had to give myself a pat on the back for achieving many of the goals I had set for myself this year. This includes writing and self-publishing my book ‘How to become a consultant: a guide to free yourself from the 9-5’ and building upon this by creating and offering escape the 9-5 consulting/coaching services for those wanting to leave their jobs and follow their dreams.  Publishing my affordable online course ‘DIY PR – How to get media coverage for your business’ aimed at SMEs and entrepreneurs on a tight budget but not tight on quality.

Another goal I’m proudly smashing this year so far is doing more speaking engagements on my passion project, which is escaping the 9-5 and finding your happiness. As someone who has worked in the corporate world and now doing my own thing, I’m so much more happier and I’m super keen to share my insights with those who felt trapped and caged like I did. The public speaking engagements allows me to push through my comfort zone barriers which I’ve been doing and enjoying.

It’s vital to challenge ourselves, we can be our own worse enemy and harbour some self- limiting beliefs. For example, if you had said to me a couple of years ago that I’d enjoy public speaking, or that I’d be doing it willingly – not because it’s my job and I had to – I’d probably look at you like you were two cans short of a six pack. But when you are truly passionate about something, you may just surprise yourself at the lengths you will go to and new paths you’ll embrace.

So, with that said, how are you challenging yourself? And are you on course to reaching the goals you have set yourself? Don’t beat yourself up if you’re behind on your goals, enjoy the process and keeping pushing. We’re now in September you’ve still got time to achieve those goals you set by the end of the year.

 

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10 Ways To Escape The Rat Race

Escaping the rat race is a desire for many, research published last month revealed that more than half of all UK employees are unhappy in the work place. Many can relate to being unhappy in their job, the realities of spending more time at work then we do with our loved ones, and with the UK retirement age set to increase in the coming years, it doesn’t exactly incite excitement in the average person.

So, how happy are those that have escaped the 9-5? A study last month of 5,000 workers concluded that self-employed people are more successful in their careers and felt happier in their job. Statistics show that self-employment is on the rise, if you are thinking about a way to exit the workplace here are 10 routes to explore: Mind matters

Work on your mind-set, if you’re serious about escaping the 9-5 tied to your desk culture, it’s vital to take time to work on your confidence and resilience. Working for yourself is empowering and rewarding but also challenging, you have to keep yourself motivated throughout it all. Positive can-do attitude alongside action is imperative.

You can read the rest of my article here. https://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/how-to-become-a-consultant-ebony-gayle-1139602.html

 

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Do you Love To Read? So Do I

I’m a book fan, I enjoy reading business career, self-help and development books to keep my mindset on track and to enhance my personal growth. I also like to get stuck into a good fiction book, that I can get engrossed in and escape the real world.

Here are a five books I’ve read and recommend to keep you motivated, particularly if you are keen to be your own boss!

Think and Grow Rich  by Napoleon Hill – a book that features on many reading lists, and for a reason.

 

The Laptop Millionaire by Mark Anastasi– Is an enjoyable read where the author shares his story journey to becoming a laptop millionaire

 

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyoaski– This no1 bestseller is an inspiring read!

 

Do Less Get More by Shaa Wasmund,  is another fave of mine, a real boss lady making her mark. This is a great read for those struggling to make time for the things that really matter to them.

 

How To Become A  Consultant: A Guide To Free yourself from the 9-5 by yours truly Ebony Gayle. Now I have to throw my own book in there – Its a quick read to get you motivated, a no-nonsense guide to free yourself from the 9-5 using your current skills.

 

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Ready to be your own boss and escape the rat race? Become a consultant

How to become a consultant: – free yourself from the 9-5

Are you looking for a change in your work life and feel like work is depriving you of happiness? Do you feel like you are ready to make the next move in your career but not sure what to do?  If you like the sound of being your own boss, and having more control of your work life balance, you should seriously consider becoming a consultant.

Or maybe you feel like your career is stagnating and you would like to be your own boss and work with a variety of clients, becoming a consultant is a great option.

To find out more, about becoming a consultant, get a copy of my book ‘How to Become a Consultant: A Guide To Free Yourself From The 9-5’.

Available from Amazon and  Barnes & Noble, iBook, Google play and other online outlets now.

If you are looking at other ways to escape the rat race – check out my article in Female First here:

 

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