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Today is the Day - By Linda Sage
Recently I was going through some old boxes in my garage and came across one of my first courses that I did in psychology, which was the one that turned a corner in my life. As you can imagine that was a few (well ok many) years ago. As I sat on the floor with papers and bits all around me, I started reading what I had written about my dreams, hopes, worries and life at the time.
To my amazement many of the things I had written then were exactly where I am now, with maybe the exception of my Prince Charming (but I am working on that!). I had not thought of these papers in years and had it not been for (a very brave) somebody suggesting that I was a hoarder any maybe getting rid of the rubbish (as they saw it, to ,me they were hours of blood, sweat, tears and many long nights studying & writing) that I had lugged around from house to house and now country to country, that was just collecting dust, may be better dumped, I would not have looked at them now either!
Seeing what my expectations were back then and where I am now, was quite a shock. Had I then kept that in my mind all this time? Was it just coincidence? Had all of what I have been through in the intervening years been a means to get where I wanted to be all along and learn a few lessons on the way? As I sat there and pondered, recollections of where I was then flooded back; a lone parent of a toddler, financially strapped and emotionally wrung out after a very messy marriage breakdown, but from somewhere I found a new path and the strength to walk down it. At that time I felt very alone and very vulnerable, as many people do when they have been part of “a couple” for years; the future was daunting to say the least.
We (my daughter then under two and I) had left Spain with what we stood up in and My parents were my only anchor at the time; though loving and supportive my dad was very staunch in his views, he would babysit for me to go to work but not to go out, as he believed “ I had responsibilities”. My head and my heart were in tatters, but then I met a lecturer at a local college that was who open my eyes and my mind, Richard Dunhill opened up the wonderful world of the brain and human potential in a 10min presentation that was to change my way of life, beliefs and open up a new world of possibilities, that I never considered before. I enrolled on the course there and then, went away enthused until my old self started to question my own ability!!!
I did make the1st class of the course, but felt overwhelmed and totally inadequate, as people started to introduce themselves there were Drs, Lawyers, Judges, Police Chiefs and me!!! (many of these in the following years would call me in to help their investigations, or their clients-but I would never have believed that at the time). As the course progressed I grew more confident and able, in fact felt I had come home, this was totally for me and it was not hard work like school or college (until the time of waiting for the grades!!!). When I finally graduated with Honors and asked my now friend Richard, why on that day many moons before he had enrolled me on this course, he said that his job was not just to teach but to see potential and develop it. He could see something in me that I could not see or believed that I could ever do. This is something that has remained with me ever since.
The potential of human beings even with all this new technology cannot be measured, so we should assume that we have loads of it, but sometimes we just need the encouragement of somebody else with a little vision.
Self belief even in times of hardship and heartache offer ways that we can learn and gain from the experiences, having somebody there to encourage, even if you cannot believe them can be just enough to open a new door, or be the light at the end of a dark tunnel. We should not be afraid to dream or have goals, not losing sight of them or take them for granted. Sitting on the garage floor, had opened up a new set of goals and dreams for me, but these one I have no intention of putting into boxes and letting them get covered in dust. They will be nurtured and worked on everyday, then I am sure they will be achieved a lot quicker and I can enjoy the journey of achievement as well.
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Today is the Day - By Linda Sage
About the Author: Linda Sage
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My background is in Forensic Psychology over the past 25 years I have been mentoring,teaching and lecturing the whole range of skills and abilities from Corporate to schools. I have built my own successful MLM Business, now I am mentoring and coaching on stategies for the improvement of yourself and business. Health, nutrition, fitness and life style to enhance your quality of life. I have helped thousands of people improve themself psychologically, their bodies, relationships, financial standing and lifestyle. I write weekly columns for local papers and magazines, have worked with local radio and television programmes.
I am President of Mil Palmeras Toastmasters International. I also speak publically on motivation and weight loss, how these affect entrepreneurs and limit them.
Online marketing and Newbie Training is the newest area of my business, many people suffer a lot on the internet, I know I did, so now I help people see that it is not as scary as they think and definately does not have to be as expensive. Time Management and self discpline are major areas for entrepreneursas the time just seems to run away.
I live on the Costa Blanca in Spain, this was one of my first goals, now I have orange and lemon trees in my garden, my passion is to set bigger goals for myself and help others do the same. Life is amazing and it should be.
I have a new ebook Personal Coaching for Change which is a very proactive book, in each chapter you can build on changing things in your life. Easy to read and follow.
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