All or Nothing Day in Newcastle
It was ‘National All or Nothing Day’ this Wednesday, which is a day celebrated each year on July 26th when people throw caution to the wind and simply ‘go for it’, doing that thing they’ve always wanted to do, but were too fearful or hesitant to even start.
The ‘Ferris Bueller’ Concept
The upbeat 1986 film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ tells the story of a bored, high school student, Ferris Bueller, who decided to wag off school and enjoy some fun and adventure, persuading a couple of friends to do the same with extremely funny and ultimately, positive consequences.
It’s a concept I wholeheartedly agree with. Having been a risk-taker for most of my life. I recognise the importance of taking the initiative to make change happen, because life rarely does it for us. The ‘Ferris Bueller’ concept is one of the tools I recommend to clients who find themselves lacking motivation or needing a boost in their life.
I walk the talk
Many years ago after working too hard for too long to build my business, I realised I was neglecting myself. I was tired, jaded and was in danger of becoming my company’s biggest weakness. I truly needed time out and decided to do a Ferris Bueller myself!
I left my office in Shakespeare Street, Newcastle, and took an afternoon off, adapting the Ferris concept to my own circumstances, so that I could refresh and revitalise my flagging energy.
Firstly I treated myself at M&S to a great meal, selected my favourite bottle of wine and a small box of chocolates. Then I visited the flower stall right outside and chose the flowers personally to reflect what the colours meant to me, for example red for passion, yellow for sunshine, orange for fun, green for healing, blue for calm and white for the spiritual aspects of life. Finally, I bought a chick flick on the way home where I filled a deep, fragrant bath, poured a glass of wine, played some favourite music and just relaxed while my dinner cooked.
The experience was total pleasure from start to finish – a full rebalance – where I was able to really reflect on things without the phone ringing, emails pinging, or the office door opening every two minutes. I was ‘nurturing me’ for a change and I returned to work the next day recharged, rejuvenated and ready for business.
Time flashes by at a fast rate of knots and the seasons seem to fly by quicker every year. It helps to slow time down for a period of meditation.
Taking time-out like Ferris helps us ponder those questions we usually don’t find the time to answer like, ‘Why am I doing this? Am I still on course? What were the reasons I started this job/relationship/hobby/course/career route etc. for originally?’ Contemplation helps you get back on track and find answers when you have time to stand back and engage with a dose of honest self-examination.
Make it your own
Everyone has their own idea of their perfect Ferris Bueller day off, to be enjoyed alone or with others, whether it’s a long walk in the park, a pizza with a pal, a game of golf, an old fashioned picnic in the country, reading a book in the sun, going to a movie or theatre.
Whatever you choose to do, it’s a relaxing and pleasurable memory you can store, download and replay in your mind time and again. Make the day uniquely yours; your moment, whether it’s a total chillax, a day at the races or a skydiving escapade; a day’s self-nurturing is something we all need as it feeds the soul.
Making a positive change in your life.
Do you have a particular desire to do something different and want some help discovering the benefits of change in your life? Today is the day to take that first step and make it happen, and very often that first step involves taking the time to relax, refocus and reshuffle your priorities.
No one wants to end up old and unfulfilled, regretting they didn’t try that new idea, new job, new hobby. If you’re finding it difficult to make the first move, my Personal Development Coaching and Motivational Courses are designed to help you make a positive change in those areas that are important to you, whether it’s career development, personal development, achieving a weight or fitness goal (nutrition, sports, educational, hobbies), or helping you in relationships, using a range of interventions such as hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and personal coaching.
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