I have been receiving countless emails and facebook messages with Questions on how to really practice being able to turn your life around and live the life of your dreams using what I have shared in “Don’t Think of A Blue Ball” So I have decided to post some of these questions here and answer them here as well to support you. I have kept them anonymous and in some cases, I have merged a couple of questions together to address them in the one answer. As they questions are numerous, please bear with me while I work through them and I am planning to address them in Chapter order. 🙂
Chapter 1 Quote:
“The more I told my collection of ‘sad stories’ and repeated the incidents to the people in my life, the more they perpetuated. I was focusing on all the things that were wrong about my life and how these could not get any worse, but without realizing, it was this thinking that attracted more of the same disappointment. The more I complained, the more I had to complain about. I sounded like a broken record and had become my own worst companion.
‘I’ was the problem. I was manifesting all the troubles in my life. Does it sound familiar?”
“But Malti, how do I change my story, how do I stop complaining, I really don’t mean to, but life has been so shitty lately….tight on money, gaining weight, I’m being evicted-they want to increase my rent so I need to move out, I’m owed money that hasn’t come in, I have debts….and it just feels so awful, in fact the only that is working now is my relationship, but I don’t want to lie or fake it, how do I stop complaining when things are just so so hard???” “How Malti?”.
Well…. I KNOW it’s hard, because we are so so used to complaining and repeating the stuff that’s upsetting us and worrying us, but like I mention in Chapter 1, do you want to be right or do you want to be happy? Do what you have always done and you will have the same results, nothing will change! I know it feels so uncomfortable to not worry and complain when things seem so so hard, but before I go on to explain more than this, I want you to TRUST me and believe me, “Nothing is every as hard or as bad as it appears to you!”
Back to the “HOW?”
Initially you will catch yourself and you may have to just sit silent for a few minutes, it will feel very uncomfortable as this is not familiar to those of you who are always rattling to others or even to yourselves all the things that are not right about your life. From this space of silence, wait and look at something that is good, one area of your life that is going well or one thing to be grateful for and then talk about THAT! Secondly, stop talking so much, I often say to myself, “WAIT!” Why Am I Talking – W.A.I.T? Allow others to share with you a little more, when you truly listen, you will 1) give that person a gift that you probably haven’t given them in a long long time and 2) You will better understand what their needs are and maybe find ways to help them, and thirdly, your issues may not seem so bad anymore!
I know you will say to me, but but but Malti, these are real problems, I have real rent to pay and no money to pay it with, so my questions to you are these:
Haven’t you been in a very similar situation before?
Didn’t you manage somehow to get through it as if by magic?
If that does not build your own faith, then what will?
You will not be faking it or lying, you will be choosing your thoughts and your words carefully. Monitoring that you are not perpetuating the same crap in your life, instead in your case, you could choose to talk about and revel in the love that you are experiencing in your relationship and allow that OPEN valve to embrace you in all the other areas of your life, take the “happiness” from your relationship and pour it over all of you, instead of taking the worry, pain, sadness, fears from all the other areas and clouding the beautiful relationship you are in. I will let you in on a secret, some of the most wealthiest people I know, who I have worked with and they have shared with me, are so miserable and lonely, so unfulfilled and sad because despite having all the money in the world, they don’t have that one person to love and be loved by. So my dear, you are wealthier than most, and when you truly truly start to see that, money too will pour on you.
With love and gratitude for your trust and openness,
As a life coach, I work with people to set goals and then work towards them. I hold them accountable to the strategies and action steps they set out and I cheer them on or support them along the way. It is said that we need to be very specific when writing these goals, in fact SMART even about them. However, if you have read my books and articles you would know that I also believe in surrendering. What is the fine balance between doing and allowing? In “Don’t Think of a Blue Ball” there are paragraphs about it but just yesterday, as I was sitting with a client of mine, and he was carefully penning down his specific goals, I had to interject with what I really believe which is inspired by a verse in Chapter 2 of The Bhagwad Gita about detachment to the fruit of our labour.
So as I fumbled to express myself, I came up with this analogy which I really want to share with all of you as it really really drove it home for me. Yes set your goals and be specific about them, this is like entering an exact address into your GPS system, so that you can move forward. Then think about the feelings that the attainment of these goals will give you, not just the measurable outcome. For example, if it is a promotion, then the feelings could be of “respect” and “confidence”, or in an example of a financial goal, the feelings could be “freedom” and “security”. After that, surrender, and trust that what is in store for you is so much more than our limited experience can even imagine.
Is it then a coincidence that the quote action email that I received from a friend yesterday was this one: “If you try too carefully to plan your life, the danger is that you will succeed–succeed in narrowing your options, closing off avenues of adventure that cannot now be imagined.” American Diplomat, Harlan Cleveland
So let’s just say that the feeling I want to experience or taste is “Sweetness” and I set the goal on a pursuit for peaches, because it is the sweetest fruit that I know existed. I then spend my time and energies working towards finding these peaches. I toil, and work hard, I climb high and seek low, and then I face disappointments after disappointment, but I keep going and I don’t find these peaches. Instead, because I never gave up, I end up in this farm and there I am presented with Alphonso mangoes and this is the sweetest, most exquisite fruit I have ever tasted. The sweetness is beyond imagination!
So, yes write your goals, yet pursue them, connect with the experience and feeling that you feel achieving this goal will give you and then as much as you can, feel that feeling now, where you are and surrender with full faith that whatever is in store for you will be far far sweeter than anything you could have imagined, so don’t be disappointed along the way if things don’t look as you had hoped they were, your path towards the sweet mangoes is just being laid out as you walk it. Malti Bhojwani
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Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
Ability to create a safe, supportive environment that produces ongoing mutual respect and trust. Including – Asking permission to coach client in sensitive, new areas.
Ability to be fully conscious and create spontaneous relationship with the client, employing a style that is open, flexible and confident even over the phone. Accesses own intuition and trusts one’s inner knowing – “goes with the gut”
Ability to focus completely on what the client is saying and is not saying, to understand the meaning of what is said in the context of the client’s desires, and to support client self-expression.
Attends to the client and the client’s agenda, and not to the coach’s agenda for the client,
Hears the client’s concerns, goals, values and beliefs about what is and is not possible,
Distinguishes between the words, the tone of voice, and the body language,
Summarizes, paraphrases, reiterates, mirrors back what client has said to ensure clarity and understanding,
Encourages, accepts, explores and reinforces the client’s expression of feelings, perceptions, concerns, beliefs, suggestions, etc.,
Integrates and builds on client’s ideas and suggestions,
“Bottom-lines” or understands the essence of the client’s communication and helps the client get there rather than engaging in long descriptive stories,
Allows the client to vent or “clear” the situation without judgment or attachment in order to move on to next steps.
Ability to ask questions that reveal the information needed for maximum benefit to the coaching relationship and the client.
Asks questions that reflect active listening and an understanding of the client’s perspective,
Direct Communication – Ability to communicate effectively during coaching sessions, and to use language that has the greatest positive impact on the client.
Is clear, articulate and direct in sharing and providing feedback,
Reframes and articulates to help the client understand from another perspective what he/she wants or is uncertain about,
Clearly states coaching objectives, meeting agenda, purpose of techniques or exercises,
Uses language appropriate and respectful to the client (e.g., non-sexist, non-racist, non-technical, non-jargon),
Uses metaphor and analogy to help to illustrate a point or paint a verbal picture.
Creating Awareness – Ability to integrate and accurately evaluate multiple sources of information, and to make interpretations that help the client to gain awareness and thereby achieve agreed-upon results.
Goes beyond what is said in assessing client’s concerns, not getting hooked by the client’s description,
Invokes inquiry for greater understanding, awareness and clarity,
Identifies for the client his/her underlying concerns, typical and fixed ways of perceiving himself/herself and the world, differences between the facts and the interpretation, disparities between thoughts, feelings and action,
Helps clients to discover for themselves the new thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, emotions, moods, etc. that strengthen their ability to take action and achieve what is important to them,
Communicates broader perspectives to clients and inspires commitment to shift their viewpoints and find new possibilities for action,
Helps clients to see the different, interrelated factors that affect them and their behaviors (e.g., thoughts, emotions, body, background),
Expresses insights to clients in ways that are useful and meaningful for the client,
Identifies major strengths vs. major areas for learning and growth, and what is most important to address during coaching,
Asks the client to distinguish between trivial and significant issues, situational vs. recurring behaviors, when detecting a separation between what is being stated and what is being done.
Designing Actions – Ability to create with the client opportunities for ongoing learning, during coaching and in work/life situations, and for taking new actions that will most effectively lead to agreed-upon coaching results.
Brainstorms and assists the client to define actions that will enable the client to demonstrate, practice and deepen new learning,
Helps the client to focus on and systematically explore specific concerns and opportunities that are central to agreed-upon coaching goals,
Engages the client to explore alternative ideas and solutions, to evaluate options, and to make related decisions,
Promotes active experimentation and self-discovery, where the client applies what has been discussed and learned during sessions immediately afterwards in his/her work or life setting,
Celebrates client successes and capabilities for future growth,
Challenges client’s assumptions and perspectives to provoke new ideas and find new possibilities for action,
Advocates or brings forward points of view that are aligned with client goals and, without attachment, engages the client to consider them,
Helps the client “Do It Now” during the coaching session, providing immediate support,
Encourages stretches and challenges but also a comfortable pace of learning.
Planning and Goal Setting – Ability to develop and maintain an effective coaching plan with the client.
Consolidates collected information and establishes a coaching plan and development goals with the client that address concerns and major areas for learning and development,
Creates a plan with results that are attainable, measurable, specific and have target dates,
Makes plan adjustments as warranted by the coaching process and by changes in the situation,
Helps the client identify and access different resources for learning (e.g., books, other professionals),
Identifies and targets early successes that are important to the client.
Managing Progress and Accountability – Ability to hold attention on what is important for the client, and to leave responsibility with the client to take action.
Clearly requests of the client actions that will move the client toward their stated goals,
Demonstrates follow through by asking the client about those actions that the client committed to during the previous session(s),
Acknowledges the client for what they have done, not done, learned or become aware of since the previous coaching session(s),
Effectively prepares, organizes and reviews with client information obtained during sessions,
Keeps the client on track between sessions by holding attention on the coaching plan and outcomes, agreed-upon courses of action, and topics for future session(s),
Focuses on the coaching plan but is also open to adjusting behaviors and actions based on the coaching process and shifts in direction during sessions,
Is able to move back and forth between the big picture of where the client is heading, setting a context for what is being discussed and where the client wishes to go,
Promotes client’s self-discipline and holds the client accountable for what they say they are going to do, for the results of an intended action, or for a specific plan with related time frames,
Develops the client’s ability to make decisions, address key concerns, and develop himself/herself (to get feedback, to determine priorities and set the pace of learning, to reflect on and learn from experiences),
Positively confronts the client with the fact that he/she did not take agreed-upon actions.
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How posture affects your looks
When you have good posture, you walk with more ease and grace. Think of all the beautiful divas you see on the red carpet and the silver screen, boasting long lean necklines, head held straight, shoulders square, not shrugging up or slumped down.
Tummy tucked in, back slightly arched, this automatically gives you a tummy tuck, boob-job and leaner waist. Instantly you will feel and project an air of confidence and of being alert.
Just by standing or sitting up straight, you change your physiology to one of instant confidence. It is impossible to feel low or sad, when you are upright and smiling. Try it now. How did you feel? You can do this in front of a mirror for added value. You will portray confidence and enthusiasm that is very very attractive. Slouch, slump and frown and see how you look – disheartened, bored, tired, old and fat. Try this, breathe, hold your head up straight, tuck your tummy in and smile. Notice the difference? When you stretch and lengthen your back this way, you instantly look leaner as well.
Bad posture is just a bad habit
Some women have bad posture because they are shy about the size of their breasts, in this day and age when women are flying halfway across the world and spending thousands of dollars to go under the knife to get breast enhancements or at least buying the most maximiser push up bras they can find, it is time for you to stand tall and proud.
Most people who think they have a fat tummy are just not standing or sitting right. Commit to having a good posture by visualizing yourself standing tall, shoulder blades back, tummy tucked in and head up straight. I am a short woman at barely 5’1″ and improving my posture with my mum’s help when I was younger and Pilates now, I feel taller than I am.
Bad posture is just a bad habit and in life coaching, I say that you cannot break a habit, you have to replace it. So pick an exercise that you will be willing to commit to. It could be Pilates or even the Alexander Technique, a famous regime that can help strengthen core muscles and re-align the spine. Commit an hour a day to exercise. Practice. Constantly remind yourself to to stand up tall and pull your tummy into your spine and actually visualize it. See yourself always standing or sitting in good posture. It is not something you turn on and off when you know someone is watching; you have to practice it all the time.
Looking good is not just about your face
Your body carries your head. A beautiful body is not just about weight, it is about how you hold it and how it holds your head up. Your posture shows the world how you are feeling and your abilities.
Research was done years ago at the University of Louisville, where 60 people were asked to rate the appearance of two women in a series of pictures – in some they were slumping, in others they were standing up straight…. Consistently, viewers rated the women who were standing up straight to be younger and more attractive,” Some heavier ones were also perceived to be thinner just from the way they were standing in the pictures.
It is simple physics and optical illusions, when you scrunch, you make yourself look shorter and wider, and when you are straight and erect, you automatically look taller and thinner. A good posture helps you to radiate a sense of confidence.
In case you missed part 1 of her series, read that first before you proceed to the rest of Malti’s tried-and-tested tips on how to motivate yourself.
Getting Uncomfortable to Get Ahead
We all have excuses and reasons to feel “out of it” some days. We are affected by our moods, the weather, the tide, the moon’s phases, planet alignments, what we ate or drank that day, whether we heard from the girl we’re infatuated with, our weight, the stock market, the traffic or even a pimple! Everything affects our mood, but it is important to stay focused on what we want.
All in all, it is normal to feel a little low and out of it sometimes. It’s just means it’s time to shake things up a bit. When you are feeling bored and complacent, you need to do that little bit more and get uncomfortable. Changing your surroundings or the way you do things is a great way to stimulate your mind to come up with more ideas. It’s like a muscle that needs to work a little harder; you just need to kick it into gear so it can starting firing the neurotransmitters that stimulate creativity.
Drive a different route to work, wear your watch on the other hand, or even try eating or texting with your other hand. Make efforts to meet different people, approach the ones that make you uncomfortable, or strike up a conversation with a colleague that you have never spoken to. New conversations and new paths give you the opportunity to turn off your own mental chatter, which thrives when things are “normal.” This will force you to relate, see and think differently.
Comfort is Your Enemy
When you are too comfortable, you have probably already achieved many of your desires and goals, and you are so used to doing the same thing week in and week out that there is no motivation to deviate from the routine. At work, when you are only doing what comes naturally and what is expected of you in order to “get-by,” you are not stretching yourself and definitely not growing.I see “discomfort” as an opportunity.
Often when I feel a little uncomfortable or lazy to do something that rationally I know could be good for me, I know that I need to stretch myself. We only grow when we break out of our comfort zones. Just like at the gym, you know that only when an exercise is a little hard to do that you are actually working the muscle.
Another example is going for a run even when it’s drizzling or overcast. This means that your commitment to staying fit and healthy is much stronger than your need to stay comfortable and dry at home. You are not letting excuses run your life!
What You Resist the Most is Often the Best Thing for You
If it’s too easy to do and you are too comfortable, you are still only staying within your comfort zone. This is a sure sign that you are not stretching yourself and therefore, not growing. On the other hand, if you find that you come up against some resistance to do something everyday (within reasonable limits, of course), then that’s exactly the thing you ought to be doing.
For example, I often dread getting dressed up and going out on weeknights for networking evenings. But I know that they will enhance my work life, not to mention I might meet interesting people. In fact, every time I have ended up at an event that I previously resisted going to, I have met at least one person who has enriched my life either through the conversation we’ve had or the work they do. My point is, what I resist most is what I need to do in order to not be complacent.
So get uncomfortable and stretch yourself!
Note: We all have different pain and comfort thresholds. Pay attention to your instincts. If something feels wrong, too hard and too painful, check to see if maybe it is wrong, dangerous or unwise for you to do it.
It’s important to educate yourself before being successful at anything. There are two types of motivation: ‘towards’ and ‘away from’. The former involves motivating oneself to move towards a desirable place, while the latter involves situations where one is desperate to distance oneself from, or get ‘away from’ an undesirable place. For example, trying to work towards a promotion would be ‘towards’, and attempting to quit smoking or lose weight would be ‘away from’ motivation.
Both these techniques work, but ‘towards’ motivation lasts longer and is empowering as you are focusing on what you want rather than what you don’t want.
Step One: Declare Your Wants
Envison this. I ask you not to think of a blue ball, yet the first image that pops into your mind is one of a blue ball! It’s basically impossible to avoid thinking about something without thinking of it first. Therefore, you should realize that your thoughts will always work towards bringing what you think about the most into your reality–even if you are thinking about not wanting that particular thing or state of being.
And so we come to the first step: always declare what you want. This is usually simple, because it is most often the exact opposite of what you don’t want.
Why This Works
For ‘towards’ motivation to work, you have to be able to see and monitor your progress. If you feel like you are working very hard and running very fast, but it still looks like everything around you is the same, you will feel a bit like a hamster running in a wheel, only to come out and see that it hasn’t moved at all. This can be extremely demotivating.
So what can you do to access your progress?
Step Two: Track Your Progress
-Pick three things that you want to achieve in the next three months. Break these into small tasks that can be achieved on a daily basis and will ensure that you reach your ultimate goal. For example, if you want to increase your client base from 20 to 30 in three months, you need to add about 3 every month. Break that down to include some strategies that you have used in the past that have clearly worked and can be done daily.
-Set up a timetable and a daily checklist. Work through it and tick the checklist when you have completed each task. The idea is to form a daily routine that will keep you on track to getting where you want to be.
Why This Works
What you are doing here is making your progress measurable. This will surely boost your confidence, which in turn will motivate you as you will see yourself getting closer to your goals.
It’s Not Easy
In conclusion, I would like to make it clear that all of the steps above are easier said than done, yet entirely possible.
“I started learning to swim recently and my instructor made me wear flippers. They were great, because they helped me move really fast. When he finally got me to swim without them, I felt so incompetent–like I was not moving at all–that this disheartened me. I needed to SEE that I was indeed moving. So he got me to look at my reflection in the window and reminded me to turn around and look back to see how far I had indeed traveled.”
Getting and staying motivated to always keep growing, learning, and evolving is easy as soon as you have your desires clear in front of you.
When you know what you want out of your life, what experiences you want to taste, what you want to do for the people around you, and what you want to enjoy yourself, you will be able to dangle that carrot in front of yourself and keep the ‘towards’ motivation activated.
Seeing progress, however small at first–from ticking the checkboxes to seeing the weight go down on the scales–is visual evidence that you are indeed making headway. Plus, you’ll enjoy the small benefits of completing all these little tasks–and they do all add up!
If you find it challenging to do this yourself, declare your desires to a friend, or better yet, a coach. Then have them hold you accountable to do the things you need to every single day in order to ultimately have what you want. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to achieving everything you’ve ever dreamed of!
Yes they are sins when viewed independently and the path to spiritual enlightenment would require that we shed ourselves of all sins and embody the polar opposite of the sin.
So what are they? Traditionally, they are:
Vanity (Pride), Greed (Selfishness), Gluttony, Envy, Lust, Sloth (Laziness), Wrath (Anger)
In my opinion 2 of these sins are actually great to have as long as they are in moderation and directed to the betterment of our lives. Like Greed & Vanity – both will drive you towards being the best that you can be. The key word though is moderation.
Greed – Many cultures and religions have taught us that it is selfish or greedy to have desires. We have been conditioned to think that wanting too much for ourselves is wrong. The paradox is that without desire, we cannot be successful. When we are striving for desires that will give us what we want and enrich the lives of the people around us directly or indirectly, the Universe works with us to manifest it.
As there are varying degrees of selfishness and greed not all are bad or evil. In some ways being selfish is taking responsibility for your ‘self’ and your life. Taking ownership of yourself and creating the life you desire is ultimately more satisfying than seeing yourself as a victim to circumstance and powerlessly blaming others for the state of your life which would be another sin – sloth.
As a life coach, when working towards a client’s goals, often their resistance to action is caused by a personal obstacle, which boils down to a deadly sin. When it is holding you back from getting the results you want in your life, then you have to find ways to manage these sins. Often they are just bad automatic habits. Once you are aware of what you really want, then you can identify the sin and manage it in order to get closer to your desires.
Vanity x Humility – this one is true to me, mine is Vanity. I am actually a glutton, being obese when I was growing up, then luckily for me Vanity stepped in and I managed to shed the kilos and now keep them off despite my absolute love for food and wine. I realized that if it weren’t for my “Vanity” I would be a gluttonous sloth! I don’t eat out of hunger, I could eat all day if I were not Vain.
Vanity and Pride can also be viewed as “self-love” without which we can’t love another. Taking pride in ourselves and having some vanity is empowering.
Conquer Greed by being more generous and giving of our possessions and ideas.
Envy – by being appreciative of what others have rather than angry or jealous that they have it. In fact the Law of Attraction states that if you are envious of what others have, by placing that negative emotion on that person or thing, you will block it’s path towards you. So the more you appreciate what others have and less envious you are, you will attract more abundance into your own life! Some people go around annoyed when others even have what they have, “How can he afford a Benz?”. “When did she start buying Laboutins?” This is only re-enforcing your own “lack” mentality which is the direct oppostite of an “abundance mentality”. In order to attract more of what you want into your life, you have to trust that there is plenty of the good stuff out there for all of us, and some. And truly appreciating it when others have what you don’t have, will bring you closer to having some yourself.
Wrath/Anger – well all this does is gets you to react in a way that is not aligned with what you want to create in your life and relationships. Kindness and patience would be the attributes to practice. This one is a big bad sin and can really cause many obstacles in your achieving the life of your dreams. Anger is usually a way for many of us to express the underlying sadness or pain. Our needs are not being met and so we get angry. Take the time to get to the bottom of it and learn to communicate out of vulnerability and love. With your anger you can destroy a lot of work and damage many relationships not to mention hurt people that you care about or want to work with. The coaching tool used here is called “Respond vs. react”. Between the event that causes the automatic “anger”, wait and breathe, in that space create the opportunity to choose a response that will bring you loser to what you really want to achieve, then carefully choose a response. Responses are chosen, reactions are automatic and can sometimes be detrimental! Vanity and Greed can save you from this one.
Greed or desire to have good things in life, and vanity and pride to look good will save you from burning bridges and getting violent.
Lust & Gluttony would be best managed with self-control and being discerning. Think of the long-term pleasure you seeking rather than the “quick fix” same for Gluttony. What do you really want, like really really want, often Lust and Gluttony are just a way for “instant gratification” when what you truly desire is something else bigger and more satisfying. When youa say you are looking to attract and build a lasting and satisfying relationship, indulging in mindless sex could be what is keeping love elusive to you. As they say, “Those who indulge, bulge” In my case, my Vanity, “to look my best” is what keeps me from indulging too much in the finer things in life like cheese!
Sloth – This is laziness, to me this is the worst sin, because it keeps you from contributing to yourself, and to the world and it is the mindset that someone else is there to pickup after me or to carry my weight. Fight this one with enthusiasm and energy. I find the more energy I use, the more I have.
What’s your sin?
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They say, God is in the details. But its for us to recognize, enjoy and be grateful for these smaller (and quite often substantial) details that make our lives so wonderful. Malti’s journal helped me see and appreciate the multiple joys that come my way everyday, ensuring that even when I’m down, there is always something that makes me happy and excited for the next day.
The more I write how grateful I am for my wonderful family, the more reasons I have to be grateful 🙂
Writing in the gratitude journal raises my vibration. It keeps me in a space of abundance and thinking of expansion. Its makes me realize how fortunate I am for all that I have in my life.
Never realised that appreciating even the simplest things in life can bring so much joy, till I wrote them down daily in appreciation!
Writing in d gratitude journal is empowering coz when i focus on d abundance of good things in my life it grows. And of course there’s a huge shift in perspective and how we see our life.
I have been practicing journal of gratitude for almost 45 days and I have started appreciating lots of stuff in my life on regular basis which used to go unnoticed. I feel thankful to every good thing that happens to me which might be very small in nature. I feel I have started receiving more abundance. Sleeping after writing in the journal makes me have a sound and positive sleep. Before writing the journal,I was almost hitting the phase of depression, but when I started appreciating and thanking for things in my life, situations did change, I started enjoying things around and helping myself big time to live high and happy..I am a much more evolved, content, composed and happy guy. So yes this journal has definitely been one of things that was a major help in getting my life in control and moving towards enjoying in abundance. I also practiced writing in the journal early in the morning and it was phenomenal and brings in a separate energy all together to perform effectively during the day..
Being Grateful makes me realize the Value of the little things in life without taking anything for granted. It converts the smallest of things into huge joys of contentment and satisfaction. After all this is so true – “Oh contentment make me rich, for without thee there is no Wealth” ! Being Grateful, fills me up with more positives, so problems seem minuscule.
Every quote I read in the gratitude journal connects me to my inner being.
I read, reflect, ruminate & revel in the words
As I write I feel more connected to my thoughts & feelings for each written word. I feel vast & boundless:)
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I had been so busy, no time to be, to relax and to slow down. It has felt this way for a year now….since I moved into this flat in Mumbai….today I woke up with clarity to let it go. Working from home and for yourself and living alone can do that to you. I have been so committed and with wanting everything to happen yesterday, I have been working on my book, my virtual coach software with my partners in Canada and Singapore, finishing my Newfield Ontological training, coaching my current personal clients and developing and filming for my youtube channel along with writing articles for various publications and developing modules for corporates and education non-stop. I woke up and I slept constantly connected to my blackberry which never stopped because I communicate internationally, someone is always awake.
*be – lots about “being” in my upcoming book
I didn’t realise that I did not stop til yesterday when a friend called and til yesterday I was hardly accepting personal calls, except from parents, brothers and daughter and when he asked me how I was, and I said busy, he said, but you are always busy…..I worked and I went to the gym and that’s about it with the occasional weekend out, but then too very conscious about having to wake up early the next day….my computer on all day and my projects brewing all night…
It hit me….I was living a contradiction to what I declared I wanted to do. I guess it was exactly what I needed for the past year….finishing a 66,000++ word personal development book is a project that took its own life… and I spent the year establishing my practice internationally whilst settling into India. I also achieved my PCC (professional certified coach credentials) But this morning, I exhaled…. Phew….
I guess the exhilaration of finishing the book is slowly seeping into my body.
And today, after I decided what I am doing for now, I feel like I am on holiday, not something I have been OK to do guiltlessly….so here it is, my time to be on a bit of a holiday, (don’t worry, my dear clients and readers – my coaching and writing won’t stop… I am here for you and I am sure you will appreciate the “lightness” I will bring to our calls henceforth!)
Yesterday I received an email from Higher Awareness, this is one of the inspirational websites I subscribe to that always seem like they are talking to JUST me. Like they have been put on the Universe for me, have you ever felt that?
“One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms.
— Morris L. West
The insight I got yesterday was that my attachment to earning money for a false sense of security that I would get from a home and material possessions was what was keeping me from flying. Literally!
What security was I chasing when I have been so blessed with wings and again I am on the crest and I am gonna jump and soar….and the friendships and connections that matter and are real are never dependent on time or space. Staying in one space and stagnating will only turn them into habits, obligations and neediness….some of my closest connections are with people the furthest away from me. Some of my
dearest friends, who live down the road, I hardly see, because they live down the road…..
Looking forward to spending a lot more time with you … (xx – you know who you are!!!)
Today, I woke up realizing that it is time to travel light again…
I had the epiphany and made some decisions… I’m going to be traveling for a few months off and on and also baby-sitting my dearest friend’s son for a week, …and I want to visit parents and my brother and his new dog “Destiny” Feels like Destiny is calling! All the work I am doing I can do from anywhere in the world as long as I have internet and a keyboard. (time to buy an iPad too I think)
And I guess the biggest sign came to me when after all the apartments I had seen were just not happening, then I saw one I liked, and the owner-dude declined my offer, because I’m a single woman in the city……I guess Sex And The City – Carrie kind of independence only exists in Manhattan!!! So instead of being disappointed or annoyed, I smiled and decided, I am going to vagabond again for a few months til I find inspiration…this time with ease and grace….gratefully. Funny how when a circumstance was put onto me, I complained about it and now choosing the same predicament, I am rejoicing it!!! 🙂
“Many people think that by hoarding money they are gaining safety for themselves. If money is your ONLY hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a person can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. Without these qualities, money is practically useless.”
— Henry Ford
Talk about perspective……a year ago, I remember complaining that I had been vagabonding and living out of a suitcase (ok a few suitcases) and that I needed a home, a bed-side table to place my journal and pen and eye-cream,……of my own….and when speaking to my brother, he reminded me to be careful what I wished for because a “Global best-selling-international author and speaker lives out of a suitcase”
I have also been referred to as a Gypsy many years ago and I think I have always had the heart of a gypsy but then societal norms and the need for “false security” and maybe being an Eatery Taurean, I have always thought I needed a home and I have been ungrateful for so much that I have, because I didn’t have a space of my own.
Today I am at the same crossroad, having just finished the book and with travel plans all the way up til July at least, I don’t need a home again…. I am growing and changing and I need to be free again…I do see staying on now in Bandra in Mumbai and doing more of the same as “stagnating” Today a friend of mine told me he was happy for me that I had rediscovered my gypsy! 🙂
As I was typing this, my dearest and oldest friend Kiran called and I told her all and she laughed with me as she remembered me saying this back when I was in school over 25 years ago… that I wanted to live out of a suitcase. So she was so so happy for me and honestly said “WOW”! Wow that you can!!!
Once again, the world is my oyster.
Another dear friend of mine reminded me that a wise man once said..’travel light’ on a holiday and in life..:)
Yes I’ve done that before…..thought I was done…but guess not yet!
I envision LOTS of travel this year, especially with the launch of the book nationally for sure and internationally as well…..so I might as well be as light as I can.
Selling furniture ….making myself light! Feel like I rediscovered my Gypsy heart… 🙂 I’m feeling great, so it has to be right. Took me long enough to come to this space…of clarity..I had been plugging in and praying for clarity for a few weeks now. I was holding on to weight all kinds of weight! For no reason but a sense of security which I don’t need as I KNOW now that the only security is my sense of inner faith and knowing that I am always cradled and blessed….. I have wings… I fly…..Malti Bhojwani – resident of the world, citizen of the Universe…
Hey Malti. I have finally completed reading ‘Don’t think of a Blue Ball’ and wanted to share my thoughts with you. I enjoyed reading your book; it was easy and practical and I would feel you ‘talking’ the book to me; that’s how “Plugged In” I felt J. The analogies were interesting, especially the one about Remixes, Hot Air Balloon and of course the best one was ‘Don’t think of a Blue Ball’ . The personal experiences that you have shared have added to the personal flavor of the book.
Having read various books on Law of Attraction, NLP, Creative Visualization and the power of the subconscious mind, I can say that you have taken the meat of everything and presented it simply and systematically in your book, in a way that encourages it’s readers to start practicing immediately. The DIY exercises are the best part of the book. There is something in it for everyone – depending on where you currently stand on your life path.
My favourite exercise is the Jigsaw Puzzle Visualization Exercise. I have been practicing something similar called The Mirror of the Mind technique by Silva Life System. It is similar in that we visualize our goal on the mirror of our mind, but your ‘jigsaw puzzle’ adds an element of ‘magic’ for me. This indeed is a very powerful exercise and has speeded up the manifestation of my desires. I have also been using the ‘Happy Songs list’ technique that you have shared in the book and it works for me! Music plays a major role for me in altering my mood.
Some important concepts that I have become aware of are ‘Safety Nets’, Doing and Allowing, the importance of Congruency and Revolving on our own Axis. I love your exercise of Don’t wants vs. Wants (Thinking Pink Exercise for a New Beginning) to help identify our desires.
You have expressed your desire to empower young children early on in their lives. My belief is that children learn best by example. When they see their parents/family living by these empowering beliefs, they will learn and follow. Empowering ourselves and walking the talk is the best way to empower our children.
In conclusion, I thank you dear Malti for sharing your awareness and lessons with us and empowering us with powerful exercises to practice