Gabriella Goddard



» Gabriella Goddard

Paperback : 27 Apr 2006


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Think about when a challenge crosses your path, a challenge that calls you to step up and stand out.  You feel the fear in the pit of your stomach.  It's crunch time and it's looming.  But you know in your heart of hearts that it's time to bite the bullet and face the challenge.  It's time to put your best foot forward and show what you're truly made of.  It's time to unleash your true colours. 

Gulp!  The ultimate remedy for anyone in a panic about facing a challenging situation.  It provides a seven-day crash course on how to feel confident, motivated and energised so that you can step up to the challenge, step through the Gulp! and shine.


Gabriella’s Top Five Tips

1.  Be Daring: Do something that really gets your adrenaline pumping. Sign up for some amateur dramatics, enter a karaoke competition, ask someone out on a date or even book a trek to Machu Picchu.

2.  Clear the Decks: De-clutter your life and make space for something new to emerge. Start with your home and your office and have a big clear out (don't forget your wardrobe). Take everything down to your favourite charity shop.

3.  Spring Clean Your Friendships: Make a pact to surround yourself with people that energise you, people that really support you and your dreams. This means spending less time with the people that drain you - sad, but true. Quit being a leaky bucket - you need your energy!

4.  Start Three New Projects: Spend the next 6 months working on three new projects; one for your heart (eg. learning how to paint), one for your head (eg. finally getting that bathroom done!) and one for your soul (eg. volunteering at a children's charity)

5.  Go for Gulp!: Take advantage of the invigorating spring energy to make a decision about one BIG change in your life - probably one you've been mulling over for a while. Maybe you want to try for a baby, or you're thinking of moving to Australia, or you're dreaming of starting your own business. Just be bold, be brave and make it happen.

More detailed tips...

1. Don’t be Boring.  Life is too short to play it safe all the time. Learn to pole dance, swim with dolphins or take up white water rafting.

2. Have at Least One Quick Win.  Get your motivational juices going by doing something that will give you a quick result. For example, give your hairstyle a radical makeover, have a private Italian lesson or ask someone out on a date.

3. Make a Splash.  Bold is beautiful, so stand up and stand out. Do something that is radical for you, something where your true talent shines through. Pick up the microphone on karaoke night at the pub, buy a canvas and paints and find your inner Van Gogh, treat yourself to a session with a personal stylist.

4. Face Your Fears.  Make this the year that you confront your biggest fears. If you’re afraid of flying, see a hypnotherapist and make your first flight; or if you’re shy, join a walking group and find your inner socialite; or if you lack confidence at work, take on a big project that will really show your true backbone.

5. Be Different.  Are you a follower or a leader? It’s so easy to get swayed by what other people think that you end up following the crowd and lose your individuality. But be proud of what makes you unique. If you like wearing zany hats, then wear them; if you don’t like to drink alcohol then don’t; and if you want to paint your lounge bright pink, then just do it.

6. Let Go.  One of the hardest things to do is to “let go” of the old. So this year, focus on letting go of one big bug bear in your life. Maybe you need to let go of that ex you still hold a flame for, or maybe you need to let go of always being right, or maybe you just need to let go of ever being a Size 4.

7. Give Yourself an Inner Makeover.  We often start the year with a big list of things we want to “do”. But sometimes the best results come from changing who we’re “being”. So do some navel gazing and ask yourself “what behaviours would I like to change this year?” Maybe you want to be more confident, or more decisive or less controlling. Make this the theme for the next 30 days.

8. Ask, “What If?”  Your mind is only limited by the extent of your imagination. So it’s time think outside the box and stretch your vision of what’s possible. Make a list of all the things you’d do if…you won ten million pounds, you knew you only had 6 months to live and you were granted three wishes by a genie in a bottle.

9. Mocker it Up.  At the beginning of each year I sit down and make a “vision board” for how I’d like my life to be by the end of the year. I grab a big pile of old magazines and cut out images and words that visually represent my vision. Then I paste them onto a large piece of paper and pin it to the wall where I can see it every day. Try it, it works – usually in the most mysterious of ways!

10. Pledge It.  There’s nothing like telling the world about your goals to keep you committed and on track. So why not pledge your Revolutions.  Visit us at www.gulptime.com where you can submit your pledge and raise money for charity in the process. After all, if not now…when?

Product details

Format : Paperback
ISBN: 9780141025285
Size : 129 x 198mm
Pages : 320
Published : 27 Apr 2006
Publisher : Penguin



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