In January of this year, I had the pleasure of joining one of my favourite business inspirations, Lorraine Murphy, at her annual Remarkability Bootcamp. This was easily some of the best money I spent in 2018, and was a great way to kick off the year.
For those who don’t know of Lorraine, she is an entrepreneur, an author, a mother, a wife, to name a few things. I came across her when I attended Business Chicks 9 To Thrive in 2016, and have been a huge fangirl since. She has a solid social media presence (I personally am a fan on instagram – @lorraineremarks), and is a woman who is all about living your life, in the best way possible. I’m not sure if she would describe her motto in that way, but that has been my take away from following her over the past 2 years. I assure you, this won’t be the only time I mention her.
I can’t recall exactly how the Bootcamp was promoted, but it was running in Sydney, on a Saturday, was affordable, and would help kick off 2018, so I figured it would be a good idea. In reality, it ended up running 3 days after I returned from a 3-day unexpected and exhausting trip to London, and I considered cancelling my spot due to sheer mental and emotional exhaustion. Thank goodness I didn’t, and it turned out to be the best thing for me, at a time of the year that I was easily at my lowest.
There is no way I can summarise the day, or even offer you 50% of the take aways from the day – it was just that good. I went with the idea that we would be talking serious business – numbers, people, processes, etc. Instead, we started off the day talking about the Wheel of Life – where are we with different aspects of our lives, and how much are we putting in to these areas. Some people came to the Bootcamp with friends, but given my personality type, being there with a group of strangers was best – I felt I could be truly honest with the group and myself. The premise of starting the day talking about this was quite simple – your business can only be as good as you are – if you are miserable, your business and professional life will show it.
The Wheel of Life breaks your life down into 8 areas – Spirituality, Finance, Fun, Romance, to name a few. You can see the Wheel for yourself, and download a copy from Lorraine’s website – Wheel of Life Worksheet. When thinking about goals, whether it be business, friendships, relationships, work, recreation – this is a great place to start. What are you doing already in these areas; what areas need work; do areas need pulling back? The concept is common sense – we can’t focus on just one area, because we need everything to move along in our lives – we all know people who fixate on one or two areas only, and can easily see the issue in that.
Set some time aside for yourself, and fill in the worksheet – it’s about 15 minutes of work – and can help you when you have to make difficult decisions, or even just to evaluate if you are where you want to be right now. You can use the different areas to identify specific goals you may have – are there things you want to change about your recreation time, things you may want to achieve with family/friends, business goals? The Wheel is designed for you to shade where you feel things are at – but you can use it in a different way if that suits you.
Have a look around Lorraine’s website – there are a number of worksheets that you may find useful.
In the meantime, here’s me having my fangirl moment with Lorraine! Her energy is amazing, and the day was just what I needed.
Until next time, reader…