When you think about experiencing joy in your life, what comes to mind? Does joy seem unattainable? Would you even dare to think about designing joy into your life? I want you to know that joy is within your reach, even closer than you think.
What gets in your way?
When I asked my network, my friends & family, colleagues & clients, what gets in their way of experiencing joy, I was not surprised to hear that the number one problem mentioned was... procrastination. Yes, that's right. We put it off. We put off experiencing joy, because we're too busy putting off other important things in our lives. We put off what's important, and we feel guilty, and we suffer about it, and it becomes bigger and bigger. We start complaining about ourselves and trying to force ourselves to do better.
This becomes a downward spiral into low self-esteem. The pile of incomplete tasks gets higher and higher, while our happiness is somewhere underneath all those things we'd better do. Sound familiar?
I want you to know that there's a way out. And it might surprise you to hear that it does not involve self-discipline.
Wouldn't it be a relief to release the burdens of being overwhelmed? Wouldn't you like to suffer less and enjoy your time more? When my network told me that procrastination was their primary concern, I got to work and put together some of the things I've learned.
I've been there myself. Yes, I've procrastinated, I've also put things off, and in the past I've created mountains of incomplete tasks. There was a time when I was ashamed to invite others to my house, when I hid my procrastination like an awful secret about me.
I created a new life, and you can, too.
Years ago I decided to burst out of that secret and choose a new way of living. I studied methods of taking on new habits and created a different way of being for myself, and then I began teaching those new ways of being to others. Now I'm happy to share some of this knowledge and experience with you, at no cost whatsoever.
Here's how: If procrastination makes you suffer, I invite you to get some relief. Order my free e-course, 10 Steps to Redesigning Procrastination. Just fill in your name and email, and I will deliver this seven part e-course into your emailbox at no cost to you. Just so you know, I value your privacy and will never share your information.
And as a bonus, I'll also send you my e-zine Designing Action & Joy. In every issue, I offer new possibilities for designing what you want in your life: more peace, more passion, more fulfillment, more creativity, and yes, more joy!
In Designing Action & Joy, I'll help you solve some of your most persistent problems and rethink your most difficult dilemmas. (If at any time you no longer want to receive it, just unsubscribe; it's that easy.) We'll explore everyday concerns, like trust, intimacy, self-esteem, the influence of moods, and perfectionism, in a straightforward, clear, and playful way.
Looking forward to the conversation,
****I felt like I had a gentle partner leading through my own "stuckness" as I received Janet's thoughtful and powerful insights. I am now more able to intervene on my own patterns of procrastination and find myself producing more and struggling less. Stephanie Heitman****
**** With Janet’s insightful guidance and feedback, I learned how to lay aside a few of my protective cloaks of loneliness, shyness, and self-deprecation long enough to make room for more playfulness, joy, and purpose. She taught me that choosing what I want is a big step toward achieving it. I learned tools for increasing my self awareness—expanding my consciousness of the various domains of my life and for reaping the rewards of revealing more of myself to others. In addition, I got a delicious taste of what it is like to be fully present at this very moment. Gail McLure ****
**** Janet encourages learning and creates a safe environment for personal growth and authenticity. She is a good listener, is wise, and appropriately playful. We unhesitatingly recommend her seminars. Mary Kathryn & Doug Wallace ****
**** I have experienced Janet Shepherd as a thoughtful, insightful, eloquent and compassionate coach. She is deeply committed to helping people improve their lives. She teaches practical life skills in an atmosphere of positive energy, kindness and good humor that makes working with her a distinct pleasure. Janet has a gift for getting to the heart of the matter and expressing herself in clear, easy to understand language. In my sessions with her, she gave me specific feedback which helped me to let go of some negative views I had of myself. Janet's skilled coaching enabled me to shift into a new way of being in which I now live a happier and more productive life, have improved relationships, and like myself better. I recommend her most highly. Jane Walker *****