What is the best quality to bring to a relationship?

My all time, number one belief of what really is THE BEST quality to bring to a relationships is… drum roll please…. the ability to be able to ‘own your own stuff’!!!!  By this I mean acknowledging within any relationship that everything that happens to you is about you. This stops the blame game! It also prevents falling into the victim role and enables relationships to be authentic, conscious and non reactionary.

If this is a new concept to you, one way to start to ‘own your stuff’ is to choose what you focus on. If you find you are focusing on something negative and find that your buttons are being pushed take some time to work out why your button is being pushed. It could be that you are reacting to something that has not been healed from your past. It could be a regular pattern on the same topic that requires you to own it, explore it, change it and/or heal it.

Buttons being pushed is another expression for having emotional reactions that seem at the time to be incontrollable. They are instant gauges to you that something is hitting a raw nerve.

By taking the time to see what buttons are being pushed and by taking the time to really own these buttons as being yours, you are bringing authenticity into your relationships. You are conscious of your relationship issues and working towards a more peaceful and harmonious life together.

Any buttons being pushed are unique to you and are based on your past experiences. It is not your partner’s responsibility for your buttons. Sure, they can be considerate of your raw nerves however how you react and how you heal is your responsibility. By taking the time to heal your past and reduce the number of buttons being pushed will result in a much more peaceful, harmonious and loving relationship.

And if you need  with healing your reactions, please contact me to arrange for some coaching. Setting yourself free of automatic reactions, having the ability to own your own stuff, explore it and heal it is so very, very freeing. Go on, get onto the band wagon of true authentic freedom. Only you can do it. Decide today, once and for all to own your stuff, make the change and be exactly who you are to be. A beautiful, happy, loving, kind, fabulous, gentle, powerful and dynamic you.

Yours in love, Jane

www.janesloveshack.com.au

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Recovering from a painful memory

I have had a lovely lady ask me the following question… ‘I am still hurt from my past and can’t let it go. How do I let it go? How do I get over my past?’

First off, big hugs and kudos to you for asking the question! I want to say that I don’t have all the answers however here are some suggestions.

Take one finally visit down memory lane, even though it is painful and brings the remembered vibration back, it is important to do this one final time. However this time, look very closely at the situation and own what part of it you played. No blaming anyone else here. No victim story or poor me story… Just the pure honest thoughts of what did I do to contribute to this situation. It is time to be brutally honest with yourself. If you look hard enough you will find the part you played. Usually this is a behaviour or trait within ourself that we dislike and don’t wish to own. Once you have identified the behaviour and owned it as yours, it is time to learn to love that part of yourself.

You can do this by writing a list of all the negative ways this behaviour has played out in the past. We then can write a list of all the positive ways this behaviour has played out in our life for the better. By recognising that there is a positive in every ‘percieved’ negative behaviour or emotion we may have, is the way to loving all the parts of us. It is the way to bring the shadow side of our personality out from the basement and love that part of us too.

Please remember here too that we are and have been all things. Everyone can be obnoxious, or needy or controlling, or antagonistic or opinionated or mean or agressive or hostile or weak or ….. fill in the blank. So there is no negative judgement on you for owning something that you dislike about yourself.

As you work on this, you will find that the gift of this painful experience has now taught you a lot more about you and helped you to love that part of yourself. The more you work on this, the easier the memory will be to relive as now the past has been a gift. The gift of having you know and love yourself more. You can then ultimately be grateful for the experience.

I hope this helps and send you love to help you to take this important step in seeking greater love and happiness in your life.

 yours in love, Jane, Social 8 Adelaide

Ground Hog Day

Is every day the same for you? Are you single and desiring love in your life, yet every day you see the same types of people? Do you experience the same conversation only with different people? Do you have the same disappointing outcome each time you socialise? Are you repeatedly asking ‘where are all the good ones hiding?’. If this is you, then I encourage you to make a change.

All too often I hear this story. People telling me it isn’t them that is the problem but the lack of opportunities to meet suitable people. Yet when presented with suitable people, there is always something wrong with them. They don’t believe these people are suitable. They are looking for someone better. These same people would (if I gave them the chance) spend hours sharing a very well rehearsed story, the same story each time, that they are simply looking for an equal and cant find anyone they consider an equal. That this man or this woman is not their equal and that this person has …. (fill in the blank) wrong with them. This person is so attached and stuck in their victim story that I believe I will be hearing the same story from them in ten years time. Sadly I have already heard the same story told to me from the same people 3 or even 4 years apart. These people have wasted 4 years by being so attached to their victim story that they are continuing setting themself up to prove themself right. Their story protects them from having to look in the mirror and see what is truly there.

OK so it is hard to look in the mirror and identify something about yourself that is displeasing. It can be painful and very frightening owning something negative about yourself. Yet, this is one of the most important steps you can take to start to experience a different outcome. By looking in the mirror and considering what could be done differently, you are on your way to achieving what you have never achieved before.

It could be that you have unrealistic expectations of a fantasy person who does not exist. If you don’t change this thinking, you will be single forever (which is fine if this is what you want). It could be you need to deal with ageism where you find it difficult to be attracted to someone your own age and so desiring to meet a partner 15 or 20 years younger is making it extremely difficult to find happiness. Or you need to look at what you truly are bringing to the table in a potential relationship where you believe you are such a great prize that everyone should want to have you as a partner and yet the reality is you are not in demand. It could be that you are not projecting a warm connective energy that has others feeling safe in your company therefore blocking the chance of engaging with new and interesting people. It could be that you are projecting only a sexual energy that is not enabling you to have a heartfelt connection with another. It could be that you are feeling unlovable or unworthy and so you are demonstrating self sabotaging behaviour that proves you right and unlovable therefore denying you the chance to have a relationship. It could be that you are protecting your heart from being hurt again and so you are projecting out an arrogance and hardness that only attracts the game players to you and again denies you the chance to connect successfully with another. It could be your fear of failure that has you only see unsuitable partners to protect you from finding someone suitable and then having the relationship fail. It could be that you are seeing only those who you believe are beneath you socially as you desire a partner to validate your social success to the world. It could be that you are looking for a partner to make you feel complete when what is missing is you giving yourself the love you need to complete yourself as no-one will ever be able to complete you, only you complete you.

There are so many reasons to stop and look in the mirror. We all have so much to learn about our self and it is often through relationships or lack of relationships that we learn the most valuable and helpful stuff to make us happy. Start by being brave and being honest with yourself. If you cant own your own stuff then any relationship you have is going to be one that is destined to have a lot of problems in it.

Be brave, look at the person in the mirror. Own what is potentially not working for you. Take the time to reframe your thinking. Step into the now realising that the past is the past and does not need to be the future. If you change your thinking, you change your energy. If you change your energy your change how the world sees you. If you change how the world sees you, you change what is attracted to you. If you change what is attracted to you, you get a different result. Bingo! It’s no longer ground hog day.

Enjoy this day as the unique moment it is. Make the change to enable you to create the day your desire. One that is different from yesterday.

Yours in love

Jane, Social 8 Adelaide

All bad behaviour stems from a lack of love

Here is another excerpt from my book, Thoughts on love, life and all that jazz.

All bad behaviour stems from a lack of love
I truly believe that when someone behaves in a way that doesn’t please you, it is due to them feeling a lack of love. Be it love for self or love from others. Take a moment to assess each situation individually. As you focus on this scenario, ask yourself how this person could be feeling. Could they potentially be feeling disconnected from love? Could their behaviour be a cry to be noticed, to be validated, to be appreciated, to be loved? If so, could you reach into your heart and find a way to express your compassion, your understanding, your consideration, your love to them? How will this make you feel? Will it make you feel violated, taken for granted, used, abused. Is this then teaching you that you too are not feeling love from them? Could you be the one to start the change? Could you start to reach for a better feeling thought about this person? If so could this then result in you sending them a better feeling and potentially have them change their behaviour to you?

When we feel safe, when we feel secure, when we feel loved we are able to be the divine people we are meant to be. By sending your love you are also reaching for the higher you enabling you to not feel disconnected. You will gain the results from this situation if for no other reason than you yourself will be feeling better about it.

Take a moment to really ask yourself in each situation if love could solve this. It could be a situation with a work colleague, an employee, a client, a child, a partner, a friend, a neighbour or even a stranger. Love is the always the answer.

The ‘R’ Word

Rejection. No-one likes it, no-one wants it, yet without it how can you get closer to achieving what it is you desire. If you choose to not approach someone because of a fear of rejection from that person, you are actually rejecting yourself! And the end result is exactly the same. NOTHING! If however you approach someone and they reject you, you at least have had a terrific opportunity to look at what you did and how you did it so you can decide how to do things differently next time. You may learn that certain ways of approaching certain types of people are best done at a certain time or place or situation or ….. the learning possibilities are many just on how to approach someone. This now has been a great experience you can take with you into the future helping you to refine how you approach someone. Often we can learn more by what hasn’t worked than by what has worked. So be brave and face that fear of rejection head on. Please don’t reject yourself, go for it and see the opportunity as a learning one whether you get what you want or not. And next time, may be the time that you aren’t rejected and you get therefore what you want!

And remember, anything worth having is worth asking for!

Enjoy your day stepping through your fear asking for whatever it is your heart desires.

PS, if rejection is a real problem for you, please visit our website http://www.social8.com.au and click on audio link to download my MP3 talk on building resilience, facing rejection.

 Yours in love, Jane, Social 8 Adelaide

How not to be rude and how to deal with someone who is

Rude people can have a difficult time in life. They often don’t really feel they are being rude. For many reasons, they will feel it is their job to teach others what is wrong with them. While it may be difficult to understand, rude people can actually be trying to help….as misguided as it is. These people often have a genuine lack of empathy or burning need for attention and as a result, their behaviour can impact negatively on others. If you find that you are making a joke and you are the only one laughing, then that is a clue that it is hurting other peoples feelings. If you must joke, do so at your own expense, not at someone elses and recognise that sarcasm is the lowest form of humour. If you find that you interupt conversations constantly because your are bored with what is being spoken about or you feel what you have to say is more important than what is being said, then this is a clue that you are possible being rude.

Dr Phil had this to say to help learn how to not be rude.

Ask yourself seriously if you are rude. Go deep and ask yourself if you say whatever you feel like with no concern for others.

Develop empathy (ask yourself, what is the impact going to be on the other person).

Engage in a way that protects/enhances self-esteem

Find better ways to be assertive (assertiveness is protecting your right, being aggressive is protecting your rights and stepping on someone else’s rights).

It comes down to gaining empathy, warmth and genuineness. Genuineness is telling your truth with empathy and warmth.

When you leave they feel better about themselves than when you got there

If you are someone who is rude, try to put yourself in someone else’ position. Look around you, observe what is really going on to gain empathy.  Ask yourself what is a way that you could speak your truth that does help instead of demeaning someone. And then practice, practice, practice.

So what if you are someone who as to deal with someone who is rude?

Make a decision to not react. If someone is being rude or bullying, deal with them one on one. Look them in the eye, be it a friend, co-worker, family member etc and use their name and state …. insert name…  it is not ok doing what you are doing. Don’t be confronting, however do stand up for yourself and disengage from the conversation. It is important that you do not reward this behaviour with your reaction.

Have a divine day

Yours in love, Jane, Social 8 Adelaide

Learn to say no

Learn to say no. Don’t make commitments that are important to someone else but not important to you just because you are afraid of hurting their feelings. In doing this you will either break the commitment later, causing more hurt feelings, or keep the agreement, hurting your own feelings. It’s better to say ‘no thank you’ up front. John Roger