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The Gift of Feedback
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The Gift of Feedback

Welcome to Healthy Habits! Believe it or not, next month marks a full year since we arrived in Australia. Lord knows where the time has gone, but it has certainly been a year of adventure, discovery and new experiences. This month, in particular, has had quite a few ups and downs, as just when everything felt like it was coming together, fate threw us a curveball with family issues taking top priority and forcing us to look closely into 'The Mirror of Truth' and then take massive action. 

 

The whole episode started by someone giving me some feedback and made me realise that the ability to ask and receive feedback is a healthy habit worth adopting.

 

Working in the corporate space for many years, I’ve become very used to giving and receiving feedback, and recognise the power of well intentioned, constructive feedback given in a timely manner. This type of feedback can help you identify your blind spots and course correct, making a massive difference to your life and business.  If the thought of asking for personal feedback fills you with dread, I urge you to challenge that fear and ask anyway!  
 

Here are three tips for gaining 'The Gift of Feedback': 

  1. Google Forms is your friend. Getting honest and anonymous feedback these days can be pretty easy. When I left my corporate role, I sent a google survey to many people who worked closely with me over the years and asked questions like: What do I do well? What could i do less of? What one skill do I need to focus on to be more effective? I got a great response which has helped me refine my leadership style over the last six months

  2. Don't be defensive. When you ask for feedback in person, stop yourself from being defensive when you hear things that you perceive to be inaccurate, unfair or ridiculous. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and all feedback is good, based on that person’s perceptions. So if someone thinks you are selfish and unkind, for instance, then it’s worth knowing how you come across so that you can do something about it.

  3. Take a ‘researcher’s mindset’ when asking for feedback, which means parking your emotions, asking good questions, probing more deeply, listening to the response and taking good notes so that you have a record to review later and don’t have to rely on your memory, which may let you down.

download.pngA Lifelong Ambition Realised: Visiting Uluru

Over the years, we’ve travelled up and down the East and West coasts of Australia, but have never been to the centre. That all changed last month, when we visited Uluru with Heather’s cousin. What can I say? Even though we missed out on an amazing sunset (lots of clouds), words can’t describe the overall experience. The energy levels are out of this world!  Go there when you’re open to change and ready to take action.

Recipe of the month

Here’s great recipe that Sumo Salad’s new chef, Kim Wiggins, has created.  Sydney born-and-bred, Kim believes that ‘lasting healthy eating habits starts with small gradual changes to your diet and in your recipes’.  I couldn’t agree more.   

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Salad Ingredients

400g raw cauliflower florets

1 teaspoon curry powder

100g cooked red quinoa

60g tinned chickpeas – rinsed and drained

Handful parsley leaves – roughly chopped

20g Sultanas

20g Lightly toasted slivered almonds

10g finely sliced red onion

Dressing Ingredients

2 tablespoons natural greek yoghurt

1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint

squeeze lemon juice

salt and pepper

 

Method

1.Using a sharp knife thinly slice the cauliflower florets keeping all the smaller pieces as they fall off onto the chopping board, place all into a bowl

2. Sprinkle over the curry powder then mix gently with your hands, being careful not to break the cauliflower

3. Mix in the remaining ingredients and combine then place onto individual plates or a share platter

4. In a small bowl stir the mint into the yoghurt then season with lemon salt and pepper. Drizzle over the top of the salad serve immediately

Need help to upgrade your lifestyle habits?
If the time has come for you to take stock and make a shift in your lifestyle, I'd love to help you. I’ve created a coaching package designed for the time-poor professional who is just too busy working to focus on their health. If that sounds like you or someone close to you, take the next step and book in a free virtual coffee with me or one of my associates. We’re super passionate about making the world a healthier place, and are here to help you feel great, look great and think more clearly.  Book your session by clicking on the link here.

So there we have it! Allow your future self to thank you by gradually upgrading your lifestyle, one habit at a time.

Until next time....

With very best wishes,
Lawrence & the Raw Energy team
PS. use this link: https://getrawenergy.co/schedule/ to book a virtual meeting with me

The Raw Energy Philosophy

The RAW Energy Coaching philosophy looks at the whole person,  recognising that life is organised into a number of segments, each creating positive or negative energy. True wellbeing is the result of achieving balance in each aspect of your life, recognising the interconnection between the different parts. Our mission is simply to inspire people to live healthier lives by upgrading their lifestyles, one habit at a time.

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