Stop Working So Hard. Seriously. Stop It!

Hard work is not always the answer...

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If you’re working really hard at your business or career and still end up in the same place it’s time to stop.

I’m serious; down tools right now. Stop.

Hard work never killed anyone, the saying goes. This may be true but it can go a long way to sapping your energy and enthusiasm.

Are you on a daily treadmill of working longer hours yet not moving anywhere? Lots of movement, yet too little meaningful progress?

I’m seeing this more and more as people become anxious about their jobs, or about having enough freelance work. They think the answer lies in working harder for longer. However, this is like rowing your boat in the wrong direction. No matter how hard you row or how long you row for, you’ll just end up lost.
I’m not advocating stopping work or doing shoddy work. Far from it. I’m suggesting you simply take a few minutes to stop and ask yourself the following:

What am I currently working towards?
• Is work something I love or has it become a source of anxiety and stress?
• Do I have a supportive network around me or am I struggling on alone?

If you’re not satisfied with your answers, it’s time for some serious reflection.

A great place to start is to review the goals you have for your business & life. Are they complimentary & consistent with each other? If not, take some time now to review the way you’re currently working . Look for ways to direct your work so that it is consistent with the kind of person you want to be, the life you want to lead, and what’s important to you.

Take a sheet of paper now and write down 7 things that are really important to you about your life and work. Does your current work meet those important values? If not, what do you need to do to make that happen?

I realised some time ago that what was most important to me about my business was being ethical and helping women be the best they could be. That knowledge led me to create a wonderful community of trainers, helping and supporting each other. We’re genuinely trying to do business differently. If you’d like to know more, read this.

Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog,, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!