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The Painful Pancake

What you will get: Reflections on your recipe for a happier life


“Don’t eat it!”


It’s a recipe for disaster.


Yet so many people eat it every single day.


What am I talking about?


The painful pancake.


And what are the ingredients of a painful pancake?


Well first you have to put in…


A job with no passion


Mixed smoothly with…


Pressure of finance


And a dose of…


Friends you no longer connect with.


Add to this…


Energy vampires who are sucking you life blood away (you know who they are).


Then make sure you are…


Too busy working to change things
Too busy working to make serious money
Too busy working to make more time


And add a sprinkle of…


Irritating work colleagues
People who tell you you can’t do it.
A few ungrateful people


And don’t forget


A feeling of tiredness at meeting the expectations of others.


(And once you have made it, don’t forget to take a piece home to share with your family every night!)


And there you have it!


So you just add those ingredients together and eat the pancake every day for about 40 years until you retire.


Job done – the perfect recipe for disaster!


But you and I know this recipe is not for us.
As a fellow life-long learner you are destined for bigger, better things.


No painful pancakes for you…not on your life!


So instead, maybe it’s a good time to stop and think of all the ingredients you already have, and will continue to add, to your perfect pancake recipe.


What goes into your mix to…


Crush monotony and boredom in your life?
Dump the energy vampires?
Surround yourself with energy givers?
Spend each day doing something that makes your heart sing?
Live every moment to the full?
Fire your levels of joy and happiness into the next galaxy?


Tastes good, doesn’t it?


And when you’ve made it, don’t forget to share a few slices with others.


I’m off to eat another piece of my perfect pancake, how about you?


To your success.







Steve Neale
“Europe’s Leading Expert on Personal and Professional Growth”


Psychologist, Executive Coach, EI Practitioner, Award Winning Trainer, International Author, Psychodynamic Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Instructor, International Speaker, Creator of the LPS, Creator of the Accredited Masters in High Performance Leadership

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