Get your gusto back 2



Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you.  Live today with Gusto!

Dale Carnegie

The quote above is inspiring for sure, but I often hear that people are tired and lack energy.

Anecdotally, I have observed that the level of expectation and output was so much lower for my mother’s generation.

Now, the expectation seems so much higher and the messages bombarding us to achieve more are incessant – to model the latest in clothing, beauty and home.

Technological advancement is relentless and the speed of change is fast and therefore steep.

Add to that the boundless choices for all products from tuna, to red-lipstick, to insurance. Decision fatigue is a reality for our generation.

All of this can have a significant negative effect on our energy levels.

I believe, part of the solution is learning to be compassionate towards ourselves instead of beating ourselves up because we are tired.

So we need to:
– Guard ourselves
– Get good at switching off
– Limit the demands on our attention and input

Maybe on one or two days of the week… turn off your social media. Relax, take in the world and talk to people.

Get some of that Gusto back.


About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".

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2 thoughts on “Get your gusto back

  • Craig Laffin

    Hi Penny
    Your advice is just as applicable to guys! My wife has insisted I do no work via computer/technology after 9pm. She was so right to tell me to switch off. We do take time to renew in nature and slow down. Your advice is sensible for us all.
    Thank you
    Craig