Abigail Barnes is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and speaker on personal productivity – a topic that is very close to my heart. She is also a qualified coach and creator of the renowned 888 Formula & Founder of Success by Design Training. A few years back Abigail had a life changing moment which she now uses as a wakeup call to inspire and motivate audiences, leaving them excited to take action.
Since I first read Stephen Covey’s masterful Seven Habits of Highly Effective People many years ago, the genre of time management, self-improvement and productivity have always fascinated me. Now more than ever we must seek mastery over ourselves and how we spend our precious time. Listening and acting on the lessons in this episode will surely be time well spent. This is Your London Legacy.
“So, I’m on this work business trip and 24 hours after I arrive—I find myself being woken up by a doctor in a hospital being told I’ve had a stroke.”
Abigail grew up aspiring to be a hard worker, living a good life of pounding the pavement early in the morning to run, going to work a nice job, and moving forward and up with accomplishments as she went. She had to re-evaluate her hardworking life though after experiencing a stroke in on a trip to the States, and managing the anxiety, stress, and her perception of how her co-workers would see her. She thought they would think she was faking it. But in time she came to realize that after such shocking wake up calls, all that matters is your health; and she has made her life’s work since then health and happiness oriented around a common theme—managing time. That finite and fleeting thing we all tread upon.
“What happens to you happens for you. And that’s a real bitter pill for some people to swallow.”
Abigail’s 888 formula allows her to have conversations with people that take them up in a “possibility helicopter” and imagine a different life for themselves. This is especially pertinent during the current Corona virus epidemic where many people have been gifted an abundance of time, but might still say—oh, I don’t have enough time still to do what I want. Abigail aims to help find the drive people need to arrange their time, whether it seems abundant or not, and use it to do the things they need to do to get where they really want to be.
Comfort is the “kiss of death” as Abigail puts it. Life is ever evolving and being able to outgrow your comfort zone to expand into new places is the only way to get to your imagined life, turning it from idea into reality. You can find her work at SuccessbyDesignTraining.com or reach out to her on LinkedIn. Or find her on social media @abarnesauthor.