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7 Reasons Why ...

Sarah Waring, has devised a model of self-discovery called “7 Reasons Why” – a simple and effective way to support leadership from within, in order to attain success.  “7 Reasons Why” uses symbols to trigger awareness of where we need to focus.


The number 7


Think about the number 7 for a moment. There are many ways this appears in our lives. Here are a few examples.


7 Days of the Week

7 Colours of the Rainbow

7 Chakras Points

7 Wonders of the World

7 Deadly Sins

7 Directions (Forward, backwards up, down, left, right and centre)

7 Year Itch

7 Years of bad luck (Breaking a mirror)

Now, some of these examples appear unscientific, spiritual or religious, but still they,  repeatedly, appear as  symbolic. If we develop patterns from what we are accustomed too in society, then it will help trigger a systematic process of thought. 7 appears to be representative of cycles and processes, which is exactly what we want to create. 

With this in mind, and it does not truly matter if you are a little unsure of the whole psychological thing for this to be affective, there is a system of self development to follow. 

How it works in practice.

7 Reasons Why identifies 7 areas that we can focus work on to discover more about ourselves and how we work.

Imagine you have a funnel that is placed above your head. It is an empty funnel, and you have a feeling of emptiness. There are 7 jugs on a nearby table, each one filled with a colour from the rainbow. Each colour represents an area of your life.

Red: Wellbeing & Motivation

Orange: Interpersonal Relationships

Yellow: Knowledge and Creativity

Green: Growth & Philanthropy

Blue: Time and Resources

Indigo: Patterns and Behaviours

Violet: Identities

In Colour Therapy, these colours also represent areas of life. For example, red represents the biological needs we have and is seen to be the most motivational colour. This be a useful way to remind us to pay attention to these areas. By focusing on these areas, we can utilise key themes in any field we are working in.

Now, imagine the jugs on the table become fuller, they are then dripped through the funnel and through your mind and into your body. The more colour goes in, the more vibrant you feel.  

You can find out more about how colours affect you here. Or you map out your own 'colour' balance, by estimating the percentage of each colour in your life. Its a simple tool to understand which areas of your life need a little work, and then you can determine what steps you may like to take to feel fulfilled. 

Understanding your needs and fulfillment will help you work more efficiently, with clear objectives and a mindset that will give you more determination to meet your goals. 

​​​​​​​​​If you go back to our philosophy, you will recall that our aim is “to support a sustainable and happy world by supporting the individuals in it to create social change through storytelling”. By understanding ourselves and leading from within, we are empowered to develop ourselves and this puts us in a much better place to tell our stories and create the best literature. If we are working in the red areas, for example, we can focus on our basic needs as well as the foundations and beginning of storytelling, of 'our' stories. It systemises order to work and reflect on ourselves as well as our writing. 

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