Monthly Archives: August 2016

THERE’S ONLY SO FAR YOU CAN GO ON YOUR OWN

It’s difficult to know or to find all the answers on your own. The success picture is incomplete without ongoing learning from the right people. The right people to learn from are those who have walked the path we want to walk — they have expertise and wisdom through their experiences. They save us a lot of time because they can advise us on the best next steps to take based on their knowledge and experiences. At the same time, though, we can be easily influenced — particularly in the more vulnerable early stages of learning. In my opinion we have to be so careful — actually fierce — about who we listen to, about surrounding ourselves with those who can protect our self-belief. The wrong advice from people can undo our good work. Education has changed. Now learning is not so much the old style teacher in a classroom just telling the student what to do. It’s now about the teacher as a facilitator of learning. That doesn’t mean we don’t need leadership, but it’s in a more collaborative way. Look for mentors and advisors who can work closely with you and facilitate your learning. I call these people…

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ARE YOU ATTRACTING NON-BELIEVERS?

Do you feel that there are non-believers everywhere in your life — in the home, at work and in your networks? Are there many people in your life who demonstrate many of the characteristics of a non-believer? Are they: lacking purpose lacking conviction and stamina uninspired rarely finishing inconsistent drained pessimistic paralysed by doubt not believing that a better life is possible? It’s important to realise that often our relationships are a reflection of who we are — our attitude, values and actions. Those who we choose to surround ourselves with have a significant influence on our life. That being the case, a great question to ask (and ask often) is, “Am I surrounded by those who reflect the best possible me?” If we are surrounded by non-believers it may be a reflection of us — the non-believer in us. According to the Law of Attraction, like attracts like. So if like energy attracts like energy it would make sense to be the person you want to attract — attracting like-minded, winning attitudes. On the flip side remember that misery loves company, and so often victims attract other victims in a high-energy, powerful but not so attractive world of drama….

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SUCCESS IS IN THE DOING

When we have an idea and we launch a project, our knowledge of the new game, skills and experiences are often low. The critical step therefore in any successful project is in the doing. In the beginning it’s essential the focus be on quantity, because self-doubt can cripple us the longer we go on without proof of success. When I launched my thought leaders practice in 2012, I believed that the fastest way to get to quality was to take massive action. I knew that the longer I took to get going with some evidence of success, the greater was the chance that I might fail. I kept focused on the 5 Keys to Becoming a Million Dollar Expert, shared by Matt Church, the founder of Thought Leaders Global. These became part of the vision board I looked at every morning: 1.  Do the thought leadership 2.  Trust the system 3.  Obsess about positioning 4.  Overcome inertia 5.  Believe! I lived and breathed these every day and now give thanks for what this learning and action has created. The fifth key of belief was the one that gave my conviction stamina. I believed that I would achieve what I set…

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THE POWER OF COMMITMENT

Commitment is one of the superpowers of True Believers and where we take responsibility for our life, become clear about what we want and work productively until we finish. Commitment is where we consistently deliver on the promises we make to ourselves. When our commitment is weak we are more likely to make excuses, be indecisive, lack focus and not arrive at our destination. Commitment comes as a result of your conviction — your belief in your vision. It’s the power of a personal promise. Those who commit: Take responsibility Find clarity Work productively And a key component to working productively is to delegate. Too often we are doing tasks that could be given to someone else, so we can do the things that really matter — the high value tasks. Over the last four years as a speaker, author and mentor, my practice has outgrown its level of support — not once, but twice. On each occasion I made a decision to get help and not risk being overwhelmed — providing poor service to my clients and stagnating growth. I hired two full-time team members to help. Of course there is a cost in doing this, but what price…

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