Monthly Archives: October 2017

Walk your talk

Our health, both physical and mental, has a big influence on our fulfilment. In good health we can live the life we want, for as long as possible. But it’s often not until our health fails us that we really appreciate what’s at stake and then give our health the respect it deserves. Good health, when kept as the number one priority, gives us choices for life. No one would dispute that health should be number one priority. While many agree health is important, their actions towards living a healthy life are below par. Why do many make lifestyle choices that don’t support them? Clients starting the journey in the Leading Women Programcomplete an assessment to establish their Fulfilment Rating across all areas of their life, and in the beginning, health is most often an area that is drained. Further analysis reveals that this can sabotage other aspects like our wealth and our relationships. On the surface poor health may seem to be due to bad nutrition, unhealthy habits, lack of exercise, too much stress or not enough sleep. But by going deeper and discovering what lies beneath these poor choices – looking at why we make these choices, we can turn our health into our number one…

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The fear behind the inaction

Numbing our psychological pain protects us from feeling hurt. Although in the short term this cover-up provides some relief, in the long run the effects of anesthetizing what’s really going on can be harmful. Fear is often the reason for the masquerade – disguising problems and preventing us from finding solutions, leading us often paralysed with inaction. At times, we don’t realise that we are living in fear: fear of not having enough money, being alone, not being loved, being rejected, losing our job, failure and even success. Sometimes our calm exterior hides the fear inside and we sabotage our success. We then start to make excuses like “I’m too busy” – a cover-up for “I’m not prepared to face what’s behind the fear.” What are you using to numb the pain? Alcohol, drugs, over socialising, oversleeping, overeating or maybe working too much. Do you need some help and new skills to face the fear and take the action action. In the Leading Women Program we check-in regularly to see what the roadblocks are to taking the right action. It’s not until we uncover the fear behind our inaction that we STOP the masquerade and get on with living a…

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Sustainable business

What sits behind a well-positioned, profitable and sustainable business – a business that stands out? It’s undeniable that client care is at the top of the list. In business we seek to retain our existing clients and search for ways to attract new ones. But too often we make this more complicated than it needs to be. When we give extraordinary care to existing clients their recommendations become an everlasting supply of new clients – providing lifetime fans! After almost three decades spent in sales and service I know it’s not difficult to stand out with extraordinary client care. In part because it’s simple to do but also because few do it well. Many have a one-transaction mentality. They invest little in their current clients and spread themselves thinly looking for new ones. Being a stand out is straightforward… * Passion shows – do the work you love. * Give more than expected – under promise and over deliver. * Show genuine interest in their business and personal life. * Be high touch – phone or visit sometimes rather than email or text. * Delight with acts of kindness by mailing a gift or handwritten card. Some say, “I don’t have time for extras – I’m…

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Fine or Divine?

How many times have you said “I’m fine” to describe how you are going? The “I’m fine” statement and thinking that supports it can encourage us to avoid specific areas that need attention. By looking closely at all areas of our lives we can identify where we are fine and where we are not. There’s a risk that avoiding certain issues by using the “I’m fine” mentality may lead to decline. Whether you are on a peak with everything going well, in a valley where it’s not, or somewhere in between, being aware of what’s really going on is essential. After completing the Fulfilment Survey, clients in the Leading Women Mentoring Program quickly discover areas that may need attention and importantly those that need to be maintained. Those who fall from a peak, who thought they were “fine”, often fall when they stop doing what it was that got them there. Problems arise when we get accustomed to the way things are by telling ourselves we are “fine”. Whether we actually believe it or not, we start to settle. Life goes by so fast and we can sometimes forget who’s in the driver’s seat. It’s important to press pause, take our foot off the accelerator and…

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