Author Archives: Christina Guidotti

Thrive in the long term

The key to thriving in the long-term is beautifully summed up by the Thought Leaders mantra: – do work you love – with people you like – the way you want. My work is my vocation and I get to help others find theirs too. It is a privilege to spend time with motivated people who see the possibility of a better life with greater purpose and with gratitude for their life journey. It’s no surprise that this is the solution to thriving in the long-term. Being inspired by the company you keep gives you energy and stamina to finish. Matt Church, author of Amplifiers and founder of Thought Leaders Global says: Regardless of which model of human behavioural drivers you subscribe to, in its essence a great culture helps us live better, relate to others better, and grow and learn through the community, and gives us a chance to give back or make a difference. Cultures give us something to do, someone to care about and something to hope for. Imagine being part of a tribe, where others believe in you and see the best in you – sometimes even before you believe in yourself. Being part of a community gives you…

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Motivation and the company you keep

Research shows that you can influence your level of motivation. That’s important as motivation greatly determines how we act, and our actions determine the life we enjoy. True Believers are motivated! A crucial factor that contributes to motivation is the company we keep. Keeping company with True Believers rather than Non-believers will greatly influence your level of motivation and your ability to create your success masterpiece. What motivates you? What gives you that get up and go — the drive, the energy, the stamina and the commitment to create amazing outcomes? For the most part motivation is an inner desire to maximise pleasure and minimise pain. As Zig Ziglar said, “Motivation is the fuel necessary to keep the human energy running.” And if motivation is the driving force, the company you keep can determine the quality of the drive or the dollars per litre you choose to pay. The company you keep can have a positive or a negative impact on your motivation. The people around you can:      Affect you — you are influenced by the company you keep      Infect you — you are changed by the company you keep      Define you — you…

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When the Non-believer appears

On the journey to success we can find it a lot harder if we try to push forward as a Non-believer. Attempting to live life as a Non-believer is like running with a pair of poor quality running shoes — they will only get you so far. But how do you move forward when self-doubt takes hold and when the Non-believer in you appears? And how do you identify if you are a Non-believer? Sometimes it is difficult to realise that you are a Non-believer — we can be: – unaware – in denial – caught up in the drama. Let’s look at the characteristics of a Non-believer so that we can: – identify the Non-believer in our self and know what to do next – identify the Non-believer in others and know what to do next So there are key differences between a True Believer and a Non-believer. When the Non-believer appears the first step is to find clarity around what you value, what you love, what you treasure and what is most important to you. When we are focused on what we truly value we have motivation and energy – a massive step towards living a meaningful life…

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Expect setbacks!

True Believers expect setbacks. They know that life is full of many experiences, with some more difficult than others and some that cause setbacks. But with strong belief, conviction and commitment, True Believers bounce back quickly, progressing even further as a result of what they learn from challenging times. Our progress rests heavily on the way we see failure and the way we react to it. Those that have reached success have had failure after failure — of course it’s about what you learn from failure that matters. Was there a tough period for you in the last few years — a time when you were down in the dumps? Maybe you’re still doing it tough. The events, which determine these tough times, can sometimes be out of our control. What is in our control is how we choose to move forward after the tough time. If we stay down in the dumps for too long, it becomes a difficult place to leave and a safe place to stay. I’ve seen many people at their lowest point find the greatest and most unexpected gifts through their setbacks. Failures and setbacks may teach you valuable lessons that you might never have…

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Cringe at excuses

I have a declaration to make – I cringe at excuses – my excuses and those of others! I’ve seen how making excuses can adversely affect life. When we make excuses we are saying that we are not responsible and that someone or something else is. I’m big on taking responsibility and I cringe at excuses — and I think you should too. For the record, my second biggest cringe is indecision — because both excuses and indecision are the two biggest deal breakers when it comes to creating your own success masterpiece. Most people strive to create a better life and although we know what action needs to be taken, sometimes we make excuses to avoid making decisions and do what needs to be done. Do any of these sound familiar? I have to wait until… I just don’t feel like it… I’m too tired…. I don’t have the tools to… It’s not my fault…. It’s not my problem…. I don’t have time….. Nothing identifies a mediocre person more quickly than excuses. Successful people strive towards a result without excuses. When we stop making excuses we start taking responsibility and we get results. Because responsibility is the foundation of success, when we are…

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