Author Archives: Christina Guidotti

Wishing well

Do you sometimes wish for a better life — that your current reality is different — and hope that someday things might change? Problems can arise when our wishing and hoping becomes a habit of inaction that keeps us in fantasyland. Wishing can become like a waiting game and those who wish wait longer than those who decide and take action. Wishing can be a place to hide from the work that needs to be done to live your best life. It doesn’t mean we don’t wish. It just means we need to take the next step, to decide and to take action to make our wishes a reality — to take responsibility. We decide to get the things done that matter — the things we really desire. When you think or say “I wish”, or “I hope” or “I’m dreaming of the day”, remind yourself that few wishes, hopes or dreams come true without action. Instead say, “I have decided” or “I will”. And although belief is the first step towards making those wishes come true, belief is also essential to drive you to the finish line. Without belief we can’t get moving, as belief is what gives the…

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The power of belief

It’s no surprise that one of the three superpowers of a True Believer is belief. Belief is often where we have vision without proof. Belief, even without the evidence, gives us certainty and confidence in the existence of something. 1. Vision — what’s important In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his powerful I Have a Dream speech to over 250,000 people – a speech that still inspires today. Later King became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.  The speech is significant in demonstrating the power to create a better reality through the idea of a dream — a belief in a better tomorrow. Many said his dream would never become a reality. But during this time African Americans achieved more progress toward racial equality than in the previous 350 years. Never underestimate the power of one person’s vision — of hope, freedom, justice, peace, or any vision — to affect change.  Deciding what is truly important is how we create our vision. 2. Reality — manage doubt When we have a strong vision we have certainty and belief — without a shadow of doubt — that we will get there. But with every belief and vision…

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Diminisher to multiplier

Each event in life has the possibility of sustaining or draining us. And although there are many factors that affect our well being, a negative outlook and the accompanying emotions are a good barometer of how we are going. When we are tired, sad, angry, guilty, fearful or worried, this is draining. A long period of being drained prevents us from being fulfilled and can lead to serious problems in our health, relationships and work. Those who exhibit such a negative attitude are the Diminishers. They cause decline within themselves and those around them by diminishing or lessening the value of everything. Feeling drained and causing drain, they make statements such as: I feel — they make me feel — hopeless. I feel — they make me feel — unsupported. I feel — they make me feel — exhausted. I feel — they make me feel — unhappy. I feel — they make me feel — angry. It’s not my fault — it’s their fault! These statements cause further decline as they: keep us in drama believing things are worse than what they really are keep us in denial believing the problem is always because of something outside ourselves. Drama and denial make for very unstable foundations. And these unstable foundations commonly build towards…

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Finish with a result

There is often a period of time — prior to becoming a True Believer — when it takes a concerted effort to get better, before results are realised. Many give up too early, often when they are on the verge of reaching a level of expertise that brings great results. Persistence towards the best possible result should be the focus, rather than just finishing. It’s what bridges the gap to a destination of extraordinary results. In a real estate career, long days are very common. Deals are often made between 5pm and 10pm and on weekends. Demanding careers can be exhausting and even more so if there are no results at the end of the day. If we persist with the long hours and the results are still not showing up, we need to assess the effectiveness of our input. Poor results may be due to a quality issue — not enough knowledge, skill or not the right mindset, or a quantity issue — not enough of the right actions. It’s not just the hours we put in but the quality within those hours that matters. As expertise and persistence increase, improved output and results will come. Start — persist…

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Courageous YOU!

What’s really going on? What are the issues that may be preventing us from creating the life we want? Awareness and the ability to overcome the challenges is key to success. Facts that matter: 1. The quality of life is going down In the Western world the standard of living continues to improve with better food, clothing, housing, medical services, education, travel, technology, entertainment and career opportunities. Why, with all this improvement, are we still going backwards in our wellbeing? The quality of life is going down – happiness for many is an epic fail. 2. Mental wellness is causing disease The World Health Organization reports that by the year 2020 mental illness (primarily depression) is going to be the number one condition in the developed world and will be the leading cause of disability and disease. And depression is fifty percent higher for females than for males. 3. Working parents are doing it tough The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that 78% of mothers and 92% of fathers with school age children from 6-14 years are in the paid workforce. Working parents are doing it especially tough — struggling under great pressure being pulled physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially….

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