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Hang with those who get it

Have you ever had someone that, no matter how badly you have behaved, has just stood up for the best part of you? How fiercely loyal to them do you become? I call these people your True Believer friends. Because sometimes we don’t believe in ourselves — you know those moments of doubt. True Believer friends stand by you; they have your back, and will hold the belief for you — until the evidence of success shows up. As Amy Poehler says, “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” There are the five benefits of surrounding yourself with True Believers: learning, support, accountability, contribution and friendship. All you have to do it to work hard on being a True Believer and you will find others who will fill these roles. The joy of sharing your success is a big part of the True Believer journey. Some don’t like hearing about your success but in True Believer friendships you can share your success openly. True Believer friends look to you for inspiration rather than comparison. When you surround yourself with a few quality True Believer…

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Go deeper – go where others won’t

You would be surprised at how big an impact you can make by just caring for people on a deeper level and having compassion for them. Here is my tip to those in business. Save money on fancy, far reaching, expensive, self-promoting marketing campaigns and start connecting with people on a level where others won’t. I think a lot of people have got this balance wrong and this is why our fulfilment levels at work are at an all-time low. There are many smart, hardworking poor people under immense pressure — unnecessary pressure. This is the missing link for most hard working, unprofitable businesses. If you want to build a unique, sustainable and profitable business that stands out and is fulfilling — one that gets you jumping out of bed every day — build better, deeper relationships. True Believers have so much compassion and conviction driven by their commitment to help others. And they are already sold on the solutions they provide. They give their best to others with deep care. Their clients don’t need convincing to walk the path with them — their passion sells the solution. To influence others you first have to be sold yourself. A True Believer is sold…

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The life we want

The current environment is offering challenges and it means there is attention on staying safe. That’s smart. However, being safe does not mean we settle. There is an opportunity to take a risk – to ask the tough questions about what you really want, to change the game, to live by our values and maybe to let go of what doesn’t matter. It takes courage to look at things differently. To live fully means we will sometimes fail but in doing so we fully embrace the opportunity that is life. Don’t get to the end of your life to find that playing it safe comfort was not really what you wanted. Have courage and take a risk by standing up, stepping out, and even shouting out to play the game that inspires you. And with that – be prepared to fail. I encourage you to FAIL at something everyday! FAIL because you gave it a go FAIL because you took a risk FAIL because you had a zero tolerance for excuses. As J.K. Rowling says,  “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in…

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Tipping points to transformation

A tipping point is defined as an issue or a series of changes that becomes significant enough and crosses a critical point to cause a larger impact or change. Many in their lives will escape these critical points and remain constant without much change. For some though, these tipping points, although often painful, create the greatest positive transformations. I’ve had a few major tipping points in the last 8 years. I’m the kind of girl who has always gone for what she wants — heaps of belief, conviction and commitment — a serial True Believer. There’s so much I am grateful for and like many there’s been some successful failures along the way — lots of valuable life lessons. I’ve been climbing the ladder of success in business for over 25 years and a mum for 23 years. As a working mum there was much hard work but the rewards were there. And for decades I’ve had loads of conviction that provided the stamina to keep going towards different visions. But there have been a few times where my dream would not keep. The reality was that it was time to stop dreaming the dream. It wasn’t going to happen. Although many…

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Sustain your mojo!

Success is about being smart and dedicating time for not just work, but play and rest-time. We want to have fun — but not at the expense of our results. And we don’t want to work at the expense of our fun. Equally, without rest neither work nor play can be sustained long term. Our mojo is that special magic that keeps us moving forward and bouncing back after a setback. Sustain your mojo by creating a healthy combination of work, rest and play driven by a sense of purpose. We must take well-deserved time out if we are to maintain our mojo. In 2014, I was so grateful for a special holiday when I travelled with my family, my mum and dad and my brother and sister’s families. We saw the house in Chios where my father was born and got to embrace the culture in authentic Greek style. Holiday experiences can create lifelong memories — the action, the down time and all the meaningful connections with what matters. Of course when you return from a good holiday (good being one where you did holiday and not work) you are recharged in both body and mind and ready to go again. Taking…

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