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The gifts that come from the no’s

One of the quickest ways to destroy belief is by worrying about what other people think and say. And when you have a clear vision you are more resilient with the no’s. When I made the decision to leave my real estate office to follow my vision, I knew there would be times when I would miss my old real estate life. I knew there would be times of being tempted to return – before I saw evidence of success in my new life. I made a decision to change my name. After 44 years of being known as Christina Conias, successful real estate leader in my area, I decided to start using my married name. This was to prevent me from wanting to go back to my old life when things got tough. Many didn’t understand this. But in that first year when the pressures of a new game were upon me, many advised me to go back to real estate. I knew that changing my name was the right thing to do. I was now Christina Guidotti — unknown by name (then), but with 44 years experience to share and with loads of belief, conviction and commitment. My first…

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Making your contribution

As True Believers we come together to make a contribution — to make a difference in the world. When we get ourselves right we are then in the best position to help others and to contribute to making this world that little bit better as a result of our contribution. It’s why we, as True Believers, have such a responsibility and opportunity to influence. But I’m certain that it starts with us — getting ourselves right first – I think that’s ethical. Self first is never selfish when you want to help others. I am very fulfilled when I sit with my clients and I see their newfound hope and possibility for a better life, their new purpose, excitement and gratitude for their new journey. In those moments we share, I know how they feel because I have been there myself. This is such an intensely rewarding part of my own journey now — helping others to find fulfilment as I have. Maya Angelou has said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” True Believers are generous and look for opportunity to contribute. Being in a…

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Vision to reality

Since I was a young child I loved to play the game of make-believe. Playing dress-ups and choosing to be someone different for a time was so much fun. I began to realise that you could use your imagination and feel the joy of a different reality in all areas of your life. But what was most evident was how it helped me to make that vision a reality. At 10 years of age, I remember sitting on morning school parade. The highlight was seeing the school marching band come in — with all their instruments. But it wasn’t the band I admired — it was the drum majorette. She was the leader of the marching band and I sat and imagined what it would be like to hold that position, to hold the baton, marching in formation with everyone following, blowing the whistle and shouting out the next tune. So I visualised myself as the drum majorette, used positive delusion as my fuel, and got to work first learning the easiest instrument in the band — the fife. I practiced hard — still feeling the joy of what it would be like to be the leader. Even as a…

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The supreme gifts

Life is full of highs and lows – but let’s hope more highs. For many of us there have been recent tough periods and even times when it’s easy to feel down in the dumps. Maybe you’re still doing it tough. Unfortunately 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 – how we decide to recover. When setbacks happen it’s important to handle them quickly. If we stay down in the valley for too long, it becomes a difficult place to leave and a safe place to stay. We linger in the tough times when the fear to act is greater than the discomfort of not acting. However some incredibly courageous decisions can happen in the tough times. 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 learnt otherwise. I say may because too often we don’t learn from where we have been. Learn and grow from your setbacks to find life’s supreme gifts. As we are pulled,…

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Live excuse-free!

I have a declaration to make – I cringe when people make excuses. 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 do cringe at excuses. I think you should too. Most people strive to create a better life and although we know what action needs to be taken sometimes we make excuses to avoid doing what needs to be done. Do these sound familiar? I have to wait until… I just don’t feel like it… I don’t have the tools to… I can’t because… It’s not my fault…. It’s not my problem…. If only they had…. It’s too late now… I don’t have time….. Nothing identifies a mediocre person more quickly than excuses. Successful people strive towards a result without excuses. Confront your own excuses and take more responsibility.  Own up to your shortfalls and instead of “if only” say “next time I’ll do better”. We are all leaders as parents, friends and team members. As a leader it’s really important to not make excuses. We must lead by example to see the…

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