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Play a game of make believe

It’s one thing to know what you believe, know what you value and know what’s important, but believers use trust, hope and resilience to manage the constant stream of doubt that potentially weakens their vision. Believers are aware of their current reality and they also use positive delusion to fuel belief until the evidence of success shows up. Positive delusion helps them to feel it in advance and protects their belief as they bridge the gap between where they are currently and where they want to be. It’s like playing a game of make believe until success appears. So belief in the early stages is a truth without proof. It’s like a force of nature that is powerful for a believer. Belief can be affected by both internal and external factors. Internal factors are what are going on inside the mind and external factors are what are going on around you — other people and situations. Believers manage their internal environment well and save energy navigating the constantly changing external environment. The key for the believer is to have trust that their vision will one day become a new reality. Positive delusion will help you get there. Create a life you truly value…

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Daily gratitude

Being grateful is the first step to keeping what you want to keep in your life. If we focus on what we do have at the start of each day, it has an enormously positive impact on our day ahead. Remember, the trick is to begin each day spending a few minutes giving gratitude within minutes after you wake — while you are still lying in bed. What are you grateful for? Of course this list may change daily, but let’s decide what we are grateful for today? My What-I–am-Grateful-For List 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Here is mine for today: What I am grateful for 1.  my health 2.  all the love in my life 3.  laughter 4.  the sun shining 5.  the view from my writing desk 6.  doing the work I love, the way I love 7.  my tribe — working with people I love 8.  my ability to accept others for how they are 9.  courage to live the life I choose 10. how my kids look out for each other There are many moments during the day when my heart is full of gratitude and I have to share these grateful feelings with others. I…

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Behind every successful person

The story of Helen Keller is well known — she was a respected American author, political activist and lecturer, born in 1880, who became deaf and blind at 19 months old. While Helen Keller’s success is remarkable so too is the story of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. At the age of 21 Anne Sullivan began tutoring six-year-old Helen Keller. Helen was deaf, blind and mute from a childhood illness. Anne Sullivan was frustrated, having no way to communicate with Helen Keller, whose behaviour was wild and totally out of control — some said “animal like”. Anne had a vision and a belief that she could help Helen, even though it took great persistence managing Helen’s many wild tantrums. This incredible teacher–student relationship went on for almost 50 years. Anne Sullivan’s work teaching Helen allowed her to eventually graduate with honours from Radcliffe College. Helen published her autobiography at 22 and continued to be a prolific author. She became the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Helen and Anne travelled the world together, involving themselves in many social causes. Anne showed courage and much belief, conviction and commitment towards her vision that one day Helen…

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The power of commitment

Commitment is one of the superpowers of True Believers and where we take responsibility for our life, become clear about what we want and work productively until we finish. Commitment is where we consistently deliver on the promises we make to ourselves. When our commitment is weak we are more likely to make excuses, be indecisive, lack focus and not arrive at our destination. Commitment comes as a result of your conviction — your belief in your vision. It’s the power of a personal promise. Those who commit: Take responsibility Find clarity Work productively And a key component to working productively is to delegate. Too often we are doing tasks that could be given to someone else, so we can do the things that really matter — the high value tasks. Over the last eight years as a speaker, author and mentor, my practice has outgrown its level of support — not once, but twice. On each occasion I made a decision to get help and not risk being overwhelmed — providing poor service to my clients and stagnating growth. I hired team members to help. Of course there is a cost in doing this, but what price do you put on reducing stress…

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Let conviction be your fuel

Conviction creates energy — the stamina for taking action in line with your values. This persistent action helps to maintain the direction you want to go in. Without the action you have the why (the values) and the what (the decision) but you can’t get to your destination if you don’t take action. Some are all talk and no action – they speak like they have conviction but their actions are not congruent. Conviction is the fuel that gives belief stamina so we don’t quit before we get to our destination. As Paulo Coelho said, “Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.” Conviction is a flame that burns brightly and hard to put out. Our fire may go a little dim —when it’s time to rest and recharge for a while and the fire of conviction will flare up again. Resistance is often futile when it comes to being influenced by those with conviction. True Believers with conviction — those who live by their values, are passionate and take consistent action. They are well on their way to their finish line. But what will it take to ensure that we get to that finish? Commitment –…

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