Limiting Beliefs II: How To Beat Self-Doubt

Look, it happens to us all at one time or another… So what can we do about it? Lots actually. Read on… It Happens To Us All Roger Federer is one of the best tennis players ever to walk this planet. He’s known for his calm demeanour and superb control and temperament on the tennis courts even when faced with the most difficult conditions – and I’ll bet you 1000 camels that he has suffered self-doubt just like the rest of us. Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey, Ghandi, Meryl Streep, Jackie Chan… choose your celebrity. They’ve all had moments of self-doubt. … Read The Full Article …

Outside Thinking: Why Asking The Experts is Not Always The Best Option

No, I don’t mean thinking outside, though that definitely has its merits too 😉 Although we could include thinking outside the box in this concept. Has anybody ever said that to you? That you need to try and “think outside the box”? What they’re asking for is a fresh perspective on something, probably to help solve a niggling, persistent problem. What they’re asking for is some outside thinking. Cynical With Expertise? Whilst it is natural when solving a problem to look for the biggest expert in that field, believe it or not the experts aren’t always right… … because they … Read The Full Article …

Work/Life Balance: Realise That Work is Half of Your Life – So ENJOY It !!!

“Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.” ~ H Jackson Brown, Jr For most people, work takes up a significant chunk of their lives. OK, so it may not literally be half of your life in terms of the working hours you are actually paid for, but is that all of the time you spend working, thinking about work or influenced by your work? For a lot of people time at work may actually equate to half of their waking hours every week – even more for some. So, if work takes up such … Read The Full Article …

Personality Theory: Type A vs Type B

Ever wonder what people are on about when they describe people as Type A or Type B personality types? Type A and Type B personality theory simply classes people as having one of 2 types of personality: Type A: Highly strung, outgoing, adventurous, driven… Type B: Easy going, relaxed, patient, reserved… This theory was originally created in the 1950s as a way of categorising patients according to their risk of developing coronary heart disease. Cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Dr Ray Rosenman concluded after a 10 year study of healthy men (in the 1950s) that those with what they classed as … Read The Full Article …

Networking: Essential Tips for Business Success

“More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than at any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject.” – Peter Drucker Thanks to websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and about a million others, most people these days are familiar with the idea of networking. In a previous article we looked at How To Communicate Effectively, now let’s look at How To Network Effectively… Successful people in business have always known the importance of networking. If you are not completely familiar with this concept, observe dialogues between successful millionaires, billionaires or entrepreneurs (it’s not difficult to … Read The Full Article …

Filters: Every Story Is Incomplete… & What To Do About It

Strange title, I know. It’s inspired by some feedback I received. From two people in particular. Two particular misunderstandings. Inspired by people who’ve been inspired. People who’ve been inspired by me – or more particularly by my story. I’m flattered that both people were inspired in some way, but actually, they weren’t inspired by my story. They were inspired by part of my story. That part of my story that they saw, heard or read about. … and that’s the problem with all stories All of these things are subjected to heavy filtering. Worth bearing in mind when we make … Read The Full Article …

Get Better Results: Begin With The End In Mind

It’s always a good idea to begin with the end in mind. Once you have absolute clarity about where you are trying to get to, it’s much easier to determine exactly where you are and where you’re going. This applies no matter how long the timescale or how big the task. This is a simple concept which has been stated many different ways by many different people. I am going to keep it brief but make reference to as many key words and phrases as I can for two reasons: you’re probably already familiar with the concept coined one way … Read The Full Article …

Understanding Values: How to Use Values To Motivate Yourself and Others

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” – Roy. E. Disney Values are things that motivate us, reflecting our sense of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and our preferences concerning appropriate courses of action or outcomes. Values, therefore tend to influence our attitudes and behavior. For example: if you value equality and you join an organization which clearly has different rules for men and women, then you may conclude that the organization is an unfair place to work and either you wouldn’t perform to the best of your ability (being demotivated) or you may end up leaving. Understanding … Read The Full Article …

Mindfulness: How to Practice the Art of Mindfulness

Mindfulness originates from Buddhism but it has become increasingly popular in the West. It has recently been used to treat patients with depression, chronic fatigue, cancer, stress… and has shown very promising results. Results you can expect include: an increased ability to relax greater energy and enthusiasm for life heightened self-belief and an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations What Is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is becoming aware of what’s around us here and now. In fact, it’s the exact opposite to what we normally do: going through our endless tasks, thinking about what we … Read The Full Article …

The Growth Mindset: Can Talent Be Learned?

When faced with a difficult challenge, which of these would you be most likely to say: Would you be likely to say ‘I can’t do this’ or would you be more likely to say: ‘I’ll figure it out’? It may seem like a simple enough question but it points to a deeper issue about our mindset. i.e. is your belief system focused mainly around your innate ability (that you are generally capable or not capable of something and that this is relatively fixed) or around the idea that anything is possible and can be learned (that something you cannot do … Read The Full Article …