Category Archives: Be inspired

Who am I? Discover your true purpose

Knowing who you REALLY are, and being able to answer that question in an informed and honest way is the key to fulfillment and inner peace.   We live in a society that is constantly clamoring to tell us who we ‘should be’ what we ‘should aspire to’, what stereotype or expectation ‘we should emulate’ that will build our self-esteem and enable us to ‘fit in’. There are so many issues, inward and outward that impact our perceptions of ourselves – it can be like a minefield. Many do not do the inner work required to reveal who they really are, but have been carried away on the tide of expectation, and the mask of ‘acceptance’. It is so easy to get sucked into this, believing you should fulfill trusted people and society’s expectations of yourself, to cement your belonging… More

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Break free from limiting beliefs that hold you back

What are beliefs? Beliefs are stories we tell ourselves about why we can and can’t do certain things in life. They are thoughts and ideas that are no longer challenged. They are not based on fact, and often remain unchallenged throughout life. They are defined as ‘a principle accepted as true or real, without proof, an opinion, a conviction’. Beliefs play an important part in forming your identity, self-image, behaviour and habitual ways of thinking. Some beliefs help you to succeed in life while other negative beliefs can keep you shackled. Limiting beliefs are the thoughts and ideas that are no longer challenged that hinder your progress – every thought, expectation and action is a direct result of what you believe. They shape the direction of your life and have the power to create or destroy. ‘Be careful what you… More

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Unlock your Secret Passion

As a coach, one of the questions I ask my clients in their intake questionnaire is; ‘If there was a secret passion in your life, what would it be?’ The answers usually reveal a prevailing passion or talent that they haven’t had the courage of belief to pursue. They usually explain this away as something that is out reach, so they ‘settle’ for far less than they are capable of. But from my perspective as a coach, their ‘secret passion’ is usually something that is achievable if they harness their vision adopt the right mindset, make a plan and add plenty of passion and motivation. There’s never a perfect to time to make a change that will greatly benefit the quality of your life. It may seem daunting, but this is just a state of mind, not the reality of… More

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Create a Vision Board to Design your Future

Three weeks into the New Year, are your resolutions are already being compromised? Are your goals that were set with high energy and virtuosity beginning to fade away? Or are you struggling to locate your true identity, your wants and desires that have been put on a back burner in the busyness of life – and dreading yet another year rolling around with no change in sight? Creating a vision board is a great way to begin to articulate and clarify what motivates and energises you, and can be the first step in setting meaningful goals aligned to your true values, in addition to exploring the age old question: Who am I? A vision board helps to clarify and maintain focus on your aspirations. It is any sort of board where you display images and items that represent your passion… More

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Find a Mentor to Turbo Charge your Career

Starting out on a new career or business venture can be daunting, particularly if you are new to an industry, or a career switcher at the beginning of the steep climb towards your career goals. Having a mentor throughout your journey to guide and support you can make a significant difference to your success. Learning from those who have already trodden the hard fought path with success, can save you time and wasted energy – if you adhere to their relevant ‘golden nuggets of wisdom’, and take the necessary action that follows this. The Benefits of Good Mentor A good mentor can provide a range of benefits, that can’t be learnt from a textbook. They have a combination of detailed industry knowledge and can give you personal introductions to their contacts, which have often taken them many years to establish… More

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Take Control of your Personal Brand to Get Ahead

In the age of digital technology and social media there is nowhere to hide. Whether you like it or not your personal brand is out there.  Need convincing? Google yourself, what does your online presence say about you?   Those of you who are unseasoned with the finer points of personal branding may be surprised with the plethora of information that appears when you read your Google search results. From social media chats to Twitter rants and the range of images you have uploaded; all congeal to form a canvas of your personal and professional life. If you were to ask a total stranger to form an opinion about you and what you represent based on this information, don’t assume you’d know their response. You may be surprised with the disconnect between who you think you are and what you… More

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Leicester City’s victory holds valuable lessons for leaders, teams and individuals in business

Leicester City FC’s victory in the Premier League is a ‘rags to riches’ tale that has lessons for everyone seeking inspiration, success and a challenge to the status quo. The Club’s historic feat has bucked the trend that favours only the richest clubs succeeding in a multitude of ways – breathing new life into David and Goliath possibilities. Whether a Leicester City fan or not, this rallying cry, speaks of the inspiration and hope the Club’s manager and team have afforded to anyone who has been touched by this staggering reversal of fortune – the stuff of fairy tales. With a squad that cost a total of £54.4 million, (the same amount of money rivals Manchester City spent on a SINGLE player), Manager Claudio Ranieri has led the team in its first major league win in its 132-year history. The style of… More

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Create a Memorable First Impression with a 30-Second Elevator Pitch

You’ve heard the old adage “you never get a second chance at a first impression”.  But the truth is, so many people fail to create a good impression when introducing themselves at a business meeting, networking event, or even a chance encounter. People often struggle to convey who they are and what they do in their introductions. How often have you been introduced to someone and told their name and job title, but end the exchange no closer to understanding who the person is or what the person actually does? How often have you introduced yourself that way? Take these two illustrations; “I am a Principal IT consultant at Computer Systems”, instead of, “I help blue chip companies find simple and cost effective ways of connecting with their customers through IT.” Which introduction was more informative? Often overlooked, but it’s… More

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Discover your Strengths and Unique Purpose

It’s time to stake your claim on the next rung of the career ladder, the only trouble is, you’re not sure which building to position that ladder against. But “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got” (Anthony Robbins). When looking for the next career move, or in a state of career transition, most people usually look at what they’ve already done to determine their future choices. This is all very good if you are 100% fulfilled in your current line of work, and don’t yearn for the elusive ‘something else’. But what if you want to do something new and desire more fulfilment and purpose? And if you are brave enough to ask yourself, ‘what would I really like do in the future?’ This can immediately be erased, by the habit of limiting your… More

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Career Tips: What steps should women take to accelerate their promotional prospects?

Women can get bogged down with ticking the boxes of the relevant qualifications and experience they ‘should’ have. But often overlook the benefit of their personal power and ability to get along with people. Being aware of their strengths, particularly their interpersonal strengths and learning how to exploit them can fast track their promotional prospects.   Women should never underestimate the power of networking, not just in the traditional sense but building relationships wherever they go. I wholeheartedly buy-into the theory of six degrees of separation – you never know where your next opportunity could come from. And even if you don’t ascribe to this, it’s useful to remember, people prefer to work with people they like. Beyond the obvious, I recommend six steps: Positive attitude (see possibilities in situations, not just obstacles) Set goals: you need to know where… More

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