Posted by on February 23, 2017 | 0 comments

How to Change Someone’s Life

Last week I was invited to speak at a women’s networking breakfast. The brief was to share my story about the challenges I have faced through my career transformation from doctor to award-winning author and speaker. Specifically I was asked to speak about strategies I’ve used to face my fears and keep moving forward. I thoroughly enjoyed the speaking engagement. Public speaking has never been a favourite activity of mine, but in recent years I’ve learned to enjoy sharing my story with audiences, so I felt confident as I stood at the front of the room. A short while after my talk began I noticed one of the venue staff who was busy refreshing the tea and coffee table at the back of the room. She was quietly getting on with her work while I spoke, but every now and then she would glance back at me. It was clear she was trying to not make it too obvious that she was listening. Eventually she stopped pretending. She put...

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Posted by on February 16, 2017 | 2 comments

5 Myths About Fear That Are Holding You Back

As children we were all told stories about monsters who gobble up humans and witches who steal children and keep them as slaves. When we grow up we stop believing those stories, yet we continue to hold onto myths about fear that turn out to be just as paralysing as the childhood monsters we feared under our beds. People believe all sorts of things about fear and they use those beliefs as a reason to themselves hold back. Here are 5 common myths that may be keeping you feeling stuck: Myth #1: Fear Keeps You Safe Fear is programmed into our DNA. Back in the days when humans lived in caves and hunted down their meals, fear was a useful mechanism for staying alive. Nowadays we live cushioned lives, yet we still behave as if we are in constant danger. Sure, there’s real danger out there, but most of what human beings fear has nothing to do with physical survival – public speaking; failure; bills. Using fear as armour...

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Posted by on February 8, 2017 | 0 comments

10 Quotes to Ignite Your Passion

When the going gets tough… passion will see you through. It’s important to know what you are doing, and it helps to have a plan for how to do it. However, passion for what you do is the driving force behind your work. Here are 10 quotes on the power of passion to fuel your success: 1. Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. – Oprah Winfrey 2. Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures. – Joseph Campbell 3. You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out. – Steve Jobs 4. Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you, and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you. – T. Alan Armstrong 5. Passion is the source of our finest moments....

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Posted by on February 2, 2017 | 6 comments

Your A to Z Survival Guide for a Topsy-Turvy 2017

We’re one month in and 2017 is already proving to be an eventful year! What will happen over the coming months is anybody’s guess. How do you stay sane in all this turmoil? Here’s your A to Z survival guide to see you through what’s threatening to be a tumultuous year. A. Authenticity. Be you. B. Books. Reading educates, inspires, comforts, enthralls and entertains. You can’t go wrong with a cup of tea and a good book. C. Clarity. Confusion is the order of the day, what with fake news and alternative facts. Be clear on what’s important to you and let that guide you on your journey. D. Decisions. Over-thinking breeds anxiety. Get good at making decisions. You will either succeed or you will learn. E. Educate yourself. Now more than ever we need to learn how to navigate a complex world where not much is as it seems. F. Forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others. Life’s too short to bear a grudge or live with regret. G. Gratitude....

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