Posted by on June 21, 2017 | 0 comments

Wisdom Within – You Are Wiser Than you Think!

Do you fear putting yourself out there? Are you uncertain about what you really want? Do you feel confused about why you do what you do? Are you on a path that isn’t your own? If you answered YES to any of these questions, I’ve got news for you: you’re not alone! Far too many people wander through life, uncertain of who they are, what they want or where they are going. Now here’s the really good news: the answers to all your important questions are within reach. All you need is time, attention and the willingness to do the work to uncover them. You have within you a vast source of wisdom waiting for you to tap into it for the answers you’re after. How? By putting pen to paper and reflecting through the practice of journaling. Research has shown that journaling can improve physical health, emotional well-being and work performance. It is the number one personal development practice of successful leaders and CEOs. And, on a personal...

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Posted by on June 14, 2017 | 0 comments

How to Figure Out What You Really Want

I don’t know what my passion is. I’m interested in so many things, I don’t know which one to choose? I don’t want to make a decision. What if I get it wrong? Do any of these statements sound familiar? If so, I’m guessing you’ve spent years trying this and that, dabbling here and there, chopping and changing. You’ve probably got a whole host of diverse skills and experiences, but they don’t feel as if they amount to much. You just don’t know what you want! If this is you, then I’ve got great news for you. It might not seem so great at first, but trust me it is. Just stay with me and you’ll see what I mean. Here it is: You’re afraid. That’s right. It’s not that you don’t know what you want. You do know; you’re just afraid. Who am I to want that? I’m not qualified. How on earth am I going to pull that off? I don’t have the time/money/connections. We all have...

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Posted by on June 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Make Your Dreams Come True With Your Personal Theory of Change

Wouldn’t it be great if wishing was enough to make your dreams come true? Unfortunately, wishing only works in fairytales. In real life dreams come true through dedication, discipline and good ol’ fashioned hard work. It’s not just any type of hard work, though. Because you can put a lot of energy into projects that aren’t going to give you the results you’re after, and end up feeling frustrated and disillusioned. How, then, can you turn your dreams into reality? How will you know if your efforts are going to yield the desired results? You need to construct a Theory of Change. Say what? A Theory of Change (ToC) is a tool from the development world which is used to outline how a particular change is expected to happen. The ToC aims to minimise wishing and guessing, thereby increasing the likelihood of achieving the desired outcome. Let’s look at how this would typically happen. Let’s say you are part of a team in a particular agency that’s looking to...

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Posted by on May 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Do You Want to Achieve Your Goals? Lead.

What does it take to achieve your goals and move your life in a particular direction? Leadership!¬†That’s right. You need to lead yourself towards the aspirations that you have for your life. Personal leadership is about being the master of your fate and the captain of your soul, to paraphrase¬†William Ernest Henley’s Invictus. Like all forms of leadership, personal leadership requires that you engage in certain practices that will help to move you forward in life. How to lead yourself to achieve your goals: Define your vision Too often people get busy “doing” without quite knowing what they are doing and why. What is important to you? Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? Who do you want to become? What would you love to achieve? In what way do you want to contribute? All of these questions are vital to ask yourself as you craft a powerful vision for your life. Translate your vision into tangible goals A vision is a lofty ideal, the “north star”...

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Posted by on May 4, 2017 | 0 comments

Dare to Dream Again

What do you do when life knocks you down? Get up, dust yourself off. And dream again. What if you are left feeling battered and bruised? Lick your wounds clean so they can heal. Then dream again. What about when all hope seems gone? Reach out to someone you love and ask them to help you to dream again. What about if you feel all alone in the world? You remember that none of us are ever alone. What happens when you feel lost, with no way of knowing which way to turn? You dream again of the place you want to be, and you take the first step in faith. What if every dream you’ve ever had is lying in pieces all around you? You raise your chin, look straight ahead, and you dare to dream again. What do you do when the walls won’t come down and the doors refuse to open? You stop banging, take a step back, and dream anew. What about all the evil...

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Posted by on April 26, 2017 | 0 comments

How to Create a Breakthrough

You know the drill: you get started on a new project and for a while it goes well. You’re excited and inspired by what you are doing; the ideas are flowing; and you are a bundle of seemingly endless energy. And then it starts to suck. It gets really hard. You wonder whether you’ll ever figure it out. The assumptions that held true at the beginning of the project no longer apply. And you feel well and truly stuck. This is an important point in your project, and you have two choices on how to proceed: You can throw in the towel and wallow in despair. Or you can keep going, even when it feels as if you are wading through treacle. The first option is where people often go. They decide that nothing more can be done, so they slap together whatever they’ve got and label it their final product. Or they give up entirely and start another project, one that looks more promising. What you will discover...

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