How to manage self-doubt

Do you doubt yourself?   There are many people that believe self-doubt to be a bad thing. Well, I disagree. I think it’s good to doubt yourself – a little. I believe it’s good to have doubts, to question everything – challenge is healthy. A little self-doubt can lead you to think more critically and gain more clarity before taking the next step. It nudges you to prepare more, which creates familiarity, gives you more Read more…

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

I sat in the hot, busy maternity ward, and I cried. I’d been a mother less than 24 hours, and I already felt like a failure. My beautiful newborn son, lay sleeping in the crib beside me. I’d tried to nurse him already several times but failed. It seemed to be getting harder with every attempt. To make things worse, I had just had breakfast, and sat opposite me was a confident young mother, babe Read more…

Visualisation and how it is good for business

Visualisation is a process of creating a mental image of a future event. In essence, it is using our imagination to create a vision of what we want. They say seeing is believing. Well, everything begins with thought and we must see it in our mind before we can believe it in front of us. The “seeing” part is what motivates and prepares us to pursue our goal. Visualisation is not simply “think it and Read more…

Five Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse circumstances. It is the body’s response to pressure from external circumstances. When you say you are stressed, you are describing the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope because of unmanageable tension. When we are feeling stressed, our body releases the chemical cortisol (aka ‘the stress hormone’) into our system. Cortisol is useful in “fight or flight” situations Read more…

How to Take Responsibility

To succeed in making significant changes in your life, it is vital that you take responsibility for everything already in your life. Taking responsibility is vital for your ultimate happiness. You must own all the decisions and the choices you have made. By doing so, you free yourself from guilt and shame. Accepting that that was then, and this is now, you can let go of the past and move forward. When you accept your Read more…

How to set and achieve goals

  “Begin with the end in mind” – Stephen Covey   Goal setting has been defined as ‘identifying something that you want to accomplish and establishing measurable goals and timeframes’. Before setting any goals, you need to be clear on two things: what you want, and how much you want it. If you do not want it enough, then you are setting yourself up for failure. According to John Assaraf: “If you’re interested, you’ll do Read more…

How to Improve your Money Mindset

Is making money simply down to hard work or good fortune? How is it that some people seem to attract money easily into their lives, whereas others struggle to get by? I believe it is determined by our money mindset, that is, our thoughts and beliefs around the subject of money. Some of the beliefs we choose may be limiting, otherwise known as “money blocks”. These blocks form our own personal brand of sabotage. We Read more…

How to Improve your Decision-Making

How to improve your decision-making:   In business, being decisive is vital to good leadership. Being able to make a good decision that is well thought out and executed in a timely fashion is not always easy.   So how do you make a good decision?    The problem is that we only realise what is a good or bad decision after the event! And so we need to have skills and strategies in place to enable us Read more…

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Resilience

Resilience: never give up. Fall down seven times; get up eight ~ Japanese Proverb Resilience is our ability to recover from adverse circumstances. It is our capacity to bounce back from difficult conditions, but I would argue that rather like an elastic band that is overstretched once too often, we never quite return to our original state. Something in us has changed: we have learned and grown from the challenge. A good friend of mine, Read more…

How to maintain a healthy cashflow

Cash is king. So why do many small businesses struggle with poor cash flow? These are the lessons I learned in business which enabled me to maintain a healthy cash flow: Pay your creditor invoices immediately. Not in a week, not in 30 days. This not only means your bank balance is as accurate as possible, but also sends a message to all the people you contract with that your business is on solid ground. Read more…