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what do you answer when asked?

What do you answer when asked?

One of the most common questions in a job interview is ‘What motivates you?’ Whilst some of us may have our ‘go to’ answer for this to ‘please’ the prospective employer, what we aren’t addressing is answering the question for real – for US!

Wikipedia says – “Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behaviour. It gives the reasons for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behaviour, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behaviour and vice versa”.

Now if you are like me, I read this and think – how can I translate this into something I can usefully integrate into my daily working life.

Some of us are lucky enough to be in a job we love, or perhaps we run a business providing a service we are passionate about. In these instances, one could argue being self-motivated is easy! But often we often find ourselves feeling de-motivated affecting our goals, visions and aspirations.

I like this quote below which for me makes more sense giving me something upon which I can work with.

Ability to do what needs to be done, without influence from other people or situations. People with self-motivation can find a reason and strength to complete a task, even when challenging, without giving up or needing another to encourage them”. Business Directory



PAST – When working with my clients on motivation techniques, I ask them to think about their achievements and successes they’ve had in their lives, either personally or professionally. I believe it’s a state of mind in that often we fall into the trap of focusing on what went wrong in our lives rather than the positive. We often yearn for others to recognise us for what we’ve done well, giving us the proverbial ‘pat on the back’, so why don’t we do this for ourselves?

PRESENT – Once you start focusing on what you did well (past), then start looking at your strengths (present), focusing on how you can build on these going forward. Think about what others see as our strengths. Ask your friends, families, work colleagues as they often see things we can’t in ourselves.

FUTURE – An area I focus on in working with my clients is having goals (future), looking forward, not back, focusing on the vision they dreamt of and making that achievable.

Like all of you I too work on being self-motivated occasionally, and find using the PPF 3 Steps helpful to regain my composure to focus positively on the job in hand.


Try taking the PPF 3 steps:

  1. PAST – think about what you’ve achieved so far
  2. PRESENT – Identity your current strengths and abilities
  3. FUTURE – Think about what your goal is and where you want to be

When you practice these three steps regularly you will more easily identify what motivates you, and once you do you can apply this on all areas of your life.


I can see clearly now

I can see clearly now! Can YOU?

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way”
Johnny Nash

Like the idiom ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’, sometimes we just can’t see things clearly because we are guilty of often over-analysing. Why? Because we are too closely involved.

What do we do? Carry on doing the same! Groundhog Day!
Is this you?

  1. Taking on too much
  2. Not feeling in control
  3. Expecting too much of yourself
  4. Putting too much pressure on yourself

Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly

Torin Rush
Sometimes when you feel ‘stuck’ you just need to be able to go through things with someone who can get you ‘unstuck’, helping you decide to make a change in your life, work or business. This is where working with a business coach / mentor or life / personal coach can help.

It is helpful sometimes to think of someone you admire, and think of what they might do. This might help you clarify what you need to do and when, for example, which action leaps out to you that you need to do today, tomorrow, next week.

It is helpful to review what prevents us from completing our actions, writing down what we achieved instead of doing our action! This helps us see where we went wrong. Prioritising what we do is easy to say but sometimes hard to do. Planning the week ahead and reviewing the week gone is a great way of keeping us focused.

Most of what we do is habitual. Reviewing what we need to start doing and stop doing, so we focus on habits that benefit us, and stop doing those which continually slow us down or stop us. I encourage clients to look back and think about what they would choose to do if they had the choice to go back and start again to help re-focus on moving forward more efficiently and positively.

Here are TEN steps to help you see clearly now:

  1. STOP! Just for 15 minutes or so each day
  2. Sit back and think about what’s going on right now
  3. Write down your problem or perceived obstacle or challenge
  4. Think about what your ideal outcome would be for you
  5. List your options for developing solutions for the way forward
  6. Make a list of what you need to do over the next few days or weeks
  7. Create boundaries for yourself so you don’t take on too much
  8. Make changes to develop a routine in your work and personal life
  9. Start a journal describing how achieving your goals will make you feel
  10. Imagine your issue is resolved and your goal is achieved

When you can’t see the ‘wood for the trees’ and you are not feeling as motivated as you know you want to be, then work on celebrating your biggest achievements that you are most proud of – and remember why you started.


Just Do it!

Just Go Do It!

You might say this is easier said than done! After all we are our own worst enemies aren’t we? SO, how can we keep motivated and focus on the positive rather than the negative?

I think we’ve all heard the saying, to be successful surround yourself with successful people. It figures that to be or keep motivated be around motivated people – believe it or not – it does rub off!

So what can you do about it?

  • Start with you!
  • Do you like what you are doing?
  • Are you doing what you want to do?

Six Great TIPS to get you started:

  1. Take small steps everyday looking forward NOT backwards
  2. Think positively – Develop your own personal positive affirmation and put it where you can see it – and say it!
  3. Don’t over analyse or overthink things
  4. Focus on the positive not the negative – focus on what you did well NOT what you did NOT do so well
  5. And lastly! Believe in yourself!

You can do it – Just GO do it!

6 TIPS to get you started:

  1. Start with you! – Do you like you? Do you like what you are doing? Do you think you are doing a good job? Are you doing what you want to do?
  2. Determine your purpose or goal
  3. Think positively
  4. Take small steps
  5. Look forward
  6. Develop your own positive affirmation and put it where you can see it – and say it!
  7. Don’t overanalyse or overthink things
  8. Believe in yourself
  9. Focus on the positive not the negative – focus on what you did well NOT what you did NOT do so well
  10. Instil positive thoughts
  11. Eliminate negative thoughts (how?)
  12. Plan and Review – Plan for next week – Review last week – adjust and DO it!

The importance of Setting Goals - Mind the Gap!

The Importance of Setting Goals – Mind the Gap

The Importance of Setting Goals – Mind the Gap

Tony Robbins quoted: “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

As business owners, we are often ‘Jack of all trades’ because we think it will achieve a means to an end quicker and easier, particularly when we have deadlines to meet and goals to achieve – but does it?

I’m a great believer in seeking help, advice or guidance from those people who can provide us with their expertise in areas we are not so strong in. It’s not a sign of weakness, but instead a sign of strength!

We all have strengths and weaknesses and expertise in our own field, but likewise we also have gaps in our knowledge and expertise – so mind the gap!

I am sure, like me you seek advice from those ‘experts’ below for advice at some point in our lives and sometimes more than once!

  • Legal – lawyer
  • Insurance – Insurance Advisor
  • Mortgage – Mortgage Advisor
  • Fitness – Gym Instructor
  • Finance – Accountant

But WHOM do you seek advice or guidance from for your business?

Particularly when like most of us this is our main source of income!

Is this you?

  1. Do you have your own business?
  2. Is your business your main or only source of income?
  3. Does your business pay for your biggest expenditure?

AND if this you?                        

  • No work-life balance
  • Having ideas but no goals
  • Feeling over-whelmed or stressed!

AND if this what you want and need?

  • Clear on work or life purpose
  • More confidence
  • Improved work performance
  • Better time management
  • To achieve your goals

If you answer YES to most of these questions, then consider reaching out to a business coach or mentor.

Mind the Gap and reach out to those who can help you achieve your goals so you can get on with what you are good at by helping others in your area of expertise.

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Ten Steps to fulfilling your Goals

The Importance of Setting Goals – 10 Steps to fulfilling your goals

The importance of Setting Goals – 10 Steps to fulfilling your goals

Happy New Year to you all! Here’s hoping for a prosperous and healthy year ahead..

This month’s theme is The Importance of Setting Goals

So.. just to wet your appetite follow the 10 steps below..

10 steps to fulfilling your goals

  1. Decide what you want
  2. Decide when you want it
  3. Decide why you want it
  4. Have a burning desire for it to happen
  5. Decide what you will invest to achieve your objective
  6. Use your imagination to create what you want
  7. Create a plan
  8. Use all the resources you can find
  9. Eliminate self-doubt
  10. Expect your goals to be met

And Remember…

  • Be clear about exactly what you want
  • Set short, medium and long-term goals
  • Commit yourself totally


Write your answers to the first three questions – just to get you started…

Good luck!

Are you doing enough to promote your business?

Are you doing enough to promote your business?

Well all it takes is having a great elevator speech using just 25-35 words and 30 – 60 seconds!

Here are 10 tips to think about when developing your elevator speech….
1. It’s not about what you sell or provide but what you do and why you do it
2. Know your outcome – make it interesting so people say ‘Tell me more…’
3. Add an emotional benefit
4. Start with story; humour; news NOT your business ‘spiel’
5. Highlight a problem you can help your customer or client solve
6. Quantify your success by adding evidence of the benefits
7. Explain the situation and illustrate the problem customers or clients are facing or may face
8. Explain the impact of the current situation
9. Reach a resolution – explain how you will solve their problem
10. Focus on benefits NOT products and services (WIIFM)

If you are interested to attending the next Elevator workshop please see below – Public Speaking Workshop – Wednesday 09 November, 10am – 1pm, Styx and Stone, Belfast.

Is the fear of public speaking hindering you from effectively promoting your business?
Well all it takes is speech coaching, it’s just making the commitment to face our fear and move out of our comfort zone!

Here are 10 Tips for successful public speaking..
1. Know your material – make sure you always know your subject thoroughly; research well
2. Practice, practice, practice – practice in front of the mirror or record yourself on your phone
3 Know your audience – ensure you are pitching your presentation at the right level
4. Know the venue – check out the room beforehand if you can so you will feel more comfortable
5. Relax – keep positive thoughts before you start, breathe, pause regularly, and smile!
6. Imagine yourself giving a great presentation – give yourself a boost by imagining yourself giving your speech confidently
7. Know that the audience does not want you to fail – your audience will be interested and will be understanding of your nervousness
8. Never apologise – you will notice what you didn’t include or forgot to mention; the audience will never even notice!
9. Concentrate on your key message or call to action – what is the one thing you want them to take away; remember the last thing you say is the main thing they will remember
10. Build confidence through practice – the more you practice the easier it will become, take every opportunity to present, volunteer when you can

can you picture your new beginning now

Does Your Business Need To Change?

Take the temperature test for your business…

If you answer NO to more than three of the following questions, then it’s time to seek help to improve your business. Four free tips below:

  • Is your business’s current situation your desired situation?
  • Has your business had time to regroup since its growth?
  • Is your business growing too quickly?
  • Is your business committed to improving how things are done?
  • Are you are getting the most from your team, colleagues or partners?
  • Is your business working as smart and efficiently as you would like?
  • Are you in control of managing change?
  • Could your business work without you?
  • Are you proactive about initiating this?

Being in control of managing change and doing this at the right time has to be better than waiting until things are starting to go wrong. But when is the best time and how do we make time?

  1. Recognise Potential Barriers to change
    • Negativity and cynicism
    • Lack of financial or human resources
    • Lack of input from your team, colleagues or partners
    • Lack of skills and knowledge
  2. Seek independent advice from a business consultant
    This can assist with the successful transition to change to evaluate where you are, and where you want to be, and giving you the tools to make the right things happen in a positive way and at the right time.
  3. Possible solutions to change management can be:
    • Finding quick wins to make a difference
    • Finding ways to work more efficiently
    • Finding practical solutions to problems
    • Creating real results and positive outcomes
  4. Go to Seminars
    While one on one consulting is beneficial to all businesses, seminars can be an affordable way to gain a pathway forward.If you are interested to learn more about Creative Change Management Business Seminars please contact

What is life coaching all about?

Life Coaching! What’s it All About Then?

So often I watch people’s eyes glaze over with the mention of life coaching, business coaching or personal coaching because I recognise people either wonder what it’s all about or how can coaching of any kind help them. Invariably I’ve heard people say “I don’t have time….” or “yes I would like to have coaching soon…”

If not NOW when?

It’s interesting that in the sporting world, a tennis player not having a tennis coach or a football player not having a football coach would be unheard of, but for the most part, if you ask someone if they have a life, business or personal coach, they would probably answer no!

So why is that? Why do we feel that not having a coach is the right thing? Why do we feel that we don’t need one? Why do we feel that it’s not the right time now? Why do we feel, we can manage, and trudge on regardless?

Well I feel the reason why I believe most people haven’t considered coaching, and that is in many cases, people don’t understand exactly what it’s all about, or don’t feel they need one, or that they are managing perfectly well, thank you very much…

So let me ask you these questions:

  • Do you have personal or business goals?
  • Do you even know what your goals are?
  • Have you written your goals down?
  • Do you know the steps you need to take to reach your goals?
  • Do these goals have clear and achievable timescales and deadlines?
  • Are you on your way to achieving your goals?

Someone recently said to me “I have dreams not goals” without realising that with a little bit of determination dreams can become a reality, YOUR reality.

Some say things like “just put your goals ‘out there’ and they will happen”, BUT unless you take active steps they never will. We all have to make them happen.

Someone once said “A goal is a dream with a deadline” You can make your dream a reality.

So.. what’s is life, personal or business coaching about then?

10 Top Reasons Why Life Coaching works.

  1. Helps you find your own answers and solutions using your own resourcefulness
  2. You receive support in a positive way
  3. The focus is on your individual needs with the ultimate goal being to achieve results
  4. Provides guidance pointing you in the right direction to find your own way to success
  5. Sessions are motivational and inspiring
  6. Helps you to apply positive tactics to become self-reliant
  7. Enables you to develop your own self-belief
  8. Identifies obstacles or barriers blocking your road to success or self-fulfillment
  9. The experience is empowering and inspirational – you walk away feeling better about yourself
  10. You gain a clearer picture of your situation, where you want to go in your life or career

A client recently said to me: “Your skilful advice and encouragement is giving me tools to change my life significantly.”

So what are you waiting for?

You can help you change your life by working together to make a difference

Success Factor has affordable packages for you right now.

Start making a difference in your personal and business life now