Are you full of good intentions?

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions – I think we’ve all heard of this saying and relate to it, can’t we? Are you someone who is generally undecided unable to make decisions, often sitting on the fence, or are you a typical procrastinator, always putting things off and avoiding those things you should be doing? Or perhaps you are someone who is determined, never tires, always willing to give things a try and never giving up, but often never following through and completing the job? We all know we should set goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timebound), and aligned with our personal values. Our goals should always be written down and kept visible otherwise aren’t they just a ‘wish’ and never likely to be achieved? However, regardless of whether we write our goals down or not, despite our intentions we mainly don’t achieve

Joy vs Overwhelmed

What gives you joy?Do you take time out to do what gives you joy?What makes you feel overwhelmed?Do you spend too much time feeling overwhelmed? Do you spend enough time doing something that gives you joy, and do you spend more time feeling overwhelmed? As a business owner often we enter into this with rose-tinted glasses so we can work for ourselves, earn our own money, be our own boss, work our own hours, however the reality is often this is far from the truth, which is where initial joy can turn to a feeling of being overwhelmed and feeling totally helpless. Here are some tips to work on reducing or minimising being or feeling overwhelmed. Why not take one or two of these from this week’s blog to work on and see how you go, working through the list introducing more each time, remembering to increasing things to do

Are You a (good) leader?

Whether you are an independent business owner, or work for a large business or company, being a leader can be challenging. Leadership can come naturally to some, however for others, this may be something they have to work on. Sometimes it’s hard to know what you can start or stop doing to become a good or better leader and to be more respected and effective. Below are some tips which you might want to consider or incorporate in your daily life to help you become a good leader: Team Members – It’s really important to choose your team carefully and wisely. Ensuring they have the right skill set, strengths, experience and personalities to fit the team, job and role. Being a successful leader is being surrounded by a successful team and team members. Positive Role Model: Being a good leader is about setting a good example and leading by example.

What Legacy will you leave?

You may have heard the story about Jadav Payeng who was called The Forest Man, whose legacy was to plant a tree every day for 37 years becoming a beautiful oasis. An amazing story and living embodiment of the philosophy that one person can make a difference. The Starfish story is another, this one was based on the purpose of my business – working together to make a difference, where a young girl was throwing one starfish at a time back into the sea before the sun came up having been washed up on the shore due a storm the previous night. There are many inspirational stories like these, however, there are many more that go unnoticed where people do wonderful things for others and their communities every day that never seem to get noticed or be remembered for that. For example did you know what Alfred B Nobel was