You may have heard of the saying “determination is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it!”? If we were to really consider the word determination and its meaning what would we find? According to the dictionary, determination means the quality of being determined, firmness of purpose – “those who succeed because of sheer grit and determination.” This is all well and good, but how do we find the ability to find resolutions, have resolve, use our willpower, have that sense of purpose and decidedness? Somehow, for us to be determined, we must dig deep inside ourselves and find our mojo. If we were to look on determination being the solution and finding our quality as being the means or the method to achieve our solution, perhaps we would achieve more often. What is it that makes us successful and full of energy some

Turning the Proverbial Page!

There’s various writings about moving forward, being creative, not being stuck, not being afraid of trying new things, but sometimes it’s just too hard or frightening to contemplate doing anything other than what we’re doing right now, and that’s how we get stuck a rut! Let’s focus on our fears of trying something new and what it is that makes us feel safe staying doing what we’re doing, doing something that often we don’t enjoy doing or fed up doing! What is it in our psyche that gives us the unreal feeling of the metaphorical protective blanket keeping us safe, like when we’re fearful as children hiding under the bed covers or under the bed. Who says we’re safe now? Who says things are always going to remain the same even if we want them to? There’s a saying “Never be afraid to start over. It’s a chance to rebuild

What Value Do YOU Place on YOU?

It’s interesting when we talk about the value of something, we can either be talking about value for money i.e. getting what you pay for, or the value we receive from something that benefits us emotionally rather than financially or practically. Today I wanted to talk about the value we place on ourselves and our businesses. I don’t know about you but when I had my own business the first time I hated having to ‘ask’ someone for money and felt bad ‘taking’ money from people for my services, particularly when I started out, as I didn’t feel I deserved to be paid in the early days. When I set up in business a second time, I thought, being older and wiser and feeling more confidence with age (as we can sometimes do), I would find it easier, but no I didn’t! I still felt strange having the ‘money’ talk.

How Badly Do YOU Want It?

Tony Robbins is quoted as saying “Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.” Do you agree with this quote? Does it mean success is living the perfect life? For most of us we are aiming for success and a perhaps perfect or near perfect life. We can do this via the development of SMART goals. Sometimes it’s just about aiming to be worry free! We all know this don’t we? And so why aren’t we all successful in achieving what we want? Why haven’t we achieved our full potential or achieved success yet? If we know what we want and how to go about it, we should realise what we need to do and when, what discipline to use and why we chose it to get what we want. If you know what you

Grateful or Gripe! Keeping It Simple!

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Are you one of those people who are always appreciative of everything you have or are you one of those who complain about everything you don’t have! How grateful are you for what you have, where you are and what you are doing? Or are you one of these people who might expect nothing less! Do you regularly show your gratitude about how things are or focus on griping about how things should be and aren’t?! As quoted by Melody Beattie “Gratitude turns what we have into good enough”. Zig Ziglar said, “The more you gripe about your problems, the more problems you have to gripe about!” As referred to in the Law Attraction, what messages we send out is what is drawn towards us. We might be guilty of taking things for granted, and we do this because it might be what we expect, or have always had, and

Which Pathway Are You On?

Sometimes we just don’t know which way to go, or which path to take. There may be many paths in front of us, and this can feel confusing, particularly if we don’t know which one to take. We are often scared to take the wrong path, but not taking any path won’t get us where we want to be. There’s a great quote by Frank A. Clark which reads “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere”. I think we all know and realise that whichever path we take, nothing is easy, and there are always things that get in the way, and sometimes the obstacles are ourselves. Stretching ourselves outside of our comfort zone can be painful, fearful and often daunting. We need to carefully consider what we do, where we go and when we do it. How can we do this? Perhaps you

What Makes You a Success?

Have you ever properly thought about what the word ‘Success’ means? We know it’s the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, or a favourable outcome or result, and of course we know the opposite of success is ‘failure’, a flop or disaster, in other words a bad outcome. Sr. Thomas Watson has been quoted as saying “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” I found this interesting because now we’re talking about having passion, and this passion playing a key part in us being successful, particularly in business. There is another quote which reads “Success does not lie in ‘Results’ but in ‘Efforts, ‘Being’ the best is not so important, ‘Doing’ the best is all that matters…” Unknown Here, we’re talking about success being us doing the best we can regardless of the outcome. As business owners, we certainly

Sometimes We Just Have One of Those Days!

Have you ever experienced those days when absolutely everything goes wrong; nothing goes right; when you sit down to do some work, your brain seems to freeze, and you can’t think straight? We can all have days like that and it’s hard to snap out of it and try to start again. Wouldn’t it be great if we were like a computer and we could hit the reset button, and everything would be like it was? At the same time, we feel like this, we also seem to feel like everyone is against us; nothing is worth it anymore; what we’re trying to achieve won’t work anyway. And it all just seems to go downhill from there, and we have no way of making it stop! It’s interesting why these days happen and what triggers them. Sometimes it might be something that was said, something we heard or something we

Is LIFE your teacher?

What lessons does life teach us? If we were asked specifically about what life has taught us, what might we say? Having given this some thought and being inspired by a colleague recently who reflected on people in his life that had played a significant part in his learning, he concluded that life was what had ultimately taught him and become the main area of his learning. He felt that the lessons he had learned and the changes he had made were a reflection that LIFE was his teacher more than a person! This led me to think about what areas in LIFE do we learn from constantly and these were two areas I felt were relevant – you may have others: Life Purpose – If we don’t have a purpose in life, goals, aspirations or a vision of where we want to be, what we want to be and

LOOK Where You’re Going!

LOOK Where You’re Going! You may have heard the quote by Oliver Wendell "It is not the position where you are standing, but which direction you are going." This has often made me think about what success means and how we can define it. If we believe that success is not the position where we stand but the direction in which we look, then how do we measure success? From this quote it sounds like success is about how we got where we got, what it took and how we worked it out along the way. Booker T Washington is quoted as saying “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” I believe this more clearly explains how we measure our success in that it’s what we have achieved despite those challenges that