Jumpstart Your Thinking

Over the next couple of weeks we are gonna dig deeper into understanding thoughts. How do we think what we think!! Where do thoughts come from?

James Allen was an author is the early 1900’s – 1902 is when he wrote “As A Man Thinketh” and this book has been instrumental in launching the entire self improvement industry!!! So today we go the Source and study some great thoughts and over the next few weeks i will send you a thought per day to think about!!

As a Man thinketh, so is he!!

The Wisest King that ever Lived!! King Solomon

A man is literally what he thinks, and his characters is a sum total of all his thoughts!!

Have you ever took the time to understand what are you thinking about. We spend so much of time in our own heads, and there is this inner chatter going on a mile a minute, whether or not you are aware of it, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

What are thoughts on this statement?

10 Qualities of an Entreprenuer !!

The 10 Qualities Of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Wondering if you have what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur? New research from Gallup offers a window into what separates those who launch and grow successful companies from less successful peers.

Gallup studied more than 1,000 entrepreneurs to arrive at a short list of the 10 qualities of highly successful entrepreneurs. 

Having spent much of my career talking with and writing about entrepreneurs, I have to say this is the best list I’ve seen of this kind. Here are the traits. Do they match your own?

1. Business Focus: They base decisions on the potential to turn a profit.

2. Confidence: They know themselves well and can read others.

3. Creative Thinker: They know how to turn an existing product or idea into something even better.

4. Delegator: They don’t try to do it all.

5. Determination: They battle their way through difficult obstacles.

6. Independent: They will do whatever it takes to succeed in the business.

7. Knowledge-Seeker: They constantly hunt down information that will help them keep the business growing.

8. Promoter: They do the best job as spokesperson for the business.

9. Relationship-Builder: They have high social intelligence and an ability to build relationships that aid their firm’s growth.

10. Risk-Taker: They have good instincts when it comes to managing high-risk situations.

In another study of 111 entrepreneurs in Nebraska, Gallup deduced what helped the successful ones outdistance the others by 22 percentage points in year-over-year profit growth. In this case, Gallup  found that the stars were more likely to do things like (1) clearly explain the competitive advantage of their offerings to their clients, (2) keep customers in mind when making decisions about pricing and product or service development, (3) spend more time planning for growth and linking employees’ responsibilities with company goals, and (4) to fit employees into roles that suit their strengths and the company’s plans.

What if you are weak in some of these areas? Can you still make it as an entrepreneur?

Citing research showing that entrepreneurship is between 37% and 48% genetic, Gallup’s conclusion is that entrepreneurs with a natural gift for things like opportunity spotting will find it easiest to succeed but that others can compensate somewhat for a lack of inborn talent through efforts like working with coaches and getting technical assistance. And, of course, factors like skills and experience also play a role in entrepreneurial success.

One thing that struck me is that most schools are not set up to encourage kids with these entrepreneurial qualities to flourish. I have spoken with  many, many entrepreneurs who said that school was a miserable experience for them and that, unable to sit still at their desks doing worksheets and the like, they felt they had driven their teachers crazy. That’s a shame, given that entrepreneurs contribute so much to American culture and ultimately create jobs for so many of their peers.

It would be exciting to see more schools recognize entrepreneurial talent early and to find ways to let future business creators flourish. A test like this could be the first step toward figuring out how to do that. Meanwhile, it’s likely to be very useful in helping many adults plan their next career move and determine if entrepreneurship is a good fit.

Join me as we kick off our Entreprenurial Think Tank this month!!!

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Yearly Review

Most people are passive spectators of their lives, watching their lives unfold one day at a time. When they were younger they had dreams of travel, dreams of living a fabulous life, but as the realities of life sets in – disappointment, disillusionment and discouragement also set in, and those beautiful dreams get shelved. Many people are living discouraged and disillusioned at what went wrong.

Do you have Plan for your Life?

Do you live everyday with Intention? Are you in the driving seat of your life?

Do you live Intentionally for every area of your life?

Most people are passive spectators of their lives, watching their lives unfold one day at a time. When they were younger they had dreams of travel, dreams of living a fabulous life, but as the realities of life sets in – disappointment, disillusionment and discouragement also set in, and those beautiful dreams get shelved. Many people are living discouraged and disillusioned at what went wrong.

It happens to the best of us, and while one day we lose track of those dreams, we end up living in a sea of ordinary, a sea of the mundane, a sea of monotony and we await the day we can get a release from this and it usually only happens when we retire. But waiting for life it happen is no way to live life. Waiting for tomorrow to be our best days, is no way to waste the today’s we are given.

Time is our most precious resource.

In order to live a life of magnitude and direction we need to have a Plan, or a Map….

A Life Map that is unique to you, that helps you stay on track with your dreams when life gets chaotic. Maps help us get back on the path of our intended destination.
In this e-book, I will share with you a step by step plan that you can use yearly to make sure you are living your best life. I am convinced it is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure that you are living a life on purpose, achieving what matters most-in every facet of your life.

This E-book is a tool for self-reflection, for introspection and for inquiry….

“Learning to Pause allows growth to catch up with us” John C Maxwell

This tool will help you reflect on your life and see the Life Markers that become Life Makers….Life markers are important events, people or places that identify a time of transition, change, or transformation. If we don’t take time to pause and reflect, we can miss the significance of such events….Reflection allows those experiences to move from being life markers to life makers. If we allow the growth to catch up with us, it makes our lives better, because we not only better understand the significance of what we’ve experienced, but we can implement changes and course corrections as a result.

Reflecting on your year

This yearly review is also a great exercise in intentionality and conscious living. It’s a way to slow down, reminisce about your favorite moments, make you sure you take the time to appreciate all the little and big things that were a part of your life in the past year, and also to draw some conclusions about which kinds of things make you happy and which don’t.

This is also a look at your strengths zones and see if your year aligned you with your passions and purpose, which puts you right in the middle of your sweet spot. Aligning your priorities and values around your passions and purpose in life will give you fulfillment and satisfaction that lead to a life worth living.

There are 35 questions that you can use as prompts to reflect on different aspects of your year. Write your answers down or just think them through in your head or talk them over with a friend or your significant other.

The last 10 questions will already get you to think about the year that follows – in this case 2021, but don’t feel like you have to plan out your goals perfectly just yet. Capture any first ideas for next year and then use those as a basis for a longer goal- setting session later on in the month.

  1. If you had to describe your 2020, in 3 words, what would they be?
  2. What new things did you discover about yourself?
  3. What single achievement are you most proud of?
  4. What was the best news you received?
  5. What was your favourite place that you visited this year?
  6. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
  7. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
  8. Which new skills did you learn?
  9. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
  10. If someone wrote a book about your life in this year, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
  11. What was the most important lesson you learnt this year?
  12. Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
  13. Which 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
  14. What was your biggest break-through moment career- wise?
  15. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
  16. What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?
  17. What little things did you most enjoy during your day- to-day life?
  1. If you had to describe your 2020, in 3 words, what would they be?
  2. What new things did you discover about yourself?
  3. What single achievement are you most proud of?
  4. What was the best news you received?
  5. What was your favourite place that you visited this year?
  6. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
  7. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
  8. Which new skills did you learn?
  9. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
  10. If someone wrote a book about your life in this year, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
  11. What was the most important lesson you learnt this year?
  12. Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
  13. Which 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
  14. What was your biggest break-through moment career- wise?
  15. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
  16. What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?
  17. What little things did you most enjoy during your day- to-day life?
  18. What cool things did you create this year?
  19. What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
  20. Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
  21. What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
  22. What experience would you love to do all over again?
  23. What was the best gift you received?
  24. What was the biggest problem you solved?
  25. What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
  26. What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
  27. What one thing would you do differently and why?
  28. What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
  29. What activities made you lose track of time?
  30. What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
  31. What advice would you have liked to give to yourself at the beginning of 2020 and Why?
  32. What new habits did you cultivate?
  33. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
  34. What would people say your biggest contribution for 2020 was?
  35. List 10 things that you are grateful for in 2020!

……Its a Wrap

…. 2020 never to be repeated….

Celebrate it….

Let it go……

Stay Tuned ….tommorrow I will be writing the 10 questions to helps you reflect for the new Year!!

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An Environment Conducive for Growth

When I was much younger, I found myself in a job situation where the environment wasn’t conducive to growth. This frustrated and discouraged me. I had always been focused on growth and improvement. I might not have always had an official plan for growth, but I was continually pursuing  growth. Now I found myself in a place where growth was not just ignored; the environment discouraged it.

Maybe you’ve found yourself in a similar situation. Back then, I could see clearly all around me what a growth environment didn’t look like. But one day, I realized that I had never really thought about what a growth environment did look like. What were the characteristics of that environment? I was eager to figure it out, so I could go in search of one. So I created a list of characteristics to look for in any environment, so that I could be sure it was a place where I could grow. This is what I wrote:

In a growth environment,

1. Others are ahead of you.

Is it possible to grow in isolation? Sure, but not as fast as you can grow with others. And growth happens even more when at least some of the people are ahead of you on the journey. In a growth environment, the accomplishments of those ahead of you encourage and challenge you to do more than you thought you could.

2. You are continually challenged.

It’s one thing to be challenged by the growth of others. That will certainly help you grow. But it’s even better when the job or task itself is challenging. When’s the last time a boring job made you want to grow?

3. Your focus is forward.

“Yesterday ended last night.” This is what leaders of growth environments believe. They’re more interested in conquering the next challenge than worrying about the past.

4. The atmosphere is affirming.

My parents used to say, “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” In other words, in a growth environment, the leader understands that being positive yields better results than negativity. Being affirmed feels good, and it gives you the courage to stretch and grow more.

5. You are often out of your comfort zone.

I’ve often said that you should stay in your strength zone, but get out of your comfort zone. The skills that you focus on growing should be areas where you have some natural ability, as opposed to trying to shore up weaknesses. But that doesn’t mean you should be comfortable. Getting out of your comfort zone happens when you’ve taken on a challenge that’s bigger than you. And that bigger challenge yields bigger rewards.

6. You wake up excited.

No, not every day. Everyone has a bad day sometimes. But overall, in a growth environment, you feel so positively challenged and affirmed that you are eager to get up every day because you expect to keep growing and learning.

7. Failure is not your enemy.

By focusing on solutions rather than blame, a growth environment gives you permission to make mistakes, admit them, and learn from them. Failure is such a big part of growth, that people don’t fear it.

8. Others are growing.

In addition to those who are ahead of you, are the people around you growing? Moving together toward a common goal can be exhilarating, like being on a winning team. In a growth environment, people almost can’t help growing because it’s emphasized and affirmed.

9. People desire change.

Growth equals change. If the people around you don’t desire it, or worse, if they resist it, then your environment is not one of growth. In a growth environment, change is encouraged and celebrated.

10. Growth is modeled and expected.

In a growth environment, the willingness to grow is demonstrated at all levels. Leaders expect it of themselves as well as their people. They hold themselves and others accountable when it’s not occurring. And they celebrate growth when it happens.

Writing my list had a great effect on me. It gave me clarity on my then-current situation, as I became more aware of how it was slowing down my personal growth. It also showed me what kind of situation I needed to look for in the future. Soon afterward, I made a difficult change, getting out of my comfort zone and stepping into a new environment where I could thrive and grow again.

What kind of environment are you in? Is it help you grow or holding you back?

Are you a leader? If so, you can make your organization into a growth environment. Use this list to check your progress.

Are you a team member? If so, you may not have much input into your environment. Use this list to see what kind of environment you might want to be in. If you’re in a bad environment, it may be time to move. If you are not able to move as easily as I did, here’s some good news: you can grow in a non-growth environment. It’s just harder.

Are you a parent? It wasn’t until after I wrote my list that I realized that I had basically described my home environment growing up. My parents did a phenomenal job of nurturing and encouraging our personal growth and learning. Use this list to create a growth environment in your home. You’ll give your children a gift that they’ll use the rest of their lives, as I have.

Personal growth is challenging. It involves mistakes and failure. A good environment certainly makes it easier to grow. But whether you’re in a good environment or not, you can learn and improve where you are.

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Day 9: Jumpstart your thinking

Todays thought is a powerful one. Are you aware of your strengths and gifting. We all have a unique ability in different things. This past season has really revealed the power of thinking ability.

Thinking capacity can be a strength – and the best thinkers know their strengths and work in the strength zone. So what do we do with weaknesses then. We delegate it!! We partner for it.

Let me know your thoughts –

  1. What jumps out at you from Albert Einsteins quote ?
  2. How do you grow your strengths?
  3. What do you do with your weaknesses?

Day 8:Jumpstart your thinking

Listen to Todays Track here

“You Can’t Hire Someone Else to Do Your Push-ups for You” 

As motivational philosopher Jim Rohn has so aptly put it, “You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.” You must do them yourself if you are to get any value out of them. Whether it is exercising, stretching, meditating, reading, studying, learning a new language, creating a mastermind group, setting measurable goals, visualizing success, repeating affirmations, or thinking, you are going to have to do it yourself . No one else can do these things for you. Especially thinking. Society doesn’t teach us to think, School doesn’t teach us to think – most teach us what to think and not how to think!!!

Think about who taught you to think? As a mum to an 8 year i am constantly questioning myself on how do I help my Bella to think for herself – how to contract a good thought, how to articulate her thoughts etc.

Question for today:

Continue with yesterday’s challenge and see how you can change your perspective about beliefs with regards to that challenge!!!

If you had to stand on your head 🙂 what would look different with regards to that problem?

Chat Tommoorow


Day 5:Jumpstart your thinking

Nothing limits achievement life small thinking, nothing expands possibilities like unleashed thinking

William Arthur Ward

Did you know that good thinking isn’t just one thing? IT consists of several specific thinking skills. Listen to todays audio and get the list of thinking principles.


In the past how have you defined good thinking?

What building blocks did/do you think are important in thinking effectively?

See you tommorow

Day 4

An Invasion of Armies can be resisted, but not an invasion of ideas

Victor Hugo

Heres come really good news as you begin your thinking journey: No matter how complicated life gets or how difficult problems may seem, good thinking can make the difference – if you make it a consistent part of your life. The more you engage in good thinking, the more good thoughts will come to you. Success comes to those who habitually do things that unsuccessful people don’t do.

Questions to think about:

1. Where do focus your thinking – on survival, maintenance or progress?

2. What change of thinking can help you move from survival or maintenance or real progress?

Day 2: Jumpstart your thinking

What you sow is what you reap!!! Are you aware of what you are thinking?

What thoughts are you planting in your mind garden?

Listen to todays audio and challenge your thinking

Questions to Think about:

  1. Where in life are you failing to get the results that you want?
  2. What aspect of your thinking might be leading to those results?
  3. What changes can you make to your thinking to produce the results you desire?

Write your answers in the comments below or in your journal

See you tomorrow


10 Human Victories

Yesterday we spoke about the 10 regrets – and i hope you are challenged to want more for your life ! The lost below speaks of 10 victories that can be ours, but it requires intentionality and effort!!! But this what really living is about 😃

  1. You reach your end full of happiness and fulfillment on realising that you are all used up – having spent the fullness of your talents, the biggest of your resources, and best of your potential doing great work and leading a rare-air life.
  2. You reach your end knowing that you played at a standard of concentrated excellence and held yourself to the most impeccable standards in each thing you did.
  3. You reach your end in noisy celebration for having the boldness of spirit to have regularly confronted your largest fears and realised your highest visions.
  4. You reach your end and recognise that you became a person who build people up versus one who tore people down.
  5. You reach your end with the understanding that while your journey may have not always been a smooth one, whenever you got knocked down you instantly got back up – and at all times, never suffered from any loss optimism.
  6. You reach your end and bask in the staggering glory of your phenomenal achievements along with the rich value you have contributed to the lives of the people you were lucky to serve.
  7. You reach your end and adore the strong, ethical, inspirational and empathetic person you grew into.
  8. You reach your end and realise that you were a genuine innovator who blazed new trails instead of following old roads.
  9. You reach your end surrounded with teammates who call you a rock star, customers who say you’re a hero, and loved ones who call you a legend.
  10. You reach your end as a true Leader Without a Title, knowing that the great deeds you did will endure long after your death and that your life stands as a model of possibility.

Lets do this 🚀


How do we live our lives?

Today i am reminded of a post that a mentor shared with me and i thought to share it here. I listened to a song of Toby Mac – its a latest one and he reminded me of this post again.

When we reach the end of our life will we be filled with deep regret for the things we didn’t do or will we feel victorious knowing we have done all we can to make the world a better place for each other.

These are the 10 regrets that Robin Sharma lays out, and I do think they concisely express many of our greatest regrets and fears. I think to truly live an extraordinary life you need to recognize these regrets so you can find a path in life that will help you avoid them. In tomorrows blog post we will discuss the ideas of the 10 Human Victories.

1. You reach your last day with the brilliant song that your life was meant to sing still silent within you.

2. You reach your last day without ever having experienced the natural power that inhabits you to do great work and achieve great things.

3. You reach your last day realizing that you never inspired anyone else by the example that you set.

4. You reach your last day full of pain at the realization that you never took any bold risks and so you never received any bright rewards.

5. You reach your last day understanding that you missed the opportunity to catch a glimpse of mastery because you bought into the lie that you had to be resigned to mediocrity.

6. You reach your last day and feel heart broken that you never learned the skill of transforming adversity into victory and lead into gold.

7. You reach your last day regretting that you forgot that work is about being radically helpful to others rather than being helpful only to yourself.

8. You reach your last day with the awareness that you ended up living the life that society trained you to want versus leading the life you truly wanted to have.

9. You reached your last day and awaken to the fact that you never realized your absolute best nor touched the special genius that you were built to become.

10. You reach your last day and discover you could have been a leader and left this world so much better than you found it. But you refused to accept that mission because you were just too scared. And so you failed. And wasted a life.

With Love


Unblock Mental Blocks

Creativity is about getting in the Zone quickly and more frequently.

Have you ever heard this statement? “I am in the Zone!” or “I just can’t get into the zone!””I need to be in the Zone to write, create, invent!”

I love it when I hear people say: “I am in the Zone, I am in Flow!!! And I usually respond with – please go on don’t let me distract you, because i know from first hand experience how hard this is!!

As a Content Creator for either Radio, my Programmes or Books- gosh I have to be in zone to create! And I am not sure if i am the only one who struggles to get into that ZONE, usually my desk is not the way i need it, or my closet needs a makeover, or I need a vacation or something! I found that the moment I am supposed to get into that creative Zone – I am usually Zoned out! Procrastination sets in and i am left with a few days before I get what i need done.

Now there is reason why – i am thinking something i never thought, i am crating something that hasn’t been created before – and this is hard!!! Most times we are feeling in the dark, so it’s understandable that we look everywhere but within for the answers. So this article is to let you know that I get it and I am sharing my thoughts here to help you move one step closer to that which is seeking you!

So I have adopted a new plan, a new regime and a new strategy and i hope it help you too, because the world is desperate for the gift of who really are, to show up and inspire and challenge….

According to Dr John C Maxwell there are 4 types of Zones we can find ourselves in, I share them here so that you can become aware and then take responsibility for where you find your self:

  1. THE COASTING ZONE: “I do as little as possible”
  2. THE COMFORT ZONE: “I do what I have always done”
  3. THE CHALLENGE ZONE: “I attempt to do what I haven’t done before”
  4. THE CREATIVE ZONE: “I attempt to think what i haven’t thought before”

To which of these do you naturally gravitate to? Do you live in the coasting zone, casually, passively – doing as little as possible? Or do you stay in your comfort zone, avoiding risks?Do you connect with the challenge Zone, where you try new things and willingly risk failure? Or do you try to stretch yourself the furthest by living in the creative zone, where you explore new ideas, seek out other perspectives, and cross bridges i your imagination long before you physically reach them?

As you know my suggestion is to live in the “CREATIVE ZONE”. Entrepreneurs have to!!! Our business success depends on our ability to not only think creatively but also challenge our own limitations or mental blocks! This how we keep expanding our potential. Below are the 7 Mental Blocks that you need to challenge!


It’s wrong to believer there is only one right answer to any question. There are always other solutions. If we believe they are there and we’re willing to look for them, we will find them.


Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Imagination turns possibilities into realities.


Thomas Edison made a great quote “There ain’t no rules around her!” We are trying to accomplish something!” All Industries right now are ripe for Disruption, and I love it!!!


Life is complex. It’s mess. IT’s contradictory and paradoxical. Why in the


Creative people don’t avoid failure. They fail fast and the fail forward. They see failure as learning. They understand failure is feedback. Embracing risk is the key to growth.


To stand up is to stand out. You have to stick your neck out to put your head above the crowd. If others don’t at fist understand or accept you, so what? All the great dreamers looked foolish to someone. How you are perceived by others is less important than how effective you can be.


The mental block that keeps most of us from being creative is believing we don’t posses creativity. By this self-perception is a barrier to talent, opportunity and intelligence. but the truth is that everyone can learn to be creative. The only real block is our disbelief.

“Creativity Thrives when one subject is approached from many difference perspectives”

John C Maxwell

The Creativity Mindset

“The bigger people dream, the bigger they tend to live. And this is without adding God to the formula. When you begin to understand that you are at the core a spiritual being, it begins to make sense why you need the Source of all creativity active in your life to fully live out your God-given potential.

“The bigger people dream, the bigger they tend to live. And this is without adding God to the formula. When you begin to understand that you are at the core a spiritual being, it begins to make sense why you need the Source of all creativity active in your life to fully live out your God-given potential.

How Creative Thinking Can Make You More Successful

  1. Creative thinking adds value to everything
  2. Creative thinking compounds
  3. Creative thinking draws people to you and your ideas
  4. Creative thinking helps you learn more
  5. Creative thinking challenges the status quo

How to Become a Creative Thinker

  1. Remove creativity killers
  2. Think creatively by asking the right questions
  3. Develop a creative environment
  4. Spend time with other creative people
  5. Get out of your box

Creative Thinking Action Plan

  1. Find or foster a creative environment
  2. Do something different
  3. Ask yourself more questions

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Don’t get left behind.

There is a well-known Chinese proverb that says that the wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher. Perhaps at no other time in recent history has adaptability been more important than it is now. Adaptability – the ability to change (or be changed) to fit new circumstances – is a crucial skill for leaders, and an important competency in emotional intelligence.

A 2008 study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, entitled Growing Global Executive Talent, showed that the top three leadership qualities that will be important over the years ahead include:

  • the ability to motivate staff (35 percent);
  • the ability to work well across cultures (34 percent);
  • and the ability to facilitate change (32 percent).
  • The least important were technical expertise (11 percent) and
  • “bringing in the numbers” (10 percent).

As a leader, it is therefore crucial to make a concerted effort to understand people of different cultures, and cultural adaptability has become a leadership imperative.

An example of a leader who epitomizes this prized quality is Robert McDonald, chief operating officer of the Procter & Gamble Company, who has spent much of the past two decades in various overseas postings. In a recent interview, he said: “I did not expect to live outside the United States for 15 years; the world has changed, so I have had to change, too. When you look at my bio, foreign languages are not my best subjects. But, when you move out of your culture, you have to learn foreign languages.”

This willingness to get out of one’s comfort zone, and learn continuously as a way of adapting to changed surroundings, marks a key difference between successful and unsuccessful leaders.

“Adapt to Perish”

HG Wells

As a Coach, one fo the critical factors of my work is to challenge peoples mental Scripts. Because we all work of a mental script -someones our mental scripts become outdated from the real world situations.

Our brain has been and will continue to process in information. It creates mental pathways, programming or “behavioral scripts,” or mental models that automate almost every action that we take. For example, growing up, we build a behavioral script for the physical motions required in tying our shoes. Through practice, this script is eventually entrenched and it ends up making the action so easy and automatic that we never give it another thought. Another example of a behavioral script that we learn is ducking when something is thrown at us. Behavioral scripts simplify our world, make us more efficient and help us move around faster and with less effort. They influence not only our actions but also what we perceive and believe.

Now here’s the challenge -We tend NOT to notice things that are inconsistent with the models, and we tend NOT to try what the scripts tells us is bad or impossible.”

The efficiency of these scripts carry with them a downside: they can divert our attention from important information coming to us from our environment. In other words, the models or scripts push us to disregard the reality of a situation, and dismiss signals because the message we get from our scripts is that we already know about it. So we make decisions about a situation that, aren’t really decisions in the real sense of the word. They’re simply automated behaviors.

Mental scripts may also result in stubbornly clinging to the notion that “this is how we have always done it”, refusing to understand and accept the realities of a new situation. Henry Plotkin, a psychologist at University College in London, states that we tend to “generalize into the future what worked in the past.” So, whatever worked in the past, do it; whatever didn’t work, avoid it.

This is, of course, the anti-thesis of the quality of being adaptable, of being flexible under the influence of rapidly changing external conditions. It can make us rigid, unresponsive to change, and unwilling to learn and adopt new ways, all of which can have an impact on our ability to survive and succeed in the long run. People who score high on the adaptability competency are able to deal more positively with change, and they are able to do what it takes to adapt their approach and shift their priorities.

Agility in Action

Here are a few tips for developing adaptability.

  • When you catch yourself shooting an idea down, take a moment to consider what mental scripts are influencing your behavior. Mental scripts are so automatic that you have to decide intentionally that you want to challenge them, if you want to improve your leadership.
  • Help your people distinguish between observation and inference, between fact and conjecture. Inference and conjecture can be influenced by mental scripts which don’t have a bearing on reality. Be the voice in the room that calls others’ attention to this possibility, and help everyone pause so that they can analyze inferences and conjectures that may or may not be valid.
  • Do you habitually insist on going “by the book”? Is this necessary for every issue? Might you enhance your team’s productivity if you paid more attention to the effect that this might have on the people involved? What would happen if you applied standard procedures more flexibly?
  • Consider that when we push the envelope, and when we intentionally put ourselves in situations that are outside our comfort zone, we grow. Are you trading on old knowledge? Do you need to update your skills? Are you relying too much on your title as the sign of authority? In today’s working environment, surrounded by highly intelligent and specialized knowledge workers, this no longer works. We need to adapt by continually evolving and reinventing ourselves. In “Rethinking the Future”, Warren Bennis talks about the importance for leaders to recompose their leadership style and to continue to adapt: “It’s like snakes. What do snakes do? They molt, they shed their outside skins. But it’s not just that. It’s a matter of continuing to grow and transform, and it means that executives have to have extraordinary adaptability.” This applies to every level in the organization: change or perish.
  • When we are in a position for a length of time, we may tend to become accustomed to the status quo and fail to challenge the process in order to continue to grow and improve. If you left tomorrow, what would your successor do to improve things? Consider making these changes yourself.
  • In today’s environment of complex challenges and rapid change, the ability to solve problems becomes even more crucial.
  • If you want a test to assess your level of adaptability, consider these 4 statements are give yourself score of 1-10.
    1. Openness to new ideas.
    2. Adaptation to situations.
    3. Handling of unexpected demands.
    4. Adapting or changing strategy.

Adaptability is not just a “nice to have competency.” It is a competitive advantage for you, as a leader and for your organization.

So, where does your company stand in terms of adaptability? What do you need to do to keep up with the pace of change, with the increasing complexity of today’s workplace? Long ago, Benjamin Franklin said: “Wide will wear, but narrow will tear.” What can you do today to widen your perspective, to stretch the limits imposed, to extend the scope and meaning of what you do as a leader?

How to Become More Adaptable

So how does one do it?

Learning an adaptable mindset does not come naturally to everyone, but there are methods to increase adaptability that any leader can use and be effective.

  • Think outside the box– Once in a while, you have to shake things up. If you’re not innovating at all and simply following standard operating procedure, eventually those procedures can become outdated and ineffective.
  • Be an early adopter– Being among the first to embrace change can result in the discovery of a helpful technology, system, tool, process or software that can be a game changer for your organization. It can also help make the process of change itself less jarring.
  • Don’t just say no– Being open minded and positive about initiatives will help facilitate change.
  • Plan for the time of the year– One fiscal quarter may not be as busy as the previous one. There are often cycles of activity regardless of the industry. Planning ahead to take advantage of downtime and pursue long-term objectives improves adaptability.
  • It all begins in the morning– Adhering to a morning routine often causes us to create routines and patterns through the rest of our day. Sometimes, it’s important to shake things up in the morning, just to keep that mindset going for the rest of the day.

Business professionals can use these ideas to embrace change and meet the challenges that go with it head on.

Adaptability has to extend beyond leaders, though. Leaders should focus on building adaptable teams around them if they want to succeed in an unpredictable environment. A spirit of inclusion allows leaders to use the insight of the team to identify problems within the organization while drawing on the different skills of team members to find the best solutions.

Find Your Purpose

If you want to be fulfilled, happy, content, and experience inner peace and ultimate fulfillment, it’s critical that you learn how to find your passion and life purpose. Without a life purpose as the compass to guide you, your goals and action plans may not ultimately fulfill you.

How to Discover Your Life Purpose

After working with more than a million people all over the world, I have come to believe that each of us is born with a unique life purpose.

Identifying, acknowledging, and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they’re here to do – and then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.

For some of us, our purpose and passion in life is obvious and clear. We’re born with a set of talents and through persistent practice, we develop our talents into skills.

1. Explore the Things You Love To Do & What Comes Easy to You

We are all born with a deep and meaningful purpose that we have to discover. Your purpose is not something you need to make up; it’s already there. You have to uncover it in order to create the life you want. You may ask yourself, “What is my purpose in life?” You can begin to discover your passion or your purpose by exploring two things:

  1. What do you love to do?
  2. What comes easily to you?

Of course, it takes work to develop your talents- even the most gifted musician still has to practice-but it should feel natural, like rowing downstream rather than upstream. I love to teach, to write, to coach, to facilitate, to train, and to develop transformational seminars, workshops, and courses. I love to bring other leaders together for conferences and to co-create new approaches to our work.

These things come easy for me. Although I invested many years in learning how to master these skills, I loved every minute of it. In other words, work is required, but suffering is not. If you are struggling and suffering, you are probably not living on purpose.

2. Ask Yourself What Qualities You Enjoy Expressing the Most in the World

First, ask yourself, What are two qualities I most enjoy expressing in the world? Mine are love and joy.

Second, ask yourself, What are two ways I most enjoy expressing these qualities? Mine are inspiring and empowering people.

I inspire people with the moving stories that I tell in my seminars and that I write about in my books, and I empower them by teaching them powerful success strategies that they can apply in their own lives.

3. Create a Life Purpose Statement

Take a few moments and write a description of what the world would look like if it were operating perfectly according to you. In my perfect world, everybody is living their highest vision where they are doing, being, and having everything they want. Finally, combine all three into one statement, and you will have a clear idea of your purpose.

Mine is “Inspiring and empowering people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy.”

4. Follow Your Inner Guidance (What Is Your Heart Telling You?)

What if I told you that you have your own guidance system within you that can help you get from where you are in life to where you want to go?

It’s called your inner GPS. Your inner GPS is similar to the GPS system you use in your car or on your phone. It tells you how to get from point A to point B.

When you get in your car and are heading to a specific destination, what is the first thing you input into your GPS? First, it finds your current location. Once it’s determined where you are, it gives you directions to where you are heading.

For the system to work, it simply needs to know your beginning location and your end destination. The navigation system figures out the rest by the use of an onboard computer that receives signals from multiple satellites and calculates your exact position. Then it plots a perfect course for you.

All you have to do from that point on is follow the instructions it gives you to reach your destination.

Decide Where You Want to Go

All you have to do is decide where you want to go by clarifying your vision, then lock in your destination through goal setting, affirmations, and visualization, and then start taking the actions that will move you in the right direction.

With every picture you visualize, you’re “inputting” the destination you want to get to.

Every time you express a preference for something, you are expressing an intention.

A table by the window, front row seats at a conference, first-class tickets, a room with an ocean view, or a loving relationship.

All these images and thoughts are sending requests to the universe.

If you stay out of its way—meaning you don’t interrupt the process with a stream of negative thoughts, doubts, and fears, your inner GPS will keep unfolding the next steps along your route as you continue to move forward.

5. Be Clear About Your Life Purpose

Once you are clear about what you want and keep your mind constantly focused on it, the how will keep showing up—sometimes just when you need it and not a moment earlier.

You were born with an inner guidance that tells you when you are on or off course by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose and will get you to where you want to go.

When you present your goals to the universe with all its powerful technology, you will be surprised and dazzled by what it delivers. This is where the magic and miracles truly happen.

Take some time to think honestly and openly about where you currently are in your life and what you want to do with your life.

What is your financial status? How are your relationships going? How is your health? And so on…

Next, think about where you would like to be.

If your life were perfect right now, what would it look like? What kind of job would you have and where would you be living? By continually doing this exercise, you’ll send powerful triggers to your subconscious mind to help you get there.

6. Conduct a Passion Test

Our Passion test is a simple, yet elegant, process. You start by filling in the blank 15 times for the following statement: “When my life is ideal, I am ___.” The word(s) you choose to fill in the blank must be a verb.

When Janet took me through the process, my statements looked like this:

  • My life is ideal when I’m being of service to massive numbers of people.
  • My life is ideal when I’m helping people with their vision.
  • My life is ideal when I’m speaking to large groups.
  • My life is ideal when I’m being part of a spiritual leaders network.
  • My life is ideal when I’m creating a core group of ongoing trainers who feel identified with my organization.

Once you’ve created 15 statements, you identify the top 5 choices. To do this, you compare statements #1 and #2 to identify which is most important. Take the winner of that comparison and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #3.

Then take the winner of that comparison, and decide whether it’s more or less important than statement #4, and so on until you’ve identified the passion that is most meaningful to you.

Repeat the process with the remaining 14 statements to identify your second choice. Then repeat the process until you’ve pinpointed your top 5 passions in life.

Next, create markers for each of your top five passions, so that you can look at your life and easily tell whether you are living that passion.

Once you know what your passions are and how your life will look when you are living it, you can create action plans to turn your dreams into reality.

7. Think About The Times You’ve Experienced the Greatest Joy In Your Life

Another technique you can use to help you identify your purpose is to conduct a joy review. Simply set aside about 30 minutes and make a list of all the times you’ve felt the greatest joy in your life.

Then look for a pattern among all these times.

Since we know that joy is part of your internal guidance system telling you when you are on course, you can determine a lot about your life purpose from completing this joy review.

9. Align Your Goals With Your Life Purpose and Passions

We’re all gifted with a set of talents and interests that tell us what we’re supposed to be doing. Once you know what your life purpose is, organize all of your activities around it. Everything you do should be an expression of your purpose. If an activity or goal doesn’t fit that formula, don’t work on it.

Aligning with your purpose is most critical when setting professional goals. When it comes to personal goals, you have more flexibility.

If you want to learn how to paint or water ski, go ahead and do so. If your goal is to get fit and lose weight, move ahead with confidence. Nurturing yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually will make you more energized, resilient and motivated to live your purpose on the professional front.

However, don’t ignore the signs that your job or career is not right for you. If you dread Monday mornings and live for the weekends, it may be a sign that it’s time to follow your heart and pursue the work you long to do.

10. Lean Into Your True Life Purpose

Once you have gained more clarity about your purpose, you don’t need to completely overhaul your life completely all at once. Instead, just lean into it, bit by bit.

Start living your purpose a little more fully every day, and pay attention to the feedback you’re receiving from others and in terms of the results you are producing, and also to how you are feeling.

#CRAZYONES: Guglielmo Marconi

Who was Guglielmo Marconi? The story of the man behind radio communications

The engineer, inventor and Nobel Prize winner is credited with the invention of radio transmission.

It’s fair to say that the Italian engineer and inventor Guglielmo Marconi changed how we spoke to each other. Through his work on wireless telegraphy, he invented the first effective system of radio transmission and laid the groundwork for modern global mass communication.

Marconi was born on April 25, 1874, in Bologna, Italy, the son of a wealthy landowner father and an Irish mother. Though not an exceptional scholar, the young Marconi was very interested in science and in particular electricity and radio waves; a neighbour who was a physicist at the University of Bologna allowed Marconi to attend his lectures and also use the University library and laboratory.

Working mainly in the attic of his home, Marconi began working on the idea of sending telegraph messages that didn’t rely on a network of connecting wires. Building on earlier work into radio waves by the likes of Henry Hertz and Oliver Lodge, he was able to develop the first basic wireless telegraphy system.

The Italian Ministry of Posts & Telegraphs was unimpressed, however, and refused to fund further research, so Marconi travelled to London. Here, he was introduced to William Preece, engineer-in-chief to the General Post Office – the forerunner of BT. Preece and the Post Office agreed to support Marconi’s research in the UK and on July 27, 1896, Marconi successfully demonstrated his wireless telegraphy system by sending a signal between two Post Office buildings – one of which is the site of the modern-day BT Centre in Newgate Street.

On May 13, 1897, Marconi sent the world’s first ever wireless communication over open sea, over a distance of 6km (3.7 miles). Over the course of the next few years he continued experimenting, founding the Marconi Telegraph Company and demonstrating his inventions in his home country and in the US.

Then, on December 12, 1901, Marconi sent and received the first wireless message across the Atlantic Ocean, from Cornwall to a military base in Newfoundland, Canada. This was particularly significant as it disproved the prevailing belief that the curvature of the Earth would affect transmission.

He continued to experiment to stretch the range of wireless transmission. On December 17, 1902, a transmission from the Marconi station in Nova Scotia, Canada became the first radio message to cross the Atlantic from North America, and he began to build high-powered stations on both sides of the Atlantic to communicate with ships at sea.

Marconi shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Braun in 1909, in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy. He received even greater acclaim when his wireless system was used by the crew of the RMS Titanic to call for assistance in 1912; Postmaster General Herbert Samuel, said of the disaster: “Those who have been saved, have been saved through one man, Mr Marconi… and his marvellous invention.”

After serving in both the Italian army and Navy during World War I, Marconi continued his experiments. In 1919 he bought a yacht, renamed it ‘Elettra’ and turned it into a floating laboratory. The yacht was the site of his research breakthrough in the early 1920s on shortwave, or high frequency, radio transmission. This finally made long-distance wireless commercially competitive with cable telegraphy and greatly expanded communications possibilities.

In 1920, his New Street Works in Chelmsford – the first dedicated radio factory in the world – was the source of the first UK entertainment radio broadcasts: the first featuring a performance by Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba.

Two years later, regular entertainment broadcasts began from the Marconi Research Centre at nearby Great Baddow, and later that same year, after receiving a flurry of applications for broadcast licences, the GPO opted to grant a single licence to a consortium of leading wireless receiver manufacturers called the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Marconi spent his last years in Italy continuing to experiment with radio technology, being made a marquess by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1929. He died of heart disease in 1937 aged 63; at 6pm the next day, the time of his state funeral, all BBC transmitters and wireless Post Office transmitters in the British Isles observed two minutes of silence in his honour.

In 1943, the US Supreme Court restored some of his patents to other scientists, including Oliver Lodge and Nikola Tesla, though this had no effect on Marconi’s claim that he was the first to produce radio transmission.

Words to Live By!!

Here is a list of my declarations!!

  • Jesus is first in my life, I exist to glorify and serve Him.
  • I love Tony and Bella with my whole Heart and will lay down my life to serve them.
  • Bella loves the Lord, I will equip, nurture and empower her to love God always and toseek her purpose in him and to extend His kingdom in ways unimaginable
  • Because of Christ my family is closer, my body is stronger, my faith is deeper and myleadership is sharper
  • My words, thoughts, imaginations are under the power of Christ
  • I take every thought captive and bring them under the submission of Christ
  • I wake up with purpose, direction and meaning every day of my life.
  • I am disciplined. Christ in Me. I am growing closer to Christ everyday
  • I bring my best and then some. Its what i bring after i bring my best that makesdifference.
  • I love People and believe the best about others.
  • I show Gods Love to every client, mentor co-worker and employee.
  • I am anointed, empowered, equipped and called to reach people far from God
  • I am creative, innovative, driven, focussed and blessed beyond measure because theHoly Spirit dwells in me
  • I am a faith filled, big thinking, bet-the-farm risk taker. I will never insult God with smallthinking and safe living.
  • I will develop leaders. It is not something i do. It is who i am.
  • I am irrationally generous, because God is irrationally generous.
  • God can do more than I ask, think or imagine. God is my defender, negotiator andguide. God does the multiplying, its my job to obey
  • I am lender not a borrower. I give up the things i like for the things i love
  • Its more blessed to give than to receive
  • Joy is my reputation. I speak life
  • Rich happy people are seeking out my services.
  • I am one with God and one with Gods Abundance.
  • I am changing the world
  • I have the same spirit that raise Christ from the dead and i will do greater works thanChrist.
  • I know the Truth and the Truth will set me free.
  • The world will be better and different because i served Jesus today. Day In. Day Out