What makes a champion? What characteristics propel one person to success and another only to mediocrity? Given the same opportunities, what separates the person who rises to greatness from another who struggles? Is it talent alone which defines success? As a coach with over 30 years experience working with thousands of people with vastly different abilities, my experience tells me talent has little to do with success. Instead there are certain success characteristics which are common among every individual who succeeds. Continue reading “A to Z – Characteristics of successful people”
By guest author Arron Hiddleston, contributor at smoothdecorator.com
Inspire and increase productivity
If maintaining peak productivity is difficult in a commercial office, it might seem next to impossible if you work from home. By implementing some simple office design tricks, you can create a work space which will inspire you and increase productivity.
In the digital world, many careers as well as complete industries are transitioning from commercial office spaces to home offices, as the rise of on-demand services grows in popularity.
Whether you’re a work from home freelancer, eCommerce business, writer, designer, lawyer or fitness expert, you’re most likely facing the challenges of maintaining a productive environment when working from your home office. Continue reading “5 office design tricks to increase productivity”
The choices you make are always the right ones in the moment
Have you ever had an “I regret that choice” moment? You beat yourself up for being stupid and you make yourself feel terrible. All of us have made bad choices in the past and you’ll make more bad choices in the future. But you’ll never know it’s a bad choice until after it’s made.
It’s easy to make mistakes in business. But it’s not your mistakes which threaten your success. Mistakes are inevitable. There’s no point having regrets. What matters is how quickly you resolve the mistakes and what you learn to avoid the same mistakes in the future.
I have a perspective about regret. Regret is a pointless emotion. That’s because, every choice you make, is always the right choice for you, at the time. You never set out to make a bad decision. Ever. Whatever decisions you make, are always the best ones for you in the moment. Continue reading “Regret is a pointless emotion”
Lessons for business
Tour de France 2017 started last weekend and it’s one of my favourite three weeks of the year. It’s on the top of my bucket list to take a trip to follow the Tour one day and soak up the atmosphere, the achievements and the excellence. When I watch the Tour, I recognise there are many lessons for business which can be learnt from the athletes. Continue reading “9 lessons for business from the Tour de France”
The urge to please
The urge to please others is in built in all of us. One of the fundamental human needs is to feel loved and feel like we belong, therefore it’s natural to want others to like you and to include you. It’s easy to get stuck in a cycle of saying yes to please others. This cycle is neither healthy nor conducive to happiness. It’s important, as part of the journey to find happiness and success, to learn to say no! Continue reading “When you need to learn to say NO!”
Which of these inspirational quotes is your favourite?
I have many favourite inspirational quotes that inspire me. In fact my Instagram account is packed with every quote under the sun. When I find myself in times of struggle, I call on some of my favourites to push me through. Here are 7 of my favourite quotes that have had a profound effect on my life. I hope they help you. Continue reading “7 inspirational quotes to inspire you to success”
As an expert in business collaboration, I love talking to small business owners and entrepreneurs about collaboration. When I talk about this topic, I find people love the idea of working together rather than in competition. However, it’s not easy for some to come up with collaboration ideas for their business.
Here, I share with you three practical and simple collaboration ideas I have implemented in my own business. I encourage you to give these a try in your own business. Continue reading “3 simple collaboration ideas for business”
Can the pessimist become an optimist?
The optimist and the pessimist. You’re either one or the other, aren’t you? The optimist is upbeat, always seeing the glass half full. The pessimist wallows in self-pity, moaning over their half empty glass. The optimist achieves excellence while the pessimist blames everyone and everything for their failures. Which are you? Continue reading “The glass half full – can the pessimist become the optimist?”
Self sabotage is a very real struggle
Someone once asked me “Why do you always insist on taking the hard road.” I replied, “Why do you assume I see 2 roads?” As a coach and business consultant, I can easily relate to this mindset and I know self sabotage is a very real struggle for many people.
This probably speaks to you if you’re someone who finds it impossible to break out of bad habits or destructive behaviour. You know you’re doing things you shouldn’t but you can’t seem to make better choices.
Running your own business requires an extraordinary level of resilience. There is no room for self sabotage if you want to be successful in the long term. There are enough challenges running a business on a daily and weekly basis as it is. Creating more hurdles for yourself through self doubt and self sabotage is a short cut to disaster.
Continue reading “Why you self sabotage and how to overcome it”