Archive Monthly Archives: July 2010

Creating your own Boilerplate for life

Recently I joined a local business networking group. It’s a good way to get to know other local businesses and exchange a few referrals. It’s also a really good support group for developing your own business strategy. One of the things we all do at this group is give a 60 second review of our business. Some people call this an elevator speech. Previously I would normally make up my 60 seconds on the fly, as I’m quite happy to ad lib and sometimes the pressure results in a few amusing points that wouldn’t have come out in a totally prepared speech.

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Eat that Frog in Action

Do you procrastinate? Of course you do! We all do and that is one of the things that [amazon ASIN=”0340835044″]Brian Tracy’s book “Eat That Frog”[/amazon] takes into account. Sam and Paul talk about their own personal journey after reading the book and review what worked well for them.

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Beliefs: Positive, Negative or Both?

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I tend to do a lot of deep thinking in the shower, and yesterday I found myself mulling over the way our beliefs can shape not just our decisions and behaviours, but who we are as individuals too.

As we grow up, we pick up certain beliefs or ideas about the world that stick with us into adult life – and even if we are aware of them, we rarely question them, simply taking them at face value. Continue reading

3 Great ways to take care of yourself when looking for work

Looking for a new job, especially when you’re already out of work, is a significant period of change which brings additional emotional challenges you will need to cope with. In this podcast, Chris and Paul discuss the critical aspect of taking care of yourself during this stressful time and provide three simple and effective ways to stay motivated, energised and productive while you wait for that dream job to appear on your doorstep.

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The most overlooked part of the success equation

The path to success often means MORE. More health, more money, more time with family, more promotions, more holidays, more ‘more’.

Our society seems to relentlessly push us to want more and need more. “Do more with less” is a common mantra in today’s businesses, cutbacks in staff means to continue on the path of ‘getting ahead’ you simply need to put your head down, nose to the grindstone and work harder. All in the name of more. However, there is another side.

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Know Your Worth

Knowing just how much you are worth when offering skills and services is so important. Paul and Gina discuss how you can stand up for yourself and command the kind of fees you deserve. Don’t undersell yourself!

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Do You Need To Be Right (all the time?)

Human nature being the funny old beast that it is, many of us can relate to the ‘need to be right at all times’ line of thinking. My way or the highway… that peculiarly single-minded, defensive approach when connecting with others.

Closing our mind’s to others’ opinions can actually drive them away. It can also stymie our personal growth and limit knowledge and self-awareness, as illustrated by philosopher Edward de Bono:

‘The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong than to be always right by having no ideas at all.’Continue reading

Get refreshed with a break of routine

It’s rather easy to fall into a trap of repeating the mundane, day after day. Whether that’s in your time at the gym, your commute to work or any other standard routine in your daily life, it can be easy to lose your spark and decrease motivation. However, as Chris and Paul discuss in this podcast, a little change can break the routine and quickly give you a fresh perspective, a new boost of motivation.

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Don’t Should On Yourself

Yes, it’s that familiar twinge of guilt… the nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach, the one subject that’s going to make you procrastinate for sure. The almighty ‘Should’.

Apparently, psychologist Clayton Barbeau gave the world the oft-used ‘shoulding all over yourself’, taken to a more below-the belt conclusion by another couch potato – clearly a big Freud fan – who dubbed it ‘musterbation’.

But whatever moniker you give this feeling, if you’re anything like me, once the dread word ‘should’ enters your brain you have a sudden indescribable urge to do exactly the opposite. Or put it off for weeks, nay months, even years for the more stubborn ‘delayers’ among us.

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