Confused about what direction to take?

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I’ve been sick the last couple of days with a stomach bug which has really caused me to feel a little down as illness can do sometimes.

On top of that, I had a setback with my business that I was not expecting, so I also feel a little disheartened and have been questioning whether I’m on the right track or not.

Should I give up on my business, or should I stick at it?

Is this a sign that I’m not on the right track and should change direction? Or is this a challenge that I’m supposed to face so that I can move onwards and upwards?

In times like this, I often “hear” my intuition, but don’t often listen to it, and as I type this, it’s saying “Keep going! You’re on the right path! This is just a challenge for you to overcome!”…

I suppose most people would give up when faced with the setback I’ve just experienced, but when I really think about it, I have absolutely nothing to lose by continuing on.

I pay a small amount of money each month to receive CDs and books on personal development, and apart from that, I just spend money in my business on things I would buy from other organisations anyway, so it’s not like it’s costing me any more, so I suppose I should continue as I am!

In the meantime, I can learn from my setback and move on. And maybe the reason for this setback is for a higher purpose?? Maybe this was supposed to happen to make room for something bigger and better?

Time will tell I suppose! ūüėČ

So when you’re faced with setbacks in your life, what’s your intuition trying to tell you? What do you have to lose by continuing on your pursuit? If it’s nothing, then what’s stopping you?

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Interview tips – What to do to improve your chances of landing the perfect job

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Those of you who know me, also know that not only do I have a “real” job, but I am also a Life Coach (of course!) a freelance writer, and for a time I was a web marketing consultant. Phew!

So last week a colleague of mine from another floor of the building I work in, called me to tell me about a new position which had my name written all over it!

She emailed the position description and it looks like it was written for me! Every time I read it, I feel more and more excited!

But being excited is not going to land me that job, right?

So here are a few tips to help to grt you and me on your way to landing the perfect job:

  • You need to prepare

This is essential, especially if you have competition going for the same job. There are no prizes for second place!

Grab a notebook and write down five of your most valuable strengths, relating them if you can to the position (often a position description will highlight the type of person they’re after). Are you a hard worker, are you goal oriented, do you work well under pressure, are you a team player?

  • Demonstrate that you’re a good fit for the job

Your interviewer will be looking for the best person for the job, so it’s up to you to prove to them that you meet their criteria.

List the job requirements, point by point, and come up with examples of how you have met each of these requirements – write them all down.

  • Research

Go online and find out as much as you can about the organisation. While doing so, think of any questions you might want to ask about the organisation.

Asking your questions in a way that shows you took the time to do some research will show that you’re keen to learn more about the organisation.

  • Re-read your cover letter and resume

Highlight your past achievements and keep them in mind for during the interview.

  • Dress appropriately

First impressions matter and if you’re not dressed appropriately, you may do yourself out of that dream job.

  • Arrive on time (preferably a few minutes early)

Turning up late is a huge no-no – be prepared.

  • Handling your nerves

I don’t know anybody who isn’t at least a teeny bit nervous during an interview. If you’re anything like me, you’re likely to go off on a tangent, talking a thousand miles an hour! During an interview is the time to try to keep this in check! Take some deep breaths, and think about your answers before giving them.

  • Ask questions

If you have questions along the way (or even if you have thought up questions before) you can ask them during the interview.

  • Answer every question as honestly as you can

Provide complete answers too. Your interviewers are wanting to know if you’re a good fit for the job, so the more “evidence” you can give them (without going overboard) the better.

  • Avoid negative statements about past employers

You may hate your current or previous jobs or employers, but now is not the time to bring that up.

And there you have it!

Good luck!

Passion – The key to being happy in business

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I have several mentors and each and every one of them has proven that to really succeed in business, I must be passionate about what I’m doing.

You’re not alone if you’re one of those people who hears the alarm in the morning, then proceeds to climb out of bed with a feeling of dread, thinking “I really don’t want to go to work today!”.

But not everybody feels this way. In fact, there are people out there who jump out of bed, excited about the day ahead!

I always had a dream of some day owning and running my own business, and I spent many years learning new skills, looking for business ideas (I had NO idea what my business was going to look like!), and I even tried my hand at various types of businesses, with varying success.

But all the while, I knew deep down what I was really passionate about and kind of what I wanted to do, but I was yet to build a business based around my passion.

Let me tell you a little about what really makes my heart sing…

I am extremely passionate about helping people succeed in all areas of life, which is why I decided to study and become a certified Life Coach.

You don’t have to look far to see that there are MANY people in this wonderful world of ours who have overcome the biggest obstacles to become extremely happy and successful in their lives. Many of these people started off with nothing, but they are living proof that no matter what your upbringing was like and no matter what your current circumstances are like, they have the ability to succeed in life.

I look back at my life 15 or so years ago and I can see how far I have come. When my self confidence was at its lowest of lows, there was no way I would have believed that I could be as happy and as successful as I am now. But when I began to build my confidence and self esteem, I was filled with hope and my future suddenly looked brighter.

I knew that there was a better life for me out there. I knew I could be successful in any area of my life if I just believed. Having mentors and coaches to guide me definitely helped me to stay on track too.

And now I want to help others to change their lives, just as my mentors and coaches helped me.

If you have low self esteem or low confidence, I want to help you to overcome this. I want you to start believing in yourself. I want to show you how just changing your mindset can completely change your life. Completely!

The reason I want to do this is because having coached several people from all over the world, I love the feeling I get when I help a client to completely change their outlook on life. What I love even more is that once their outlook on life changes, so does their life – dramatically! I absolutely LOVE the feeling I get when I received an excited email from a client, thanking me from the bottom of their heart for what I have done for them. It’s the warm and fuzzy stuff I adore! :)

The businesses I’ve started in the past, well they may have made me some money, but they didn’t make my heart sing. So I didn’t really apply myself to them in order to achieve great success. And they certainly didn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside like when I’m coaching.

Do you want to know why that is?

It’s because I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing! My other businesses haven’t made my heart sing, I didn’t feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I received a thank you note from a happy client, over time I lost my enthusiasm, and I eventually lost interest.

Being passionate about what you are doing is the key to being happy in business. Working on your business will not be a chore – it will be a pleasure! And you will be more inclined to do what it takes to make that business succeed – because you absolutely love doing it! Getting out of bed will be easy! You will love your life, and it will show to all of those around you!

So what are you passionate about? What makes your heart sing? Could you create products and turn this into a business? Think outside the box – I’m sure you could! ūüėČ

Find a Mentor to Achieve Success

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Are you feeling “stuck” right now, wondering what on earth you want to do with your life, but worried you will be stuck what you’re doing forever because you don’t have any other “skills”?

If you had told me a few years ago that I would some day be offering freelance writing services to small businesses, I would have said you were crazy! ¬†I’m no literary genius and I had never received any “formal” training on becoming a writer. ¬†So this was definitely not something I could see myself doing!

But it’s funny how life turns out…

I regularly wrote articles for my blog and I enjoyed doing this, especially when the topic was something I was really interested in or passionate about.

So along came somebody who soon became my friend and mentor, and who very quickly helped me to realise how much potential I really had when it came to writing for other people!  Very soon I had my own freelance writing business and  I was writing articles for my clients who were located all over the world!

Never in a thousand years would I have thought I could do this Рand the money was pretty good too!  :)

It was a great experience and even though I’m no longer writing full time, I do still have a few clients I write for on a regular basis, purely because I love the topics they want me to write about.

So the next time you find yourself saying you can’t do this, or you can’t do that because you’ve not been formally trained, just remember that you might actually be more capable than you think you are!

Finding a mentor or coach is great, because they can see in you what you can’t see in yourself. They’re great for pushing you beyond where you would have ventured alone too.

If you’re feeling really stuck, a mentor or coach will help you to identify your strengths and ways in which you can utilise them and they’ll be there to keep you accountable too.

Sometimes it’s difficult to stay motivated, but if you have somebody there who’s going to ask you if you completed a task you set for yourself, you’re more likely to do it!

I have many mentors. ¬†Some I know personally and we keep in regular contact so they can “check up” on me and I may have paid them to mentor me or I’ve offered to provide a service to them (such as writing articles for their website) in return for some course material that they sell. ¬†Other mentors have written books, recorded audios and videos or created programs which I have purchased.

So having a coach or mentor doesn’t necessarily mean you have to know them personally and pay them thousands of dollars to mentor you. ¬†But it does mean you need to get out there and work out what you need help with, and source coaches and mentors in that field. ¬†Once you’ve found a couple, visit their website and begin learning!

If you learn just one thing from one of them, then you’re another step closer to achieving success! ¬†:)

Wealth Education – The Best Education You Will Ever Have!

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I am all for continuous learning and I take up every opportunity possible to learn something new – and in particular I like learning about how to improve my financial position, or in other words, how to achieve success. ¬†But I’m not talking about “traditional” learning, where you do a course, sit the exam, then walk away with a certificate and/or a qualification of some sort.

Our world is full of educated people who are suffering financially, so there’s got to be something else out there to show you the way…

I’m talking about wealth education here. ¬†Learning from those who have achieved success against all odds. ¬†The people who are living proof that it doesn’t matter where you are now, because you too are capable of becoming successful just like them. ¬†I think this kind of education is the best kind you can get.

But these educational “events” aren’t just about how to make money. ¬†They’re more about proving to you that if you’re persistent and focused enough, you can also achieve amazing success!

Now THAT is what I love about attending these events! ¬†The stories are so inspirational, and more often than not, the typical story is a story of rags to riches. ¬†I love it! ¬†You don’t have to be rich to be successful. ¬†These people prove this fact over and over again.

But there are a few things you should do in order to increase your chances of becoming wealthy and achieving success:

  • Hang out with people you want to be like. ¬†As the saying goes, “You are whom you associate with”.
  • Attend wealth creation or business related events where you can hear successful people speak about how they achieved their success (visit http://selfconfidence101.com/branson.html for more info about such an event being held in Melbourne Australia later this year).
  • Be clear about what you want in your life. ¬†VERY clear!
  • Remember that to achieve success, you MUST take action!
  • Be persistent, stay focused, and believe you can do it!
  • Get yourself a mentor. ¬†Somebody you can learn from and be inspired by. If you’ve got a really good mentor (I have a couple), they’ll push you to go beyond where you ever thought possible.

I attended my first ever event in 2005 and to say this event changed my life is nothing short of an understatement. ¬†It is because of that particular event that I now have the most amazing and wonderful friends in my life who are not only my mentors, but they’re opened the door up for me to find other mentors too. ¬†I am sooo lucky! ¬†:)

If you’re wanting to improve your financial situation and/or achieve success, investigate what’s happening in your area. ¬†Are there any good speakers coming to town? ¬†Remember, they’re not all business people. ¬†Many talk about the Law of Attraction and other such topics too – all tools used to help you to achieve success.

And if you’re in Melbourne Australia in October, you might see me HERE!

Happy Mothers Day!

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Happy mothers day to all of you mothers out there (I’m not sure if Australia’s the only country celebrating this today, but happy mothers day anyway!)! ¬†A little over 13 years ago I became a mother myself for the first time, and I distinctly remember feeling an amazing sense of unconditional love, for the first time in my entire life.

It was unlike anything I had ever experienced it all, and was so intense that I worried that when my second beautiful angel was born, that I wouldn’t love her as much.

But the moment I laid eyes on her, I experienced that same intense love all over again.

Even though I’ve had my challenges over the years, and although I have a lot of my focus on my career, business and relationships, being a mother to me has been (and probably always will be) the most important aspect of my life. ¬†My children come first above all else. ¬†But I still make time for me!

Being a mother is hard work, and it’s important you have time for yourself sometimes. ¬†We often get caught up in all of the other aspects of our life, and forget that we need looking after too.

So if you’re on a mission to lose some weight for example, but you rarely have time to exercise, then today is the day that you schedule half an hour, three times a week to exercise – just as you would an appointment at the doctor. ¬†If you made that appointment you’d show up right? ¬†So treat your exercise regime the same way. ¬†Book it in!

If your relationship with your significant other needs some work, book him in for a “date”. ¬†Spend some time alone together. ¬†Once you have children, this aspect of relationships often stops happening and things get dull. ¬†Spice things up a little!

If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, such as attend a Zumba class, hike up a local mountain, write your first novel or even jump out of a plane, choose today as the day in which you start planning this activity. ¬†Set a date, find out the costs, work out how you’ll pay for it (if needed) or what you’ll need to get started. ¬†And START!

If you’ve been wanting to return to work, change your career, or improve your skills, start looking at the job ads, update your resume, look into courses, see if your employer will pay for some additional study for you.

Choose today as the day in which you make at least one small improvement to your life! ¬†That’s the first step towards living a life worth living! ¬†:)

Self Responsibility

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Taking responsibility for your current situation can be difficult to do if you feel that everything that is wrong with your life is somebody else’s fault.

Someone with a weight problem might say that they’re overweight because there are too many fast food outlets around that tempt them, or someone in a bad relationship might say that they pick bad relationships because they were abused as a child and they just end up in the same situation over and over again.

It is kind of confronting when someone says that your current situation is 100% your fault, and it took me a long time to really believe this to be true.

No, you don’t choose to have fast food outlets everywhere and you don’t choose to be treated badly, but what you do choose to do is react in the way you do.

For example, there are plenty of thin people who live near the same fast food outlets. The difference between you and them is that they choose not go eat there as often as you do. You can choose to limit your fast food consumption to one day a week.

There are millions of other people who have been abused as children, but they don’t all find themselves in bad relationships.

On the other hand, I was never abused as a child but I found myself in a bad relationship – so what caused my situation? It certainly wasn’t abuse as a child!

If you find yourself in a bad relationship, you can choose to leave that relationship, you can choose to stay or you can choose to work on fixing it (if possible). You can also choose to avoid people who are likely to treat you badly, or you can choose to love yourself so that you can find someone who can love you even more!

Here is another example: I work with people who are constantly whining about where we work, how bad their job is, how terrible management are – but they still continue to work there and they’re not looking for employment elsewhere!

They have three choices. They can continue to put up with a job they hate, they can learn to see the positives of working there and be grateful they even have a job, or they can find a job elsewhere!

Until one starts taking responsibility for their situation they will have a lot of trouble making the changes required to improve their life.

What do I do if I am stuck in a job I hate?

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It takes a lot of confidence to make a career change, although if you are stuck in a job you hate, you have even more incentive to do something about it!

The following tips will help to make a career transition work for you:

1. Don’t put it off. If you really need to make a change, start taking steps towards making that change now rather than later. Putting it off will only prolong the pain.

2. Decide on exactly what you want to do – what are you passionate about? Be aware of the pros and cons of making the career change and what you hope to lose or gain by doing so.

3. Consider the long term benefits and drawbacks of making this change, rather than the short term benefits.

4. If possible, “try before you buy” so to speak. See if you can volunteer part time, talk to people already in that industry or if you’re considering starting your own business, maybe work on it part time until the income received exceeds your main income. Or if you need to do some study prior to starting your new career, consider studying part time. Be careful to maintain a work/life balance, no matter what you do!

5. Remember hurdles are learning experiences, and learn from them!

6. Only share your plans with people you know will support you. Unfortunately well-meaning people will bring you down even though they are trying to protect your interests.

So many people spend years whining about how much they hate their jobs, and so many do little or nothing about it.

This is the only life you have, and only you can make it better than it is now.

Are you considering a career change? What have you done about it?