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  • Why are you as good as you are?

    How positive are you about yourself, your skills and strengths? Do you truly believe in your own ability to reach your full potential in a way that’s meaningful to you? Most of us could sometimes give a positive answer to those questions but also have times when we wouldn’t. A popular way to develop self-belief and confidence is regular use of affirmations, positive self-statements. You might say something like: ‘I have what it takes to achieve the success I want and deserve.’ When you say it repeatedly and really mean it, you can start to believe it. But why do you ...

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    It’s a funny thing…

    How often and easily do you laugh or smile? What kind of things make you do that? Who are the people you like to laugh and smile with? Laughter is so good for us and yet it sometimes gets lost in the daily round of work, eat, sleep, etc. Humour is around you in your everyday life if you’re open to seeing it. List the things that make you laugh and do more of them. Recall incidents that really made you laugh. Make time to be with people you like to laugh with and to do those things that have you laughing. People working on the sharp edge of humanity often share a humour ...

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    It’s just your age – or is it?

    Do you find yourself accepting your age as the reason for some kind of reduced functionality? It’s generally accepted in western culture that our physical functionality declines with age. Reduced hearing, short-sightedness, prolonged recovers from injury, memory loss, to name a few. But are they only due to age? What if there was something you could do about them? When you accept that your reduced functionality is due to age, you’re limiting your belief about what’s possible. For each of those issues, someone somewhere will have followed a particular regime and ...

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    Whose values do you live by?

    Where do your values come from and why are they important? Take a step back to consider the values that really matter to you, and why. Have you adopted values from your family, community or culture without question, or have you sought out communities that share yours? It’s so easy to tag along behind other people’s values and adopt them as your own without much thought. What’s happened in your own experience to create or support your values? What emotions surface when you witness behaviour that goes against them? What about the values of the organisation you ...

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    How qualified are you?

    How important are qualifications to you? What counts as a qualification? Beyond any legal requirement for recognised qualifications, do you value higher qualifications over experience or vice versa? Like me, you probably want your GP and your dentist to be qualified, but what about your therapist, your gardener or your general assistant? Do you value track record over qualifications? Do you go on your own intuition when deciding who to work with? What about you? Does your credibility depend on your qualifications or do most people buy from you on trust, intuition and your ...

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    It's all in the timing

    When’s the best time to have a challenging conversation, for you and the other person? Taking care to pick the best time can make a huge difference to the outcome so it’s definitely worth doing. Consider these points for both parties: When are you at your best?When are you likely to be undistracted?What are you doing before and after the conversation and how might this conversation impact that? When someone catches you unawares to discuss a potentially difficult topic, where possible buy yourself some time. Asking them to come back when you’re less busy or have had time ...

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    Will the real you stand up

    Does your online profile match the real you? Does it portray you in the way you want to be perceived? Does it say much about you at all? Social media is such a key way for your prospective clients, leaders or employers to find out about you – so what would they find out? How recently have you updated your photo or meta description? What impression would you want them to give and how does that reflect the real you? Think of 3 things you want to be known for and how you can convey that? How can you add value? What are your core values and how well do they come through? If ...

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    What would you say?

    What would you say if you were asked to give a talk – tomorrow, next week, in 2 months’ time? If your answer would be ‘no’ to any of those, why? What does that say about you? Does it give the impression you would want to give? To help you rethink that, here are some reasons to say ‘yes’: Speaking is an opportunity: To demonstrate your expertiseFor prospective clients to get to know youTo demonstrate what makes you different from others in the same field If you say ‘no’, those opportunities will go to someone else. Saying ‘yes’ indicates your ...

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    How can you make a wider impact?

    Do you let short term discomfort stop you from achieving long term fulfilment? And what are the stories you tell yourself to hold you back? Is there something you want to achieve but are worried about what people will think of you for going for it? If you want a promotion, do you worry about being accepted at that next level? Will people think you’re out of your depth to even apply? Will you be seen as the skilled professional you are or will you be dismissed out of hand? It’s these kinds of thoughts that can hold you back from taking the next step in your career or business. We...

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    Levelling out the gender playing field

    If you’re in one of the key industries or professions where most of the leadership roles are filled by men, even though there may be a more equal number of men and women at the recruitment stage, you’ve probably wondered why that is. You may also have identified some of the reasons behind this: Less women apply for promotionMore men demonstrate leadership potentialWomen often don’t demonstrate sufficient assertiveness to be an effective leaderMen are more willing to share their ideas at meetings. and so on. Have you, though, ever thought about the reasons behind those ...

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