Happy New Year to all my loyal followers. Thank you so much to those who visited and inspired me over the past year with their awesome contributions by way of feedback and opportunities for improvement. Although we might we worlds apart, it shows you care and share my passion for empowering others to do and be the best they can be.
I hope 2016 is your year to shine and if I can help in any way, please reach out as my goal for 2016 is to empower as many people around the globe to brush fear aside, step outside their comfort zone, give them a confidence boost and achieve their goals for 2016!
How will I do this, you may ask? By challenging the status quo! All the way until each and every person out there reaches their goals.
My motto for this year is be open minded, treat others with a spirit of abundance and expect greatness.
Love to you all
Considering Australia is an aging population we need to divert our attention to what our children really need to learn as they grow into young adults and transition into the future generation of leaders. And that is:
- mutual respect – it’s the only way to build trust. If students, parents and teachers unified and equally demonstrated mutual respect, there is no doubt we would improve the quality of education and the success rate of our graduates. Good old fashioned manners and kind gestures such as good morning, please and thank you can and will go a long way to some basic human kindness, rather than just expecting things to happen. As role models, parents and teachers need to demonstrate that treating each other with dignity should be the number one priority and equally pulling up those who fail to demonstrate it daily.
- resourcefulness – how to be quick-witted and fight for what you believe in. We all make mistakes, even those in authority are not immune to mistakes or poor judgment calls. Children need to embrace challenging the status quo by being resourceful. And by this I mean, doing your research, getting the information and fighting for what you believe in, as opposed to just giving up too easily.
- risk -v- reward – taking responsibility for your action or inaction. Such as, consequences for poor conduct or poor performance. As a society we are becoming far too lenient when it comes to breaching serious legislative obligations, especially when they cost lives. Its time to wake up and take performance management seriously from day dot! This is what builds resilience not a slap on the wrist or “I’m sorry”. Our children need a masterclass in risk assessment and management in order to learn the importance of having controls in place to ensure a brighter future for everyone.
- the value of a dollar – unless our children learn how to manage their own money and start a savings pattern early on in life, they will continue to transition into adulthood without an appreciation for money. Being savvy about your money is the best lesson you can learn at a young age and one that will give you a competitive advantage as you enter adulthood.
My first impression having read the above quote by Oprah was….yeah right, easier said than done! I’d much rather revert to the blame game, feeling sorry for myself or asking the age old question…..why me? After all we are preconditioned to ‘negative thinking’ when you know what hits the fan. So why fight it? Why? Because if we live our lives with the expectation that we will never be hurt or let down, we are going to lead a life of stress and misery. And who wants that? Not me.
The more I thought about Oprah’s quote, the more it started to make sense. Problems (or wounds) created by others, can either make or break us and the experiences shape us into the people we become. Whether for better or worse, problems do create opportunities. Ultimately our attitudes are our driving force in how we choose to adapt and tackle these opportunities in order to help others.
Have a great week!
Organisations in which leaders continuously fail to uphold a united front through demonstrated action and by this I mean stand united in their decision making processes as opposed to voicing their personal biases, will struggle to gain their employees trust.
What does bring strong employee engagement (buy-in) is demonstrated alignment amongst the leadership team through one united voice and consistent language, instead of leadership teams continuously putting each other on the chopping block (dog eat dog mentality).
This kind of approach lacks credibility and influence to bring their employees on board their change initiatives which are supposedly there to better service the customers and the business holistically.
What leaders amid organisations need to realise is that they are representing a company and the company’s ethos and therefore leaders need to park their egos aside and focus on the bigger picture which does not concern their individual biases, especially if they are not in alignment with the company values.
Rather than spending the rest of your days seeking out what other people think about you, you need to shift your focus to embracing your identity in this world. Yes you are unique as there is only one of ‘you’ and what you bring to this world matters a great deal. Having the freedom to be you is a choice well within your power. Being true to you is very liberating, empowering and should not be sacrificed at the expense of others. It’s what integrity is all about. The amount of times I’ve heard the echo of people doubting themselves, feeling awkward, shy or different whether it’s their looks, dreams, ambitions or choices, is astounding. Having the freedom to be oneself in this lifetime is not only beneficial to you but positively impacts others around you as you live, behave and make choices that are in alignment with ‘you’.
Start shining with confidence and live by the unique values that make you…you.
Because it makes us challenge our ideas and offers us an opportunity to improve our work. It’s not always about seeking reinforcement that you are on the right track. You want to be challenged. How else are you going to be able to persuade the other party that your idea is going to work?
Don’t take criticism as a negative, but rather as a positive step towards your goals. Even if you don’t take a single piece of advice on board, at least it made you challenge your ideas and that is a good thing!