Silence really is a killer

I have certainly missed my blogger friends over the past month or so but you will be pleased to know that I was distracted with a very good cause!

Ticking off my bucket list which included my long awaited project, self-publishing my very first book.  I can safely say it is now out there for the world to read. Wow what a journey it has been and a great reminder to anyone out there hesitant to turn their dream into reality due to the fear of the unknown, unless you give it a crack, you will never know!  So get out there and give it a go.

Equally if you would like a copy of my book, naturally titled: Challenge the Status Quo please go to: http://www.vividpublishing.com.au/challengethestatusquo/

Or if I can be of any assistance in helping you achieve your goal of self-publishing your book, please reach out!  I would love to hear from anyone who has gone through the process of self-publishing a book and what their experience was like.  Any tips you might give me going forward would also be highly regarded.

Here’s to stepping outside your comfort zone and reaping the success you deserve!

Have a great week.

Lilianna

Don’t let a system beat you!

Regardless of the obstacles before you, do not let a system stop you from achieving your goals.

A system is only as good as the next person who comes along with a strong belief and determination to challenge it. By challenging it, they change the course of not only their destiny but the destiny of those around them. As a society we do our best to adapt to the various systems implemented either by our governments, organisations or individuals. Some with good merit and others with odds that just don’t stack up or are out of our control, such as the forces of nature. However what I don’t believe is that a process cannot or should not be challenged, just because those in authority made it so. So why do most people settle for “sorry but we can’t help you” routine? Because most people:

  1. Would rather walk away from a confrontation.
  2. Give up too easily and settle for the status quo.
  3. Lack confidence to challenge a system – due to lack of knowledge/information or prior experience/exposure.

What we all need more of is confidence, the belief that we can change the outcome. Whether it’s to buy a new car or home, improve your health, get that dream job or change careers. We might have to tackle a system from several angles but as long as we are determined to see it through, we will succeed in challenging the status quo and achieving our goals.

As W. E. Hickson famously quoted: if at first you don’t success, try, try, try again.

There is no time for second guessing

Regardless of the obstacles in front of you right now…. this very minute, all you need is HOPE.

Hope will ignite your passion in your darkest hour. It will keep you focused and determined. It will make you challenge the status quo in order to break those obstacles to smithereens!

Don’t waste your time second guessing a dream just because others may have put limitations on them. Scrap those people, find another avenue and go for it, your time is NOW!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the gorgeous mums around the world.

Have a great week.

Lilianna

The difference between a dreamer and a believer

In a nut shell is a DECISION to ACT and follow through until your dream is realised. If you are feeling trapped by your circumstances and resolve there is no way out, think again as you are taking the easy road. You need to make a decision, decision is the ultimate power. Decide today and give yourself the fuel, the power to move in the direction of your dreams. You owe yourself the opportunity of exhausting every possible avenue, in every shape and form imaginable. When you are at your lowest point, at breaking point, do not quit, hang in there, you can do it!

Goal setting – why it’s so important

Once an idea comes to mind, the importance of goal setting is the difference between dreaming and truly believing in your vision, by following through with an action plan. As the saying goes Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor are ideas. Simply dreaming up an idea is not going to bring it to fruition. Your willingness and determination to break the idea into small achievable goals is what’s going to make you a winner. If you truly believe in your vision, then decide today to set some realistic goals into motion and turn your idea into reality.

To give you a head start try using SMART goals:

Specific: what is it that you want to achieve?

Measurable: unless you can measure it, it will be forgotten. You need to track progress in order to see how far you have come and by when you are going to achieve it.

Achievable: needs to be reasonable. You need to articulate a realistic road map to achievement. Remember to focus on meeting expectations. If along the way you exceed your expectations, that’s a bonus.

Relevant: needs to be relevant to your idea. Don’t detract from your vision, stay focused.

Time framed: you need to put a deadline on your idea, in order to ensure a disciplined approach. Goal setting is no different to a performance review, its all about planning, implementing and evaluating so as to improve next time round.

How to ensure you nail your next performance review

Here are some useful tips to ensure you shine for the big judgment day:

  1. Invest the time in your performance review. You need to be well prepared. Take the time to reflect on the highs and the lows as they are equally important for your development going forward.
  2. Stay calm, don’t allow your boss to throw you off line….remain professional by showing great poise and integrity.
  3. Speak with confidence and conviction about any aspect you wrote down in your review.
  4. Ensure there is enough two-way dialogue….remember it’s not just about you getting feedback but also you asking questions.  Be sure to seek examples from your boss on where they thought you were a strong performer and visa-versa. This ensures transparency and avoids ambiguity.
  5. Don’t be afraid to challenge an opinion and/or judgment, especially if you have ample material to back yourself up.
  6. Don’t forget to seek independent feedback from both internal and external stakeholders as this will back up all the positive work you have done throughout the year as well as corroborate your strengths.
  7. Make sure you are aware of your weaknesses so that you are well prepared to counteract these against your strengths.