The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it. – Warren Bennis

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

Lilianna

“Turn your wounds into wisdom” – Oprah

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!

Lilianna

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

Why criticism is good for the soul

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!

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

What makes a great leader

A great leader LEADS BY EXAMPLE through demonstrated action.  Regardless of your leadership style, your role is to EMPOWER (make it happen), ENABLE (provide the resources) and RESPOND (deliver your promise) to your followers.  Anything less is merely a cop-out and lacks clarity, transparency and accountability!