Why Being Grateful is Your Key to Success

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Gratitude. Appreciation, Praise. Thankfulness. Acknowledgment. All of these words when applied make you feel good – so why don’ t we do it more? Why isn’t the whole world focusing on feeling grateful, being appreciative, giving praise, expressing thanks, and acknowledging others? And particularly in the world of business, how come managers need to be educated in praising their staff, employers need to be coaxed into noticing the positive in their team members, and solo professionals like you often completely forget to appreciate themselves for what they are contributing to the world? Continue reading

Addictive Deals vs Good Deals – What Are You Offering?

That’s a good deal! My eyes lit up as I saw an offer for a bar of chocolate for just £1. My hand reached out to take it and put it in my shopping basket. And then I stopped. What was I doing? I didn’t want this chocolate. It was a huge bar, and I didn’t want to have that much chocolate around in the house. Why was I about to purchase it? I put it back.  I took it up again; again, I put it back. Recognising I was dithering I moved away from the chocolate display, closed my eyes and breathed deeply.
What was going on here?

What was going on was an example of the fine line between an addictive deal, and a good deal. Continue reading

How Your Mindset Influences Your Business

People talk about mindset all the time but what do they really mean? It’ s defined in www.freedictionary.com as:

a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations.

Let’s break this down:  if it’s a habit, it’s probably become a habit over time, very likely without you noticing it. This is why when you’re asked what your beliefs are, it’s often a good idea to do some kind of exercise that unearths them, as you’ll be so used to them you won’t even realise they are a belief! Continue reading

Piles of Paper – Friend or Foe?

There are many different kinds of filing systems and one of the most common is piles. Piles of paper that is. Look around your office or desktop (real or computer) now – do you have piles? Do you know what is in them? Can you, with your hand on your heart, say that you can find anything you want? If not, then read on. Continue reading

Do You Love Your Business?

Hands up if you read that title and thought ‘Yuck – all wishy washy, airy fairy, stuff.  How can that be anything to do with business?’  Sadly, this is a common sentiment (because the power of love and friendship in your business can be enormous – if you let it).  Do the exercise below as you read on, to help you become closer to your business in a healthy and loving way. Continue reading