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5 Super-Effective Steps for Achieving Success on Your Terms

5 steps for success on your terms

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. – Mario Andretti

Every person you meet is striving for success in some, if not all, areas of their life.

We all want to be successful and most people want more success than they currently have.

What is Success?

Success means different things to different people, however many of us are governed by the image of success portrayed by society and the media.

The Cambridge dictionary definitions of success are:

  • the achieving of the results wanted or hoped for
  • something that achieves positive results

The Oxford dictionary definitions of success are:

  • the accomplishment of an aim or purpose
  • the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status

The Oxford dictionary definition of success aligns perfectly with society’s idea of success – “the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status” – so it’s no surprise that most of us spend much of our life working towards this.

Neither dictionary definition mentions anything about happiness or fulfillment, so why on earth would we associate success with either of these … Read more

Top 5 Places in London to Learn Something New (and Grow Personally, Professionally and Spiritually)

5 places in London to learn something new

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell

Don’t you just love a long bank holiday weekend! Especially when the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

However, no matter how long weekend or how lovely weather, as it comes to an end, many people start to feel anxious at the thought of returning to work.

I know you don’t necessarily hate your job, you’re bored and want to do something different, you’re just not quite sure what. You know you want to do something you enjoy and ideally you’d like to do something meaningful and that makes a difference.

Life feels mundane and you’d like to inject some excitement, energy and adventure.

Attending talks and workshops can be a great way to develop new skills, gain new personal insights and meet new people – all of which can lead to new opportunities, in both your career and life. They can also be fun, enjoyable and a welcome change from your normal routine.

Here are 5 places in London that offer talks, classes and workshops that can help you … Read more

30 Positive Quotes by Women to Motivate Personal Change

30 Positive Quotes by Women to Motivate Personal Change

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir

Spring is well and truly here.

The blossom from the trees makes every day feel like you’re at a wedding and the clocks going forward (in the UK) means brighter evenings. Awesome huh!

April not only marks the start of a new month, but also the end of the first quarter of 2015 and the beginning of quarter two. It’s also my birthday month! Most definitely my favourite month of the year!

So what better time to start making changes?

I’m making some change in my life and I am aware of how challenging personal change can be. Therefore to kick start this new period in 2015, I’m sharing 30 quotes to keep you motivated throughout April.

Although they haven’t begun as yet in London, this month is typically associated with the infamous April Showers, so hopefully these quotes should prevent the weather putting a dampener on your spirits and keep you moving forward with any changes you are making.

1. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

2. “When in doubt, choose change.” – … Read more

5 Places You Can Go For Career Change Inspiration

5 places you can go for career change inspiration

“The future depends on what you do today.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

You’re unhappy in your career and you want out.

You are grateful your career has got you to the position that you’re at – the house, car, savings, holidays, and overflowing wardrobe but it’s not enough anymore.

Material wealth can no longer numb the pain of your dissatisfaction.

You want more. In fact, you need more.

You want to be a contribution. You want to feel as though you have a purpose and you want your life to have some meaning.

You want more time and freedom to make the most of your life. You want to continue to make memories and leave a legacy.

But, you have bills to pay. The job market is still recovering and the cost of living is continuing to increase.

You have responsibilities. You can’t just quit without giving it a second thought. You can’t afford to take a pay cut and you don’t have enough spare cash lying around to retrain or up and go travelling for six months.

Besides, even without the financial constraints, you’re not even sure what you would or could do instead and you have no idea how … Read more

Happiness or Misery? It’s Your Choice

Happiness is a choice you make each day that requires effort and commitment

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama

I believe we are all born happy and that we develop a negative and pessimistic outlook over time.

As we grow up we are taught to be fearful, we learn about all the things that can and have gone wrong and the dangers that life presents.

We are relentlessly bombarded with negative images and messages.

To be happy, we need to be positive and in order to maintain a level of optimism, we have to consciously fill our lives with positive stimulus.

Adopting a positive, optimistic attitude takes consistent effort. It’s hard work and is something that needs to be worked on daily.

I avoid the news, I don’t read newspapers or magazines (other than Psychologies), I limit my time on social media and I am conscious about who I spend my time with.

I avoid people who have a pessimistic outlook on life and who live their lives as dictated by the media.

However, despite my efforts to limit the negative energy that seeps into my life, I still catch myself thinking a multitude of negative thoughts every day.

Fear and pessimism have been … Read more

Celebrating International Women’s Day: 8 Women Who Inspire Me

Celebrating International Women's Day: 8 Women Who Inspire Me

Today is International Women’s Day and if you’re on social media, no doubt you’ll see a constant flow of quotes by prominent women.

Personally, I am normally more inspired by every day women, than by most of the celebrities who are worshiped by the masses. Take the beloved Oprah, she is an inspiration to so many, but Oprah does not make me want to jump out of bed and take on life. She is so successful that I find it difficult to relate to her.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally admire and respect Oprah, her journey and what she has accomplished and she deserves all the recognition in the world, and then some, I just don’t see my story in hers.

With the power of the media, the growth of social media and the accessibility of the internet, many more women are looking to celebrities for inspiration. I think it is important however, not to overlook the every day people in your life who inspire you. I believe they deserve just as much, if not more, recognition as the globally known women.

So this International Women’s Day, I would like to acknowledge 8 every day women who inspire me.… Read more