Guest Writer / Entrepreneur, Mentor and Business Coach
Here's What It Takes To Write A (Great) Book
A common question since I released my first book, Inside Job, is how I put my thoughts onto paper. Did you know, there are around three million business books written each year? That’s a lot of books! With that kind of competition, we can ill afford to write a book (or do anything for that matter) half-hearted. Whatever you attach your name to is a reflection of your brand standards.
Even the best of the best have to make continual improvements to rise above the noise in a world saturated by information.
Since I tend to write from my current experiences and the questions I spend a lot of time addressing, I thought it would be beneficial to share my thoughts on what it takes to write a great book, and how you can write yours. These are my keys to the kingdom to connect with people and build momentum. To read the full article click here
Four Tips To Make Better Decisions In 2017
According to research at Cornell, we make on average 3,000 decisions a day. While some decisions are born out of habit, others get right up in our face, intimidating, confusing and unsettling us. Making sound decisions helps us navigate through life with more confidence, while also reducing the pain of having to deal with mistakes. When I consider the decisions I've made in my life so far, and what factors have helped shape, govern and guide me, I find four actionable and behavioral parameters that have led me to make some great decisions, and reduce the amount of bad decisions I've made. The four principles I’ve identified below will help you fine tune the small, almost meaningless, decisions we all make every day, and heighten your sense of direction and purpose with the more demanding and scary decisions each of us face as we journey through life. To read the full article click here.
How To Transition Better To The Work Routine After A Vacation
The only personal disadvantage I’ve found with taking a break or vacation is that it can break the momentum you may have built up over the previous weeks and months. But even this challenge is no excuse not to take a break or take regular vacations. As a result, I’m constantly looking at ways to help the transition between when I take a break, and when I throw myself back into my entrepreneurial endeavors. Here are five ways to better handle that transition from vacation mode to getting back into the hustle:I am a regulary contributor and author at Entrepreneur.com sharing on a number of key areas from self leadership to entrepreneurship. To read the full article click here.
Breaks Lead To Breakthroughs
I’ve recently returned from a week’s vacation. In the entrepreneurial world, we’re used to the hustle of working long hours and sacrificing fun, hobbies and recreational activities to establish or maintain our business. We’ve all been guilty of this from time to time- but I always advocate for the taking of regular breaks to restore (and bring) balance to your life. It’s important to remember that, sometimes, to get ahead, we have to stop and take time to refuel. It is neither healthy nor productive to keep pushing on empty. And, it’s not only you who suffers when this happens- those around you are affected too.I have written numerous business, mentoring and coaching columns for varying publications, which include Global Woman Magazine, Global Man Magazine Small Business Owners Magazine, Elite Business Magazine, Insight Magazine and Achieve Magazine. To read the full article click here.
Eight Ways Entrepreneurs Can Master Negative Internal Dialogue
Everything we have in life is based on decisions we’ve made and thoughts we've had along the road. Sure, there are fundamentals and events over which we have no control, but we equally know we are fundamentally responsible for our attitude and for the decisions we make around life’s events. Every battle is won and lost in your head. That’s why we need to work it out and protect our proactive mindset. What’s your default mindset? When things don’t go your way, do you spiral out of control, wallow in self-pity, get dazed and confused, and feel a sense of paralysis? Or, do you fortify yourself, see the obstacle as a challenge to find a solution and grow bigger than the problem? To read the full article click here.
Four Ways To Hold Yourself Accountable For Success
Failing to achieve our intentions happens because of two basic elements. The first is not knowing your why- your purpose within your life mission. Once that is established and clear, we can build representative goals that create a framework to harness the right culture to organically grow in line with our life’s purpose and mission. To read the full article click here.
Building An Accountability Structure For Achievement
As we enter the first leg of 2016, many of us, with our goals and intentions in mind and on paper, take to the battlefield to create a life of purpose, growth, and intention. We all start with great intentions caught up in the euphoria of a new year. Each of us know many men and women who start well but don’t finish strong. Life throws us curveballs and challenges, motivation fades and, before long, well-intended goals and desires begin to fade into the distance. To read the full article click here.
Stop Sputtering At The Finish Line: Five Energy-Wasters That You Need To Get In Check
Are you a workaholic trying to find a way to keep your energy up and also find time to relax? Are you tired of struggling to keep it all together, while trying to squeeze in enough time to truly enjoy life? Entrepreneurs at startup businesses are working longer hours than ever before. You rise early and work late into the night. It consumes your mind and drains your energy. Time is finite, the number of hours in a day is fixed, but your energy is renewable. If you don’t manage your energy, your relationships will suffer, your work performance will suffer and your general love for life will suffer. Being the best requires us to take a close look at how we manage our energy because it is necessary for everything we do. Even Formula One has pit stops to refuel and check the safety and performance levels of the vehicle. To read the full article click here.
Power Up And Power Down: Tapping Into Your Four Primary Sources Of Energy
When we manage our energy well, we boost our motivation, performance, creativity and even our memory. I think often as entrepreneurs we feel overwhelmed by the need to “go all in,” never slowing down or exhibiting weakness. Yes, it is up to you to keep the momentum going, to be focused 100% of the time and motivate your team, but you should never feel guilty for taking breaks. To read the full article click here.
How To Stop Busyness And Remain Productive
Everybody wants a piece of your time; be wise about whom you choose to give it to. Explore curiosities, but be intentional and do everything with purpose. According to research, your brain will attempt to “simulate” real productive work by avoiding big projects and focus on small, mindless tasks to fill your time. Don’t allow your time to be choked up with busyness! Don’t accept tasks just because someone will pay you for it. Only accept tasks that are in line with your passions and strengths. Be mindful of this, and you will soon find yourself more productive, and less busy. Take time to reflect. Reflection is one of the most important tools for personal growth. It’s helpful to take time out and take stock of how you’re performing, what you’re involved in, what’s taking up your energy and focus. Discover what motivates you; your personal mission statement: To read the full article click here.
Six Pillars Of Building Your Integrity
The most important asset in any company or business is their reputation; it’s an accepted truth. Within the depths of any incredible reputation lies within its depths is integrity. I define integrity in a simplified way: it’s basically what you do when nobody else is watching. It’s a scary thought! Would any of us be comfortable having a DVD of our own thoughts and actions when no human eyes were upon us played back over a cinema screen? Probably not. We’ve all seen corrupt deals, and been dismayed by peoples half-truths and lies in a world crying out for truth. At its most basic, it’s about needing people to follow through with what they commit to delivering. To read the full article click here.
Coping With Pressure? Six Ways To Deal With Feeling Overwhelmed
Life comes with so much noise. People, media, business, sports teams, restaurants, shop brands… they’re all vying and screaming for our attention. So much choice, so many possibilities, doors and avenues that we could potentially explore. What is to be said for the entrepreneurial men and women who seek refuge and council from the daily pressures and responsibilities of not just work or business, but of life itself? What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Who do you turn to? Do you cave in under the seemingly insurmountable deluge of pressure? As entrepreneurs, we are often guilty of bringing about our own noise and self-made pressures. To read the full article click here.