Author Archives: Christina Guidotti

No room for excuses

I have a declaration to make – I cringe at excuses –my excuses and those of others! I’ve seen how making excuses can adversely affect life. When we make excuses we are saying that we are not responsible and that someone or something else is. I’m big on taking responsibility and I cringe at excuses — and I think you should too. For the record, my second biggest cringe is indecision — because both excuses and indecision are the two biggest deal breakers when it comes to creating your own success masterpiece. Most people strive to create a better life and although we know what action needs to be taken, sometimes we make excuses to avoid making decisions and do what needs to be done. Do any of these sound familiar?  I have to wait until…  I just don’t feel like it…  I’m too tired….  I don’t have the tools to…  It’s not my fault….  It’s not my problem….  I don’t have time…..   Nothing identifies a mediocre person more quickly than excuses. Successful people strive towards a result without excuses. When we stop making excuses we start taking responsibility and we get results. Because responsibility is the foundation of success, when we are intolerant of excuses…

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Challenge existing ideas

Life satisfaction is greatly influenced by our mindset. Our state of mind, assumptions and beliefs are a powerful motivator determining our action or inaction. Success lies in our ability to challenge existing ideas, be open to learning and embrace the action required. Do you sometimes say, “That’s just the way I am” or “I’ve always done it that way?” Are you a ‘know it all’ — thinking you have learnt all you need? Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? After decades of research on achievement, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck made groundbreaking findings on fixed and growth mindsets. She documented these in her book Mindsets — The New Psychology Of Success. Dweck says that a growth mindset creates the love of learning and the resilience that is essential for great success. Those with a growth mindset are motivated to exert effort and to outperform those with a fixed mindset. When we embrace growth, when we are open to learning, we find many solutions behind previously closed doors. True Believers have a growth mindset. They use the five qualities necessary for creating their own success masterpiece. Qualities of a True Believer 1. Expire the old stuff — move your life forward2. Undress ambition…

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Decision time

Once you take responsibility for the life you want, making the right decisions is the next step. The decisions we make bridge the gap between believing something is possible and having something. But often there are many choices. To decide is to eliminate choice because either you decide or something or someone will decide for you. We all have a choice to be the leader in our decisions. In the words of American author, speaker, and pastor John Maxwell, “The question for every leader is not will my calendar be full but who will fill my calendar? Take charge of it or others will.” We often ask too many people for advice. Sometimes we ask the wrong people. We then get confused; we procrastinate and don’t end up making a decision at all. These three steps can assist in making your dream a reality: 1. Decide what you really want2. Plan how you are going to get there3. Stay focused and persist until you arrive. Although that may sound simple in theory, it takes the right mindset too. It’s important to say, “How can I”, by focusing forwards on what we really want, rather than saying, “This is why I can’t”. It’s about making the best choice — which doesn’t include making…

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Belief, conviction and commitment

All day we strive to get things done, to cross things off the To-Do list and all to be repeated the next day. But have you ever thought about those who turn up daily with unusually high amounts of energy, optimism, self-discipline, persistence and courage? These people think, talk, walk and act differently — they have mastered the superpowers for success. How do you show up each day? Are you enthusiastic and driven or perhaps lacking a zest for life or some oomph? Some say that nothing great can be achieved without enthusiasm — it’s the key to attracting what you desire. In fact the energy that comes from enthusiastic people can be difficult to resist — their joy is contagious. You can receive a jolt of gusto just by being around these high energy people. They stay optimistic and when they get knocked down or rejected they get back up quickly. But what creates such success? There are three superpowers for gigantic success — powers that strengthen us in the face of our own or others’ pessimism, apathy, indifference, doubt, fear or tiredness and keeps our enthusiasm for life:  1. belief2. conviction3. commitment These superpowers allow us to push through to our desired…

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Money is no guarantee for fulfilment

Think about those who have financial success and money for all the things they desire. Money certainly does bring some life satisfaction but it is not a guarantee of fulfilment. I’ve come across too many people who have lost sight of what they truly value as a result of chasing the almighty dollar. Many, even those with financial success, struggle at home and at work with: working long hours having too little personal time not having enough time for important relationships spare time being taken up with chores their guilt or exhaustion when there is finally time to relax.  So having wealth alone, without other important components, is not a sustainable definition for success.  What’s your definition of success? The definition of success is personal to each individual, but whatever success is to you it has to be aligned with what you value. For some people it’s to:  raise a happy family get to the top of their industry create financial independence be the best they can be and to be fulfilled For True Believers, success is living life according to their values. It’s about getting the things done that really matter and living a fulfilled and purposeful life that you…

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