Author Archives: Christina Guidotti

STOP the comparison game

To compare can sometimes motivate, but more often it distracts us from focusing on what really matters. It’s rarely helpful to look sideways at what others might have or be doing. My advice is – STOP Comparing! Kylie, a 31 year-old mother of three children under the age of three, is non-stop all day long! She loves being a mum and is considering a fourth child. However, there is another feeling underneath. Sometimes Kylie compares herself with women in the paid workforce and wishes that were her juggling family and work. Kylie has a strong desire to help people live healthier lives with organic food and chemical-free products – she would love to get paid work in the area of her passion. Kylie and I explored the feeling of being pulled in different directions. I shared that these feelings and pulls were common among a lot of mums and dads. We talked about the immense value she is providing to her children at this moment in time. When in comparison mode, Kylie was questioning her self-worth and not valuing her role as a mum. I explained that sometimes the grass on the other side only appears greener. When she stopped comparing she was once again able to enjoy…

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Be wise

Time and energy are two of our most valuable resources. But it is not the time we have; it is what we do with our time that counts. Even if our days were 36 hours long many would still be feeling busy and stressed. When we respect time and learn how to use our time effectively we create energy – the precious by-product that has a huge impact on our life satisfaction. Neen James, a leadership expert helps others to be more influential, impactful and effective. Her keynote address and book Folding Time teaches how to achieve twice as much in half the time. Neen says it’s not about managing time, it’s about folding time and the way you do that is being accountable for your time and the people around you. It’s about engaging differently to give people the gift of your undivided attention and leveraging your energy so that you bring this powerful force into every opportunity. She’s spot on! A good energy level is infectious and makes us more influential – it’s a very attractive commodity. We need this energy to have it all – to live with our best health, wealth and relationships. But all too often, the problem of capacity comes up. People feel they…

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Don’t give up

Persistence is key to success. Being persistent influences the direction of our lives and keeps us in alignment with our values. Where there is persistence; discipline, courage and resilience exist as well as extraordinary and frequent rewards. Persistence may not result in the desired outcome each and every time – it’s like a muscle and the more it’s used the stronger it gets. Persistence is what’s required to stay on the path. To keep persistence strong we need to: ·      know our Why – Why we are persisting ·      create value-based directions, rather than goals ·      not let the things that don’t matter get in the way ·      allow some discomfort – that’s part of the journey ·      not be paralysed by fear of failure or success. There are millions of small steps on life’s journey. Some of these steps don’t go according to the plan but they are all part of the plan. Sometimes the journey changes unexpectedly but the destination can remain the same – if we persist. Those who persist experience the same challenges as those who quit – they just don’t quit! Like a muscle, with its memory stored in our brain – persistence too has memory. The…

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Magnetic leadership

When it comes to good leadership getting ourselves ‘right’ to lead is imperative. The wrong person leading has a negative effect on individuals, culture, cripples growth and provides unsustainable outcomes. With the right person leading, the positive effect ripples through to families, business, and communities. It all starts with being the best individual we can be, leading by example and earning the right to lead! The journey of self-improvement never ends and at some point many will choose to share their knowledge to help others. But there are some with a driver’s license that haven’t learnt to drive well! So too in leadership – the title leader does not necessarily mean good leadership. To lead well, we must work on our attitude, knowledge and skills and lead by example, always living what we teach. In this rapidly changing world, we are faced with new challenges daily and, as leaders; we must continue to experience what others experience. Those who have walked the path you want to walk are truly the best to lead you to success. My good friend and clever thought leader, Gabrielle Dolan – author of Magnetic Stories, understands the power of magnetic stories connecting our customers and engaging…

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Clever people delegate

Life is full for most – no arguments there! But why do some find life stressful while others seem to get things done, achieving and living a fulfilled life? The latter know that HAVING IT ALL is not doing it all. This is a key component to success – clever people delegate. It’s important to recognise problems and solve them quickly. But too often we are doing tasks that could be given to someone else so you can do the things that really matter – the high value tasks. A few years ago my practice had outgrown its level of support – not once but twice. On both occasions I made a decision to get help and not risk overwhelm, poor service to my clients and stagnating growth. This meant investing dollars back into the business. What price do you put on reducing stress by getting the help you need so we can focus on things that really matter? High achievers, living fulfilled lives don’t do it all – instead they: 1.    decide what are high value tasks and focus on these only 2.    decide what doesn’t need to be done 3.    decide what can be delegated 4.    have effective people to delegate to…

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