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Conviction is the fuel

When our values and our passion are congruent they become the fuel for our conviction. And our why matters when it comes to conviction. Conviction comes from alignment with our values. How much conviction do you have towards living a life according to your values? Conviction can sometimes be seen as impatience. Impatience is often criticised rather than praised, but I believe it’s an admirable quality when it’s for the right reasons. When we are impatient and driven towards the things we value, this restlessness may be just what’s needed to bridge the gap between where we are currently and where we want to be. Dr Russ Harris, writes in The Reality Slap: On one side is the reality we have, and on the other is the reality we want. And the bigger the gap between those two realities, the more painful the feelings that will arise: envy, jealousy, fear, disappointment, shock, grief, sadness, anger, anxiety, outrage, dread, guilt, resentment; perhaps even hatred, despair or disgust. And, whereas the slap is usually over quickly, the gap can persist for days, weeks, months, years and even decades. We can’t be too patient as within the gap between where we are now and where we want to be lies much…

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Discovering your purpose

When we focus on what we value each day we have greater purpose and move forward in a valued direction. So rather than just being busy and getting things done we are busy getting the things done that really matter. There is a difference between goals and values. Goals are the small ticks on the way that keep us busy but the values provide us with focus and purpose. When we don’t reach our goals we can feel disappointed and lose momentum. This is why we also need a direction based on our values. Value-based directions are more powerful than goals alone as they are based on the why and not just the what. This distinction is the difference between the everyday busy and purposeful momentum. The humble bee whose purpose is the simple act of pollinating plants by collecting nectar has a big purpose. Without this tiny creature we would starve. The food we need is a result of the hard, purposeful work of this and other insects. No pollination means no more plants. With no plants the animal kingdom would collapse. That’s a pretty big purpose I’d say. Like the bee, you too can live with purpose and have an important place in the world. Let’s never undervalue the power of one…

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Here’s how to find more stamina

The True Believer uses the three superpowers of belief, conviction and commitment to reach fulfilment. And although this final step on the growth ladder may not necessarily be easy, the way to get there is simpler than you think. When we consistently grow up and work towards what we want and persist until we arrive we hit our target more often. Before True Believers take aim at a target, they stop and think. They think about why they want to hit their chosen target as without a strong why many miss hitting the target altogether. True Believers get super clear about the why to bring stamina, increase productivity, fuel discipline and to drive them to their desired destination.  There are many admirable True Believers who have made a substantial contribution: – True Believers who have changed community like Mother Teresa – True Believers who have changed politics like Gandhi and Mandela – True Believers who have changed science like Einstein and Newton– True Believers who have changed leadership like Michelle Obama– True Believers who have changed business like Jobs and Branson.  True Believers are loyal and dedicated to a cause they truly believe in. True Believers commit to finish and as a result deliver on the promises they make to themselves. They attract…

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Cross the finish line

Have you ever met a True Believer? I’m not talking the religious or political type. I’m talking about a person with so much belief, courage, conviction and resilience — so much commitment aligned to their values — that they almost don’t waver. These people know their true North. I’ve been studying True Believers for over 30 years. As a little kid at school I would observe those who stood up and led and those who didn’t. I studied those — either with or without authority — who later went on as adults to turn cultures, companies and communities around. I try to be one myself, but more than anything, I have learnt from them.  True Believers: get on with it rather than talking about it  get the things done that really matter  take responsibility and stay out of drama  stay focused knowing there will be setbacks  deliver on the promises they make to themselves and to others!  True Believers may make success look easy. But there is often an interesting back-story to a True Believers success that involves a lot of hard work. While it may look simple to the onlooker there is rarely an easy road to success. True Believers…

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Find your tribe

The key to thriving in the long-term is beautifully summed up by the Thought Leaders mantra:  do work you love  with people you like  the way you want.   My work is my vocation and I get to help others find theirs too. It is a privilege to spend time with motivated people who see the possibility of a better life with greater purpose and with gratitude for their life journey. It’s no surprise that this is the solution to thriving in the long-term. Being inspired by the company you keep gives you energy and stamina to finish. Imagine being part of a tribe, where others believe in you and see the best in you – sometimes even before you believe in yourself. Being part of a community gives you greater connection and in the world today that’s hugely beneficial. Anthropologists have always studied tribes — they are not a new phenomenon. New tribes form daily all around the world. If you want to thrive – now and in the long-term – find your tribe! If you’re feeling a little fearful around taking responsibility, not sure how to plan ahead in this current continued uncertainty, and ready to turn the page and start…

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