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Advice on why some people succeed at New Year’s resolutions

Hi and Happy 2013 everyone! I'm in Capetown and sending you all love and blessings for an amazing year ahead. Since this is the time of year when we are all thinking about goals, good habits to commit to, what we want this year to be about, what to let go of, I thought I would re-post an article I wrote for Huffington Post.  Read it here. It has my top tips on really setting yourself up for an incredible year. These aren't the usual goal setting ideas you've probably read....I hope you enjoy them and please share with anyone you feel could benefit from them.

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The Woodpecker Syndrome

I am often asked what’s the secret to success? to being an entrepreneur? to getting a goal? to pursuing a dream? Well, I’ve come to answer all of these questions with the same answer. Be a woodpecker! Yes, a bird! Here’s how I see it. Woodpeckers are one of the smallest birds and yet they take on Giant Trees without really having any doubt that they have the capacity, strength, determination to make those trees fall. Here’s what happens. The tiny bird gets up and goes to its tree–its goal, dream, business–daily. And it pecks away. Yes, at the end of the day, I can assure you, its beak hurts. Some days it wonders if it took on too big of a tree–goal. The other birds and animals look at the woodpecker and kind of think it’s crazy. And yet, on certain days–and the woodpecker never knows which ones–the big tree falls. Just because of one more small peck–action. Does the woodpecker celebrate? I am sure it does. And then it picks another tree and does what it feels it must do all over again. I often think of myself as a fellow woodpecker. I’ve picked some big trees. My beak hurts. Other people think I’m ...

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Fabulous declaration!!

When someone says, "We're saying the same thing." Say, "We are not saying the same thing." When someone says, "Don't question, just have faith." Say, "I am questioning, vato, and I have supreme faith in what I think." When someone says, "Don't defy my authority." Say, "There is a higher authority that I follow." When someone says, "Your ideas are seductive." Say, "No, my ideas are not seductive, they are substantial." When someone says, "Your ideas are dangerous." Say, "Yes, my ideas are dangerous, and why are you so afraid hombre o mujer? " When it is said, "It's just not done." Say, "It will be done." When it is said, "It is immature." Say, "All life begins small and must be allowed to grow." When it is said, "It's not thought out." Say, "It is well thought out." When they say, "You're over-reacting." Say, "You're under-reacting, vato." When they say, "You're being emotional." Say, "Of course I have well placed emotions, and by the way, what happened to yours?" When they say, "You're not making any sense." Say, "I don't make sense, I am the sense." When they say, "I can't understand you when you're crying." Say, "Make no mistake, I can weep and be fierce at the same time." When they say, "I cant understand you when you're being so angry." Say. "You couldn't hear me when I was ...

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