Success does not always go to those who are the most skilled or talented. In fact it nearly always goes to those who are prepared to work the hardest for it. And therein lies the key 'to work hard for it'.
It's interesting when you observe people, especially when it comes to success and failure.
People are quick to take the praise for their successes, and equally as quick to shift the blame when they fail and fall short of their desired outcomes. This can be costly.
Building a successful business requires us to shoulder a great deal of personal responsibility. Our success, or for that matter failure, is a direct result of our actions.
How many of us are guilty of putting off today what can de done tomorrow?
There is nothing more tragic than seeing someone with a dream that they have never given a chance to materialise.
Everybody has a vision of their dream life, yet only a few actually live theirs. Have you ever wondered why that is?
Hands up if you have ever fallen short of a goal (for the record my hand is up as I type this). We all fall short of goals from time-to-time, it’s not nice but it happens. Yet there are some people who seem to make a habit of not succeeding, of always falling short. So why is that?
It was Benjamin Franklin who advised us to ‘never put off till tomorrow that which you can do today’. Wise words, but how many of us really adhere to them? How many of us, rather than follow his advice, live in tomorrow land?
Every day we are faced with choices, dozens of personal crossroads, moments where we have to make snap decisions that impact on our life and our goals.
When we want to achieve our goals badly enough, when they mean enough to us there are no exceptions, no excuses or reasons, simply results. We do whatever it takes.
"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now." ( Chinese Proverb)
Now that the dust has settled on a truly brilliant festive season and the new year has been toasted it's time to focus on what lies ahead in 2017.
Success and excellence are long-term projects. Rome wasn't built in a day and nor is a successful business.
We all have good intentions at the start of the week, at the start of a new month and the start of a the year. But how many of us can honestly say we act upon our good intentions?
It comes as no surprise to me that the most successful people in the world, across every industry, are the ones who work the hardest. It just so happens that the very same people are the ones that most others believe have a special talent for what they do, or that they simply got lucky.
This isn't the first time I have spoken about fear, and it won't be the last. And that's because it continues to play a huge part in so many people's lives. They allow fear to control them and therefor they don't do all that they could, they limit their lives.
No matter what we decide to do with our lives we are giving our life for it. So ask yourself this, is it worth it?
Where have you been? Why are you here? Where are you going?
Three simple questions that I first heard when listening to a Les Brown training many years ago now, but three questions that made me take stock of my life and realise that I could do so much more, I could achieve greater success and go to places that I never even dreamt about before.
I love being able to travel with Forever, and not just because of the way they treat you, but because it's a chance to spend time with, and learn from, some of the top leaders and performers in our industry.
What dream did you once have that you've now given up on? What limiting belief in your own ability has lead to you simply letting that dream go, of admitting defeat before you even started down the path to success.
Before you start reading this post I want you to stop and ask yourself a question. 'How do you feel right now?' Happy, sad, frustrated, annoyed, envious, worried, stressed?
I believe one of the biggest goals we should all have in life is simple; to never stop learning. As I sit and reflect on an incredible two days training at this weekend's Success Express I wanted to share the three main lessons I took away with you all.
Those of you that know me will know that I am not the world's biggest sports fan, but even I love the Olympics. And of course the Olympics has, over recent years, been lit up by the incredible achievements of Usain Bolt.
There have been a few events recently that I have witnessed that made me think about life and the journey that we all go on, and more specifically the temptations that we will face along the way.
On Saturday I spent the day photographing at the Tour du Mont Blanc, an event described as 'the world's toughest one day bike event'. At 330km long and with over 8000m of ascent this was an event that took every rider to their absolute limits, and beyond in some cases.
Never mind what others didn't do - it's what you do that counts.
I have found over the years that if I have depended on other peoples actions purely for my own success, then rarely do I succeed.
It was John Maxwell who that said 'the secret of your success is found in your daily routine’. I have always believed that it’s our daily habits that determine our levels of success, and it comes as little surprise that the most successful people I know all continually seek to improve upon their existing habits.
Are leaders born or developed? This is a question that I have been giving some thought to lately, and I have heard some interesting answers for both sides of the argument. When you look back through history there are a great deal of inspirational leaders, each with their own story as to how they came to be in a position of leadership.
On International Women’s Day I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to all of the strong women who have, in their own ways, helped shape the world we live in today. It is these women who offer such great inspiration to those who follow in their footsteps. Through having clear visions of a better world they stood up for what they believed in and fought for equality and our womanhood.
What comes first, success of happiness? It’s a question that has been going around in my mind for some weeks now. Over the years I have witnessed a growing number of people in our industry achieve some truly remarkable goals, all the while watching how they react to their success. It’s something that has fascinated me, and lead me to question, do we need to be successful to be happy?
There are no shortcuts to success. Sorry to break it to you, but it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance, as well as a commitment to always be working on improving yourself and those around you.
A month ago nearly everybody would have been busy setting new goals and making resolutions full of promise to themselves, that they would make lasting changes to their lives, and that they would start working towards new goals. Yet, as we sit here at the start of another month, I can’t help but wonder how many people have already reverted back to their old selves, and have given in on the resolutions that they made with the best intentions in the world?
I had a really interesting conversation with a relatively new Forever Business Owner this week. She has been in the business for a few months, and is doing quite well. I know that with more time spent on perfecting the skills she needs to learn, she will be a really good business owner.
'It doesn't work'. How many of us have heard those exact words when it comes to network marketing? I've honestly lost count of the number of people who have said that exact phrase to me over the years. I used to get defensive, yet now I simply smile, shrug my shoulders and say 'do you know what, you're probably right it doesn't work'.
I have leant a valuable lesson this weekend in Morocco, and that is never to pre-judge. Having spent a few days in Marrakech I can safely say that it is nothing like I expected it to be, proving that our perceptions are very often so wrong based on reality.
As we disembarked the plane the warm night air wrapped its arms around us, the familiar smell of Africa hit my nostrils, and I felt 'at home' once more. John and I had left London in the pouring rain only to arrive to a balmy evening in Marrakech as we set out on our latest trip with Forever.
I want to ask you a question, and I want you to answer honestly. Would you consider yourself to be an optimist?
Both in life and business it's only natural that you will encounter good days and bad. What makes the difference is how you deal with every situation, challenge and obstacle that comes your way...
Very often I get asked this question; 'what was your biggest fear when you started your Forever journey?'
That is an easy question to answer, because like most people who become a part of the Forever family, I had one major fear; rejection. I hated it when people I spoke to about the business said 'No'.