Tuesday, 26 October 2010


Who do you associate with? Are the people that you spend most of your time with people of character and substance? Do they inspire you to do better things and become a better person? It’s been said that “we emulate those with whom we associate most closely”. Looking at the people around you – do you like the person whom you are becoming? Commit to associating yourself with greatness. Commit to improving yourself spiritually, financially, and intellectually. Commit to being someone who others look to for inspiration and motivation. Commit to being someone who others are proud to emulate. Commit to being the best that YOU can be.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Your higher self

You know that version of you which is confident, happy and inspired? The you that is afraid of nothing and is brave enough to do anything? How often are you this person? How often are you in touch with God and sure of yourself? Don’t wait for anyone to validate you. Validate yourself now…today! Embrace life and be the kind of person who inspires others to be the best version of themselves that they can be. Live life like it’s golden, because it is. Being scared, worried and lacking in confidence will help no one. Leave your mark on the world – be amazing…today…Embrace the power of now!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Today’s post consists of ten powerful quotes (in no particular order) which I have come across over time. I hope each of you will find one that speaks to you in whatever situation you are in. Enjoy:

  1. Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.” - Jackson Brown

  1. The person who never makes a mistake probably isn’t doing anything.” - Rita Emmett

  1. “Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now; you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality”. - Dr Wayne Dyer

  1. If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.” - Anonymous

  1. You grow up the day you have your first real laugh -- at yourself.” - Ethel Barrymore

  1. “Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true” - Leon J. Suenes

  1. “Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too” - Voltaire

  1. "Don't stress about the dramas that happen in life - consider them the things that spice life up and make it interesting” - Michélle Zimvu


9.      “Listen to yourself, moment by moment, are you operating from fear or love? The vibrations of growth and decay are available in each moment, you get to choose.” - Douglas Pittman

  1. “With success and achievement comes great responsibility…Could it be your fear of responsibility that's holding you back from going for and achieving great things?...” - Anonymous

Monday, 18 October 2010


It’s difficult to come into His marvellous light when you know that you are clothed in darkness. We’ve all heard it said before – light and darkness don’t mix. We all have hurdles in certain areas of our lives which we can’t get over once and for all. For some it’s telling the truth, for others it’s being faithful or maybe keeping those promises. My plan…even when I’m battling with such issues I’ll stay close to Him because there is just no other way. How do you deal with the ugly monsters that keep coming up time and again??? Feel free to leave some feedback and your name!

Start living, loving and enjoying life NOW!!!

Have you ever said “I’ll be happy once I….” or “Only when I accomplish this or that will I be happy”? I have on many occasions. It’s my belief that at some point in our lives all of us have put our happiness on hold – until we start earning this much, until we own that car, until we find that husband or wife – the list goes on. I’m all for people having big dreams and aspirations but what I’m “against” is people believing that these things will somehow validate them and make their lives worth living. I have found that even once we have accomplished these things there is often a sense of...now what? That’s because life is something that is intrinsically amazing and a blessing. Start living life NOW. Start being grateful NOW. Start being happy NOW and the rest will follow.

When we hear of people with terminal illnesses we feel sorry for them because their lives will end soon. Often times these are the happiest people alive!! They choose to make the most of the time they have left and they live everyday as if it’s their last. The surprising thing is that we are all going to die – but we seem to forget this. That terminally ill cancer patient who has been given six months may have more time left that you!!!! So as crazy as it sounds I urge all of us to live as though we have terminal illnesses or what ever it will take to make us enjoy everyday of our lives NOW!!!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

What is "normal"?

I’m not entirely sure how we came up with the concept of “normal”. Over the past few months it’s been my experience that nothing is the same for everyone. Normal to me seems to be behaviour which is considered least controversial, offensive etc but is not necessarily a reality for anyone. I can understand how some people may choose to reject God yet others cling to Him for dear life. I can understand how one can commit suicide because they really can’t see the glass as half full or the light at the end of the tunnel. Nothing is a given in life and each person’s reality is just a reflection of their experience of this thing we call life. I feel that if more people became aware of this, we would be a less judgemental race – we would appreciate each other more and we would get to see life from six billion points of view! Try it – the next time someone does or says something you consider outrageous, step into their shoes for a moment and your eyes may just be opened up to a whole new world…

Monday, 11 October 2010

How to Speak with E’s

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How to Speak with E’s

Speak with E’s. Be a speaker of influence not control or guilt. With the privilege of the platform comes the awesome responsibility of motivating and influencing your audience to feel/think/act differently.

1. Educate provide your audience with extensive information on your topic. This will empower attendees to feel competent and knowledgeable. Support your points with stories. Stories help us see through the eyes of other people. Adults delineate their thoughts visually.

2. Entertain give them the facts laced with a good dose of humor. Adults learn better when they are lightening up! Here’s the place for some magic tricks, handwriting analysis or a song.

3. Experience get the audience involved. When they interact, they get it better and retain it longer. Group exercises, simple questions and answers, role-plays.

4. Enthusiasm vary your tone of voice, smile often, and show passion for your subject matter. Make your body language reflect your comments.

5. Example be the speaker/person who motivates the audience to admire and respect you. You have succeeded when people say, I want to be like him/her.

6. Encourage be supportive to your audience believe in them. Acknowledge them Say, I did it and so can you

7. Excellence hold yourself accountable for excellence. And then help your audience be accountable and live up to its potential. Speakers need to give audiences what they need, not what they want.

8. Expertise demonstrate that you know your stuff. Speak about what you know from your business background, personal experiences and research. Be perceived as an expert on your topic.

9. Eloquence deliver your speech with high energy, sincerity, inspiration, and a sense of humor. Are you one of a kind? What makes you different from your competitors?

10. End result you want to energize your audience to take some risks, some action, go to the edge and execute . . .make their dreams come true, or get the job done. Your information should be useful and immediately applicable to their lives.


To deliver a speech with ease:

  1. Move when you are telling funny stories.
  2. Stand still when delivering drama.
  3. Keep your punch line for the end of your speech.

Take your passion with you everywhere you go and that will put money in your pocket!

Speakers are generally perceived as follows:

  • 7% by your words
  • 38% by your voice, pitch, volume
  • 55% by your body language (speaks louder than words)

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