What makes a good leader?

Today I want to discuss what makes a good and successful leader...

To be a good leader, I strongly feel they must be the following:

Caring
A good leader needs to care for his/her fellow team members, showing compassion and being able to handle any situation with an open mind.

Inspirational
A good leader needs to be a source of motivation and inspiration for his/her team mates, to give the team strength when it is going through thick and thin.

Easy to talk to/Confident
A good leader needs to be able to talk to their members with confidence and be available for any concerns that anyone might have.

Decision Making
A good leader needs to be able to make decisions that will benefit his/her team while taking into considerations any concerns from the team.

Finally, I will leave you with a video from Desmond Tutu with his opinions on leadership.

Judgment - An Unfortunate Act

We all pass judgment too quickly these days, and unfortunately it can land us in a whole world of trouble. Driving in your car to work, you see a person on a motorbike going too fast and you think, 'What an idiot!' For all we know, his wife is giving birth and he isn't there too see it. The problem with judgment is often people make these 'judgments' about others and don't keep an open mind for the person to prove them otherwise.

For instance, one example of 'judging a book by its cover' was when Susan Boyle, a contestant on Britain's Got Talent 2009 broke through the judgments made against her and showed everyone what talent she really had. When she appeared on stage, the judges snickered and made jokes against her and then she opened her mouth and sang... Not one of those judges for a second could believe their eyes and ears, this lady that didn't look like anything special has this amazing voice. What is even better is that they probably felt guilty as hell for being so rude and demoralizing.

Now not every case is like Susan Boyle's and by pushing through you may not land yourself a record deal like she did but showing people that you are more then what meets the eye is a prize in itself and not letting the judgments made by people affect you is probably the most essential step. Remember, a judgment is only an opinion and an opinion is only a theory. A theory isn't a fact and it's your job to prove that theory false.

Confidence Quotes

I realized I didn't have many self confidence quotes on the blog and this is something that I get asked a lot about and I thought that everyone would benefit if I posted a few for you to have a look at.

So here are my top 5 self confidence quotes, enjoy! ^^

1. Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.
- Helen Keller

2. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F Kennedy

3. One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.
- Norman Vincent Peale

4. Know yourself and you will win all battles.
- Sun Tzu

5. It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.
- Muhammad Ali

Economic Crisis and Self Development

With the current economic decline taking its toll on jobs, finances, institutions, cost of living, etc... It is monumentally hard to keep food on the table for some people. The old times of living in which we could not worry so much about job stability and banks going bankrupt are long gone and hopefully one day it may return but for now we are stuck in this downward spiral and for some people, it has turned into a downward spiral of depression, fear and wrecked their self esteem and confidence.

People become worried and freak out when they don't have a job anymore and have a family to feed, house mortgage repayments, food, clothing, pet costs and much more... I want you to do one thing for me, write down on a piece of paper everything you have that you are thankful for, then stick this up on your fridge and each day for the next week or so look at it when you get something from the fridge or stick it beside your computer and realize that despite the current economic troubles, you are doing okay. You have a computer and internet connection (how else would you read this???) and you have clothes, food (I never have enough but that is beside the point) and a roof over your head.

If we give thanks for what we have and don't give into fear or depression, fight it off and remain strong and confident!

“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
- Mark Victor Hansen

Make The Most Of Every Day

Do you ever feel like you don't finish everything you wanted to do in a single day? Do you become stressed out because there is just too much to do? I know I sometimes feel like this and so I thought I would post an article to help everyone out with this dilemma, and show you how you can get the most of every day.

The tips for this will be broken down into individual sections so that it is easier to grasp them, as a long article without breaks can be a little overwhelming...

Getting The Most Of Every Day

1. Relax
When it feels like you have to do 1001 things in a single day or over a period of a week, slow down and take a deep breath. The key is relaxing and thinking logically about how you will order out and do these tasks. Leaving them half done and moving onto another isn't going to help because you will forget some, wont get them finished or problems will occur during tasks that will leave problems with other tasks. Relax and think logically, it will make a world of difference.

2. Plan Out Your Day / Week
Make sure you plan out what you have to do, this doesn't have to be a massive calendar with notes for every minute of the day but simply a list of what you have to do that day or throughout the week will definitely assist you in getting all the tasks done on time. If possible, sit down with your family or partner and discuss if they can help you get some of these done, possibly your husband or wife could help you in taking the kids to soccer practice while you get dinner going and take a conference call. Being able to distribute your tasks evenly and plan out ahead, will minimize stress, anxiety and frustration down the path.

3. Set Aside You / Family Time
Some people are work machines, they don't stop until they get everything done and this is a mistake I believe. You should set aside at least 30 minutes to 1 hour each day minimum for you to sit down, watch television, read a book, call a friend, do whatever you want and just not think about work. If we work too much, it often consumes us and our family and social lives can suffer.

4. Don't Procrastinate
This is possibly the worst thing you could do, sure I advise you set time out for yourself and your family but being lazy and not doing the work will land you in a world of trouble when people need things on their desks... Don't over work but certainly don't under work...


I hope these tips help you out in planning out and getting through the tasks you have to complete each day or throughout the week. I know that when I sat down and followed these tips, I definitely saw a difference in the efficiency of my work and I hope they work just as well for you too.

peace out ^_^

Self-Motivation Journey - Outline

Part of loving life and feeling good about yourself; is taking care of yourself. Lately, my hectic schedule has left me feeling quite sick and tired and so it has inspired me to go and do a 30 day self-motivation / cleanup journey. If you like you can follow along with me and motivate yourself to get back into the proper lifestyle.

Firstly, let me outline... I am neither overweight nor underweight, I eat probably more carbohydrates and snack-meals then I should because my study and lifestyle is so crazy and always changing I barely have a minute to sit down and think.

My daily routine will be as follows:

1. Wake up at 5:30am
You will probably be thinking, 5:30am!!! That is before the sun rises and yes for some people it may be, and getting out of bed is just one important step to getting back on track with your lifestyle and health.

2. Eat a proper breakfast (cereal / toast)
Because this isn't a weight loss or strict health guide, I don't care what type of cereal you eat or what you put on your toast but I will be eating a cereal that contains fruit, oats and bran (more tasty then it sounds) and the toast will have jam and butter on it.

3. A glass of lemon water
It has been found that drinking a glass of lukewarm / room temperature water with an added twist of lemon can cleanse your body of toxins, cut down fat, boost your vitamin C levels and strengthen the immune system.

4. Plan out my daily schedule
If I can plan out what I must do to accomplish my daily routine in advance, that way I don't have to be pedantic and stress out during the day and being relaxed is just one way I wont be as tired and burnt out at the end of the day.


This 30 day journey is just one way that I can improve my lifestyle, my health and motivate myself to continue developing who I am each and every day. You may be wondering what could possibly relate both improving health and our self development, but as outlined before, being healthy and confident in ourselves and our bodies is an essential part of our self esteem and the development of ourselves.

I will be updating you regularly as I go and posting other material as well

peace out :)

5 Fantastic Fear Quotes

Fear always manages to wiggle into our lives at some point and leave us scared or anxious about doing something, such as public speaking which I have discussed in detail already or getting into a relationship with someone. So here are 5 fantastic fear quotes to motivate you to break through your fear roadblocks.

1. “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” - Sven Goran Eriksson

2. “The key to change... is to let go of fear.” - Rosanne Cash

3. “Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” - Author Unknown

4. “What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. “Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.” - Frederick Smith


For more quotes like these, visit the ThinkExist Quote Directory.

Hope these help you all!

peace out ^_^

Success: How do you measure up?

"Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand."
–– Bruce Barton


Success is measured in many different ways, some people define personal success as achieving their life goal, example: getting married or becoming rich. However, on their way to achieving these goals they come across a road block and that might stop them from persevering and achieving those goals which they truly want to achieve. I think that failure and success are not directly related and hear me out, I mean that if you fail, it doesn't mean that you cannot succeed.

Failure is just one form of road block on our path to success and often failure is enough for people to throw the towel in and give up. Our various definitions of success also coincide with our various definitions of failure. Some see failure as never achieving your goals while others may see it as giving up on that goal or doubting your ability to achieve it.

Remember: Success is creating what you want the way you want it to be.


A little bit of homework for you:

What do you want to achieve today? What kind of roadblocks may you encounter? How will your persevere through these roadblocks? What will you do if you fail?

8 Keys to Success [Video]

Okay, I don't know what it is lately but I have been in the mood for something a little different from just writing text. So I have another video for you, this time it is about the '8 Keys to Success'. A man called 'Richard St. John' delivers his 2 hour seminar in 3 minutes and 30 seconds and despite the summarized version, it's very good and worth watching a few times to soak it all up.



The last still has all 8 keys all lined up into one nice little mind map, so I took a picture and re uploaded it for you all to look at.



Enjoy!

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