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Charting Your Path to Success

Who do you surround yourself with? Do they support your success?

Donna McCallum

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An important factor that determines your likelihood to succeed is the influence and association you have with other people.

If you wish to be extraordinary and live your life at your highest potential you need to surround yourself with people who will ‘accompany’ and support you in becoming extraordinary. If you want to move to the next level, then hang-out with people who are already better than you at the areas in your life that you want to master.

Create your own destiny

Surrounding yourself with people better than you naturally leads to you stretching yourself and them stretching you too.

Everyone’s heard the old maxim: Birds of a feather flock together. And it’s also true when it comes to creating your dream life. Be surrounded by other people who have already done what you want to do and you’ll find your path to success way easier.

There have been studies done that show that you are the average of the five or six people you spend the most time with. Do a quick mental assessment: who are the five or six people in your life that you spend the majority of your time with?

Would that include your spouse? Your kids? Your neighbours? Relatives? Your co-workers?

Now take the time to make that list, to narrow it down and figure out who those five or six people are that you spend the most time with.

Now: Do you want to know your future? Average out the activities, behaviours, attitudes, education, passion, ambition, social life, health, wealth and other important habits of these people and you will uncover what your future holds.

This can either be an encouraging or frightening realization!

Your wealth scale

In fact if you take the six people you spend the most time with and add up each of their wealth and take an average, this will normally be your wealth.

And if you have people in your life who are negative, toxic or energy vampires, it is time to gently let them go and bless and release them.

It is time to find extraordinary people who can support you in your quest for living your dreams and inspire you to reach your highest potential

Not sure where to start?

Most people aren’t and this is why as your Fairy Godmother, I have created and been facilitating the Conscious Creators Community. An online community of over 200 people from around the world, who are not only committed to making their own dreams come true and be successful but are also committed to helping each other too.

http://www.fairygodmotherinc.com/join-personal-development-community

It is an amazing network of people who can help you and you also get some Fairy G coaching, support and guidance every month too.

If you’re still curious, find out more about the support available on the community in this short four minute video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgjX21mA2AQ&feature=plcp)

PS – On 1 October we will be celebrating our 7 year anniversary, and so we’re offering 100 memberships for one month to our Conscious Creators Community and loads of free bonuses for only $1 (about R8,50), to the first 100 people who apply. If you’d like to be the first to hear about this amazing offer, please sign up here. http://www.fairygodmotherinc.com/lets-celebrate

Donna McCallum is also known as the Fairy Godmother. She has helped thousands of people in South Africa, the UK and the US focus on their dreams and goals. She is the author of The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Getting What you Want and runs empowering 12 Week Money Magic Online Programme to help people transform their relationship to money. Prior to being a Fairy Godmother, Donna was a successful entrepreneur having started, built and sold businesses in media and marketing. For more info on Donna and the Money Magic courses, visit the Fairy Godmother website.

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(Infographic) How 9 Creative Minds Got Their Ideas

From doing headstands to drinking 50 cups of coffee a day, check out the quirky things that these nine creatives have done.

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Coming up with new, creative ideas can be tricky. That’s why it’s important to find a way to get inspired. After all, it’s our own unique rituals that can bring mental clarity and creativity. That could be a quirky habit or routine such as doing headstands or wearing lots of hats.

Igor Stravinksy did headstands, which he believed helped to rest his head and clear his brain. Author Dr. Seuss felt that wearing lots of crazy hats helped inspire his creativity and overcome writer’s block. However, those aren’t even the strangest routines that some of the world’s most brilliant minds have utilised. Steve Jobs bathed his feet in toilet water to reduce stress levels while Honore de Balzac drank up to 50 cups of coffee a day.

Check out Business Backers infographic below to learn the weird ways that nine creative minds got their ideas.

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This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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15 Traits Of Unstoppable People

Unstoppable people keep their inner fires burning by developing the characteristics necessary to become successful.

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Unstoppable people are like warriors. They are always ready to take on the world. They are guided by a light from within, full of boundless energy and unwavering in their goals. They have learned to activate their natural talents and develop the skills necessary to achieve whatever they aim for.

How do they do this? Where do they find the stamina and strength to keep going? Unstoppable people keep their inner fires burning by developing the characteristics necessary to become successful. Here are 15 traits that will help you go from being a solid achiever to being a truly unstoppable person.

Do you have any yet?

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Why Confidence Is So Important In The Workplace

If you are not sure on how to gain confidence and are curious as to why it is so important in the workplace, read on for some helpful advice.

Amy Galbraith

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Confidence is not something that everyone has. Not all of us are able to walk into a room and exude charisma and panache, but confidence is a trait that can help immensely in the workplace. It can help you to interact with your colleagues, keep you motivated during stressful times and can also boost your productivity during the working day.

If you are not sure on how to gain confidence and are curious as to why it is so important in the workplace, read on for some helpful advice.

Why is confidence so important?

Assertiveness gives you an edge

Being assertive does not mean that you are aggressive or arrogant. Assertiveness means that you are able to take initiative on tasks and handle pressure without too much stress. It also means that you are willing to take on new challenges in the workplace.

Being confident and assertive will help you to reach new heights in your career. Your employer will notice that you are able to handle stressful tasks with ease and that you are able to create solutions to problems using your own ideas. Confidence will help to boost your performance in the office and this could, in turn, lead to a possible promotion as well.

Effective communication works wonders

Being able to communicate clearly and effectively is a major asset to have in any office. Having confidence allows you to do this easily, enabling you to effectively get your message across to colleagues and clients.

Putting forward an air of confidence when communicating might sound difficult at first, but if you practise, it will become easier. Communication skills are at the top of almost every employer’s list when it comes to recruiting new talent, and being self-confident will help to build these skills. A confident person believes in their communication abilities, which shows in their verbal and written language.

Productivity levels are boosted

If you are confident in yourself and in your work, you are more likely to be more productive. This is because you will not have to second-guess your work and you can complete tasks on time and on budget.

Productive workers are highly valued in any company, and confidence goes hand-in-hand with producing work. You will be able to take on more projects, challenge yourself to move out of your comfort zone and reach new goals for your company. Your employer will notice that you produce high quality work and this could lead to new challenges, a role change and even a promotion.

Related: Entrepreneurs And A Politically Neutral Workplace – Finding The Perfect Balance

How to gain confidence in the workplace

Shift your views

Confident people rarely think about how others impact them, rather they think about the impact they have on others. In order to gain confidence, you will need to shift your views and think about how you can and do impact your colleagues.

This shift in view will empower you as you will realise that it is what you do that matters and not what others do to you. You should also look at how you handle pressure. If you are usually someone who needs guidance in difficult situations, try to change your viewpoint to seeing yourself as someone who can give advice in stressful times. A simple shift of view can help you to feel more self-confident, and others will soon follow suit.

Tell people you will finish the task

Feeling confident starts with stating your goals. Let people know that you will finish a task at work, and go on to finish that task. By voicing your goals to your team, you are holding yourself accountable, which will help to boost your confidence.

Saying your goals out loud will give you credibility and people will take note that you always stay true to your word. You must be sure that anything you take on can be finished by the deadline, otherwise incomplete tasks and a huge workload can diminish your confidence. Be sure to manage your time wisely and you will be able to finish any task you set your mind to.

Improve your knowledge

You can easily build your confidence by improving your knowledge and learning more. This can be done easily, by watching TED Talks on topics that interest you, attending seminars on how to build self-confidence or taking online courses in your field.

Confidence grows when you learn more about a topic that you enjoy or when you gain more skills in your field. You will also have new knowledge that can contribute to your position, which will help to boost your confidence too. It is never too late to learn something new and you should never let your age prohibit you from taking courses or going to seminars.

Final thoughts

Being confident can help in many ways in the workplace. You will be more productive, you will be able to communicate effectively and you will become more assertive too. These are all traits that employers look for in potential talent, so building your confidence is a win for both you and the company. Improve your knowledge, shift your views and hold yourself accountable in order to boost your confidence and enjoy work even more.

Read next: 3 Ways Workplace Gamification Can Backfire – And How To Avoid Them

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