Tag: mindset

Choose Your Attitude with Debra Searle

Do you wake up some mornings on the wrong side of the bed, and then the rest of the day proceeds to go to custard?

Do you ever wish that you could instead, choose your attitude and have the best day ever?

There’s a rather special person I know who has mastered this more than anyone else I’ve ever met and thankfully she is always sharing the simple yet powerful ways in which we can take charge of our own life and attitude.

Debra Searle is a unique and inspiring individual who is truly tapping into her potential.

Debra first hit the headlines when she and her husband set out to row across the Atlantic. Unfortunately, her husband and rowing partner had to be rescued within just days of setting off.

Debra continued on alone and rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic single-handedly!

It should have taken them 6 weeks but, to achieve her goal, Debra ended up spending 3 ½ months at sea alone. During that time she had to dig deep to endure this arduous crossing and it’s here where she developed the tools and mindset to be able to deal with pretty much anything life threw at her.

She also lead a group of women (which included me!) known as The Sisterhood to a new World Record for Dragon Boating across the English Channel in 2007.

This particular adventure created huge media interest in the UK due to a rather famous teammate – Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge.

She achieved a first class honours degree, has launched four companies, won Gold World Championship medals for Great Britain, presented over 40 programmes for the BBC, had two books published and became the youngest ever trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Her Majesty The Queen has recognised Debra on two occasions – in 2002 with an MBE and in 2014 with an MVO. She has spoken at over 1000 events across 38 countries.

This 2019 Debra will be making frequent trips to Hollywood as the movie telling the story of her Atlantic row is currently in development.

I am inspired and I hope you are too!Read more

17 Ways to be Ridiculously Productive

To be truly successful, whether it’s in our lives or our business, we need to stay at the top of our game. It can be challenging, but being productive is necessary.

Productivity allows you to crush your goals and soar through tasks in both your business and personal life, helping you to stay at the top of your game and be truly successful!

Do you want to be ridiculously productive? How lucky then, that I’m here to help you have an exceptionally productive 2018!

Fear not, for here are my top 17 tips and get productivity-boosting tips.

Now go out and rock this year, dear freedomist!

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Don’t judge your bad ideas

Are you one of those people who’s constantly coming up with new ideas, only to question them a few days or weeks later, and realizing that only a handful of them actually seem to be a good idea?

I’m here to tell you today not to judge your bad ideas, but to look at them at stepping stones on the way to greatness.

As in your greatest and most original idea ever.

In this short and sweet podcast I introduce you to Adam Grant, author of Originals and the youngest full professor at Wharton Business School.

He not only has two best-selling books and a much-read Sunday New York Times column, but he’s also down to earth and highly practical.

In this podcast I share: 

  • The key takeaway from his book Originals that changed my way of thinking around my ideas
  • Why output matters more than the quality of your ideas
  • How I have continually developed and acted on ideas and turned them into product offerings that work

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Why saying NO is easier than saying yes

If you are a chronic people pleaser and just can’t say NO to people and then end up doing things you just don’t want to be doing, you need to watch this.

Or if you’re simply taking on too many things right now and feeling overwhelmed because you simply can’t say no, you also need to watch this.

I’ve got 7 tips to make it way easier to say no to things that don’t light you up, while letting go of any guilt and being happy with your decision.

Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem?

Could you be attempting to solve the wrong problem when it’s actually really your mindset that’s needing to be transformed?

Have you tried to change your habits or worked harder to improve your business and life? And then you get to the point where you ask yourself, “Why is this still not working?”.

It’s not technically because you are doing the wrong thing.

It’s not about the actions that you are doing or not doing that’s making the difference.

It’s actually what’s happening in your mind that’s actually the biggest challenge you have that needs to be solved.

My friend Osmaan Sharif is back in Season 5 of Quest for Freedom to continue our talk about Mindset Freedom.

We discuss the Rapid Transformation Formula, solving the right problem and his top tips to shift your mindset when your mindset is holding you back.

Of course it takes courage to shine the spotlight onto YOU.  But when you get to the root of the real challenges you may be facing, then positive & long-lasting  transformations for your business and life can truly happen!

Hit play above to listen in directly.

Forget investing in your business, in tools and in more programs in 2018.

Make 2018 the year to invest in your mindset and you will not only see the most transformative shifts, but outstanding results in life and business.

Get details on the next Freedom Lab Master Your Mindset going live in January 2018.

  • Get crystal clear about the DESIGN of your life & business, so that it fits with what’s important to YOU and what freedom means to you.
  • Discover your entrepreneurial superpower, using the practical Wealth Dynamics profiling system (a fantastic test that tells you how to get in flow as an entrepreneur based on your strengths).
  • Learn tools from the world of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), applied & focused to help you as a business owners master your mindset & helping you get unstuck & overcome limitations.

How to Stop Comparison-itis

We all do it. We all suffer from Comparison-itis, and in doing so, sabotage ourselves in the process.

Your aim in life should be to be the very best version of yourself. So why do we all consistently compare ourselves against others?

Why do we look at people who are 3, 5 or even 10 years ahead of us in business and in life and get completely dejected that ‘we’re not there yet’ or that we pale in comparison.

That’s like comparing yourself with Richard Branson and his current empire worth billions, instead of the Richard Branson in college trying to make a magazine come to life and getting loans from his Mum.

You will always come up ridiculously short.

And that’s just a game for losers to play, and you’re a winner, so I suggest you stop that now.

You can’t even begin to know what’s behind their journey, what it took for them to get to where they are now. But you can learn from them, and emulate the great things they do, so long as you don’t try to measure up against them.

Nothing compares to you. You just focus on being your best self.

It doesn’t help that we’re constantly bombarded with ‘overnight success’ stories and internet millionaires making money in their sleep.

I know it can seem like everybody is doing better at everything than you. But they’re not.

In fact often it’s far from the truth, they’re just good at marketing or spinning out the right stuff.

I’d like you to stop this destructive habit of comparison-itis and instead concentrate on where you’re at and what you’ve achieved.

That’s why in this podcast I’ve brought in the heavies, well the heavyweight expert in getting rid of limiting beliefs, stopping your comparison-itis syndrome and shifting your mindset.

My friend Osmaan Sharif is a Performance Coach at Rapid Transformation and he specializes in unlocking your entrepreneurial superpowers and transforming your mindset blocks.

Since Season 5 of Quest for Freedom is all about Mindset Freedom I decided to bring him on to discuss how we can make 2018 our best year ever by doing one thing.

Working on our ‘inner game’.

We discuss how to stop comparing yourself to others, why that’s destructive and two things you can do instead to focus on being your best self.

Hit play above or listen to this episode directly here.

Forget investing in your business, in tools and in more programs in 2018.

Make 2018 the year to invest in your mindset and you will not only see the most transformative shifts, but outstanding results in life and business.

Get details on the next Freedom Lab Master Your Mindset going live in January 2018.

 

Design + MINDSET + Strategies = Results.

  • Get crystal clear about the DESIGN of your life & business, so that it fits with what’s important to YOU and what freedom means to you.
  • Discover your entrepreneurial superpower, using the practical Wealth Dynamics profiling system (a fantastic test that tells you how to get in flow as an entrepreneur based on your strengths).
  • Learn tools from the world of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), applied & focused to help you as a business owners master your mindset & helping you get unstuck & overcome limitations.

Get more details here, and get yourself on the VIP list to learn how to join us in 2018.

Your Mindset Can Set You Free

This is a fantastic time of the year to bringing you Season 5 of the Quest for Freedom Podcast on Mindset Freedom.

Why is that?

Well it’s typically the time when you’re winding down for the holiday season and also planning ahead to think about 2018 and why it’s going to be different.

But it’s not going to be different until you’re prepared to start working on the very thing that can make the most significant difference to your life.

I’m talking about your mindset. That’s because your mindset can set you free.

Mindset is the foundation that freedom in its widest possible sense comes from.

You are the product of your mind. Every thought and belief you have stored inside your mind shapes your experience of life.

Your values and beliefs shape your perception of reality and as a result your ability to achieve anything in life.

I’ve found that over the years, when I am not focusing on a growth mindset, when I’m not actively learning and applying new techniques to grow my mindset, to become more focused, to get rid of those negative thoughts, those comparison game moments, things don’t go quite as well.

And it feels less free in my mind.

For me personally, this year has been a roller coaster in terms of reshaping and reframing my identity from Suitcase Entrepreneur to Natalie Sisson.

I’ve been through a business sabbatical, a complete 180-degree shift and a complete change in what I am doing and how that fits into my meaning in life and my purpose.

For you, you may too also have had quite a full on year, or perhaps you’ve been really focusing in on what it is within your mind that you can strengthen.

Or what it is that you can quiet so that it makes way for more of those thoughts that allow you to be your best possible self and give you freedom in your mind.

We’ve all been there. We’ve had the mind tells us things we don’t really need to hear.

Our mindset can be our best comrade or it can be our worst enemy and so much of that is under our control.

I think about that every single time I’m faced with a big decision or a reaction to something.

Most of the time I’d like to think I’m pretty calm, but I am also a passionate Aries and every so often something will just piss me off and my emotions will well up and I’ll react in an instant.

So I probably need to go back and revisit some of the mindfulness freedom from Season 1, Mind Your Mindfulness and recommend you do too.

Making decisions in the moment of how we think, of how we act, of how we grow, of how we fundamentally believe is all part of having the right mindset.

The Definition of Mindset

The mindset definition varies across different sources according to Dictionary it is “1. an attitude, disposition, or mood.” or “2. an intention or inclination.” and “1. a mental attitude or inclination” or “2. a fixed state of mind”.

Yet none of these actually yield the true meaning and real definition of what it is. So what is the true meaning?

A more accurate definition of mindset is the sum of the way you think.

Mindset is how your values and beliefs shape your thoughts and lead you to be the way you are.

The way you think and feel, the way your thoughts lead you to act and behave causes the results you experience in the world.

If you have thoughts which are negative or limited then you will experience challenges and likely find success and freedom almost impossible to achieve.

If you are into people like Tony Robbins, into personal development and self-help books, you’ll come across a lot of these tactics and tools.

You’ll look into your neuro-linguistic programming, regression timeline and EFT (emotional freedom technique).  I’ve only touched on a few of these myself throughout my life.

There’s other tactics like meditation, mindfulness, transcendental meditation, looking at your chakras and all these exciting things like brain waves and binaural beats.

It’s incredible how much information is out there.

If we come back to the fundamental message here, which is “the way you think and feel, the way your thoughts lead you to act and behave causes the results you experience in the world“, you can start to see pretty quickly that anytime you are having a bad day, it’s most likely because of the way that you are thinking and then acting.

So how can you change state, how can you get yourself out of that to get back on track and into a frame of mind that serves you best?

Sometimes it’s good to be angry, sometimes it’s good to be emotional but if you can channel that into something that really helps you, serve you and helps others then we are talking about reframing and using your mindset for the power of good or even greatness.

And we want to move out of a fixed mindset, negative or a limited mindset into a growth mindset. I have talked about this research from Carol Dweck in Learning with a Growth Mindset.

But what I am most excited about is that I am bringing on a special guest, Osmaan Sharif who is my freedom mindset go-to guy.

I’ve had him attend three of my last freedom mastermind retreats in Bali and Portugal and he honestly has the most amazing set of tools to be able to help people shift their mindsets in minutes.

He is the founder of Rapid Transformation and he can transform people quite rapidly if they are open to it and if they are willing.

We are going to cover off on some really fantastic topics including

  • comparison-itis – how your mindset can be negatively impact with those you look up to
  • could you be attempting to solve the wrong problem when it’s really our mindset needs to be transformed
  • negative stories – what are we telling ourselves and how is that impacting or limiting our beliefs
  • when you are really not in control and that the unconscious mind is and how we can tap into that.

I would love for you to tune in every single time we put out a podcast and that’s going to be every Monday and Thursday from now on.

And if you want to Master Your Mindset in 2018 get details on our new Freedom Lab starting January 2018.

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Learning with a Growth Mindset

Changing our beliefs can have a powerful impact. The growth mindset creates a powerful passion for learning. Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?”

This is a statement from Carol Dweck, author of the bestselling book Mindset.

A leading expert in the field of motivation, her research has demonstrated the role of mindsets in students’ achievement and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine motivation and learning.

So let me ask you a question right now: Do you have a fixed or a growth mindset?

Your answer to this will define how you go about learning and reaching your human potential.

If you’ve often struggled to improve and the act of learning is not something you enjoy, then listen in to this short summary of the first key idea in Carol’s book by OnePercentBetter:

Mindset was written by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. Her decades of research on achievement and success led her to discover what great parents, teachers, CEOs and athletes already know.

That our mindset is the basis of accomplishment.

Lesson 1: The Two Mindsets

People with the fixed mindset believe intelligence can’t be changed. This leads to a desire to look smart so they avoid challenges. They don’t want to look bad if they fail which holds them back. In the face of obstacles they get defensive or give up easily. They say effort is pointless and believe that people are only great at things because they were born with special talents. When confronted with constructive criticism they ignore it. Lastly, they feel threatened by the success of others. People with a fixed mindset achieve less than they are capable of.

On the other hand, people with the growth mindset believe intelligence can be developed. This leads to a desire to learn so instead of avoiding challenges, they embrace them. They persist in the face of obstacles and see effort as a path to mastery. They accept constructive criticism and use it to their advantage. Lastly, they feel inspired by and learn from the success of others. As a result, they fulfill their ultimate potential.”

Fascinating right? Yet how often do we just assume we’re not smart enough or good enough based on the stories we’ve told ourselves all our life, vs looking at whether we have a fixed mindset that’s caused this?

As Carol says in her book:

“Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”

I wanted to share this as we come to the end of Season 3 which has been all about learning, because I think it’s critical to the role of learning in our lives, and more importantly, our enjoyment of it.

Right now I have around seven courses – yes seven, that I have invested in or enrolled in for free through some of the online learning platforms I discussed in the previous episode How to Learn More In Less Time.

Like most of us, I will often buy a course and then sit on it for months. Unlike many people I talk to though, I will dive into these when I most need them.

I made a conscious effort on my business sabbatical to really make progress thought, setting myself deadlines to do them in, or simply tuning into them at the right time – i.e when I needed them most.

So right now I’ve finally dived into Instagram with Intention that I bought from Hilary Rushford three months ago – because I love Instagram but don’t use it effectively for business and want to give it a damn good crack.

I’ll be diving back into Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula, as I go into producing some new courses, or what I prefer to call LIVE experiences to help my community tackle areas in their business and actually DO the work like my upcoming Freedom Lab on making your first hire and building your dream team.

I want to refresh my memory on some of his great tactics for interest building in the lead up to a launch. Even though I’ve done several over the years, you ALWAYS learn something new on every launch.

Both of these courses are for my business growth and learning – that’s how I categorize them.

I’ve been enjoying videos on The Wealthy Mindset by Tim and Kris Hallbom who concept of the Universal Cycles of Change I discussed in “When Too Much Change is Dangerous“.

Going through these videos (often in the evening or weekends) is for my personal growth learning, and they’re helping me look at my habits and mindset with a new pair of eyes.  

Along with this I’m finishing the Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani and there’s a course that comes with it I will dive into next – part business and very much mindset and rewiring your brain – so again personal growth.

I have Dr Libby’s latest book, all about eating the right food for you and knowing how to optimize your body and mind through what you consume.

That for me is learning to improve my health.

I wanted to give you a taster of how I learn, as I fit this into around content creation, course creation, mentoring calls, working on the property and that very important thing called everyday life!

Now I want to share a few of my personal hacks for learning, in addition to those in my most recent podcast and post on on How to Learn Anything Faster.

Hacks for Learning More

  • Schedule learning into your calendar so it becomes an event you make time for and has a deadline (a recurring calendar entry is even better)
  • Watch videos you learn from at 1.5-2 X the speed – click the settings icon or cog on most video players to speed it up.
  • Listen to podcasts (again at 1.5 X the speed) for daily bite sized learning
  • Learn with someone else by taking lessons together – for example my Mum and I are doing art class together, and Josh and I have been doing a Dog Essentials Training with our puppy Kayla; or
  • Go through an online course with a friend, do a coworking session together and go through the modules at the same time and share your learnings

There you have it, some hot tips for learning more faster. I hope you’ve enjoyed this season on the Quest for Freedom Podcast.

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