The Art of Positive Thinking – Part 3

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Where you have used Rational Thinking to challenge incorrect negative thinking, it’s often useful to use rational, positive thoughts and affirmations to counter them. It’s also useful to look at the situation and see if there are any opportunities that are offered by it.

The Art of Positive Thinking – Part 2

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The next step in dealing with negative thinking is to challenge the negative thoughts that you identified using the Thought Awareness technique. Look at every thought you wrote down and rationally challenge it. Ask yourself whether the thought is reasonable, and does it stand up to fair scrutiny?

As an example, by analysing your Stress Diary you might identify that you have frequently had the following negative thoughts:

  • Feelings of inadequacy.
  • Worries that your performance in your job will not be good enough.
  • An anxiety that things outside your control will undermine your efforts.
  • Worries about other people’s reactions to your work.


The Art of Positive Thinking – Make Stress a Thing of the Past

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Quite often, the way we feel about a situation comes from our perception of it. Often that perception is right, but sometimes it isn’t. For instance, sometimes we’re unreasonably harsh with ourselves, or we can jump to wrong conclusion about people’s motives. This can cause problems and make us unhappy, and it can lead us to be unfair to others.

Thought Awareness, Rational Thinking, and Positive Thinking are simple tools that help you turn this around.

Introducing Level 5 Leadership – Part 2

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How to Become a Level 5 Leader

It takes time and effort to become a Level 5 Leader. But the good news is that it can be done, especially if you have the passion to try

Again, it’s important to realize that you don’t have to progress through each level in turn in order to get to Level 5. But you do need the capabilities found in each level in order to achieve Level 5 status.

Here are some strategies that will help you grow emotionally and professionally, so that you can develop the qualities of a Level 5 Leader:

Introducing Level 5 Leadership Part 1

The concept of Level 5 Leadership was created by business consultant, Jim Collins. He wrote about it in a well-respected 2001 Harvard Business Review article, and published his research in his popular book, “From Good to Great.” The concept came about during a study that began in 1996, when Collins began researching what makes a great company. He started by looking at 1,435 companies, and ended up choosing 11 truly great ones. These 11 companies were all headed by what Collins called Level 5 Leaders.

He found that these leaders have humility, and they don’t seek success for their own glory; rather, success is necessary so that the team and organization can thrive. They share credit for success, and they’re the first to accept blame for mistakes. Collins also says that they’re often shy, but fearless when it comes to making decisions, especially ones that most other people consider risky.

Level 5 Leaders also possess qualities found in four other levels of leadership that Collins identified. Although you don’t have to pass sequentially through each individual level before you become a Level 5 Leader, you must have the skills and capabilities found in each level of the hierarchy.

Let’s look at each of the five levels in more detail:

Giving Yourself Optimism and Positivity

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Here are some powerful positive tips to share with you today that will help you to start getting what you truly want.


Mindfulness refers to focusing on the present moment and paying attention to what you’re doing at that moment.

Too often we put ourselves on autopilot and let our minds run wild with what we just did, and what we’re about to do.

From picking up the kids to mowing the lawn, we tend to live our lives in the past and future, without ever just focusing on the present.

Being mindful allows you to begin to focus your attention in a very specific way that calms your mind, priming it to accept what the universe has to share with you.

What is Self Confidence?

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From the quietly confident doctor whose advice we rely on, to the charismatic confidence of an inspiring speaker, self-confident people have qualities that everyone admires.

Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, yet so many people struggle to find it.

Sadly, this can be a vicious circle: people who lack self-confidence can find it difficult to become successful.

After all, most people are reluctant to back a project that’s being pitched by someone who was nervous, fumbling, and overly apologetic.

On the other hand, you might be persuaded by someone who speaks clearly, who holds his or her head high, who answers questions assuredly, and who readily admits when he or she does not know something.

Confident people inspire confidence in others: their audience, their peers, their bosses, their customers, and their friends.

And gaining the confidence of others is one of the key ways in which a self-confident person finds success.

The good news is that self-confidence really can be learned and built on.

And, whether you’re working on your own confidence or building the confidence of people around you, it’s well-worth the effort!

Building Self-Confidence

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So how do you build this sense of balanced self-confidence, founded on a firm appreciation of reality?

The bad news is that there’s no quick fix, or five-minute solution.

The good news is that becoming more confident is readily achievable, just as long as you have the focus and determination to carry things through.

And what’s even better is that the things you’ll do to build your self-confidence will also build success – after all, your confidence will come from real, solid achievement.

No-one can take this away from you!

So here are our three steps to self-confidence, for which we’ll use the metaphor of a journey: preparing for your journey; setting out; and accelerating towards success.

What Is It That Truly Decides The Way You Are? – Beliefs And Attitudes

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Part 2 – Beliefs and Attitudes

(Missed Part 1? – Read Now)

Each step of the chain is inextricably linked, and I guarantee you will begin to understand yourself better once you inwardly reflect on each of these steps.

There are many complex relationships between the attitudes you hold in life and how you express them.

i.e. The external manifestation of your attitudes that other people can notice and observe is what we call behaviour.

Behaviours almost always reflect your firmly held attitudes and beliefs, but they can be confused by social factors.

For instance, you may have a belief that drinking too much causes you pain and a loss of control. But in certain social situations there may well be pressure to conform to peer group attitudes where excessive drinking is regarded as fun.

How do you resolve this in your mind? Do you give in and drink a lot? Or resist and be true to your core beliefs?

Attitude and Behaviour are woven into the fabric of daily life.

What Is It That Truly Decides The Way You Are? – Values

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Part 1 – Values

I do a lot of work using personality profiling, which articulates clearly how you like to behave. i.e. How other people see you will draw implications from your behaviour.

You can check this out for yourself here

Once articulated, the question I am most asked is –

“Why do I always behave this way?”

“How did this happen to me?”

By now you will have begun to realise that the answer is clear.

Everybody goes through the same process and I am going to outline this process to you now.

Each step of the chain is inextricably linked, and I guarantee you will begin to understand yourself better once you inwardly reflect on each of these steps.

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