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Motivation: 7 motivational tips to kick-start March

This morning I am up early and feeling like a very motivated and annoyingly energetic creature. Motivation I have found is a rather curious creature. What motivates me won’t necessarily float your boat and why should it?

Some days like today it seems I woke up with the motivation bug firmly placed in a place we won’t discuss and I feel irrationally happy.

The reason is this…

There are days when I make a personal discovery and my life changes. These discoveries do not need to be big, but they are always hiding in plain sight. Gone are the days when I could kick myself for not realising. Instead, I jump up and down and give the dogs extra kisses for their support and encouragement.

The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.


I was on a group call about limiting beliefs, you know those things we have but can’t see or can but can’t get to the root cause. A comment was made that sparked something in me, and as usual, I put it in my journal. As is also the way I left it so that I could reflect.

Last night I was on another group call about something different but full of great ideas and tips that were a boost to my motivation and understanding.

And then…

I made a comment. It was a comment about how I had done something. In those few words, I made a connection between a limiting belief, how to get to the root cause and most importantly I discovered my secret sauce. The way that I would use the power of my motivation to solve the problem.

Ok so far?

You see the answer is always within.

I made the greatest discovery when I was journaling this morning.

Motivation tip 1 – journal every day

Journaling, connecting to your inner muse and inner leader is one of the most powerful ways I know to unlock the secrets to becoming a better human. Alchemy is made in the connection between our hearts and the paper.

Write, reflect and write some more. You will if you are open find answers.

Motivation tip 2 – focus on one thing

I always start my quarter doing 45 goals, desires and wants. It’s just a big list of stuff which contains the frivolous to the very important. At the beginning of each month (and at a full moon), I review my list and create a short what shall I focus on this month list. I then have one thing to do. Now that might be one thing for my business, one thing for my writing and one for my health, but there is never more than one thing in a category.

Choose three areas and select your one thing for each.

Motivation tip 3 – read for 30 minutes a day or 20 pages

You choose which it is time or pages. What matters is that each day you read something. Why? Well, you will learn something, and you will relax. I just read the latest John Marrs book, and I wanted to do nothing but read, but I forced myself to close my Kindle after my allotted time and carried on with my day. The killer was when I was almost at the end, and I wanted to know… oooo the suspense!

What are you reading, do please share?

Motivation tip 4 – learn one new word

Your new word can be in any language. My new word is Spanish. I’ve started a new journal just for this, and it starts today.

My word is frondoso. Apparently, it means lush and abundant. What is your word for today? I’m already laughing at how I shall slip this into the conversation.

Motivational tip 5 – have a me day

Me days are so important. Tomorrow is a me day, I’m meeting a friend for lunch by the sea, and we are going to an art exhibition. On Thursdays, I go to an art class for relaxation and to tap into my creativity. My teacher Rose, who is amazing, is exhibiting and we are going to support her.

What will you do for you me day?

Motivational tip 6 – Meditate for a minute

I started meditating for a minute at the beginning of the year and slowly I have been increasing the minutes. Starting with just a minute gets you into the habit.

Get the Insight Timer App and start your day with a minute just for you.

Motivational tip 6 – Do one thing you have been putting off

Get stuff off your list. Mine is cleaning the terrace. The winter has made a mess of it. So it needs a good sorting out so that when I am eating breakfast and lunch, I feel that I am in a beautiful space.

Go do it. What is your one thing?

Motivational tip 7 – Only you can change things

Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Ask your inner leader what is the next step for today. Listen and watch because the answer is not always obvious, but the answer will come when you believe in yourself.

Hold that thought that you have a very powerful leader lurking in your heart and today he/she will speak to you.

That’s it for March. Spring will be here soon. For me right now, the day is coming alive, and there are three dogs who don’t care about my writing, they just want a walk.

9 Ways to invigorate your learning & knowledge management

9 Ways to invigorate your learning & knowledge management

Technology and IT systems make it easy to get information flowing, often getting us to a point where we are so swamped by information and finding the time to share knowledge effectively is overlooked.  Knowledge management in organisations  is usually implemented and managed by IT or project management or business services, when it should really be a collaboration of  HR and IT and other relevant stakeholders.  If part of HR’s role to change the culture, then they need to find people who are willing to share knowledge and who are keen to create engaging knowledge.

Here’s just a few ideas you can implement to invigorate the learning and knowledge sharing.

  1. Using your internal forum or blog, pick a video from YouTube, TED or an interesting site and send out an invitation to your teams to watch and then discuss. Remembering to add some stimulating and thought provoking questions.
  2. Create Pecha Kucha events, where people are invited to prepare and deliver short presentations of 20 slides, with only 20 seconds per slide (that’s 6 minutes per speaker).  Have a theme with prizes.  Video the events.  Blog about them later.
  3. Use storytelling circles to develop the stories about what you do around here.  What is the most effective way to record these stories – case studies, blogs, books, videos?
  4. Start a book club and encourage teams to collaborate on developing business books which demonstrate your expertise.  Build your own business library.
  5. Video interviews and training sessions, turn them into blogs and relate the information back to key business activities. Build a video library.
  6. Encourage journalling so that people can record and reflect on their working life.  Encourage them to post blogs about findings and encourage discussions.
  7. Have a corporate internal blog for management communications and ask for feedback.
  8. Implement social networking tools such as Wiki’s (e.g http://pbworks.com/), Yammer (www.yammer.com) (Twitter for corporates)
  9. Write a book. Gather together at least 9 of your team and write a brand busting thought leadership book.

When people feel connected to the company, knowledge and sharing will flow.

I am sure you can think of more than 8 great ways to engage your teams.