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Reach success by overcoming your fears

You’re reading this because you want to change your life completely, achieve your dreams and reach success. Life has presented you with another one of its unique opportunities and you’re stuck in the mud. If you want to overcome your fears and reach success there’s one golden thread that runs constant, you have to follow your heart and be brave.

Letting go to overcome fear

Your fear is completely normal but it is not real. Your mind is more powerful than anything that you’ve ever encountered. It’s time you start relying on your own critical thinking and intuition to reach your goals. Starting up and setting yourself up for success requires you to dig deep and step outside of your comfort zone.

People fear the unknown because the material comforts of daily existence define their lives and give them a sense of purpose. If you want to reach success, you need to follow your heart and start envisioning your own purpose for life, through bold actions that disrupt the general status quo. Keep reading to obliterate your fear and for useful steps to reach success in life and in business.

Block negativity out

You need to start treating negativity like a light prism. Refract negative energy and start seeing the positive benefits in what you as a individual have to offer the world. Share your ideas and thoughts with people constantly. Stand up for what you believe in and have the courage of your convictions. Remember that constructive feedback is always useful but never allow anyone to bring your thoughts or ideas down in life.

It’s often all too easy to get caught up in the hype of negative energy. Influences like co-workers, family and friends can have a huge impact on your daily psyche. If you remain in the funnel with the same attitude then nothing changes. Step out of the washing drum, rinse off negativity and embrace yourself to reach success.

Jealousy only makes you nasty

Yes jealousy can be apart of the fear holding you back from reaching your dreams and achieving success in your personal life and business. People fear what others think about them because we are naturally programmed to impress and please. Let go of people that hold you back and bring you down.

People’s jealousy should be used as a tool to empower your thoughts and make you stronger. The only way to reach success is to ignore jealousy and let it be the fertilizer for your flowers that are about to bloom.

Take a giant leap not just a step

Yes, we have all heard the age old saying; baby steps. Changing your life and starting an amazing journey is all about courage. You might be thinking that you will treat your idea as a sideline project until it grows into something bigger. Perhaps you are perfecting the recipe for success. Nothing is achieved by dawdling.

Your initiative must walk hand in hand with your passion. Leap at the opportunity to change your life,  achieve your goals and reach success. Of course there are steps to follow to reach success, just be more radical about your approach and you could find yourself in the driver’s seat of your own destiny sooner than you think.

Time is valuable, don’t waste it

As mentioned earlier; dawdling won’t accomplish much. There is never that optimal moment to reach success in life. You have to grab it. With a little bit of faith and courage you must make a plan to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace a new you.

Time is the most valued asset on this planet. Don’t waste it. You only get to be on this planet once. Make the most of your time and live life on your own terms, for ultimate success in your personal life and business.

For more life changing lessons that can empower you and help you reach success, accomplishing your dreams, keep checking back on our blog page.

Intuitive people do things differently, find out what

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The Dictionary defines intuition as: the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning./A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning. Intuitive people understand this process more naturally than those people with less intuition. 

It was Steve Jobs that said:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

People tend to believe we are born and whatever we become has been a planned series of events leading up to a grand life, well lived. The scientific community argue this point down and stress that you are in control of the major decisions in your life. There is a slight problem with this conception though, the scientific community can’t quite say why certain people are blessed with a better ‘gut feeling’, otherwise known as intuition over others who don’t possess as much of the skill.

Life is like a paint by numbers kit, paint it

We tend to foster our own path in life like a paint by numbers kit. We pick the colours from our choices and live with the creation of our consequences. Humans love living in the moment and when we reflect, we get a grander sense of what this life is all for. We start challenging convention and start to ponder the differences between intuition vs intellect and all the primitive brain can do is greet you with a maze of unanswered questions.

Research suggests that certain people are instinctively more intuitive than others. Whether it be in a game of chance or buying a car, your intuition plays a role in the final outcome. If you have ever been in a state of mindfulness, pondering about this very topic, then you may be surprised to learn that there are certain things that deeply intuitive people do differently to your average Joe’s. Keep reading to see what highly intuitive people are doing to hone their lives and live within an analytical mind, creating a natural system of checks and balances that advances their critical thinking skills daily.

Intuitive people listen out for their inner voice

Before you can even conceive the notion of intuition you need to be able to recognise it. Intuition is not as clear as body language or tone of voice. It’s a deep seeded awareness that makes your gut feeling sway towards positive or negative associations. This takes some time, especially in today’s fast paced life where we rush to do absolutely everything. You need to stop, steer and observe in order to hear your inner voice. Let it shine through and guide you towards your desired goals.

You’ve heard it, now follow it

Don’t think you have what it takes? One of the most common reasons why some people are more intuitive than others is because they actually listen to themselves instead of being driven by ideology. This is not to say that one should completely ignore the analytical mind, or critical thinking skills. Rather embrace intuition and incorporate it into your lifestyle. Listen out for your inner voice and then follow it rationally with instinct and confidence.

Practice empathic accuracy for better intuition

You might just roll over into your grave if we told you that deeply intuitive people can read your mind. Even though this is not the case, intuition is like a reading that can be deduced from certain cues that people give off without even knowing it. Empathic accuracy is the fancy scientific way of saying that you can ascertain certain knowledge from people simply by analysing their body language or tone of voice. Intuitive people are gathering data all the time listening, observing and reading people for a holistic overview on how to approach a situation dynamically.

Practice mindfulness to be more intuitive

Mindfulness is not some gimmicky new age paradigm shift that allows you to become a more spiritually connected person. It’s easy to be mindful. You simply need to cut out all the distractions in your life and take some time for yourself. Go for a walk, sit on the beach with your thoughts, take a power nap. Contemplate life, don’t let life contemplate you. Go after what you want with a clear head and an honest heart and you will have reached a state of mindfulness honing your intuition skills.

Nurturing your creativity can lead to better intuition

As mentioned earlier in this post; life is like a paint by numbers kit. No one is trying to reinvent the wheel and turn art into science here, yet it is the reality. Life is an art and the science in the art plays an integral part in how you build your demeanour. You can’t just spot a colour and hope for the best outcome. Your intuition and foresight play a role in what the final image will look like. The same applies to your intuitive skills. You need to practice and nurture your own inherent creativity to paint your life’s masterpiece and guide your future decisions.

Create your own destiny with intuition

Intuition may not be present in your life currently, however, with these insightful tips on what deeply intuitive people do better than most average Joe’s, you too can live a life where you make better decisions daily. Keep checking back on our blog page for more mindful superpowers that can help you reach ultimate success in life.

Advice for successful project managers

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Successful project managers know how to be a jack of all trades, all the time. You need to develop strong business acumen, outstanding leadership/mentorship skills and a level head that can plan, control, execute and mitigate risk all at the same time, on a daily basis. If you are just starting out as a project management professional, these essential tips on successful project management will help you get the ball rolling for a fundamental grasp of project management basics.

Tip 1: Successful project mangers learn to Observe their surroundings

As a project manager you are going to be running a team and they are going to be constantly looking to you for guidance and mentorship. Soak up your surroundings and analyse your team members, learn their strengths and weaknesses and apply each member to tasks accordingly. Successful project managers listen to what their team has to say and implements their suggestions accordingly. This will show cohesion and willingness for an adaptable project management style.

Tip 2: Work Smart and Solve Problems

Successful project managers are apart of the solution rather than the problem. Planning is the biggest factor that allows project management professionals to mitigate risk. If you do your fair share of planning before the initial project phases, then you will be able to solve problems much more efficiently and mitigate potential threats.

Tip 3: Utilise Tools Effectively

Whether you’re a traditional pen and paper enthusiast or if you make use of project management software, as a project manager you need to know your working tools extensively. Online project management software brings team members together. Successful project managers stay a step ahead and look to optimise working platforms in any way possible, to make the project run more efficiently. Keep taking notes on what works and what doesn’t and stay on track of the projects goals.

Tip 4: The Customer is King

Your customers may be individuals or organisations as a project manager. You need to learn what your customers want and how to give it to them. Successful project managers listen to their customers needs and adapt the project management strategy around their wants. Once you learn to satisfy the needs of your customer while performing the project management steps you will grow rapidly within the industry.

Tip 5: Successful project managers get educated

There are a variety of options available for a project management qualification, especially in today’s digital age.  You can study a project management degree, opt for a project management online course or even a project management short course certificate. Your qualification or furthering your studies will show your employer that you are committed to a successful project mangers mindset. Pursue your qualification with passion and you may soon find yourself a member of the Project Management Institute of South Africa (PMISA).

Debtors manager: Abigail Bock

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Born and raised in Knysna, Abigail stems from an academic background. Her father, now retired, was a school principal. She is the youngest of six kids, once dubbed an introvert, Abigail says: “I was an extreme introvert, but life had its way and a bit of both now, and now I know what I want in life”. Abigail is a mom, and she is setting the record straight, starting with herself and her education.

Abigail is a Debtors Manager at a construction company that specialises in substations, power lines and fibre optics. She says she was inspired when she saw the online short course in Financial Management offered by MasterStart, as she wanted to further her knowledge in the finance industry.

The course had an overall positive impact on Abigail’s daily routine.

One of the biggest benefits of the course was the fact that she could work all day, see her kids and then sit with her studies once everyone at home was happy first. Abigail liked the fact that the online short course was: “User-friendly and the online support was great.” Now that Abigail has completed the course, she says that she was delighted with the fact that the course gave her real time working experience, specifically in cash flow and budgeting.

Abigail has started her path to success with MasterStart. She says she is going to invest in herself even further by obtaining her NQF Level 6 Financial Management diploma.

Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. – William Eardley IV.

No qualification is pure bliss. There are numerous challenges along the way and it helps to be prepared for them.

Abigail’s advice to any participants embarking on this online short course is the following:

“Even though I did not go online every day to go through the course, I suggest you go through modules every day to prevent having to sit 4/5 hours at a time to catch up”.

One of Abigail’s biggest motivations was the fact that she wanted to be a role model for her daughter, to show her what true dedication and hard work is really about. Dying inside to visit New York, Abigail now occupies her spare time with interesting books. She is currently reading the Art of War, further compelling her to tackle life’s challenges, head on.

This was Abigail’s first online learning experience. She remains resolute in her stance to continuously improve upon herself, and she says she will definitely tackle another online course in the future.

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Actually, you do have time for family and business

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Ever heard the saying that there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Work sucks away all your energy and you’re left deadbeat on the couch after work for an hour, before nodding off and repeating the same day over and over again. You need to seize the day. Some people have all the time in the world but not enough money, while others seem to live the high life with more money than they know what to do with because they don’t even have the time to spend it.

Spending quality time with your family is first prize, but how do you accomplish that?

You can live a balanced life. You can make time for both business and family, getting in that quality time that makes your family unit stronger and more loving. These things don’t just happen overnight though, you need to nurture your relationships, in business and at home. This, however, requires your ultimate dedication and very specific goals.

Make the time to seize the day

It’s true, time waits for no man. In this life you have to take what you want. Stop hitting the “Snooze” button and start jumping at the opportunity to seize the day. You need to make the time for what you want in this life, no one will do it for you.

We all wish we could work from home and have those essential hours of the day to do what we want with. While some have that privilege, many of us are stuck in the same daily grind at work. Perhaps studying an online course at your own pace and on your own time can help you accomplish that goal if that’s what you are aspiring for. MasterStart has an array of exciting online short courses that can help boost your career.

Make the effort to make the time and it will happen in your life. For some people it’s waking up or going to bed an hour earlier and for others it’s getting into a routine of less sleep and more action. Whatever it takes, you must make the time to spend quality time with your family every day.

Define your life

Work a calendar plan into your daily routine and stick to it. Visual representations are very powerful tools that help you see what you are accomplishing in real time. You need to put a calendar up and draft your months plan.

Put small things on your calendar to remind you that you need to do something to seize the day. Write it down and finish the task or complete a goal. It can be something as simple as phoning your mother and having a catch up chat. This process is rewarding and allows you to overcome daily challenges, giving you more positive energy to seize the day at hand.

Not only will a calendar give you structure and a sense of fulfillment but it will also help you get into a routine where your daily tasks seem to run on autopilot. It will eventually become a lifestyle giving you more time in the day to spend quality time with your family and run your business affairs, for that work life balance you’ve been searching for.

The to do list saves lives

A to do list is also a powerful tool that can help you check off daily tasks to ensure that you keep on track with your work. Make use of a to do list app online and you will find that your day has a more structured approach. Useful tools like to do list apps can also increase your overall productivity. A brilliant to do list app like Wunderlist can increase your operational management and keep you engaged with your daily tasks.

Don’t overthink things, keep it simple

Combine these effective techniques to schedule your daily routine. Make time for the family and the business side of your life. Stick to a solid schedule and keep your life simple. It’s not easy to manage your time effectively, but by putting little steps in place you can keep your life organised and on par with your long-term expectations.

Keep checking back on our blog page for more inspiration on how to take control of your life, seizing the day and dominating at work, while still finding the opportunity for quality time at home with your family.  

Bad habits you must break now to be more productive

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They creep up on you slowly like a silent little whisper in the back of your mind, intertwining with your thoughts and, ultimately, dragging you down. Bad habits are soul destroying, oozing out your thoughts and clouding your judgement with self loathing and guilt. This slows you down, decreases your creativity, which in turn will eventually affect your overall productivity at work and in your personal life.

Break bad habits now and start living a successful life. Strive for career growth. Own your destiny and grab life by the horns, taking that promotion you desire or empowering your life through that all too contemplated career change. Follow us as we explore some of the worst bad habits that could be holding you back in life.

  • Wasting time on the Internet

You may be surprised to learn that engaging in a proper work flow can take up to fifteen minutes to achieve. If you allow yourself to be distracted by the endless amount of content on the internet you may spend an entire day at work completely out of sync with the important tasks at hand. The same goes for your personal life.

If you constantly waste time on the internet you may never achieve the things you want to do around the house or in your personal life. Keep yourself engaged and set time aside for meaningless content surfing for a slight distraction, but don’t let distractions rule your day.

  • Perfectionism and general bad habits

You have to start somewhere. This saying applies to everything in life. If you scrutinize every piece of work then you simply won’t get any work done. A lot of people focus on perfecting their idea or plan so much so, that they only ever end up plotting their plan. You need to take action and resolve glitches in the work later. Cross bridges as you come to them and avoid being a complete perfectionist from the word go to start making progress in your life and avoid bad habits.

  • Hitting the “Snooze” button

This is a tough one as we are all guilty of it. Our brains lie to us and tell us that a small amount of time delayed won’t make the world of difference. In reality by allowing your brain to shift back into sleep mode you only make yourself more tired and groggy than you started your day off with. If you want to be more productive jump up at your alarm and embrace the initial endorphins your brain triggers when it first wakes.

  • Taking on more tasks than you can handle

Tackle one task at a time. Research shows that your brain stops functioning optimally when it is bombarded with too many thought processes. By completing a single task at a time you are more focused and your productivity curve remains around the same loop.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can achieve more by taking on more. Stick to one task at a time and you will deliver quality work consistently rather than producing mediocre work quickly.

  • Delaying tough tasks

We are naturally programmed to deal with tasks that are easy, first and foremost. That is human nature. In life, you need to challenge yourself and stimulate your brain, otherwise your brain pattern becomes comfortable and this in turn will make you lazy.

People love to work through the easy stuff at work first and leave the more complicated tasks for later on in the day. Rather begin your day with a more complex problem and devote all your brain power to difficult tasks. You may even find that the easy tasks have just become a walk in the park and not even seem like tasks at all anymore.

The above bad habits can destroy your progress at work and your personal goals. Cultivate new habits that help you break old traditions and move forward in life. For new and exciting insights into empowering yourself check back on our blog page.

Project engineer: Nico Jackson

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Nico grew up on a farm and attended Agricultural School. His less than domestic upbringing saw him entering into the challenging and fascinating realm of Industrial Engineering. He graduated in 2002, but saw the need to keep himself relevant in a world that is constantly changing and is currently a Project Engineer at Parmalat Head Office in Stellenbosch.

Everyone has the desire to improve their quality life.

Nico felt the same and enrolled in the Project Management online short course from MasterStart, to shift from middle management to senior management. He says that “ The Operations Management course provides a solid foundation and gives a good understanding for the requirements at senior management level”.

More and more people are opting to study online, as work consumes the majority of their time. For Nico, the choice was simple. He said that the benefits of this course were tremendous: “Very flexible, never interfered with my work or my daily routine. Participants are able to complete the course late at night when nothing else requires your attention.”

Dreaming of career growth and success? Life is a never-ending journey and if you are not learning, it means you simply aren’t growing. Nico believes that this online short course was a drastic step towards future success. He says: “The course definitely helped me to mature in the work environment and taught me great skills, which I already use in my current position.”

Nico is a firm believer in remaining calm.

He is adamant, if you stick to your notes, remain calm and stress less, the course certification is achievable. He also adds that further investigation on the internet can enhance your overall understanding of a question and its relevant answer. This is the attitude that is going to help Nico reach his career goals. He says that he would like: “To complete a further leadership course and to register as a Project Management Professional”.

Nico understands the dynamic of the South African workforce, he knows that: “Career opportunities are limited, so distinguish yourself from others, make it count.” This strong mental attitude has led Nico to career growth and success, despite being a father to two small children, which require heaps of his time and energy daily.

We are living in a new world and we need to constantly engage with the world to stay up to date in our chosen fields and industries. Nico admits that even though this was his first online experience, it was very important for him to set a career president. This, in turn, will see Nico undertaking more online courses in the future.