October 25, 2006

The importance of speaking up

This is the other great thing that happened last week...

I noticed that in our work newsletter, they feature people's personal lives, like so-and-so had a baby, so-and-so got married and so-and-so produced a hip-hop album.

Well, I thought if they can feature all these people then I'm going to ask for a feature too, so off I sent an email. About 2 minutes later, I get a call from the marketing guy who wants to come see me in 30 minutes.

We interviewed, he took a picture and that was that. In the middle of the interview, I told him that my plan is to be coaching full-time in 3 years time, latest. He had some good ideas for me when he heard my current workshop is From Drab to Fab, and that we're covering self-esteem and confidence.

He suggested I speak to another markting person who is apparently organising something on self-esteem for the ladies at my company. I sent her an email which she then forwarded to our organisational transformation manager. We know each other from a committee we both serve on at work.

So we had a coffee on Tuesday afternoon and she is very excited. She is keen to have me do a one to two-hour lunch session once a month, each month on a different topic. This will all start next year. It's important for them that the somebody is a person our employees can relate to.

I'll put together a proposal for them when I'm back at work and we can take it from there.

Now how's that?

October 24, 2006


The reason I've been so quiet is because we're in Thailand!

I just wanted to blog this quickly because two wonderful things happened last week as I was finishing up and preparing for my trip.

A coach I admire greatly (in fact, her one e-course is listed on my website under Recommended) emailed me to see if I'd be interested in being an accountability partner with her. The weird thing is I had been thinking about getting together with someone for exactly this reason.

If you've been following my work for a while, you'll know that with my goal-setting courses and workshops, I strongly suggest that you make yourself accountable to someone. I've kind of kept myself accountable to you, my subscribers, in the past as whenever I want to work on something, I tell you and then go for it.

How did she find me? I commented on her blog in my usual straightforward fashion and it seems she appreciated my forthrightness.

Just goes to show - be yourself and good things will come to you!

Hope this encouraged some of you today.

I'll blog the other good thing in a day or so because this internet connection in the hotel is slow!!!

October 17, 2006

Twelve Step Internet Recovery Program

Here's something fun for all of us computer addicts!

I will have a cup of coffee in the morning and read my newspaper like I used to, before the Internet.
I will eat breakfast with a knife and fork and not with one hand typing.
I will get dressed before noon.
I will make an attempt to clean the house, wash clothes, and plan dinner before even thinking of the Internet.
I will sit down and write a letter to those unfortunate few friends and family that are Internet-deprived.
I will call someone on the phone who I cannot contact via the Internet.
I will read a book... if I still remember how.
I will listen to those around me and their needs and stop telling them to turn the TV down so I can hear the music on the Internet.
I will not be tempted during TV commercials to check for email.
I will try and get out of the house at least once a week, if it is necessary or not.
I will remember that my bank is not forgiving if I forget to balance my checkbook because I was too busy on the Internet.
Last, but not least, I will remember that I must go to bed sometime... and the Internet will always be there tomorrow!

[ Author Unknown -- from 'keepAhead' (IwantTwisted@keepAhead.com) ]


October 15, 2006

Quick update - travel plans, etc.

If you're a regular reader of the Take Charge newsletter (and if you're not, go sign up at http://takechargesolutions.org to get your free Success Pack), you'll know that we're going to Thailand on Thursday. You can read more at our travel blog.

I'll send you the organising challenge on Tuesday evening as I'm coaching on Wednesday evening after my dance class.

In the meanwhile, please answer these 3 quick questions for me.

Have a great "take charge" week.


October 06, 2006

The difference between dreams and goals

This is one of my favourite things to talk about because most people confuse the two.

We've heard it said before that a dream is just a dream, but a goal is a dream with a deadline.

There's another difference between the two and this is it:

Do you want to do something (dream) or are you willing to do it? Example - I want to lose weight but am I willing to do what it takes to get there?

Do you see the difference?

So many people want lots of things in life - better health, weight, fitness, money, time, increased productivity but they're not willing to do what it takes to get there.

I read an excellent article similiar to this blog post on Chris Widener's site. It's called Seven “Have-to’s” to Achieve Personal Growth

Enjoy and have a good weekend.

October 05, 2006

Do you have goals?

If you do, then answer this?

How are you progressing with your goals for the year so far? There are only 3 months left of 2006!!!

Over the last couple of days, I've been revising and updating my own goals. When I see the 2007 diaries and calendars in the stores, I know that it's time to review the goals I set in Jan.

I made some new goal maps (read more here) and worked out exactly where I am with my business goals and, more importantly, what I have to do to achieve them.

I now have a step-by-step plan for the rest of the year but enough about me - how are your goals going?

(If you need some help with your goals, I've written a workbook called "12 steps to achieve your goals". If you're interested, go have a read here).

Until next time, have a great week.

October 03, 2006

My new car

Oh.My.Word - glancing back over previous posts, I realise that I forgot to tell about my new car!

So I took the old car to the dealer who was buying it from me on Thursday 21st. It was a very sad moment - I love that little red car (VW Citi Golf) - so I asked the guy to take a last picture of me in the car. To be honest, I think I was behaving strangely because he gave me a really weird look.

Anyway, they deposited the cheque early the next morning so all was fine on that front. I borrowed some money from the bank (as little as I could get away with because I hate, hate, hate debt) so had to wait for this money to be paid before I could collect the car.

The whole Friday I was on the phone to the bank about probably 10 times in total trying to get them to hurry up and pay (and isn't it strange that they promised that their money would be in first and they were last).

It was stress stress stress because I'd organised a lift to the dealer based on timelines promised and nothing was happening. Normally I would have been a lot more relaxed about it (!) except that it was a long weekend and I wanted a car (I am fiercely independent and don't want to share D's car). Eventually I got on the phone yet again and explained to the nice people at the bank to please put me out of my misery if they were not going to pay on time because I am not going all the way through to collect my car and they turn me away because you haven't paid.

I don't know what did it but that girl got her act into gear. She phoned up managers all over the place and got them to email through a release on the car.

So then I collected the dirtiest car in the world. Went straight to a petrol station to clean the windows so I could see. At least it drove beautifully.

And it still is doing so. I am now zipping around Jhb in my gorgeous black Opel Corsa. I feel positively sexy.

October 01, 2006

The October newsletter is out!

Hi everybody

The latest newsletter has been posted here.

In this month's issue...

1. Inspirational quotes
2. Featured workshop – Discover yourself
3. Marcia's monthly motivational message - SETTING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES
4. Products and services
5. My reading room
6. Organising challenges
7. On a personal note
8. In the blog
9. Coach's corner
10. About Marcia

Get a cup of coffee and
have a read.

Love and success