Posts Tagged ‘career’

What is your true path?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

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I can remember clearly the churning of my stomach and the tightness of my breath. At the same time I could feel an excitement pulsing though my body almost making me shake.

It was the moment before I approached my boss to tell him that I was going it alone and was going to set up my own business. This was my Rubicon – my chance to free myself to follow my destiny. It was 2006 and it was when I formed my company Seachange Training.

I approached Patrick and said “would you have a minute?”. Being astute and a good reader of people he said “yes, but let’s go out and get a coffee”. He could sense something was up. I had to hold myself back so as not to blurt out some unintelligible statement. Composing myself over a cup of coffee, I feared the worst; that I would get a very negative reaction and that I would somehow be letting down the great business that I worked for.

With trepidation I said, “I’m starting my own business Patrick, I’m going to set up a company called Seachange Training which is all about helping people to create personal and professional success”… Patrick’s response nearly floored me

“What can we and I do to help you?”

This was the last reaction that I expected!

The reason that I share this story with you is that it is just one in a long line of similar stories that have happened to me over the past few years. This is what happens in your life when you align with your true path. People around you will see you true intent and will want to support you, give you business and help you on your journey.

So my question for you is; what is your true path?

What is it that you can contribute to this amazing and incredible world we live in?

I’ll give a clue… it’s got a lot to do with what makes your heart sing and gives you joy. And before you shoot yourself down and say I can’t commercialise that or live that life, ponder this beautiful Hindu saying;

When you born you are given X number of heart beats and X number of breaths, how and where you spend them is up to you.

If you want some help answering this question I have some great exercises in my book The 5 States of Success. Get it right now as paperback, audiobook or ebook from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk . Why not buy it today! Or even better buy it as a gift for someone else…

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Are you ready for your new career? It’s coming whether you like it or not

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Check out my latest blog on why your career is set to change forever!

Your career is about to change forever

Set fire to your fears!

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Here is a great short visualisation to start to free you from your fears to allow you to create meaningful success in you career business and life. Please share it as this could just set someone free today – maybe even you!

You can order my new book The 5 States of Success right now as paperback or ebook from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk . Why not buy it today! Or even better buy it as a gift for someone else…

Is your career a stagnant pond or a flowing river?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Almost everyday I meet people who say – “my career is going nowhere” or “I am not where I want to be in my job” and many look to me for answers. The only answer to these questions is;

1. Where do you want to be?

2. What is stopping you getting there?

3. Will that make you happy if you get there?

Check out this video to see more…

Is your career a stagnant pond or a flowing river? from Brendan Foley on Vimeo.

There is 200,000 years of greatness packed into YOU!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

It is estimated that homo sapiens is about 200,000 years old. When you read that statement it is interesting but not really relevant to most of us. That is until you realize that YOU are homo sapiens!

And why is this of interest to us?

Anytime you doubt yourself, any time you believe that you are not good enough, not capable, that you can’t make it, remember that your genes are the product of 200,000 years of success. That success is embedded in you. For your ancestors to pass on their genes to you they will have overcome; famine, war, disease, political upheaval, natural disasters, wild animals, droughts and many more disasters of epic proportions.

So next time you have a bad day at the office, put it into perspective and think of the 200,000 years of success gone into making you great!

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Fear and myopia in small Irish businesses

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Yesterday was a very strange day. It was a day of unusual experiences that for me showed the disconnect between small Irish businesses and the principles of success. Two main experiences summed it up for me;

1. A credit note at a hardware store
2. A protest by subcontractors

The hardware experience.
I had to return an ash can, bought the day before, that was unsuitable for our requirements to a local family run hardware store. They did not have the size that I required and the owners first reaction on presenting the item back to him was – “You know I can only give you a credit note on that!”. I was a little taken aback at his abruptness and asked “why is that?”. Amazingly (as the store owner) he said “company policy”. As if the ‘the company’ was some faceless bureaucratic management structure far removed from the store! I said that I was a good customer and was prepared to take my business to the big national hardware stores where I could get a refund on an unused item bought the day before. His reaction was “well make sure you spend your credit note before you do!”. I left feeling like I had been swindled. It was only €50.00 but the principles of the man left me sick. Was my €50.00 worth more than the previous hundreds and possibly thousands that I could leave his store in the future? Obviously not. This is a classic case of small business myopia (short sightedness) that is rampant in Ireland.

Subcontractor Protest
The second moment of truth for me was watching a Prime Time TV report on small building sub-contractors protesting outside the gates of building firms that have gone bust. Their fear and myopia was pouring all their energy into protesting and pleading for money they were owed. What good can that possibly do their business? They have little or no chance of getting their money. All they are really doing is venting their anger. While I can sympathise with how they are feeling surely pouring their energy into new business ideas and development would better serve their cause? This would ensure their future to be positive and uplifting, rather than living in the past, which will acheive nothing for their cause.

What these two stories illustrate is how short sightedness and fear based attitudes can prevent us from creating meaningful success. You can overcome fear or myopia for you or your business by asking;

What do you need to let go of today that will allow you to move forward?
What can you put your energy into that will yield a great return?
What do you need to stand back from to see the big picture?

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Are you an 80%er goal setter? Want to be a 100%er?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Around this time of year it is very common for people to set objectives, goals and targets that they would like to achieve. Businesses are doing the same as well. By the time we reach next December most of those goals will remain unachieved or achieved in varying degrees of limited success. So what separates the few that will attain their goals? Luck, preparation, perspiration or inspiration? While all these factors help they won’t alone let you achieve your goal.

What is needed is 100% focus and concentration on what you want and that starts now. Most people go 80% of the way in identifying what they want. That puts you on the road but does not get you to your destination. Imagine if you will that you are coming to visit me in my office in Blackrock in Dublin, Ireland. Perhaps you leave from Cork and travel to Blackrock, which will see you complete 80% of your goal to meet me. What happens though if you don’t know where I am located in Blackrock? You will fail to meet me and our meeting will not happen. You will have fallen at the last hurdle, the last 20%. This is where most people fail because they do not identify in minute detail what it is they want to achieve. Being on the road and not knowing your final destination is called wandering!

When an athlete visualizes winning a race they do so in minute detail bringing sounds, colours and feelings to life in a vivid description of themselves winning the race. Do you do this when loosing weight, setting a sales target or identifying a goal? If not, you should and in doing so you go from being an 80%er to a 100%er and then you have a massive chance of achieving your goal and creating meaningful success. Happy goal setting!

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4 reasons not to complain about the economy, banks, Government or NAMA!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Complaining is a cultural norm. We find it in every society and business but does it help us? In my book it is a categoric NO! Here are four reasons not to complain; mental well being, emotional well being, physical well being and spiritual well being.

Mental Well Being

When we criticise others we bring our attention what is wrong with the world. In doing this we often miss what is right in the world and as the law of attraction states what we bring our awareness to is what we attract into our lives. So are you bringing your awareness to success or failure in the world?

Emotional Well Being

When we complain about others our emotional state mirrors the state or the energy of the situation we are criticising. So if we are complaining about a negative we become negative and this leads to dejection and eventually apathy. So nothing is actually achieved by being in this state. Our view of the world when we feel negative creates closed and conservative thinking, not the type of thinking that fixes situations.

Physical Well Being

When you feel negative your physiological state becomes tense and tight. Your breathing becomes shallow, your eyes narrow, you hunch and you become still. The net effect of this is that you take in less oxygen so the blood stream is not carrying enough oxygen to your brain to think clearly. Less light comes into your senses and you feel down, lack of movement creates stagnancy of thought. If the effect of complaining is to raise your heart rate then you could suffer hypertension (high blood pressure) Again none of these things help fix the situation.

Spiritual Well Being

When we complain we judge others. This puts us in place where we feel superior to others and judge people when we do not have a true understanding of why they did what they did. To say bankers are greedy is perhaps to overlook how emotionally damaged many of them were as they had to keep creating wealth and power due to their lack of self esteem and insecurity in the world. Judging separates us from others and causes separation and lack of empathy, which again in turn stops us creating solutions.

So if creating meaningful success is important to you then quit complaining and get about creating solutions! Have a great day – Brendan.
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Can success in your career be matched by happiness?

Monday, March 8th, 2010

All of us want success and we all want happiness. In our careers these do not often come in pairs and if anything more success can bring about more unhappiness. By understanding our masculine and feminine energy we may be able to bring balance to our working lives that will yield not just success but also greater happiness.

On the surface it may seem that masculine and feminine energy have little to do with the way that a career will progress. Most people imagine that when this topic is mentioned that we are talking about gender equality in the workforce. It has nothing to do with this!

What we are referring to are the qualities of what we might call Yin (feminine) or Yang (masculine) energy. These energies both exist in every person. How these energies are used in the work place and are encouraged defines the type of balance and success that the business will have. Just to take your mind away away from stereo types regarding gender in work… I have a client that is an engineer, typically seen as a masculine profession who is very caring, easy and reflective as a person (feminine traits). His wife on the other hand is a nurse again a profession seen as mostly female led. She is ambitious, driving and highly focused (masculine traits). In this case he is displaying more feminine qualities and in doing so achieves success by bringing people with him and encouraging others. While his wife’s success is a product of her focus, attention to detail and energy to get the job done.

Both approaches bring this couple success and when together they balance each other. However where they have struggles is when they are apart and in his case he just uses his feminine energy and in her case she just uses her masculine energy. The imbalance will manifest in that he will tend to leave things till the last minute and lack the focus to complete tasks, this leads to him being a bad time manager and putting himself under a lot of stress and pressure equalling unhappiness. While her challenge will be in relating in an empathetic and caring way to her patients so that they feel cared for. When they feel she is too ‘business’ like they don’t feel the personal connection, this in turn leads to her feeling she does not connect well with people and then compares herself to other nurses who do. The next effect of this is she doesn’t grow or develop emotionally and again can feel unhappy.

The solution for this couple would be to work on their weaker sides to bring them out more and in doing so would achieve greater success in work but and feel happier about themselves. What can you bring out today for greater balance and therefore happiness in your career?

For more answers pick up a copy of The Yin yang Complex in your local store (Ireland) or go to our shop on this site www.brendanfoley.net