How to deal with worry?

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Worry, the silent thief of joy, has a cunning way of creeping into our lives, wreaking havoc on our mental and physical well-being. From disrupting our sleep to clouding our thoughts, the effects of worry can be profound. However, with the right strategies, it’s possible to reclaim control and cultivate peace of mind. In this guide, we’ll explore the detrimental effects of worry on both body and mind, and equip you with practical tips to conquer it.

Understanding the Impact of Worry

1. Physical Effects:

  • Stress Response: Worry triggers the body’s stress response, releasing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Chronic stress can lead to a range of physical ailments, including headaches, muscle tension, and digestive issues.
  • Weakened Immune System: Prolonged worry can compromise the immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses.
  • Cardiovascular Health: High levels of stress from worry can contribute to hypertension and increase the risk of heart disease.

2. Mental Effects:

  • Anxiety: Worry often manifests as anxiety, causing persistent feelings of unease and apprehension.
  • Impaired Decision Making: Excessive worry can cloud judgment and impair decision-making abilities.
  • Negative Thought Patterns: Chronic worry fuels negative thought patterns, leading to a pessimistic outlook on life.

Strategies to Stop Worrying

1. Practice Mindfulness:

  • Cultivate mindfulness through practices like meditation and deep breathing exercises. Mindfulness helps anchor you in the present moment, reducing the tendency to ruminate on the past or fret about the future.

2. Challenge Negative Thoughts:

  • Challenge irrational or exaggerated thoughts that fuel worry. Ask yourself if there is evidence to support your concerns, and consider alternative, more balanced perspectives.

3. Set Aside “Worry Time”:

  • Designate a specific time each day to address your worries. During this time, allow yourself to acknowledge and explore your concerns. Outside of this designated period, make a conscious effort to redirect your attention to more productive or enjoyable activities.

4. Focus on Solutions:

  • Shift your focus from dwelling on problems to actively seeking solutions. Break down overwhelming issues into manageable steps, and take proactive measures to address them.

5. Engage in Self-Care:

  • Prioritize self-care activities that promote relaxation and well-being. Whether it’s exercise, spending time in nature, or enjoying hobbies, taking care of yourself can help alleviate stress and worry.

6. Seek Support:

  • Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or a mental health professional for support. Talking about your worries with others can provide perspective and emotional validation.

Preventing Worry Before It Takes Hold

1. Establish Healthy Habits:

  • Maintain a balanced lifestyle that includes regular exercise, nutritious meals, adequate sleep, and time for relaxation. A healthy body is better equipped to cope with stress and worry.

2. Limit Exposure to Stressors:

  • Identify and minimize sources of stress in your life, whether it’s certain relationships, commitments, or environmental factors. Create boundaries and prioritize activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.

3. Practice Gratitude:

  • Cultivate a mindset of gratitude by regularly reflecting on the things you’re thankful for. Gratitude shifts your focus away from worries and fosters a sense of contentment and appreciation for the present moment.

4. Stay Present:

  • Train your mind to stay grounded in the present moment. Engage fully in whatever you’re doing, whether it’s work, leisure activities, or spending time with loved ones. By immersing yourself in the present, worries about the past or future lose their grip.

5. Embrace Imperfection:

  • Accept that life is inherently unpredictable and imperfect. Let go of the need for control and embrace uncertainty as a natural part of the human experience.

In conclusion, while worry may be a familiar companion, it doesn’t have to dictate the course of your life. By cultivating mindfulness, challenging negative thought patterns, and prioritizing self-care, you can reclaim control over your mental and physical well-being. Remember, mastering the art of letting go is a journey, but with perseverance and dedication, inner peace is within reach.


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The promise of easy money

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Don’t you just love these e-mails you get with titles such as “The secret of easy money”. You read the email only to find out that anything requires research, testing, and a lot of hard work. It’s not just in e-mails that advice like this is dished out with the promise of easy money. I’ve watched acquaintances tell someone who has an interest or leaning towards something how they could go into business and open a shop and make money. I listen, but don’t say anything. Behind all of this friendly, sometimes well-meaning advice, lies some faulty thinking. To open a shop, you need money before you can make money. Plus, you’ll have to make yourself available to be in that shop from Monday morning to Saturday afternoon, probably, and your hours will be from 8am, if you’re lucky, to 5pm, again, if you’re fortunate. The hours that you put into a shop are much more. There’s also all the expenses that go with opening a shop. Online is different, but it will also cost you money to set up a website, buy merchandise, and start selling. Then you’ve got to have potential customers, and how do you get those leads?

The point?

If you want to make money from whatever activity or business undertaking you are thinking about, then you need to get advice from a professional, not from someone who hasn’t started their own business.

But this one is tricky.

What sort of person can give you professional advice to start your own business? A business owner may only have experience and expertise in their chosen field. If a business person has started and run more than one business, perhaps this business person might be worth talking to. The ones to be careful of are the so-called professional business advisors who talk on radio shows with radio jocks and read out lists and tips of what to do and what not to do when starting a business. It makes you wonder where they get all these tips and whether they have run the own business according to their pearls of wisdom.

You really have to do your homework on the so-called business advisor to see if they have hands-on experience and expertise in running a business. I don’t really have a solution here except to say that you need to be careful and choose wisely someone who can give you advice on starting a business to make money. I often think that those business advisors or some of the business advisors haven’t ever run a business except the one where they are proffering their service as a business consultant and know very little about the mud and dust of starting a business, the marketing required, the finances, hiring employees, complying with legislation, managing finances and all the other things that go into running a profitable business.

The problem is that most business advisers haven’t run the type of business that they’re advising you to go into and often they haven’t been successful even at their own business. So what does that leave you with? Do you go for people who are really successful in the line of business that you want to go into? Do you talk to them?

It’s understandable to want advice from someone with relevant experience and success in your desired field. Seeking guidance from successful individuals in your industry can offer invaluable insights. Another option is to reach out ?to local entrepreneurs’ networks, small business associations, or mentors who have a track record of success. Networking events, industry conferences, and online forums can also be places to connect with professionals who can provide guidance and support tailored to your specific business venture. Remember to do thorough research and vet potential mentors to ensure their advice aligns with your goals.

The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as business advice. It is recommended to consult with a professional, such as a registered business advisor, accountant, lawyer, or any other specialist, before making any business decisions or taking any action based on the information provided.

How do you determine whether you need professional indemnity insurance (not only for accountants and lawyers but also for freelancers, small business owners and tradespeople)?

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Risks to businesses, whether professional firms, small businesses, and even trade people seem to be on the increase. This is why the following information on professional indemnity is covered below. It’s not comprehensive and it doesn’t claim in any way to be advice. This is for informational purposes only. Please read the disclaimer at the end of this blog post. Also, if you are considering any indemnity insurance, you should contact a professional advisor. With that said, let’s look at some of the considerations when looking at professional indemnity.

It appears that there is a growing litigious culture in South Africa and the complexity of doing business has increased with the economic climate and artificial intelligence. These factors appear to have increased risk.

Determining the need for ?professional indemnity insurance involves assessing various factors related to a profession or trade.

Here are some considerations:

  1. Industry Requirements: Check if your profession or trade has regulatory requirements mandating professional indemnity insurance. Some industries, such as healthcare, law, and finance, often have legal obligations to carry this insurance.
  2. Client Contracts: Review contracts with clients to see if they require you to have professional indemnity insurance as a condition of doing business. Many clients, especially larger corporations and government agencies, may insist on this coverage.
  3. Nature of Services: Evaluate the nature of the services you provide and the potential risks involved. If your work involves offering advice, consultancy, or professional services where errors or omissions could lead to financial loss for clients, professional indemnity insurance is advisable.
  4. Potential Liability: Consider the potential financial risks and liabilities you could face if a client alleges negligence, errors, or omissions in your work. Professional indemnity insurance provides protection against legal costs and damages in such scenarios.
  5. Industry Standards: Research industry standards and practices to determine whether professional indemnity insurance is commonly held by professionals in your field. Even if not required by law or clients, it may be prudent to align with industry norms for risk management purposes.
  6. Past Claims or Incidents: Reflect on any past claims, disputes, or incidents involving allegations of professional negligence or errors. If you’ve experienced such issues in the past, it’s a strong indicator that professional indemnity insurance could be beneficial.
  7. Financial Resources: Assess your financial ability to cover legal expenses and potential damages in the event of a lawsuit. Professional indemnity insurance provides financial protection and can help mitigate the impact of such liabilities on your business or personal finances.

By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision about whether professional indemnity insurance is necessary for your specific circumstances. Consulting with insurance professionals or legal advisors can also provide valuable guidance tailored to your profession or trade.

In South Africa, similar categories of professions and trades should consider taking out professional indemnity insurance, tailored to local regulations and industry standards. Some of these include:

  1. Medical Practitioners: Doctors, surgeons, dentists, and other healthcare professionals.
  2. Legal Practitioners: Lawyers, attorneys, advocates, and legal consultants.
  3. Financial Services Providers: Accountants, auditors, financial advisors, and insurance brokers.
  4. Construction and Engineering Professionals: Architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, and construction project managers.
  5. Information Technology Professionals: Software developers, IT consultants, cybersecurity experts, and data analysts.
  6. Real Estate Agents and Property Valuers: Those involved in property sales, leasing, and property valuation.
  7. Media and Advertising Professionals: Advertising agencies, media consultants, graphic designers, and photographers.
  8. Consultants: Management consultants, business advisors, and HR consultants.
  9. Environmental Consultants: Environmental scientists, environmental engineers, and sustainability consultants.
  10. Education Professionals: Teachers, tutors, educational consultants, and training providers.

These are just some examples, and the specific requirements may vary depending on the nature of the profession or trade and the regulatory environment in South Africa. It’s always advisable for professionals to consult with insurance providers or legal experts to determine the appropriate coverage for their specific needs.

Proving that you weren’t negligent in a professional indemnity claim typically involves demonstrating that you exercised reasonable care, skill, and diligence in providing your services. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:

  1. Document Your Work: Keep detailed records of your interactions with clients, including contracts, project proposals, emails, meeting minutes, and any relevant documentation. This can help demonstrate the scope of your services, the expectations agreed upon, and the steps taken to fulfill those obligations.
  2. Follow Industry Standards: Adhere to industry best practices, standards, and regulations relevant to your profession or trade. Demonstrating that you followed established guidelines and protocols can strengthen your defense against allegations of negligence.
  3. Maintain Competence: Stay informed about developments in your field and continuously update your skills and knowledge. Participate in relevant training programs, workshops, and professional development activities to demonstrate your commitment to maintaining competence.
  4. Communication: Maintain open and transparent communication with clients throughout the engagement. Address any concerns promptly, provide regular updates on project progress, and document any changes to the scope of work or client requirements.
  5. Seek Legal Advice: If faced with a potential claim, seek legal advice from professionals experienced in professional indemnity matters. They can provide guidance on your rights and obligations, assist in gathering evidence to support your defense, and represent you in negotiations or legal proceedings if necessary.
  6. Engage in Dispute Resolution: Explore options for resolving disputes with clients amicably through negotiation, mediation, or arbitration where appropriate. Proactively addressing issues and seeking mutually acceptable resolutions can help mitigate the escalation of disputes to formal legal action.
  7. Insurance Coverage: Notify your professional indemnity insurance provider promptly if you become aware of a potential claim or lawsuit. Your insurer can provide guidance on the claims process and may offer support in defending against allegations of negligence.

By taking these proactive measures, you can strengthen your defense against professional indemnity claims and demonstrate your commitment to delivering high-quality services with due care and diligence. However, you must obtain professional advice.

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What to do when everything seems to be going wrong

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I’ve just experienced 20 hours of no water at my home. It is cause great difficulties. The most pressing issue was needing water for high-pressure hosing of the roof. The roof cleaning and painting is something that I planned already two months ago and the contractor could only come now in late autumn to do the roof. The biggest issue at the moment is the weather because some days here in the Western Cape or rainy and damp so choosing the week when they still sunshine available, is critical. Not having water for the pressure hosing is a big problem.

?The morning started out overcast, A real downer because as I’ve said ?it’s important to have sun to dry the roof in preparation of the painting.

Domestically, the difficulties were preparing food, making beverages, personal hygiene and keeping the toilet flushed with water.

How do you stop catastrophizing when everything goes wrong? When something like water is not available for an extended period, everything seems out of balance and you start to catastrophize.

What is catastrophizing?

Catastrophizing is when you anticipate the worst possible outcome in a situation and dwell on it excessively. To stop catastrophizing, try to challenge negative thoughts, focus on what you can control, and practice mindfulness or relaxation techniques to stay grounded in the present moment. Recognizing that catastrophizing is a cognitive distortion can also help you gain perspective.

The Internet is full of tips and suggestions when you have no water or electricity and when things go wrong. So if you need any practical tips, you can do an internet search. One of the things that I didn’t have while there was no water was simple wet wipes. So I’ve gone and stocked up on them. It’s the simple things that make life easier when things are going wrong.

When everything seems to go wrong, it’s important to take a step back and prioritize. Here are some practical steps you can take:

  1. Stay Calm: Try to remain calm and composed. Panicking can make the situation feel even more overwhelming.
  2. Assess the Situation: Take stock of what exactly is going wrong and assess the extent of the problem.
  3. Focus on Solutions: Instead of dwelling on the problem, focus on finding solutions. Break down the issue into smaller, manageable tasks.
  4. Seek Support: Don’t hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or professionals for support and advice. Sometimes, an outside perspective can offer valuable insights.
  5. Take Care of Basic Needs: Prioritize basic needs like food, water, and shelter. Ensure you have access to essential supplies and resources.
  6. Stay Flexible: Be willing to adapt and change your plans as needed. Flexibility can help you navigate unexpected challenges more effectively.
  7. Practice Self-Care: Take care of your physical and emotional well-being. Get enough rest, eat nutritious meals, and engage in activities that help you relax and recharge.
  8. Stay Positive: Maintain a positive outlook and focus on what you can control. Remember that setbacks are temporary, and you have the resilience to overcome them.

By taking these practical steps, you can navigate through challenging times with more resilience and confidence.

I think from every electricity outage and water cut off one get better at preparing yourself because you learn a lot while things are going wrong. This doesn’t mean that you will always be fully prepared. I did have some water available for beverages and washing hands but I needed a lot more for the cistern and bathing in the wash basin.

? Now I’m just hoping that the sunny weather will remain for the next three days so that the roof can be completed.?

Seven internal risks small businesses face in South Africa 2024 – mini-risk tips

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I heard two radio jocks talking to small business experts last week about risks that small businesses face. They covered very little of the internal risks that entrepreneurs face and instead concentrated on external risks.

If you want to examine your internal risks, then list everything you can with a pessimistic view on what risks your businesses face. I’m not talking about external risks such as the economy, politics, rioting, looting, social upheaval and lack of supply of basic services such as electricity and water.

We’re looking at things that you’ve got control over in your business because you may be allowing them to happen.

1 Cash flow. Without cash flow your business is on a downward slide. Watch it.
2 Theft. Make sure your business and accounting systems can pick up theft quickly. Get in security if you detect a problem.
3 No provisions. Some business owners operate from feast to famine. It makes sense to save in a cash kitty for when times are slack. Or when there is a big upset in the business.
4 Motivation. You drive your business. Your energy makes things happen. If you slack off, trouble will loom.
5 Staff morale. Arrogance, hostility, and bullying of staff is a risk, a big risk. Carry on beating up your employees and you’ll lose key people.
6 Overextending your business. Each business has a capacity. Taking on too many customers at once could overstretch your business. Many other things could cause strain. Be mindful of this.
7 Bad debts. Credit control is essential. Only fools don’t get payments straight away. Give a customer an inch and they’ll take a yard.

I could go on and on with internal risk, but let’s leave it there. I’m sure you can make a list of your own and think up countermeasures.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post about internal business risks is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, we recommend that you consult with a qualified professional, such as an accountant, lawyer, or business advisor, to address your specific situation and needs. Relying solely on the information provided here without seeking professional guidance could result in unforeseen issues.

7 key things to do to clear your world of conspiracy theorists and activists

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It’s amazing how some people can become conspiracy theory activists almost overnight.

One caveat here is that I’m not going to give conspiracy theory activists a soft time. And this is the key thing. Most of us, well let me speak for myself, I have so much trouble in my life that I have to deal with daily that I’ve got no time to read people’s posts and links they send me on WhatsApp about conspiracy theories.

Conspiracy theories are boring.

I mean, I’m tired of American politics, what’s happening in Europe, vegetarianism, gender issues, takeovers by foreign nations, world economic demons, COVID vaccination and health problems.

Aren’t you tired of all this too, or do you lap it up?

Okay, let’s get on with the list.

1 Show your disinterest
When someone tells you about the Big Pharma conspiracy, for example, learn to nod your head, but don’t ask any questions or agree with anything. Use this for most conspiracies.

2 Be careful who you give your cell phone number to
You know, you give your cell phone number to somebody thinking that they are a good acquaintance and then suddenly you get conspiracy messages all day long and even into the night. It puts you in a difficult position because how do you stop these messages? Do you block the person entirely and even delete them from your WhatsApp? I don’t have the best advice here, but do what you can to stop these conspiracy theory activists sending you stuff.

3 Ignore WhatsApp messages from acquaintances
I don’t give them thumbs up or ticks or comment on any activist messages. Silence or inaction is the best policy.

4 Avoid scrounging the internet and social media gutters
Avoid looking in the filthy gutters of the internet and creepy side alleys of social media.

?5 Keep your tongue tied
Simple advice — just avoid egging them on. A topic the other evening was on COVID vaccination health issues such as blood clotting. Now, look, you might be a good conversationalist and I don’t begrudge anyone getting into the fray and saying their piece, but another way of ending it is to tie your tongue, nod, and wait till the topic passes, which it will.

6 Unsubscribe
Emailers who send me conspiracy shite get quickly unsubscribed. It’s as simple as that.

6 Humour alien? conspiracists
Funny how aliens all rock up in America and not in other countries. One acquaintance speaks every time about alien invasions and theories. Gentle humour eventually steers the conversation elsewhere.

7 Get some good sleep
None of this conspiracy stuff is going to harm you. There are more problems on the street in your community that are threatening. Just the other night here in the Cape, a car was broken into and two men were holding knives. Crime is all around us. You could be killed by methamphetamine addicts on a rampage, an orgy of criminality deadlier ??than any conspiracy.

Well, that’s my biased seven ways to avoid conspiracy theorists and activists. Let them damage themselves. A cautionary: one person became so obsessed with vegetarianism that she sold up everything and went all over the country working in animal shelters for free.

The choice is yours.

If you want to read about the real world, follow this website and enjoy down-to-earth pieces on stuff that really does affect your life. ?

Let’s shift the shite away from what really matters.?

How to survive toxic work environments

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I’ve had to endure many toxic work environments. I’m sure you have too. No matter what the circumstances, sometimes we just have to bite the bullet and endure. It seems to me that when we talk about toxic work environments, we are talking in the abstract. But usually a toxic work environment comes down to one or two people, or maybe more.

I can remember one individual who made the work environment unbearable. Fortunately, over time, I was able to report to another boss and was out of this toxic person’s reach. It’s also interesting that this toxic person eventually was forced to leave the company.

But what is a toxic work environment? It’s an environment where bosses abuse their power, where everything they say goes. It includes unrealistic expectations, continual criticism, and daily drama.

In today’s environment where companies claim to be striving for harmony in the workplace and well-being, toxic environments continue and upper management does little or nothing.

So here are some ways to survive a toxic work environment:

In an ideal world, our workplaces would be supportive, nurturing environments where we thrive professionally and personally. However, the reality is that many of us find ourselves in toxic work environments at some point in our careers. Whether it’s due to a difficult boss, toxic colleagues, or an unhealthy company culture, navigating such situations can be challenging. But there are strategies you can employ to not only survive amidst toxicity.

Identify the Signs:
The first step in dealing with a toxic work environment is to recognize the signs. This could include high levels of stress, constant negativity, micromanagement, lack of communication, or even bullying behavior. Once you identify these signs, you can begin to take action to protect yourself.

Set Boundaries:
In toxic work environments, it’s crucial to establish and maintain healthy boundaries. This means knowing when to say no, advocating for yourself, and not allowing others to overstep your boundaries. Communicate clearly and assertively about what you will and will not tolerate.

Focus on What You Can Control:
While you may not be able to change the toxic dynamics of your workplace overnight, you can control how you respond to them. Focus on what you can control, such as your attitude, work ethic, and how you interact with others. By maintaining a positive mindset and staying proactive, you can minimize the impact of toxicity on your well-being.

Seek Support:
You don’t have to go through this alone. Reach out to trusted colleagues, friends, or family members for support and advice. Consider finding a mentor who can offer guidance and perspective from their own experiences. Additionally, seeking support from a therapist or counselor can be incredibly beneficial in coping with the emotional toll of a toxic work environment.

Document Everything:
In some cases, it may be necessary to document instances of toxicity, especially if they escalate to harassment or discrimination. Keep a detailed record of any problematic behavior, including dates, times, and specific incidents. This documentation can be invaluable if you need to escalate the situation to HR or take legal action in the future.

Explore Your Options:
If the toxicity in your workplace becomes unbearable despite your efforts to cope, it may be time to explore your options. This could involve transferring to a different department, seeking opportunities outside of the company, or even considering a career change. Remember that your well-being should always be a priority, and it’s okay to walk away from a toxic situation if necessary.

Focus on Self-Care:
Prioritize self-care to protect your mental and emotional well-being. Make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation outside of work. Practice mindfulness, exercise regularly, and ensure you’re getting enough sleep and nutrition. By taking care of yourself, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges of a toxic work environment.

Surviving a toxic work environment is no easy feat, but with the right strategies and support, it’s possible to come out stronger on the other side. Remember to set boundaries, focus on what you can control, seek support, document incidents, explore your options, and prioritize self-care. By taking proactive steps to protect your well-being, you can navigate toxic work environments with resilience and grace.

A simple and easy way to improve your business writing

Let me tell you a story.

When I was writing for a business magazine, I was amazed at how simple and compressed my fellow business writers were able to self-edit their copy so that it was easy to read.

I struggled.

I didn’t know how to do what they were doing.

They made it seem so quick and easy to do.

One day one of the senior editors sat down with me in the canteen of the newspaper house where the magazine was edited and published and went through my copy with a red Maruzen felt-tipped pen.

My copy ended up as a river of red ink.

I was disheartened.

But I learnt a lot from the process.

It helped me start to self-edit more effectively. ?

My writing became easier to read, tighter and more appealing on the eye.

This method has helped other writers who I’ve taught.

As soon as you pick it up you can start improving your business writing, whether emails, social media posts, blog posts, or any important documents you need to write.

What is this effective method?

Well, you’d think I was silly if I gave it away for free.

But don’t fret.

You can learn this simple method too.

I’ll show you how.

It’s really effective and it’s not taught in writing courses.

It’s something you only pick up working with other writers through hard-won experience.

If you want to be more effective in your writing then contact me and I can help.

The important thing to realise before you contact me is whether you need it or not.

If ?your writing is not working, then contact me.

Do you want to continue using the same old methods without effective results or do you want to learn how to do it the right way?

It’s not free. But it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

? Whatever the case:

I seldom make this available.??

If you want a simple and easy way to improve your writing ?you best hurry before I close the door.

How does confidence help you to make more money? Are you familiar with the moneymaking power of confidence?

I’ve seen an 80 year-old confident in her career. I’ve known people who were confident about their careers and business in their middle years now reaping the rewards of early retirement. I’ve seen people who are confident take grip of themselves and lead others through a crisis or tough times.

This is the power of confidence.

I’ve also seen salespeople, and this is a key skill for anyone who wants to succeed in business, confident in their selling ability and having the toughness to close deals.

Confidence can help you in your career, assisting you to climb the ladder.

It can help you in selling your in selling your product or service.

It can assist you through rough times.

It can help you continue to do your job or do business when work and economic conditions are hostile.

The money making power of self-confidence is a valuable personal asset.

What is the definition of self confidence?

“the quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future” –Cambridge Dictionary

The opposite of self-confidence is a lack of confidence:

“a person who has a lack of experience, skill or knowledge in a particular sphere or activity” Reverso Dictionary

How do you gain self-confidence?

Some people who are confident and exude much self-confidence seem to have been born with it. If you ask someone how to acquire self-confidence you’ll get many answers. Search the internet and you’ll be overwhelmed. Self confidence comes from and in a belief in yourself, a sense of self worth, a sense of knowing how to act in certain situations.

But if we go even deeper, self-confidence is right down there in the wizzard and lizard brain. It’s in your upbringing, your psychological make up, your attitude towards others, following the right path, self discipline.

This is just scratching the surface.

‘m not saying it’s over complex but I’m emphasizing that confidence is at the core of our being.

If your lack confidence, then you may need to examine your behaviour and attitude and find ways to increase your self-confidence. If it means talking to a personal coach well that’s good too. You could also speak to a psychologist. There’s another thing – putting yourself in challenging situations to increase your self-confidence. By challenging situations I mean things like making cold calls, selling, closing the sale, speaking in public, not being afraid to speak up when There is an opportunity to do so.

In all, if you look at successful people, you will see that they are confident. Their confidence allows them to achieve more then those who lack self-confidence.

There is certainly a money-making power in self-confidence. This does not mean that you become arrogant. In fact, self-confident people are often humble and Have empathy with others, their family members, friends, customers, suppliers and strangers.

If self-confidence is something you need to build, then take a look at yourself, find ways to overcome your fears and have faith in yourself. By not doing so you could be missing out on life and opportunities it offers.

“Disclaimer: The views and advice presented in this blog post on self-confidence and overcoming lack of self-confidence are based on personal experiences, research, and insights gathered. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and helpful information, readers are encouraged to consult with qualified professionals for personalized guidance tailored to their individual circumstances. The author is not liable for any consequences resulting from the implementation of the suggestions offered in this post.”

Can you get more reckless than this?

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The other evening I was walking home and there was a woman of about 26 years old with a baby of about one year in her arm and the mother was skateboarding.

The mother wasn’t wearing a helmet and the baby had no protection.

I stared at this in horror, even though the mother was skateboarding at a relatively slow pace.

It would just take a stone or a quick unbalancing for the mother to fall with the baby on the tarmac surface.

I didn’t know what to do.

Right away what went through my mind was to plead with her to not skateboard with a baby.

But you know how people are, they get pretty huffy if you try to give them advice.

What could I have told her?

I could have said, I suppose, that she’s putting her baby in danger and that if the baby had to fall there would be serious consequences.

But then I thought again that telling her this could elicit a very negative reaction from the mother.

She could have told me to F off.

She may have shouted at me to mind my own business.

She could have told me it’s got nothing to do with me and she’ll carry on and do just what she wants to do.

So what did I do?

I said nothing, turned my back and walked away.

But the picture I’ve got in my mind of that baby in her one arm while the mother was skateboarding has stuck in my mind.

It is for me a frightening picture of gross irresponsibility.

How can a mother who’s supposed to protect the life of a child put her baby in such a dangerous situation?

I just can’t understand it.

I’m not condemning her. No, no, no, not by any means.

I’m just saying I wonder if the woman is even aware of the potential for a serious accident and even a fatality.

Not only this, but if that baby’s head hit the tarmac, she could be mentally damaged for life.

I’m not advocating telling people what to do with their lives. That’s their personal business.

I’m advocating just the opposite:

Surely, people like this mother should be more aware of her responsibility towards her own child.

Anyway, enough said.

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