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Many health experts, entrepreneurs and successful Ceo’s highly recommend a structured early start to your day. A morning routine is very important for productivity and performance throughout the day. Here are a few of my tips on how you can be more productive in the morning and get more done:

Don’t Check Your Phone: When you wake up in the morning do not check your phone for the first hour ; so that means no emails, no texts, no social media or even your voice mail. Do not let your smart phone control your morning.

Hydrate: Ditch the caffeine first thing in the morning and start your morning by drinking a large glass of water. This is a great way to start your day. Water intake is very important for health in general. I recommend drinking water with added fresh lemon, this naturally speeds up your metabolism and makes a very refreshing, healthy drink. Drinking water will help you feel energised, refreshed, help relieve headaches and curb your appetite. 

Start Moving: Exercise first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day. It can help you to kick start your day and get you psyched up for the day ahead. The endorphins that are released during exercise will leave you feeling in an amazing mood. When exercising in the morning I recommend you allow yourself more time to warm up before you commence your workout.

Meditation: I highly recommend you start your day with 5 or 10 minutes of meditation. Sit in silence and quieten your mind. There are lots of Guided meditation online resources and apps available to get you started. Studies show that meditation can help combat stress, anxiety and depression. Experts recommend to start each morning with meditation, ideally before eating breakfast. 

Set Goals: Plan and prepare your day. Be sure to have a set planned schedule of your day. Ideally this should be planned in advance or the evening before. Spend a few minutes in the morning familiarizing yourself with the plan and schedule of your day. A set calendar or diary will help you be more productive and get more done with your day.

Eat Breakfast: Breakfast provides your body with energy to start the day and breakfast is linked to many health benefits; including weight control and improved performance. Having the right breakfast foods can help you concentrate, give you strength and even help you maintain a healthy weight. Studies show that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than those who skip breakfast. This could be due to the fact that eating a healthy breakfast can help reduce hunger throughout the day, reducing snacking, controlling cravings and help with making better food choices with other meals.


It is important to be mindful of how you start your morning. Often our morning thoughts , behavour and rituals will shape our entire day. Limit rants and negative vibes. Awake with a clear positive outlook. Remind yourself how fortunate you are to have the gift of a new day. Make everyday count. Make it a great day – everyday! 🙂


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Leadership skills are important if you are managing a team, running a business or even teaching a class. Some people are born leaders and have a way of inspiring, motivating and leading others. For most leadership is not a natural trait and are not born leaders. However, these skills can be developed, learned and practiced. The most crucial thing is that you are passionate, driven and willing to work at it.

So how can you become a great leader and win the trust and respect of your team? Here are some of my tips on how to become a better leader today:

Act like a leader: Be respectful with everyone you meet. Be confident, self-assured and speak to others as you want to be spoken to and remember to listen. Staff want to look up to their leader so it is important that you, as a leader must set out the desired tone, values and culture from the start.  


Manage your Emotions: 
Emotions are really important and have a direct link to your energy. So what does that mean? Well, if you as a leader are at an emotional low then your energy is low. If you are running high, you feel positive and optimistic. To be at your best as a leader learn to manage your emotions.

Develop your skills: If you do not have the skills to lead, no title or position will ever make you into the leader you want to be. There is only one way to become a better leader and that is to work on your leadership skills. Develop expertise in your field, and discover the heart of what leadership is about for you.


Become a great Communicator: 
A great leader is always a skilled communicator, not only as a speaker but also a listener. Discipline yourself to understand what is happening around you by observing, focusing and listening.

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Be Decisive: Being indecisive can undermine confidence and trust. Leaders must lead, take a chance and make a decision based on the facts to hand. This is the core skill of any successful leader. Playing it safe is never a good business rule and leaders must make sure their business stays ahead by acting quickly on new ideas, innovations and taking risks.

Invest in People: A huge element of great leadership is knowing how to connect with the right kind of people and learning how to spot talent. To be a great leader you also need to start at the heart of what matters in your organisation – and what matters is your people. If you want to see them happy, engaged, loyal and dedicated make the time to invest in them, nurture them and provide them with a clear vision of what needs to be done.

Be a Mentor: One of the roles of a leader is to mentor your team and guide and support them, not preach to them or boss them.  People are interested in growth and development and they want to know how they can do better, grow and find their own path. Be sure to give credit and praise openly where it is due. Let others know when the work is well done, a job is completed with excellence and the results are great. 


Have Fun: 
Business may be serious, but the best leaders know how to build excitement and fun. They are great at creating an optimistic culture and an enthusiastic environment. They know fun is important when people are working hard. Be passionate, enthusiastic and proud – practice what you preach.

People spend a large part of their lives at work and having a leader who is genuinely excited about the future of the company is hugely motivating and extremely inspiring.


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Using social media for business can be overwhelming especially if you are new to the social media world. There are a number of reasons why businesses and brands fail with their social media marketing. Some of the top mistakes include not providing value and always pitching and pushy sales.


Here Are The Top 5 Mistakes To Avoid On Social Media 

1) Lack of Offering Value: 
I see new businesses and brands focusing solely on selling rather than serving their customers and audience. Flip this over: offer lots of value, over deliver and go that extra mile. Focus on building relationships with your customers and followers. Be more customer focused. Don’t forget about that ‘Know, Like and Trust’ factor that grows an audience, builds trust and valuable lasting relationships.


2) Pitching and Sales:
Continuously selling can drive your audience and potential customers away. There is so much noise on most of the social media platforms today, do not add to it. The ‘buy my sh*t’ approach is a turn off! You also need to be careful you do not come across as spamming. Learn to sell without selling. There is a right and proven way of doing this. I will share in a future article and video.


3) Lack of Engagement:
Not spending any time or not making it a priority to engage with your audience or costumers is a common mistake. I understand we are all super busy or in the case of a high profile individual it is hard to reply back to everyone. However, I suggest have a system in place to deal with this. Outsource to a social media company or delegate to an assistant. It is good practice and manners to reply back. Imagine if you met a person in the real world and you ignored the question they asked. It’s not cool or professional to ignore others.


4) Not being focused:
Are you to zoned into what your competitors are doing? I have been guilty of this in the past too. I am not suggesting it is not important to know what your competitors are doing – it is actually important to know what is going on in your industry. However, if you are spending more time on checking them out on social media and not on your own business, then let me remind you my friend that you are wasting valuable time. You need to stop doing that today! 


5) No Consistency and No Patience:
 
This is very common, I see it all the time. You go for it, posting content on all social media platforms and it is all systems go and..wow.. there is just no stopping you! You’re like a social media powerhouse…. but then BANG you STOP! …tumbleweed moment….you’re gone!…vanished!…disappear!…for a few weeks or even a few months! I get it, your patience has ran out and you can’t be bothered because you are not seeing any results. Write this down ☛ “All the best things in life take time. Employ patience and love the process.”


BONUS TIP: Don’t Be Driven by Your Ego:  It’s a big mistake when you are driven by your ego and not committed to serving others. I recommend you leave your ego at the door my friend…we haven’t got time for that! Stop spending time bullsh*ting on all platforms and believing your own hype. Spend less valuable time on impressing your competitors. Start focusing and channeling your energy into taking action in growing your business and serving your customers and audience.


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Social media is all about being ‘social’ yet many people struggle with how to engage on social media and online. Engagement on social media is crucial to build an audience, grow your brand or reach customers, clients and prospects. Here are 5 tips on how to engage on social media. 


Be Authentic :
Having a personality and being authentic online is important. Do not be fake. People relate to people. Create content that is unique content for you and your brand. Rather than just retweeting from other websites share your opinions; i.e on articles, what’s current or in you Industry.


Build Relationships :
Interacting, building relationships with others online is a great way to gain attention for your brand or product. Search for people who are engaging with you and your brand. Be sure to respond to others – by tweeting back or messaging back. It is also important to respond back to all bad and negative engagement too – if related to your brand and products.    


Promote Content :
Promote content that is not just about your products or making sales. Share blogs and content on social media that is appealing to others, where you are helping others with problems and offering solutions.


Be Consistent : Consistency is important to build audience engagement on social media. Schedule posts when you can’t post i.e after hours when you finish work. Use tools like Buffer, Hootsuite. Keep track of the engagement to see what works at what times.  

 

Create Competitions, Giveaways, Polls and Discounts : Creating polls, competitions will create engagement and can help to build an audience and reach more costumers. i.e Asking people to retweet a post or tag a friend in an Instagram post, as part of a give- a- way will reach a wider audience. 


Never Spam : It is really crucial you do not spam on social media. Do not be repetitive with posting same content over and over again. Also do not spam others inboxes. It is not cool – and will turn people off! If you are unsure check the terms & conditions and rules of each social media platform.  


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We all know that social media is great for business, to build a brand, connect with friends and to follow the things and people we are interested in. However, we also know that social media has a negative side. If you are trying to grow a personal brand, online, you will come across some people who will attack you and may even troll you. We often refer to these people as haters. Below are some tips on how to cope with negative comments and haters.


Here are my 3 Tips on how you to deal With Haters

(1) Do Not Take It Personally:
Just because someone does not agree with you, or doesn’t like the way you do things or like the things you put out doesn’t make them a hater. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If they attack you online personally the best action to take is to ignore them and delete the comment. Do not react to them. 


(2) Be Okay With The Fact That They Don’t Like You: 
Someone may not like what you produce, they may disagree with you, maybe they criticise your style. It’s not that big of a deal what someone thinks of you unless you focus on it. Do not focus on the negativity.

  

(3) Create Focus That Serves You:

By focusing on something that can’t change you are depleting yourself of valuable energy, time and the opportunity to be your true self. If you are trying to make everyone else happy the only thing you will succeed at is making yourself miserable. It is an impossible task.  


BONUS TIP: Focus On The People Who Love You: 

Always remind yourself that there are plenty of people who love you. If you want to live a life of purpose and share your message, then be confident and continue to share your passion and your message. Always come from a place of confidence and self believe. 

Here are my 3 Tips on how you to deal With Haters: Watch the video “HERE” 

 

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Most of us struggle at some point in our life with being consistent. It is something that is worth working on, because the rewards of being consistent are huge. If you want to achieve anything of value and meaning in your life – in your professional or personal life, then you need to be consistent. Consistency is the key to success, no matter what you are doing.  


Here are my 4 Tips on how you can be more Consistent:


(1) Know You ‘Why’:

In order to stay connected you need a clear vision on why you are doing what you are, for example you maybe saving money – it could be for a new house or a dream holiday. Be clear on your ‘why’ and this will help you stay focused and consistent.


(2) Pick One Thing:
As human beings we have limited capacity when it comes to discipline and willpower. I recommend you pick one thing and once that becomes a habit then add something else, rather than overwhelm yourself with too many commitments. Taking on too much could result in you completing nothing!  


(3) Plan , Prepare And Schedule:
When you are trying to make something consistent in your life you want to build your whole life around it, rather than fit it in. Being organised is important. Schedule, plan and prepare, this way you will get it done.


(4) Ignore Your Feelings:
I don’t often say ignore your feelings but when it comes to building or developing consistency in your life it is important to ignore all the negative voices in your head; those voices of self-doubt, negative self-talk or the voices telling you to give up. Know the power of consistency. 


BONUS TIP: It’s Okay To Go Off Track:

Do not have an ‘all or nothing mind-set’ for example, do not worry if you miss that one day from training in the gym or a work commitment. It is okay to go off track occasionally. The most important thing is to not give up – get back on it and keep going! 


Here are my 4 Tips on how you can be more Consistent: Watch this video here: #DalTV



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Today I wanted to share some of the reasons I believe businesses and brands fail with their social media marketing. Have a read and let me know if you have spotted these or maybe you are guilty of the following too…


(1) Lack of offering value to potential customers.
I see new businesses and brands focusing solely on selling rather than serving the customer and audience. (see point number 2 below) Flip this over: offer lots of value and focus on building relationships first.

Be customer focused. Don’t forget about the “Know, Like, and Trust” factor that grows an audience and builds valuable, lasting relationships.


(2) Heavy with pitching and sales.
This drives me insane and does also happen a lot on Linked in and facebook. There is so much noise on most of the social media platforms today. Don’t add to it and lets be honest no one likes to be sold to. You also need to be careful you don’t come across as ‘spamming’ . Learn to sell without selling. Their is a right way of doing this. (I will share more on this in another post).


(3) Engage with your audience.
Not spending any time engaging with your audience is a common mistake. However, I understand if you are super busy or a high profile individual it is hard to reply back to everyone. I suggest have a system or a strategy in place to deal with this.

My assistant helps me filter the messages I receive on some of my social media platforms. It’s good practice (and manners) to reply back to genuine inquires and messages.


(4) Are you too zoned into what your competitors are doing?
I have been guilty of this in the past too. I am not suggesting it is not important to know what your competitors are doing but if you are spending more time on checking them out on facebook, twitter, linked in etc and not on your own business than you are wasting valuable time.

Write this down…. 

“What you focus on grows. What you resist persists”

(5) No consistency and No patience.

This is common, I see it all the time. You go for it, posting content on all social media platforms and it’s all systems go and there isn’t no stopping you. You’re like a social media powerhouse….you’re on fire dude! But then BANG you STOP! …tumbleweed moment….you’re gone…vanish…disappear.. for a few weeks or even a few months!

(WTF is that all about!?)

Your patience has ran out and you’re thinking f**k that ..you can’t be bothered because you’re seeing no ROI. Come on you know all the best things in life take time. Employ patience and love the process.

Write this down…


 “The strongest of all warriors are these two – Time and Patience”


This is very common in the health and fitness industry in particular. Leave your ego at the door my friend…we haven’t got time for that! Stop spending time bullsh*ting on all platforms and believing your own hype. Start focusing and channeling your energy into taking action in growing your business and serving your customers/ audience. Spend less valuable time on impressing your competitors.


So as you can see this social media marketing thingymajiggy is bloody hard work! I do understand not every enjoys it. Therefore, I suggest outsource and delegate to someone who does, like me 😉 If you are a small business and budget is tight then start off doing it yourself.


How are you getting on with your social media marketing? 


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Research shows that sleep is very important for weight loss. Most people understand that you have to eat less and move more for weight loss, however not much is mentioned about the importance of sleep for weight loss and for good health in general. 

Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. If you are struggling to lose weight maybe you should have a look at your sleeping habits.


Lack of sleep can lead to food cravings and can lead to stressful days. This in turn can lead to erratic eating patterns, emotional eating, and increase in appetite and binge eating.

Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling low of energy and in turn you may reach out for a bar of chocolate, a bag of crisps or other comfort foods. It’s a vicious cycle, and eventually this sleep deprivation can sabotage your waistline and your health. If you are not getting good quality sleep your metabolism will not function properly.

A good nights sleep helps to lift your mood and makes you feel better. Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling irritated, can cause anxiety and can contribute to depression, it can affect your emotional well-being.

Research as shown sleep may possibly help you live longer and also impacts your quality of life. If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It can help improve performance, improve your memory and attention span.

Severe and recurring sleep deprivation can impair learning. Getting enough sleep can help to reduce stress and this has many health benefits such as; a better control of your blood pressure.

So what can you do to get a better nights sleep?

Try to keep a set sleep schedule and stick with it. Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. A regular sleep routine keeps your biological clock steady so you rest better.

One hour before sleep give yourself time to wind down from your active day routine. This might include taking a warm bath or shower, relax in bed, reading with a small, low-wattage book light. You can also try practicing deep breathing or try meditation or soothing music.

Try to avoid TV or other electronic devices as part of your bedtime ritual. Some research suggests that screen time or other media use before bedtime interferes with the quality of our sleep.

Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Don’t overeat before bedtime. This can lead to discomfort and might keep you up at night. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle of the night trips to the toilet.


Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can affect the quality sleep. Also avoid alcohol, it might make you feel sleepy at first but can disrupt sleep later in the night.


Try to create an comfortable sleeping environment. e.g. cool, dark and quiet. Your mattress and pillow can contribute to better sleep so check these and check your pillow position.

Sleep makes you feel better, but it is importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, well-being and more.



How well do you sleep?



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