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How to use mindfulness to stay ninja focused

In culture, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on November 4, 2016 at 4:56 am


The words busy, dynamic and stress are so rampant in our vocabulary that we forget to stop and focus on the core elements that contribute to each day.

What if there was a way to choose how we describe our perspective simply by using other words or a different thought process? How would that assist us in making the most of our potential skills and talents without exhausting ourselves? Here’s where we could consider practicing mindfulness.

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How to build a positive personal brand

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Leadership, Personal Branding, Positive Thinking on October 24, 2016 at 2:03 am


If someone was to ask you to use three words to describe yourself, what would those words be? And if someone was to use three words to describe you, what do you think those three words would be?

What message do those words convey about who you are?

We’re all communicators. At any point of the day, we are sending out messages to the world. Even when we don’t say a word, we are communicating. In the way we dress, the way we carry ourselves, the way we conduct our lives, even the food we eat, the places we hang out, the people we associate with. They’re all sending out a message.

Every message you send out is an extension of your personal branding. Everything is a communication that sends out the data: ‘This is who I am. This is me.’

This is so important, it bears repeating. Everything that you say, do, and think feeds into your personal brand. Think about it.

Therefore, consistency is important. Just like an organization, there needs to be an alignment of your personal branding to your personal goals.  Read the rest of this entry »

The art of mindfulness

In Branding, Creative, Development, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on July 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm


I was watching an episode of ‘An Idiot Abroad’ the other night. And the protagonist, Karl Pilkington, was in Petra, Jordan.

In this particular episode, he had spent countless hours on a camel, then overnight in a camp with others and having dinner eating parts of an animal he didn’t care for, then finally had had enough and insisted they drive the rest of the next day’s journey to their destination.

By the time Karl Pilkington got to Petra, one of the wonders of the world, and one of my most revered dream destinations, he was beside himself.

I watched with amusement at how distracted he was. Despite standing in the presence of one of the world’s most magnificent wonders, the carved ancient city that stood in front of him was furthest from his mind.

I wondered how I would react given being in the same situation. I found myself empathizing with the man. It was humbling.

Then I started wondering how, if I could whenever I want to, tap into the resources I have within me, to bring myself back to the present moment to simply be.

Is it all easier said than done?

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Change readiness in a constantly dynamic world

In Change Management, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on June 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm

When I was younger I believed that people don’t change. As an adult, I realize this is incorrect. People do change; we learn, we evolve, we grow.

In fact, change is the only constant. We’ve all heard it before. This is true. Look around you. Change is everywhere.

And change is good. If we don’t change, we’re stagnant. Change pushes our boundaries. Takes us out of our comfort zone. And inspires us.

The person you are today is not the person you were yesterday. I certainly am not. I needed to change to adapt to the constant shifts around me. We all do.

So instead of fighting change; it’s about embracing change.

The art of embracing change is therefore to be change ready.

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Get bulletproof

In Branding, Inspire, Leadership, Personal Branding on May 29, 2014 at 10:56 pm

I’ve been told I have an amazing positive philosophy on life.

So when I was allocated a project at work to create a coaching program on resilience in the workplace, it was only fitting.

I’m not going to talk about that program. Instead I’m simply going to share what I believe it takes to build emotional strength. To get bulletproof.

I’d like to think I’m emotionally strong. I’d also like to think I have the humility enough to admit I may not always have been at the peak of this emotional strength.

But that’s the thing about emotional strength. It’s an internal thing that you build, nourish, and maintain. And continue to build, nourish, and maintain. Every single day.

And being only human, some days you need to get the hits in order to make you stronger.

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Two words

In Communication, Creative, Development, Inspire on April 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I spotted a quote the other day which I thought I’d share.

“If you could write a note to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?”

So if you could, what would you say?

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The adventure called life

In Creative, Inspire, Language, Word of the day on February 1, 2014 at 12:42 am

So it’s 2014.

I’m not one to make new year resolutions. I figure if you want to do something positive to change your life, you should just do it; you don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to do so.

But each year, I have a theme. And this year, this word pretty much sums up 2014 for me.

I hope it’s an amazing year for you, too! Happy 2014, here’s to adventure, love, and travel!

For it is those very things that inspire creativity. And may you continue to be inspired this year!

Copyright © agentofarcadia 2014


Mindset and setting the mind

In Branding, Creative, Inspire, Language, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding on December 22, 2013 at 3:58 am

So here we are. At the end of another year.

In the last few weeks, as Christmas approaches and every client wants everything completed and ‘signed off’ before we officially close for the holidays, it has become increasingly insane. So intensely busy on some days, the moments seem to disappear into thin air. But if we stop and capture them before they do, take the learnings from each experience, these moments become immortal. And become embedded in our minds.

I have also learnt how to master the art of juggling. Not that I never knew how to before, but I swear, my juggling skills have improved ten-fold. When multi-tasking different and several projects against conflicting deadlines, this is crucial. It’s partly due to this adeptness at juggling that my sanity is still intact.

Another thing I have mastered is the art of negotiation. You kinda need to in order to juggle, handle expectations, and work out a win-win solution.

And negotiation doesn’t just stop there, where you negotiate with others to manage your time effectively. Part of the success of juggling a busy schedule is negotiating with your mind. You need to will it to have the same approach as you would when eating an elephant, to borrow the phrase. One chunk at a time. Or climbing Mount Everest for that matter; one step at a time. Take it one day at a time, one project at a time, one issue at a time.

More importantly, it’s about the attitude you take when you’re eating your elephant. Or climbing Mount Everest. Or working on a project the client wanted done yesterday.

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The power of yes

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Personal Branding on September 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

I love this little quote. It’s become my absolute daily mantra. Each day, we all face little decisions we need to make. Some days more than others, these decisions are bigger and take a life-changing turn.

This little quote truly resonates with me. Courage isn’t about always being brave. Courage is about being human and acknowledging the fear, but facing it anyway.

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Making a positive mark with your personal brand

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Marketing, Personal Branding on September 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

I recently wrote a blog about personal branding. Today I want to talk about what personal branding is. And what it isn’t.

Personal branding isn’t about self-promotion. It’s not about how much money you have. And it’s not about how many people know you.

Personal branding is about who you are and how you project yourself. It’s about the three words that come to mind when people think of you. It’s about the impression you give when you first meet someone. It’s about how others remember you.

Remember: Everything that you say, do, and think feeds into your personal brand.

And remember: Personal branding is not bound by social conventions. It is limitless and driven only by your core values.

And the thing about personal branding is that it’s not about what you do as a profession that sets who you are. It is about who you are.

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