The #1 myth that stops you doing what you really want (and 7 ways to get going) The #1 myth that stops you doing what you really want (and 7 ways to get going) The #1 myth that stops you doing what you really want (and 7 ways to get going)

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The #1 myth that stops you doing what you really want (and 7 ways to get going)

Danielle sits at her desk each day in between meetings sketching designs of the jewellery she longs to make but doesn’t, because she thinks to herself again and again that no one will ever buy it. Georgia works in a bank but secretly dreams about starting a baking business and becoming the next cupcake Queen. But she doesn’t, because she thinks she needs to have a commercial kitchen and a retail store and lots and lots of money. And then there’s Mary, who gets woken up at night with words ...

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Let passion and play ignite your possibilities

My client Mary was having a really hard time in her career. She knew that what she was doing wasn’t lighting her up, in fact she was pretty much hating it. She felt stuck, under utilised, and just plain bored. There was no purpose or passion in her job, but she had no idea what came next. As we worked together, the stories of what Mary was really passionate about started to unfold. Connecting with people. Sewing. Entertaining. Crafts. Natural healing. Wellbeing. So I asked her, what would it ...

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Get past the Sunday night dread (and that Monday slump)

I’m going to force myself to do it. I should. I really don’t want to, but I have too. People are counting on me, so I better show up. I said I would, so I will. But I really, really, really don’t want to. Have you said any of these things to yourself recently? As you think about work this week, preparing yourself for what’s coming up, gearing yourself up perhaps, consider these questions: What are you looking forward to this week? What are you dreading? What are you going to have to ...

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Want to find your purpose? Follow the bread crumbs.

A decade before I wrote my first book, I was walking around the streets of New York. I’d gotten lost in the back streets of SOHO and was meandering along my way when I came across a big bookstore. In the large window display were a whole range of books on how to be a non-fiction writer. At this stage I hadn’t even dreamt of writing a book. But something about this display intrigued me. So I found the writing section, and before I knew what was happening, I was walking back on the ...

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Need to reignite your career? The ten steps that matter.

On any given day in your work life, there is a lot to focus on. Clients, meetings, deadlines, office politics, stress and anxiety, not to mention your boss, your team and just when do you get that coffee break?! It can be pretty overwhelming. So it’s not surprising that my research shows that 70% of women don’t have a career plan, and more than 48% of women are just completely winging it when it comes to what’s next for them work wise. Not only that, more than 70% of women are really ...

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Is it time to build your exit strategy?

If there were one hot topic that is coming up a lot in my coaching enquiries, women’s groups I lead and with Q&A’s after speaking gigs, it’s that of career change. To be more specific, I keep getting questions about how to build an effective exit strategy. In other words – can you please help me get the **** out of this career I hate?! And whilst it has been a consistent theme in my coaching practice over the past three years, it is definitely heightened at the ...

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The truth about becoming more confident

I was recording a bonus interview for the upcoming launch of The Career Toolkit program with a dear client yesterday. The topic was confidence. We were talking about her 26 year career journey and how confidence has impacted her throughout – both negatively and positively. It was a juicy and super helpful conversation that I know members will gain such great insight from. And right toward the end, she said the truth that all women need to hear, something that we had been working on and ...

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8 keys to mentoring success

Mentoring has been getting a bad rap over the past few years. As the battle to get and keep more women in leadership positions rages on, and endless versions of the same strategies and programs are tried with mixed results, mentoring seems to have been labeled as an old school strategy and no longer something that will contribute to cracking that proverbial glass above our heads (it’s so far beyond time for a new metaphor, how about an entire new paradigm?). When Sylvia Ann Hewlett published ...

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What do you want to be known for?

Ask yourself this question: Is your personal brand taking you to the places you want to go in your career? How do people see you at work? Perhaps you have a reputation as the problem solver, the organizer or the deal maker – but is it serving you well? One of the most important questions you can ask when building your personal brand and looking at what’s next for your career, is what do you want to be known for? Personal branding expert, William Arruda explains that your personal ...

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Three keys to finding your purpose

We hear a lot of people talking about purpose. How you need to find your purpose, be on purpose, work and live with purpose. And I’m one of those people. Because it matters. It matters deeply. But so many people are walking through their lives with a greyness about them. No colour. Like ghosts living in the machine of their life. They may have given up on their purpose, discarded it in the trash one evening, thrown out with the dinner scraps. Or maybe, as is the case for so many, they never ...

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How you should ask for a pay rise

There is certainly a lot of discussion around at the moment about the gender pay gap. We know that women are paid 17.5% less than their male counterparts. We also know that women are less likely to ask for a pay rise than men. We think that if we keep our heads down and work hard that our work will speak for itself and we will be rewarded accordingly. We don’t want to appear pushy, and we don’t want to piss people off. And sometimes we are just plain scared to ask (it’s not easy, ...

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Three ways to start creating balance

I have recently started writing a career advice column for Women’s Agenda, the online destination for professional women. It’s called Ask Megan and each Tuesday I answer a question someone has sent in (please send in questions to contact@womensagenda.com.au, I would love to answer them for you). It is week 5 and there have been questions on leadership, career management, boundaries and a lot of questions on the age old problem most of us deal with – balance. As I know this is ...

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