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7 Insights – Entrepreneurs and Intuition

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

7 Insights – Entrepreneurs and Intuition

Why have Einstein, Branson, Buffet and Jobs all given credence to their intuition in their quest to succeed, stand apart and develop their ideas into breakthroughs, innovation, opportunity, job creation and wealth? Below I identify 7 Insights of Entrepreneurs. Possibly you see yourself here and can relate to some of these characteristics of successful entrepreneurs that I have observed in my field of Intuition, Strategy and Coaching, whilst working with highly individual entrepreneurial achievers. I hope in writing this that it touches the entrepreneur in you and tempts you to take the plunge. 1. Fearlessness and Trust: The first thing that identifies an entrepreneur, is a certain fearlessness that flies in the face of convention. As a positive and undiluted energy, fearlessness can be considered a component of trust. For, if we are fearless, we place our faith in something deeper, something steady and calm beneath the surface of our being. This, I believe is a core element of the entrepreneurial spirit. To step into the unchartered, to launch an idea, service or business that has not been developed before, or, to go where others have gone and possibly failed. This, in its purest form, is what intuition invites us to do, to know beyond a shadow of doubt that we have to do what our spirit beckons us to. For, to not respond, is to risk not living our potential. A successful entrepreneurial businessman I consult to, described his decision to act on his intuition in starting his business as, “a spiritual moment” in his life. He worked many long, arduous hours to achieve his success, building an empire on what he knew unerringly was his passion. If we heed our intuition in business, using it as a compass to steer us through the pitfalls and challenges that beset all business at times, we remain focused on the end goal. Quite simply, our intuition becomes our guiding light on dark and stormy nights. 2. Risk Taking: Entrepreneurs are not risk averse. If anything, they welcome risk and are ready to go to the brink in pursuit of success and achievement in following their dream and taking it from an “insight “through to creation. Many entrepreneurs have failed at one enterprise, only to start another from scratch, knowing that it’s what they must do in order to live life fully, authentically and passionately. 3. Asking and Receiving: Yet another aspect of an entrepreneur is their willingness to seek advice candidly and readily from colleagues, family, friends and consultants. That’s not to say that an entrepreneur will follow advice that does not feel right, yet they remain open to receiving, sifting and analysing information, indeed acting upon outside guidance, all the while sensing whether the information or advice rendered is a good fit for their vision. Entrepreneurs develop their wisdom skills as they respond to the internal dialogue of their own intuition, further activating and validating this innate ability. This too is a form of asking and receiving, albeit individual, beyond input from others. 4. Acting Swiftly: A key talent is their ability to respond rapidly to what they sense is of benefit to their business or their strategy. They follow through in their decision making, sticking with a decision when others may try to persuade them otherwise. Intuition becomes an entrepreneur’s radar when decisions need to be made on the hoof and in the moment. 5. Flexibility: Flexibility and adaptability is a distict trait entrepreneurs possess. Their ability to switch course when they sense that a new direction is called for. Is this intuition working at its optimum? Yes,...

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Intuiton and Change

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Intuiton and Change

Five years ago I felt a strong calling to return to my home province of the Western Cape. After ten enriching years in Kwa Zulu Natal, my intuition was callling me to make the pilgrimage back to Cape town, floral kingdom of the world and home to two of my three children. Having been born and raised at the southern tip of Africa, my roots remained deeply enmeshed in the fynbos and indigenous fauna at the foot of Table Mountain and in the Atlantic ocean that rumbles along this exquisitely beautiful coastline. Change chooses us I am of the belief that we don’t choose change, it chooses us, at moments when we least anticipate it. In my practise as an Intuitive and Coach, it’s my role and purpose to help other’s see the road map that lies ahead, to assist them to explore opportunity, purpose and meaning in their lives. In delving into our deeper self, we often shed light on unmet needs, exploring the wild side of our nature that has not yet responded to the call of our soul. Intuitive prompts that precede the challenges to reinvent our lives by way of the fresh, new and different are constant reminders that we need to explore what those changes are. Recurring feelings of restlessness and disquiet, of not feeling fulfilled and “knowing” there is more to be done, experienced or lived, is a call to release the routine and the known. When is the right time? The timing on relocation for me was not optimum. My youngest daughter was one year away from entering her final matric year at an excellent school in Hilton, Kwa Zulu Natal. Moving her from an educational environment where she excelled, was happy and fulfilled, was out of the question. And yet, my youngest child and I both missed regular contact with our family who were living and carving careers for themselves in Cape Town. I also sensed that my particular skills would be more in alignment with the energy in the Cape. Once the decision had been made, things moved quickly. A private buyer approached me to buy our home, so Show Houses and the discomfort of a For Sale sign outside our home were not a reality. My daughter was accepted into full termly boarding for her final academic year and I advised my clients I would continue to see them on a monthly basis, which allowed me to spend time with her every month, plus she would fly home to spend her school holidays in Hermanus. Starting over Starting over is never easy. Possibly that’s why so many of us resist the promptings and messages that our intuition sends us, informing us to begin creating space in our lives for change to occur. I consult to many entrepreneurs who are taking the plunge to begin new businesses, many of whom have left corporate organisations that provide regular income, structure, support and ongoing skills training and development. Ninety per cent of my entrepreneurial clients who begin start-ups mention this as a prompt for starting over, irrespective of their age : I need to follow my passion and have faith in my business idea. I want to feel alive again, to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone. I don’t want to die knowing that I played it safe. I am ready to take full responsibility for the success or failure of a business that I created. I want to take charge of my destiny. Ignoring your intuition It may seem less daunting to remain in our existing environments and situations, but...

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The Soul of Business

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The Soul of Business

It’s time for me this month to once again capture my intuitive insights and share them with those of you who are yearning for deeper awareness, knowledge and purpose in your business and in your life. This morning I awoke to the cheerful trilling of birdsong in my autumn garden. I have a particular connection to birds, more especially to Robins,  as they represent change and movement, all vauable lessons for those of us seeking to continually transform and grow.  Listening to the numerous bird calls roused me to ponder how people, experiences, animals and locations touch us at a soul level. This thought process further prompted me to explore the positive impact of organisations that embrace transformation and evolution at a wisdom level and how such organisations could set precedents for others to follow. Globally,  companies develop clear strategies around their vision of where the business is headed, attempting to ensure that the time, resources and energy invested pays off.   Aligned to this, is how  businesses develop and grow their people, investing heavily in skills training, brand knowledge, company ethics, values and mission statement.  All of this to better equip their staff to know the company ethos and expectation,  as well as attempting to ensure that their customers receive the best service or product available in the face of increasing global competition in the market place. What would the scenario be if an organisation’s mission statement included the development of a soul driven approach to drive success, for both its customers and it’s staff?  For us to understand what it means for business to have a soul, we need to re-engineer what it means to have authentic power within organisations, for it’s here in the portal’s of power that decisions are made, deals are struck, employees retained, promoted or dismissed.  Gary Zukov in his profound book “The Seat of the Soul” sums up what true power is, and I quote:    “Humbleness, forgiveness, clarity and love are the dynamics of freedom. They are the foundations of authentic power.” My understanding of true power lies in the ability to be all of the above, with compassion, empathy and awareness being part of the package. I am sure many of you reading this have,  at one time or another,  been employed in an organisation that has no soul, or worked under a superior who has no understanding of you personally,  your individual situation, with your particular fears, vulnerabilities, emotional insecurities and concerns.  As humans today, we face ever increasing challenges around both financial and job security, relationship and family demands and needs, and personal health issues.   For staff to feel truly empowered, motivated and joyful in the tasks they perform each day, we should be crafting strategies around soul development within organisations.  In essence this would mean creating frameworks and taking decisions that come not solely from the head, but also from the heart, empowering decision makers to explore meaningful ways to engage with their staff and their customers,  at a soul level.  In so doing, staff would achieve  a deeper sense of belonging, of being heard and also of contributing to how their organisations are run, managed and developed.  Customers, in turn, would deepen their loyalty to a brand that made them feel they were recognised for their needs and that their demands were heard and responded to. This approach could have far reaching benefits,  ensuring that each member of every team within an organisation felt acknowledged and valued, ultimately driving a desire to pitch up for work every day to deliver positive output to a company that respected and...

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Following your Dream vs Driving the Goal

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Following your Dream vs Driving the Goal

Its early a.m. and I am sitting at my desk in my home office in the small coastal town of Onrus, Hermanus, South Africa. The sound of the breakers over the rocks is rolling through my windows and the fresh, cool smell of the Atlantic ocean is tiptoeing through my open door. This blog piece was born of a discussion I had with my son some time back. He spoke of goals and I spoke of dreams. We were having a reflective conversation on careers, life path and what it means to know at the centre of your being who you are and what it is you want for your life. So what wisdom can a mother teach her 31 year old son, graduate of Fullbright, USA that he has not learned through many years of academic study, global travel and life experiences? As a Business Intuitive, Strategist and Coach I work with companies and entrepreneurs who are often chasing success, money, status and of course, the bottom line. The term “reach my goal”is often used by my clients when I invite them to tell me how I can best help them in their careers or their business. During coaching sessions I ask my clients “what is your dream and can you describe it to me?” More often than not the response is “I don’t know.” For many, the idea of following their dream died in childhood as most educational institutions, parents and teachers focus on attaining a goal, driving an ambition and fostering analytical thought to achieve success in the classroom. My own life experience has taught me to follow my dream. For years my dream was to be self employed. To have the freedom to choose my career, to decide where and when I would work. This dream stayed with me from a very young age, into my mid thirties, whilst being a full time mother to three children. I kept it alive by picturing it, imagining what it would feel like to stand in a room and deliver a talk on intuition, host a Retreat and consult to business. There was no goal, just an overwhelming connection to my dream which was driven by my passion around intuition, a desire to see others succeed and financial independence. How do you connect with your dream purpose? First step is to identify what it is that you are responding to? Is it money, prestige, success, the right address? Or is it a deeper sense of purpose, validation and financial freedom? How will identifying your dream life, career or situation change your reality? Reflect on what has true meaning for you. Does a sense of accomplishment and quiet peace bring you joy? What makes you feel alive, invigorated and gives you a sense of personal freedom? How many hours a day do you want to give to your dream career? Where do you picture your dream job or career being located? Identify what support will be required to achieve your dream. Will following your dream bring you in line with your core values and beliefs? Are you prepared to take responsibility for the commitment to pursue your dream? Think back to when you were a young child. What did you want to be and how did that dream make you feel back then? Revisit those feelings and rekindle those dream memories. Maybe the dream has changed, but the feeling has not. Go find your dream and don’t waste more time on the goal, for without the dream, the goal won’t...

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Intuition & the Fork in the Road

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Intuition & the Fork in the Road

The big five draws many tourists to South African game parks. Wildlife accommodation across the country capitalises and attempts to deliver on this, so having skilled and experienced game guides is a big plus for the numerous lodges sprawled across our country. I have visited a number of wildlife venues in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa over the past 20 years. The bushveld holds a deep allure for me. Meeting Patrick, our very gifted game guide for our stay in Tembe Elephant Park, Kwa Zulu Natal, was the high point of my four day breakaway in the bushveld. As an intuitive, I have an appreciation and deep respect for those who use their intuition for decision making. Staying at Tembe Elephant Park is a unique experience, made more so by Patrick who was our personal guide, driving us many kilometres, from sunrise to sunset in a quest to see the big five. We covered different terrain in extreme temperatures, stopping only briefly for refreshment, before clambering back into our vehicle to continue the search for the king of all beasts. We had fantastic sightings at very close quarters of elephant herds, rhino, water buffalo, numerous buck species, as well as an abundance of bird life. Yet, a pride of young male lion eluded us. A couple from Switzerland eagerly arose at 4.30 a.m. each day to join us in our quest. Patrick resolutely stuck to his professional commitment to find us the lion pride we had heard other guests speak of at Thembe. He was unwavering in his dedication to fulfil his promise to his guests. On day three we had one sunrise left before we had to take our leave of this natural paradise. Patrick was his usual gregarious and forthcoming self, sharing his vast knowledge and expertise readily with our group, patiently explaining the myths around the Amarula tree and elephant becoming intoxicated on eating its berries. Daily he educated us on different animals and their habits and habitats, as well as explaining how to spot the difference between the white and black rhino. We stopped to watch dung beetles honing in on elephant dung that had been dropped by an elephant walking ahead of us on the sandy road, all the while keeping watch on the one large bull, who blocked our path forward. Thirty hot and thirsty minutes later he had ambled off into the bush, disappearing like a ghost within seconds giving us permission to proceed on our journey. A few minutes into driving, I noticed Patrick’s energy shift. He dropped his tone and hushed our group. He was inching forward slowly, partly off his seat, craning his eyes on the track ahead of us, his eyes downcast, scrutinising the soil. I noticed a certain tension in his body and an alertness that had not been apparent before. After ten unbearable minutes he spoke. He had sensed all morning that we were close to the pride. They had been sighted in the vicinity yesterday, but could have moved on for some kilometres at sunrise, after drinking their fill at one of the nearby waterholes. Pointing downwards he indicated lion tracks in the sand, which he identified as newly laid “spoor”. The road forked in two directions. Within seconds, Patrick made a decision to veer to the left. He had lost the spoor, but something urged him to take this path. He was riveted to the road ahead, all the while remaining silent and engaged with his task. We heard the lions roaring that day, close enough to make us acknowledge that we were in...

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