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Book Reviews: 5 Great Books For Personal Development


Reading is a key component to Personal Development, and as with anything, its always about source. The things you choose to feed or influence your mind with. Wise information feeds your mind and as with any learning it is yours to use or forget. So I thought I would share some the books that I thing are great for “working on the inner you”.

These are listed in no particular order.

1. First Things First – Stephen R. Covey

This was my first book I selected while I studying to be a Life Coach for Personal Development and I found it so insightful. It really underpinned for me the importance of time management how weight the decisions you make incorporating all of your life. Often times we keep our work diaries separate to our home decisions and social decisions. This how we easily double book ourselves. Also putting things or or procrastinating allows things to move from being important but non urgent to urgent and highly important which then leaves us in stress and overwhelm.

There were so many good things in this book it really is too much to list❤❤❤❤

2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R Covey

Yes, another Stephen Covey best seller!! There some books that are library keepers, this is another for me. This is another one that transcends time and I see as a book you can just keep referring too.

Building good habits requires repetition until they become your norm whether they are good or bad.

In leadership, family, relationships, business or work . The key thing is to build good and effective habits.

From Steven we get principles such as “Begin with the end in mind” and “Sharpen the Saw” go name a few. ❤❤❤❤

Renewal is the principle and the process, that empowers us to move on an upward spiral of growth and change, of continuous improvement.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

3. Daring Greatly – Brenè Brown

Brenè Brown is a Professor, Lecturer and I became aware of her through her famous Ted Talk on “Thd Power of Vulnerability. Her book ‘Daring Greatly looks at the courage to be vulnerable and how this impacts different areas of our lives.

The key thing about courage is that it shows up in the midst of fear not in the abscence from it.

Another one that works on the inner you❤❤❤❤

4. The Power Principles & Power of Vision -Dr Myles Munroe

Dr Myles Munroe sadly is no longer with us but for me he his still an amazing teacher. An Christian who vision was to educate, support and equip people to understand their purpose and vision here on earth. As he believed everyone has a personal vision and gifts given by God. But the majority do not always recognise what that is for themself.

Another great read that also impacts on a Spiritual level.❤❤❤❤

5. Think, Learn, Succeed – Dr Caroline Leaf

Dr Caroline Leaf is a Neuroscientist who is well know for a number of books and for her TV appearances including Oprah Winfrey. This book looks at different mindsets including Forgiveness, Happiness and Gratitude.

For the thinker Mindset one of the questions she posed was how much of our thinking was being replaced by devices and in so doing replacing our thinking power?

Once again I believe it’s another great book to both learn from and challenge you in how you think❤❤❤❤

Well that’s the end of my list. I would love to here what books have great meaning or value for you?

Until the next post. Be the change you want to see.

Gloria (Aquene7)

Celebration Time!


One of the things that is important to do with any goal is not just to focus on the end point but to enjoy the journey.

Back in September 2020 when I was inspired to start writing again, by writing as much as I could in October, after long periods of nothing. My goal was just to write consistently for that time.

I am really pleased to be now writing my 150th post for this blog. Writing has been such an outlet for me especially during lockdown. One of my heartfelt posts was in Writing – The Beauty In Writing!

I have been writing consistently for all three of my blogs and since the 1st October I have written 98 posts all together including my faith posts, short stories and poems.

I have also started a writing course in order to learn more and to move me towards my end goal of publishing my first book.

So as always, I’m all about personal Development and forever moving yourself forwards in life.

I am changing my circle in the process and loving my new journey.

So I am now looking forward to my next milestone which for me will be 250 posts!

Until my next post keep being the change you want to see.

Gloria (Aquene7)

Writer’s Corner (3) New Bloggers


New Bloggers

This is a Fortnightly Post on (Monday’s) – These are just tips I have or am picking up. I remember how much of a maze WordPress was for me when I started and I am still learning.

The Blogging World is truly a massive pool filled with a vast amount of information. Yet, I remember when I first started Blogging, just getting to understand WordPress was a huge learning curve for me. There was so much to learn and understand, just to simply customise your page.

During that time seven years ago WordPress provide Blogging 101 and Blogging 201. A community in which you could learn how to customise your blog and add your link in order to get feedback on your theme, layout and changes you made. It was also a great way to build your audience and make connections with other bloggers just like you.

However, times have changed as WordPress has grown, I guess but there are still courses available, but for a small fee. If you are finding everything a little difficult to navigate then maybe this might be an option. Or you can simply search on New bloggers and see what comes up as tips. You will have to look out for when these courses become available as the last one seemed to be around December last year.

In your Dasboard Area in your navigation panel, you will see a section called ‘What’s Hot.’ Where you will see information listed. It is easy to over look these areas, but there you will see the top blogs listed and Word press post amongst other things. Check it out and just explore your dashboard.

Other Ideas to Build Community On Your Blog

  1. Having Themes or a Series of post. – This could be a subject matter you then breakdown into smaller chunks in order to then discuss in a weekly post. You may even decide to make it into a regular long term feature.
  2. If you create a series you may want to create create image to go with it, like I have above. I use Canva but there are other graphic design platforms out there to chose from. I used the free option for Canva for years. But recently upgraded to the pro version, as I have three blogs I write for. But if you are selling products and want to the designs, do ensure you look into licensing regulations regarding image use.
  3. Reviews: You may be a book lover or really into Podcasts. Maybe you love trying out new recipes. Reviews are informative, and they are also a great way to add another dimension to your blog. But as in anything, consistency is essential.

Happy blogging

Gloria

The Power of Vision


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How often do you disqualify yourself through being overly critical of yourself?

How often do you seem to be inspired with an idea, only to then start chipping

⭕ I’m not experienced enough

⭕I’m not qualified enough

⭕I don’t have enough money

⭕Who is going to listen to what I have to say?

But the truth is, if you wait to have everything in place before you start, you will never start!

You simply have to use what you know or what you simply have within your means at the time and start. With a view to add and build as you progress and move forward.

Your fuel to anything is your inward motivation, your ‘Why‘. If you throw cold water on it internally, you will never get going. So how do you fan the flames?

For one you must change the script and reframe that inner critic. For every reason that comes to take you away from your plan find the reason to move you towards your plan.

If Steve Jobs had listen to the leading companies in 1998 he would never of changed the world of music, communications, social media and the use of the internet. The iMac and iPod and iPhone were revolutionary in every way and his competitors hand to up their game because of his ideas.

This 2007 talk demonstrates some of Apples thought processes st the time.

Sometimes it’s best to just do it. Don’t tell anyone just action your plan and ‘crack on!’

The reaction of people can also be a sure way to cause you to doubt and second guess yourself. I have certainly experienced this in the past and regretted it. Because I found that I had inadvertently opened up myself to the negative chat or lukewarm responses of others.

Have you ever tried to get past people’s responses that play like a tape in your mind? It’s not easy. So try to save yourself any pain.

Helpful Tips or Ideas

2. Use a Planner to help direct your thoughts and map out your goals or steps on a weekly and monthly basis.

3. Write a list of reasons why you want to do what you have in mind?

4. What would it change or improvement?

5. How would this change your life?

6. How would it make you feel to see your plans become a reality?

7. What is the most important thing to remember?

Feel free to think of and add more questions? Keep them all positive like your vision board. Then get started for a New Year and new chapter😊 Happy planning.

Until my next post. Be the change you want to see.

Gloria (Aquene7)

Half-Time – How To Win!


Happy New Year! Welcome to my blog if this is your first visit, and thank you for visiting again if you have been here before:-)

2020 was certainly a year of dramatic change and this year begins with the legacies of 2020 driving our economic decisions and current outcomes. It would be easy to come into this year with very little or no hope at all.

But that is not my heart, because my faith says to speak life and to have hope in the one that created all things. Challenges and difficulties happen and will constantly happen. Yet, throughout time people continue to have dreams and plans and achieve amazing things, in a world that told them they “could not!” “Not now – the time is wrong!” “You can’t!”

Last year may have you feeling as if you are on the loosing team in life. The underdog of life. Nothing ever goes right. You have more against you, than for you. But the beauty about a competive game like football (Soccer to American’s) Basketball, etc. Are the time outs when your Coach sees what’s happen to the team and what needs to change and shares strategies to the team to improve and change what has happened so far! The past can never be change but what is yet to be played can be!

The past can never be change but what is yet to be played can be!

Change starts in the mind! Cultivate and feed negative things and hope gets consumed leaving you reaping more of what you don’t want.

Cultivate change that fuels growth of positive new things and inevitably you will see the benefits.

Sometimes we find ourself in the position where “the tail is wagging the dog!” Instead of “The dog wagging its tail.”

What do I mean? I mean, instead of our thinking governing our emotions and actions. Instead, our emotions drive our thinking and subsequent actions.

Half-time is the point in your life where you take time out to rethink! Regroup! Re-strategies in order to plan a new change.

Challenge is when you find and implement resilience. Resilience is our mental fight that enables us to get up, restart and move forward again.

John Maxwell says the following:-

  1. Changing your thinking changes your belief.
  2. Changing your belief changes your expectations.
  3. Changing your expectations changes your attitude.
  4. Changing your attitude changes your behaviour.
  5. Changing your behaviour changes your performance.
  6. Changing your performance changes your LIFE!

From Thinking For Change – Book

Personal Development is where we all start with ourself. Not to measure and compare ourselves against others. That is the most destructive thing you can do.

It’s about looking inwardly with a view to nurture and build you. By removing the things that inwardly take away from you and instead bring in what feeds you, adds to you and increases you.

Never give up or Stop!

Growth is a ccontinual thing. You are never to old, to educated, to poor, too far behind to grow. Change begins where you are. Growth moves you from where you are to the vision or goal you have in mind.

How will you win in 2021?

What will you read?

What are you listening to?

What new course did you have in mind to start?

What change do you want to make?

What needs to go?

What needs to be improved?

This is not about trying change everything all at once. But select one thing you wish to change and one new thing you wish to start?

Be intentional with these choices. Don’t just think about them. Start them and be diligent about keeping on top of them. Know that as you progress the next step for change will become evident to you!

Until my next post. Be the change you want to see.

Gloria (Aquene7)

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