Michelle Bondesio

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Finding Beauty (Do Contribute)

Beauty needs ugliness to exist.

I’ve discovered that even in the worst of situations, we can find beauty amongst the cracks if we’re willing to look.

My latest piece for Do Contribute on Medium is an exploration of how we can define and seek beauty in our world.

MGS 17 – Purpose

Purpose People!

We talk a lot about finding our purpose, but what about living with purpose? It’s what helps us activate our potential.

In this episode of Mini Growth Sessions, I share the two key aspects that influence our ability to do things with purpose.

You don’t need a purpose to live your life, but your experience of life will certainly be more enriched if you live with it.

And here’s a bonus … Purpose + People = Purple! :)

Interested in the ‘grown-up’ version of these for your company? Find out more here.

As always, be brave, think big, stand tall.

Cheers, Mich

MGS 16 – Mindset

Focus your mind!

Whether we can, or can’t, do well at something new, it’s all in our heads. Having the right mental attitude helps us to excel, and activates more of our potential. In Episode 16, I share three types of “mindset” that can help us improve when we’re doing something new.

If you want to find out more about setting yourself up for growth, I highly recommend reading Carol Dweck’s book “Mindset”. We can be limited by the beliefs associated with a fixed mindset, but the world becomes our oyster when we set our minds for growth.

Interested in the ‘grown-up’ version of these for your company? Find out more here.

As always, be brave, think big, stand tall.

Cheers, Mich

MGS 15 – Courage

What to do about Fear

Growing and learning requires that we develop the courage to make friends with our fear.

To get on with doing what we were meant to in this world, we need to learn to become brave.

I wrote an article about this for the Do Lectures over on Medium. In it, I share three ways to help you overcome your fear.

Episode 15 of Mini Growth Sessions is a quick summary of these same three steps.

Interested in the ‘grown-up’ version of these for your company? Find out more here.

Be brave, think big, stand tall.

Cheers, Mich

MGS 14 – Optimism

Power up your positive!

Living on the bright side is way better for our wellbeing than we might realise. Episode 14 is about how to bring our force for good to the fore.

Further reading:

Feeling positive really is good for us, as being optimistic can help us combat heart disease.

Despite her own hardships, Helen Keller wrote extensively about seeing positivity in the world.  Her essay on Optimism, written in 1903, is well worth a read. Here’s a quote to get you started:

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven for the human spirit.” ~ Helen Keller

Martin Seligman is known as the father of Positive Psychology. He has written several books on optimism and happiness. I found his book ‘Learned Optimism’ particularly helpful as a learning tool during a turning point in my life.

Remember, there’s no such thing as half full or half empty … our cup is always FULL of hope and possibility.

As always, be brave, think big, stand tall.

Cheers, Mich

MGS 13 – Confidence

It’s all about ‘Can’…

It’s within our power to manage our confidence. We do it by matching our beliefs to our actions.

In this week’s episode of Mini Growth Sessions, I share three steps we can use to build and exercise our confidence.

Further reading:

If we know our weak points, then we can work on them…

  • Here’s a more detailed description of self-confidence, with  some super tips on how to develop it.
  • Research indicates that men tend to feel more confident than women. This article (and the video within) has some interesting insights.

Interested in the ‘grown up’ version of these for your company? Find out more here.

Until next time, be brave, think big, stand tall.

Cheers, Mich :)

MGS 12 – EQ

“EQ” represents our Emotional Intelligence.

Our levels of self-awareness and EQ play an important role in how we interact with the world.

The great news is that it’s a learnable skill and we can improve it. In this episode, we cover the basics of how and why we benefit from building our EQ.

Resources:

The term ’emotional intelligence’ was popularised by Daniel Goleman in the 90s.

Research has found that our EQ counts twice as much as our IQ – test your current level here.

This article shares some things we can work on to boost our emotional intelligence and this one covers self-awareness in more detail.

Remember, our EQ is not fixed. So we can improve our self-awareness, develop our empathy and learn to manage our emotions better. Think about what you can do today to get to know yourself better, so that you can become better for others.

Cheers, Mich :)

What We Choose To Put In (Do Contribute)

What we put in affects what we get out.

What we put in

This month’s article for Do Lectures over on Medium is about contribution.

What we put in matters. So, if you want to see the magic happen, choose to do the challenging, difficult, scary, stinky or unknown things with the same energy, willingness and enthusiasm you bring to doing the fun, easy, simple things in life.

When we give more than we expect in return, the upside is that we get lucky. To find out more, head on over to Do Contribute to read “What we put in“.

What goodness are you forgetting to add to your daily tasks and activities?

MGS 11 – Cadence

Cadence is about achieving rhythm in your life

It is far better for us (and more realistic) than striving for the elusive work/life balance.

In episode 11, I reconnect with my inner Madonna and use a choice word to share my opinion on the hype around the elusive goal of creating “balance”. Sensitive viewers cover your ears, or if you’re ready to take charge,  then join me in creating a new movement!

If you want to find out more about cadence, I wrote a Medium post about it here.

You can watch more Mini Growth Sessions here . Or find out more about the ‘grown up’ version of these Growth Sessions here

Remember, be brave, think big, stand tall.

Cheers, Mich :)

MGS10 – Love

The thing about Love…

Looking after ourselves includes loving ourselves in spite of our flaws. To care for and support others well, we first need to have a love of ‘I’. Find out more in Episode 10.

Further reading…

You can watch more Mini Growth sessions here . Or find out more about the ‘grown up’ version of these here

Cheers, Mich x

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