align your faith with you beliefs in order to reach your goals


Success has a different meaning for all of us but it is something we all strive for.

None of us want to feel as though we are waisting our time.

None of us want to feel as though all these efforts are being made, all these extraordinary sacrifices are being created but nothing is going to come out of it.

None of us want to fail when so much has been invested in succeeding.

Unfortunately, some will let all those fears prevent them from going after their dream and create a life they crave.

Success is never guaranteed but you can increase your chances by combining your hard work with the appropriate mindset and belief chemistry.

That’s the question I answer in this week’s Monday Q&A.

The question comes from Anastasia.

Click the link below to watch.

Once you’ve watched the video, come back here and let me know how you align your beliefs to insure your best results.


Why planning for the worst and hoping for the best is wrong!

goal reaching planning requires proper mindset

You’re sitting at your favourite spot at the kitchen table or in that living room chair, wondering and planning how you are going to get through this situation. Wondering and planning how you should go about it. Wondering and planning how you are going to reach that important goal of yours… So you say to yourself ” well, let’s plan for the worst and hope for the best”, right? Wrong!

I’ve heard that expression countless times and I never liked it. I never agreed with it. Why would you want to plan for the worst and merely hope for the best? Shouldn’t you plan for the best, hope for the best and forget about “the worst” part?

Every battle you face has two angels: your planning and your mindset


As you sit in your comfortable spot, setting yourself up to tackle whatever situation you are facing, you must acknowledge that there are two parts to every battle: the planning and your mindset or I should say, the mindset and the planning.

It all being with your mindset.


Your mind is your most powerful tool. It is where everything starts. The starting point to all things. Or I should say, the point before there the start…

All battles are won or lost before the battle itself ever begins. And it all begins with your mindset.

If you think you’re going to win, you are probably right. If you think you are going to lose, you are probably right to. If you think the best is gonna happen, it probably will. If you think the worst is gonna happen, it probably will to.

The outcome of a situation is largely determined by how you choose to tackle this situation.

Yes, I did say choose. Because how you show up, how your prepare yourself mentally, how you align your mindset, those are choices you have. You may not have chosen the situation you are in directly (that’s a subject for another day) but you do have the power to choose how you react to it. And your mind is where it’s at.

So before you even begin to formulate a plan on how you are going to fix or get out of a certain situation, you need to get your mindset right.

You need to convince yourself  and truly believe that you are going to find the right solution, you are going to get out of this, you are capable of overcoming this and you will reach whatever goal you have.

If you need a little extra help getting your mindset right, click HERE for my previous post on the 7 unconventional keys to success. And if you wanna take it a step further, click HERE for my eBook, the Ignition Toolbox.

Only once you’ve gotten your head in the game,  and really own the fact that you are on top on the situation, can you start to plan.

By having your mindset adequately aligned, you are setting yourself up to be more receptive to different ideas and more attuned to creative solutions you may not have thought of, had your mindset been off or worst, in a negative space.

Now that you are setup right, let’s plan! 


As you begin to formulate a plan as to how to get yourself out of a particular situation begin by asking yourself: what outcome am I looking for? Simply put, start with the end.

Begin planning by first looking at what you want as an end result and work your way up from there.

By starting from the bottom up, you are giving yourself a goal or a target to reach and aligning all your steps with that goal/target.

Your plan should have big steps and little steps to reach your goal.

Your big steps are the larger concepts you need to implement to reach your goal and the little steps are the concrete application of those concepts, into your daily life.

Let’s look at an example:

Let’s say, your self confidence is on the low side and you want to feel better about yourself, for yourself, by losing a few pounds.

First, determine your end goal: how much weight do you wanna lose? 10 pounds. By when: 2 months from now

That’s the end goal: 10 pounds within the next 2 months.

Big steps to lose that weight:

  • increase exercise activity to 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week
  • plan healthy meals ahead of time
  • eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day to prevent hunger
  • allow one cheat meal a week

Little steps to lose that weight:

  • increase exercise activity to 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week
    • wake up 30 minutes early every day, 6 days a week to fit in exercise
    • find Youtube fitness routine 3X a week
    • go for a walk/run 3 X a week
  • plan healthy meals ahead of time
    • one a week, sit down to plan meals for the week ahead
    • cook weekday meals in batches on Sundays and Wednesdays
    • make a grocery list every week before heading out to prevent temptation
  • eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day to prevent hunger
    • prepare and pack meals the night before so they are ready to go in the morning
    • leave a printed menu on the fridge door
  • allow one cheat meal a week
    • plan cheat meal to have something to look forward to every week

This is just an example but the list of small steps could go much further and in greater depth.

The point is to start by your goal and determine what needs to be done from there.

So don’t just plan for the worst and hope for the best: Plan like a boss and expect the best!

As always, I love hearing from you. Leave me a comment below and let me know how you set yourself up to tackle difficult situations or reach your goals.



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shift your fear into action for sucess

A few months back, I made a video about fear (if you haven’t seen it, watch the video HERE) and explained how we are actually born with only two fears: the fear of loud noises and the fear of being dropped.

Every single other fear we have is learned!

We learn these fears through experiences, encounters and how we process events and information…

But like all learned behaviours, we can unlearn them. We can unlearn how to be afraid. Just like most of us have unlearned the fear of loud noises and the fear of being dropped.

But that’s easier said then done.


Fear is very powerful. It sneaks into our subconscious and spreads its roots with lightning speed, often times, without us even realizing it. All of a sudden, something we once enjoyed, scares us half to death.

I vividly remember experiencing this kind of newborn fear when I was a little girl.

My parents had always been involved with our church and by the time I was 11 years old, I was the lector for the First Reading during Sunday mass. It was something I was very proud of and I loved it. I loved being in front of people, speaking to them, connecting with them…

I would spend all week preparing and rehearsing, to make sure I sounded just right and I connected with my audience.

Then one Sunday, after delivering what I thought was a great First Reading, I overheard a member of the communion group say they were surprised that the Priest had agreed to put such a young person in charge of such an important task.

Somehow, in my 11 year old brain, I interpreted that as: I’m not good enough to be a lector!

In the week that followed, I barely rehearsed my Reading. I would find every excuse not to.

The truth was, that suddenly, I was afraid. I was afraid I wasn’t good enough, I was afraid people didn’t like me or didn’t connect with me.

Fear had snuck into my subconscious.


When Sunday morning rolled around, I was petrified. I remember sitting in church, sweating, clinching my fists, wishing for all of this to be over soon. The same moments that I relished a week earlier, I now dreaded. The exalted feeling I once had moments before stepping up to the microphone, was replaced by sheer fear.

I was so afraid that I don’t remember how that Reading went. It’s all a blur.

A few weeks days, I told my parents I no longer wanted to be a part of mass.

I wish I would have told them the real reason why, so they could have reasoned with me, but I didn’t. I made up some random excuses, a mixture of school projects and figure skating practises… And I never read at mass again.

It’s quite sad if you think about it, that I let me interpretation of what someone said, turn into such powerful fear that I began to fear something that I actually enjoyed tremendously!

But now tell me, how many of you have experienced a similar situation?

You know you’re good at something, you enjoy whatever it is you are good at, but then you allow one small seed of doubt, one interpretation of a comment or one negative thought, completely derail you.

Fear being the incredible opportunist that it is, sneaks in and voilà! you are now afraid or dreading something you once enjoyed/loved.

So how do you turn that around? How do you go back to enjoying/loving something you’re now afraid of?


You reverse fear’s mind trick!

When your mind starts to wander and you begin to feel that first tingle of fear, take a deep breath and bring yourself back to a time when you weren’t fearful, a time when you enjoyed that particular activity. Allow that feeling to play out in your mind.

Remember everything you can about that joyful moment and play it out like a movie. Remember the good emotions, the thrill, the connection, the enthusiasm, the excitement, the love.

Don’t allow any negative thought to take part in your movie.

You are the director. You choose how this movie begins, unfolds and ends.

The more you allow yourself to go back to those happy feelings, the more fear will loossen it’s grip on you.

The important thing to remember, is to never let fear take over you to a point where you give up something you once enjoyed.

I greatly regretted giving up reading at church. It may not seem like much, but it was a big thing for me. It was my first experience at public speaking and it took me a long time to get back to something I realized I actually loved doing.

Fear got in my way and took many opportunities away from me. Because I let it.

But now I know better and I hope that you do to.

When fear rears its ugly head, know that you are more powerful than it is and that whatever positive, impactful and loving feelings you have, can overcome it.

Fear is darkness and you are light.

Don’t be afraid to shine!

Love always,


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failure paves the road to success

I say we should celebrate failure. Our failures should be as glorified as our successes because often times they are the platforms that propel us to our greatest successes.

And it doesn’t matter how many times you fail.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve failed once or a hundred times.

What truly matters is how you react to your failures.

I understand that failure is not a popular topic. It’s not something you see plastered all over social media. It’s not something people brag about and it’s definitely not something that is rewarded in today’s society.

Why? Because in all honesty, failure sucks!

It hurts our ego. It can feel overwhelming and shameful. It takes us out of our comfort zone and makes us come face to face with some of life’s greatest lessons.

In summary, failures are hard…

That being said, failure happens to EVERYONE.

Walt Disney was fired from his newspaper job because he was told he lacked creativity.

Billa Gates dropped out of Harvard and started Traf-O-Data, a company that failed miserably.

Basketball legend, Michael Jordan, once said “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore. Oprah’s first boss told her she was too emotional and not right for television.

Yet, these are people wildly known for their successes.

So what differentiates those who succeed after failure?

The difference between those who succeed after suffering a hard blow and those who don’t, has nothing to do with the failure itself. It has everything to do with how one reacts to the failure.

I have faced many setbacks and many failures in my life and as much as it sucked and it hurt and it often times crushed my ego, it also allowed me to learn the greatest lessons.

And here’s another thing I’ve learned… It boils down to your willingness to learn the lessons life is trying to teach you.

If you choose to remain stubborn and refuse to open up to what life is trying to teach you, you will fail again and again. But if you open up your heart and your mind and you are willing to relentlessly work towards your goal, then the Universe will reward you.

Here’s a little motivational video to inspire you when the weight of failure gets too heavy.

And for even more motivation, don’t forget to download your FREE productivity cheat sheet to help you turn that failure into a resonating success!

As always, I love hearing from you.

Send me an email or leave a comment below and tell me what failures you’ve gone through and what lessons you’ve learned from them.