Taz Thornton
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Within 24 hours of taking up office as President Of The United States, Joe Biden issued an executive order to protect millions of LGBTQ people from discrimination. The world needs more power players to lead with love, and here’s why…

IT took Joe Biden and Kamala Harris less than a day to reverse some of the horrendous discriminatory acts signed off by Donald Trump, and to issue an executive order expanding LGBTQ non-discrimination protections.

If ever there was a sign that this new leadership team are determined to rule from the heart, with compassion and care for all, this was it.

Watching from the sidelines, here in the UK, I sense the strong message between the lines as well. Biden, himself a dedicated Catholic, has already sent a ‘love is love’ shockwave across the country — perhaps, even the world — in the aftermath of so much ridiculous rhetoric about religious freedoms being downtrodden by the LTBTQ ‘agenda’. …


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Surely, we can make clear the very real dangers of this horrendous virus AS WELL AS pointing out that it does not always need to mean a death sentence, or long-term health complications? Apparently not…

NOT so many years ago, I discovered I was ‘at risk’ of one of those degenerative conditions we all dread.

I still remember the news being delivered. Two ‘senior’ family members sat me down, at the kitchen table, to deliver the blow.

I would need to seek medical advice, decide whether I wanted to take the test and, potentially, make plans for my future.

At first, I was in shock. It didn’t sink in properly.

This was one of those terrifying conditions we see depicted in TV dramas, where we watch the characters’ lives — and abilities — tragically slip away from them; either that, or we follow our protagonist as they decide to take the future into their own hands and book a one-way ticket to one of those special Swiss clinics. …


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If you’re finding yourself wrapped up in US election drama, I want to remind you of something. The outcome of YOUR life will not be determined by Biden or Trump… it’s all down to YOU.

THAT headline and intro might feel a little difficult to stomach right now. Wherever you sit on the political spectrum, you may well believe the victor has the power to make your life better, or worse.

I’m not about to start arguing about which one of these guys would make a better leader, or who could most improve the USA; I don’t live in America — I don’t know! …


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US Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris made history as the first Asian-African-American woman to take the office. One of her first acts was to appoint a lesbian woman of colour as chief of staff. Here’s why that matters so much…

LIKE many other Brits, I sat up into the small hours to watch Kamala Harris and Joe Biden address the world after being declared Vice President and President Elect of the United States.

As a former journalist, I was fascinated by the way everything was playing out and, as an eternal optimist with political leanings to the left of centre, I saw this election as a beacon of hope — something that’s felt sorely lacking this year!

There were so many firsts playing out, right before my eyes: this was the first time an incumbent POTUS had been ousted from the seat of power since Reagan v Carter in 1980; it’s the first time we’ve had a female Vice President, as well as the first Asian-American, African-American in the role, and the first time the daughter of an immigrant has been elected to office. …


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Stress really can be deadly, impacting everything from our emotions, to our mindset, thinking ability and our physical health. Here are some simple, practical steps to help you spot the signs and create more balance in your life.

IT might sound dramatic, but stress really can be a killer. It’s not the stress itself, of course, but the impact it can have on your body. At the extreme end of the scale, stress has been linked with everything from heart disease to suicidal impulses, so we really do need to take it seriously.

And we need to take it seriously all the time, not just during key times such as International Stress Awareness Week, happening right now (November 2–6 2020).

Perhaps not surprisingly, this year’s campaign carries the headline: Managing Stress and Mental Health Issues in the Age of Covid-19. …


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Across the world, people are stressed, anxious, riddled with worry and concern. Businesses are falling over. People are locking themselves indoors to hide from a silent assassin. What’s the real killer here: Covid 19 or a carefully created pandemic of paranoia and panic?

WAY back in March, when the media reports first started to trickle out about the global pandemic, sweeping the world with Death’s borrowed cloak and scythe, I was one of the first to lock down.

I finished a running training programme, on the evening of March 18, and didn’t leave my house again until I needed to take my car for its MOT, on June 12.

Even after that, my ventures beyond the front door were few and far between. I didn’t go for those Government-endorsed daily walks, just in case. …


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Being self-employed in the Covid world can be tough, but some of us are making it far harder than it needs to be.

THIS past week, I’ve heard some crazy limiting beliefs from people in business.

Maybe it’s the current climate kicking people in their confidence, maybe it’s stress, anxiety, exhaustion, burnout or just sheer overwhelm with all the negative / confusing messages coming from the media and Government.

Whatever it is, as business owners, we need to get a grip and stop believing our own bullshit.

We need to examine our excuses and see them for what they are.

We need to stop delivering what we *think* we should be serving up as a ‘proper’ grown up business person, and start creating products and services people actually WANT. …


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It’s easy to grab attention on social channels, and through the media, if you’re willing to ruffle a few feathers or court controversy, but is all that exposure really worth damaging your personal brand for? Read on…

HAVE you ever read one of those posts online that has thousands of passionate punters vying for supremacy in the comments? There’s Diligent Dave sharing links to what he insists are the facts of the matter, Conspiracy Kam calling ‘fake news’, Right-wing Ray calling everyone a snowflake and Leftie Linda reminding us all to just love each other a little more.

Rubbing her hands, having lit the blue touch paper and stepped into the background, is Algorithm Alice, who doesn’t really give a fig about the topic she started the scrap with, but is overjoyed at the engagement she’s enjoying on her post. …


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Social media DOES work when it comes to building your audience, your personal brand AND your customer base. If it’s not working for your business, you might need to get a bit more critical and constructive and start being brave enough to consider where you might be going wrong.

ONE of the biggest mistakes I see people making in service businesses today is assuming their popularity is greater than it actually is.

People look at the numbers on their social channels and hugely overestimate the loyalty of people who clicked ‘like’ or ‘follow’ on a whim.

I see it most with coaches, therapists and those with ambitions to be seen as ‘thought leaders’.

Let me lay out a few quick pointers here… if ANY of these ring a bell for you, however uncomfortable that might feel, you need to keep reading, okay? …


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You don’t really need a moat with sharks… you just need to adapt to working online more.

LinkedIn. Twitter. Facebook. YouTube. Instagram. Medium. There are so many routes to your audience without even leaving the house. It’s an introvert’s dream, and it’s entirely possible to survive and thrive during lockdown.

ASK me what I’ve learned during lockdown and I’ll start waffling on about how much my introversion has come to the fore and how much I’ve enjoyed the total lack of pressure to leave my house.

I’ve learned that I’d quite happily stay locked down forever more. And that I’d quite like a house with a moat. And sharks. And alligators. Perhaps, even, piranhas.

The good news is that you can still be really visible and enjoy your introversion without a moat and man-eating pet fish. …

About

Taz Thornton

3 X TEDx speaker, bestselling author, award-winning confidence & visibility coach. Creator of the #UnleashYourAwesome empowerment & #BrandMastery programmes.

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