I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one's own attitude, no matter how difficult the situation.
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Smart Talk – Personal Development Blog

Join me here on my personal development blog for regular posts of encouragement, inspiration, motivation, and insight into strategies for success in all areas of life. Share your thoughts and stories as we all journey together.

10 Ways To Be Mindful Throughout A Busy Day

By Sinead Duffy 3rd March 2015
Ways to be Mindful throughout a Busy Day

People the world over are discovering more about the wonderful benefits of mindfulness, the practice of bringing your awareness to what is currently going on. Simply put, it is being aware of what you are doing while you are doing it, even when you are busy. When you begin to analyse what you actually think…

Get Results with New Year’s Resolutions

By Sinead Duffy 31st December 2014
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I want to begin by wishing you an outstanding New Year and share my guide for getting results with resolutions in the year ahead and beyond. January is one of the best times of year to take the courageous step of creating change in your life.  The holiday season provides a timely opportunity to relax,…

The 25 Most Popular Quotes of 2014

By Sinead Duffy 29th December 2014
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss

It’s that time of year again, to look back and pick out your favourite quotes from the year gone by. These are the quotes that struck a chord with you, the ones that made you stop and reflect, the ones that made you feel good and encouraged you to change something.  Whether they supported you…

12 Ways to Accomplish More By Doing Less

By Sinead Duffy 20th September 2013
Achieve more by doing less

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr The expression “If you want something done, ask a busy person!” seems a contradiction, but…

Can a Book Actually Change Your Life?

By Sinead Duffy 20th August 2012
Can a Book Actually Change your Life

Each year, millions of people search for the perfect book—one that will stimulate their imaginations and inspire new courses of action. Thousands of self-help books offer the ‘secrets’ of fulfilment, happiness, success, and prosperity. Many people can think of a book that has impacted their lives by making them think and behave differently. Books have…

5 Simple Tips to Start Living Better Today

By Sinead Duffy 6th August 2012
5 Simple Tips to Start Living Better Today

1.       Achieve More with Less It is easy to confuse hyperactivity for productivity or growth, however being busy all the time does not necessarily mean progress.  If you find yourself mindlessly clocking up hours yet not making the progress you had hoped for then, maybe it is time to review your goals and priorities.  With…

3 Counterintuitive Habits of Successful People

By Sinead Duffy 23rd July 2012
3 Counterintuitive Habits of Successful People

Successful people know what they want and they usually get it thanks to a life filled with positive habits. These great habits include being focused and disciplined about shaping their life just as they want it. As you may expect, they are usually goal-focused, adaptable, and willing to learn. Interestingly, they also have habits that…

3 Quick Questions to Gain Perspective and Take Positive Action

By Sinead Duffy 16th July 2012
3 Quick Questions to Gain Perspective and Take Positive Action

Who knew that answering  three simple questions could elicit profound and powerful answers? This is your opportunity to reassess your situation, gain perspective, and make relevant changes. Ready? Get a pen and paper and start writing!   1.  What do you want more of in your life?   What things are going really well for you?…

12 Characteristics of a Highly Successful Entrepreneurial Mindset

By Sinead Duffy 4th July 2012
12 Characteristics of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Success does not happen overnight. It takes hard work, perseverance and continual self-improvement. Every highly successful entrepreneur has a great story to tell. Often times, you’ll be amazed by what most of them have gone through before becoming famous entrepreneurs. They are ordinary people who have used their minds in extraordinary ways. Here are the…

5 Lifelong Lessons that we can Learn from the Titanic

By Sinead Duffy 14th April 2012
5 Life Long Lessons we can Learn from the Titanic

The story of the sinking of the Titanic will be told and retold for countless generations. Both young and old are fascinated by what is  considered one of the rarest events in human history. Hundreds of books have been written and several feature films have been produced in memory of the legendary ship. Today, 100…

Why Traditional Time Management Techniques Don’t Work for Everyone

By Sinead Duffy 18th February 2012
Why Traditional Time Management Techniques Don't Work for Everyone

Do you find yourself continually running out of time or not getting everything done that you had hoped to? Do the phrases “I can’t believe that’s the time” or “I didn’t get that finished today” seem all too familiar? In order to optimise your time, it is essential that you manage yourself effectively. Whether you…

25 Best Selling Self-Help Books

By Sinead Duffy 23rd January 2012
25 Best Selling Self-Help Books

Our collection of carefully chosen self-help books will help you discover your strengths, stay motivated and achieve greater results.  By selecting the best self-help books for you, we not only save you time, but money and effort too. Sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble have best sellers’ book lists and now we are revealing the best…

Greater Self-Confidence in 5 Steps

By Sinead Duffy 16th December 2011
Greater Self-Confidence in 5 Steps

Are there times when you doubt yourself and your abilities? Have you missed out on opportunities because you felt you were not talented enough, lacked education or felt unattractive?. Time and time again, I coach people who have lots of talent and wonderful ability, yet for various reasons they are filled with self-doubt. They give…

6 Lessons We Can Learn from Alice in Wonderland

By Sinead Duffy 23rd April 2010
6 Lessons we can Learn from Alice in Wonderland

It is easy to think that Alice in Wonderland is a dreamland fairy tale for children. On the surface it appears to be just that. However, if you look closer, you will realise that Alice’s world translates into much more than a children’s fairytale. The story has been studied and analysed by psychoanalysts since the early…

Crowned with Confidence

By Sinead Duffy 5th October 2009
Crowned with Confidence

As I write this article the word ‘confidence’ returns 124 million results on Google. It’s no wonder,as confidence is surprisingly difficult to tie down precisely and regardless of how much we have, we crave more. Confidence is one of our greatest personal resources. With it we can handle any situation, reach our goals and take…

Relight Your Fire

By Sinead Duffy 22nd September 2009
Relight Your Fire

Recent research suggests that compared to last year people are working an extra 6-10 hours per week with only 32% stopping to take a full lunch. Despite countless articles written each year aimed at helping create balance and quality in life, people are still overworking and expecting to achieve more. When you burn the candle…

Do you Procrastinate?

By Sinead Duffy 1st April 2009
Do You Procrastinate

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today” is a familiar proverb that advises us to complete the tasks at hand, yet time and time again we fall victim to procrastination. Despite detailed plans, clear objectives and digital accessories that beep at us, we still defer what needs to be done until a…

Capture Opportunities

By Sinead Duffy 18th January 2009
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Last year brought unexpected global changes. The media’s coverage of the economic climate has had its influence, leaving many feeling anxious, uneasy and uncertain. People are confused about how to adapt and prosper with changing circumstances. But the truth is that there will always be something. People have got through tough times in the past; they…