"She believed she could so she did."
Yes, I did.
My nickname is the Goal Queen. And I love it! Because who doesn’t love a goal, especially a goal that turns a dream into a reality?
Let me tell you a little story… Back in 2016, my best friend and I attended an entrepreneurial event called Success Resources organised by Najahi Events. I was utterly inspired. The whole vibe lit a fire within me.
And I turned to my best friend and said, “One day, I’m gonna be back here, standing on that stage.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m never one to go back on my word. If I say I’m going to do something, I like to follow it through. Who wants to be that person who’s all talk and no action? Not me. However, this was a big goal. I’d have to make the right contacts. I’d have to book the gig. But I’d said I’d do it. I’d made a social commitment. And I didn’t stop at my best friend. I told more and more people. I wasn’t just determined to reach my goal; I knew I’d reach it.
Fast forward to 2022. Score! Yes, just last October 3rd, I was a keynote speaker at Scalathon, a world-class event for leaders, entrepreneurs and experts. It was organised by Najahi Events at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
I stood on that same stage. I spoke. And this time, I wasn’t the one listening and feeling inspired; I was there to inspire.
So what steps did I take to reach that goal?
1. Tell People About Your Goal: When you get an idea, share it. Make a social commitment. Don’t be the person who just talks. Be the person who makes it happen. When you start to tell people about what you want to achieve, ideas and opportunities will present themselves via those you’ve spoken to. You’re opening up a whole new world. So step into that world and keep moving.
2. Develop Your Skill-Set: In 2016, I was transitioning out of full-time celebrity styling. I needed to have a topic that appealed to a much wider audience, sharing the impact that style and image can have on your personal brand. I knew I was a confident speaker, I’d already done a TEDx Talk, but I needed to develop the skills necessary for delivering a keynote to a large audience of men and women.
3. Ask For Opportunities: Make yourself visible within your skill-set. Whether that’s speaking to people face-to-face, hosting events or pushing your social media, you need to be seen. Opportunities won’t just come and find you; you have to ask. Put yourself out there!
4. Practice Makes Perfect: My Scalathon presentation wasn’t anything new to me. I’ve delivered that speech numerous times to global audiences. It’s well rehearsed, so I was completely comfortable on that stage. I know the material works because it’s been tried and tested with proven great results. It delivers value and inspiration, and that’s the sign of a great talk if you can deliver both.