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Guest Post | Struggling With Change? It Could Be in Your Mindset

GUEST POST BY  Manuel Karkafiris

People in business and in their careers are constantly looking at ways to make their lives easier. They often get to the point whereby they need to decide whether to embrace new technology that is coming at us at a rate of knots or to continue doing the same thing and getting the same results, or even worse, perhaps expecting different results.
The truth is, in order to embrace technology you must be willing to embrace the process of “change”. We all know that technology has proven itself in the past, that it can assist us in becoming more efficient and more effective in our lives. We only have to look at computers and telephones in the way that they have revolutionized the way we do business today.
Companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Amazon were quick to jump onto the technological highway and subsequently they have become leaders in their markets.
So knowing this, why is it that people struggle with technology and change?
The main reason is that change will take us outside of our own “certainty”, which is better known as our comfort zone. Certainty is a human need and behavioral requirement, which makes us feel grounded and in control. Psychologically, it is far easier to do the same things that we are certain that we are good at, as opposed to stepping into “uncertainty” or change, which means we may feel lost initially.
This makes us emotionally and neurologically link pain to change, as opposed to linking pleasure to the desired results that we would like in the future. Subsequently, we do not proceed with what we really want and instead we fall into the trap of procrastination.
Having studied the mindsets of Multi-millionaires and billionaires, and the latest technology in Neuro-conditioning in achieving the “Success mindset,” I have recognized a pattern that successful people use to embrace change and technology. It is achieved by feeling absolutely certainty in uncertainty. This involves a shift in thinking, by focusing on what is desired for your business and life, and sticking to a plan to achieve it. Absolute certainty is achieved by researching, as well as obtaining knowledge and experience in the area concerned. This means that we need to read books, complete courses or hire a coach or mentor to fast track the process, and to assist us in shifting our thinking to a higher level.
Like all things that we learn it all starts off with the first step, and with momentum and persistence we can get the results we want. Whether, we learn to walk, ride a bike or learn to use a new piece of technology, eventually we master the process of change and we look towards the next level of uncertainty in our life to further grow and develop.
Manuel Karkafiris is a Director of SOL Results. He is a sought after Master Coach, Business Entrepreneur and Internationally Certified NLP Trainer. He can be contacted on or

Shane Radbone, Specialist in Business Development | Entrepreneurship, Business Growth and Sales Success | October 2019

17 – The Process of Stretching and Growing – Signs of a Passionate Life


Today I caught up with some friends and one of them commented, “Yeah life is good. I am in a comfortable stage and don’t do too much. I enjoy spending time at home on the weekend.”

While I understand this may appeal to some, I take every opportunity to challenge and develop myself. Belief systems create your life. If you believe that it is good to stay in your comfort zone and resist growth, then your mind and body will not progress. You see my friends, growth is an essential part of life. Now I know we all like to take a little break from time to time and hibernate in comfort (yes I do too). This is good and helps us to feel refreshed. We must, however, exit this state at some stage and get back into living life and growing ourselves to the next level. The destiny of our soul is linked to us growing as spiritual beings.

So what have you done lately that has really stretched you and enabled you to grow? What uncertainty were you able to handle that has now changed you forever? Have you challenged yourself to be a better friend, employee, employer or partner?  Have you expanded your skillset in wealth creation and learnt a new technique for creating money and put it into action? What have you done with optimising your fitness – what challenge did you put your body through that was exhilarating and endorphin releasing?  If you find that you have not experienced growth in a long time, then you should immerse yourself in the company of someone different – someone who will challenge you to stretch and grow (perhaps consider a SOL Results coach). You may have heard the wisdom, “You become like those you associate with.” Is it time to implement these wisdoms into your life and create a more exciting future for you and everyone who looks up to you?

Growth can be difficult, but it is permanently rewarding. The achievement of a stretch goal is not just about the goal itself – it is about who you become. I believe each of us has an inner potential that when activated, can create incredible results. I remember a quote that really got me thinking: “Most people die with the music still in them.” This means that while people have the potential for personal and professional growth, not all reach it.

The rocking chair test is the ultimate assessment (for those of you that were at the last Breakfast at the Next Level, our amazing guest, Henry Olonga, mentioned that it was the rocking chair test that motivated him to step up as a leader and inform the world about what was occurring in Zimbabwe).

This test involves you imagining yourself at an old age and reflecting on your decisions in life. The decisions you make today will either make your life a masterpiece to be followed or a warning of what not to do. It is always your choice!

I would like to encourage you to make your life a masterpiece by making good choices today. Make choices that will help you stretch and grow into a better person. By this I mean a person who is fulfilled at the end of their life because they gave it their all. So enjoy creating your own great legacy.

Live life with passion, purpose and stay at peace.

Stan Kontos 

Stan Kontos

As South Australia’s foremost authority on “Peak Life Performance” and “Leadership Psychology”, Stan has a passion for the development of Human Potential through the use of Rapid Change Technologies.
Stan is a prolific reader of books and material on self empowerment and has attended numerous programs around the world on personal development, management, marketing, public speaking, and wealth creation. He is a worldwide accredited NLP Trainer (Neurolinguistic Programming).

His areas of passion include:

  • Coaching: Business, Executive and Personal
  • Mentoring: Leaders, Managers and Management teams
  • Therapy for rapid improvements in stress and personal blocks
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Enhancing Seminar Programs teaching Success Strategies and Personal Empowerment

Stan is an entrepreneur with business interests in various states across Australia.

Stan focuses on continuous and never ending improvement of himself and his teams of partners and associates as well as selfless contribution to others. He is an inspiring and motivating speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur. He desires to expand people’s lives and to expand his charitable quests.

Stan is considered to be one’s “ultimate” life and business coach.