Please Note: The above is a reprint of a post used by Don Miller on his website .  He credits it to Eric Aronson

Jill Hutchison
~Challenge What’s Possible~

Jill Hutchison is the “Tap Your Next Power” Mentor taking successful, driven professionals into their next stage of growth and advancement, the one they have been struggling to see and tap, the one that will throw open the doors to their next opportunity.

Jill connects you to your most powerful self, shifting attitudes, beliefs and actions to spark achievement rapidly by going straight to the issue.  She draws out your creativity to craft a goal larger than perhaps imagined.

Now your eyes are open, and the path is clear and straight-forward.  Now you tap the full power in you to achieve what’s next for you.

I worked very hard not to be seen as a woman

I was so inspired by this speech by Senator Linda Reynolds that I thought I would share it with you.

“Thank you for the honour of allowing me to acknowledge my wonderful and inspirational colleague and role model, our Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop.

It is a privilege to be here today, amongst such a diverse and powerful group of women ahead of International Women’s Day this weekend – a day when we come together to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and now most importantly, the future.

Julie is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious Award – You show us all it is possible to be both a woman and a strong leader.

We all know Julie is simply an outstanding leader, in every sense of the word. As Barbara observed, Julie continues to push the boundaries in the political world both here and overseas, she is giving hope to women across all professions, hope that we can be effective leaders and make a difference – because we are women, not in spite of being a woman.

This week, in a major speech at the National Press Club, our own inimitable Senator Michaelia Cash, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, reminded us, that our values as Australians are that women and men, are equal. However, this is simply not yet the case.

Earlier today, in this very room at the CME Women in Resources Awards, Terri from Rio Tinto reminded us of the importance of role models to inspire and motivate the young women she works with in the Pilbara.

All of us in this room know from our own personal experiences, the importance of having leadership role models that we can aspire to, and as Terri said, motivate us.

Sadly, we still do not have enough women in prominent leadership positions who are visible enough to provide a range of female leadership styles and examples. As Margeaux Janeko, a FIFO Hazardous Area electrician on Barrow Island said this morning as she accepted the Award for the Outstanding Trade Woman of the Year stated, you can’t be what you can’t see.

Having worked all my professional life in two highly masculine cultures, the Army and the Liberal Party, early on in both careers, I did not recognise female leaders or female leadership, there was simply no language or understanding of what we contribute as women.

I am sure I modeled myself in Army on the “effective leadership” models we were taught and on the behaviours I saw were rewarded in both workplaces.

I worked very hard not to be seen as a woman and believed that just by working hard and fitting into the culture I would succeed.

How wrong was I? I have since learnt that I have always been surrounded by amazing female leaders, who all have their own unique leadership styles and qualities. It came as quite a shock to realize that there was nothing wrong with me as a woman.

Nothing needed fixing, and I didn’t need to hide from who I was – a woman. It took me a long time, but I have finally found my voice as a woman, and as a leader, and it is a wonderful and peaceful place to be. Julie Bishop has been a great supporter and friend, and she is certainly an inspirational role model for me personally.

In fact, Julie reminds me of Dame Elizabeth Couchman, President of the Australian National Women’s League and a founder of the Liberal Party 70 years ago this year. Dame Elizabeth once said her concerns were not for the battle-some female who talks of sex war, but for women who put public good before personal ambition.

Despite her extraordinary abilities and achievements, Dame Elizabeth never realized her goal of election to the Federal Parliament. Robert Menzies said of her that she would have been the best Cabinet Minister I could have wished for and that she was the greatest statesman of them all.

Dame Elizabeth demonstrated to both men and women of her era, that it was possible to be both a woman and a successful leader. Just as Julie Bishop does today.

Unlike Dame Elizabeth and so many other amazing women, fortunately, Julie was pre-selected, elected today and she is a beacon of hope and inspiration to so many men and women.

Congratulations on this Award Julie, it is richly deserved.

I too pledge my support for this campaign, my vision is for a world without violence and discrimination against women and girls. A world where young girls, wherever they live, can be who they want to be and live free of fear and poverty.

Lets work together to kiss it goodbye!”

Senator Linda Reynolds at the International Women’s Day Lunch hosted by Momentum Forum, Perth. Friday 6 March 2015.



Have you run out of goals (Part 2)

There was such a great response to the first video about Running out of your goals, that I have done Part 2 for you!

I certainly don’t have the same goals now as what I had 20 years ago. Don’t be tempted to simply keep the same goals for years – re-examine them to see if they still excite you.
If you’ve run out of energy to work on the goals on your list, they are probably not the right goals for you. They might have been the right goals a few years ago, but you’ve shifted. You’ve grown and evolved. Your drivers have changed. Your goals need to change and grow with you.

We need to relook at our goals at every phase of our lives.

In this video share some tips to help you with that.

What are your goals?
What would you like me to talk about in future Chooseday videos?

With love and gratitude

PS: If you missed last week’s video of Part 1 of Running out of Goals, here’s the link to it.

Timeless principles for you

It was the 21st of January, my phone rang.

As I was busy on a call, I let it go to voicemail.

It rang again.

Then there was a text message that came through that said “It’s over, the mine is closing, we’re out of here”.

It felt like a severe blow.

We had moved from South Africa to Australia just 18 months before with our three children. Our first house in Australia was half way to being built and we lived in a small country town, which I knew would be empty soon after this news. You see, 90% of the income in this little town was related to the BHPBilliton owned Nickel mine.  So not only was  my husband’s income about to dry up, but our house had just halved in value, making it the worst investment we could possibly have had. My business was only in its infancy.

On my desk was the book I was studying: Think and Grow Rich.  Think and Grow Rich was written by Napoleon Hill in the early 1920’s, after 20 years of researching over 500 of the worlds most successful and wealthy individuals. The paragraph that stood out for me was this one:

“Before success comes in anyone’s life, that individual is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and perhaps, some failure.  When defeat overtakes a person, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majority of people do. More than 500 of the most successful individuals this country has ever known have told me that their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.”

“Well”, I thought, “this feels like defeat and disaster – so it is probably time to get excited because this is preparing us for something bigger” !

Having a good working knowledge of the principles in Think and Grow Rich enabled us to change our circumstances dramatically. In the 5 years since this event occurred, everything has changed for the better. I’m not into bragging in blog posts, but will happily share our ‘wins’ that we’ve had if you ask.

Every time I read Think and Grow Rich I am astounded at how relevant the information is today, even though it was written almost 100 years ago.  There are some principles that are absolutely timeless and this book is largely regarded as one of the best business books around today.

Have a look at this video of Napoleon Hill talking about these principles:

Join me to study Think and Grow Rich in a mastermind over 7 weeks. Starting in August 2014: visit


Napoleon Hill wrote Think and Grow Rich. Earl Nightingale read Think and Grow Rich and then did many ventures with the Hill Foundation. My mentor, Bob Proctor, from the hit film “The Secret” worked with Earl Nightingale and the Conant-Nightingale foundation. I share the insights passed down to me through this line. It’s both a blessing and a privilege to do so.

I hope that you will join me for our next Think and Grow Rich Mastermind online!

Visit to book.


Jill Hutchison


Beware the temptation to become self-righteous!

This is an excerpt from the daily writing I do as I get inspired. This is an unedited post – enjoy!

As we ponder on “Thoughts Create Our Reality”, beware the insidious temptation to become self-righteous.

Ponder with humility on the grace of God which is bestowed on you. Not because of who you are, what you’ve done or thought, but because you exist.

The grace of God which passes all understanding – combined with us focusing our attention on what is required of us, combines into a great journey. Recognise how much is out of our control and remember it with awe.

So much has conspired together to get you this far. None of it was done in your own strength (or that’s when it was especially tough going, when you were trying to do everything in your own strength).

Don’t ever be smug in thinking it was your thoughts and goal setting alone that created your success.

When you’re honest about how so many things needed to come together in order for you to achieve your goals, it will humble and inspire you.

God is not a puppet. (Nor is The Universe / Universal Energy / Your Innate Knowing / Yaweh / Grand-Overall-Designer or any other term you may use to refer to whatever we know exists that is bigger-than-us, but-can’t-quite-know-what-to-call-it).

God is not a puppet that we can order around on a whim. We were born with a program inside of us. When we openly and honestly acknowledge our true self, our strengths and abilities and true desires – and take action where we need to, that is when we fulfil our purpose and really achieve our GIG (God Inspired Goals).

It’s your GIG. You will succeed at your GIG!

Open up to the desire within, listen to what your soul really wants and pursue that.

Then you’re not pursuing selfish egotistical goals, but getting into your groove that you were designed to be in.

How do we do this?  We need to get honest, raw and open with what our heart and soul want. Even listening to the Ego can give us a clue, because I believe we were given an ego for a reason, and it’s not all bad!

Make sure you’ve got someone around you that will allow you to be open and honest and will believe in your dreams.



Think and Grow Rich Masterminds are back!

After numerous requests to hold this 7-week program where we study the works of Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich, I have decided to run them in August.

Three options:

West Perth on a Thursday lunchtime, Duncraig at my home office on Wednesday lunchtime.

If you’re further afield or prefer to join from the comfort of your office or home:
Tuesday morning 8:45 online (This is Perth time, which is 8:45pm EST on Monday night)- so you can join wherever you are in the world.

For more information email me on jill(at)

(I have to put this email address in like this to stop the spam robots that look for email addresses they can click on! But as you’re a human, you’ll know how email addresses are supposed to be written with the @ in place of (at))


Jill Hutchison


John Maxwell shares his thoughts on Evolve

Thanks to John Maxwell for his words of wisdom. John Maxwell is a bestselling author with over 20 million books sold. These books include the 360degree leader, Developing the Leader within you and Winning with People.
Expanding out of your comfort zone, growing (hence the Evolve Dynamic company name!). Particularly relevant is the message about staying out of your comfort zone but not out of your gift zone.
One of the key parts of the Evolve Dynamic process is clarifying what your gifts really are, so that you can capitalize on them.
When you’re operating in your gift zone, or in line with your talents and abilities, you do what you love to do, and you’re ‘in flow’.
Sure, there are still things that you have to do that you don’t necessarily like to do.
If you’re spending 80% of your day in your gift zone, doing what you love to do, it makes the 20% that much more enjoyable!

I would love you to join me for a Think and Grow Rich Mastermind. Book online at

Have a great day,
Kind regards

Jill Hutchison

“Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.”

Kate Samperi

Everyone deserves to be loved ALL the time. Love is not earned – it’s a basic human right! Perhaps I would rephrase this to : Love them, especially when you least feel like loving them!”

Kids certainly provide challenges. I’d love to say that I am a perfect mother, but am far from it. I get reminded of this at least once a week!

“Mum, you tell your clients to be positive, but listen to you now”….

Well, yes, it does keep me on my toes and force me to practice what I teach. After all, we teach what we most need to learn, so I think I’m here for a big purpose – to remind you, no matter how well you’re doing as a parent, person, friend, worker, business owner or employee, housekeeper or manager of the broom – you have skills, talents, abilities, gifts that you need to use.

The theory and the practice is often vastly different. That’s the gap that makes us feel really uncomfortable -the gap between what we know we could or should be doing, and what we are actually doing!

Vasbyt. Suck it up Princess….

I see many South Africans (and Zimbo’s) come to Australia and think they have to start from scratch. They try and shrink into a position that doesn’t fit them, and then they wonder why nothing is working!

They’ve heard that you have to do your own housework and you can’t have domestic help, so they set about learning how to do their own mopping and ironing and mowing the lawn.

I returned a call from a CEO one Saturday morning – to find he was cleaning the toilet as he does with his family every Saturday “Housework” morning. This is how some families work, the jury is still out as to which is the most efficient way to keep our place clean…. Is this the life you imagined?


You go from having a maid who does everything, a gardener that also washes your car every week, and a team of staff in your business, to thinking that you need to start from the bottom. Vasbyt.   Grin and bear it. Suck it up princess!


Why?   Why should you start at the bottom when you’ve been at the top in another country? Who said that these are the rules? Is it what you’ve heard?

We all know that things are different in Australia – but who dictates what changes and what stays the same?


If you really want to enjoy living here, and thrive like you have (in another life), it’s time to decide what you really want.  Ja, sure you think you know what you want – but do you really know, mate?

You wanted to move to Australia, and then after the major upheaval you wonder if it’s really what you wanted!

You could just hug Precious if you ever saw her again….


Then you look at the beliefs you have – about living here, about working here, about re-establishing yourself in a world where no-one cares what school or university you went to, or where you grew up, or who you know in the echelons of Joburg society nor that you lived in the northern suburbs or have a beach house.


It’s important to go through a process that has worked for so many others in your situation. Here are the four steps that I have tried and tested with clients and through research on successful people:


  1. Decide
    Clear your head and tap into what you really, really want.  Decide what you REALLY, reallly want.  What YOU want, not what others want nor what you think others would be impressed with.  Yes I know you’ve always had a good idea – and you’ve acted on them. Simply getting here is evidence that you can set goals and achieve them.  Take it one step further and see what happens when you go into this in-depth. Every single person that I have a conversation with tells me that they get clarity that moves them into action.
  2. Shift your Beliefs
    You grew up in another country, a couple of years ago (let’s not say how many). You didn’t even have TV till you were 6, you remember Haas Daas when it wasn’t the SABC test pattern.  Now you talk to your family on Skype and you can see them on your screen – how things have changed.  The world has changed, but have your beliefs changed?   Beliefs determine our thoughts and actions. Shifting those beliefs to ones that really serve you now, that will get the results you want.  What you thought was right may need to be shifted slightly.
  3. Get Connected
    Get Connected to yourself first. You move with yourself – so if you weren’t happy in another country, you’re unlikely to be happy now. If you can’t live with yourself, then let me tell you how difficult you are to live with!  Connect to the true you – the you that’s inside there.  Listen to yourself, take your own advice, walk your talk. Are you clear on who you should be connecting to? You’ve left your entire network  behind, or so you think. I see too many hi-flyers come here and think they need to connect to the bottom of the barrel (or try to prove that they are somebodies and failing dismally!).  Then they wonder why the connections aren’t going anywhere.  You are still somebody important, It’s just that things are a bit different in Oz.   Do you have someone that sees your potential when you aren’t?  Are you surrounded by big-picture thinkers who encourage you to keep going when you feel like giving up?

    Getting connected to others
    starts with getting connected to yourself and your family.
    Looking outside of you for resources and progress isn’t going to do it.
    It’s time to look inside, acknowledge who you are and what you’re really good at. So you can stop doing the things that aren’t your core strength and stick to what you’re good at. What?  You’re not sure if you actually were an expert in anything? You and I have lots of work to do!
    I know that you are an expert in something. It may be in another field, in another country – but what’s in your head travels with you.
  4. Getting connected to Spirit – whatever that means to you. I call it God, but others may refer to it as the Universe, Energy, Universal intelligence – it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s how you relate to it. You know that there is an intangible something that is bigger than you. It’s also inside of you.  You may even need to reset and re-examine your beliefs to see what serves you now. Tap into the quiet voice inside of you – the gut feel, the intuition or divine guidance that keeps you on track.
  5. Take Action
    Thinking without action is about as effective as acting without thinking.  It’s more about what you can stop doing, and how to clear out the noise that is stopping you from thinking clearly and getting the results you really want.
    Having a clear way forward ensures that you get what you really, really want.


Moving countries is a great achievement. You have done well.
“I feel like I’ve taken 10 steps backwards financially” is a cry that I hear often. What you’ve really done is taken a giant step across the ocean.  Now is your opportunity to capitalize on everything you’ve done and make it worth your while.


Start the process that will make a big difference to you!

If you’re looking for growth and advancement, start by  shifting your attitudes, beliefs and actions.


Jill Hutchison

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