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Positive Mindset – With Nicola Connolly Byrne

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Let your guts talk. When Nicola Connolly Byrne, our guest for today, started helping other people to attain their goals, she didn’t have a blueprint to follow. She was just simply guided by her passion to serve other people.

In this episode, Pete talks to Nicola on how to be the best version of yourself. Nicola dives deep into how loving yourself and having a positive mindset can instantly help you do that.

One thing that can help you know yourself is to also get to know more of your close ties (i.e. family). The people around you generally weigh in big on your decisions, so listen to them. But also remember the importance of balance. We must ensure individual growth as well as maintain relationships.

Learn more when you tune in today on the Fire in the Belly Podcast.

KEY TAKEAWAYS                

  • We learn so much from our family. Here are things that Nicola learned throughout the years.
    • Keep them close. Your family greatly influenced the principles, beliefs, and values you have right now. Having them around, keeping in touch with them, will strengthen your self and social identity. And to add, Nicola also examined in significant detail her family tree to know more about herself.
    • Keep your boundaries. Nicola has had a tight relationship with her brother since childhood, it grew even more when their mum died. Nicola has always been caring and protective of him. But then she realised how unhealthy this is for him, and for them. Though surrounding yourself with your loved ones is great, we should note that there should be respect for one’s individual growth and exploration too.
  • Break the mould. Nicola prides herself as a fighter. She’s quite relentless in growing her career and her business. Sometimes, sacrifices need to be done too in order to get your wanted results. Don’t be afraid to try new things, to get out of your comfort zone, and to fail.
  • Nicola’s adventure in life is mostly driven by others’ needs, not her own needs. There is no absolute and definite path that she traverses. Whatever people need from here, she goes the extra mile to provide them.
  • Things that kids should learn during their formative years:
    • Speak respectfully.
    • Participate only in constructive conversations.
    • Listen to people.
    • Don’t exclude anyone.
    • Support other people.
    • Trust your gut intuition.


  • “If you’re not challenged, you haven’t grown.”
  • “I wanted to be doing something that is important. Just to clarify, it doesn’t make other people less important than you—it just means you’re expressing yourself in different ways.”
  • “It’s much easier to be yourself, than to be someone else.”
  • “For Irish people, it’s frowned upon when you say you love yourself. But if I don’t love myself properly, how can I love others properly?”
  • “Fire in the belly is following your passion. Fire in the belly is doing the unpopular thing even when you know it is right for you. Fire in the belly is doing things out of the ordinary.”



Nicola Connolly-Byrne is an inspirational speaker. For more than a decade now, she has empowered clients to be best possible versions of themselves. She teaches them that healthy communication, relationships and work attitude will be improved as soon as we choose to switch to a positive mindset.


The ‘Mighty Pete Lonton’ from the ‘Mighty 247’ company is your main host of ‘Fire In The Belly’. 

Pete is an Entrepreneur, Mentor, Coach, Property Investor and father of 3 beautiful girls. Pete’s background is in Project Management and Property, but his true passion is the ‘Fire in The Belly’ project itself. His mission is to help others find their potential and become the mightiest version of themselves. Pete openly talks about losing both of his parents, suffering periods of depression, business downturn and burn-out, and ultimately his years spent not stoking ‘Fire In the Belly’. In 2017, at 37 years of age that changed, and he is now on a journey of learning, growing, accepting and inspiring others.

Pete can connect with people and intuitively asks questions to reveal a person’s passion and discover how to live their mightiest life. The true power of ‘Fire In the Belly’ is the Q&A’s - Questions and Actions!

The ‘Fire In The Belly’ brand and programme is rapidly expanding into podcasts, seminars, talks, business workshops, development course and rapid results mentoring.


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