How to make 2017 work for you #UnlockingYourSuccess #LiveFMGoGetter

Over the next four weeks, Careers Coach Alieu Fofanah will be giving us tips and exercises each Sunday to help unlock your success.

A new year – a new you?

Emeline - Lifestyle and Entertainment Presenter for GH One and LiveFM

Emeline Nsingi Nkosi – Lifestyle and Entertainment Presenter for GH One and LiveFM

My name is Emeline and I am a self-improvement addict.

For me, life has always been about seeing how far I can advance with my goals and finding creative ways to make these happen. I believe there is much space for growth in life and you can achieve those goals, if other people can, why wouldn’t you?

I had the opportunity to have a one-to-one coaching session with Alieu Fofanah in July of last year, at a time where I felt I was working hard towards my goals, but instead of breaking through the walls of my purpose, I was rather bouncing off backwards in all sorts of directions.

It wasn’t easy sitting through some of Alieu’s exercises but the breakthrough was huge, working out exactly what you want and where you want to be in the next year, five years and life in general, is key. This way when the opportunity arises, you can spot it a mile off and more importantly make sure you don’t ruin it for yourself.

Not everyone will want to focus on their career, it could be love and marriage, family or friends relationships or maybe your goal could be financial to save for a house or other.

Over the next four weeks, Alieu will be giving us a key tip and exercises each Sunday to help unlock your success and make the most of 2017.

Who is Alieu Fofanah?

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

a lesson Alieu had learnt as he embarked on his bachelor’s degree. During university he built a strong support network, which he called “the Avengers team”, Alieu worked smart and graduated with a 1st class degree in business and management. He was later recognised, in 2010 as a ‘Future Leader’ by Power Media at the House of Lords in London and was selected as a finalist for the ‘2014 Black British Business Awards’.

Alieu launched ‘GoGetters’ in 2013, to explore the business ecosystem across six African countries. During the journey he led the GoGetters team to organise three entrepreneurship workshops, start a sugarcane drinks business in Sierra Leone and film three documentaries. As a result he featured on five TV channels, three newspapers and two radio shows – impacting a further four million people.

He spent 6 years at PwC in London, qualified as a chartered accountant and advised underperforming businesses to understand and solve their problems. He also coordinated the development and implementation of PwC’s strategy to strengthen its position within Africa.

Alieu has spoken to over 10,000 students across the UK and Africa. Many have described the central theme of his message as “life transformational”. His inspiring message is relevant to all age groups to fit whatever challenges they’re facing.

His mission is to challenge, inspire and teach people how to be go-getters in all aspects of their lives and to build their personal brand in order to define what they want to be remembered for.

What is coaching?

Coaching is unlocking your potential to maximise your own performance. It is helping you to learn rather than teaching you.

Coaching helps you to think deeply and critically – heightening your self-awareness and releasing your creativity. By extension, this provides solutions and actions to improve your life.

The aim is to help you strengthen and solidify your positive belief patterns, act more decisively, and establish purposeful and clear next steps towards what’s really important to you.

How did you get into coaching?

My calling is to inspire action and possibility in others, that’s what being a go-getter is about. I thought the best tool to do that was to be a good communicator so I focused on public speaking. I later experienced the power of coaching as a client, I remember, with absolute clarity, coming out of those coaching sessions knowing exactly how to get myself where I wanted to be. That’s when I knew I would become a coach, so that I could do the same for others.

What is this week’s tip for unlocking your success?

Get Comfortable with Discomfort

Success is challenging and those who are able to get comfortable with discomfort become the most successful. Everyone feels discomfort, what I’ve learnt from successful people is that they have a habit of making the conscious choice to add more discomfort into their lives.

Many of us think about the pain of discomfort first and make that so big that we put the pleasure that we will gain from obtaining what we desire second. This is a huge mistake!

Do not get bogged down in how to do something. Your first thought should always be “what will I gain from achieving the outcome?” then you visualise the pleasure of the reward once completed.

What exercises could help?

To get comfortable with discomfort I’ve come up with an easy 5-step formula for achieving this.

Simply ask yourself:


What is the one thing that I feel discomfort in doing, that I avoid and yet if I did it, it would move my life and/or business forward?


How will I benefit from doing it?


What’s the best way for me to remind myself of the benefit, so it is always front of mind?


When do I want the benefit by (set a date)?


Start the activity now! Do it now! Go get it now!

If you follow this formula you will find procrastination is easily defeated!

Where can we find more information about what you do?

Visit my website:

Follow Alieu on:

Instagram: alieufofanah
Snapchat: alieugg
Twitter: @alieu_fofanah


If the technique works for you don’t forget to give us a shout out on twitter using the hashtag #LiveFMGoGetters. Over the 4 weeks we will see who is really implementing the strategies by reviewing your stories on Twitter. In the end we will give the most active participant three coaching sessions with Alieu!