6 things to stay on top of your game daily!

Great lives don’t occur out of the blue, they are crafted and built day by day. The results of daily practise amount to staggering results over time. Follow these success habits daily:

1. Ask yourself empowering questions daily

  • What am I happy about in my life right now?
  • What am I excited about in my life right now?
  • What am I grateful for in my life right now?
  • What am I enjoying most in my life right now?
  • What am I committed to in my life right now?
  • Who do I love? Who loves me?

2. Be IN the game (not sitting outside) action gets results

To achieve big results we have to take BIG ACTION ! It won’t happen on its own!

3. Always have the best positive thoughts

Don’t let others steal you of your dreams. Be very aware of negative people entering your head! We use a great saying in our team ‘Don’t do negs’ !

4. Passion and motivation – what does this mean to each of us?

This will have different meanings for each of us, but have you ever asked yourself the question ‘what does success look like?’ Find your passion in life, what is your purpose? Find a purpose bigger than yourself and motivation will never be an issue.

5. Model the way – lead by example

Ask yourself would you follow you? Are you the best version of you, you can be? The sky is not the limit, your mind is!

6. Lastly don’t forget to have fun! Celebrate success!

Live is for living, it’s so important that we have fun, and give yourself permission to celebrate your success. Those little wins that mount up over time are worth a pat on the back!

 

Successful people don’t make excuses they get results! Remember the best things in life requires a sacrifice. activity and commitment.

Share your daily success habits below.

 

 

 

 

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Work-Life Balance: what is it and can it be achieved?

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The ‘Work-life balance’ is a term that is often thrown around, we are meant to achieve the perfect balance between work and life. But what does that balance look like and how do we know when it’s achieved? The term ‘Work-life balance’ implies that they are at two opposite  ends of the spectrum, you spend a set amount of time at work then the same amount of time with everything that makes up the rest of your life i.e. family, hobbies, holidays etc. In reality this is rarely achievable, for many entrepreneurs and small business owners work isn’t just ‘work’ its a passion, a dream realised, their purpose! Your work and your life aren’t enemies, they should be in sync! What that looks like is as individual as you are!

Creating ‘Work Life effectiveness’

Creating work life effectiveness can mean different things to different people, finding your formulae is the key to your success. You are unique in how you choose to navigate your life. Your formula is like a recipe: have the vision – the purpose.

Our choices in life? What is your calling? What I know for sure – If you ask the question the answer will come. You have to be willing to listen for the answer. You have to get still enough to hear the choices, to pay attention. Through the truth of who you are and what you can be…. Listen to your choice. Oprah

You have to know what you really want to do in life, then focus everything else to line up with that goal, sometimes that means putting you first (read Looking after No. 1). Find your passion, it is so important to love what you do and live magic moments. For most people work and life are inseparable, friendships and personal connections have always been part of work and technology makes us contactable 24 hours a day!

Get real with yourself about your life and everyone in it. Be truthful about what isn’t working in your life and start getting results. You can choose and create your own life. It takes courage and commitment to be genuinely honest with yourself.

When you begin to use your energy, have faith in your passion, and totally trust in your purpose, you will live a spectacular life. Forget balance and make the choices that are right for YOU!

Think BIG – Are your goals big enough?

Regular readers of this blog will know I am a big believer it setting goals, the year is flying by so instead of reminding you to review your goals that I know you all set in January; I want to challenge you instead:

 

SET BIGGER GOALS

It doesn’t matter what the goal is, make it bigger! Often we are held back by imaginary limitations, dream big and you will be surprised what you can achieve. I recently read this story on JEFF ROBERTI blog which beautifully illustrates the point!

How I Learned to Set Really Big Goals from My 7-Year-Old

“My daughter was seven at the time. She loved to play catch, and I did also. The object we threw did not matter: a tennis ball, football, or any ball for that matter. It was the challenge of consecutive catches that mattered very much to her.

There was always the same goal, and only one goal, when we played catch: to break the existing records for consecutive catches.

I remember one day when my focused little daughter said, “Dad, let’s try for 100 in a row.” Since our best at that point was 50, I politely chuckled and said, “Sure, honey.” And guess what, after a few attempts, we did it.

So, the next day she said, “Dad let’s go for 300 in a row.” Well, my daughter was learning about thinking big, but I still had a lot to learn. I thought to myself, “Gee, we just hit 100. Why not try 125 or maybe 150 in a row? But 300?” Of course, out loud I responded with another uneasy chuckle and a “Sure, honey.”

You guessed it. It was only a few days later that we hit 300 catches in a row. I was really impressed and quite content. My daughter was neither impressed nor content, and she was also a lot smarter than me. She said, “Dad, let’s go for 500 now!”

And I thought to myself, “You have GOT to be kidding!” Sure enough, that very same day, we caught 500 throws in a row. You’d think I would be a believer by now, but when her sparkling eyes looked at me and said, “Dad, let’s go for 1,000 in a row!”

I am embarrassed to admit that my internal response was the same.

Less than 24 hours later we hit our record — 1,017 catches in a row!

Our record was over 10 times bigger that I had originally thought we could achieve. Thanks to my 7-year-old daughter, I have finally learned to set BIG goals.

You are only as big and successful as your goals.

So, ask yourself:

1. What is an important goal my team is working toward right now?

2. What is stopping me from increasing it?

Think BIG.

Lee Colan, Inc.com”

 

I had to share the story with you, go over the goals you set earlier in the year and make them bigger!!

Stop making excuses

“I’m not sure…”

“I’ve never learnt how to…”

“It doesn’t work when I …”

“I’m not very good at…”

“I don’t have the time to…”

“I can’t afford to…”

And of course the all time favourite one “I cant’…”

What will it take to stop using excuses to control your life and hold you back from new opportunities and possibilities? All areas of our life involve change – things move on and develop. It is fair to say that nothing stays the same. Sometimes we have control over those changes and sometimes we don’t. However one thing is for certain and that is our attitude and action to change.

Making excuses is a negative attitude that leads to negative action or NO action whatsoever. Excuses can be stopped. We can stop excuses right in their tracks with an immediate shift in mindset! However sometimes those excuses creep in and take over without us noticing, so how can we get rid of those doubts and excuses so that we can live a fulfilling life? Be it in our personal or professional life, if we know what our goals are, then it’s much easier to banish those excuses !

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  1. Know what you want from life. Live your dream – no dream is too small or insignificant. If it matters to you, then IT matters!!
  2. Decide what action you need to take to live your dream – set yourself goals & write them down. The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. Put it somewhere visible that you see every day – no excuses! If you want to live your dream then others need to know what that is. If you don’t like your handwriting then get it made into a bright & bold sign by a company. No excuses, remember!
  3. Make those goals powerful – turn any phrase that could be viewed as negative into a positive. If you’re not sure what I mean, ask someone else to look over them for you. Give your goals passion and excitement – how could you possibly make up an excuse to not carry out those thrilling, exciting and fun goals?!
  4. Make an action plan – write out the different steps you need to take – don’t worry about how will afford it or how you will find the time (these are the most wonderful excuses!) and instead focus on how the steps need to happen in order to achieve your dream. Be positive and trust yourself that they will happen.
  5. Be committed to do what it takes, and you will have what you want. Take action by sticking at your goals. Build in time to review your goals – your end result or goal may be the same over a longer period of time but your action plan may need to change along the way. Make sure your dream is something you really desire – if you don’t need it then those excuses will find a way to talk you out of it. Keep it relevant & place high value on your dream.

Only you can banish those excuses; only you can decide what you want from your life.

 

Should you bother making New Year’s resolutions?

Why do we make New Year’s resolutions? Resolutions are hopes/aims for the coming year, things we would like to change that the previous 12 months didn’t deliver. Apparently making resolutions goes way back in history, starting with the Babylonians some 4000 years ago, who reportedly made promises to the gods in hopes they’d earn good favour in the coming year. They often resolved to get out of debt!

Does that resolution sound familiar? How about these: ‘Losing weight’, ‘exercising more’,  ‘spending less and saving more’, ‘quitting smoking’, ‘being a better person’ – these are year on year the top resolutions people make.

Richard Wiseman, a psychologist and author, discovered that 52 percent of people making New Year’s resolutions were confident they’d stick it out. Yet only a scant 12 percent really did.

If so few of us actually stick to making New Year’s resolutions, why do we bother? If you want to change something in your life why do we wait for a particular time of year? Resolution is just another name for goal, we should all be aiming for something! If the New Year is the best time for you to review your goals then go for it but follow these simple tips below so you keep working on your resolutions/goal’s all the year through!

  1. Realize that New Year’s Day is just another day and that making resolutions on this day is no different from making a resolution on any other day.
  2. Get specific. When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight,” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to reach your goal.
  3. Decide when and where you will take each action you want to take, in advance. Again, be as specific as possible (e.g., “If it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, I’ll work out for 30 minutes before work.”) Studies show that this kind of planning will help your brain to detect and seize the opportunity when it arises, increasing your chances of success by roughly 300%.
  4. Believing you have the ability to reach your goals is important, but so is believing you can get the ability… Embracing the fact that you can change will allow you to make better choices, and reach your fullest potential. People whose goals are about getting better, rather than being good, appreciate the journey as much as the destination.
  5. Build your willpower muscle. Your self-control “muscle” is just like the other muscles in your body — when it doesn’t get much exercise, it becomes weaker over time. But when you give it regular workouts by putting it to good use, it will grow stronger and stronger, and better able to help you successfully reach your goals.

 

Remember you are stronger than you know, braver than you believe and smarter than you think you are!

  • Know where you are going!
  • ‘Chunk’ the vision – one step at a time.
  • Have visuals up – vision board (subliminal)

“If you can see it – you can make it happen”- Vince Lombardi