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Compare NOT!

To compare can sometimes motivate, but more often it distracts us from focusing on what really matters. It’s rarely helpful to look sideways at what others might have or be doing. My advice is – STOP Comparing! Kylie, a 31 year-old mother of three children under the age of three, is non-stop all day long! She loves being a mum and is considering a fourth child. However, there is another feeling underneath. Sometimes Kylie compares herself with women in the paid workforce and wishes that were her juggling family and work. Kylie has a strong desire to help people live healthier lives with organic food and chemical-free products – she would love to get paid work in the area of her passion. Kylie and I explored the feeling of being pulled in different directions. I shared that these feelings and pulls were common among a lot of mums and dads. We talked about the immense value she is providing to her children at this moment in time. When in comparison mode, Kylie was questioning her self-worth and not valuing her role as a mum. I explained that sometimes the grass on the other side only appears greener. When she stopped comparing she was once again able…

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Do all that matters

Time and energy are two of our most valuable resources. But it is not the time we have; it is what we do with our time that counts. Even if our days were 36 hours long many would still be feeling busy and stressed. When we respect time and learn how to use our time effectively we create energy – the precious by-product that has a huge impact on our life satisfaction. Neen James, a leadership expert helps others to be more influential, impactful and effective. Her keynote address and book Folding Time teaches how to achieve twice as much in half the time. Neen says it’s not about managing time, it’s about folding time and the way you do that is being accountable for your time and the people around you. It’s about engaging differently to give people the gift of your undivided attention and leveraging your energy so that you bring this powerful force into every opportunity. She’s spot on! A good energy level is infectious and makes us more influential – it’s a very attractive commodity. We need this energy to have it all – to live with our best health, wealth and relationships. But all too often, the problem of capacity comes up. People…

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Best lifetime returns

Life is often a daily search for solutions – solutions to problems big and small. But solutions can seem limited when there are a number of unresolved issues needing attention. Many turn to an easy, quick temporary fix. But the best way to solve life’s problems is by thinking ahead and committing to the long-term. Let’s consider some common problems that may need attention: Poor mental, physical or emotional health Poor relationships with family, friends or work colleagues Poor income and financial security. We often choose a short-term fix when we can’t see immediate returns. Short-term fixes delay finding long-term solutions and increases the chance that our problems become long-term pain. Band-aids like alcohol, drugs, overworking, oversleeping, overeating, denial and excuses only serve to numb pain in the short-term. Ironically, a quick fix, costs more time, energy and money in the long run as problems continue to surface. When we create a long-term solution now, we are most often rewarded with a very good return on investment well into the future. Leverage your success and create lasting fulfillment by making solutions long-term. It comes down to taking responsibility and committing to a better life by asking daily, “is this decision/action/solution in my…

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It starts with 100% commitment

Imagine life to be a game and you are a player. Are you set up for a successful finish? It takes a certain physical and mental condition to get in the game, to play the game and to stay in the game. You need to be match-fit. For a few decades now I have chosen to play the game of life all out. And for the last six years I have been playing a very fulfilling game, applying the Thought Leaders methodology to my practice. Playing that game and moving from White Belt to Black Belt started with a decision to commit 100% to reaching my first Black Belt year – that year was 2013. There are hundreds of components to success but I have no doubt that being match-fit is key – to get you there faster, with less ups and downs, to increase your endurance to stay in the game and take it to another level if you choose. It’s not just professional sportspeople who know the importance of being match-fit. As a speaker, mentor, author, mum, and professional juggler I am convinced that looking after yourself and getting match-fit is where it’s at. I see 100% commitment to fitness in direct correlation to commitment to…

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Personal promise

The power of personal promise and commitment are foundations of fulfilment. When we learn to reject our excuses we then commit to a life that rocks! I have a confession to make. My BIGGEST cringe is excuses! That’s for excuses I make and that others make too. I guess you might say I have an excuse radar that I use on myself and others. This radar helps me identify excuses so they don’t sabotage attempts for success. As a wife, business leader and mum of two teenagers the filter over what I teach and how I teach is commitment. I strongly believe that the power of personal promise and commitment are foundations of fulfilment. Many decide what they want in life but then seem to break into two groups: 1.  Those who decide and don’t take effective action. 2.  Those who decide, then commit and take effective action! It’s not about working harder or longer (as we all know where that leaves us); it’s about effective action. Here is my commitment model and what I believe it takes to live a life of achievement and fulfillment. Commit to taking responsibility – reject excuses! Commit to staying focused – make the right choices! Commit…

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