Monthly Archives: September 2012

Lean The Ladder On The Right Wall!

There are so many stories of people climbing the ladder of success. I’ve been in business nearly 20 years – highly successful in my industry, personally productive, with highly productive and profitable teams. I’ve always been obsessed with productivity! Being productive was a necessity – for me, my family and as a business leader. In my real estate career I was juggling me, husband, son, daughter, family, friends, sellers, buyers, team, career all while building and renovating several houses. It was rewarding and hectic. My team achieved brilliant results and built and maintained an excellent reputation. We won industry awards and recognition. A CD circulated the country highlighting our achievements. The wealth was also fantastic. Something was missing. I was getting things done, I was highly productive BUT I still didn’t feel like I was fulfilled. There was still something missing. There was one area I was ignoring, burying under the stage makeup – hoping it would just go away. Until, one day, I couldn’t get out of bed. My nerves were “shot.” It took a while but I realised that I was burnt out from climbing what I thought was the ladder of success. I had overlooked the BIG PURPOSE of…

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Awareness – What’s really going on?

What’s beneath the stage make up? Who do you think has it all? Some people look like they have it all, but when you get to the back-story you realise that they haven’t. It looks like their marriage rocks and their kids are perfectly balanced, they appear to have heaps of money, flashy houses and cars but they are actually struggling and going further into debt, or their health or relationships are fading. It’s like fear is masquerading as calm. Problem is it’s exhausting trying to fake the fact that you are actually drained. Many clients have described this as “the biggest act of their lives.” Many are doing it tought, hiding under the stage make-up. The stage and stage -make up becomes a metaphor for life and what we are trying to conceal. Taking off the stage make-up Many very successful people are not happy. It looks like they have it all on the surface, but they are actually not fulfilled. When I sit with high achievers, whether an executive, a team or one of my private clients I ask, “So how are you going, how’s life?” All of a sudden the successful person crumbles, the stage make-up gets wiped off, and they reveal to me…

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Wishing To Having

I believe we all have a lot in common. We basically want similar things from our lives: peace of mind, good health, meaningful and loving relationships, recognition for what we do, and financial freedom so we can have more choices. But this is where the similarity stops! People then divide into two groups: 1. Group Wishing: People who remain wishing without taking responsibility. 2. Group Having: People who take responsibility to make their wishes come true. Group wishing says I wish my life were different. I wish I had more time and energy to make that happen. I wish I had the courage to make the move. I was always going to do that. One day I’ll get around to doing that. Group having says I’ve made a decision to take responsibility for my life. I’m clear about the direction I am going in. I make quality choices on a daily basis. I’m disciplined and productive. I’m moving with purpose towards my destination. Choose your group So it’s time to decide which group you will be part of. Strive to be the very best you can be and move from wishing to having. This is a journey of continuous self-improvement that, of course, never…

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No better investment than you

Rather than putting yourself second or third or even last because you “don’t have time, ” learn to live effective minutes before you run out of time. Choose short-term effort over a lifetime of pressure. Does this sound familiar? I’m working longer and longer hours with mediocre results. I run all day long then collapse exhausted into bed at night. I’ve got no time or energy to exercise. There’s too little time and energy for the kids and my partner. There’s not enough time to see my friends. All my spare time is taken up doing chores. Bottom of the list With all of life’s demands we are often at the bottom of the list, which causes increasing stress, not only on you, but also on all those close to you. We have to get back to the top of our list – or for some, get back ON the list. What’s NOT the Solution To say “I don’t have time” is NOT the solution. By making this statement, we are saying we don’t have time to work on a way to have the best life possible. We cannot afford to not take this time now, because as life goes on, the pressure compounds and…

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