Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wishing Is Waiting!

We sometimes wish for a better life and that our current reality was different and hope that someday things might change. Problems can arise when our wishing becomes a habit of inaction that keeps us in a fantasy land. So don’t wait for past wishes to be granted – those who wish wait longer than those who decide. It’s fun to wish upon a star, to throw a coin into a wishing well and to blow a wish across dandelion seeds. But how often do our wishes really come true? As we cut our birthday cake each year and make a wish do those wishes get answered? Wishing reveals a desire or longing within us. But while wishing can be a fun, it can also be a place to hide from the work that needs to be done to live a life that rocks. Some even hope for a Genie to show up or wait for others to come to the rescue.
 
It doesn’t mean we don’t wish, it just means we decide and take action to make our wishes a reality – we take personal responsibility. We decide to get things done that matter – the things we really desire….

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STOP The Cover-up!

There’s a major cover-up going on – in homes, workplaces and communities. Our standard of living is going up but, for many, the quality of life is going down. On the treadmill of life, it is often easier and quicker to look for short-term fixes to find relief and numb the pain and cover up the truth. Finding the solutions to a better quality of life begins when we STOP the cover-up and start treating the cause. The World Health Organization reports that depression is the fourth costliest and most incapacitating sickness in the world – by 2020 it will be second. One in five people will suffer depression at some point in their lifetime. Among the frustration, stress and strain, many look for relief to cover-up underlying issues. Relief can come in many forms like painkillers, drugs, cigarettes, alcohol or sleeping tablets. We can use avoidance techniques like procrastination, oversleeping, overeating, over socializing and overworking. Although the cover-up offers temporary relief and often pleasure it simply acts as a band-aid. These major issues beg for more permanent relief. The solution does come with some discomfort as often “the truth hurts”. It requires us to find the cause of the…

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Take A Courageous LEAP!

While decisions are the starting point, we often need courage to act, to persist and to finish. Courage comes when the decision and desire to change triumphs over our debilitating fears. High achievers know this secret and make decisions, take action and create amazing outcomes in spite of their fears. Courage is the gateway to a fulfilled life. Courage requires you to first acknowledge fearful thoughts and understand that these thoughts shouldn’t stop you from taking action in your chosen direction. I believe our ability to show courage is directly related to a strong desire for a new outcome. If the desire for the outcome is weak, you will not act or will not follow through.
 
In exercising courage, there is a period of discomfort. Through taking action in spite of fear and experiencing the positive outcomes over time, a sense of belief develops. Then, as the results increase, so does the courage, as well as a willingness to act, despite the fears. Then, there is the most liberating and exhilarating discovery – on the other side of taking courageous action lies the most spectacular growth and life outcomes. There are fears we speak of and fears that we don’t, those…

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Invest In Personal Effectiveness

There is a direct link between our own personal effectiveness and our level of success. There is also a direct relationship between the personal effectiveness of a leader, their people and the success, profitability and sustainability of their business or organisation. When we measure success in business we often look at these areas: * Happy customers and repeat business * High profits * Low absenteeism of staff * Low staff turnover. Research shows that happier employees equal low absenteeism and turnover. By focusing on getting the best from the people within our team means we are better placed to deliver value to our customers. This in turn results in an improved bottom line. It starts with the people First and foremost we need to focus our attention on the people in our team. We need to find ways to engage them individually and collectively in the vision. Only then can we step back and encourage and guide them to work out the most effective way of delivering on this vision.
 
Investing in the people within has a positive effect throughout the workplace. Being personally effective also has a ripple effect flowing through teams resulting in lower turnover and absenteeism, happier customers and high profits. Fulfilled…

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