Monthly Archives: June 2013

Reject ‘Fine’!

How many times have you said “I’m fine” to describe how you are going? The “I’m fine” statement and thinking that supports it can encourage us to avoid specific areas that need attention. By looking closely at all areas of our lives we can identify where we are fine and where we are not. There’s a risk that avoiding certain issues by using the “I’m fine” mentality may lead to decline. Whether you are on a peak with everything going well, in a valley where it’s not or somewhere in between, being aware of what’s really going on is essential. After completing a Fulfillment Survey my clients quickly discover areas that may need attention and importantly those that need to be maintained. Those who fall from a peak, who thought they were “fine”, often fall when they stop doing what it was that got them there. Problems arise when we get accustomed to the way things are by telling ourselves we are “fine”. Whether we actually believe it or not, we start to settle. Life goes by so fast and we can sometimes forget who’s in the driver’s seat. It’s important to press pause, take our foot off the accelerator…

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Rework Your Time!

Consider the hours between getting home from work and going to bed. How are you currently using those hours? Is it the best use of your time or could those hours be used more effectively? Rework your time by saying no to low value tasks and yes to high value tasks. For years, I would get home from work, turn on the TV and watch it while cooking and eating dinner, then lie around still glued to the box, fade fast, fall asleep and later peel myself off the lounge and drag myself to bed. Although I was with others during this nightly ritual I wasn’t connecting with anyone.
 
After realising I was wasting four hours each night on TV and missing out on quality activities, I decided to turn the TV off for good. The four hours I saved every day has amounted to 1460 hours a year and given me back a total of 14,600 hours over the last ten years! The time I reworked enabled me to include high value tasks in my life such as exercise, hobbies, reading and learning, connecting with my family, romance, as well as fun with friends. High value activities contribute to better relationships, family life, friendships, health,…

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Keeping Up Appearances

Some people look like they have it all – heaps of money, flashy houses, cars and fabulous holidays but we often don’t see what is going on in the background. While it may seem that they have it all they could be going further and further into debt and taking their health and relationships down with them. Making life look different to what’s really going on is the surest path away from fulfilment. Fourteen years ago we bought an old house for $500,000. It would have been easier – given we had two babies – to renovate before we moved in but we decided to live in the house during the renovation. For three years we lived with the noise, mess and stress! When it was finished we had spent $300,000, created our spectacular dream home and increased the house’s value to $1,600,000.
 
We then made a decision to do what was financially smart – sell the house to clear our debt and reinvest the profit. Many of our friends and family thought we were crazy because we had worked so hard on the house and it was wonderful. But for us, it was crazy to stay. The decision was about long-term fulfilment. Our plan…

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Knowing Is NOT Smart Enough!

It’s one thing to know a lot – to read, to learn, have life experiences but it’s everything to turn that knowledge into getting the things done that matter. Being smart is not so smart if you don’t use that knowledge to take the action to create the life you want. For 12 years, several times a year, I attended sales and leadership training – often with the same leaders from the real estate industry. We shared the same training experience, the books we purchased were the same and the methods we used and the market conditions were the same in our offices. Despite this similar knowledge there were vastly different results and profits across the offices. The winning teams took action on what they learnt at training. The mediocre teams would make comments like “I know what I should be doing but I don’t have time” or “I’ve heard it all before”. Those with a growth mindset and a bias for action understand that to create a fulfilled life we need to know but we also need to apply what we know. Without specific action the benefit from training might be a short burst of inspiration for a day…

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