Monthly Archives: April 2014

Say NO more often!

Once we decide what is important in our lives, the rest suddenly becomes less important. Then it’s time to say no to the things that don’t matter – the things that take up our precious time and energy. Learning to say the small but powerful word, no, is critical to success! We grew up with the word no – some more than others. We may hear lots of no’s but how good are we at saying no to others? Many find it extremely difficult to say no in fear of letting others down. But if pleasing others means limiting your own personal growth then it’s time to put yourself first and say no. WHY not say yes? You can’t say yes to everything – think capacity! Not everything is worth a yes – think value! Sometimes it’s not the right time to say yes – think right choices! WHAT are we saying no to? By saying no to things of low value we free up time, energy and money for the right stuff – the high value things that matter. This is one of the greatest tools of highly productive people. Of course when we say no it doesn’t mean it doesn’t get done – just not now and not by you. Clever people know that Having It All is not doing it all! WARNING! Don’t…

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Reward Yourself!

In business, we receive incentives, rewards and recognition to show appreciation for good work. But just in case your boss doesn’t work that way, or you work for yourself, you can still reward yourself for a job well done. So why DON’T we take the time to stop and reward and congratulate ourselves? Perhaps we * don’t see the importance of taking time to celebrate our success * don’t want to take out the time in case we lose momentum * are waiting for someone else to reward us, or * are a quiet achiever – conscious of the Tall Poppy Syndrome. I brought a brass gong into my office and whenever we achieve a result, we celebrate with a gong…loudly! It was interesting to note that the winners (and the winners in the making), would congratulate their teammates who got a result but the poor performers would remain silent. Once I noticed this, I highlighted that it showed good character to congratulate others for good results. A good culture celebrates success and good leadership promotes this.
 
If you are playing a solo game – do you still take the time to reward yourself – regardless of whether you have supportive people around you who recognise your great work?
 
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A STRONG WHY!

They say the difference between your success today and your success in the future are the things you learn and the people you associate with. But I also believe it’s about having a strong WHY – a strong sense of purpose. Many ask how I maintain such energy, conviction and commitment. I believe that when we have a strong WHY it becomes our driving force that helps us get the things done that matter. And as an Australian and New Zealand Thought Leaders Partner I am driven to help elevate the consciousness on the planet, help clever people to be commercially smart so that they do great things AND to be inspired by the company I keep. I work with people I like, doing the work I like, the way I like. That’s what gives me energy!
 
Having a strong WHY is like a force of nature – an unstoppable life force. These thoughts by Matt Church – founder of Thought Leaders Global contain pearls of wisdom – powerful lessons on the path to finding a WHY! Every Minute Counts and You Can Have It All!™

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Are you looking sideways?

As we move towards success there can be any number of distractions. The trick is to know when to look sideways and benefit and when not to! Getting that right has a big impact on how effective you are with your time and energy. As competitive beings, many of us want to keep up with others, but by doing so we can put real pressure on ourselves. When we look at others we see what we want to – could be the big house, fancy holiday or expensive lifestyle but the I want what she’s (or he’s!) having mindset is rarely helpful. If you like a little competition – don’t compete with others – compete with the You from yesterday and aim to better yourself each day. Ask yourself – do you look sideways to Admire or compare? Learn or judge? Include or exclude? Help or hinder? Praise or criticise? Accept or reject? Looking behind has few benefits either, unless you look to the past to learn for the future. But just take a quick glance, and only if you need to. Like the rear-view mirror in the car, it’s a much smaller picture than the large front window where we look…

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Who Am I Attracting?

Our relationships are a reflection of who we are – our attitude, values and actions. Those we choose to surround ourselves with have a significant influence on our life. That being the case a great question to ask (and ask often) is “am I surrounded by those who reflect the best possible me?” According to the Law of Attraction – like attracts like. So if like energy attracts like energy it would make sense to be the person you want to attract. As Winston Churchill said, the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty, attracting like-minded, winning attitudes. On the flip side remember, misery loves company and so often victims attract other victims in a high-energy, powerful but not so attractive world of drama. And being surrounded by many does not guarantee you have attracted the right people. Look around – who are you keeping company with? Is your energy attracting the right energy? And a final thought. It’s best to love the one you’re with first – that’s you! So work on making your reflection beautiful to you because there’s nothing more attractive than someone happy in her or his own skin. Then, before too long and without much effort you will attract crowds of similarly…

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