Monthly Archives: May 2014

STOP Comparing!

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 is a 31 year-old mother of three children all under the age of three. She 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 was 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…

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Live A Life That ROCKS!

Have you ever wished there was a checklist for reducing stress and increasing life satisfaction? Check out my eight tips for living a life that rocks by making every minute count… 1. Live life according to your values! 
When we live according to our values we get the things done that matter. Make it your personal responsibility to spend time on what is most important. 2. Rework your time! Say no to low value tasks and yes to high value tasks. The first step is to decide which is which and the second is to act. 3. Having it all is NOT doing it all! The key to having it all is not doing it all – do what is important and delegate (or delete!) the rest. 4. Results NOT Excuses! Take responsibility, don’t make excuses, stay out of drama and have a bias for action. Make your motto Results Rock – Excuses Do Not!  5. Make work your passion! Be inspired, have hope and see the possibility for a better life with a greater purpose.  Do work that you love, with people that you love and with gratitude for life’s journey. 6. Self-first is NOT selfish! Sometimes it is easy to overlook the one person that…

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Progress Is The Game!

Any journey to success is about progress. But our progress relies heavily on the way we react to failure. Those that have reached success know it’s all about what you learn from your failures that matters. The brilliant thought leader Dr. Jason Fox in his book The Game Changer helps us to think about motivation, progress and change with strategy and design. His fresh approach looks at how to solve any motivation challenge, to shift behaviour, shape culture and make clever happen. I love Jason’s thinking that success should never be the focus as it can create a culture of intolerance to failure. He shares that failure and mistakes are a necessary part of any exploration, innovation and improvement. And my favourite line from Jason’s book…progress is the only thing that matters. Perfection, productivity, efficiency – all of these are secondary. The idea of progress does apply in all areas of life. With Mother’s Day last weekend, I celebrated many joys and successes as a mum. Some days as a mum are so rewarding and I feel truly successful, but then some days I think I have surely failed and more so lately with two teenagers! But when you understand that failure is a necessary part of any…

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