Monthly Archives: May 2017

Focus on what is

Every new day is a chance to celebrate your very precious life. When we wake up each day we have a choice to either focus on what is or what isn’t. When we stop being a victim to what isn’t and start being grateful for all that is – life gets a whole lot better. I promise! I reckon a few minutes of gratitude beats the alternative of waking up like this: Oh great (sarcastically) it’s morning! Oh it’s you! (Look sideways at your partner) I’m so tired, how am I going to get through today! I’ve got so much to do – life sucks! Ho hum – another day another dollar… Bring on the weekend! OMG it’s only Wednesday! I just want to go back to sleep! Being grateful is the first step to keeping what you want to keep in your life. If we focus on what we do have at the start of each day, it has an enormous positive impact on our day ahead. The trick is to begin each day spending a few minutes giving gratitude within minutes after you wake – whilst you are still lying in bed. Find several things to be grateful for. The best option is to practice gratitude daily and…

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Time to respect your time

The most common reason we give for not getting things done is…I don’t have time. The moment we give a reason we give justification for why we think, say or do what we do, hindering the opportunity for change. When we stop giving reasons and start taking responsibility in every minute and every moment – life gets a whole lot better! So what’s your reason for not having time? The statement I don’t have time is everywhere – everybody says it at some point. It’s the reason for not getting the things done that matter – like exercise, healthy eating, quality time with loved ones, relaxation, self development and great results at work. What we could say is “I don’t have time for the less important tasks I do that add no value to my life” or “I have no time to waste on the things that don’t matter”. Ask high achievers and they will admit that life is busy but that there is time if you only do the things that matter… the things that truly add value. The one thing high achievers don’t have time for is wasting time. They all say the key to more time is not wasting time on…

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Let the discomfort take a backseat

Self-discipline is an essential ingredient for life satisfaction. Without self- discipline we would only do the things we wanted to do, when we wanted to, giving us short bursts of satisfaction. Top achievers have the ability to do the things they know should be done, even when they don’t want to do them. Why? Exactly that – you have to have a strong “why.” Self-discipline comes from having a strong “why” in relation to the reason we do things. This comes from clarity around our values and taking action. One of the top values that my clients consistently share is their health. That’s no surprise. What is surprising is that although health is of extremely high value it is very often extremely low on the to do list. The top priority is getting low action. There is an absence of their compelling reason, the “why”. Self- discipline comes as a result of finding your “why.” Self-discipline becomes the driving force towards reaching our desired destination – after we have decided what really matters. Any discomfort associated with doing the action takes a backseat. The undisciplined say “I don’t want to – so I won’t.” The disciplined say, “even though I…

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Live without regret

It is possible, if we make the right choices now, to finish life with peace of mind and without regrets. It will take loads of courage. Bronnie Ware, a writer and songwriter, also spent several years as a palliative nurse caring for those dying in their homes. From beside their deathbeds she listened to their stories, to their hearts and to their truth. She also listened to their regrets. She wrote: My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last 3 to 12 weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. She compiled all of her discoveries into an article called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, which gained so much momentum that it was read by more than three million people around the globe in its first year. She developed an understanding that we can learn from those nearing death and apply this knowledge as a gift in…

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