Monthly Archives: July 2017

Take control

Our environment can adversely influence our performance and engagement in life. When something is not serving us, and we cannot remove it or remove ourselves, it’s time to take brave action and limit our exposure. In a poor environment, why do some thrive while others languish? Previously as a leader of a highly profitable real estate office I’ve experienced several market changes – none more memorable than the Global Financial Crisis. At the time others insisted we wouldn’t maintain high profits in a market where approximately 30% of offices were ready to close. The media was heavily publicising economic problems, and it would have been easy to blame the market, accept that we could not maintain our results and begin a period of poor outcomes and income. As the leader this would have set the wrong example – the proverb “a fish rots from the head down” comes to mind. We made the decision not to blame the market. The Australia-wide real estate results in our group proved winning offices were not affected in this poor market. Those in the top 100 in the boom were still in the top 100 in the tough market – we couldn’t use the market as…

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It’s over – now get on with it

There’s no denying that life can sometimes offer up some tough blows. However our mindset can be like insurance against the tough stuff. Without this we get stuck and find it hard to move forward and live the life we want. Moving forward means realising that we may need to put an expiry date on old stuff. Like the expiry date on a passport or driver’s license or the use-by date on grocery items there are areas in our lives where we need to renew, replenish or throw out those things that have expired. When something is no longer working to support you to lead the life you want or there is no longer satisfaction guaranteed, it’s time to accept that the expiry date has arrived. I have observed that those mentoring clients who put an expiry on their old ways of thinking or behaving take the greatest steps forward. They expire habits, practices and mindsets that don’t support where they want to be in life like: Low value tasks Doing work they don’t love Hanging with wrong people Comparing themselves to others Worrying what others think Being a victim or persecutor Repeating old stories Making excuses Playing safe to…

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The true wealthy

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. Twenty 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 disruption. When it was finished we had spent $300 000, created a spectacular home and increased the house’s value to $1 600 000. I learnt from an early age, plus add in 15 years experience in real estate sales, that one successful strategy was to buy smart and sell smart as the way to build wealth. This time we made the decision to do what was financially smart – sell the house to clear our debt and reinvest the profit. Many…

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The answer to weak motivation

We strive to get things done, cross off the to do list – to be repeated the next day. Have you ever thought about those who turn up daily with unusually high amounts of energy, optimism, self-discipline, persistence and often courage? These people think, speak and act differently. Their difference is their purpose and this resoluteness is driving them further and faster. A strong purpose is the answer to weak motivation. Find your true path What drives you? What’s your compelling reason – the why you do what you do? It’s a BIG question and one that often gets put in the too hard basket. The first step to discovering your true path is asking a few questions: * What’s really important to you? * How would you spend your days if you had financial freedom? * What gets your heart racing – what’s your passion? * What do others compliment you for? * If today were your last day – what would you do? Now head this up “ My Values List” and maybe even read it every morning. When we focus on what we value and have a purpose each day we are moving ahead in a valued direction….

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Get exposed

As the clock keeps ticking it is a reminder that time stops for no one. There are a finite number of days left, so make every precious minute count. Don’t play it safe – take a risk, get in the game and create the life you want. It is often fear that keeps us playing it safe. The fear of what we might lose if we take a risk. And it is true that where there is risk there is often uncertainty and few guarantees. But it is outside our comfort zone, where new playing fields lie, that truly amazing opportunities can be found. My advice for those who want to play a new game are: Don’t worry about what others might think Don’t avoid risk just in case you might fail Don’t blend in to the world around you Don’t sit quietly with your desires bottled up Don’t follow crowds – walk your own path Don’t hide the real you – show your uniqueness! My favourite quote is by J.K Rowling, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case,…

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