Monthly Archives: June 2018

Life lessons

There’s no shortage of advice out there, on how to do things cheaper, faster and more effectively. But often our own experiences and expertise provides many of the answers and when we learn these lessons fulfillment comes easily. Over the last 20 years as a mum, wife, business owner the three points below have become my mantra – my lessons for living a full and rich life. 1. Look after yourself  Sometimes is it easy to overlook the one person that needs your help and support the most – and that’s you. The act of putting your self first is not selfish when you understand the benefits, not only to yourself, but those important to you. 2. Mix with the right people Being with the right people can be such a cherished and unforgettable part of your life journey. These people inspire you to great achievements, give you insight and fill your life with excitement and energy. 3. Take responsibility for the life you want  Successful people strive towards a result without excuses and take responsibility. When we make excuses we are saying that we are not responsible and that someone or something else is. Responsibility is one of the…

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Be dependable

One of the major components to success is our ability to deliver on the promises we make – to do what we said we were going to. A good question to ask yourself – when you say you will do something do you deliver on that promise? And, do you deliver it when you said you would? If not, the reasons or excuses actually become irrelevant, as we are at risk of being seen as unreliable and untrustworthy which is not good for our success story. Over the last few decades in business I’ve worked on the principle of under promise and over deliver in relationships. Back in my real estate days we focused on delighting clients with more value than they expected. This helped us to earn our title as one of the most profitable offices in our group. Delivering on promises delivers on the bottom line too. Be dependable and you will get asked more often. The under promise and over deliver model can work in any business and across any relationship. The only piece of the puzzle missing is you – you being aware of what you commit to and following this through. Not delivering on promises…

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Solutions

Each event in life has the possibility of sustaining or draining us. And although there are many factors that affect our well being our emotions are good barometers of how we are going. When emotions appear – take notice, ask questions and see what is behind the emotion. When we are feeling optimistic, enthusiastic and achieving, we have the desire to keep going and this contributes to being sustained. When we are tired, sad, angry, fearful or worried, this is draining. A long period of being drained prevents us from being fulfilled and can lead to serious health problems. The World Health Organization reports that mental illness, and primarily depression, is the leading cause of disability worldwide. And more women are affected than men. Something needs to change – fast! What’s not the solution is to underestimate the harm of long-term negative emotions by ignoring them, working longer and numbing the pain. Solutions start when we are honest and courageous enough to identify the problems – to uncover the truth behind the emotions and fix what needs fixing. I recommend doing the Sustained or Drained questionnaire, in How To Have It All, on a regular basis to see what’s going on. Or, ask yourself: I am sad/angry because… I…

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Escape the noise

The highly stimulated state we exist in is causing increased stress – no arguments there! Constant noise is not good for our well-being. What percentage of your day is in silence? There are therapeutic benefits and solutions in being still and quiet. The World Health Organization reports that workers who are stressed are also more likely to be unhealthy, poorly motivated, less productive, less safe at work and less likely to be successful in a competitive market. Stress is costly! Meditation is often recommended as both a prevention and treatment for stress. While few would dispute the benefits, meditation is not widely practiced in the Western World. Slowing down and sitting in silence can be challenging. I’m no guru, however, the more we practice the better we get. In Ian Gawler’s book Meditation he lists the benefits: • A deep physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing • Being calmer, more peaceful and less stressed • Cortisol hormone goes down and immunity improves • To perform better at work • To become more loving • To be less fearful, defensive and resentful • To lighten up and drop some seriousness • To stop struggling with self, others and life • To become a better person. Meditation may…

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Choose wisely

Research shows you can influence your level of motivation. That’s important as motivation greatly determines how we act and our actions determine the life we enjoy. A crucial factor that contributes to our motivation is the company we keep. What motivates you? What gives you that get up and go – the drive, the energy, the stamina and the commitment to create amazing outcomes? For the most part motivation is an inner desire to maximise pleasure and minimise pain. As Zig Ziglar said motivation is the fuel necessary to keep the human energy running. And if motivation is the driving force, the company you keep can determine the quality of the drive or the dollar per litre you chose to pay. The company you keep can have a positive or negative impact on your motivation. The people around you can: Affect – you are influenced by the company you keep. Infect – you are changed by the company you keep. Define – you are known by the company you keep. Reflect – you are the company you keep! It’s important to consider carefully who you spend time with. After a day with Leading Women last week at the Leading Women Event in Sydney, I have no doubt…

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