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Cringe at excuses

I have a declaration to make – I cringe at excuses – my excuses and those of others! I’ve seen how making excuses can adversely affect life. When we make excuses we are saying that we are not responsible and that someone or something else is. I’m big on taking responsibility and I cringe at excuses — and I think you should too. For the record, my second biggest cringe is indecision — because both excuses and indecision are the two biggest deal breakers when it comes to creating your own success masterpiece. Most people strive to create a better life and although we know what action needs to be taken, sometimes we make excuses to avoid making decisions and do what needs to be done. Do any of these sound familiar? I have to wait until… I just don’t feel like it… I’m too tired…. I don’t have the tools to… It’s not my fault…. It’s not my problem…. I don’t have time….. Nothing identifies a mediocre person more quickly than excuses. Successful people strive towards a result without excuses. When we stop making excuses we start taking responsibility and we get results. Because responsibility is the foundation of success, when we are…

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Go in pursuit of what you want

To feel it in advance is one of the five qualities common to True Believers. When we know what we want and have a vision it’s often vision without proof. This is where we use visualisation, a powerful and effective tool, to create a mental image of what we want and feel the emotion as we move closer to it. When the inevitable doubt does arrive, what helps us to focus is our ability to feel our vision in advance. This quality provides us with the resilience, trust and hope, to manage fear and doubt as we go in pursuit of what we want. Visualisation protects our belief as we bridge the gap between committing to our vision and actually arriving at what we want. Whether you are trying to create your best health, relationships, lifestyle and even wealth. This powerful skill of visualisation: * Tests clarity * Drives productivity * Maintains motivation * Provides satisfaction along the way. Spend a few minutes daily, close your eyes, feel in advance the joy of getting what you want — that you’ve made it! Then open your eyes and do it! The practice of visualisation — also known as ‘visual mental rehearsal’ changes your…

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Embrace the action required

Life satisfaction is greatly influenced by our mindset. Our state of mind, assumptions and beliefs are a powerful motivator determining our action or inaction. Success lies in our ability to challenge existing ideas, be open to learning and embrace the action required. Do you sometimes say, “That’s just the way I am” or “I’ve always done it that way?” Are you a ‘know it all’ — thinking you have learnt all you need? Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? After decades of research on achievement, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck made groundbreaking findings on fixed and growth mindsets. She documented these in her book Mindsets — The New Psychology Of Success. Dweck says that a growth mindset creates the love of learning and the resilience that is essential for great success. Those with a growth mindset are motivated to exert effort and to outperform those with a fixed mindset. When we embrace growth, when we are open to learning, we find many solutions behind previously closed doors. True Believers have a growth mindset. They use the five qualities necessary for creating their own success masterpiece. Qualities of a True Believer 1. Expire the old stuff — move your life…

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Decision time

Once you take responsibility for the life you want, making the right decisions is the next step. The decisions we make bridge the gap between believing something is possible and having something. But often there are many choices. To decide is to eliminate choice because either you decide or something or someone will decide for you. We all have a choice to be the leader in our decisions. In the words of American author, speaker, and pastor John Maxwell, “The question for every leader is not will my calendar be full but who will fill my calendar? Take charge of it or others will.” We often ask too many people for advice. Sometimes we ask the wrong people. We then get confused; we procrastinate and don’t end up making a decision at all. These three steps can assist in making your dream a reality: 1. Decide what you really want. 2. Plan how you are going to get there. 3. Stay focused and persist until you arrive. Although that may sound simple in theory, it takes the right mindset too. It’s important to say, “How can I”, by focusing forwards on what we really want, rather than saying, “This is why I can’t”. It’s about making the best…

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Maintain your MOJO

Our mojo is that special magic that keeps us moving forward and bouncing back after a setback. Sustain your mojo by creating a healthy combination of work, rest and play driven by a sense of purpose. Amongst all your hard work it’s important to take some time to feel the joy of your success. Do you bask in the glory when you accomplish something? Do you take time to celebrate and reward yourself? Or is it all work and no play? Why celebrate? When it’s all about the work we may have the achievement but without taking a moment to celebrate we can become stressed and dull — being always focused on the busy. Similarly when it’s all play, we may have excitement and fun, but without results so we can become drained and in denial about our life. Knowing that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and all play and no work makes Jack a drained boy — Jack (and Jill!) need to look after their mojo. Are you feeling fulfilled? Maybe it’s just a matter of maintaining your mojo! More on this at the next Leading Women Event on the 15th of October at the Gold Coast Convention…

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