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Aim for progress

Working long hours does not necessarily bring productivity and fulfilment. It’s not the number of hours that matters, it’s what lies within those hours and whether they are filled with growth and progress. I’ve certainly worked my fair share of long hours. However, as a leader, I strived to make each day full of hours of progress, not just full of hours. I led one of the most profitable real estate offices in Australia and New Zealand and part of our success was that we worked to a five-day plan of effective hours. Equally important were the hours of progress in other areas of our lives such as health, relaxation, fun and relationships. Make every hour count by working towards what you value, like your: physical and mental health personal development and learning spirituality family relationships quality friendships relaxation and good sleep recreation and fun work achievements financial freedom, and growth through challenge. With a definition of success as ‘living a life according to your values’, we spend more hours getting things done that matter and create highly productive hours. When we aim for hours of progress rather than complaining about hours worked, life moves forward — forward with each…

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Don’t be too patient

When your values and your passion are congruent they become the fuel for your conviction. And your why matters when it comes to conviction. Conviction comes from alignment with your values. How much conviction do you have towards living a life according to your values? Conviction can sometimes be seen as impatience. Impatience is often criticised rather than praised, but I believe it’s an admirable quality. When you are impatient – driven towards the things you value, this restlessness may be just what’s needed to bridge the gap between where you are currently and where you want to be. Dr Russ Harris, writes in The Reality Slap: On one side is the reality we have, and on the other is the reality we want. And the bigger the gap between those two realities, the more painful the feelings that will arise: envy, jealousy, fear, disappointment, shock, grief, sadness, anger, anxiety, outrage, dread, guilt, resentment; perhaps even hatred, despair or disgust. And, whereas the slap is usually over quickly, the gap can persist for days, weeks, months, years and even decades. We can’t be too patient as within the gap between where we are now and where we want to be lies much that can…

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We all have a BIG purpose

When we focus on what we value each day we have greater purpose and move forward in a valued direction. So rather than just being busy and getting things done we are busy getting the things done that really matter. There is a difference between goals and values. Goals are the small ticks on the way that keep us busy but the values provide you with focus and purpose. When we don’t reach our goals we can feel disappointed and lose momentum. This is why you also need a direction based on your values. Value-based directions are more powerful than goals alone as they are based on the why and not just the what. This distinction is the difference between the everyday busy and purposeful busy. The humble bee whose purpose is the simple act of pollinating plants by collecting nectar has a big purpose. Without this tiny creature we would starve. The food we need is a result of the hard, purposeful work of this and other insects. No pollination means no more plants. With no plants the animal kingdom would collapse. That’s a pretty big purpose I’d say. Like the bee, you too can live with purpose and have an important place in the…

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There’s no better investment than YOU!

Being a True Believer takes self-respect. Rather than putting yourself second or third or even last because you “don’t have time”, True Believers know that they have to invest in themselves. With all of life’s demands you can sometimes find yourself at the bottom of the list, which increases stress, not only on you but on those close to you. We have to get ourselves back to the top of our list — or for some, back on the list. In life we give much of ourselves — physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially — to help and support others. Sometimes is it easy to overlook the one person who needs your help and support the most — and that’s you. There’s no doubt that raising children is an exhausting time. I remember, when my kids were little, that solitude was leaning against the shower wall, eyes closed, water running or closing the toilet door for a tranquil moment. For most it’s not easy to achieve some ‘self’ time, mainly because of our nature; our nature is to give to others first. We fear being labelled as selfish if we do focus on ourselves. The act of putting yourself first is not selfish…

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Be clear on your WHY

The True Believer uses the three superpowers of belief, conviction and commitment to reach fulfilment. And although this final step on the growth ladder may not necessarily be easy, the way to get there is simpler than you think. When we consistently grow up and work towards what we want and persist until we arrive we hit our target more often. Before True Believers take aim at a target, they stop and think. They think about why they want to hit their chosen target as without a strong why many miss hitting the target altogether. True Believers get super clear about the why to bring stamina, increase productivity, fuel discipline and to drive them to their desired destination. There are many admirable True Believers who have made a substantial contribution. True Believers who have changed community like Mother Teresa. True Believers who have changed politics like Gandhi and Mandela. True Believers who have changed science like Einstein and Newton. True Believers who have changed entertainment like Disney. True Believers who have changed business like Jobs and Branson. True Believers are loyal and dedicated to a cause they truly believe in. True Believers commit to finish and as a result deliver on the promises they make to themselves. They attract other…

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