Gratitude

The Gratitude Chain Take a few minutes in the morning to write down 3 things that you are grateful for, and do the same again in the evening. Undeniably good advice. However, for many, I think that it becomes rote pretty quickly with a heavy rotation playlist of the gratitude greatest hits – I am grateful for: my family, my health, and my business. Great work, and of course I think it is awesome if you are practicing gratitude. If you are not, give it a go. You’ll love it. If you are, give the following a go. You’ll love it. Like most, I started off with the list above. I was thankful for my family, the roof over my head, and the abundance of health, wealth, and happiness in my life. This worked well for a long time, but as mentioned above, I found myself repeating the list. One day, I gave thanks for the meal I had. Then, I decided to feel deep gratitude for the person who made the bowl that the meal was in. Next, I expressed thanks for the person who sold me the bowl at the local store. looking further, I thanked the farmer who grew the vegetables, the person who packed them, the delivery driver, the shelf-stacker at the shop, the list went on and on. I express gratitude like this at every chance I get. When I am feeling low, I feel gratitude for wherever I am or whatever I am doing, and then go on down the chain thanking anyone who may have been involved in the various stages. This... read more

Faith

Have faith, not in any other-worldly being (although that’s cool), but in yourself. If you do the right thing and persist, then you simply must succeed at any endeavour. So, have faith. It has worked for many for thousands of years. have faith that it will work for you……. If it doesn’t, have faith that something... read more

Excellence

While striving for perfection, I was always disappointed. There was always someone better. I could have performed a “perfect” score in a better way. Whatever. No longer do I aim for perfection for perfection is not my goal. Excellence is my goal and since aiming for excellence, I have been more perfect than I have ever been before. I stopped comparing myself to the “perfection” of others. I aim at being a more excellent version of myself today than the previous day; that is what I will continue to do. Aim for... read more

Desire and Determination

Following on from the last post about Consistency, in this post we’ll look at Desire and Determination. If you notice the slight alphabetical order, you’ll see I should have started at A I didn’t. The three are linked. There is no getting away from the fact that you’ll need to engage in “hard” work. Desire – Do I need it? I’d say you do. Or, at least, if you have it, you are probably after the right goal. If you are currently doing something without the desire, you either need to change your path toward something you do desire or if you can’t change paths, you need to find where the desire is. Maybe you have a family to support, for example. This may mean that you are doing a job that you don’t particularly like and have no desire for. The desire you might (hopefully) have could be to provide well for your family, have your kids go to college, or (insert family-centred desire here ________). In these types of situations, I’d say that determination would be your biggest ally. Without desire, we are likely not going to manage to be consistent with our actions. We may very well succeed, but it would be much harder than if we had a strong desire to reach our goal. If we have a strong, bright light at the end of what is probably a very long tunnel, we stand a much greater chance of acting with consistency even when things get tough. Of course, desire could be for something we need or it could be for something we want. Many... read more

Consistency

Consistency brings results. True. However, the key which I’m sure we all know is consistency matched with good intentions and the right action. I have struggled with consistency forever. I see this post as some massive accountability to help me attain my goals. Below are 3 reasons to be consistent: Consistency as your record keeper I always tell my students to take action daily and to keep a record of their actions and results. Over time this builds a success map showing where you have been; it lets you know where you are, and helps you to be sure of where you are going. If you are heading in the wrong direction, you’ll be able to change the set of the sail before you get blown too far off course. However, this is only possible through consistent action and of course, you need to consistently check your progress. And progress you will, if you are consistent. It must happen. Right Action x Consistent Action = Progress = Happiness   When you follow this path of right action x consistent action, you will see progress. If acted on long enough, the next magical element to start helping toward your goals will be the power of the compound effect. The Consistent Path                                                                            Decide on a goal This goal should be massive. It should scare you. You should think “There is NOWAY that I am going achieve that.”... read more

The Gratitude Chain

The Gratitude Chain Take a few minutes in the morning to write down 3 things that you are grateful for, and do the same again in the evening. Undeniably good advice. However, for many, I think that it becomes rote pretty quickly with a heavy rotation playlist of the gratitude greatest hits – I am grateful for: my family, my health, and my business. Great work, and of course I think it is awesome if you are practicing gratitude. If you are not, give it a go. You’ll love it. If you are, give the following a go. You’ll love it. Like most, I started off with the list above. I was thankful for my family, the roof over my head, and the abundance of health, wealth, and happiness in my life. This worked well for a long time, but as mentioned above, I found myself repeating the list. One day, I gave thanks for the meal I had. Then, I decided to feel deep gratitude for the person who made the bowl that the meal was in. Next, I expressed thanks for the person who sold me the bowl at the local store. looking further, I thanked the farmer who grew the vegetables, the person who packed them, the delivery driver, the shelf-stacker at the shop, the list went on and on. I express gratitude like this at every chance I get. When I am feeling low, I feel gratitude for wherever I am or whatever I am doing, and then go on down the chain thanking anyone who may have been involved in the various stages. This seems to increase... read more

The Extra Mile

When I hear people say “go the extra mile” whether it is for a customer, or in sports, studying or whatever, I wonder why they: don’t expect it in the first place possibly don’t do it themselves why they should even need ask. However, it is human nature to go just far enough. For example, if I asked you to raise one of your hands in the air, you probably would. If I then asked you to raise it a little further, you could do so. If I then asked you to raise it just a little further still, you probably could. I have been guilty of this too, but from now on I am aiming to go so far that there is no further to go. I want to teach, study with, train with and work with those who go the extra mile before it is “extra”!   Go all out to do your best every time!   English learners please continue to read and learn In this post, we will look at the idiom “go the extra mile”. Meaning:  “do more than is required of you in order to reach a goal.”  Examples:  “Our teacher always goes the extra mile for us.”  “I like dealing with our suppliers because they always go the extra mile to help us.”  “Are you willing to go the extra mile?”... read more

I am rich

I am rich I am rich and so too are you. Well, I am actually not very rich by society’s standards. I don’t have a different car for every day of the week. My wife and are don’t have matching his and hers expensive sports cars. However, I am rich and I realised that only a few days ago. It has changed my life. Why am I rich? basically, my richness comes down to the fact that I have choice. Within reason, I can choose where I live. I Live roughly a 10 minute drive from the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast, Australia. My house is in a peaceful neighbourhood close to a hospital, train station, highway, and major shopping centre. There are also many schools and parks nearby. I am rich because I spent time researching and inspecting various houses in different locations and I could decide that I wanted to continue my search, not because the houses I looked at were too expensive, but simply because I didn’t like them or see my self and my family living in any of them. I have the power of choice in where I live and that makes me rich. I am rich too because I can spend 20 to 30 minutes to an hour or more, if I must, leisurely wandering around the supermarket deciding what my family and I will have for dinner that night and for our various meals the following few days. What a great problem it is when you can’t decide what to eat. Just stop when that thought hits you and instead of complaining... read more

How 6 minutes changed my life!

Stick with me to the end. It will change your life. “I want to change my life” say so many people. What they really mean to say is “I want someone to come and change my life or me”. And that’s cool. I get it. I was there, too. I was floating through my days… OK, not floating, but rolling like a rock down a hill, not a very fast rolling rock or a steep hill. I was an inefficient rock. I wanted more, but I didn’t want to do more. What result did I get? Well, I got more… more of the same. I got continued discomfort, rushed mornings, stress, poor health, bad food, crying on my way to work. A grown man crying I tell you. I felt like the hamster on the wheel, but my wheel was broken. For the longest time, I had been studying personal development. However, we all should know that studying and learning are two different things. One of the major influencers in my life has been a couple, Nam Baldwin and Devon Baskerville. You can read about that part of my journey in another post. I attended Their E.P.I.C event on the Gold Coast, Australia. At one point in the course, Nam mentioned a guy, Hal Elrod, and how he had run an ultra marathon, was a leading salesman, and was the newest tangent I should run along to improve my life. Nam also mentioned that Hal had a book, The Miracle Morning. OK I thought, another book…that can wait in line. Luckily, Nam told us about the 6 minute version... read more

The idea of balance

What is balance, particularly the work/life balance we are all trying to perfect. For me, it seems to be work late into the night and early in the morning when a project needs focus. Then, early to bed and early to rise with a nice slow morning routine when things are not frantic in my business. That is balance. The idea of perfect balance….?…….. well, what is perfect, but that’s for another... read more