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Mar 28, 2013

Why Breaking Down Your Goal is the Key to Achieve

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Three years ago, my husband competed in the Oxfam 100-km walk, which is from Jells Park in Wheelers Hill through the Dandenong Ranges and finishes in Warburton. The fastest team completes it by running in approximately 10 hours. The average teams complete it in approximately 28 hours and the slowest teams have 48 hours to complete it. Ever since my husband competed, I wanted to do it. Every year, the event would come and go and I would wish I had competed, so mid last year, I thought this can go on every year or I can find a team of four and compete. I was over being on the sidelines watching the event and I wanted to be in it. So once I was clear that I was going...
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Mar 28, 2013

Productivity and Setting Boundaries

Setting boundaries improves your productivity. It means at times you have to “say no.”  How does saying ‘no’ tie in with being productive? Well to say “yes” to something, you are usually saying “no” to something else. We do this all the time. If we answer our emails before we write the marketing report, we are saying “yes” to one activity and “no” to another. There are reasons why we don’t say ‘no’: You want to help You do not like being rude You do not like conflict You worry if you say ‘no’ this time they may not ask you again Feel you may be offending others They key is learning the right way to say ‘no’. Once I developed this skill, I realised it was not difficult at all and other people are actually very...
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Mar 6, 2013

Are You Organising Your Tasks?

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Have you been more proactive in your planning since attending one of my workshop, reading my book or enrolling in my e-course?  I certainly hope so.  Are you now conscious of the benefits of thinking ahead so you’re no longer in an urgent rush, that you can delay a task if something more important comes up because you are thinking of planning no longer as a day by day event but as an overall weekly structure? Are you organising your tasks so you know what needs to be accomplished and when it needs to be accomplished by? It’s an incredible freedom isn’t it? The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.  Stephen Covey The key is to think about what you need to accomplish this week? Schedule...
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Feb 26, 2013

How Comfortable is Your Comfort Zone?

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Do you have a nice life?  Do you have an exciting life?  Do you have a wonderful life?  Do you have a boring life?  What is your life like?  Are you happy?  Really happy?  Is it so wonderful and comfortable that you don’t want anything to change?  Or is it that you are fearful of moving outside your comfort zone? What is a comfort zone? I looked up the definition and found the following in Wikipedia:  Comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk. What do you think of that?  It’s a behavioural state – in an anxiety-neutral condition, steady performance, without risk. That means we keep...
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Feb 22, 2013

Goal Setting Success Stories

These are stories of succeeding against the odds, persisting in the face of doubt, possessing true grit, focusing and maintaining determination to never quit until the goal is reached. Thomas Edison, an American inventor, had more than 1,000 U.S. patents to his name.  However, as a young boy in school, his mind often wandered and his teachers told him that he was “too stupid to learn anything”.  He was eventually home-schooled by his mother. Edison’s greatest accomplishment is the light bulb.  He was most famous for the following quote in regards to his persistence in developing the light bulb… “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Walt Disney was fired from his first job because he was told that he lacked imagination.  He had 300 banks turn down his...
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Feb 12, 2013

The Power to Choose

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We constantly make choices every day.  If we set a goal of health and fitness, which means we exercise every morning, then that needs to become our priority, we have the power to choose what we do. When the alarm goes off of a morning, we have a choice – we can stay in that nice warm bed and grab another hour of sleep or we can get up and exercise and be on the path to achieving our goals.  It is always our choice. Thousands of years ago, Aristotle said, “You are what you repeatedly do.”  So are you going to keep repeating what you are currently doing and not change or move forward, or are you going to take some time and identify ways that you can improve your...
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Jan 16, 2013

Live Your Life With an Attitude of Gratitude

Cultivating gratefulness enhances your life and will provide long-term emotional rewards.  How grateful are you for your life, for those around you, for where you live, for having running water everyday? We live in an extremely materialistic age.  It is standard to expect so much, often too much.  The fact we have and own so much appears to have an impact on how grateful we actually are.  Some of us tend to focus on what we don’t have at times rather than what we do have. Imagine what it would be like if you started every morning being grateful.  Grateful for a wonderful night’s sleep, grateful for a warm bed, grateful for a comfortable mattress, grateful for being able to sleep in your own room.  Wouldn’t that be a positive way...
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Jan 9, 2013

7 Tips to Work More Effectively

By implementing these 7 tips you are going to start feeling and being more productive and efficient.  If you implement them regularly they will develop into positive habits that support you to function at the best you can. 1. Plan your week When you have planned your week, you are clear and know exactly what needs to be done.  It allows you to handle unexpected situations with a calmness.  But when you are so busy how do you find the time to plan? The fact is that if you spend 30 minutes to 1 hour planning your week, writing down everything that needs to be done, prioritising the list by importance and then deciding what should be done on Monday, what on Tuesday and so on, you will save hours during the...
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Jan 3, 2013

What Changes Do You Need to Make You Understand How You Use Your Time?

Last week, we spoke about the value of your time and your action.  Whenever you are about to begin a task, stop and estimate how long the task will take then compare how long it actually took.  You can learn an incredible amount from this exercise.  So …   What did you notice and what did you learn? What are you going to change as a result of what you learnt? Have you started to make these changes? If yes, congratulations on taking action.  If no, not yet … why not, what is stopping you from improving? Some additional questions to think about: How does your day start? Do you have enough time or do changes have to be made? When checking your emails does it go on too long?  Do you have enough time or do changes...
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Dec 25, 2012

Do You Value Your Time?

Many of us underestimate the value of time and take it for granted because time just goes on and on.  We often say ‘we’ll do it tomorrow’ or ‘l’ll do that when I have time’. What we don’t understand is that time is a valuable resource – it may actually be our most valuable resource. You have the same amount of time each day as world leaders, such as The President and the Prime Minister, the same amount of time as successful entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Bill Gates. Your education, social standing, financial status doesn’t make a difference to the amount of time you get – no matter what happens we all get exactly the same amount of time, 1,440 minutes a day. Control of time is the key to being more...
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