Sep 11, 2013

Affirmations To Eliminate Excuses

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We all use excuses at some time – whether it is to procrastinate, delay, deny, move the blame elsewhere … However, if you want to take action then perhaps when you find yourself using an excuse or wanting to use an excuse, you just start telling yourself something that will move you forward. It will be difficult – I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to. It’s going to be risky – All things have an element of risk; however, being my true self involves no risk, it is me being genuine and authentic It will take a long time – It doesn’t matter how long it takes to live my life to the fullest and accomplish my dreams. There will be family drama – My family wants...
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Sep 4, 2013

Reclaim Your Power

You have the power to live more frequently Above the Line and to only make brief visits Below the Line. To briefly provide an understanding of what I meant about above and below the line, I want you to picture a line and above the line, written are: Take responsibility Think of solutions Look for the lessons Keep my power Below the line are written the words: Blame others Make excuses Whinge Victim (give my power away) It can be tough acting “Above the Line”. That’s why the majority don’t do it most of the time. That is why people selling “Magic Bullet” products do so well. You know, the products that promise you will make a heap of money without doing any work? Of course it takes effort and persistence to succeed but that is nowhere as sexy on...
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Aug 28, 2013

A Catalogue of Some Common Excuses

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We all use excuses at times for whatever reason. It makes us feel good, it is a justification of our behaviour, and it is a reason for our inaction and procrastination. I am hoping if you can relate to one of these excuses it may either make you laugh or you might feel a little guilty or you may recognise it next time you are using one of these excuses and realise it is an excuse and change your behaviour. Whether you learn from this or laugh at this, I hope you get some value from it. It will be difficult Ah yes, this is designed to discourage you. Do you actually have any proof that it will be difficult? Loads of things in life are difficult but that doesn’t mean it’s not...
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Aug 21, 2013

Do You Take Responsibility For Your Life?

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Jordan Belfort said “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull**** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” Wow, how’s that for an impact at the very start? Extended apologies to anyone who may have been offended by the quote, but I was simply quoting. This article is about taking responsibility and being aware of our behaviour and the implications of not taking responsibility. This is an action that holds us back from being the very best we could be. How often do we catch ourselves not taking responsibility? Instead of doing something, we come up with ways to explain our inaction. We all like to blame others, at times, for things that happen to us or those around us. We like to pass...
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Aug 14, 2013

Ancient Chinese Story – Birdsnest

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A beautiful story that holds some advice from ancient China, attributed to a fictional character named Birdsnest. Long ago in China, there lived a monk who perched in a certain tree everyday to meditate. No matter if the tree swayed in fierce winds and rain, the monk settled himself comfortably, high up in the branches. Because of this, he was nicknamed “Birdsnest” by the village folk nearby. Many of these villages passed beneath the monk while hunting or while gathering wood in the forest, and after a time, they grew used to him. Some began to stop and talk of their concerns with Birdsnest. They liked the things he had to say, and soon Birdsnest become known for his kind and thoughtful words. After some years, the monk’s wise reputation spread throughout...
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Aug 7, 2013

Key of Ownership

Key of ownership is called Living Above the Line. What is above the line? Above the line is when we take responsibility for what happens in our life. We understand that the decisions we make and the action we take dictates how we live our life. Picture a line, and above the line we have a positive view on life and how we see the world. Some words that apply include: Hopeful Positive beliefs Positive attitudes Energetic mood and emotions Optimistic You understand and believe that you and you alone have the power to control your life. Below that line we have a negative view of life and how we see the world. Words that apply are: Negative attitude Negative beliefs Hopelessness Depressive Pessimistic Feeling sad Feeling angry Wow, what a difference those words are! Incredible! Really take a moment to reflect and read them again. What...
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Jul 31, 2013

Viewing Problems Differently

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Are you below the line because you have problems, or do you have problems because you’re below the line? That’s an interesting question. Below the line is when we blame others for where we are at in life. We don’t take responsibility for our own life. Where we are today is because of other people and what they have said or done to us. We know that most of us have problems in our life, they just vary, but they are still problems. There are people who operate below the line because they have problems in their life and there are others who look at it differently. They are aware that part of the pain or misery related to their problems comes because they are visiting below the line. They know...
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Jul 24, 2013

Life Looks Different From Above Or Below The Line

If you are not aware of this concept of ‘Above and Below the Line’ thinking, it means that to you it looks and feels like it is the event that is the source of whatever you are feeling or experiencing. At those times you need to realize that although this may be the truth, there is something better than the truth and that’s the whole truth. What I mean is that the “event” is 10% of the source of your experience. The much bigger source of your experience (90%) is your inside reality. This comes from your interpretation of the event and your interpretation of the event is different whether you are operating “above or below the line.” This means that when an event occurs, you have thoughts about the event...
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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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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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