Do you know what your purpose in life is?
This is not a trick question, I am genuinely interested to know as I believe that this is the fundamental core of everything that we do and it is this understanding that will ultimately lead to a life of freedom and happiness.
I did not know what mine was until about a year ago. Let me clarify, I knew what I enjoyed doing but I didn't know why I enjoyed it - discovering this is the key to your purpose. Once I spent the time digging deep and asking myself questions I can say with 100% honesty that my life turned around.
Before I came to this realization I honestly thought that success brought happiness and I couldn't understand why my personal life was a mess when my professional life was pretty successful. You may be wondering the same thing?
Happiness leads to success, not the other way around. Once I started to follow my purpose I became happier and, as a consequence, I became more successful in my own mind, and that of others. People...
You can make up for a lot of lost things but one thing that you cannot get back is lost time.
In my coaching and mentoring I have found that most people are not good at organizing their time. Prioritizing and scheduling is not that difficult, once you have formed a habit. The tricky part is breaking away from conventionality and forming the habit in the first place. I have written before about how most people believe it takes 3 weeks to form a habit but it actually takes an average of 66 days for it to become natural.
Take a look at your day ahead and ask yourself what you want to achieve and then look at whether you actually allocated time and a plan to achieve it, or are you going to "play it by ear" and hope that you get things done? I will tell you now that "Hope" is not a strategy!
In my course, Your Third Quarter, I cover the skills of prioritizing, scheduling, and creating more time to do the things you love to do I have used these in my life and I can tell you, without...
In my course and workshops I have two sections that look at prioritizing and scheduling. I believe that these are the key to being in control and one thing that I know for sure is that you need to be in control of your life for if you are not, life will control you.
When I first explain my theory and methods, some people think it is a little obsessive at first but when they listen to the theory and put it into practice they invariably see the benefit.
When you fail to plan your day you will almost certainly not be as productive as you could be. I wrote recently about SOS (shiny object syndrome) and this will take you off track quicker than you can say SOS! When you block segments of time and allocate it to a specific task that you have identified as one of your priorities it enables you to focus on that thing, therefore being more productive.
If you are interested in finding out more about this method, I cover it in my course, Your Third Quarter, and then go much deeper into detail...
What drives you to keep going every day?
Are you striving for improvement or are you happy where you are?
These are not trick questions, I am genuinely interested to know what motivates people. The difficulty for most people is that they do not know their purpose, often referred to as your "why". Do you know yours?
I will be the first to admit that I didn't know my purpose for the first half of my life and it showed. I bounced around from job to job and relationship to relationship. I was successful professionally but I was not fulfilled so I knew there had to be a better way.
One of the challenges is that we get into a comfort zone that is hard to break out of. We know we want more, we know we aren't happy, but we have the security of a regular paycheck and don't want to risk that - does this sound familiar?
The good news is that you do not have to stay in this comfort zone. You are full of passion and purpose, you just need go invest time in yourself to find it. I promise you,...
To most people the acronym SOS is a warning or a cry for help. It is to me too but in a different way to the conventional version of Save Our Souls.
SOS = Shiny Object Syndrome
Do you suffer from this? I realized that I have done for my whole life and now that I am aware of it I am being intentional about removing SOS from my life.
So what does it mean? You may remember an animated movie where dogs would shout "Squirrel" and run in a different direction - that was me and this is SOS. You may also know it as "The path of least resistance" or the quick fix.
As I build my business I receive many, and I mean many, emails and advertisements for what I would describe as "Get rich quick" programs. Does this sound familiar to you? One thing I know is that there is no quick route to success. It starts with identifying your purpose, creating a vision, then forming a strategy to reach happiness - which is the ultimate success.
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I believe that if you want to grow and live a life of freedom, you need to identify your purpose and make that the core of everything that you do. I will take this a stage further and add that your main purpose and dream should be huge, unimaginable, and one that scares you just a little.
To put this into context I want to use the example of creating the most beautiful garden with flowers that bloom all year round with amazing smells that take help you to relax and lose yourself as you sit and think. Doesn't this sound idyllic? This is how I see freedom, being able to choose what I want to do, when I want to do it, and allowing my mind to create new and wonderful ideas that will add value to other people.
When creating this place of freedom, there will be times when weeds start to appear. Do you leave those weeds and think that they won't change the beauty of the garden or do you pull them out as soon as you see them? Life is the same, we will have challenges that could derail our...
I went to the Magic Kingdom this morning and while I was there I shot several live videos to share examples of how Disney is intentional about things. It started with the parking lot, which is huge, where people often forget where they park. Disney labels each section with a character name and numbers each row. Cast members are there suggesting guests take a picture so that they remember where they parked, yet some still forget after a long day in the theme park.
Disney are intentional about how they park guests and keep a track of what rows fill up at what time. Therefore if you have forgotten where you parked all you need to do is seek out a parking lot cast member, tell them what time you arrived, and they will be able to pinpoint the area where you would have parked.
This is just one example of many ways that Disney are intentional with everything they do. How are you being intentional in your life, and if you are not currently doing so, what can you do to start today?
If you have been following me for a while you will know that I believe we all have an enormous amount of untapped potential locked away in our subconscious, or unconscious, mind. My mission is to help you release some of that potential so that you can grow into a life of fulfillment, freedom, and ultimately happiness.
Today I want to talk a little into the power of our subconscious mind and how it influences what happens on our lives. People talk about the universe delivering what you ask for and this is a similar concept. If you believe something will happen, it often does. You see, a thought which is repeatedly passed to your subconscious mind will be accepted by it and then translated into it's physical equivalent. There are some caveats to this: The thought needs to be backed with emotion and it needs to be consistently repeated before it will become reality.
This process works the same way for positive and negative thoughts and emotions so mastering this is crucial in order to...
In my daily reading I learned a valuable lesson, one that I thought would be good to share with you. It is a simple concept and one that can be adopted easily to get excellent results.
You have probably heard me talk about getting started and taking action as Mark Twain says: "The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one".
This is not the simple concept, the secret is asking questions, not just any questions - focusing questions. I believe that the right question will provide the right answer so this is the art to getting started. How we phrase the focusing question to ourselves will determine value of the answer, and therefore the path our life will take.
"I bargained with life for a penny,
and life would pay no more.
However I begged at evening
when I counted my scanty store.
For life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
I was inspired this morning by words that came from Simon Sinek: Leadership is not a license to do less. Leadership is a responsibility to do more.
This may seem like an obvious statement but how many leaders have you seen in the past that coast once they get the "title" of leader? I have noticed it on many occasions and often wondered why this happens. I believe that it is from a sense of entitlement and maybe a lack of big ambition, what do you think?
I have never been one to rest on my laurels so I am always looking to move onward and upward, to become the best that I can be. I have a desire to help other people to grow and I believe that this has the knock-on effect of driving me to continue growing.
People do what people see so as a leader it is your responsibility to demonstrate the behavior and values that you expect from your team. As you reflect on your day think about this and ask yourself whether you demonstrated the right behavior and did your team follow you?
If you are...