Making the Most of Time

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So I was walking up a side road to the castle in Prague yesterday and got to a main road and may well have stepped straight in front of Tram but for a young man who shouted at me to stop!

First I’m glad that the Czech Rep’ is not Health and Safety crazy like the UK but a couple of signs here and there wouldn’t go amiss.

And second, it’s moments like this that make you want to speak Latin. *

But for that young mans shout, yesterday could have been my last day on planet earth! And if it was could I say I have achieved everything I want to achieve? Absolutely not. Do I think that everyday I live life to the fullest? Again absolutely not.

So I have to say I’m grateful for that moment yesterday as sometimes it’s good to be reminded of how fleeting life can seem (and actually is in the greater scheme of things), and how important it is to see that our time is precious and to use it wisely and always to the best of our abilities.

Get the most out of today…and everyday. I plan to.

* Carpe Diem (Seize the day).

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Breaking Patterns of Procrastination

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Procrastination..the bane of many people’s lives and often a block to success.So what is it? Psychologists define it as “the conscious or subconscious avoidance of doing something”

If its effects are neglected it becomes a habit.

Even if it’s not a habit for you I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point in life – you know there are things that need to be done,but either you don’t want to do them now,or you don’t want to face them, or it might be something that you want to do but just can’t get yourself focused enough to do it.

One thing for sure though is it can be a serious issue for people and a real killer of dreams – after all it’s a self-destructive habit. It can also seriously affect your wealth!

So why do we do it and what are the effects of it?

1). Well, life is busy, and in this age of mass information there are literally 1000’s of things we could give our attention to – all pulling us in different directions. So rather than doing one of those things we end up doing nothing-at least nothing well or completely.
One major issue is use of social media or should I say misuse of social media! Most people who use it are on it way too much. Sure it can be useful and can in fact have a huge positive impact on your business, but don’t live on it!

2). The second reason people procrastinate is a fear of not doing the task right. If we have a passion about what we want to do we can so much want to get it right, even to the point of perfection that it becomes in the subconscious, and then in reality, an impossibility.

3). Fear of failure. A little similar but this fear says even if you do it right what if you fail?

4). Lack of planning. Set out on a journey without a map and you going to get lost. Likewise embarking on a venture in you life without a plan and the same applies

And the effects?

Well first it can make you unproductive. It can cause guilt,low self esteem and stress. David Allen,the Author of “getting things done” said much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do,it comes from not finishing what they started.”

So what can we do about it?
Here’s a few tips:

The key to it is self-discipline, so work on that within yourself on a daily basis.
1). Break your work or tasks into smaller steps. You do this by making a plan. There’s no reason to get overwhelmed if the tasks are broken down.

So make a plan-what I do is break my tasks down to hours, so I know exactly what I’ve set myself to do in every hour of my working day. Of course, make the plan realistic. So make that plan and stick to it as best you can!

2) Wherever possible start with the hardest task first. Dale Carnegie the author of “How to win friends and influence people” said, “do the hard jobs first and the easy jobs will take care of themselves”. This way will relax you and make you feel good about yourself and put the other tasks in perspective.

3). Make a start!! Les Brown that fantastic motivational speaker said “you don’t have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great”! So take a deep breath and dive in!!

4). Get inspired! Talking of Les Brown and Dale Carnegie, those who you hang around with influence you,so hang around with people like that! Every day plan into your day some inspirational food. Maybe while you’re having breakfast or during a break, jump onto YouTube and watch or listen to some great teaching by the likes of Les Brown,Tony Robbins,Jim Rohn,Brian Tracy.All great teachers who will always have an inspirational impact on your day and life.

5). If you can recognise that you need support to overcome issues of procrastination, be accountable. What I mean by that is to get alongside someone – a friend, perhaps someone who also has some goals they want to achieve, and maybe someone who has similar goals,like for example a friend you work with in Network Marketing, and hold each other accountable to your goals and visions. Encourage each other when you stumble and encourage each other when you do well.

6). You are not going to attain perfection on this earth so don’t expect it or wait for a perfect time to start something. It doesn’t exist…just do it!!

7) Finish everything!! It’s tiring when you’ve got lots of things in life that are unfinished..it clutters your brain! So avoid that by finishing every task that you have set for yourself.

8) Last of all, know the value of time. Time is precious. There’s potentially great things for your life so don’t block those things by putting things off. You might right now have a fantastic opportunity in your hands,or you might be about to embark on something new,so take hold of it without delay and don’t let procrastination rob you of another day of your life!!

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The Rise Of The Entrepreneurs

Is this a good time to get something going?

There are many who will say, “look at the economy – you have to be crazy to start a small business”
Another argument could be “look at the economy, you’d be crazy NOT to start a small business”.
Robert Kiyosaki, the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” said, “Job security is an oxymoron”. In other words, in these times of economic uncertainty, a steady, secure job is neither steady nor secure.

People all over the world are seeing opportunities and starting new businesses in record numbers.

People are no longer relying so much on Companies, Corporations, or the Government to provide for them but instead are starting to take their own initiative, listen to the voice inside that says “go for it” and then take control of their own future.

So is it right for you?

We all have creativity within us, and the ability to achieve great things.
It may take some courage and boldness, and it may mean you need to cut back on some TV time, and you may need to start it at the same time as another job, but if you can do all that, then find a niche that fits you, research it and learn as much as you can about it, and get as many skills as you can so that you will excel in that area, giving you the best possible chance of success.

This could be the start of a major entrepreneurial revolution.

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Keep The Faith

HENRY FORD failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.

MICHAEL JORDAN and BOB COUSY were each cut from their high school basketball teams.

STAN SMITH was rejected as a ball boy for a Davis Cup tennis match because he was “too awkward and clumsy.”.

WALT DISNEY was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

The first time JERRY SEINFELD walked on-stage at a comedy club as a professional comic, he looked out at the audience, froze, and forgot the English language.

After his first audition, SIDNEY POITIER was told by the casting director, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?”

ALBERT EINSTEIN didn’t speak until he was 4-years-old and didn’t read until he was 7. His parents thought he was “sub-normal,” and one of his teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” He was expelled from school and was refused admittance.

Did you know that you are GREAT and capable of doing amazing things and seeing REAL SUCCESS in your life?
Here’s some keys you can take from the above history makers:

1. Don’t Be Dictated To By Circumstances

2. Don’t Be Dictated To By Other People’s Opinions

3. Don’t Be Afraid Of Failure

4. Never Give Up

5. Believe In Yourself

6. Believe In Yourself

7. Believe In Yourself

 

Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never Falling But In Rising Every Time We Fall.”

- Confucius.

“I’ve Failed Over And Over Again In My Life. That Is Why I Succeed.”

- Michael Jordan

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Launch Window

There is a period of time in which a launch vehicle (such as a Rocket or Space Shuttle) must be launched. If it’s not launched within the “window”, it has to wait for the next window.

The launch has to be timed just right so that the ships path intersects with the targets orbit and they meet in the exact same time and place.

Missing the launch window might mean missing the target completely.

Opportunities are there to be seized. Yes make sure it’s right for you; yes do due diligence, but then go for it while you can.

Grasping an opportunity such as a new business venture or any challenge maybe a little scary, and you may think you don’t have all the skills, but like any exploration, the key is in taking the first steps..then anything is possible! You are sure to learn en route, and there will always be people around to support you.

So…do all the checks…and go for it!!!

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Daydream Believer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The preconception of daydreaming has often been that it is a sign of being out of touch with reality, that if you’re a daydreamer then you will never achieve anything.But there are two types. There’s the white fluffy cloud fantasy waste of time daydreaming that could steal from you, and then there’s brilliant mind daydreaming, which could potentially add to you in abundance.

What if you were to harness the power of your dreams…to dream big?

Thomas Edison was a great daydreamer.

But his daydream was not to invent the light bulb.

His daydream was to light the planet earth at night!

He started with a big daydream and then took steps to find the solution.

The difference between the waste of time daydreamer and the brilliant mind daydreamer  -which anyone can chose to be- is to take that dream and then start taking action: make plans, be a constant learner, and if necessary be prepared to take risks.

It’s possible….anything is… Dream big..have a big vision, then work to make it come true.

 

 

 

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Moving On

In my last post I was talking about the importance of keeping focus on your goals and how that one way of helping to achieve that focus is to write them down. Today I want to talk about something else that can be an obstacle to achieving great things in your life – The past.

Of course for some the past can be an encouragement for the present and an inspiration for the future,but for others the past is the very thing that hinders the ability to live in the present and then steal dreams through things in the past that have perhaps caused fear,anger, resentment,or rejection etc

Maybe it’s a single bad memory,or a series of events,or an old mindset,or something somebody said to you.These things can – if we let them – have a power over us and form the way we see ourselves and consequently the way we live our lives.

There are of course many ways that you could deal with issues from the past,and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else,but whatever you need to do,find the way that works for you,go on that journey,even if temporarily it might be a painful one as you face those old things,but go there and do what you need to do – maybe to forgive someone,perhaps to forgive yourself,maybe to deal with an attitude or a regret..whatever is the obstacle..overcome it and then you are free to fully embrace the present and move on to what is ahead with a greater courage, boldness and expectation.

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The Write Effect

 

 

 

 

There are millions of people in the world who during at least one point in their lives have come up with a great idea,or had a great ambition. It’s natural…we’re born that way. Kids are amazing,they have great dreams and great ambitions.

These dreams and ambitions can diminish in time for a variety of reasons.Sometimes simply because we’re not allowing them to be seen. They start as a thought in our minds..and they stay there..and then can grow dim.

One simple way to keep a dream or ambition alive is to start by write it down.

Writing something down creates a focus. It’s out there…it’s alive! And there to develop and grow. Something happens when we write something down.

If you have an idea,dream or ambition I personally would suggest making these steps:

1. First of all write it out by hand. A connection is made between your eyes and the physiological effect of writing it down. Transfer it onto some electronic device at some point if you wish,but handwrite it first.

2. Put it somewhere that it can be seen…on your fridge..by your bed etc.

3. Read it out loud often..daily even.

Having done all these three things you are creating a connection between:

The Audio – what you hear
The Visual – what you see
The Kinesthetic – what you feel

Setting your goals-seeing them in front of you on paper before you see them come,is like creating a road map. Once you’ve got it,and you keep looking at it,your going to know where you’re going,and you’re going to get there.

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Doing The Reps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Edison said ‘I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing.’

It’s so easy to get all excited for the next big thing..and then the next..and the next..but there has to come a time…sooner rather than later,that you stop,get REALLY great at what you have at hand and push it hard.

Often that might mean repetition – which can be where many people fall down,because the original excitement starts to wane,BUT if you can press in and do the reps you’ll start to see some really powerful developments!

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He Who Dares….

One of my favourite movies is “The Pursuit Of Happyness” a film based on the life of Chris Gardner,a great businessman who had to endure some difficult, and desperate times and even at one point had to live on the streets with his small son.

There’s a great scene where the father and son are playing basketball and as they were playing the father says to his son “don’t stay out here all day playing ball because after all you’ll probably end up as an average player just like me”

The words have a huge impact on the boy and he throws the ball away and walks off the court.

The father realises how much those words have hurt his son and he says to him “don’t you ever let anyone tell you that you can’t be something great – not even me”

You may find that people want to judge you by their own standards or limitations. Others may even just plain want to discourage you,and some others may think they’re coming from the place of wanting to help guide your path and in their eyes stop you from wasting time and making big mistakes.

They might be teachers,work colleagues,friends,or like in the story,even family,but if you have done all that you can think to do in terms of investing in what you believe in (if it’s business,for example,to do due diligence,to research,to get wisdom and solid teaching from whatever reliable sources you can etc etc),then shake off those dead words and keep at it

There’s always a price in seeing your dreams become a reality,and you can bet that you’ll go through a time or times when you’re facing obstacles,feel rejected and discouraged and maybe even feel the fear, but keep going,keep believing,and keep reinforcing what your dream or goal is. I always think it’s a good idea to put anything you want to achieve down in writing. Even put it somewhere where you can see it on a regular basis then you just need to go for it with everything that you have.

Using the motto of the British Special Air Services “He Who Dares Wins”!

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