India is making a major impact in my life! I’m fortunate enough to be here at the Vibrant Gujarat event, with thousands of people, including 450 of us in the delegation from Australia.
It is an incredible experience as this event was truly world class, the calibre of speakers was phenomenal. Leaders from World Bank, MasterCard, Rio Tinto, several other companies and countries made it an enriching and enlightening experience.
Several things have been front of mind while visiting India.
1. The importance of accepting and being in awe of what is. The way things are, the richness and diversity of the people. Just like its important to have complete acceptance and awe of yourself and your skills and talents.
2. I have noticed the Indian culture is very respectful of all religions, cultures and beliefs. I think other countries can learn a lot from this. Individually, when we choose to see the person rather than the stereotype, we connect and find the commonalities rather than the differences.
3. Awesome attitudes exist towards the customer here. Yes, I’m well aware my experience may have been slightly skewed with my stay in luxury hotels. I’ve chosen to take these service levels with me and see how I can serve my coaching clients and audiences even better.
What do you choose to focus on today?
Have a great choose day!
With love and gratitude,
The PM of Bhutan talks about Gross National Happiness as more important than GDP!
Farmer Wants a Wife has been on Australian national television over the last few weeks and occasionally I get the opportunity to glance at it. Every time I do I think “these guys and girls need to get clear on what they really want!”
For those of you not in Australia, Farmer Wants a Wife is a program where a bunch of farmers are paired with 10 girls each. Only three girls are invited to visit each farm. Then it’s down to 2 girls and finally they have to pick one that seems to be the right one for them to get married. In the process is a dinner with the farmer’s parents, which often has interesting consequences!
Having grown up on a farm, I remember city kids coming to visit and the joy (open spaces, calves being born) and new horrors (cowdung, plumbing that goes wrong, fires) they discover! I also remember my then fiancé being put through his paces by my father: Being made to open gates that didn’t have an obvious closure, or herding cattle into the diary. He passed! But I digress!
There are so many similarities between business, setting goals and relationships. If a goal doesn’t excite you, it probably won’t be one you take action on. Remember when you first fell in love? You didn’t need to think “who am I supposed to be in love with?” or “let me get my book out and see which name I wrote down and then I’ll remember”!
When you first fall in love, you can’t stop thinking about that person. You walk down the street and you’ll see someone who looks like him in the distance. Her face is everywhere.
Yet I see people going to workshops and programs, writing down goals and then needing to get their workbook out to remind them which goals they chose. My answer to this is that they didn’t choose goals that are ones that excite them and keep them engaged. Those goals are probably more of a ‘to-do’ list. You know you can get them done, and they need to be done, but they aren’t goals in the true sense of the word. Businesses have goals that no-one remembers. Great business goals are the ones that everyone in the organisation can tell you about and have their eyes light up when they think of achieving them.
As Astrid said to me last week “I know I can achieve my goal and I have support for it, but I just haven’t got it done.”
When she figured out that it wasn’t a goal that engaged her, she understood why she hadn’t yet got it done. It wasn’t lack of discipline, because she had that in spades for the right things. It was a goal smaller than what she’d been doing before – so it wasn’t going to stretch her. Goals that used to excite and energise you a few years ago are NOT the same ones that will do it for you now.
There are a number of steps that are required in order to achieve goals – but the most important is the emotional test. As my mentor Bob Proctor says “If a goal isn’t scary and exciting it’s not a good goal for you.” It might be a good goal for someone else to have, but not for you.
Goals that excite you also energise you. Great goals also give you growth. Achieving the goal isn’t the only thing that’s important here, it’s who you become in the process. By stretching to achieve something that excites you, scares you just a little, something you don’t always know how to do when you set it, you become a better you. You develop skills that are needed in order to achieve the goal.
Think about your goal like a lover. Do you wake up in the morning thinking about it, or do you need to go and page through your notes to remember what your number one goal is right now?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Jill Hutchison specializes in taking successful driven professionals into their next stage of growth and advancement. She teaches business people how to shift their attitudes, beliefs and actions to spark the next level of achievement.
She also helps entrepreneurs create more meaning in their business and in their lives.
Mrs Hutchison runs regular programs focused on Goal Achieving, Mindset, Clarity and business success.
She has studied with thought leaders around the world and brings their expertise to locals.
More information is available at www.evolvedynamic.net
Jill Hutchison has 20+ years experience in international business, having the conversations that bring out the best in each person. With an economics degree from University of Cape Town and numerous certificated including Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and Neurological Repatterning.
She is certified by Bob Proctor, from The Secret, to teach and train mindset strategies with professionals and business owners.
“Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.
More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.”
This comes from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
If you’re facing a challenge, or in spite of all your efforts, feel like giving up, you can get excited! It means that you’re close to the success you’ve been seeking. Perhaps you still have some lessons to learn along the way?
Napoleon Hill interviewed over 500 of the wealthiest individuals in the world between 1900-1920, and even though that was 100 years ago, the principles still apply.
Success doesn’t come easily at first. It’s not about getting the success, it’s about who we become in the process.
If all the money in the world were to be taken away from everyone, divided up exactly equally and given to each person in the world, it apparently wouldn’t take long for it to find it’s way back to where it is now. Interesting thought.
So if it’s monetary success you’re seeking, have you increased your financial education? Have you got an exercise program for your money muscles? Do you have money rules for your investing? Are you letting other people manage your hard-earned money, or are you taking charge of it and seeking advice from experts?
It’s our mindset that is critical in success. Finding opportunities is something successful people focus upon. They see any problem as a challenge to be overcome, or a key to learning for the next step.
Unsuccessful people focus on problems, worst-case scenarios and being what they call realistic. They use the evening news to dictate their mood, and allow negative influences to marinate their mind.
What does success mean to you? What you focus on, you get more of, so doesn’t it make sense to decide what you want you life to look like? Almost anyone can tell me what they don’t want – but can you tell me exactly what you do want?
There are many markers of success, and the measure of success is as individual and personal as you make it. Success could be seen in terms of relationships or health. Some might measure success based on the size of the team they manage, or the success of that team. Your view of success could be measured in how happy you are, or how good you feel, or how many of your goals you’ve achieved. Could it be what you’ve achieved academically? You could use your career, business or investing success as a barometer. What if you measured your success in terms of how relaxed you are, or how you respond to others?
I hope you’re measuring your success based on where you are now, where you’ve been and where you want to go. In other words, I trust you’re measuring your success based on your own markers, not compared to where others are. How do you even know if they’re going in the same direction as you are if you haven’t asked them? If they’re headed in the opposite direction, then they certainly aren’t a good measure of how well you’re doing!
Just for today, take a minute to define success in your own words – what it means to you.
Get clear on what you really, really want – then have a plan of action to get there.
When is now a great time to set new goals?
I love looking back and reflecting on what has happened in the months before. Let me share some questions with you that you could ask yourself because the quality of your questions determine the quality of your life.
You can either ask questions like “where did I go wrong?” or “why have I failed?” or you can ask yourself “what do I really want?” or “what went right?”
Like going out into the darkness – you can shine your torch on anything you choose – and whatever you illuminate with the beam of your torch will determine what you see. Funny that!
So here are some great questions that you can use to create the life you really desire. Most of these have been influenced by the books I’ve read. “Best Year Yet”, by Jinny Ditzler is one of my favourites for this time of the year. Or if you’d like to have a very quick goal setting workbook, then visit www.goalachieverworkshop.com and download my free ebook: The path to Achieving (unbelievable) goals.
What have I done particularly well in the last 12 months?
Which goals have come about?
What interesting curve-balls came along?
What have I learnt?
Where do I want to be this time next year? (both physically and emotionally?)
What parts of my life am I happy with, and which parts would I like to change?
What do I really, really want?
Once again I am reminded how important it is to set goals that you’re passionate about. My mentor Bob Proctor talks about getting emotional about your goals – and if a goal is “scary and exciting” then it’s a good one for you! If you’re not excited about a goal that you set, then it’s probably a great goal for someone else, but might not be a good goal for you.
One of my favourite “Scary and exciting” goals of 2011 was to get 4-time bestselling author, the Millionaire maker: Loral Langemeier to Perth. Setting the goal early in August and getting her here in front of a room full of people in mid-September did cause some anxious moments, but it was a lot of fun and very successful. More importantly I have seen how it has already benefitted the businesses of several people who attended. Watch this space to see our next event together in September 2012!
Another goal was to connect driven, successful individuals to others in the Dynamic Mastermind Alliance.
After numerous requests from clients to be introduced to other successful people in the area, the Dynamic Mastermind Alliance is the ideal forum to talk about your business.
Who are the members of the Dynamic Mastermind Alliance? Business owners who are keen to connect with each other, make a difference by sharing their expertise – and discover the quantum leaps that come from masterminding with others – each leaders in their own areas. The Dynamic Mastermind Alliance will be opening up a new international group that will meet on skype monthly. If you would like to know more, please email me on jill(at)evolvedynamic.net.
The “Tap Your Next Power” Mentor
~Challenge What’s Possible~
Perth, Western Australia.
Who is Jill Hutchison?
Jill Hutchison is the “Tap Your Next Power” Mentor taking successful, driven professionals into their next stage of growth and advancement, the one they have been struggling to see and tap, the one that will throw open the doors to their next opportunity.
Jill connects you to your most powerful self, shifting attitudes, beliefs and actions to spark achievement rapidly by going straight to the issue. She draws out your creativity to craft a goal larger than perhaps imagined.
Now your eyes are open, and the path is clear and straight-forward. Now you tap the full power in you to achieve what’s next for you.